Friday, December 28, 2007

Somerville in the News

The Somerville News has posted its take on the best news stories of the year: Somerville 2007: The year in news

From alleged death threats to unpaid parking tickets, Somerville had a busy and quirky news year in 2007.
Gotta love Somerville.

>> Somerville 2007: The year in news

Thursday, December 27, 2007

What is a plow?

What is a plow? I feel as if the city of Somerville is asking themselves that question every day. Here is an interesting letter to the editor "Next year I will ask for a snowplow on my wheelchair"
I feel as if the City of Somerville was completely unresponsive to residents pleas. This last snowstorm left a complete mess on the roads.
I live on the line of Somerville/Cambridge near Harvard. It is night and day outside my door, one side of the street is nicely shoveled and cars are able to park on the street. The Somerville side? Piles of snow and ice in the roads as well as on the sidewalks. SUV's were trying to throw themselves into the ice, but as you look down the street, there was not a car in sight. There couldn't be, the piles of snow in the street were to high to even think to park a car on it. It was gosh darn RIDICULOUS!! Thank goodness for this rain/temps. Otherwise it would still be a huge mess. I keep seeing landlords/residents need to shovel off sidewalks in front of properties, then why doesn't the city have to take care of the roads?
Dilemma: Too much snow on the even side of the street, due to a snow emergency not being declared by the city.
Easy Solution: Declare a snow emergency directly after the storm. A ticket 2 weeks later doesn't help the parking in an already over populated area.
A strongly worded letter is necessary. HA. I laugh because they were sent, and nothing was done.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Midnight Madness

As I have mentioned before, the Saturday before Christmas is the busiest shopping day of the year. What about the Saturday before the Saturday? And will it still be bad around 11pm? Who is open until 11? ALOT! But more specifically to you, the shops on Mass Ave. between Harvard and Porter. This Saturday night, do some last minute shopping-late. It can't be too busy on that street so late, avoid the stress of crowds, and purchase some unique items. There are no chains like Target or Home Depot. More of along the lines of Rosie's bakery and Paper Source. There are several other shops, but i can honestly say, i have no idea what they are called.
But check them all out tomorrow night!

Midnight Madness.
Between Porter Square and Harvard Square
Saturday 12/15/07

Random trivia fact: That area is called Avon Hill.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Nave Gallery Salon

One weekend left to start or add to your art collection. Over 50 artists are on exhibit at the Nave Gallery. Proceeds benefit the guest curator.
Artist include: Leika Akiyama, Karen Aqua, Marcia Ahern, Shelley Barandes, Laurinda Bedingfield, Peter Belford, Adriana Prat, Christina Renfer, Susan Rice, Margaret Ryan, Ellen Schön, Tova Speter, Johanna Sprague, and many more.

December Salon
Friday 12/14 5p-8p
Sat/Sun 1p-5p.
Nave Gallery
Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church
155 Powderhouse Blvd., Somerville, MA

>>Nave Information

Monday, December 10, 2007

A little Perspective

We tend to get a little wrapped up in materialism and stress this time of year. Even though i try to keep it simple, I find myself freaking out over a busy party schedule and growing shopping list. This morning I ran across a blog, On the Streets of Cambridge, which chronicles the life of a homeless man in Harvard Square. Snap, back to reality, I need to chill out and keep in mind what is really important this time of year.

If you are in a need of a little perspective, give it a read.

>> On the Streets of Cambridge

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Davis Square Caroling

Somerville Arts Council, Somerville Chorus and Shape up Somerville encourage community members to join in a night of singing. Singing will be led by Somerville resident Yani Batteau.

Meet in Statue Park (next to Store 24) at 6:45pm. Bring flashlights and festive hats. Lyrics will be provided. Caroling will then begin throughout Davis.

Tuesday Dec. 11. I personally would be the one carrying a singing Christmas card, but I wouldn't mind listening!

Monday, December 03, 2007

Free cupcakes

Sadly-the following event passed. It was today, and i failed you devoted readers. I wrote this post 2 weeks ago, and meant to publish it last week. Between work, and the holiday season right here, right now, it slipped mine. As did the whole blog in general. Sorry for the lack of updates, I will try to be better this week. I am going to post this cupcake write up anyway. I know you aren't getting free cupcakes anymore, but now you can see how they tried, and remember Lyndell's is awesome! You should go to Ball Square and buy their baked good all the time.

Lyndell's Bakery in Ball Square is celebrating 120 years of business. To show their appreciation, they will give a free cupcake to anyone that visits the bakery. Before heading over here is some history.

Established in 1887, just 15 years after Somerville was incorporated as a city and before the Boston Red Sox were playing baseball, Lyndell’s has served generations of families with freshly made breads, pastries, cakes, and cookies.
Today, Lyndell’s is New England’s oldest “scratch” retail bakery, Greater Boston’s favorite place for half-moons, and one of Somerville’s greatest institutions.
Their amazing success and longevity is attributed to the bakery’s commitment to quality and freshness saidBill Galatis, the fourth and current owner of the sweetspot.
He estimates that more than 10 million people were served over Lyndell's history. People have purchased 18 million cupcakes, 15 million danish pastries, 10 millions loaves of bread, and 2 million birthday cakes.
Giving away a cupcake is our way of paying tribute and saying thanks to the previous owners, our past and present workers, and the thousands of customers that visit us each and every year, Galatis said.

Free Cupcakes
Monday December 3rd
720 Broadway