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  • An Investment In Public Transportation Is An Investment In The Future

    According to legislative leaders, the short and controversial life of the “tech tax” — the state’s proposed levy on software services — willsoon come to an end. After a full-throttle revolt from the innovation sector, all parties — including the governor — agree the existence of such a tax would weaken the power of Massachusetts as a magnet for entrepreneurs and innovators.

  • The New East Somerville Community School is Open for Business

    A large phoenix is painted on the floor of the new East Somerville Community School's gymnasium—now the largest gym in the city.

    It's an appropriate image for a school that was destroyed by fire in December of 2007 and was completely rebuilt.

    A grand opening ceremony, held Tuesday, officially commemorated the school's rebirth.

    "Tonight we celebrate the reunification of a community," said Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone. Teachers, students, families and staff at the school spent the last six years split up at other school buildings throughout the city.

  • City Embarks on Journey to Improve Accessibility

    The city of Somerville is undertaking an effort to improve access to buildings, streets, sidewalks and ramps for people with disabilities.

    It's an effort that could take years, and millions of dollars, to complete, but it begins, in part, with a public meeting Wednesday where residents can discuss their priorities, concerns and ideas about accessibility in Somerville.

  • Curtatone Talks Casinos and Political Future on NECN

    Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone continued to speak out against casinos during an interview on NECN's "Broadside" with Jim Braude.

    "I've been opposed to casinos because casinos and gambling don't build communities," Curtatone said during the interview.

    The mayor has spoken forcefully against a proposed casino in Everett that would be built on Somerville's doorstep, just across the Mystic River from the new Assembly Row development. He's also proposed a ballot initiative to reverse the state's 2011 gambling law that allows casinos in Massachusetts.

  • Mayors Show Love for Data at Somerville Meeting

    Mayors, town administrators and city managers from 10 communities across the state, plus Massachusetts Secretary ofAdministration and Finance Glen Shor, congregated in Somerville Tuesday to spread the gospel of data.

    The meeting, held at Somerville City Hall Tuesday morning, celebrated the state's Municipal Performance Management Program, "works to help municipalities save taxpayer dollars by using performance management strategies to reduce redundancies and implement new efficiencies," according to an announcement about the meeting. In short, the program uses data to run cities.

  • MassDOT approves another $26m for Green Line Extension

    An additional $26 million has been added by MassDOT's board of directors to funding for initial work on the Green Line Extension, according to the MBTA.

    The board approved the funding, which will be used for work on preliminary construction management design, surveying, and noise and vibration studies, MBTA spokesman Joseph Pesaturo said in an e-mail Friday.

  • Greentown Labs announces move to Somerville

    Somerville — Clean energy idea incubator Greentown Labs is moving to 28 Dane St. in Somerville.

    At a press conference in the cavernous 33,000-square-foot space at noon on July 18, Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Joe Curtatone said the move is the result of strategic investment and the beginning of a larger transformation.

  • Chuckie Harris Park opens in East Somerville

    Four water beams drop down to the ground from a multi-functional water feature with kids jumping, shouting, and chasing each other. Getting wet does not bother them on a hot summer day. Some others played around with rock climbing and slid down the slides. East Somerville’s new park, Chuckie Harris Park provides all these activities.

    With the ribbon being cut, the Board of Alderman of Somerville, the mayor and state senators, along with Chuckie’s family, were celebrating the new facility that had kept residents waiting for eight years.

  • JAC meeting finds job picture strong in Somerville

    At a recent Somerville Jobs Advisory Committee (JAC) meeting, Mayor Curtatone and Bruce Desmond, Alderman At Large and JAC Chair, presented the formal findings and recommendations about which the committee decided.  In 2012, the mayor convened that action, assessing and examining the landscape of the local job market, as well as the workforce development system within the city of Somerville.

  • Shape Up Somerville Is Working, Says City

    According to Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone's office, Shape Up Somerville, a citywide initiative to improve the health of residents, is showing some success.

    In an announcement sent Tuesday, the mayor's office said the city's efforts to combat childhood obesity have shown some modest results.

    It said that after two years of the Shape Up Somerville: Eat Smart Play Hard initiative, fewer Somerville kids "targeted by the intervention were obese or overweight compared to children in two similar control communities."