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 hosts Joe Lynch and KyAnn Anderson as they kick-off Summer 2015 with a whirlwind of topics – upcoming summer events, zoning code overall, GLX – there’s something in this episode for everyone. Don’t forget the SPF everyone, and have a wonderful summer!
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 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?
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.
Facebook: Relish Management
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