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FIVE THINGS TO KNOW TODAY 5/15: Union Sq. Post Office May Close | Sign Up for ArtBeat | Karaoke and More

A public meeting Thursday will discuss possible closure of the Union Square Post Office. Sign up is under way for ArtBeat 2011. Sing your heart out at Highland Kitchen’s Karaoke night, and more.

As part of a nationwide effort to cut U.S. Postal Service costs, the may close. On Thursday, a public meeting to discuss the possible closure will be held at noon at . A smaller service center would open elsewhere in the square and new uses for the building, which the City hopes to buy, could bring new life (and parking) to the square. Patch will keep you updated.

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Craft vendors and performers can start signing up now to take part in this hugely popular midsummer arts festival. This year’s fest takes place July 15 and 16 and the theme is Red. “The hue is many things: hot, passionate and life sustaining—and we think, an apt theme for a hot summer festival,” states the Somerville Arts Council’s announcement. Craft vendor applications are due March 28. Artist applications are due April 1. Community vendor applications are coming soon. More info here.

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Our new weekly column with five tips for good deals in Somerville and nearby runs on Wednesdays. Watch for this week’s deals later today.

Karaoke at Highland Kitchen Tonight

Think you can sing “Forget You” better than Gwyneth Paltrow? It’s Karaoke Wednesday at Highland Kitchen. Feel free to show up in Cee Lo’s rooster suit. The hams take the stage at 10 p.m. Details .

Closings

clothing boutique of Davis Square e-mailed customers last week that it will close by the end of the month, according to a post on DavisSquareLiveJournal. Bob Slate Stationer in Porter Square will also be closing in March if a last minute buyer is not found, reports CambridgeDay.com. Both will be missed.

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Ron Newman February 17, 2011 at 01:23 AM
Really, the city owns the post office building? I had no idea.
Denise Taylor February 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM
They City plans to buy the building. They do not own it yet. Sorry for the confusion.
Ron Newman February 17, 2011 at 04:53 PM
It's an attractive building that I would not like to see demolished. Doesn't the USPS run its entire Somerville mail delivery operation out of there? Lots of mail trucks are usually parked out back. I can't imagine where they would relocate that.
Denise Taylor February 17, 2011 at 05:00 PM
It sounds like the sorting will move either to Chelsea or Lynn.
JOHN RABOIN May 08, 2011 at 04:34 AM
WHY DOESN'T THE CITY USE THE BUILDING FOR A POLICE STATION? NO MORE POLICE GETTING SICK ON THE JOB. COULD ADD SECOND FLOOR IF NEEDED.

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