Somerville, Mass. - Between October 10th and 12th, brass bands from all over the United States (plus one from Paris, France; one from Moscow, Russia; and one from Montreal, Canada) played on the streets of Somerville, Cambridge and Boston, as part of the 9th Annual Honk Festival.
Somerville, Mass. – Some Somerville residents pay attention to local news, but others think it’s too sensationalist. These were among the opinions Somerville Neighborhood News (SNN) heard during a series of interviews conducted in Union and Davis Square recently.
Somerville, Mass.– Teachers and counselors are helping almost 100 new students adapt to their new lives in Somerville and in the Somerville Public Schools. The children are likely unaccompanied minors who arrived in the U.S. over the past eight months during the uptick of unaccompanied minors crossing the border last spring and summer.
SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) wowed a crowd of some 500 students, faculty and neighbors on September 15 with stories from her youth, but she also issued dire warnings about the big banks, the lack of investment in education and the “hollowing out of the middle class.”
The senator was also protested by those who came to criticize her stand on the most recent chapter of the Israel-Gaza conflict. Once inside, however, Warren seemed to back away slightly from statements she made in August, saying that Palestinians had a right to self-defense.
SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Even though the mayor vetoed their proposed campaign finance reform ordinance, Alderman-at-Large Bill White and his colleagues aren't giving up.
Known as a “pay to play” law, the ordinance would limit the amount of money people hoping to do real estate development-related business with the city at $250. It passed with seven votes on September 11 but on September 23, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone sent a letter to the Board of Alderman indicating he was vetoing it.
SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Somerville residents and activists joined over 300,000 people in New York City on September 21 at the People’s Climate March. The event – being called the largest climate march in history – was aimed at world leaders gathered at the United Nations to discuss climate change.
SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Tufts University may soon have to provide the City of Somerville with a list of all students living in off-campus housing, some of whom may be breaking city law.
SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Despite a unanimous resolution from the Board of Aldermen calling for institutions to divest from fossil fuel companies, the Somerville Retirement Board won’t be moving forward on the issue just yet.
SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Across Somerville and other Massachusetts communities, labor and community activists, mothers and fathers are knocking on doors and ringing bells, trying to convince their neighbors to vote “Yes” on Question 4 on Election Day.
SOMERVILLE, Mass., Aug. 12, 2014 – While some cities and towns have said they don’t want to host immigrant children from Central America, Somerville’s agencies, non-profits and many residents are welcoming them.
About two to three immigrant children have been arriving in Somerville each week this summer. Health workers estimate that there are at least 70 of the recent arrivals – known as “unaccompanied minors” – in the city, mostly living with relatives.