WEEK IN REVIEW: IKEA Says 'No' and a Damaging Thunderstorm
Also, a search for a missing dog, a rare statue is returned, ideas for improving Davis Square, a fire on Summer Street and high heat.
IKEA not coming to Somerville
The Swedish flat-pack furniture company bought land in Assembly Square in 1999, and since at least then people have wondered when the store would build in Somerville. Over the past few months it looked as if IKEA would back out, and on Thursday the company announced just that. Are you sad IKEA won't be coming to Somerville?
Davis Square improvements
The city presented some initial proposals for improving the streetscape of Davis Square at a community meeting Tuesday. Ideas include adding pedestrian plazas and improving traffic signal timing. Blogger Charlie Denison has some ideas, too, which you can read here.
A violent thunderstorm moved through Somerville Wednesday, knocking down trees and branches, causing flooding and closing roads.
Summer Street fire
A small fire broke out in a three-story home on Summer Street Monday. The fire started in the ceiling between the second and third floor. There were no injuries, but at least one family, including its pet ferret, was momentarily displaced and assisted by the American Red Cross.
It was really hot
Temperatures reached into the upper 90s this week, and it was so hot the city cancelled outdoor recreational activities on Tuesday.
Rare statue recovered in Somerville
The Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Rindge and Latin school and Cyrus Dallin Art Museum announced this week that a rare statue, missing from the school for 30 years, was discovered in Somerville. The statue, called "Praying Knight," was by artist Cyrus Dallin, and it memorialized students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin who died in World War I. The Somerville family who had the statue had brought it to an appraiser, who alerted museum officials about it. The Somerville family, which wants to remain anonymous, cooperated with the investigation and willingly returned the statue. No charges were filed.
Search for missing dog
Annie, a schnauzer mix, got loose in the Winter Hill area, and there's been a search for her all week. She's shy and skittish, so if you see her, don't chase her. Call her owner, Stacy, at (617) 877-5774. She's probably hiding under a porch or in a shed. There have been a couple of sightings over the week, so we know she's still out there.