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'Greater Somerville' says goodbye to summer

September 11, 2014 05:46 PM

Join "Greater Somerville" hosts Joe Lynch and KyAnn Anderson as they say farewell to summer with a lively debate over a variety of local news stories. From politics to Union Square development plans, the new Orange Line station flood to the recent mob of traffic from the Green Line bridge reconstruction - rest assured, there are plenty of opinions to go around.

Stay informed about things that matter, and watch this show. And catch Joe and KyAnn at Art
Beat in Davis Square below.

For additional episodes, visit www.greatersomerville.wordpress.com.



Watch 'Greater Somerville' at Democratic convention

June 21, 2014 09:46 AM

"Greater Somerville" producer and cohost Joe Lynch was at the 2014 Massachusetts Democratic Convention in Worcester last weekend and from the six minutes here, it looks like he and Somerville Neighborhood News covered not only the convention floor, but the rafters, the lobby, and the backstage with their camera and microphone.

Watch for the complete "Greater Somerville Goes to the Convention" next week on www.greatersomerville.wordpress.com.

Evan Falchuk, candidate for governor, on 'Greater Somerville'

June 10, 2014 08:22 AM

On this Election 2014 special episode of "Greater Somerville," watch United Independent party candidate for Governor of Evan Falchuk speak with host Joe Lynch about the new Massachusetts political party, its platform, and Falchuk’s campaign.

Go to greatersomerville.wordpress.com for all episodes of the show.

On 'Greater Somerville:' storied theater turns 100

May 9, 2014 08:04 AM


The Somerville Theatre turns 100 on May 11 and Ian Judge, director of operations for our landmark and historic theater, sat down with "Greater Somerville" host Joe Lynch, and spoke about the theater's history, the famous feet to trod and dance across its stage, the classic films to debut on its screen and the upcoming 100th anniversary gala on May 11 celebrating Somerville's very own movie palace.

The highlight of this celebration will be the showing of the original MGM classic film, "The Wizard of Oz".

Watch the replay here and go to www.greatersomerville.wordpress.com for all your past episodes of "Greater Somerville."

Heavily used Foss Park soccer field largely remains a dirt patch

May 5, 2014 03:25 PM

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Samuel Evers

The soccer field at Somerville’s Foss Park is used so consistently that it can’t be reseeded with grass and remains a patch of dirt. Efforts to get funding for artificial turf have so far been unsuccessful.

Springtime in Somerville means that every inch of every park is being used in some way. From the first 50 degree day in March to the first snowfall in November, a range of residents occupy fields and courts, dribbling, kicking and swinging from summer deep into the fall.

No other park embodies this like Foss Park, and perhaps no area in the city is used more than the park’s soccer field — so seldom out of use over the years that it has been nothing more than a patch of dirt for a long time.

Though the field serves many purposes, it is most consistently used by a 14-team, predominately Latino soccer league that plays there every Sunday from March to September.

The problem: If the field is being used for every opportunity possible, there is no time to reseed it.

“It’s very frustrating because that field is used for everything, not just soccer,” said Kevin Montiel, a 21-year-old member of the league. “Playing on a rock and dirt field is awful and dangerous. Everyone complains, but we can’t do much until the city improves the park.”

According to Peter Ungar, president of Friends of Foss Park, a group dedicated to the upkeep of the park, there is lack of communication between his group and the soccer league, and the majority of complaints have come from other citizens via the Foss Park Facebook page.

While there has been no official attempt to regrow grass on the field, an effort has been made to confront and fix the issue.

“We did put in a huge effort several years ago to get funding from the state to redo the field with synthetic turf,” said Ungar, who estimated the total price to restore the field at $2 million. “But then we hit the financial crisis and all the money disappeared. There hasn't been anything substantial since then.”

Tony Arias, an outreach coordinator for the Somerville Recreation Department who is involved in the Latino community, echoed Ungar’s idea to install a turf field.

“To fully serve the community, it needs to be redone,” said Arias. “Unless they restrict the field [to regrow grass], the field has to be turf.”

Arias, who said there has been talk from the city about fixing the field but little action, noted the appreciation the community at Foss Park would show for an all turf soccer field.

“The Latino league already has such a great community feeling and family environment,” said Arias. “The city has no idea how many more people and programs they will have there” if artificial turf is installed at the field.

Recent efforts to patch up the eyesore hasn’t created much improvement.

“For now, the dust field is something we have to accept,” said Ungar. “Our main goal at this point is to have the City of Somerville take over the park and restore it to the standards the city has with its open green spaces.”

This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and Emerson College.

Watch Martha Coakley on 'Greater Somerville'

April 25, 2014 07:43 AM

Candidate for governor and current attorney general of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Martha Coakley recently sat down with "Greater Somerville" host Joe Lynch at the Somerville Community Access Television studios to discuss her candidacy, the issues facing the state in the coming years, and Coakely's vision for the Commonwealth's future.

On 'Greater Somerville:' Martha Coakley talks governor's race

April 22, 2014 08:34 AM

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On Tuesday's Election 2014 Special Edition of "Greater Somerville," Attorney General and candidate for Governor Martha Coakley chats with host Joe Lynch about her candidacy, Massachusetts, and the issues for the general election in November.

Watch the episode on Somerville Community Access Television, Channel 3 in Somerville, at 7:30 p.m. Replay here later in the week.

This week's 'Greater Somerville:' exploring the east

April 16, 2014 08:02 AM


Join "Greater Somerville" host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with Renee Polcaro, president of the board of directors for East Somerville Main Streets. Tune in to find out about the upcoming events, buzzworthy restaurants, artistic opportunities, and how the nearly completed streetscaping project is set to transform this hidden little Somerville gem.

Think "Outside the Square" and visit East Somerville, you won't be disappointed.

For additional episodes, visit the Greater Somerville blog at: www.greatersomerville.wordpress.com.

Somerville artist’s portraits on display at City Hall

April 8, 2014 11:22 AM

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Courtesy of Nancy Hall Brooks

Jim’s fixed gaze looks out from a wall on the first floor of Somerville City Hall, captured eloquently in a hand-drawn pastel portrait.

Jim, along with eight other members of Somerville’s various senior centers, is featured in an exhibition by local artist Nancy Hall Brooks. The exhibition was funded by the Somerville Arts Council as part of a program to support artists and their involvement in the community.

The project, titled “Reflections: Portraits of seniors in images and words,” is made up of nine pastel portraits, each with short bios and anecdotes next to each of the nine works.

“He said he was a child of the sixties,” Hall Brooks said of Jim, a Somerville resident and veteran of the Korean War. “He talked about how he used to get drunk and stoned all the time.”

The last line of Jim’s bio reads: “Thank God, never had an addictive personality.”

The idea to feature senior citizens came from grant recipient Hall Brooks, who said each drawing took about 15 hours to complete.

“I wanted to honor some people in the community who don’t have much interface with arts,” said Hall Brooks, a Somerville resident. “Part of the Somerville Art Council’s mission is to create liaisoning between artists and the rest of the city.”

Hall Brooks, originally from Chicago, studied history at Washington University in St. Louis before earning a master’s degree in drawing at the University of Arizona. She and her husband first came to Somerville in 1971, then moved around Massachusetts until settling back in the city in 1994. Her efforts in this exhibition are part of an involvement in the city’s thriving art scene that dates back to the 1980s.

Hall Brooks said the portraits were met with positive reaction, despite a few remarks that the drawings made them look too old.

The Council on Aging, which runs the city’s senior centers, invited the artist back to teach various art activities.

“Hopefully, it will be a nice alternative to afternoon bingo,” Hall Brooks said.

The exhibition will be on display on the first floor of City Hall until Apr. 21.

This article is being published under an arrangement between the Boston Globe and Emerson College.

Somerville mayor announces $50,000 reward to find Deanna Cremin's killer

March 31, 2014 08:30 AM


As friends and family gathered in Somerville Saturday to mark the 19th anniversary of Deanna Cremin's murder, Mayor Joseph Curtatone pledged a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of her killer.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan also pledged to pursue the investigation until the crime is solved.

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