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August 10, 2006

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Beacon Street

That is a good article. These murals do belong to the whole community. How can we get these chain stores and other non locally owned buisnesses to start respecting this fact? They mayor shut home depot down for a day, did'nt he?

Lets send a clear message to these places. When it comes to protecting the quality of life in Somerville we mean business too!

Does someone have the an email address or phone number we can call to ask this chain store what is going on? And what they plan to do for the community to replace what they have taken away?

Ward6ontheCase

The Somerville Journal is reporting that Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz has contacted Brooks Pharmacy and has secured its agreement to have another mural painted on the Brooks Pharmacy. The Board of Aldermen agenda reflects two actions by Rebekah relative to the wall restoration:

1. An order requesting a cost estimate for a new mural; and

2. A resolution requesting a list of notable and influential women in the City of Somerville.

Rebekah has responded quickly and effectively to the destruction of the mural. We need more elected officials like her.

Rebekah is a dissapointment, Cottage Ave.

Rebekah has been a dissapointment for many in the davis sq area. Since elected Rebekah has done very little for the constituents of ward 6. I expected a little more than a fight for the Someday Cafe.

somerspeak

Time to lower your expectations.

The Anti Mole

The Mole painted the wall.

The Mole is Malignant

The moles days are numbered. The end is near. He's gonna look pretty silly when he's out on his rear. He thinks he's so smart using the city computer when I’m done with him. He'll be a commuter.

ya, that sucked. I can do better but im saving my energy for the party. what party you ask? just wait and see. the mole as you know him will soon be history.

I GOT YOUR NUMBER!

ccollins

Once again we have a knee jerk reaction. The mural represented the ideals of the 80's. As a forty year old, I looked at the mural as something from the past. If we are going to replace it, let it represent the Somerville that we want. Not a harsh landscape but something with trees and plants. We have enough laws in place to protect women. For those who will get online and complain I say to you a mural doesn't make a woman stronger. The mural doesn’t give women power, actions do. I have yet to meet someone who was empowered by the mural. Use this as an opportunity to change and address the needs of today not 25 years ago,

LC

The mural (btw) was painted in 1993, and I think "respect for women" is a timeless theme. I felt inspired every time I walked by that mural -- sometimes four times a day. I wrote to Brooks Drugs (the one in Davis Sq.) a week ago but haven't heard from them. I've been in touch with Sonja Darai, of the Somerville Commission for Women, she is very concerned and told me that DARBY (Davis Sq Area Residents and Business group) may get involved in this.

The Mole

Enough about the freakin wall. Brooks owns it, you don't. they are not obligated to any of you losers to do anything.

LC say's DARBY may get involved in this?
Get a grip! thats all we need is another bunch of wild hairy smelly yuppie's telling everyone what they can and can't do.

I do not want anyone talking about this anymore. The painting is gone. GOOD!

Ron Newman

Brooks Pharmacy, as successor to Osco Drug, was obligated to Be Sargent to give her 30 days' notice before painting over the mural. This obligation was stated in the contract between Osco and the artist. Brooks violated this contract.

Brooks committed an irresponsible act of vandalism, and needs to officially apologize and provide for a new mural by a new artist.

Beacon Street

Anyone who lives in an urban environment can appreciate a mural for whatever reason. Any mural. And even some good tasteful graffiti if the message is positive. Brooks does own the place. But we live here! And we can kick their f*#cin arse as much as we want. And we will. And I don't think the real mole realy posted that last post. I kinda like the mole.

When I think of the buisness community, I think of a localy owned buisness, whos owner goes to a local church and coaches a local youth sports team and donates money to local events and charities. Not Home Depoet and Not Brooks. Even if they donate some phoney money to s they aruck up they're not fooling me. I say its time we dust off of some of these un-used ordinances we have lying around and start sending all these places a clear message so that they know what city they are in!

And lets raise their taxes! cheap wage paying bastards!

They are sucking the sould and life out of our community in more ways than a lot of you know.

Brad Smith

I think we should change the headline to "local community outraged at loss of mural by famous artist" or change famous to world renowned muralist or something.

or "Chain Store rapes city"

I thing the AP will pick it up.
Somerville nees some good PR>

The Mole

There goes that imposter once again. A couple of post up under my screen name.

I for one would never take issue outside of City Government. So to post under my screen name doesn't stir anything but your ignorance.

The Mole

Mole Fan

Just what Somerville needs, another out of work Artist !! Maybe we can transform the Homans Building into more Artist Colonies !!
Hey, maybe they'll paint the DPW guys boat for free !! AHOY

Cambriville News

CAMBRIVILLE NEWS
FRIDAY AUGUST 11, 2006

MAYOR ANNOUNCES MURAL DESIGN COMPETITION - $1,000,000.00 PRIZE TO BE AWARDED


In another brilliant public relations move orchestrated by city communications czar, Tom Champion, of the Mayors Office of Obvious Suck Up Strategies, announced today that the Mayor has chosen a new mural design for the now vacant wall of the Brooks Pharmacy building in Davis Circle.(you may recall that Alderman Gewirtz successfully lobbied to change the areas designation to a "circle" because it was "more inclusive").

The mural will depict famous and infamous women of Cambriville, dressed as the world renownded Radio City Music Hall's "Rockettes" in their very recognizable Santa's helpers costumes.

The chorus of high kicking dancers will include:

Senator Pat Jehlen
Rep. Denise Provost
Alderperson Rebba Gewirtz
Alderperson MaryAnn Huston
Former Mayor Dot Kelly Gay
Former City Hack Kathy O'Day
Former State Rep Marie Howe
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan
Nancy Sinatra
Nancy Pilosi
Nancy Curtatone
School Committepersons Charlene Harris and Teresa Cardoso
Elder Affairs Director Cindi Hickey
Elizabeth Maroney
Activist Joanie Guerino
Somerville Journal Editor Kat Powers
Former First Lady Barbara Bush
Barbara Capuano
Barbara Streisand
Lt. Gov. Kerry Healy
Sister Mary Margaret Martha Marie (LSOP)

The centerpiece of the mural will depict three of Cambriville's most famous and influencial women of the twentieth century.

Long-time city resident Joan Batek will appear as the Statue of Liberty. Ms. Batek will be holding a gold plated coffee pot in one hand and a platinum plated parking meter in the other.

Ron "Butters" Newman will appear as Minnie Mouse, complete with a jewel encrusted bike helmut and pant clip.

And finally, at the very center of the mural will be a lifesize portrait of our very own Dr. Mrs. McCarthy, reclining nude on a 15th century chaise, wearing only a red beret given to her by either Che Guevera or Bill Shelton.

The prize money will be awarded at a public ceremony as soon as the Mayor figures out where the money will come from, said Champion.

One obvious oversight, the Chairperson of the Communists for Cambriville, Helen "Doby" Corrigan, was contacted for comment by the Cambriville News. Corrigan had only this to say. "I know it was Roach and Sullivan behind the move to exclude me. I'll get them soon enough, my pretty."

IN OTHER NEWS..................

Sorry, we got nothing.


In Sunday's Science Section...........

"Is there Life After Cambriville?" by former Alderperson Jack Connelly.

Cambriville News

CAMBRIVILLE NEWS
FRIDAY AUGUST 11, 2006

MAYOR ANNOUNCES MURAL DESIGN COMPETITION - $1,000,000.00 PRIZE TO BE AWARDED


In another brilliant public relations move orchestrated by city communications czar, Tom Champion, from the Mayors Office of Obvious Suck Up Strategies, announced today that the Mayor has chosen a new mural design for the now vacant wall of the Brooks Pharmacy building in Davis Circle.(you may recall that Alderman Gewirtz successfully lobbied to change the areas designation to a "circle" because it was "more inclusive").

The mural will depict famous and infamous women of Cambriville, dressed as the world renownded Radio City Music Hall's "Rockettes" in their very recognizable Santa's helpers costumes.

The chorus of high kicking dancers will include:

Senator Pat Jehlen
Rep. Denise Provost
Alderperson Rebba Gewirtz
Alderperson MaryAnn Huston
Former Mayor Dot Kelly Gay
Former City Hack Kathy O'Day
Former State Rep Marie Howe
Former First Lady Nancy Reagan
Nancy Sinatra
Nancy Pilosi
Nancy Curtatone
School Committepersons Charlene Harris and Teresa Cardoso
Elder Affairs Director Cindi Hickey
Elizabeth Maroney
Activist Joanie Guerino
Somerville Journal Editor Kat Powers
Former First Lady Barbara Bush
Barbara Capuano
Barbara Streisand
Lt. Gov. Kerry Healy
Sister Mary Margaret Martha Marie (LSOP)

The centerpiece of the mural will depict three of Cambriville's most famous and influencial women of the twentieth century.

Long-time city resident Joan Batek will appear as the Statue of Liberty. Ms. Batek will be holding a gold plated coffee pot in one hand and a platinum plated parking meter in the other.

Ron "Butters" Newman will appear as Minnie Mouse, complete with a jewel encrusted bike helmut and pant clip.

And finally, at the very center of the mural will be a lifesize portrait of our very own Dr. Mrs. McCarthy, reclining, in the nude, on a 15th century chaise, wearing a red beret given to her by either Che Guevera or Bill Shelton.

The prize money will be awarded at a public ceremony as soon as the Mayor figures out where the money will come from, said Champion.

One obvious oversight, the Chairperson of the Communists for Cambriville, Helen "Doby" Corrigan, was contacted for comment by the Cambriville News. Corrigan had only this to say. "I know it was Roach and Sullivan behind the move to exclude me. I'll get them soon enough, my pretty."

IN OTHER NEWS..................

Sorry, we got nothing.


In Sunday's Science Section...........

"Is there Life After Cambriville?" by former Alderperson Jack Connelly.

TanMan

Man, that Alderperson from Ward 6 is FAR OUT!!! I mean.... like.... you know...totally bich'n!!!

Once she gets through skewering Brooks Pharmacy for painting over that mural, she's gonna kick some butt on that male chauvinist pig owner of Extreme Tanning for that...like... totally icky sandwich board out on the sidewalk. That sort of gauche stuff has no place in "The Circle".

This Ward 6 Alderperson RULES!!! The former Ward 6 Alderman would NEVER take on those kinds of battles. Coming to the rescue of The Someday must have really got her lit off.

Cambriville News

CAMBRIVILLE NEWS
FRIDAY AUGUST 11, 2006


CORRECTION

The story pertaining to the new mural at the Brooks Pharmacy in Davis Circle misspelled the name of long time resident Joan Batzek. Ms. Batzek made us aware of the error when she appeared at our offices shortly after publication of the article and proceeded to Rochambeau all male reporters in the nutz.

The Cambriville News regrets the error and (cough, cough) advises the Brooks Pharmacy chain to quickly do the same.

Get the Facts

Get the facts first people. Brooks contacted the orginal artist about restoring the mural sometime ago. The artist said they would not be able to come back to restore it because they live in England now. It is a little sad because appears a lot of people liked it, but it is what it is.

Ron Newman

The artist lives in New Mexico, not England.

She says she was never told in advance that the mural would be painted over -- as required by her contract.

POV

Here's the thing.....the artist is one of those people who have been accused of 'cashing in' - taking advantage of the high cost of housing by selling her property at a huge profit. She then moved out of state. The mural was in deplorable condition and looked horrendous. Also, does Brooks own or lease the building? If they own it, I would be surprised if their contract stipulated that they were restricted from painting (upgrading) the exterior of the building. That may have been a contract entered into by Osco Drug, but may be null and void with a new owner. I don't understand why the city would appropriate money (especially in these tight fiscal times) for a new mural, why it should only represent one portion of the population (I'm female by the way), and why everyone feels like we should have to look at these murals just because we live in an urban environment. You don't see this type of thing in the suburbs.

Cambriville News

CAMBRIVILLE NEWS
FRIDAY AUGUST 11, 2006

BREAKING NEWS...........WALL OF wORDS OVER WALL OF WOMEN WIPEOUT!

As is customary here in Cambriville, formal protests have erupted as a result of the Mayor's decision today to have the wall of the Brooks Pharmacy building repainted.

Cambriville News learned just moments ago that several organizations have sent angry letters of protest to the Mayor concerning his decision.

Steve Winslow of the Bike Committee was dismayed that their proposal for one great big bike rack hanging off the side of the building was rejected.

Some Dog representatives planned to protest at Nunziato Field over their projects rejection. SmellDog wanted to create a "vertical" dog run by letting their pooches bungie jump off the top of the building.

The Youth Recreation group wanted to install twenty five basketball hoops on the side of the brick ediface and ban all autos from the adjacent municipal parking lot. The parking meters would, however, have stayed in effect.

Tufts University strenuously objected when their plans to build a 57 story freshman dormitory over the parking lot failed to garner the Mayor's support.

The Somerville Garden Club was extremely vocal in their disappointment. "What a bunch of pansies. A Hanging Garden would have looked fabulous", stated Mrs. Lilly Delphinia of the group.

Frank Senesi of Veterans Affairs had no comment about his groups rejection letter. "Hey, I need a damn job. Let the City do what they want."

And finally, Cambriville News has learned that Mystic View Task Force member, plaintiff in the Assembly Square lawsuits and new Palm Beach, Florida resident, Lanny Everts has filed a lawsuit this afternoon to stop the project. Ms. Everts referred all questions to her spokesperson, Bill Shelton.

"We have serious concerns over density, traffic congestion and the damaging environmental impact to the surrounding area." Shelton said.

Alderpersons Roach and Sullivan have proposed a free for all "grafitti park" for the site. "If they can create parks for dogs, why the hell not give the grafitti artists someplace to hang out. At least it keeps the assholes out of East Somerville!"

Sunday in the Cambriville News..........

Nope. Still nothin.

ccollin

I agree with POV. I have yet to see a mural that adds to the quality of life in the city. As far as I am concerned they are government approved graffiti.

Ron Newman

Be Sargent's Somerville Gateway mural, in Union Square, raises public awareness of an important event in Somerville's history: the raising of the first American Flag on Prospect Hill, on January 1, 1776.

Would you like to see it painted over, too?

Ron Newman

(Here is a Somerville News article about that mural, from July 7, 2004: History becomes art in Union Square)

ccollins

Yes I would I see no value in the mural.

Brad Smith

Ok then , What do you see value in? What do you think should be protected if not murals? And why?

You can't realy answer those question can you?

ccollins

Of course I can. I see value in families, and adults striving to make the city a better place. I see value in providing more playgrounds and activities for our children. I see value in politicians who look out for the best interests of the city not themselves. I see beauty in planting more trees and flowers in the city. It is unfortunate that people are not tolerant of those who disagree with them. I sure you would agree that the beauty of art is that it evokes a reaction and a discussion and that is healthy. Please have tolerance for those whose opinions you disagree with.

One more opinion

I agree. I'd rather see some tall bushes or trees along that wall. Or better yet, let Brooks Pharmacy, a private business do with their wall what they would like. Paint a mural on city hall if the mayor wants a mural. Which one of you would paint a mural on the side of your home? Especially if the city mandates that you do it? It's the same thing.

LC

The mural was a work of public art in that it was seen by all the people who used the parking lot, street, sidewalk, and bike path. It had become a part of public consciousness by being there for 13 years. Brook's painting over it was simply thoughtless. Their explanation that it needed restoration but the original artist had moved away doesn’t make sense – artwork is restored all the time by people other than the original artists. There are people who make careers of restoring art. But it’s obviously much simpler just to paint it brown.

Brad Smith

ccolins,

I have tolerance for differing opinions, I just can't tell on this blog who I am talking to without asking some quallifying questions. there are spoofers and then some other jokers I have not been able to pin down. I actually did not believe anyone could not appreciate these murals. I think they are great..

To One more opinion,
not realy, the city can not, and will not mandate it.. That would be probably be illegal. But if the majority of the community decides to lean on them to do the right thing, they are free to do so. At least to the extent that the law, free speech and any other tools in a democratic society allow. Well, I would not say we would take Brooks back through eminent domain to get what we want. Or maybe we should? But If the majority agrees on something, thats a good thing, and whether or not it is trees or a mural, I think that would be a great thing to have everyone working together to get it done. I am sure there are plenty of people who will agree with you that we want more trees and nice plants in a lot of places.

Like what about that huge parking lot they are building where the causeway was buried by sullivan station? It looks like they are building a huge asphalt parking lot there> They could realy soften it up with some trees as well as provide shade and make the whole place seem so much better. But I am sure everyone who agrees with that lives in Davis square so they won't work so hard on that part of town.

Ron Newman

Brad, where is this place near Sullivan station? (I'm not sure what 'causeway' you are referring to.) Is it in Somerville or Charlestown? (The last Somerville street is Mt. Pleasant St. -- everything beyond that is Charlestown.)

Kyoko McQiao

The mayor's lack of respect for women in his personal life is mirrored by the painting over of the CVS mural.

Ron Newman

I don't know of any mural at a CVS.

Somerville Native

Why does this piss you off? Does this really affect your lives? If you need a mural to teach you that women deserve respect, or if you believe that merely an illustration of a topic such as this will make everything safe and good....You're retarded! We need a wall of respect for veterans, THe Working Man, Our Police and Fire Departments,and our DPW and For all those who serve us and the "Whole Community". Just because groups such as women have been discrimianted against doesn't mean that now since there are equal rights, we have to be reminded of this bullshit constantly.
P.S. Stop whining or get the hell out!

The mural sucked

Will you crybaby assholes shut up about the mural. If you want a mural so bad, paint it on your own house....oh, that's right. You probably don't own your own home because if you did you would realize how ridiculous it sounds to tell someone else what they should do with their own property. The mural was a disgrace and I was sick and tired of looking at all of those douchebags on the wall everytime I went to Davis Square. If you do decide that you would like to paint a mural on the side of your house I am volunteering to let you paint a picture of my ballbag. Toodles!!!!!

Francis Puertos

It has nothing to do with the content of the mural.
It is about some outside owned chain store destroying the quality of life in our city without regard for the community. And it is going to about the democratic process turning the tide on these boneheads despited loud ignorant opinions that don't represend the majority view.

Wayne Flower

No matter what anyone thinks, it is missed. I happened to get photos of it only a week before it was painetd over.
See them here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/30675512@N00/181075828/

Wayne

The Mole

I usualy dont get involved in these sort of debates but I feel I must put in my 2 cents.

The wall should be recreated to honor some of my best friends. We could call it Somerville's wall of Misfits. It could educate the youth of Somerville on such things as; How not to become a loser, how not to become an outcast, This is what could happens to you if you become an arsehole.

The wall could feature the likes of:

Tony Lafuente
John L Sullivan
Bob Ciampi
Charlie Aliano
Theresa Hussey
John Buonomo
Joe Difranco
Kelly Como
Kathy O'dea
Dot Gay
Phip Jeffries
Bert Gay & Switzer

and too many more to mention... Were gonna need a bigger wall!


The Mole

Dickybird

Also "THE MOLE", "JOEY playing at Mayor", "NOT SO Clean GENE" and on we go.

The Mole

What must it take for imposters to get their acts together? Obliviously, it is someone within this Administration that is clouding the works as usual. Frank Santangelo, his brother Mike, Mike Bowler who is an appointee of the Mayor taking over for the ex-Supervisor of Custodians, Mike Foley, Mike Browne, the highway Repairs Foreman and president of the SMEA are all key players in getting the dirty work done @ DPW.

You list names of your so-called enemies, past and present, but you fail in all attempts to uncover the true Identity, thus shooting blanks every time you try. You are naming names, which are one of JN's no-nos. If they are Appointees that is ok to mention them by name. But when you list the full names of others, that is taboo.

So either crawl back under that rock, get on-board with the job at hand or post under your own screen name. It does you no good using others. It is neither authentic nor accurate and certainly not entertainting.

Crawl baby, CRAWL. While you crawl can you eat an apple at the same time?

The Mole

Mole Fan

is this all being posted on DPW overtime ?
Have a nice weekend all you hacks !!

The Mole


Please let this letter serve as a public apology.

I am the mole, I have a split personality. I'm not happy with my life, family, work or friends so I come here to try and make everyone else as miserable as I am.

It is unfortunate my identity has been revealed. All the people that know me will be very disappointed. I will probably lose my job and my family. It's probably for the best. I knew I couldn’t hide forever. I'll get a new start somewhere as long as I take my meds and learn to stop being so jealous and insecure.

I’m sorry for all the lies and trouble I may have caused.

Farewell,

The Mole

Jimmy D. on Fakes

Hey Mole,
Now they're imitating me. I did not write "yeah! you tell em Buckley!" First of all I don't know Buckley and second I don't want to.

It is true that I need a life, but just think how badly someone needs one if they're pretending to be me.

brickbottom

Hi Jimmy D.!

Join the club!

The lowlifes who use other people's monikers are running scared because the truth hurts. They try to stir up a bunch of shit between posters to have said posters stop posting about how awful this city is being run.

Jimmy your comments are always welcomed by me and many others and anyone with half a brain would realize who the real Jimmy D. is, not some moron pretending to have the sense that you have obtained through life experiences.

Keep up the good work Jimmy!

Jimmy D. on Monikers

brickbottom,
Likewise my friend. The rats are trying to take one last nibble before they get thrown overboard. Good night.

brickbottom

To the coward fake Jimmy D.,

Try and mess with me to a battle of wits but you better come armed because it seems that your ammunition has run out.

You are a little spineless punk....pure and simple.

brickbottom

Until you have something worthy to talk about why don't you go back and peruse your favorite porn web sites to relieve yourself of all the stress and stupidity that your meds can't seem to keep up with.

brickbottom

Evil? NO. Stupid? Yes.

Listen half wit, even though it must be tough typing with only one hand, try to make a little bit of sense so that we all can diagnose your illness.

brickbottom

To the REAL Jimmy D,

Don't let the little kiddies in the sandbox get to you, keep posting your insightful thoughts and I'll talk to you soon.

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