Thursday, January 24, 2013
A Patch blogger's post about not helping her children on the slide is being debated across the country.
A Patch blog from Alameda, CA, called “Please Don’t Help My Kids” has struck a nerve with readers across the country. Posted in September, the blog has taken off over the past few weeks as it has found a second life through social media sharing. The blog has 124,000 Facebook recommendations and 833 people have tweeted the blog. The blog is an open letter to other parents at the playground. The blogger Kate Bassford Baker’s basic request is for parents to not help her daughters on the slide. She wrote that she wants her daughters to do things and learn things on their own. Learning to walk up the slide’s ladder is the first step to learning new things and overcoming obstacles, she wrote. “Because, as they grow up, the ladders will only get …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Work on renovating a West Somerville Park should begin this summer.
The North Street Veterans Playground, which is undergoing a renovation, received a $400,000 grant from the state to renovate the playground, according to an announcement from Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities, PARC, grant will help pay for the installation of new play features, seating, a water play activity feature, a performance space, a new section of chain link fence, gates and street lights, the announcement says. The North Steeet Playground isn't the first in Somerville to receive a PARC grant. The new Chuckie Harris Park in East Somerville received $500,000 from the program for major renovations. Work on the North Street Playground renovation…
Monday, July 16, 2012
The new park is part of an effort to transform Lower Broadway in East Somerville.
The city held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday at the new Chuckie Harris Park in East Somerville. The new park, which is being constructed with a $500,000 PARC grant from the state (PARC stands for Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities), will be constructed at 15-25 Cross Street, near the intersection of Broadway. Together with extensive streetscape improvements on Broadway that will begin this summer, the new Chuckie Harris Park is part of an effort to transform the Lower Broadway area of East Somerville. The new park will include play structures for children, a water spray feature that will double as a community theatre, integrated lighting for a unique nighttime look, a seating area with cafe tables and community gardens…
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Join a discussion with the artist on Jan. 17.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
The following information is from the city of Somerville: Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Ward 3 Alderman Tom Taylor invite all interested residents to a community meeting to discuss a planned mural for Morse-Kelley Playground, which is currently under construction. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 17 at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary (“Greek Church”) Hall, located at 29 Central Street, and will begin at 7:00 p.m. Local Artist Joe Barillaro will present examples of his work and solicit your ideas and inspiration for the mural which he will create for the opening of the playground. In addition to living in the neighborhood, Joe also painted the children’s mural at Dickerman Playground. You can see examples of his work here…