Mudflat Open Studio & Pottery Sale

Mudflat studios

Images: Leah Guerin, Maxine Hugon, Kyla Toomey, Lynn Gervens, Tracy Raymond

Mudflat Studio will be hosting its annual holiday exhibition and sale of functional and sculptural clay this Friday December 5. The sale lasts through December 14 and art from ninety-six Mudflat artists, faculty, and students will be on display.

Mudflat also offers clay classes for adults and kids between January 4 and April 11, and opened registration on December 3. Visit www.mudflat.org for class descriptions and schedule.

Whether you want to experience the art or purchase uniquely handmade pottery gifts, I urge everyone to swing by Mudflat Studio before Christmas to support aspiring and established artists.

Sale Hours:

Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 6-10 pm

Weekdays: noon-9 pm

Weekends: 10 am – 6 pm

Somerville receives OD prevention grant

Last week, the Patrick Administration and the Department of Public Health (DPH) announced grant awards to 23 communities across Massachusetts, including Somerville, to help first responders save lives by providing funding for opioid overdose response training and naloxone (Narcan) units that can be used to reverse overdoses. Police and fire departments in communities with high incidences of fatal opioid overdoses will share in over $600,000 in funding under the pilot program, which was included in the FY2015 budget.

The number of overdose reversals under the DPH Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program have increased dramatically since Governor Patrick declared a public health emergency in earlier this year, and made naloxone more widely available to first responders and bystanders. Additionally, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a substance abuse recovery bill in May 2014 that increases opportunities for long-term substance abuse recovery by supporting a wide range of care and removing barriers that stand in the way of effective treatment.

Thank You!

A huge THANK YOU to all of the committed supporters and volunteers that helped with my re-election campaign this year. Words cannot express how much I appreciate your enthusiasm year after year. To the voters of Somerville and Cambridge: I am humbled by your continued confidence in me and I promise to continue to work to make our community a better place to live. -Tim

Your Neighborhood, Your Voice

Traffic Advisory: Westbound portion of Cambridge Street Tunnel will be closed on Thursday 10/30

On Thursday, October 30, the City of Cambridge’s contractor, MIG Corporation, will close the westbound portion of the Cambridge Street Tunnel (traveling towards Harvard Square), in order to place new concrete wearing surface. The westbound lanes will be closed from 4am – 3pm. Motorists traveling in the eastbound lanes will not be impacted. Message boards and detour signs will be highly visible during this closure. Emergency vehicles will maintain access at all times.

4th Annual “Great Pumpkin Glow” at Kendall Square

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County is celebrating Halloween with the 4th Annual Pumpkin Carving Corporate Challenge this Wednesday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at Kendall Square. The competitive pumpkin carving contest will be followed by a cocktail party, and is a great way to give back to the community while enjoying a crisp fall afternoon with your co-workers. Click here to register for the event.

What: The Great Pumpkin Glow at Kendall Square

Where: North Plaza, 300 Athenaeum Street

When: Wednesday 10/29, 4:30pm – 7:30pm

Community meeting on Foundry Building this Wednesday

The City of Cambridge is hosting a community meeting for an update and discussion on the Foundry Building this Wednesday from 6PM to 8PM at the Walter Milne Ballroom Cambridge Citywide Senior Center.

Community_meetingAll are welcome to attend, but the City is asking that you sign up here to help them plan for the right number of people. For more information on the Foundry Project, please visit the project page.

Ground Officially Broken at Skatepark

After more than a decade of committed advocacy, ground was officially broken at the future site of the Lynch Family Skatepark today. Despite gusty winds and heavy rainfall, the event was attended by an impressive collection of public officials, skateboarders, BMX riders, and inline skaters, as well as skateboarding legends Tony Alva and Christian Hosoa. The event was also attended by urban development advocates, as well as important benefactors Peter Lynch of the Lynch Foundation and Steve Van Doren, Vans’ Vice President of Events and Promotions. Congressman Michael Capuano was also in attendance, and reminded the crowd of the relentless advocacy spearheaded by Renata von Tscharner, President of the Charles River Conservancy (CRC), who in turn praised the individuals and groups that contributed to turning this formerly downtrodden area to an artistic public recreation space.

Rep. Toomey with Sen. DiDomenico and Renata von Tscharner

Rep. Toomey with Sen. DiDomenico and Renata von Tscharner.

The 40,000 square foot skateboarding and recreation facility, which will be located adjacent to the Zakim Bridge and nearby North Point Park, is the result of a collaborative effort between the CRC and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). von Tscharner also reminded the crowd that the project wouldn’t have been possible without generous support from Vans, The Lynch Foundation, the City of Cambridge, and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The project has also received support from more than 400 skaters and their parents, who helped design the park and donated what they could to support the development. Once constructed, the park will be managed, maintained, and operated by DCR as a state park. Vans, the sneaker and skateboarding company, plans to hold two large-scale, professional skating events at the park annually. Please click this link for more information about the Lynch Family Skatepark.

More Sullivan Courthouse Documents Made Public

Yesterday morning, my staff were given access to a significant volume of documents detailing the proposals the state received for redevelopment of the Sullivan Courthouse in East Cambridge. This document disclosure came in response to a public records request I made this summer and follows the release of the purchase and sale agreement between DCAMM and Leggatt McCall earlier this month. My staff were given physical access to the documents at DCAMM’s offices in the McCormack Building in downtown Boston, but could not remove the documents to copy them. I expect that DCAMM will provide me with a complete digital or hard copy of the documents within the coming weeks. For now, I am able to provide some “scans” of the documents that my staff were able to take with their cell phone cameras. These documents include information regarding the appraisal of the courthouse, bid prices, and the evaluation criteria that DCAMM used in selecting Leggatt McCall as the developer.

Staff edit: We are now hosting the documents on Tim’s website so you do not have to create a Scribd account in order to download them. These are direct links to the PDF files:

Make East Somerville shine this Saturday and win fun cleaning prizes

East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS) is partnering with Alderman Matthew Mclaughlin to host a Fall Clean Up, and they would love to have your help. If you’re interested in volunteering to make East Somerville the most beautiful neighborhood in Somerville, please contact ESMS at projectassistant@eastsomervillemainstreets.org or call at 617.676.5307. ESMS will provide prizes for “Best Before and After!” and “Weirdest piece of trash.”

When: Saturday, October 18th, 10:30am (Rain Date: Sunday, October 19th)

Where: 115 Broadway (East Branch Library)

 

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