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Monday, September 25, 6-8 p.m.

Tufts Administration Building (TAB), 167 Holland Street, Senior Center, 2nd Floor

Join the City Planning Department for a special update and discussion on the Davis Square Neighborhood Plan. We’re excited to present this meeting with the help of a facilitator who specializes in a meeting format designed to give participants control of the discussion topics. First, city staff will offer an update on the plan started in 2013/14 as well as a look at next steps. Then, to address outstanding topics and ensure that any new ideas and goals are identified, our facilitator will use the Round Robin meeting format, which asks participants to bring up topics for small-group discussions. In short, participants will set the agenda for the night and also shape topics for the next meeting.

At the second meeting in this series on October 19 (at the Community Baptist Church, 31 College Ave. 6-8 p.m.), we’ll take a deeper dive into the community-selected topics and identify action steps to address the goals and needs related to each. City staff will bring in resources and experts on the topic areas selected in the first meeting to serve as a resource during discussions.

Whether your concerns are open space, traffic, parking, streetscape, bicycle infrastructure, housing or more, we hope you’ll join us.

Unfortunately we cannot monitor this page, so if have any questions or need any more information, please contact us at planning@somervillema.org

For more information about Davis Square Neighborhood Planning visit https://www.somervillebydesign.com/neighborhood-planning/davis-square/

Rosh Hashanah 5778 prep

Sep. 20th, 2017 11:00 am
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Overall I've been too crazed to journal, but today is weirdly slow* at work so I am taking a few minutes.
*(Edited to add: I suspected it was too good to be true. Of course the shit hit the fan on about 3 different projects as soon as I finished posting this, so, we'll hope I get out on time.)

Cards: mostly sent; I ordered 50, and carefully winnowed down my list to that number, but they actually sent me extras so I still have a dozen or so I can send (probably next week; gmar chatimah tovah!).

Honey cake: baked last night.

Challah: 4 small loaves (2 raisin, 2 plain) currently on second rise to bake later today. This year, I used the King Arthur recipe that I printed out last year but decided against for some reason. I made a double batch since it claims to make 1 9-inch round, let the dough rise overnight, and it looked beautiful this morning. Aria was super interested in the dough as I was rolling it into strands for coiling. "Cookie! Pizza! I hold it? I hold it?" I told her she'll be big enough to help me next year.

12lb. brisket in fridge, waiting to prep for Thurs afternoon. Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] ablock, I fear my brisket-recipe allegiance is permanently switched! even though the simmered-in-wine version will forever smell like the essence of Rosh Hashanah to me.

Matzah ball soup: also tomorrow (using stock from freezer)

Vegetables:
- brisket potatoes & carrots
- tzimmes (I actually found frozen diced butternut squash at Not-Our-Usual-Supermarket)
- salad

Guests: 1 (maybe 2?) Thursday night, 1 Friday night

Shul: by myself tonight (6:30pm) and tomorrow morning (9am); with Aria on Friday. She saw me put on a skirt this morning (since I'm going straight from work) and said "Mama you go shul today! I go shul!"

Still to review: Shacharit davening for first day (ack) and Haftarah. I went over the davening with the rabbi during Sunday school the last two weeks and it was OK - Yom Kippur is more direly in need of practice, but first things first.

Kittel: try on tonight, bring tomorrow morning.

Shanah tovah u'metukah!
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Friends just pointed me to this nerd comedy event coming up at the Armory. I am a fan of new ways to reach out on science topics in fun ways, and this sounds good to me. 

Saturday, September 30 at 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT. Ticketing info over at facebook. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/116424495686654/

Come hang out with Boston Skeptics and enjoy a night of comedy between science friends.

"You know how Larry the Cable Guy's act pretty much consists of him yelling "Git 'er done!" every five minutes or so? Scientist-turned-comic Tim Lee's material is the diametric opposite. Lee, who got his PhD before realizing where his true talents lay, blends science talk (complete with PowerPoint presentations) with comedy. The hilarious result is like what would happen if you crossed your high-school chem teacher with George Carlin"
- The Boston Phoenix
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 There will be fireworks at Spy Pond at dusk (around 8pm) for Town Night/Day.
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HeatSmart CoolSmart SomervilleAt the Climate Commission meeting last night, we got an update on the heat pumps program that's running now. If you have been thinking about ways to reduce your carbon footprint, you really ought to take a look at these new and high-tech super efficient devices. Or if you know your heating equipment is getting up there in age, you should at least come and learn about these. And they can do heating as well as cooling. In my house, it looks like I'll be able to reduce my natural gas heating a lot and rely on my solar for much of my heating and cooling.

I've been resisting air conditioning over the years for a variety of reasons, but this new style of heating and cooling tech I can have both, with much less environmental impact (and noise). Also right now there are big rebates and low interest loans. It's hard to know how much longer good programs like this will run in our current political environment, you know?

So this event will give you the backstory on the tech. https://www.somervillema.gov/events/2017/10/04/heat-pumps-101

Wed Oct 4 2017 - 6:30pm

LOCATION
West Somerville Community School Cafeteria
177 Powderhouse Blvd.
Somerville, MA 02144

[work] "Okay. Where are we?"

Sep. 14th, 2017 09:16 am
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Things I say non-ironically: “I’m used to occupying a weird spot in the corporate realpolitik orgchart… the big open spot in right-center field where the outfielders aren’t because someone read the play wrong.”

More on that later, but I wanted to get the thought out.

Meet candidates for mayor & alderman

Sep. 12th, 2017 03:47 pm
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 There is a candidate meet-and-greet this evening at Workbar in Union Square if you want to meet people who are running for Alderman and Mayor. 


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The High Holidays at Havurat Shalom are a wonderful, intense, prayerful experience. They are also free! We do not have tickets. Everyone is welcome! We hope you'll join us. Contact us for disability access info or requests. Childcare is available on a first come, first served basis for all of Rosh Hashanah, except the second night, and all of Yom Kippur, except the afternoon break.

Rosh Hashanah

Wednesday 9/20, 6:30 pm
Thursday 9/21, 9:00 am and 7: 30 pm
children's services 11:30 am
Friday 9/22, 9:00 am

Shabbat Shuva
Friday 9/22, 6:30 pm
Saturday 9/23, 10:00 am

Yom Kippur

Friday 9/29, 6:00 pm
children's services 11:30 am
Saturday 9/30 9:00 am

Havurat Shalom
113 College Ave
Somerville MA 02144

for more info
call: 617-623-3376 (voice)
go to: http://www.thehav.org/
or email: info@thehav.org

The 1st floor of Havurat Shalom is wheelchair accessible, including the prayer room, dining room, living room, and bathroom. For the health of those with allergies and chemical sensitivities, we request that you not wear perfume, aftershave, or cologne to Havurat Shalom. The bathrooms are all-gender.
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Speaking of events this weekend, my church (First Church Somerville -- the one on College Ave. with the rainbow flag, Black Lives Matter banner, and vegetable garden) is hosting 2 events this weekend:

(1) a Yard Sale
Saturday
September 16th, 2017
9am-3pm
First Church Somerville
89 College Ave.
Somerville, MA 02144
Cash, Major Credit Cards and Apple Pay accepted!
All proceeds will go directly to RESPOND, working to end domestic violence

(2) a Block Party
Sunday
September 17, 2017
2-4pm
at Francesca Ave. and College Ave.
Come meet your neighbors and celebrate fall!
Barbecue and beverages provided; bring a side dish or dessert to share. [Bringing food is not required -- you can just come and eat our food, I promise.]
Bouncy house for adults & kids! Face painting!

Somerville Garden Club Plant Sale

Sep. 11th, 2017 03:14 pm
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September 16, 2017 * 9am-1pm in Davis Square * Rain or Shine!
100s of locally grown plants on sale.
Discover the perfect plant to enliven your garden or window sill.
Don't miss this!, it's been a Somerville Tradition since 1995!

* Sun & shade garden perennials
* Trees, shrubs, and groundcovers
* Horticultural books, decorative containers, garden tools
* Bulbs, dried flowers
* Herbs

Choose from hundreds of plants donated by both Somerville Garden Club members and community friends of the Club. Visit the Connoisseur Table for that unique specimen or find a tried-and-true favorite.
Proceeds benefit the educational programs and public plantings of the all-volunteer, non-profit Somerville Garden Club.

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Sep. 10th, 2017 07:45 pm
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[personal profile] flexagon said she'd encountered a tasty "people chow" type food in the cafeteria, and it sounded like something I might like, so I found a recipe and tried it.

How can Serious Eats and Ottolenghi go wrong? Well... )

My own restaurant week

Sep. 9th, 2017 11:28 pm
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I had my own version of restaurant week surrounding my birthday! 

I made the most of my birthday, stretching out the celebrations to several nights, with several friends and family!  I indulged my passion to explore new restaurants and cherish old favorites in six different cities and towns!   

1) Tango Argentinian Cuisine in Arlington 
http://tangoarlington.com/

They're famous for meats - steaks, sausages, lamb and pork chops - but I was most impressed with the special cold soup - gazpacho - and the polenta with parmesan and malbec mushroom sauce!  I had the mile-high pork chop with a delightful side of mashed butternut squash and sweet potato.  

2) The Loading Dock in Belmont
http://tmgcos.com/theloadingdockmacom/

We had Sunday brunch at this beautiful new Mediterranean bakery, deli and restaurant.  We ate well in a quiet corner of their dining room, and brought home prepared foods like curried cashew chicken salad and soups! 

3) Texas Road House in Everett
https://www.texasroadhouse.com/restaurant-locations/massachusetts/everett

We went late evening and found a quiet corner table for their delicious chili, house salads, steak and ribs.  Basic American food with country music and dancing servers!  And fun non-alcoholic drinks!  I
 had the red raspberry lemonade. 

4) Lobsta Land in Gloucester

http://lobstalandrestaurant.com/

My favorite place on Cape Ann with a lovely view of the salt marsh just off Rte 128. I had lobster for lunch!  They make a delicious lobster chowder!  I was tempted by the lazy man lobster or paella but went with the combo appetizer of crab cakes, coconut shrimp and calamari.  

5) Nichols Candy House in Gloucester
https://nicholscandies.com/

This is the best old-fashioned candy shop! It's run by a cheery group of older ladies who walk around the displays while you point at your favorites and they fill a box of handmade chocolate.  You can pick up lobster lollipops, jelly beans, poppycock, Boston Baked beans, molasses puffs and more!  

6) S&S Deli in Cambridge
http://www.sandsrestaurant.com/

This deli in Inman Square is on my way home from work but we rarely stop.  I was starving so we ducked in for dinner.  They have a huge menu of deli favorites and basic American breakfast, lunch or dinner choices.  Choosing is tough!  I ended up with the gazpacho and the most delicious chicken pot pie!  Oh... and blueberry blintzes.  Mmmm.... they were good at breakfast the next day!

7) La Casa de Pedro in Watertown
http://lacasadepedro.com/watertown/home


We enjoyed the Venezuelan treats at this restaurant with the fanciful tropical interior.  I adore their tapas menu!  Another place where it's tough to choose.  I got to taste the shrimp ceviche, sweet plantains, "Pedro's Old Times with Vargas" - a spicy pork nuggets dish, fried cheese sticks and then the paella - an immense mixture of seafood, rice, and snap peas in a cast iron wok.  

8) Oleana in Cambridge 
https://www.oleanarestaurant.com/

I was blown away by this place!  It's spectacular!  I can't believe this was my first time.  I tried to make a reservation a week ahead, but ended up on the wait list with little hope.  The universe smiled on me - they finally called at 2:30 pm the night I wanted to go saying they had a 6:30 pm table!  Perfect!  We got an outdoor table in a quiet, covered corner of their magical patio, next to an open plug where I could charge my almost-dead phone!  This is another "lots of tapas with a few entrees" place owned by award-winning chef Ana Sortun.  If she puts ingredients together, you know they will coordinate to delight your palate!  I got to taste several tapas:

Tapas
Deviled eggs with tuna,
Sultan's Delight of tamarind beef short rib with smokey eggplant puree, 
Fatteh- Caramelized Onion, Romanesco, Crispy Mushrooms, Pinenuts, Yogurt; 
Swordfish special meze

Entrees
Sister's Lemon Chicken with Za’atar, Turkish Cheese Pancake
Hubby's Beef Shish w/ Pepper Relish, Fried Green Tomato, Tomato Brown Butter, Yogurt
My Softshell Crab with Saffron-Almond Skordalia, Heirloom Tomato, Couza Fries w/ Olive tapenade


Desserts 
Pistachio Ma’amoul Cookie w/ Lemon Verbena Peaches, Olive Oil Ice Cream
Sweet Corn Ice Cream w/ Blueberry Spoon Sweets, Corn Puff, Sumac Kettle Corn
My first ever Baked Alaska - Coconut Ice Cream and Passion Fruit Caramel

Drinks
My companions enjoyed their creative cocktails. I enjoyed the festive drinks without alcohol!  I adored the hibiscus iced tea.  And the rooibos hot tea with dessert.  

Our server was a friendly, efficient younger woman with a way of asking how things were going that encouraged us to gush compliments to the chef.  

It is pricey but worth it for a special occasion! 

I recommend all these spots to you for happy eating!  






 

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From the ResiStat newsletter:

Styrofoam Recycling
If you've been saving up your expanded polystyrene (known to most people as Styrofoam) for the next recycling day, it's just around the corner. On Sat., Sept. 9, bring your Styrofoam to the Department of Public Works, 1 Franey Rd., from 9 a.m. to noon for recycling. On the City's website you can learn more about what's accepted and other details.

It's also a hazardous waste disposal day.

This only happens twice a year, and there's often very little publicity about it. (Sorry I wasn't organized enough to post this sooner.)
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