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October 23, 2012
New Chairman Named: Brian DavisBrian Davis has accepted the position of Chairman of the Somerville Dog Owners Group, effective November 1, 2012. He is extremely team oriented and enthusiastic to meet, inspire, and serve our community.
"I am honored to take the seat as chairman of the board for som|dog -- filling Michele Biscoe's shoes will be no small task. I am excited to continue Michele's amazing work and bring together a larger community of like-minded, responsible dog owners. We have great things in store for the future and I look forward to meeting and working with all of you."
Brian was raised an animal lover and grew up volunteering at local animal shelters. He and his dogs, Brody, a four-year-old black Labmaraner, and Harleigh, a two-year-old harlequin Great Dane, are familiar faces at the off-leash areas at Nunziato Field and at Zero New Washington Street. At Nunziato Field, Brian was the driving force in working with the city in 2010 to overturn the policy of padlocking the gates overnight, which was unintentionally keeping people from being able to use the park in the morning at 8:00 am before going to work. This past spring, he organized the clean up at Zero New Washington Street for the city-wide Spring Clean-Up Day. He is extremely team oriented and enthusiastic to meet, inspire, and serve our Somerville community as well as those around us.
Brian welcomes members of the community to reach out to him with questions and ideas: gro.godmos@sivadb
October 22, 2012
Meet the Mayor, the Aldermen and Your Neighbors This Fall
The City's semi-annual neighborhood meeting series is underway, kicking off last week on Thursday, October 18, with a meeting about, for, and in Ward 7 (West Somerville, Teele Square).
ResiStat community meetings are an opportunity for residents to raise questions and ideas--including ideas about how Somerville can be a great place to live with our dogs--to the Mayor, the aldermen, and City staff. Many of the issues on the agenda concern us not only as Somerville residents, but specifically as residents who own dogs, including not only parks and open space projects, but also, for example, snow removal, rodent control, sidewalk and road repair and improvements, even bicycle safety and enforcement.
The next neighborhood meeting will be in Ward 3 (Union Square North, Prospect Hill, Spring Hill, Central Hill) on Wednesday, October 24, in the Somerville High School atrium, 81 Highland Avenue, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and preceded by a meet-and-greet with refreshments from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Specific Ward Three issues on the agenda for tomorrow night's meeting include station area planning for the Gilman Square station, plans for a new Central Library, the new skating rink at Conway, and the Community Path Extension.
The remaining community meetings are scheduled as follows:
- Ward 2 (Union Square South, Somerville Ave., Beacon St., Lincoln Park and Perry Park neighborhood): Thursday, Nov. 1st, Argenziano School cafeteria, 290 Washington St.
- Ward 5 (Magoun Square, NE Ball Square, Cedar St., Lowell St., NW Porter Square): Wednesday, Nov. 14th, VNA Community Room, 259 Lowell St.
- Ward 6 (Davis Square, SW Ball Square): Thursday, Nov. 15th, Somerville Community Baptist Church, 31 College Ave. Note: Parking will be allowed in church parking lot on Morrison Ave.
- Ward 1 (East Somerville, Assembly Square, Inner Belt): Tuesday, Dec. 4th, Cross St. Center, 165 Broadway
- Ward 4 (Winter Hill, Ten Hills, Mystic River, Mystic View): Wednesday, Dec. 5th, Healy School, cafeteria, 5 Meacham St.
Each meeting will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and will be preceded by a meet-and-greet with refreshments from 6:30 to 7 p.m.
You can also take a survey to provide feedback that will help determine what issues are discussed at the meetings.
October 21, 2012
Vote YES on Question 4: Invest in Somerville
The Somerville Dog Owners Group is proud to endorse the Invest in Somerville campaign of the Committee for a Stronger Somerville. We encourage everyone who loves parks and open space in Somerville to vote YES on Question 4 on November 6 to adopt the Community Preservation Act (CPA), which would generate funds to support public open space and recreational facilities, historic preservation and affordable housing projects in the city.
The CPA, if adopted by Somerville voters, would introduce a 1.5% surcharge on property tax, with an exemption on the first $100,000 of assessed value (about $35/year for the average single family home owner in Somerville). The funds raised locally, along with matching funds from the state would be reserved for local needs in the areas of historic preservation, affordable housing, and open space acquisition and renovation.
Somerville Community Access TV held a town meeting at their studios where a panel discussed the referendum and answered questions:
October 7, 2012
Biscoe Announces Resignation After Eight Years
On September 20, 2012, I sent a letter to the subscribers to the Somerville Dog Owners Group's monthly newsletter, announcing my resignation as Chairperson, effective October 31 (see below). It meant a lot to me to hear from so many people who responded personally to share with me their memories of how we met and what we've accomplished.
I am especially touched by the flurry of activity that my announcement stirred up among members of the community who are coming together to continue the mission of the Somerville Dog owners Group and promote responsible dog ownership, safe and legal options for off-leash recreation and open space for all in Somerville. I am looking forward to introducing, in the very near future, our new leadership!
September 19, 2012
som|dog at the 2012 Somerville Dog Festival
This scene epitomizes what the Somerville Dog Festival means to us. These two dogs are friends from the off-leash recreational area (OLRA) at Nunziato Field. They met up with one another at our booth and entertained themselves by mouth wrestling while their owners chatted with our volunteers.
Because we have places where our dogs can play, they learn not only how to play nicely with one another but also how to behave themselves while out about town with us. (Check out the Nunziato Dog Park group on Facebook!)
The Somerville Dog Owners Group thanks everyone who came out for the third annual Somerville Dog Festival on Sunday, September 18, to celebrate living with dogs in the city and who stopped by our booth to learn more about us, to let us meet your dogs, and just to say "Hi!"
Special thanks to the volunteers who worked at our booth, Michele Biscoe (left, pictured with the Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog mascot) and Susan Giordano. Thanks again to the Somerville Foundation for Animals and organizing partners, City Dog Training, the Management, Porter Square Veterinarian and RiverDog Daycare and Pet Supplies for putting on another great Festival, and, last but not least, the City of Somerville, for co-sponsoring and hosting the Festival at beautiful Trum Field!Panorama of Trum Field by Kelsey Roth.