Taking a closer look at notable city data—and interesting numbers.
44 percent: Somerville – like much of the Commonwealth – had been seeing an alarming trend of an increase in opioid-related deaths, rising from three in 2012 to 21 in 2016. I told you there were signs of hope, and those signs are still there and getting stronger. Preliminary Somerville Police data shows a 44 percent decrease in opioid-involved fatalities for the first six months of 2017 when compared to 2016. In recent years, we had seen a spike in fatalities during the spring months (averaging 7 each spring from 2014 to 2016). This year there was one reported opioid-related death in the spring.
327 requests: Summer is in full swing, and the warm weather brings with it a desire to be outside whether headed to the beach or pool, walking around our neighborhood squares, or enjoying some of our summer events and programming. Unfortunately, longer days and hotter temperatures also bring with it some unwanted guests: rodents.
107 trees: As many may remember, a microburst-like storm hit Somerville in June, resulting in the largest tree request event in the past two years.
3 acoustic guitars: We know the importance of continued summer reading for our students, and our Somerville Public Libraries provide excellent avenues to do just that. Did you know that, just like you would a book, you can check out musical instruments too, including one of three acoustic guitars, a ukulele, or a West African djembe drum?
Read the rest of the column at the Somerville Times.