[personal profile] ron_newman
an email I received today:

Save this date!
Davis Square needs repair – Public meeting:
February 13 @ 6.00pm
Dilboy Post
371 Summer St Davis Square

The city has agreed to work with the DavisNow community organization to repair Davis Square.
We need your support and your inputs.
This is a community meeting to talk about what is going to happen and when.

DavisNOW provided the city with an illustrated Punch List that inventories the myriad problems with the square that need remedy. The city was also provided with cost estimates and where to find the tools they need to fix the problems. The mayor agrees that these problems need fixing. Preventing further decline, and undertaking repair and restoration, is a critical first step before any consideration of redevelopment is advanced (which is not budgeted or planned for the next 10 years at a minimum). We invite you to come, participate, and lend your support to the community’s efforts to fix the square.

See the punch list and all the issues on http://DavisNow.org
[personal profile] vlayne
UPDATE: All gone! Thanks for the help!

Original post follows.


Anybody around from Artisan's Asylum or Parts n' Crafts or any other organization which might like a lot of hand tools?

My SO is cleaning out his mother's house in Danvers to prepare it for sale, and part of that is cleaning out the garage, which is where his father's workbench is. His father has been gone for about 50 years, so everything there is pretty old.

We have a clean-out company coming Monday next week to throw everything in a dumpster and cart it away. If anybody wants to meet up with us when we're there this coming Sunday (Feb 3) afternoon, you're welcome to take just about anything out of that garage you want for free.

In addition to tools and fasteners, there's various landscaping equipment that hasn't been used in about 10 years including a (gas-powered) lawn mower.

All of it is free to anyone who wants to come pillage the place on Sunday afternoon, but you have to coordinate with us because we'll only be there a little while, so comment below and/or DM me.

We cannot deliver this stuff.
[personal profile] vlayne
I've been trying to reach somebody – anybody, really – at the School of Honk to see if they'd like an old saxophone (E♭ alto) as a donation. I've tried emailing a couple times to their google address as per their website, but I haven't heard back.

Is there somebody here affiliated with them? Or who could reach them? I understand they have a Facebook presence, but I don't use Facebook. If any of you are FB users and could nudge them there to maybe check their gmail inbox, and also its spam filter, or drop by here, that would be lovely.

Alternatively: does anybody need a sax?

ETA: All gone! Thanks!
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I expressed some concern to my Alderman (Mark Niedergang) about the state of the northbound bike lane on Beacon St in Somerville, and he forwarded my question to some Official Clue in the city who work on bicycling matters. Here's my email:

[...] I've found the results of the Beacon St. repaving pretty disappointing with respect to cycling.

Before the repaving, the northbound bike lane was in really bad shape, but so was the paint, so there was little problem with biking in the main travel lane. Now, the paint clearly marks the bike lane, but it's full of rough pavement, bollards, and driveway ramps—totally unsuitable for bicycling in.

In my experience, drivers feel more entitled to an unshared travel lane when there's a bike lane next to it, so this seems like a worse situation than before. I haven't been harassed yet, but it's just a matter of time, and I'm concerned that other cyclists will feel compelled to ride in the unsafe, narrow, obstructed bike lane.

Do you know if there are plans to repair the bike lane very soon? If not, is that something you can work towards?

And here's the very informative response I got from Mike Tremblay, Senior Transportation Planner:

We agree that the northbound bike lane on Beacon Street is currently suboptimal. The project has been slowed due to outside circumstances, including utility work and emergency gas repairs.

The repaving that occurred on the Washington to Oxford section of Beacon Street (the section to which I believe you are referring) was done in order to repair the trenches created by the gas work. However, this is not the final pavement condition on the street. The driveway aprons that jut into the street are temporary because the street is a couple of inches lower than it will be when the project is done. The plastic bollards, while not ideal, are necessary to flag those driveways so that plow drivers can avoid them in the snow; hitting them could cause damage to the plow and injure the driver. Those posts will be removed (and the ones that are in good condition will be stored or redeployed elsewhere) once we believe we are in the clear in terms of snow, likely sometime in April. We understand that this condition is far from optimal, and sympathize; all of us bike on this stretch at least occasionally, and Ken, who lives on the street and is the chair of the Bicycle Advisory Committee, has expressed similar concerns already.

The street will be paved, for good, sometime in the late spring/early summer. At that time, the northbound bike lane will be raised slightly to create some vertical separation for bikes, help prevent illegal parking, and make bikes more visible. The markings on the road will be striped with longer-lasting, higher-visibility thermoplastic, rather than the temporary paint that fades relatively quickly.

I hope this addresses your concerns. Please let me know if you have any other questions.

(The Ken he refers to is Ken Carlson, Chair of the Somerville Bicycle Committee.)

I probably would have known more about the plans if I'd been living in Somerville when the work was starting, but I was in Allston at the time and didn't pay much attention. And if you were wondering as I was, now you know too. :-)
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[personal profile] squirrelitude
Apparently I missed some previous posts about a new grocery store being Kickstarted to serve Winter Hill with local produce. They opened a storefront about a year ago, and I only found out just a month ago on a post-Harvest-closing mailing list.

It's a little store, but it focuses on local fresh produce and dairy. Decent bulk section. A rack of canned goods and other non-perishable prepackaged items. Bread, coffee, donuts. Fair prices.

The proprietor (Matt Gray) is interested in expanding to more locations, and is friendly to bulk ordering, which I've availed myself of. :-) I'm still hoping a buying club kicks off, but this helps with some of what I miss about Harvest.

Here's their website: https://www.nbrhoodproduce.com/
[personal profile] jlauspitz

Good news – after representations to the mayor and local aldermen it seems like we are moving forward on fixing Davis Square. Here is the update:
• DavisNow Representatives, Alan Bingham and Chris Iwerks, met with the city engineering director and his staff, along with Howard Stein Hudson (HSH, the city’s engineering consultant) and walked Davis to assess sidewalks and crosswalks
• We have met with the ward alderman and the mayor and his staff to discuss issues and how to collaborate going forward (the city will have a single point person)
• A representative of the original brick manufacturer has visited the square and advised us on ways to repair and restore the walks
• HSH is preparing a report on remedial work to fix the brick/stone/problems
• The city intends to start on the repairs in the Spring
• The city has delegated responsibility for remedial action to different departments (Engineering, OSPCD, DPW, ISD)
• Removal of temporary signs and fixing bent signposts is to be addressed by the city
• The city has already fixed most of the tree lights in the square
• The city has re-seeded part of 7 Hills Park
• The mayor has also committed to reallocating resources to do a better job of litter pickup (It took us 25 minutes to personally clean up months of accumulated litter in and around 7 Hills Park in mid-December)

A public meeting is planned for the second week in February by the DavisNow group to update the citizens on progress. Details will be sent soon.

For more information go to http://www.davisnow.org/progress.html to review progress on the problems or click on: http://online.flipbuilder.com/havm/ixly/ to view the Punchlist.

Want to join the action group at DavisNow.org? Register online at our web page.
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[personal profile] gingicat
The pantry mice are back and have discovered that we have milk powder, tapioca powder, and guar gum.

I've done the glue traps. I'd rather not do that again. And they live in the floor joists that they access through the air ducts, so it's not like we can block off a mouse hole.

So if you have a Mighty Hunter Cat, we would like to borrow them for a day or so... just long enough to convince the mice that they would be happier next door.

(We're in Medford, the other side of Medford Square from Davis. We will feed you at least one meal.)
[personal profile] theresa_99
 Could anyone direct me to the current Somerville law regarding allowed number of unrelated tenants in an apartment? Thanks. 
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[personal profile] siderea
Okay a bit out of the square, but sufficiently noteworthy: there's been a black bear sighting in Medford, near Lawrence Memorial Hospital.
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[personal profile] siderea
Hey, has somebody already posted this here? I just discovered it via Metafilter:

Peter Gorman of BarelyMaps has made a poster: "Guide to the Squares of Cambridge and Somerville". It's also at his Etsy store.

(Not embedding image because his site frustrates that, so I'll take it as expressed that he'd prefer us not to.)

I thought it was delightful.
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[personal profile] elusiveat
Is it gone for good?

If so, it will be missed.
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[personal profile] jducoeur

Our building's usual plow operator seems to have vanished (website is gone and email is bouncing), so I suddenly find myself looking for somebody to handle it this year. Recommendations highly welcomed.

This is a three-unit condo building with a relatively narrow driveway (fair-sized lot in the back, but big trucks are often too wide to get there), so operators who have some experience with tight quarters especially sought.

We're near Ball/Magoun Squares (Murdock St), if that's relevant.

Thanks for any and all ideas!

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[personal profile] lillibet
Theatre@First is proud to present a staged reading of The Interrogation by Iranian playwright Mohammad Rahmanian about the aftermath of the Algerian revolution. Nikta Sabouri, an Iranian director new to Boston, has brought us this powerful script and we are delighted to welcome her to Theatre@First.

Thursday, November 29th at 8pm
Unity Somerville, 6 William St, Somerville 02144
FREE with suggested donation of $5

Visit www.theatreatfirst.org for more information and check out our upcoming auditions, as well!
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Somerville Local First proudly presents their annual Holiday Marketplace on Sunday November 25th in the historic main hall of the Armory- located at 191 Highland Avenue. The market will run from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m with a $2 suggested donation at the door.

These popular makers market returns this year with a list of even more amazing vendors ready to make your holiday shopping list obsolete. With jewelry, pet accessories, housewares, textiles, fragrances, leather goods, gifts and specialty food items available – there is something for everyone!

Please see our Facebook invitation for a current list of vendors.
[personal profile] theresa_99
Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Ward 7 Alderman Katjana Ballantyne invite you to attend the Ward 7 ResiStat neighborhood meeting on Thurs., Nov. 15, in the Tufts Administration Building at 167 Holland St., in the senior center on the 2nd floor. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will include an open Q&A with the Mayor and City staff, neighborhood and city updates, neighborhood crime stats, and other important information. Please also join us before the meeting from 6 to 6:30 p.m. for pizza and a chance to speak one-to-one with City officials.

The meeting is hosted by the City's ResiStat program, which updates residents on the latest city news and data. For more information, contact Meghann Ackerman at mackerman@somervillema.gov.

[personal profile] vlayne
Astonishingly, posting here about the mutant bike found it a new home!

Next up: Is there any obvious local charity to which to donate a couple dozen Christmas-themed mugs? Or, failing a charity: anybody want these? These, I can deliver. Must take all of them (however many that turns out to be.)
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[personal profile] siderea
Trump fired Sessions, in a moved widely reviled as a power grab for control of the Russia probe. The Mueller Protection Rapid Response has been activated.


Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation. By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller's boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation. Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and cannot be allowed to remain in charge of it. The Nobody Is Above the Law network demands that Whitaker immediately commit not to assume supervision of the investigation. Our hundreds of response events are being launched to demonstrate the public demand for action to correct this injustice. We will update this page as the situation develops.
Naturally, the Boston one is planned for Boston Common, across Beacon St. from the State House. None listed for Somerville or Cambridge so far.

We don't have a tag for protests? Or non-local politics?
[personal profile] ron_newman
Somerville unofficial election results, broken out by ward and precinct, are here. There are few surprises.


Unlike the state at large, we voted for Gonzalez for Governor.
Like the state at large, we voted against question 1.

(a summation, not broken out by ward and precinct, is at https://www.somervillema.gov/departments/programs/votesomerville )
[personal profile] ron_newman
This happened two years ago, but her husband only recently found out the details and published a heartbreaking article in yesterday's Boston Globe Sunday Magazine.

Losing Laura, by Peter DeMarco


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