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 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.
(NOTE: See “Related Links” for all information on past community meetings. Updated plan information coming in Spring 2014)
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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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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?)
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Join hosts KyAnn Anderson and Joe Lynch as they speak to Friends of the Community Path’s Co-Founder Lynn Weissman about important upcoming events, why the Path needs to be built in tandem to the Green Line Extension Project, and what the Somerville community can do to get involved and make the Path a reality.
Green Line Extension / Community Path – Design Team Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 11th, 6-8pm, Holiday Inn, Somerville
(your voice is important, please attend!)
Join host Joe Lynch and KyAnn Anderson as they speak with Vice President of East Somerville Main Street’s Renee Polcaro about the upcoming 2nd Annual East Somerville Foodie Crawl. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18th, and you are encouraged to get your tickets early before they sell out!
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Join host Joe Lynch as he walks the site of the Maxwell Green Development on Lowell Street, speaking with Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and the Developers about the history and highlights of the development process. Find out exactly what the units look like by taking a tour inside one of the marketing units, that are set to be leasing by later this year.
Video Link: http://blip.tv/somervillecommunityaccess/special-edition-of-greater-somerville-maxwell-s-green-6245110
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Join host KyAnn Anderson as she introduces the new editor of the Somerville Journal, Dan Atkinson, to talk about what changes you can expect to see at the paper, where print journalism is headed in the next decade, and why he’s excited to cover one of the most dynamic cities in the Boston Metro area.