Kat Rutkin & Joe Grafton – Somerville Local First (9.30.14)

Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with Somerville Local First Executive Director Kat Rutkin and Founding Executive Director Joe Grafton about the SLF mission, what local businesses can expect with the upcoming development in Union Square, and why you need to buy your tickets to Harvest Fest 2014, coming up on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at the Arts at the Armory. If you’ve ever wondered why Somerville’s local business scene continues to be so quirky, independent and strong, watch this episode. Find out how SLF offers their support to small businesses ​and how a simple 10% shift in your shopping habits can result in significant benefits to our local economy.

Visit:  http://www.somervillelocalfirst.org/

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KyAnn & Joe – Goodbye to Summer (9.9.14)

Join 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 episode.

Lynn Weissman & Alan Moore – Community Path Activists (5.20.14)

Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with Friends of the Community Path Co-Presidents Lynn Weissman & Alan Moore about the Patrick Administration’s recent announcement to fully fund both the design and construction of the 2-mile Green Line Extension Community Path. Tune in to find out more about the newly proposed path design, how your input can help improve on these ideas, and why this critical milestone is so important for our community. Congratulations to everyone involved in this historic victory for Somerville!

George Proakis & Sarah Spicer – City of Somerville, Planning Department (1.28.14)


Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with the City of Somerville’s Director of Planning George Proakis and Senior Planner Sarah Spicer about the various initiatives of the Curtatone administration devoted to making Somerville a great place to live, work, play and raise a family – with an episode focus on Davis Square. Within the guiding framework of the SomerVision Comprehensive 2030 Plan completed in 2012, both have been actively involved in managing the Davis Square Neighborhood Plan and Streetscape Improvement Plan, on track for implementation in next few years. Tune in to find out the history of these planning initiatives, how Davis Square will be changing in the years ahead, and whether a boutique hotel is on the horizon for one of the most vibrant squares in Somerville.

visit: www.somervillebydesign.com

visit: http://www.somervillema.gov/departments/ospcd/transportation-and-infrastructure/davis-square-streetscape

(NOTE: See “Related Links” for all information on past community meetings. Updated plan information coming in Spring 2014)

David Simon & Heather Schmidt – Culinary Creatives of Somerville (7.2.13)

Join host KyAnn Anderson as she discusses culinary creativity in Somerville and how many local entrepreneurs are taking advantage of a venue known as Kitchen Inc – an incubator space for innovation that has put Somerville a step ahead in the local foodie arena. Tonight, she speaks with the owners of Black Magic Coffee and Union Square Donuts, who are on the cutting edge of this culinary trend. They’ll be speaking about how they got started, why Kitchen Inc has been so vital to their business success, and what you can do to transform those premature business plans into a satisfying career, while simultaneously building community.


Kitchen Inc

Black Magic Coffee Companyhttp://blkmagiccoffee.com

  • FB – Black Magic Coffee
  • Twitter – @BlkMagicCoffee

Union Square Donuts -

  • FB – UnionSquareDonuts
  • Twitter – @UnionSqDonuts

Sam Coren & John Allen – Beacon Street Reconstruction Project (4.2.13)


Tonight on Greater Somerville host Joe Lynch gives equal time to two opponents of the proposed cycle track on Beacon Street.  The $4.5 million dollar Beacon Street reconstruction project now proposes to include a “cycle track” as part of the upgrade of utilities, ADA compliance upgrades and roadway and sidewalk reconstruction.  In addition to the loss of on-street parking, the opponents of the “cycle track” have stated that there are serious design flaws in the Design Consultants Inc. plan, unaddressed public safety concerns not only for cyclists, but for motorists and pedestrians as well.

Visit: http://beaconstreetsomerville.org/

Luisa Oliveira & Jessie Banhazl – Somerville’s Urban Agriculture Ordinance (2.5.13)

Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speak’s with the City of Somerville’s Luisa Oliveira and Green City Grower’s Co-Founder Jessie Banhazl, as they discuss their collaboration efforts in Somerville’s recently passed Urban Agriculture Ordinance. These regulations are the first of their kind in the state of Massachusetts. Additionally, learn about the recently launched Urban Agriculture Ambassador’s Program, and how 15 lucky Somerville residents will be receiving free home agricultural education courses this spring, if their applications are selected (deadline is February 15th, email urbanagambassadors@gmail.com for an application link). If you are a chicken coop enthusiast, fascinated with beehives, or dream of installing a raised-bed vegetable garden this spring, this is a must-see episode.


The City of Somerville’s ABC’s of Urban Agriculture - http://www.somervillema.gov/departments/ospcd/parks-and-open-space/urban-agriculture-initiaitive

Green City Growers - www.growmycitygreen.com

City of Somerville’s Chicken Video* - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34vtPsbZ9T8

(*Bonus points for anyone who recognizes the voice over in the video. Luisa, perhaps?)