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"Somerville, Mystic Avenue, Service Station" by MIT-Libraries is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.
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Free Meals for Youth, “Moving Wall” Veterans Memorial, and More!


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Free Meals for Somerville Youth

The City is offering free breakfast and lunch for youth under the age of 19. Meals are prepared by Somerville’s Food and Nutrition Services Department.

Outdoor meals are being served on weekdays through Aug. 12 in the following parks and playgrounds:

Argenziano Playground (290 Washington St.): Breakfast 9:45-10 a.m.

Blessing of the Bay Boathouse (32 Shore Dr.): Lunch noon-12:15 p.m.

Dilboy Stadium (110 Alewife Brook Pkwy.): Breakfast 9:15-9:30 a.m.; lunch 11:30 a.m.-noon.

Foss Park Playground (McGrath and Broadway): Breakfast 8:15-8:30 a.m.; lunch 11:30-11:45 a.m.

Grimmons Playground (120 Governor Winthrop Rd.): Breakfast 11-11:15 a.m.

Hodgkins-Curtain Playground (Holland St. and Simpson Ave.): Breakfast 10-10:15 a.m.

Mystic Housing (530 Mystic Ave.): Lunch 12:30-12:45 p.m.

North Street Playground (North St., near Broadway): Breakfast 9-9:15 a.m.

Trum Field (541 Broadway): Lunch 11-11:15 a.m.

Walnut Street Playground (19 Walnut St.): Lunch 10:45-11 a.m.

Visit the School Department website for more information about this program and other food resources for children and families in Somerville.


Design Workshop on Ideas for Space Around New Public Safety Building

The City of Somerville is hosting a design workshop, where residents can use Lego to build their ideas for the new space around the planned public safety building at 90 Washington Street—near the future East Somerville Green Line T stop. 

The event will take place Thursday, Aug. 4, 4-8 p.m. at the East Somerville Community School at 50 Cross Street. The Lego will be set up on the basketball courts or in the cafeteria and participant’s efforts will also be photographed as public input.

– Molly Farrar


 ‘Moving Wall’ Vietnam Veterans Memorial Coming to Somerville

Somerville will be a host city on this year’s nationwide tour of The Moving Wall, a half-sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. The Moving Wall has been traveling around the country for nearly 40 years to give those who can’t get to Washington a chance to experience the power of the memorial.

This fall, it makes its way to Somerville for the first time, setting up on the Mass. General Brigham Great Lawn at Assembly Row (399 Revolution Dr.), from Nov. 10-14.

Like the original monument, The Moving Wall displays the names of more than 58,000 American service members who died in the Vietnam War. During its five-day stay, members of the public can visit the wall and make crayon rubbings of names. Grief counselors from the Boston Vet Center will be available, and volunteers will be onsite to assist visitors 24 hours a day.

With the added distinction of hosting the wall over Veterans Day weekend, the Somerville Department of Veterans’ Services will lead the grand opening and official ceremony at the memorial on Friday, Nov. 11.  

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Linda Pinkow is a reporter for the Somerville Wire. She is also a development consultant for the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. Molly Farrar is a reporting intern with the Somerville Wire and DigBoston.

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