Harvest Fest 2010!

August 31st, 2010

While not a GWS event, our roomie Somerville Local First is hosting this great annual event at the Armory!

Event & Ticket Page: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/117508

Event Blog: http://somervillelocalfirst.org/slf-events/harvest-fest/

Harvest Fest 2009 was insane. 1,000+ people showed up to revel in the local love. Guests enjoyed beer from independent craft breweries across New England snacked on bites from some of Somerville best local restaurants and enjoyed the talents of some of Greater Boston’s best musicians, artists and performers.

Most importantly, Somerville Local First and the Harvest Fest organizers learned what worked and what didn’t and have an incredible package put together for 2010.

Harvest Fest will run in TWO sessions this year. Here’s what each will look like.

Session 1 ~ Somerville Rocks ~ 1:00-5:00 PM
–Headlining Performance: The Seamonsters
–A wide selection of New England craft beer (approx. $10 breweries) and a selection of locally made wines
–1 bite from 10 Somerville Restaurants
–Opening performances from local musicians
–Photo and information booths, live tweeting, general awesomeness

Session 2 ~ Local is the Future ~ 6:00-10:00 PM
–Headlining Performance: The Zebbler Encanti Experience with Aircraft Aerial Arts (This performance will be legendary)
–A wide selection of New England craft beer (approx. $10 breweries) and a selection of locally made wines
–1 bite from 10 Somerville Restaurants
–Fashion performance featuring Somerville’s finest fashion retailers
–Opening DJ performance by David Day
–Photo and information booths, live tweeting, general future awesomeness

This will be a ticketed event this year, so we’re going from 1,000 to 700 guests. This event WILL sell out, tickets will be available online soon.

Pricing:

$20 per session
$35 for both sessions

….we think this is a phenomenal value and hope you do too.

Somerville Local First hopes to raise much needed capital to continue its work to build a strong local economy. All artists and organizers will be fairly compensated for their contributions to help give you one of the best events of the year.

Fluff Fest 2010!

August 31st, 2010

Groundwork Somerville is happy to participate in this great annual community event! If we are approved for a spot, look for our table at the festival!

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It’s the fifth annual Fluff festival in Somerville and our madcap celebration continues to grow! “What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention” honors Fluff creator, Archibald Query who invented the gooey sticky stuff right here in Union Square in 1917. Join our madcap tribute for all ages that includes musical, and theatrical performances, games stage and DIY midway, cooking contest and lots of tasty Fluff treats.

The …2010 theme is the whoopie pie, that most enticing of Fluff creations, the Whoopie Pie. Often chocolate but could be other flavors from vanilla to carrot to pumpkin, the Whoopie Pie is not properly a sandwich, not quite a cupcake, oddly not even a pie — like Marshmallow Fluff itself, it’s in a class by itself.

Guests can also join in the festivities by creating a mallowey concoction for the cooking contest or participating in a range of Fluff shennanigans and field games — all with fab prizes. Get your tongues ready for the Fluff lick-off, your coordination on track for the Fluffernutter relay, and your balance for Fluff bowling. Play culinary roulette and dare to eat the Fluffed-up results. Sample the taste of Fluff from our various vendors presenting Fluff sweet and savory. There’s Fluff-inspired cocktails at local watering holes throughout Union Square. A range of musical and theatrical performers will entertain the fluff-infused crowd.

For more info visit http://unionsquaremain.org/committees/Special%20Events/flufffest10.html
or follow us on Twitter at @FluffFestival for the latest updates

And for a chance to win our poetry contest, write something clever and post it to our wall on our Poetry Contest Facebook Page or email it to fluff.festival@gmail.com.

(RAINDATE: September 26th)

Want to volunteer and be in the inside fluff scoop?!? Email us at fluff.festival@gmail.com

Riverfest 2010!

August 31st, 2010

Hosted by Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) and the City of Somerville

Come join Groundwork Somerville and other community organizations as we celebrate the beautiful Mystic River! GWS will host our new Water Miles Relay to demonstrate just how far our water travels to get to us.

More information to come soon.

Bunker Hill Community College – Get Involved: Community Service and Internship Fair

August 31st, 2010

Bunker Hill Community College – Get Involved: Community Service and Internship Fair

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010
Bunker Hill Community College, Charlestown Campus, Main Lobby
9:00am- 2:00pm

Tufts Community Day

August 31st, 2010

All are invited to a day of education, art, and family entertainment. All activities, including lunch, are free of charge.

Residents, neighbors and friends are invited to celebrate the eighth annual Community day at Tufts University from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 26. The event will take place on the academic quad at Tufts’ Medford and Somerville campus and is cosponsored by the two cities.

Highlights of the day include:

  • Complimentary lunch and refreshments
  • Exhibits, activities, and resource information presented by Tufts departments/organizations and by Medford and Somerville community groups.
  • Tips on safety and fire prevention by police and fire departments
  • Music and dance performances by student groups
  • Pumpkin painting, crafts, face painting, and other activities for children

Community Day is free and open to the public. All events are handicapped accessible. Events including lunch will take place on the main academic quad at the top of the hill by Goddard Chapel, Ballou Hall and the statue of Jumbo. Community Day will be held rain or shine.

Parking for Community Day is available free of charge in the Tufts parking garage at 419 Boston Avenue, Medford. Take elevators in the Garage up to the 7th floor, exit the building, and walk across the footbridge toward the Quad.

A complimentary shuttle will run from Davis Square (across the street from Somerville Theatre) to the Tufts campus.

For more information about Tufts Community Day, please call the Office of Community Relations at 617-627-3780.

Community Day will be held rain or shine. The event will only be canceled in the event of severe weather. Cancellation information will be posted on the Tufts web site (http://www.tufts.edu) by 8:00AM Sunday morning.

Medford/Somerville Campus Map & Directions

Davis Square Shuttle Schedule

Everett City Fest

August 31st, 2010

A day of fun, food and culture in Everett! At the same time as the Everett Farmers’ Market. Click here for directions!

More information to come soon

Farmers Market in Everett Square, starting Saturday, July 17

th from 10:30 AM to 2:00 PM. Fresh produce from local farms will be available for sale, as well as items from local businesses and restaurants. The Marketplace will also showcase a painter, jewelry and other handcrafted items, a baker, and some local organizations with outreach tables and activities including, the Boys and Girls Club, Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA,) The Joint Committee for Children’s Healthcare in Everett (JCCHCE,) Kool Smiles, and many more to come.

Local Yacht Clubs Close for Herbicidal Spraying

August 31st, 2010

http://insidemedford.com/2010/08/31/local-yacht-clubs-close-for-spraying-of-aquatic-weeds/

…Somerville receives $400,000 EPA grant to help developers clean up contaminated sites

August 31st, 2010

Thanks to a new federal grant, Somerville has another $400,000 to dole out in brownfield loans, giving developers funding to clean up property, making room for new construction.

“No private developer can go it alone,” said Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone, noting that much of the property available for redevelopment in densely packed Somerville has been contaminated and needs cleaning up.

The money will be loaned out to developers in Union Square or East Somerville, but city officials would not mention what specific properties it could go to because they are still in negotiations.

The old Kiley Barrel site on Prospect Street — where 38 years of cleaning chemical barrels left a potpourri of toxins in the soil — was mentioned as a possible target of a brownfield loan.

Somerville currently has $450,000 in similar funds that have been lent out, mostly to clean up Maxpak, an old factory torn down to make room for a residential development off Lowell Street.

There are several polluted properties in East Somerville and Union Square, including 50 Tufts St., the Target parking lot, Webster Avenue, the intersection of Pearl Street and the McGrath Highway and the Public Safety Building, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Curt Spalding handed a giant mock check for $400,000 to Curtatone at a press conference in Union Square Tuesday morning.

“Cities must thrive for us to be successful going forward,” Spalding said. “Somerville is a great example of a city using our grant and loan money especially well.”

..Somerville’s bike path plans pedal forward with Governor Patrick’s visit, $490,000 grant announcement.

August 31st, 2010

Touring Somerville’s future site of MaxPak Square on Monday afternoon, Gov. Deval Patrick announced a $490,000 grant to construct a bike path alongside the 199-unit residential development.

The grant money will extend the Community Path from its terminus at Cedar Street to Lowell Street, where it will link up with a planned Green Line station.

Governor Patrick announces funding for portion of Community Path

August 31st, 2010

Somerville’s bike path plans pedal forward with Governor Patrick’s visit, $490,000 grant announcement

By Andy Metzger
Wicked Local Somerville
Posted Aug 30, 2010 @ 07:26 PM

Somerville — Touring Somerville’s future site of MaxPak Square on Monday afternoon, Gov. Deval Patrick announced a $490,000 grant to construct a bike path alongside the 199-unit residential development.

The grant money will extend the Community Path from its terminus at Cedar Street to Lowell Street, where it will link up with a planned Green Line station.

Friends of the Community Path want the state to fund the design and construction of a path leading all the way to Lechmere Station, however the state Department of Transportation had only committed to funding the design, and only until the Inner Belt, a little ways from Lechmere.

The state is seeking a $23 million federal Department of Transportation grant to fund the construction to the Inner Belt as well, said city spokesman Michael Meehan.

Asked whether the state would pick up the funding if the federal government rejected the grant, Patrick was unwaveringly optimistic, if also ambiguous.

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure the federal government partners with us,” Patrick said.

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