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?
Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with George Proakis, the Director of Planning at the City of Somerville, about the zoning code overhaul draft that was recently submitted to the Board of Alderman for review, approval, and opened for public comment. While this document may seem overwhelming in size to many, the community needs to realize the importance of the details that lie within, as well as voice their concerns to city hall, while there is still an opportunity to do so. How tall will those ten story buildings be, will the home renovations process be easier, affordable housing – how much can we expect, bicycle parking ratios versus the automobile and more, will be answered on this episode. Make sure you know the facts, your voice is heard and together, we make this the strongest code it can be for Somerville by watching this episode.
NOTE: Don’t forget to attend the public hearing on Tuesday, February 10th at 6pm in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall.
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.
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Join hosts Joe Lynch and KyAnn Anderson as they reflect on the top Somerville stories of 2014, what to expect next year, and why Joe refused to wear his festive reindeer sweater for yet another Greater Somerville Holiday Special (bah humbug). Happy New Year and a sincere thank you to those of you who support our program year after year. Watch out 2015! For additional episodes, please visit the Greater Somerville blog at: http://www.greatersomerville.wordpress.com
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!
After an upgrade to HD technology in the Hot Set earlier this year, we felt it was high time for a little cosmetic make-over to match those technological advances (see Before/After images below). Through the visions of KyAnn Design, approval from the SCATV Board, and a lot of elbow grease through Thanksgiving weekend (a sincere thank you to Melitta King, Yvette Wilks, and Miguel Rivas), our new Hot Set design became a reality! The inspiration was to mute the original oak wood paneling by creating a modern focal point through contrasting colors, chairs, and a geometric area rug. With an emphasis on clean lines and comfort, the designer wanted to enhance the overall guest experience by encouraging a more intimate conversation style to promote relaxation. We invite you to come on down to SCATV in Union Square and see the Hot Set first hand. Watch out Ellen DeGeneres…Greater Somerville’s chicer than ever!
Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with Somerville Neighborhood News Director Jane Regan, in the newly remodeled Hot Set, at SCATV. Find out about the news highlights of 2014, how you can get involved, and why the investigative journalism by SNN is so critical to our community, as the Somerville landscape continues to change in the years ahead. A celebration of accomplishments, SNN continues to provide informative, diverse, and powerful coverage on many critical topics, and we encourage you to tune in every other Tuesday night at 7pm on SCATV Channel 3, or follow them on social media or YouTube (details below). Congratulations to Jane Regan and the entire SNN crew for another successful year!
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Join host Joe Lynch as he speaks with Chief Jerry Carhalho of the Somerville Auxiliary Police Department and Dave Galatis of Lyndell’s Bakery about the upcoming 2nd Annual Sean Collier Memorial Weekend, October 17-19, at Lyndell’s Bakery in Ball Square. There will be Boston sports raffle items, free coffee, as well as special “310” badge cookies for sale, with $1/cookie proceeds going to the SAPD Sean Collier Memorial Scholarship Fund. Please come to Lyndell’s NEXT weekend to support this worthy cause.
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.