NOMINATE PROPERTIES FOR ANNUAL PRESERVATION AWARDS BY NOV. 16

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Winners to be selected, presented during Historic Preservation Month in May 2014

SOMERVILLE – The Somerville Historic Preservation Commission (SHPC) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Preservation Awards. During its annual celebration in honor of Historic Preservation Month in May 2014, the SHPC will honor Somerville residents who performed significant restoration or maintenance efforts on designated historic buildings, or on non-designated buildings erected before 1963. The nomination period is open through Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Continue reading NOMINATE PROPERTIES FOR ANNUAL PRESERVATION AWARDS BY NOV. 16

A Special Veteran Group Presentation Tempered Steel’s Wounded Warriors came to Holland Street to speak to the Somerville Council on Aging Veteran’s Group on Monday

Luana Schneider and Guest speaker, Staff Sergeant George “Chris” Campbell, a disabled/wounded veteran, presented a touching multi-media presentation and discussion. Many Older Veterans were able to relate to the stories shared that day as well as share their own thoughts, stories and reflections about their service. It was a great time had by all and special opportunity for healing the wounds, united together.

Photo by Jim Buckley

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Mark Niedergang endorsed for Ward 5 Alderman by Six Local Elected Officials, Eight Organizations and Unions

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Mark Niedergang endorsed for Ward 5 Alderman by Six Local Elected Officials, Eight Organizations and Unions
Somerville, MA — Mark Niedergang announced that he has received endorsements from State Representative Carl Sciortino; Somerville Aldermen Rebekah Gewirtz and Tony Lafuente: and Somerville School Committee members Adam Sweeting, Christine Rafal and Paul Bockelman. Niedergang is a candidate for Ward 5 Alderman and has represented Ward 5 on the Somerville School Committee for eight years.

Carl Sciortino, State Representative, 34th Middlesex District (Somerville and Medford) said: “I’ve known Mark for 10 years. I’ve watched him do a great job representing Ward 5 on the School Committee. He studies the issues, works hard, and is always well-prepared. He’s the best person for the job of Ward 5 Alderman.”

“Mark has a vision for the future of Somerville that includes everyone, especially working people, immigrants, and long-time residents,” said Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz. “Mark is the progressive choice for Ward 5 Alderman.” Continue reading Mark Niedergang endorsed for Ward 5 Alderman by Six Local Elected Officials, Eight Organizations and Unions

Somerville Council on Aging General Calendar: 11/6 & 11/13

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11/6 & 11/13- Zumba with Cathy. 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm. All levels. Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street. $3. Just drop in.

11/7 – Fight the Right Medicare Part D Plan for you or your parents – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street. Representatives from Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health, Prescription Advantage and SHINE will be here to help you evaluate your options to find the best coverage. Free. Bring medication list, Medicaire card and info about any additional health insurance you have.

11/12 – “Reflections: Portraits of Somerville seniors in words and drawings – Join local author Nancy Hall Brooks for a group conversation on what you are “famous” for. Two sessions. You will also pose for a photo of you or something special that will be part of the final exhibit. Space is very limited for this special program. Ralph & Jenny Center 10:00 – 11:15 am. Also November 19th.

11/12 – Just retired? Would like to chat with some fellow men in the community? Hear some great speakers? Join us for our monthly Men’s Group at Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street. 10:30 am FREE

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Somerville Advisory Committee Members Needed for Union and Gilman Squares

Union and Gilman squares need your help: We’re looking for residents, property owners, members of the business community and other community representatives to serve on two advisory committees for Union Square and Gilman Square that will advise the city on strategic planning decisions and development in both squares over the next two years. Both Union and Gilman face a lot of changes as the Green Line Extension comes to Somerville and we want to be prepared. If you’re interested in joining one of the committees, please call Stephen Houdlette in the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development at 617-625-6600 ext. 2521. For more information on the committees: http://bit.ly/1cpjTWh

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Somerville Company Burning The Midnight Oil Manufacturing 2013 World Series Championship Banner

By William Tauro

The 2013 World Series Championship banner that is to be hung in Boston’s Fenway Park is being manufactured as we speak by Flag Graphics of Allston Street right here in Somerville.

Tony Lafuente’s Flag Grapics has been manufacturing the flags for the champs of all our Boston sports teams for years.

This coming Saturday the new 2013 World Series Championship banner will be Mounted permanently at Fenway Park.

Photo: 2007 World Series championship banner made by Flag Graphics in Somerville.

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The Green Monster Mash

  1. Somerville knows how to say (or sing), GO SOX! Check out this awesome (and very silly) World Series anthem “The Green Monster Mash” by two of Somerville’s own: Listen, love it, share it…and maybe they’ll play it when they win?
    The Green Monster Mash
    A Red Sox World Series parody of Somerville’s own Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s Monster Mash, by Somerville’s own Jimmy Del Ponte. A tribute to The Boston Red Sox!

CITY RECEIVES HIGHEST RECOGNITION FOR GOVERNMENTAL ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL REPORTING

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Receives Certificate of Achievement by Government Finance Officers Association
for City’s comprehensive annual financial report

SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville has earned the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR), which demonstrated a spirit of full disclosure and motivated people to read the report, according to awarding nonprofit Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. Continue reading CITY RECEIVES HIGHEST RECOGNITION FOR GOVERNMENTAL ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL REPORTING

Reminder — Chamber Annual Dinner & Powderhouse Awards is just a week away!

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Join: Special invited guests Congressman Michael Capuano and Mayor Joseph Curtatone along with ABG Realty; Arrowstreet, Inc.; Avalon Bay; Benoit Companies; btcRE; Bunker Hill Community College; Busnach Associates; Cambridge Health Alliance; Cambridge Savings Bank; Century Bank; City of Somerville; Adam Dash & Associates; Dowley & Mulvena; East Cambridge Savings Bank; Eastern Bank; Flatbread; Foundry on Elm; Holiday Inn; Kwass Consulting; O’Donovan Dwyer & O’Flaherty; Rebecca Schrumm CFP; Rockland Trust; Tufts University; The Vancini Group; Walnut Street Center & Winter Hill Bank

6:30 P.M. Reception; 7:30 P.M. Dinner
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Holiday Inn, 30 Washington Street, Somerville Continue reading Reminder — Chamber Annual Dinner & Powderhouse Awards is just a week away!

The Somerville News Weekly October 29th Full Print Edition

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Mark Niedergang endorsed for Ward 5 Alderman by Six Local Elected Officials, Eight Organizations and Unions

Mark Niedergang endorsed for Ward 5 Alderman by Six Local Elected Officials, Eight Organizations and Unions
Somerville, MA — Mark Niedergang announced that he has received endorsements from State Representative Carl Sciortino; Somerville Aldermen Rebekah Gewirtz and Tony Lafuente: and Somerville School Committee members Adam Sweeting, Christine Rafal and Paul Bockelman. Niedergang is a candidate for Ward 5 Alderman and has represented Ward 5 on the Somerville School Committee for eight years.

Carl Sciortino, State Representative, 34th Middlesex District (Somerville and Medford) said: “I’ve known Mark for 10 years. I’ve watched him do a great job representing Ward 5 on the School Committee. He studies the issues, works hard, and is always well-prepared. He’s the best person for the job of Ward 5 Alderman.”

“Mark has a vision for the future of Somerville that includes everyone, especially working people, immigrants, and long-time residents,” said Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz. “Mark is the progressive choice for Ward 5 Alderman.”

Tony Lafuente declared “As Ward 4 Alderman, my priorities are constituent services and halting the continuous increase in residential taxes. I know Mark will respond quickly and effectively to constituents’ needs and will spend city funds carefully.”
Adam Sweeting, Christine Rafal and Paul Bockelman, Somerville School Committee members from Wards 3, 4 and 6 wrote: “The three of us have served with Mark collectively for 18 years. Mark has contributed greatly to the improvement in the Somerville Public Schools. He is strong on both the ‘nuts and bolts’ as well as the ‘big picture’ parts of the job. He would be an outstanding Alderman for Ward 5.”

Niedergang noted “I’m proud and grateful for the support of these six Somerville leaders. They have worked hard to represent our neighborhoods in Somerville, and they continue to provide great service to our city. I hope to be able to continue my service to Somerville and Ward 5 as Ward 5 Alderman.”
Niedergang has also been endorsed by these eight organizations and unions:
• Progressive Democrats of Somerville
• Sierra Club of Massachusetts
• Magoun Square Neighborhood Association
• SEIU Local 3, Firemen and Oilers
• Floorcoverers Local 2168
• Pile Drivers Local 56
• Painters & Allied Trades District Council #35
• Carpenters Local Union 218

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A Great Big Get Well Soon Shout Out Goes to Michael Cafferty

A great big get well soon goes out to our good friend Michael Cafferty who has been laid up in the MGH after having some surgery, but now he is on the road to recovery feeling much better then ever!
Michael is a great guy and an avid reader of the Somerville News Weekly!

He is also brother to one of our good friends and famous Facebook personality, Dan Cafferty!

Both gentlemen are two good guys and we wish them all the best! Go Sox!

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The Somerville News Weekly “Newstalk Shout Out” October 29th 2013

Many happy birthdays happing in and around the Ville this week! First we have to start off with Mama Emily Tauro who will celebrate her 91st birthday this coming week! At 91 she still knows the difference between Santarpio’s pizza and other pizza makers out there! There sure is no fooling her! Another Somerville Mama that is celebrating her birthday this week is Mama Maria Curtatone. Yes, that’s right Mayor Joe’s, Brother Cosmo’s and Register of Deeds Maria’s Curtatone’s mom and you sure know that old saying when you walk into their home ” Mangia, now that’s Italian!” Another well known Ville mama is celibrating her birthday this week and happy birthday greetings goes out to “Helena Lafuente!” Helena is wife to our Ward 4 Alderman Tony Lafuente who also made the Somerville News Weekly’s “Favorite Photo of the day on page 12 when you get a chance to flip the pages. A happy 80th birthday goes out to our good friend Ron Glejzer who has been partying all week we heard celebrating the magic day! We wish all of our birthday boys and girls the all very best for a lifetime of happiness for many years to come!
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Get well soon greetings go out to our good friend Ann Joyce, mother of former Ward 2 Alderman Kenny Joyce who took a nasty fay last Friday and ended up in the emergency room for a few days! Ann is also one of our most avid readers and more important she’s a good friend. We hear that Ann is beginning to show signs of recovery from her injury’s and should be home on the mend very soon. And we wish Ann all the best for a speedy recovery.
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A great big get well soon goes out to our good friend Michael Cafferty who has been laid up in the MGH after having some surgery, but now he is on the road to recovery feeling much better then ever!
Michael is a great guy and an avid reader of the Somerville News Weekly!
He is also brother to one of our good friends and famous Facebook personality, Dan Cafferty!
Both gentlemen are two good guys and we wish them all the best! Go Sox! Continue reading The Somerville News Weekly “Newstalk Shout Out” October 29th 2013

Somerville’s Former Transfer Station/Eyesore Soon To Be A Forgotten Memory

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By William Tauro

The City of Somerville held it’s wall breaking ceremony on this past Monday at the old incinerator and former transfer station on Linwood Street.
“We may be gathering to mark the tearing down of the transfer station, but we are celebrating the building of a new future for Brickbottom and InnerBelt,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “In creating SomerVision, the city’s 20-Year Comprehensive Plan, community members designated Brickbottom/InnerBelt as a transformative area targeted for mixed-use, transit-oriented redevelopment that will provide an economic engine for our city. And with the transfer station coming down, the Green Line Extensioncoming in, and the grounding of McGrath under review, we are well on our way. Reclaiming this once and future thriving neighborhood will help us reach our shared SomerVision goals of creating 30,000 new jobs, new and affordable housing, and new commercial tax revenues to fund our services and schools.”

Continue reading Somerville’s Former Transfer Station/Eyesore Soon To Be A Forgotten Memory

Anchormen Decimate Mustangs 41-6, Ascend to Central Catholic Small League Champions

​This Saturday October 26, the Saint Clement Anchormen faced their final step in their journey to the playoffs by defeating the Marian Mustangs 41-6, capturing the Catholic Central League Small League Champions. The first quarter started with Saint Clement gaining the first lead off a touchdown by RB Deron Hines (Chelsea). Although this would be Hines’ only TD for the game, he would continue being the glue guy by gaining enormous running yards and playing stellar defense for the squad. With about 4 minutes remaining in the quarter, LB Marcus Carvalho (Chelsea) would get an interception. This led to another touchdown for the Anchormen, this time scored by RB Branden Williams. The quarter would end with SC leading 14-0.

The second quarter started with another interception for the Anchormen, this time by CB Macallen Marcelin (Medford), showing off their much improved defense compared to the beginning of the season. This led to another touchdown by WR Junior Oyaronbi (Malden)from a long pass from QB Mike Sullivan (Everett). Although he is rarely mentioned here, Sullivan has done the team extremely well by setting up a lot of the touchdowns that the various Anchormen receivers score. Although the Mustangs would get an interception of their own halfway through the quarter, they were unable to make anything out of it, leaving the score at the half with the Anchormen leading 21-0.

Saint Clement could not rest for long as the 3rd quarter kicked into gear. Williams would get yet another touchdown this quarter, extending the Anchormen lead to 28. Not long after, a fumble recovery would lead SC to yet another touchdown, this one being Oyaronbi’s second of the night as well. There was another fumble recovery on SC’s part later in the game. This was shortly followed by yet another touchdown, this time by RB Casey Baptiste (Medford). The quarter ended 41-0 Anchormen, with the Mustangs looking all but beaten.

The fourth quarter is where the Anchormen decided to put in their Junior Varsity squad. This would eventually lead to a single touchdown for Marian, but this would be mostly inconsequential to the game overall.

The message ringing through the entire team after the game was echoed by Coach Walsh; “It’s been a long time coming.” Saint Clement was not only in the playoffs for the first time after a long drought, but they were the champions of their league. The playoffs won’t be easy, but the Anchormen looked focused and hardened through the regular season. Their first playoff game will be this Saturday November 2nd vs Chelsea High School at 7 pm at Dilboy Stadium. Please come out and show your anchors some support.

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Tom Bent to receive Lifetime Achievement Award, MassChallenge founder John Harthorne to keynote Chamber of Commerce Dinner

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Photo by Kulbako Photography

 

The 2013 recipient of the John W. Fitzgerald Lifetime Achievement Award – named for the founder of Ames Safety Envelope Company, now Ames Business Park, and the first Chair of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce – will be Thomas Bent of Bent Electrical Contractors. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s 67th Annual Dinner on Wednesday, November 6, at the Holiday Inn.

Tom Bent was chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors from 1990 to 1997.  He has served as the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee Chair since 1998.  In addition to his central leadership roles in shaping and guiding the 21st Century Chamber, he has served as Mayor Joseph Curtatone’s representative to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) since 2007.  During his tenure as MPO representative he has been instrumental in bringing to Somerville the: Assembly Square Orange Line transit station; Green Line extension; I-93 Fast 14 bridge replacement project; and the streetscape projects in Magoun Square, East Somerville, and Somerville Avenue.  Continue reading Tom Bent to receive Lifetime Achievement Award, MassChallenge founder John Harthorne to keynote Chamber of Commerce Dinner

A Commentary on Development in Somerville

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By Matthew McLaughlin

I remember the day the roof collapsed at Russ’ Donuts. As a child my brothers and I would go there from Lexington Park and get fresh donuts that would put Krispy Kreme to shame. When the roof collapsed, the business was forced to close. Soon after, condos appeared.
The trend in my neighborhood at the time was that any vacant space was gobbled up and used for new apartments.

With this development, the identity of the neighborhood changed. Many people I grew up with moved away, either by choice or because they could no longer afford to stay. Those who remain can only remember the neighborhood that once existed. The most frustrating aspect of this transformation was that the community had no say in how it was being shaped.
Today, East Somerville is experiencing a similar wave of development. Unlike when I was younger, I am now in a position to influence the future of my community. The most important thing I will do as Ward 1 alderman is to listen to my constituents and represent their hopes and aspirations for the community. Continue reading A Commentary on Development in Somerville

Somerville’s Ward 2 ResiStat Community Meeting Tues, Oct. 29th

The Ward 2 (which includes Union Square, Brickbottom, and the Lincoln and Perry Park areas) ResiStat community meeting is this Tues., Oct. 29. Join Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Heuston, City and elected officials, and your neighbors, at the Ar…genziano School, 290 Washington Street, from 7-8:30 p.m., to share data and talk about what’s going on in Somerville and your neighborhood. A social half-hour (with free pizza!) will run from 6:30-7. And, if you haven’t already, help shape the agenda for Tuesday by taking this survey: http://bit.ly/tUWAOe. Photo by sushiesque.

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Somerville’s New “Founders Ice Rink” Dedicated

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By William Tauro

This past Saturday Oct. 26th the City of Somerville officially dedicated it’s new ice rick as the Founders Rink at a special event.

The new ice rink was opened in 2012, two years after the City took control of the Veterans Memorial Rink.

The City of Somerville also honored five veterans – George Hughes (Army), John Doncaster (Army), Raymond Deeran (Navy), James Papaluca (Marine) and Joseph Guidi (Navy) – who founded the Somerville Youth Hockey Association in the 1960’s. Now that it’s officially dedicated, the five men’s names now appear on a plaque at the new ice rink at 570 Somerville Ave., next to the Veterans Memorial Rink.

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The ice rink will also be home to Igor and Somerville’s own, Boston Stars Elite & Select Hockey Teams. Continue reading Somerville’s New “Founders Ice Rink” Dedicated

The Somerville News Weekly Welcomes Matthew McLaughlin To The News Team As a Weekly Guest Writer!

Matthew is not a stranger to the writing world.

In past years Matthew was a journalist in the Army in Iraq. He also wrote for the former Somerville News when he returned home.

Matthew expressed to us that he would definitely be interested in writing a weekly column about his true experiences and adventures here in the Ville!

So don’t miss it and look for it in our print edition as well as online!

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The Spirit of Somerville, The Book

By William Tauro

Former Somerville Mayor/Middlesex County Register of Deeds, turned aurther, Gene Brune hosted a book signing event with the Somerville Kiwanis Club this past week.

Gene’s book, “The Spirit of Somerville,”tells Gene’s life story of growing up in Somerville.

“Makes The Perfect Christmas Gift”

“The Spirit of Somerville” can be found at “The Book Shop” located at 694 Broadway in Ball Square, Somerville.

Photo L to R:
Bud Knox, Gene Brune and Kiwanis Rui Domingos

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Boston Derby Dames Call Somerville Home, How Cool Is That!

By William Tauro

The Boston Derby Dames Just about call Somerville home because the team is in Somerville just about every day practicing in the second floor of their practice facility roller rink right here the City of Somerville.

Boston’s premier Women’s Flat-Track Derby Association (WFTDA) roller derby league. Skating since 2005, being awesome since forever.

They train in Somerville, MA; they play at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA.

About the Dames
They are Boston’s first and only all-female, DIY, skater-owned-and-operated flat track roller derby league and proud members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).

The Boston Derby Dames have been skating their hearts out since May 2005 when the first intrepid rollergirls began training at both roller and hockey rinks throughout greater Boston.

The league now boasts more than 70 active skaters on four home teams: the Arkham Horrors, Cosmonaughties, Nutcrackers, and Wicked Pissahs.

Their all-star travel team, the Boston Massacre, has been in action since October 2005 and has traveled to play teams in Las Vegas, Columbus, Madison, and Seattle to name a few.

They’ve hosted Charm City (MD), Atlanta, Gotham (NYC), Cincinnati, Dominion (VA), Kansas, and more.

They are honored to have been WFTDA’s July 2011 Featured League!

Read that story to get the behind-the-scenes scoop of the Boston Derby Dames.

Where They Play
Their home base is just north of Boston at Shriners Auditorium (located at 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington in MA.

On February 9th, 2008, they broke all previous attendance records when they hosted more than 1,600 fans at a bout between the Cosmonaughties and the Wicked Pissahs.

And with roller derby changing and growing exponentially with each season, their fan base has only continued to expand.

That’s just a little reminder to buy your tickets online before the bouts!

Their Bext Bout:NOV 16th

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SOMERVILLE NAMED A SILVER BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY BY LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS

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Honor comes only two years after city named a Bronze level community, demonstrating City of Somerville’s continued progress

SOMERVILLE – If you’re on a bicycle in Somerville, you can get there from here. The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the City’s continued commitment to creating a bikeable community with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community designation—only two years after the city earned a Bronze level designation. Somerville now joins a number of cities including New York City, Philadelphia and Boston receiving this level of recognition for its efforts to promote bicycling. Continue reading SOMERVILLE NAMED A SILVER BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY BY LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS

KENNEY PARK GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

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Renovation of Davis Square park will create a more active, community-focused park based on public feedback

SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville held a groundbreaking ceremony at Kenney Park on Friday, Oct. 25th as work commences on overhauling the park and creating a more active, community-focused space for residents.

After two public meetings culminating in a design focused on creativity, the Board of Aldermen approved Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone’s request for an appropriation of $500,000 for the project. All are invited to celebrate as the City breaks ground Friday on the renovation, which will update and improve the park’s play structures, surfaces and plaza while introducing inventive new elements. Continue reading KENNEY PARK GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

A Place in Somerville, Assembly Square

By William Tauro

Somerville’s Assembly Square/ Federal Realty Development area is coming together very quickly and turning into a real place of beauty and becoming a huge asset for the City of Somerville.

With the finished product only months away, soon crowds will be flocking to the area to visit the many retail shops, restaurants and outlets that Assembly Square will have to offer!

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Somerville’s Walnut Street Center Appreciation Luncheon

By William Tauro

Management of the Walnut Street Center showed their appreciation to its “Gala Event Committee” board members by treating them to a luncheon at the Charles River Golf Course in Newton on Friday.

The Gala Committee that is chaired and spearheaded by Former Somerville Mayor Gene Brune and Somerville Alderman-at-Large Jack Connolly helped raise over $35,000 for the Walnut Street Center with this year’s Gala back in September.

The event was held at the Somerville Holiday Inn with over two hundred attendees.

Walnut Street Center is a nonprofit, human service agency located in Somerville, Arlington and Cambridge, MA that provides residential, day and individual/family support services to over 200 adults with developmental disabilities. Walnut Street Center was started in 1970 by a group of parents that wanted to provide a better way of life for their children and other persons with developmental disabilities.

Walnut Street Center’s mission is to empower adults who have developmental disabilities to make meaningful life choices.

BostonNewsGroup.com and The Somerville News Weekly are proud sponsors on the event!

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City of Somerville Police Department Promotions

By William Tauro

This past Thursday October 24th, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Board of Aldermen promoted three Somerville Police Officers .

The ceremony took place in the alderman’s chambers at city hall.

Sergeant Timothy Mitsakis was promoted to Lieutenant, Officer John Tam (K9 Unit) was promoted to Sergeant, and Officer Martha Costa was also promoted to Sergeant.

All three officers have had outstanding careers with the City of Somerville and the Police Department.

Photos:The three promoted officers taking the oath at the promotion swearing ceremony in by Somerville City Clerk John Long.

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When Was The Last Time That You Used A Phone Booth?

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When’s the last time you used a phone booth? As pay phones become less and less common the booths the housed them have ­­­been left behind in many cities. Not wanting to waste an opportunity to display art, the Somerville Arts Council and the Nave Gallery teamed up to recruit artists who transformed abandoned phone booths into public art. This Sunday, we’re celebrating the opening The Phone Art Box Project, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., with a tour of the first five completed phone art boxes. Follow Mayor Curtatone from box to box for mini-openings with refreshments at each box, or visit any box during the two-hour event at your leisure.

 

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Dear Somerville Business Owner and Friend

I hope all is well!

I am reaching out to you with this letter with the hopes that you can purchase a display ad from me to advertise in my news publication, “The Somerville News Weekly” that recently hit the streets of Somerville in Print as well as online at http://www.Thesomervillenewsweekly.com

The very popular Bostonnewsgroup.com and it’s seventy news publication across the state are also mine as well.

For as little as $25 per week your display ad will appear in the “Somerville News Weekly” that comes out every Tuesday and is distributed through out the city in over 200 locations including all municipal buildings and senior centers.

It will also be listed in my paper’s website http://www.Thesomervillenewsweekly.com with thousands of viewers reading our pages everyday as well as on it’s ever popular and busy “Somerville News Weekly Facebook page!” Continue reading Dear Somerville Business Owner and Friend

Senator Jehlen Announces Passage of Parental Leave Legislation

Senator Patricia Jehlen
Second Middlesex District
State House of Massachusetts
Room 513
Boston, MA 02133

BOSTON – Senator Jehlen announced today that the Senate voted to pass S865 An Act relative to parental leave. Senator Jehlen is the lead sponsor of this legislation, which protects employees and modernizes the legal concepts of parental leave.
“I am proud of the hard work of all of those involved in getting this legislation passed, which provides important protections for parents of both genders so that they may focus on establishing a life for their new child,” said Senator Jehlen. “The legislation protects both employees and employers through gender neutrality and transparency in job protection.”
An act relative to parental leave updates Massachusetts’ parental leave laws to reflect the evolution and current needs of modern families. The bill makes the parental leave law gender neutral, allowing for the parental leave statute to be available for both men and women. Employers who do not provide comparable leave to fathers may be violating constitutional rights to equal protection under the law. The legislation not only protects parents, but also protects employers because it remedies the current, unconstitutional nature of the law that risks violating the principle of equal protection.
Additionally, An act relative to parental leave requires employers to inform employees in writing prior to their parental leave, or at the time of making a request, if taking leave beyond 8 weeks would eliminate their right to return to work. Present law provides up to eight weeks of job-protected, unpaid parental leave. However, in some cases, employers verbally grant a worker more than eight weeks, even though the additional weeks are not job-protected. In one prominent case decided by the Supreme Judicial Court, Global NAPs, Inc. v. Awiszus, 457 Mass. 489 (2010), an employer granted a mother ten weeks of maternity leave, only to fire her after she came back to work because she was only legally protected for eight of those weeks. This kind of misleading and unfair treatment would be outlawed by the new legislation.
The legislation was strongly supported by the work of Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS), the AFL-CIO and Associated Industries of Massachusetts (AIM). You can see the full text of this bill by going to: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/Senate/S865.
For more information about Sen. Jehlen visit http://www.patjehlen.org or follow her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SenPatJehlen.

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This Saturday Somerville Will Honor Five Veterans

This Saturday the City of Somerville will honor five veterans – George Hughes (Army), John Doncaster (Army), Raymond Deeran (Navy), James Papaluca (Marine) and Joseph Guidi (Navy) – who founded the Somerville Youth Hockey Association in the 1960s. The five men’s names will appear on a plaque at the new ice rink at 570 Somerville Ave., next to the Veterans Memorial Rink, when it is officially dedicated as the Founders Rink at a special event on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. The new ice rink was opened in 2012, two years after the City took control of the Veterans Memoria20131024-145220.jpg

This Saturday the City of Somerville will honor five veterans – George Hughes (Army), John Doncaster (Army), Raymond Deeran (Navy), James Papaluca (Marine) and Joseph Guidi (Navy) – who founded the Somerville Youth Hockey Association in the 1960s. The five men’s names will appear on a plaque at the new ice rink at 570 Somerville Ave., next to the Veterans Memorial Rink, when it is officially dedicated as the Founders Rink at a special event on Saturday, Oct. 26, at 2 p.m. The new ice rink was opened in 2012, two years after the City took control of the Veterans Memorial Rink. For more on the history of youth hockey in Somerville: http://bit.ly/19B0TU2

Flavors of Fall — Great Food … Great Cause!

GREAT FOOD & GREAT CHEFS
to support a GREAT CAUSE!

A BENEFIT FOR COMMUNITY COOKS

NOVEMBER 11 * 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
1 Bennett Street, Cambridge

Join us for an evening of fine food and wine

Sample hors d’oeuvres and speciality drinks from:

Alden & Harlow | Amelia’s Trattoria | Belly Wine Bar
The Blue Room | Garden at the Cellar | Harvest
Henrietta’s Table | Island Creek Oysters | Noir | Park
Rialto | Russell House Tavern | Sandrine’s Bistro
Upstairs on the Square | West Bridge

TICKET PRICE $75
100% of proceeds will benefit Community Cooks

Purchase Tickets Here!

PRESENTING SPONSORS

For more information contact info@ccooks.org

Community Cooks | 1 Summer Street | Somerville MA 02143 | http://www.communitycooks.org

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Great Hill Dental Partners, LLC Grand Opening in Davis Square Somerville

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By William Tauro

On Tuesday, Great Hill Dental Partners LLC. hosted it’s grand opening event for it’s Somerville new location located at 40 Holland Street, right in the heart of Davis Square.

Great Hill Dental has five locations in the greater Boston area and offers the very best and professionalism in dentistry with a modern touch of technology and state of the art equipment backing it up.

This Somerville location was specially designed and equipped with ten dentistry examination rooms, an in-house laboratory, a full inventory stockroom mini dentistry warehouse and a large comfortable waiting and reception area to make you feel right at home.

Former Somerville Mayor/Middlesex County Register of Deeds turned book author, Gene Brune was the official dignitary who was asked to conduct the ribbon cutting ceremony.

According Great Hill Doctor Richard Michalowski DMD, Mayor Brune was a perfect and appropriate fit especially with this grand opening because of the fact that when Brune was mayor back in the 80’s, he was the mayor who was instrumental in bringing in the Red Line to Davis Square as well as opening the very high rise newly renovated building that Great Hill Dental’s office is located in. Continue reading Great Hill Dental Partners, LLC Grand Opening in Davis Square Somerville

Night of the Living Dead Shambles to the Somerville Stage this Halloween!

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Somerville, MA – October 2nd, 2013– The Post-Meridian Radio Players are bringing the dead back to challenge the living this Halloween season with a stage adaptation of the classic horror film The Night of the Living Dead. The show will also feature an adaptation of the classic Suspense! radio episode Ghost Hunt.

Ghost Hunt, originally aired in 1949, tells the tale of a radio DJ “Smiley Smith” (Joev Dubach) as he spends the night in an allegedly haunted house. The PMRP version is directed by Mindy Klenoff (The Do-Nothing Detective, Summer Radio Theatre). Continue reading Night of the Living Dead Shambles to the Somerville Stage this Halloween!

Somerville News Weekly Newstalk Shout Out October 22nd, 2013

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Congratulations to the new bride and groom, our good friend Rachel and Jeff Snow of Somerville Plumbing Company. Half of Somerville traveled down south this past weekend as the couple tied the knot down in the Garden State of NJ on Saturday! We here at the News wish them all the best for a lifetime of happiness!

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Happy Birthday greetings go out to our good friend Massachusetts State Trooper Rick Crosby who is celebrating his birthday this week! Rick is a great guy and is always around the Ville, mostly around all the major construction sites on the roads and highways!

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CITY EXPANDS STOREFRONT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, TARGETS EAST BROADWAY

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Financial and design assistance provided to businesses and commercial property owners who renovate or restore building facades

SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville’s storefront improvement program is expanding to provide even greater financial assistance through reimbursable grants to businesses and commercial property owners who renovate or restore building facades, revitalizing business districts and making storefronts more attractive, safer and accessible to all.

The revised program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through Community Development Block Grants, will be geographically targeted to improve its impact and effectiveness. This round of funding will first target the East Broadway area where major street and sidewalk improvements are underway and a three-day public planning event was recently held as part of Somerville By Design. Continue reading CITY EXPANDS STOREFRONT IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, TARGETS EAST BROADWAY

SOMERVILLE LGBT HALLOWEEN SKATE NIGHT

Get your blades and moves sharpened for Saturday night when the Somerville LGBT Liaison, Office of Somerville Commissions, Shape Up Approved – Eat Well, and the Somerville Council on Aging host an LGBT Halloween Skate Night. Come to Veterans Memorial Rink, 570 Somerville Ave., from 8 to 10 p.m. for some ice time. Admission is $10 (no charge for skate rentals) and costumes are encouraged. For more information on the new tradition and some creative costume ideas: http://bit.ly/16qyeO3

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TUFTS, CITY OF SOMERVILLE REACH AGREEMENT ON FIVE-YEAR PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

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Tufts University will pay the City of Somerville more than $1.3 million over five years, waive application fee for Somerville High School students

SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville and Tufts University have reached a partnership agreement through which Tufts will contribute $1.375 million over five years to the City. As part of the agreement, Tufts will also waive the university’s application fee for Somerville High School students and provide college preparation assistance for Somerville students beginning in the sixth grade. Continue reading TUFTS, CITY OF SOMERVILLE REACH AGREEMENT ON FIVE-YEAR PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

Senator Pat Jehlen Op ED: Lead Paint Safety

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Contractors, homeowners and owners of child care centers built before 1978, take note. A recent update – Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP) – requires contractor supervisors to take a one-day class on lead paint safety and contractors to be licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards (DLS). Residential landlords who renovate or paint must also take the course. Continue reading Senator Pat Jehlen Op ED: Lead Paint Safety

Car Fire In Front of DPW Gate

Story by William Tauro

A car fire occurred in front of the Somerville Department of Public Works on Franny Road directly in front of its gate on Friday afternoon at about 1:30 PM.
The Somerville Fire Department rushed to the scene and extinguished the blaze.
No injuries were reported.

Photo by Frank Santangelo

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Mark Niedergang endorsed for Ward 5 Alderman by Six Local Elected Officials, Eight Organizations and Unions

Mark Niedergang announced today that he has received endorsements from State Representative Carl Sciortino; Somerville Aldermen Rebekah Gewirtz and Tony Lafuente: and Somerville School Committee members Adam Sweeting, Christine Rafal and Paul Bockelman. Niedergang is a candidate for Ward 5 Alderman and has represented Ward 5 on the Somerville School Committee for eight years.

Carl Sciortino, State Representative, 34th Middlesex District (Somerville and Medford) said: “I’ve known Mark for 10 years. I’ve watched him do a great job representing Ward 5 on the School Committee. He studies the issues, works hard, and is always well-prepared. He’s the best person for the job of Ward 5 Alderman.”

“Mark has a vision for the future of Somerville that includes everyone, especially working people, immigrants, and long-time residents,” said Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz. “Mark is the progressive choice for Ward 5 Alderman.”

Tony Lafuente declared “As Ward 4 Alderman, my priorities are constituent services and halting the continuous increase in residential taxes. I know Mark will respond quickly and effectively to constituents’ needs and will spend city funds carefully.”
Adam Sweeting, Christine Rafal and Paul Bockelman, Somerville School Committee members from Wards 3, 4 and 6 wrote: “The three of us have served with Mark collectively for 18 years. Mark has contributed greatly to the improvement in the Somerville Public Schools. He is strong on both the ‘nuts and bolts’ as well as the ‘big picture’ parts of the job. He would be an outstanding Alderman for Ward 5.”

Niedergang noted “I’m proud and grateful for the support of these six Somerville leaders. They have worked hard to represent our neighborhoods in Somerville, and they continue to provide great service to our city. I hope to be able to continue my service to Somerville and Ward 5 as Ward 5 Alderman.”
Niedergang has also been endorsed by these eight organizations and unions:
• Progressive Democrats of Somerville
• Sierra Club of Massachusetts
• Magoun Square Neighborhood Association
• SEIU Local 3, Firemen and Oilers
• Floorcoverers Local 2168
• Pile Drivers Local 56
• Painters & Allied Trades District Council #35
• Carpenters Local Union 218

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Somerville Fire Fighters “All In” For Emma

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Somerville Fire Department Lt.Tom Tierney’s young daughter, Emma was just diagnosed with Leukemia. Lt. Steve Belski has put this site together for anyone that might want to help in any way that they can, to try to help ease some of the burden off this family’s shoulder, while they are going through this very difficult time.

The beautiful little 7 year old girl in this picture is Emma. She was diagnosed last Thursday with Leukemia and is currently undergoing treatment for the next 6 weeks at Children’s Hospital. Emma’s parents Tom & Jessica are two of my very good friends. I would like to raise some money to help with their medical costs. No donation amount is too small….every bit helps! Thank you very, very much! Please continue to keep Tom, Jessica, Emma and her little sister Addie in your thoughts and prayers! We are “All In” For Emma!

Steve Belski
Please visit our website: http://www.gofundme.com/4omqus

 

Ward-1 Alderman Candidate Forum

There will be a public forum this Monday with your local Alderman candidates, Matt McLaughlin and Elio LoRusso to discuss key Ward 1 issues.

Questions will be prepared in advance, and can be submitted via note cards on the evening of the forum.

Monday, October 21 at 6:00pm in EDT
PSG Framing, 130 Broadway (corner of Glen St.) – Enter through rear parking lot

To submit a question for consideration please contact info@eastsomervillemainstreets.org
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Somerville Police Warning about Scam Calls Dialing Ville Residents.

We have received several complaints recently from Somerville residents and businesses concerning a specific phone scam. A caller from a ‘617’ area code phone number is randomly calling our residents and stating that a family member was in an accident or being held hostage and demands money. In all cases it was a scam. When the police have called the number back, a recorded message states the voicemail is not set up and then it disconnects the call. If anyone receives a call such as this, please report it to the Somerville Police by calling 617-625-1212.

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The Somerville News Weekly Wedding Congratulations Series

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Congratulations goes out to our good friends Mr. and Mrs. Fred Caruso of Somerville who recently had their vows renewed on their 60th Wedding Anniversary!

We here at the News wish them all the best for a lifetime of happiness for many years to come!

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SULLIVAN ANNOUNCES PUBLIC SAFETY AND MUNICIPAL WORKERS ENDORSEMENTS

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SOMERVILLE – Oct. 16 – Dennis Sullivan, candidate for re-election, Somerville Alderman at Large, today announced the endorsement of three organizations: Somerville Police Employees Association, Somerville Firefighters Local 76 and Somerville Municipal Employees Association.

“I’m proud to receive these endorsements from groups that represent firefighters, police officers, DPW workers, librarians, school custodians and many others that provide integral city services to those that live and work in Somerville,” said Sullivan. “These men and women are some of the hardest working people I know. They work tirelessly to keep our streets clean and neighborhoods safe and have helped to put Somerville back on the map as a destination city.” Continue reading SULLIVAN ANNOUNCES PUBLIC SAFETY AND MUNICIPAL WORKERS ENDORSEMENTS

SOMERVILLE HONORS NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH WITH PROCLAMATION AND EVENT

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SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville and the Commission for Persons with Disabilities announced this month that the City will celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month with a community event featuring art by local residents on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall. The art exhibit will feature work by artists at the Walnut Street Center and students of the John F. Kennedy Elementary School, as well as a handmade quilt by students at the Perkins School for the Blind. Refreshments will be served and a short speaking program will include a presentation by the Chair of the Somerville Commission for Persons with Disabilities.

“The City is proud to participate in this national campaign that seeks to raise awareness about disability employment issues and highlight the valuable contributions of America’s employees with disabilities, among them, our returning veterans,” said Betsy Allen, ADA Coordinator. “We want to honor the invaluable service being provided each day by City employees and residents with disabilities.” Continue reading SOMERVILLE HONORS NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH WITH PROCLAMATION AND EVENT

The Somerville News Weekly Wedding Congratulations Series

October 19th, 2013

Congratulations goes out to our good friends Rachel and Jeffry Snow who recently got married this past Saturday

We here at the News wish them all the best for a lifetime of happiness for many years to come!

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5th Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon Honoring Mary Louise Daly

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You are Invited to the 5th Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon Honoring Mary Louise Daly Friday, October 25, 2013 from 11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m.

at The Highland Kitchen 150 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA Mary Louise Daly at Clarendon Hill Towers

Honoring the memory of Tina DeLellis, we recognize the continued good work by others in the Somerville community.

Mary Louise Daly is a Somerville treasure and inspiration to all of us who work both professionally and as advocates for the creation and sustainability of affordable housing in Somerville. After raising her family in Cambridge and looking for affordable housing for herself, Mary Louise moved into Clarendon Hill Towers — only to learn that it was an expiring use building and she and 500 other families might lose their apartments. Along with others, Mary Louise helped organize the Clarendon Hill Tenants Association and saved the buildings for the residents. For almost 25 years she has organized and worked for affordable housing in our community; we are all awed by her energy and perseverance and grateful for her example. Tickets are $25 per attendee, available online. Register early as seating is limited!

or RSVP at 617.623.6111 or KBenjamin@shcinc.org
Somerville Homeless Coalition, Inc.
One Davis Square
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144
617-623-6111

 

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Celebrate Halloween With Somerville Youth Hockey Association

Somerville Youth Hockey Association invites you to celebrate Halloween with us. We dare you to join us at the Somerville City Club on October 27, 12:00 – 4:00 pm to have fun with your entire family. All proceeds from the event support the Somerville Youth Hockey Association.

If you cannot attend this event and would like to make a donation, please visit our website and donate by paypal.
Ticket price: $20 per adult and $10 per child.

Sunday, October 27, 2013 from 12:00 to 4:00 PM

The Somerville City Club
20 Inner Belt Road
Somerville, MA 02143

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Free Day of the Dead Altar Making Workshops in Union Square and East Somerville

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In Celebration of the Upcoming Day of the Dead Celebration (Dia de Muertos), the Arts Council will lead various altar-making workshops. Learn to make your version of the creative altars. Bring a personal items and/or picture of a loved one(s) that you would like to honor. Additional workshops will be held October 20 at SomerStreets Festival on Somerville Ave. Additional altar-making workshops will be held throughout the month prior to the Day of the Dead event. Participants are, then, invited to display their finished pieces at Cantina La Mexicana on November 2. If you can not make the workshops, you are still welcome to submit an altar for display. For more information, please read the submission guidelines attached to the message Continue reading Free Day of the Dead Altar Making Workshops in Union Square and East Somerville

Two-Day National Parkour Event Comes to Somerville

An annual two-day gathering of parkour practitioners from around the country comes to Somerville the weekend of Oct. 19-20, sponsored by the City of Somerville, the Somerville Recreation Department, and Shape Up Somerville.

 

American Rendezvous (ARDV) is an opportunity for practitioners to participate in a series of workshops and training sessions led by renowned elite coaches flown in from several different states and from abroad. Parkour was born in the banlieues (suburbs) of Paris in the 1980s and is now one of the world’s fastest-growing sports. While often recognized in the fantastic images seen on YouTube or television, the sport is actually a form of movement that has roots in a wide variety of physical disciplines, including gymnastics, martial arts, climbing, breakdancing, and track and field. For the past three years, ARDV has taken place in Columbus, OH, but this year, due to the rapid growth of our programs in this region, Parkour Generations Americas has decided to bring it to the Somerville area.

 

ARDV is open to adults and high-school students (ages 14 and up) of all experience levels and athletic backgrounds, designed as a “melting-pot event” for people to meet and train with each other in a safe, fun and hard-working atmosphere, while celebrating a healthy and active lifestyle. More than 60 participants have already pre-registered for the event.

 

The event begins on Saturday, Oct. 19 in the SomervilleHigh School gym from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with an hour break for lunch in the nearby area. Local eating establishments that are endorsed by Shape Up Somerville are offering discounts to participants. On Sunday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., the event will spread to a number of outdoor “parkour hotspots” throughout downtown Boston. The coaches and some attendees will return to Somerville for a dinner gathering generously hosted by Johnny D’s Restaurant and Music Club in Davis Square. Other key local sponsors for the weekend event are Cantina La Mexicana, Gentle Giant, New England College of Business and Finance, Rockland Trust, and Triumvirate.

 

The registration fee for the two-day event is $75 per person. We are also working closely with City of Somerville staff to make sure that local high school students interested in participating in both days of the weekend workshop are able to do so, regardless of ability to pay the registration fee.  A number of full and partial scholarships will be offered to these students.  One day rates for Saturday only are also available for $45. 

 

Contact:  Blake Evitt, Co-Director & Instructor, Parkour Generations Americas

blake@parkourgenerations.com; cell: (617) 504-8393

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Somerville Lady Highlander’s Freshman Volleyball Team Celebrate Win Wednesday Over Everett

The Somerville High School Lady Highlander’s Freshman volleyball team celebrated a win on Wednesday October 15th versus Everett High School bringing their season record to 10-3. The Highlanders won set one 25-16 and set two 25-12. Captain Emily Liberato had 10 unanswered serves in the first set and 9 in the second set. Brianna Jewers and Marissa Toner had great plays at the net. Phoebe Melchiskey and Halle Hughes had good digs int he back row. “This team plays very well together. They are tough on offense and defense. When they work together, they are a very tough team,” said Coach Krista Invernizzi.

The Highlanders combined for a sweep of Everett with JV and Varsity posting wins as well.

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MassChallenge founder/CEO John Harthorne to keynote Chamber dinner

 

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The Somerville Chamber of Commerce 67th Annual Dinner & Powderhouse Awards will feature keynote speaker John Harthorne, the Founder and CEO of MassChallenge

A startup accelerator and competition designed to catalyze a startup renaissance by connecting high-impact startups from around the world with the resources they need to launch and succeed.

President Barack Obama identified MassChallenge as one of America’s most effective startup accelerators. John received his MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

He received the Grand Prize in the 2007 MIT $100K Business Plan Competition and received the Patrick J. McGovern Award for impact on quality and visibility of entrepreneurship at MIT. Continue reading MassChallenge founder/CEO John Harthorne to keynote Chamber dinner

Congratulations to Somerville’s Own “Karen Jenner” for being Our Sister-News-Station’s BostonNewsGroup.com ‘s “2000th Facebook Like”

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Karen will receive a $50 gift certificate to the new “West 7 Bistro” a new and exciting restaurant who’s grand opening is this coming November in Somerville!
Late month three other winners also won gift certificates to West Side 7 Bistro and Dunkin Donuts as well!
Simular prizes will be given out for our 3000th Facebook Likes reciepent as well as for other various milestones to our valued readers for BostonNewsGroup.com so continue to follow us and you may be the next unexpected winner!

The Somerville News Weekly’s very popular Facebook page is expected to reach 2000 likes as well this coming weekend and you could be the next lucky winner!

Congratulations to all winners and thank you to all of our readers!

 

It’s Somerville BULB BLITZ time again!

On a crisp day in fall for the past two years, volunteers have simultaneously appeared at public spaces, gardening tools in hand, to plant over 6,000 bulbs all over the City of Somerville in just one morning. The Bulb Blitz is a flash mob planting of sorts, during which community members bury tulip and daffodil bulbs that will come up the next Spring. In addition to being rewarded by swaths of color after a long winter, participants meet their neighbors and build stewardship for Somerville’s public spaces. The 2013 Bulb Blitz will occur on Saturday, October 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the sites listed below. Participants can sign up at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DX3N975 . For more information, please visit the Somerville Urban Ag Blog at http://somervilleurbanag.tumblr.com/ or contact Bulb Blitz mastermind and Senior Landscape Designer Luisa Oliveira at loliveira@somervillema.gov.

Bulb Blitz Locations:
Concord Square (between Inman and Union Squares) Central Broadway/ Magoun Square (along Trum Field) Morse Kelley Park (at the intersection of Craigie and Summer Streets) The Davis Square Median (opposite the plaza) Chuckie Harris Park (15 Cross Street East) Nunziato Field in Union Square (at intersection of Summer St. and Vinal Ave.)

Daniel DeMaina
New Media Manager
Communications Department
City of Somerville
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
(tel): 617-625-6600 x2620
(cell): 857-523-9549
http://www.somervillema.gov

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