Remembering Anne Joyce of Somerville


By William Tauro

Our condolences go out to the family of Anne Joyce of Somerville who has sadly passed away this week from injuries that she sustained from a fall.

Anne was mother to former Somerville Ward 2 Alderman Kenny Joyce and widow to the late former Somerville Alderman-at-Large William “Billy” Joyce who went in to be the City Messenger for Somerville.

Anne was a wonderful lady very active within the city of Somerville and especially with the all her friends who gather at all the Somerville Council on Aging events.

She was very well-liked throughout the entire city and she will be sadly missed

We will keep you posted with Anne’s funeral service information as soon as we hear more.


Letter to The Editor Regarding Russell’s Disposal Labor Union Dispute

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Chuck Carneglia holding a $148,000 law suit settlement check from Local 25

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F.W. Russell Disposal
Charles Carneglia
120 McGrath Highway
Somerville, MA 02145

October 31, 2013

The Owner of F.W. Russell Disposal, Charles Carneglia, received a check today for his settlement with the Teamsters Union, Local 25.

On June 21, 2013, a 12 person Jury in Suffolk County Superior Court found that Teamsters Union Local 25 is liable for damage caused to F.W. Russell & Sons Disposal, Inc., a Family owned waste removal company that services many local cities, towns and businesses. The events at issue in this case began on December 27, 2007 when Teamsters organized and executed mass picketing at Russell’s Somerville facilities. The Teamsters elected to engage in this “strike for recognition” instead of using the National Labor Relations Board’s typical procedure, which would have allowed Russell employees to vote on wheather or not they wanted Union representation. The Teamsters goal was to put pressure on the Owner of F W Russell Disposal to recognize the Union without their employees assent. Continue reading Letter to The Editor Regarding Russell’s Disposal Labor Union Dispute

Gigantic Somerville Made Red Sox Banner to Fly Over Hancock Tower


By William Tauro

Earlier this week we wrote a story titled “Somerville Company Burning The Midnight Oil Manufacturing 2013 World Series Championship Banner”

The banner was manufactured by Tony Lafuente and his company Flag Graphics thats located on Allston Street in Somerville MA.

After completion, the banner that was delivered actually on Thursday, a bit sooner then originally planed, then installed outside Fenway Park in Boston reflecting The 2013 World Series Championship Boston Red Sox as it is proudly displayed for the world to see!

On Friday morning Tony Lafuente and his entire staff of employees at Flag Graphics were busy again manufacturing yet another new banner.

This banner measured 30′ x 50′ in dimension and will be installed early Saturday morning and proudly displayed as well on the side way up high of the John Hancock Tower in Boston

This World Series Championship banner will be noticed by thousands of spectators as the procession of Boston Duck Tour Boats drive by the monstrous banner carrying the 2013 World Champion Red Sox team.

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



Senator Jehlen Announces Launch of Innovative Statewide Financial Coaching Services by Attorney General and Midas Collaborative



BOSTON — Senator Jehlen is pleased to announce a new initiative created by Attorney General Martha Coakley’s HomeCorps program and the Midas Collaborative to assist low and moderate income residents with financial stability and recovery.

This new initiative is the result of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s HomeCorps Crisis Response Innovation Grants, supported by funding from the nationwide settlement involving the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers and their connection with unlawful foreclosures and loan servicing.

With the rollout of the financial coaching services, Senator Jehlen stated, “I’m really pleased that Attorney General Coakley and the Midas Collaborative have provided this important new service for financially unstable residents across the Commonwealth. I hope that these families take advantage of this new program, as the holiday season approaches.”AG Coakley’s HomeCorps program supports a wide variety of foreclosure prevention and mitigation services across the Commonwealth including loan modification assistance, free direct legal representation to distressed borrowers and post foreclosure stabilization assistance to families.

Using the grant funding, Midas will host the Financial Confidence Campaign, a multiplatform, statewide effort to distribute critical financial information and individual assistance.

Services include –
· An interactive website with credible, consumer-benefitting financial education information and tools. Resources are both general and Massachusetts-specific.

· Collection of information on local trends, irregularities, and predation in the financial services marketplace to protect consumers and inform service providers, regulators, and policymakers.

prime credit scores and 27% do not have enough cash to survive three months with an interruption in income.

Residents can access these new resources by visiting or calling 855-721-7575. Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage or facing foreclosure should reach out directly to the AG’s HomeCorps hotline at 617-573-5333.

“We look forward to expanding our services to people in rural areas who may be struggling, or simply inspired to get more information and form a plan for their financial futures,” said Margaret Miley, Executive Director of The Midas Collaborative

that The Midas Collaboration will use this funding to help consumers access critical financial education and counseling services.”

The Midas Collaborative is a statewide non-profit organization increasing financial stability among low and moderate income residents of Massachusetts through savings incentives, financial education and consumer‐protection advocacy.