Tuesday, October 28, 2008

November 2nd walking tour of Winter Hill

Edward W. Gordon and the Victorian Society of New England is having a walking tour of Winter Hill and Magoun Square.

PLEASE join us as we explore two of Somerville’s most interesting neighborhoods. While Winter Hill was host to Somerville gentry beginning in the 1880s, the Hinckley / Magoun neighborhood was the home of hard working families who toiled as laborers, teamsters, Boston & Maine Railroad employees and the like—families who built up the neighborhood in three stages during the second half of the nineteenth century.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Replacement for Bickford's moving in

Reposting this excellent news from georgy at Davis Square Live Journal. Now let's hope Shaw's takes form sometime this decade.

13 October 2008 @ 10:24 am
Winter Hill, but hey: Replacement for Bickford's moving in
Bread and Co., which has a location in Everett, will be taking the place of the recently departed (and not at all missed) Bickford's on Broadway in Winter Hill:


From the menu on this site, it looks like mostly Brazilian pastries and sandwiches, but the signage on the building mentioned "Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner," so perhaps they are expanding their fare in this location. I would be psyched to have a real breakfast place within a stone's throw of my house (no offense to the Neighborhood and the Ball Sq., but they are a sliiiight hike).

East Somerville in Photographique: Saxton Foss Park

Lovely slightly-past-end-of-summer Sunday in Saxton Foss Park in East Somerville:

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Poll on Massachusetts state ballot questions

Related to the earlier post from today, see below, reposted from Davis Square Live Journal:

Ron Newman
10 October 2008 @ 08:46 pm
Poll on Massachusetts state ballot questions
Now that we've had posts about all three ballot questions, it's time for the [info]davis_square poll.
For more info: Question 1; Question 2 (and earlier discussion); Question 3 (thank you, [info]teele_sq!)

Poll #1276472 2008 Mass. State Election Questions
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All

Question 1 - Repeal state income tax

View Answers

15 (7.1%)

182 (86.7%)

13 (6.2%)

Question 2 - Decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana

View Answers

188 (89.1%)

14 (6.6%)

9 (4.3%)

Question 3 - Ban dog racing

View Answers

130 (61.3%)

30 (14.2%)

52 (24.5%)

Progressive Democrats of Somerville Endorsements

Reprinted from:
PDS Ballot Question Endorsements

by Marty Martinez in Politics - Posted on October 10, 2008 at 10:25 pm

The Progressive Democrats of Somerville have weighed in on two key ballot questions in the November election. PDS members voted to support the Vote NO on Question 1 campaign which is working hard to defeat the elimination of the state income tax. PDS members know how dire the elimination of the state income tax would be to our schools and other critical services. PDS Vice-Chairperson Rachel Heller summed it up by saying, “Just imagine if your family lost 40% of its budget next year, what kind of impact would that have on what you can afford? Our city cannot afford this kind of budget catastrophe.”

PDS members also voted to support the Vote YES on Question 3 campaign that is working to eliminate greyhound dog racing in Massachusetts. Thirty-four (34) other states have outlawed greyhound racing and proponents of this initiative in Massachusetts are working to end this sport that caused over 800 greyhounds to be injured in violent and sometimes fatal collisions since 2002.

The close to 40 members who attended the monthly PDS meeting came together to endorse in these ballot questions, celebrate the primary victory of PDS member Rep. Carl Sciortino over Alderman Bob Trane, hear from the Somerville for Obama campaign and to make four other key endorsements in uncontested local races.

“PDS members were proud to endorse Sen. Pat Jehlen, Sen. Anthony Galluccio, Rep. Denise Provost, and Rep. Tim Toomey in their bids for reelection this November. As one of the leading progressive voices in our community, we look forward to continuing our work with our local delegation.” said Marty Martinez, PDS Chairperson.

The organization looks forward to organizing around these key ballot questions and continue its work to elect progressive Democrats to all levels of office.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Mayor, Blogger

You may already know this, but our Mayor Joe Curtatone is also a blogger. And the frequency of his posts is almost as good as mine, maybe better. I'm looking forward to hearing more from him, and here's the link to put him in your reader:


Monday, October 6, 2008

Another use for local vodka...

Besides cleaning engine parts, that is. From Cocktail Virgin, the Winter Hill. For the curious uninformed non-gardeners, these are nasturtiums.

The first liquor store I went to did not have any of the three local brands but tried to sell me a similar New Hampshire brand. I explained that it had to be from Somerville as it was a “gift.” The clerk asked me if it was meant as a joke, and then sent me up the hill to the next level down of townie liquor stores. They did indeed have Cossack and Ruble. I ended up going with the Ruble since they had it in smaller sizes. The 375mL bottle set me back $3.99, and later I regretted not going with the 200mL bottle for $2.19.

Sunday, October 5, 2008