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


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.


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


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.