Spring Update (March/April 2010)

Spring training has begun , which means that street sweepers aren’t fair behind. April 1 is the official start date of street cleaning in Somerville. Boston Sweeper, a service provided by Boston.com, will send will send an e-mail reminder to your in-box in time for you to move your car. It could save you the cost of a grandstand seat at Fenway.

In February, I had the honor of being elected as a delegate from Ward 3 to the Democratic State Convention. The Convention, on June 5th and 6th, will be held in Worcester. At this important convention, we will nominate candidates for state-wide offices, including governor, treasurer, auditor and attorney general. This will be my first convention, and I’m very proud to be representing my Ward. Thank you so much to everyone who voted to send me to Worcester.

Several other members of the board of directors of the Community Action Agency of Somerville, (CAAS) and I have been working on a revision the organization’s by laws, to better reflect how our city’s leading anti-poverty agency functions. These are interesting times at CAAS; stimulus money has allowed us to expand staff and services to our neighbors who are caught in the economic downturn. CAAS has recently strengthen it’s accounting and finance functions, so I am confident that these hard earned tax dollars are being well spent.

I’ve also been working with a remarkable group, Emerge Massachusetts, which is part of a national movement to address the under-representation of women in office at all levels of government.

Finally, as a life-long reader and dedicated librarian, I am looking forward to Somerville’s participation in the One Book, One City program. The program, promotes reading, and community discussion through book talks, art exhibits, concerts and film festivals, all centered around one book. Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried (an excellent read!) has been selected, and the kick-off is a concert at the Center for Arts at the Armory (91 Highland Avenue) on Sunday, March 28th, 4:00 to 8:00. Admission is free. Hope to see you there.

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