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.
Opening Reception: Friday, December 5, 6-10 pm
Weekdays: noon-9 pm
Weekends: 10 am – 6 pm
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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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)
Phase 1 of Green Line Extension (GLX) construction is underway and that will result in the complete closure of Medford Street, between South Street and Somerville Avenue, to all traffic on Saturday and Sunday this weekend (Oct. 5 & 6). During this time, vehicles will be redirected as follows:
- Vehicles traveling south to Cambridge will proceed to the Somerville Avenue intersection and turn left at Somerville Avenue onto McGrath Highway.
- Vehicles traveling north into Somerville will be detoured left onto South Street to Windsor Place, right onto Webster Avenue, right onto Prospect Street, and onto Somerville Avenue.
Pedestrian access will also be restricted due to pubic safety concerns. As always, you can learn more about the GLX project on www.greenlineextension.com and click here for more details on the construction that will be conducted this weekend on the Medford Street Bridge.
Also, I’d like to remind you that Ribfest is being held this Sunday from noon to 4pm, which will result in the closure of Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, between Fulkerson Street and Fifth Street, so keep that in mind if you’re driving to East Cambridge on Sunday.
This Wednesday, from 6pm to 7pm at the Public Safety Building in Union Square, Mayor Joseph Curtatone and the Somerville Commission for Women will host the annual Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness. Domestic violence or Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a complex and widespread problem that affects all types of individuals in every community, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. According to a 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention national survey, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime while 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. This physical abuse has severe emotional impacts for victims, with studies showing that there is a link between IPV and depression and suicidal behavior. The physical and emotional effects of IPV are compounded by the economic toll that victims often experience. Studies have shown that IPV causes the loss of 8 million days of paid work nationally each year, and anywhere from 21% to 60% of victims lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse.
Earlier this year, the Massachusetts legislature passed comprehensive domestic violence legislation that seeks to address these issues by improving prevention efforts and affording victims greater protections. The bill establishes employment leave for domestic violence victims, increases training and education regarding domestic violence, and creates the first offense of assault and battery on a family member and requires violators to complete a certified batterer’s intervention program.
What: Annual Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness
When: Wednesday October 1- 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Where: 220 Washington Street Police Academy – (Union Square, Public Safety Building)
This Saturday, Somerville celebrates the fluffy invention of the great American confectioner Archibald Query at the Ninth Annual “What the Fluff?” Festival in Union Square. The party gets started at 3pm and will feature live music, a cooking contest, and the crowning of the Pharaoh of Fluff. This year, the festival theme is inspired by the creativity of Steampunk, a sub-genre of science fiction that combines steam power technology with the fashion aesthetic of Victorian England and America’s Wild West, so you can expect lots of goggles, protective jackets, watches, and lens to look through. Check out the festival’s frequently updated Facebook page and Twitter account for more news about this fun annual party in Somerville.
“What the Fluff?” is presented by Union Square Main Streets as part of ArtsUnion and is always a lot of fun, as you can see from last year’s photos. Come on down to Union Square this Saturday and see what all the fluff is about!
East Somerville Main Streets invites everyone to come and enjoy a fun and food-filled evening at the 4th Annual East Broadway Foodie Crawl. More than a dozen local restaurants will be gathering together and serving authentic food from five different continents. Please click here to buy tickets.
What: East Broadway Foodie Crawl
Where: Check In – The Mudflat Pottery School 81 Broadway, or Louie’s Ice Cream 193 Broadway Somerville, Ma 02145
When: September 16, (rain date- September 17) at 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.
- La Brasa
- East End Grille
- Vinny’s Ristorante
- Taco Loco
- Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant
- Mount Vernon Restaurant & Pub
- Rincon Mexicano
- Los Paisanos
- Tapatio Mexican Grill
- Gauchao Brazilian Cuisine
- Maya Sol
- Dreamy Flavor
- Joe’s Liquors
- Ola Café
- Taqueria Montecristo
- And Many More
Due to thunderstorm forecasts for this Saturday, September 9th, the Community Path Party has been postponed until Saturday, September 20th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The event will still be held by Lexington Park on the existing Willow-to-Cedar Street Community Path Section.
“Party on the Path” is co-sponsored by the City of Somerville and the Friends of the Community Path, and is an opportunity for community members and stakeholders to celebrate the Community Path Extension. This celebration is free and open to the public. For more info or to RSVP, click here.
Yesterday the MBTA opened its first new rapid transit station in 27 years at Somerville’s Assembly Square. It’s the first Orange Line station in Somerville and one of six transit stations slated to open in the city in the next decade with the other five being part of the Green Line Extension project. The station will serve as a key component of the mixed-use, transit-oriented Assembly Row development, and is predicted to be used by 5,000 passengers per day by 2030.
The station was financed through a public-private partnership, with the Assembly Row developer Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) picking up about 30% of the total cost. State and Federal funding will cover the remaining cost of the station. The decision by the City of Somerville to issue bonds for $25 million of other infrastructure improvements at Assembly Square was key to gaining MBTA approval of the project.
Assembly Square was once a thriving manufacturing center that hosted, among other industries, a Ford Motor Company assembly plant which produced the famous “Edsel” brand of cars in the 1950s. However, the site experienced an extended economic and physical decline after Ford decided to close its manufacturing plant. The construction of elevated highways in the 1970s cut Assembly Square off from surrounding areas and played a role in decisions by the remaining industries to move their business as well. In 1980, The City of Somerville declared the area blighted and substandard, and started a 20-year urban renewal plan that would turn the area into a retail mall.
The new Assembly Square Mall attracted some new retailers, but didn’t achieve the economic growth envisioned by the city. The formation of the Mystic View Task Force in the late 1990s was key to the creation of a new 20-year plan that called for a mixed-use concept that would promote economic growth and increase the standard of living for local residents by offering open space and public amenities.
Earlier this summer, phase one of the smart growth project was completed with the opening of 32 retail outlets, a theater, restaurants, the “Legoland Discovery Center,” and a waterfront park at the Mystic River shore, complete with bike paths and an amphitheater.
Although the majority of construction at Assembly Station is now complete and the station is open to passengers, some work at the station will continue through November. Please click here for more information on remaining construction work.