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Something that looks like kayaks and paddleboards at the Blessing of the Bay boathouse. I have begged for years for them to rent more that those huge canoes, and it looks like it's gonna happen.

I haven't seen anything about this program, but I found this page that suggests there will be rental days.

Photos below the dw cut (if I can figure out how)....
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Theatre@First is proud to present

by Thomas Kidd
directed by Mary Parker

The battlefields of Spain are a walk in the park in this fast-paced take on Thomas Kidd's funny, gory, tragic story of a Ghost, a Girlfriend, a Portuguese Prince, and the Spirit of Revenge! Join Theatre@First and Director Mary Parker for a fantastic evening of free theatre in Nathan Tufts Park.

Thursday 18 August
Friday 19 August
Saturday 20 August
Thursday 25 August
Friday 26 August
Saturday 27 August

Nathan Tufts Park, 850 Broadway, Somerville 02144
Rain Dates: Sunday 21 August and Sunday 28 August

Visit our website for more information!
[personal profile] ron_newman
I saw a flyer today advertising that Merely Players are doing free outdoor As You Like It in Cambridge parks in late August.

Longfellow Park (Aug 18-21) and Danehy Park (Aug 25-28) [maps here].

Thurs-Sat 7pm
Sun 5pm

(The shows will be free, but their website indicates that they're currently fundraising if you wanna throw some dollars their way or help with advertising.)

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I'll highlight the Somerville one here, but there are others at the link:

Spring Cleanup/Comcast Cares Day, sponsored by Groundwork Somerville, the City of Somerville and Comcast

9:00 a.m. breakfast/kickoff at Blessing of the Bay Boathouse;
10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. cleanup at 12 sites across the City. Pick a site and come out to get ready for spring!

Events will be followed by a BBQ at 12:00 p.m. at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on Shore Drive.
Contact: Chris Mancini [see over at website]
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For the past 2 years or more there has been an ongoing planning process about how to renovate Lincoln Park. This mixed-use area will have school playground space, green space, a softball field and an athletic field sized for U12 soccer. The controversy centers on the athletic field - turf or natural grass?

Recently the city announced that they would go with natural grass. This is a reversal of course for the city, and seems primarily based on neighborhood opposition to turf and desire for natural grass green space (the latest turf plan would be synthetic turf using organic in-fill, not the used tire turf that some folks have health concerns about).

My view is that the park has a lot of greenspace already, but Somerville lacks sufficient recreation space. This would be a lit field in a heavily populated area that could get tons of use and even provide some permitting income back to the city. Instead, only youth soccer will be allowed to use it, and then only sparingly, to protect the grass. Somerville does not have a good track record protecting natural grass fields (anyone check out Conway or even Hodgkins lately?), and I fear before long Lincoln park will be back to its current dustbowl status.

My kids will be too old to take advantage of the U12 fields either way, but I hate to see the city making this kind of mistake. Recreational space is at a premium and should be open to all in the city. If you agree, you can help by signing this online petition or reaching out to your alderman or the mayor's office. Thanks!
[personal profile] ron_newman
Anyone know more about this? It's hanging on the outside fence of Kenney Park, facing south to the adjoining parking lot on Grove Street. At the bottom right, the artist's name is Charley Saint Lewis.

(click to enlarge)
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In an interesting development that is sure to put the mayor in an awkward position, Wynn wants to build a footbridge over the Mystic river to connect the Wynn casino site to Assembly Square. I know the possibility of a bridge has had support from people who don't even plan on visiting the casino, but according to our mayor: “A footbridge would benefit Steve Wynn and Steve Wynn only."

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Erin Butcher, artistic director of Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company, posted a long essay to Facebook about her experience producing The Winter's Tale outdoors in Powder House Park this summer. I am reposting it here with her permission, because we live here and this shouldn't be happening to people in our community.

Musings from our Second Season Part 1:
Why I will never do another All- Female outdoor show again.

My company’s second season has come to a close. We produced 2 all- female shows: The Winter’s Tale by Mr. Shakespeare and Miss Penitentiary by Laura Neubauer. These shows were put up quite close to one another time-wise which made for a very high stress few months. And now that it’s over I have a bit of time to reflect, think about what I learned, and plan our next step.

One thing I know for sure.

I am never producing another outdoor All- female show again. Ever. And neither should you.

Let me explain.... )
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There are a few easy-to-miss posts near the Cedar St. part of the bike path advertising a lighting opinion survey. I followed the link and found this:

"Recently the City of Somerville installed new lighting on the Somerville Community Path between Willow and Cedar. SolarOne Solutions partnered with Somerville to win the Innovate Mass Grant Award that largely funded this project. Solarone is using the installation as a "living lab" to develop networked lighting solutions that can effectively manage solar lighting in adverse environments and track the available power stored in each system. An important part of the project is hearing from you.  Please take a moment to share your  experience."

The new lighting they are talking about is the LEDs which so far I've noticed between Willow Ave and Lowell St., and also over by the park near Woodbine. Here is the link to fill out the survey if you have opinions on the new lighting:

I am also generally curious what other people think of the lights. I find them to be way too bright.
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I've been away from the Square itself for a while – when did the cafe tables and chairs appear at Kenney Park?

I posted some criticism over the delays of the park renovation so I have to say that the city did a great job – lots of seating and small grassy areas, the play area looks fine and it's great to see the kids playing in the fountain.
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The official ribbon-cutting for the Community Path extension will happen on Wednesday, August 19 at 2 pm where the path intersects Cedar Street. MassDOT Secretary & CEO Stephanie Pollack and Mayor Joe Curtatone will be there.
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July 16: Dumb and Dumber - Seven Hills Park (behind Holland Street T entrance in Davis Square)
July 23: Gremlins - Lincoln Park
July 30: The Day After Tomorrow - City Hall Concourse
August 6: Frozen - Baxter Park at Assembly Row
August 13: Batman Returns - Powder House Park
August 20: Cool Runnings - Seven Hills Park
August 27: Viewers' Choice* - Seven Hills Park
* this appears to be a choice between Happy Feet, Narnia, and Miracle

List transcribed from . It wasn't on the city website last week, so you missed out on Ice Age last Thursday.
[personal profile] ron_newman
this e-mail (and presumably robo-call) went to some people, but not to me. Someone re-sent it to the STEP (pro-Green Line lobby) e-mail list, so I'm posting it here too.

I don't know if pedestrian and bicycle access through and across this area will be maintained during the closure. I've asked some folks, and if I get an answer I'll edit it into this post.

Hello, this is Jackie Rossetti from the City of Somerville with
important information regarding road closures in your neighborhood.

In order to construct a raised crosswalk on Cedar St. at the
intersection with the newly expanded Community Path, the section of
Cedar St. at the Community Path will be closed to all traffic from
Mon., June 15, through approximately Fri., June 19. Work will be
conducted between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.; however, this
section of Cedar St. will remain closed at all times during this time
period to allow the structure to properly set. Please follow posted
detour signs.

The newest section of the Community Path between Cedar St. and Lowell
St. is expected to open in July.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call 311 (617-666-3311).
[identity profile] courtney
All interested are invited to a community meeting to discuss ideas for Hoyt-Sullivan Park (15 Central Street) on Monday June 8th from 6:30pm to 8:00pm taking place on-site at the park. Should Mother Nature not be kind to us, please plan on meeting in the third floor community room of the VNA (259 Lowell Street).
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Review latest designs for the Community Path Extension
Monday May 4th, 2015
Holiday Inn - 30 Washington Street

Lowell Street Safety Meeting (follow-up to previous meeting)
Monday May 11th, 2015
VNA - 259 Lowell Street

Cedar Street Re-pavement & Safety Meeting
Monday May 18th, 2015
VNA - 259 Lowell Street
[personal profile] ron_newman
The Boston 2024 Olympic organizing committee is proposing to build a velodrome (bicycle racing track and stadium) on the east side of the Assembly Orange Line station, in what is now Draw Seven Park. They also want to build a BMX bicycle racing course next to the velodrome, on land that is now part of an MBTA bus maintenance facility. See pages 74-77 of this document for details.

Mayor Joe is not happy with this proposal.

Comments, anyone?
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I received this email today.  This is the fund collected from the property tax surcharge.  Those monies will be dispersed and if you have thoughts, now is the time to be heard.

Good evening,

The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) received 15 applications for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds totaling $8.8 million in December and wants to hear from you about which should receive funding. Please send your comments to Emily Monea at or Emily Monea c/or SomerStat, 93 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143.

You can review the project proposals HERE as well as the applicants’ presentations from the community meetings. Comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31st.

Please forward this email to anyone who may be interested in joining the CPA conversation.



Emily Monea
Community Preservation Act Manager
Mayor’s SomerStat Office
City of Somerville
617.625.6600 x2118

Sign Up Now for CPA News

For Email Newsletters you can trust.

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It's been bad for years, but the Davis Sq lofts area of the bike path is almost unusable these days. There is just a huge pile of accumulating mud that is unavoidable. I love the bike path, but it's getting to the point where I take a different route now.

Does anyone know anything about plans to fix it?
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A quick report on my take about this meeting. I will try not to editorialize, but just report on the content. Anyone else who attended should feel free to add further detail, correct my perceptions, or discuss further. Full version below the cut.
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[personal profile] ron_newman
from Luisa Oliveira <> at the City of Somerville parks department:

Dear Friends of Kenney Park,

Please join Mayor Curtatone and Alderman Gewirtz on Friday, October 31 at 10 am in a pre-opening celebration for Kenney Park named for PFC Joseph Kenney who gave his life in Vietnam. We will be honoring the life of PFC Kenney, and celebrating the renovation and enhancements to the playground, the basketball court and plaza. The park will be opened for play on November 7, 2014.

I thank you for your patience and for being stewards of Kenney Park. If any of you would like to create a “Friends of Kenney Park” group, please let me know and I will be happy to work on this with you.

Also, Friday is Halloween and, of course, costumes are welcomed.

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