Somerville Health Fair Fast Appoaching

Friends taking care of friends at last year’s fair! Anna Raphael checking Flo Donoghue’s blood pressure. Didem Aytok and Abigail LaBonte helped out.


The Somerville Council on Aging’s Annual Health & Wellness Fair will be held on Thursday, October 24th at the Holland Street Center, 167 Holland Street. Exhibitors will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and include flu shots, blood pressure readings, chair massage, health insurance information, Healthy snacks and recipes, hearing and glucose screenings and so much more.  Guest speaker at 11:30 a.m. is Roberta Robinson who will be speaking on our theme: Live Better Each Day: Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies. Lunch is at 12 noon. Register by October 21st and be entered in a special raffle. RSVP 617-625-6600, ext. 2300.




Community Building Between the Generations


The latest positive outcome of the collaborative efforts of the Somerville Council on Aging and Teen Empowerment is the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s choice to include them as a partner for the 2013-14 Symphony for Our City program. Each year, the BSO partners will up to 10 community-based organizations in the greater Boston area through an open application process. Being chosen as partners means that the Council on Aging and Teen Empowerment will be granted tickets to Symphony performances at Boston’s Symphony Hall and at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts. Older adults and teens who may not otherwise listen to or appreciate symphony music will enjoy and learn about the music together. The first performance is scheduled for Friday, November 1st. Continue reading Community Building Between the Generations

Water Main Break in Somerville Forces Street and Senior Center To Be Closed

By William Tauro

A Water Main break on New Washington Street in Somerville caused the street as well as a City of Somerville senior center, The Ralph and Jenny Center, to be closed on Friday.

Hundreds of people also lost water next door at the Cobblehill Apartment building complex until Somerville DPW crews connected water supplies from local nearby fire hydrants.

A broken pipe leaking sending thousands of gallons of water flowing beneath New Washington Street caused this big Columbus Day Weekend Mess.

DPW crews are working franticly to find the leak to restore water service abd to reopen the road and local buildings as soon as possible.



Early Somerville Snow in October?

By William Tauro

Three feet of snow in Union Square?

Well actually it’s only a refrigerated truck’s frozen cargo that the driver had to shovel out of his trailer to let his cargo defrost.

Tge driver discovered the snow mounds that formed inside the trailer while making a delivery in Union Square.

The icing was caused when a thermostat malfunction within the trailers refrigeration unit thermostat got stuck and kept the compressor running constantly that caused the freeze over.

On a good note, after thawing out the cargo, the driver was able to make his delivery and even got to throw around a snowball or two while waiting!




Somerville residents eligible for vaccine; Vaccines offered Thursdays,
5-7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex beginning in October.
SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville’s Health Department announced this week the beginning of the 2013-2014 Flu Clinics. Beginning on Thursday, October 3rd, all Somerville residents ages three and older may visit the City Hall Annex at 50 Evergreen Ave. for a free flu vaccine between the hours of 5 and 7 p.m. The clinics will be held weekly through December, or until the City’s supply of vaccine is exhausted. Additional clinics will be held in the following locations:
• 11 October: TAB Building, 167 Holland Street. 9:30 – 11 a.m. (ADA Accessible)
• 17 October: Ralph & Jenny Center, New Washington Street. 10 – 11 a.m. (ADA Accessible)
• 24 October: TAB Building, 167 Holland Street. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. (ADA Accessible)
• 26 October: 268R Powderhouse Blvd. 12 – 2 p.m.
Clinics are open for residents and non-residents ages three years and older. Mist vaccinations are available for those ages 49 years and younger in addition to injected vaccines. While there is no charge for vaccinations, attendees are asked to bring an insurance card if available. Residents requiring additional assistance or other accommodations should contact the Health Department at 617-625-6600 ext. 4300.
The City will add or adjust clinic schedules as necessary, and more information can always be found at or by calling 311.



halloween in somerville“Monster Mashed-Up @ SomerStreets” includes costume parade, chainsaw pumpkin carving, Oktoberfest and more.

SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville will host the final event in the 2013 SomerStreets series with a celebration along Somerville Avenue on Sunday, October 20, from noon to 4 p.m.  “Monster Mashed-Up @ SomerStreets” will feature a costume parade for residents of all ages, 100-pound pumpkins carved by chainsaw artists, Oktoberfest, MilkRowCemetery tour, live entertainment, craft fair and more along Somerville Ave. from Union Square to Wilson Square. Continue reading FINAL “SOMERSTREETS” OF 2013 PLANNED FOR SOMERVILLE AVE. 10/20

Letter To The Editor


While I’ve lived in Somerville for a while, I have never really found part of it that I felt at home in. I have lived in several different wards since I moved to Somerville in 2002, and I have had the privilege of witnessing a lot of its growth and evolution. I’ll admit my husband and I have fallen a bit in love with Ward 5 since moving here, its unique mix of single and multi-family homes, contrast of ages and ethnicities, and amazing potential going into the future. We love to walk through the Ward, see the progress on the community path, and watch the seasons pass. We also love to talk with people, and discuss what is going on in Somerville and hear their thoughts. This happens just about anywhere. Outside my business if I’m cleaning or working, while walking to and from Davis Square, if people are willing to strike up a chat, and in our many local restaurants and bars, if people are so inclined. Continue reading Letter To The Editor