Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with the Executive Director of Somerville Arts Council, Greg Jenkins, and SAC board member and visual facilitator, Kelvy Bird, about the Somerville ArtFarm for Social Innovation – a 2.2 acre city-owned site adjacent the Brickbottom Artist Building and McGrath Highway. Tune in to find out more about the unique and evolving design elements of this flexible space, being driven by local artists and our community through imagined solutions and programming. Why are they striving for a carbon neutral footprint, just how many community garden plots and greenhouses will there be, and how will this area embrace and benefit the cultural diversity of Somerville for decades to come? Watch this episode and you’ll find out.
Somerville ArtFarm: http://somervilleartscouncil.org/artfarm
Earthos Institute: www.earthos-institute.us
Kelvy Bird: www.kelvybird.com
Join Greater Somerville co-host, Joe Lynch, as he interviews Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and Police Chief David Fallon. They discuss the current race relations climate here in Somerville, statistics and lessons learned from Ferguson, MO, New York and elsewhere.
Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with Deborah Flaschen, Founder and President of 3LPlace, an innovative residential transition program for young adults, located just outside of Davis Square, Somerville. Tune in to find out why this center, that focuses on learning, living, and linking young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities, was formed through her own struggles for caring for her son, D.J., and why she feels establishing a sense of continuity, community, and proven educational curriculum is so vital for these people to continue to thrive and grow in society.
Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with the Founder of the Somerville Backpack Program, Ross Richmond, about his organization and how they’ve been fighting to close the childhood food insecurity gap in the public school systems since 2014. Tune in to learn more about why Middlesex County has the highest level of hunger needs in the state, why young children are often the hardest hit when economic downturns arise, and just how far your donation of a mere five dollars a week can go to help end childhood hunger – you’d be surprised. A whole lot of good can happen for about the same price as that daily Starbucks latte.
Somerville Backpack Program – http://www.somervillebackpackprogram.org/
Community Cooks – http://communitycooks.org/
Somerville Homeless Coalition – https://www.somervillehomelesscoalition.org/
Feeding America (dynamic map) – http://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2013/overall
Three Little Figs – http://3littlefigs.com/
Join host KyAnn Anderson as she explores Somerville’s vibrant Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender, and Questioning population, as she connects with integrative health coach and TEDx Somerville speaker, Dillan DiGiovanni, about his recent transgender transition, as well as Associate Pastor Jeff Mansfield of First Church Somerville UCC, who’s organization aims to nurture a universal acceptance of the LGBTQ community through their “open & affirming” congregation.
Dillan DiGiovanni: http://dillan-digiovanni.com/
First Church Somerville UCC: http://www.firstchurchsomerville.org/
Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with long-time community advocate and Somerville Times columnist Bill Shelton, and Union Square Neighbors chair and founding member Tim Talun, about US2 Associates recent development proposal for the D2 and D3 parcels in Union Square. With Somerville in dire need of commercial tax base revenue, this plan of 525 residential units targeted at the Millennial demographic, has received harsh criticism from both community groups as well as government officials. Tune in to find out more about this complex development project, how the Somerville Board of Aldermen are taking a stand against US2’s proposal, and the importance of voicing your opinions about this process to city hall.
Union Square Neighbors: http://www.unionsquareneighbors.com/
Union United: http://www.unionunited2014.org/
Union Square Civic Advisory Committee: http://www.unionsquarefutures.org/
Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with Dr. Alice LoCicero, a clinical psychologist, researcher and author, to look in-depth at the psychology that influences young terrorists — and how youths are being influenced and recruited for violence around the world. The topic couldn’t be more timely as our community and the nation watch both the trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as well as recent stories of teens headed to fight with — or marry — ISIS soldiers in the Middle East. Is there a ‘one size fits all’ approach to risk factors in these youths, and can we, as a society, develop a more effective way to identify and deal with them to prevent future tragedies?
On this episode of Greater Somerville, the two Emily’s (Cassel and Hopkins), Scout Magazine’s new co-editors, join co-host Joe Lynch to discuss the magazines founder Holli Banks, the future of the magazine, their backgrounds, and the move Scout will be making later this month to the Arts at the Armory facility on Highland Avenue. Tune in to see what’s in store for Scout Magazine in 2015.
Join host KyAnn Anderson as she bids farewell to Mimi Graney, the Founding Executive Director of Somerville’s Union Square Main Streets, since 2005. Dedicating over a decade of her life to enriching the community and culture of Union Square, Mimi is embarking on a co-owned business venture in 2015 called Relish Management. Tune in as they reminisce about the Union Square of days gone by and the future changes – with major development and a new subway station on the horizon for 2017. Find out more about Mimi’s unique business plan and which neighboring community may be home to the areas first innovative vending machine park extravaganza in the not-so-distant future. Greater Somerville would like to wish Mimi Graney the best of luck in her future endeavor and thank her for her continual dedication to making Union Square the strong and vital community that it is today.
Facebook: Relish Management
Hosts Joe Lynch and KyAnn Anderson showed their true holiday spirit by leading one of the trolley tours for the Somerville Arts Council’s Somerville Illuminations Tour of Lights on December 13th. Selling out year after year, this tour weaves in and out of the streets of both East and West Somerville, showcasing some of the finest holiday bling our city has to offer.
If you have yet to experience this truly one-of-a-kind event, keep an eye out for next year’s tour and buy your tickets early.
Happy Holidays from Greater Somerville!