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Fall Street Fair 2018-Another Smashing Success!

What an amazing turnout! Everyone had a great time!

10 Ideas for Hot ‘n’ Rainy Summer Days

10 ideas hot summer rainy day

There’s been no shortage of  sizzling hot rainy days this summer. 

There’s plenty of rainy day activities lists for families with children. But what if there’s no children at home? Rather than squander another day off on social media, here’s 10 ideas to make the best of a hot ‘n’ rainy  summer day:

1) Enjoy a movie marathon from your favorite service provider. Or explore other free options, like Crackle. Or-did you know you could watch old X-Files episodes on Fox for free? Or go on You Tube and make your own Twilight Zone, Godzilla or Alfred Hitchcock playlist. It’ll be fun to have it ready for Halloween or New Year’s Day.

2 ) Not exactly relaxing, but it might be a perfect time to learn a new skill. For example, there’s tons of online courses available starting at about $12.00 each on udemy.com.  If you’ve got a skill you’d like to share and wouldn’t mind some extra spending money, you can create a profile on Wyzant or another service. Just type “become an online tutor” in your search bar to explore your options.

3) Organize old photos. If you’ve got scrapbook materials handy, even better. Or maybe it’s a good time to scan and save them.

4) Go ahead. Make their day-and yours. Call a family member or an old friend.

5) Read a good book. Or begin to write one.

6) Organize the closets or the garage. Keep the fan blowing and an iced drink handy.

7) Plan a fall vacation. The mental time-travel of looking at beautiful pics of foliage and pumpkins can do wonders. If you can make your reservations early, that’ll really boost your spirits.

8) Listen to music. It’ll either relax you or make you move. Can’t lose either way.

9) Try out a new recipe that doesn’t need a hot oven blasting. It could be  salad, fruit, beverage or a no bake dessert. Then chillax. Sharing is cool too.

10) Shop online. Get a head start on birthday gifts or holiday shopping. It’s easier to shop wisely without the time crunch. You can still love local!  Lots of your local businesses have websites and gift certificates available.

Do you have other ideas you’d like to share? We’d love to hear them!

The Paul Sanford Music Scholarship 2018 Awards Presented to 2 Seniors

Give them a shout out!

SBPA Representative Asha Martin of Fulton Bank presented a Paul Sanford Music Scholarship check of $1500 to graduating senior Andrew Bower of Immaculata High School. Congratulations Andrew!

SBPA Representative Asha Martin of Fulton Bank  presented a Paul Sanford Music Scholarship check of $1500 to graduating senior Giana Giorello of Somerville High School. Congratulations Giana!

Another Successful Street Fair!

Check out these fun pics from last Sunday’s street fair…

Thanks Darryl Walker of Street Fairs LLC for sending them along! (click to enlarge)

The Somerville Business and Professional Association Loosened the Jar

Board members supporting the community at one of the SBPA Somerville Street Fairs. SBPA Treasurer Lorraine Sarra (front center) has been volunteering to support businesses for 30 years.

It was great to see that Ellen Brain, the new Republican Mayor of Somerville, has a sense of fiscal responsibility while understanding what is needed to drive business for merchants in town rather than destroy them.

Local business owners are at a tremendous disadvantage when competing with malls and online businesses. The parking situation in Somerville always presented an additional hurdle.

When the Downtown Somerville Alliance (DSA) and BOOM, a group of local merchants organized to have the parking rate increases in town repealed, Mayor Brain reacted swiftly, peeling back the hikes to  benefit Somerville and the surrounding areas.

The efforts of the DSA and BOOM are without question, deserving of accolades. A recent article in Tapinto Somerville, “Somerville Merchants Endorse Plan to Reduce Parking Lot Fees.” outlined their hard fought victory.

However, there is a  backstory regarding the Somerville Business and Professional Association (SBPA) that has been ignored. The story deserves to be mentioned, not only because this generous nonprofit was the first to valiantly try to prevent the hike, but also because it serves as a reminder to us all that we cannot meekly allow elected officials to decide our fate. We cannot always mop up a mess.

For those in the community who do not know who the SBPA is, it’s a small nonprofit operating in town whose mission is to support local merchants and the community. The SBPA is responsible for many events in town that contribute to the unique experience that is Somerville. Events include the horse drawn Carriage rides during Christmas, photos with Santa, Strolling Carolers& Musicians, the Arts and Crafts fair and both the Spring and Fall street fairs. In addition, the SBPA sponsors other town events such as the Tour of Somerville, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and others. Many students in town have enjoyed SBPA scholarships while organizations such as the Somerville Rescue Squad, the Women’s Shelter and others have received generous donations.

Surprising, isn’t it? This little known nonprofit operates quietly while doing so much for Somerville and the surrounding area.

Well, it’s time that the SBPA and the merchants who comprise this organization got some credit. It could be argued that the SBPA loosened the jar for this big win for residents and merchants in Somerville.

The humble nonprofit was all over this issue from day one. The SBPA sounded the alarm and rounded up the community to fight the parking rate hike.

When the SBPA first caught wind of the proposed rate hike they quickly reached out to local merchants and the community. They were able to put together a  good sized crowd to show up at the boro meeting. Sadly, the council did not budge for IMO, two reasons:

  1. Denial and complacency. Had local merchants and residents fully understood the impact of the rate hike, more people would have been involved. Instead, they swallowed the hike as inevitable and didn’t bother to fight it.
  2. Arrogance. It’s entirely possible that the town’s leadership figured that once the rate hike was approved people would grumble, but go back to business as usual, accepting the bitter pill with the quiet desperation that government greed feeds on.

Had the DSA and members of BOOM reacted with the same passion and sense of urgency that they showed once the damage was done, it would never have reached this point. This is not meant to be derogatory, but more a statement about human nature. To their credit they didn’t cave to human nature and simply accept the results, but fought to correct them.

So while the efforts of the DSA and the merchants are praiseworthy, this backstory regarding the efforts of the SBPA and its members has been ignored. The story serves as a wakeup call.

And it just seemed that it was time to give some credit where credit is due.

To see the letter to the editor in Tapinto Somerville click here….

SBPA Street Fair Calendar 2018

Click here COUPON GOOD FOR ONE (1) FREE MOON-WALK RIDE OR GAME

For one child 12 years old or under when accompanied to the Street Fair by parent or guardian on
October 7, 2018. This Coupon may not be duplicated and is not redeemable in cash nor credit.
It must be printed! Electronic versions are not valid. Only this paper-version is valid.

To apply to the SBPA Street Fairs, just click on the “applications” tab right here on our website.

SBPA members get a discount on street fairs (not the arts and crafts fair.) For other benefits of membership, see the post below!

Don’t Forget Your New Year’s Resolution to Grow Your Business!

It’s always a perfect time to grow your business. Even if yours is an at-home or online business, a brick-and-mortar or service business, joining the Somerville Business and Professional Association can provide major benefits while enriching your local community.

Here’s 10 reasons to join the Somerville Business and Professional Association:

1) INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES FOR B2B NETWORKING Be a part of the local  business community. Build connections through SBPA networking events,  seminars and monthly Board meetings. Member to member discounts available. For example, members enjoy a 15% discount on ads placed with The Breeze!

2) GROW YOUR FACE BOOK PRESENCE FOR FREE! Special posts for your business for the holidays and other relevant events. The SBPA facebook page showcases members’ businesses, promotes “shopping local,” and offers up to date news links about local events.

3) ENJOY DISCOUNTS FOR THE TWO ANNUAL STREET FAIRS The street fairs are a great way to showcase your business! The SBPA also sets up a booth and promotes traffic to our members’ booths! Members enjoy a special discount to the street fairs.

4) BE A PART OF SOMERVILLE’S CHANGING LANDSCAPE Our board meetings, facebook page and community outreach keeps you  posted so you can capitalize on all the changes in town instead of being blindsided!

5) THE SBPA HAS YOUR BACK! We fight for changes that can impact your business. We’re a separate, independent business organization that is not run by the town government. That means that we can be a bit more outspoken about issues that might  impact your business.

6) ENHANCE YOUR BUSINESS IMAGE BY GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY Displaying the SBPA sticker gives your business credibility and trustworthiness. You can be proud of the SBPA contributions to the community!

7) BE PART OF SBPA’S OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY EVENTS The SBPA hosts the 2 street fairs, the JC Craft Fair, and Holiday events, such as Meet Santa Breakfasts and Lunches with photos, plus the famous Carriage Rides in town.

8) MEMBERS ONLY EVENTS Be a part of special SBPA members-only events that drive traffic though the door and into your store! Become a member and be a part of the pitching and planning process!

9) HOST AN EVENT This is an awesome opportunity to create exposure and solidify your business through hosting an SBPA event in your store! We’ll help you promote it for FREE!

10)  INCREASED MARKETING FOR YOUR BUSINESS-all FREE! FREE exposure on our facebook page, a FREE link to your business on our website, and FREE mentions on related  email campaigns, event flyers, and press releases.
We care about your success! Join today!

To join, click on the “applications” tab on this website and follow the instructions. 

Questions? Call our Treasurer Lorraine Sarra at

908-725-1893

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