Crossing Bow Street Could Get Nasty

By William Tauro

Many have been complaining to us that crossing Bow Street in Somerville at Wesley Pk isnt easy nor a safe task.

So we’ve decided to go on out on location and check it out for ourselves.

After scoping out the area, we’ve noticed that the potential for something real bad to go wrong is definitely there mainly because traffic coming from Union Square towards Somerville Avenue on Bow Street can’t see a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

It’s a blind reverse left angle bend in the road that makes it very difficult for drivers to see pedestrians crossing the street in the crosswalk or even motorist trying to get in or out of their parked vehicles.

Many near misses have taken place there everyday when car meets driver almost happens very frequently.

One suggestion to fix the problem would be to eliminate the two parking meter spots that’s located directly in front of the Casa De Carnes Latino Brazilian Meat Market on Bow Street.

Two less parking spots is far much better than a potential fatal pedestrian accident.

If you see an unsafe situation or any potential saftey hazard that raises public safety concerns, please email us at or call us at 1(888)625-2706 and we will scope it out and publicize it for you!


94 Prospect St Somerville Fire 11-13-13

Somerville firefighters responded to a smoky but small fire inside a vacant building located at 94 Prospect Street on November 13, 2013. Careless use of a cutting torch being used to cut a large steel beam ignited combustible debris inside a large construction dumpster located inside the sprawling warehouse. The alarm was received at 2:51 p.m. when someone pulled the fire alarm box located at Prospect & Oak Street. Firefighters extinguished the fire and remained on scene for approximately thirty minutes ventilating smoke from inside the large warehouse. Earlier this morning, a small fire broke out in a second floor apartment at 407 Washington Street. Occupants of the apartment were awoken by the fire alarm system and discovered a rubbish barrel burning in their kitchen. They were able to extinguish the fire before firefighters arrived. Firefighters checked for fire spread and ventilated smoke from the apartment. The fire was the result of the plastic barrel being placed too close to a heater built into the gas stove.

Photos courtesy of Somerville F.D.



Union Square Infrastructure Meeting Nov. 18 – community note

Mayor Curtatone, Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston and Ward 3 Alderman Tom Taylor invite all interested residents and stakeholders to a Union Square Infrastructure kickoff meeting Monday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Argenziano School (290 Washington St). This meeting will provide an overview of the project, introduce the project team, and discuss the overall process and schedule. The meeting will include a brief presentation by City staff and the PB design team followed by small group exercises. Spanish and Portuguese interpreters will be available.


Here’s Your Weekly Dosage of The Somerville News Weekly Newstalk Shout Out for Nov. 12, 2013


The Somerville News Weekly Print edition can be found weekly in the bright red Somerville News boxes located at the following locations across the Ville: Union Sq. Post Office, Dunkin Donuts Magoon Sq/Dunkin Donuts Somerville Ave (across rink)/Dunkin Donuts Broadway at McGrath Hwy/ Dunkin Donuts Middlesex Ave, Dunkin Donuts Twin City Plaza, Clairton Hill Bus stop, In the red news box across from Victor’s Deli & Ball Square Cafe in Ball Square, Winter Hill Post Office and Davis Square in  front of Mike’s Restaurant. The paper can also be found at all municipal buildings including Somerville City Hall, Traffic & Parking and all Council of Ageing Buildings, All Winter Hill Banks, Pats Auto Body Linwood Street, The Book Shop Broadway, West 7 Bistro Broadway, Somerville Credit Union, The Arts at the Armory Highland Ave, Most Senior Apartment Buildings, Somerville Police Station, Wedgewood Crane & Connolly Ins Agency Davis Square, Vinnie’s Superette, Broadway Sunoco, Sovereign Bank Broadway, Dunkin Donuts Powderhouse and in just about every little store in and around the Ville! If you want your store location to be listed here as well on where to find The Somerville News Weekly, simply just call Billy Tauro at 1(888)625-2706 or email him at and we will  add you to our ever growing popular list of pick-up-locations across the Ville! Continue reading Here’s Your Weekly Dosage of The Somerville News Weekly Newstalk Shout Out for Nov. 12, 2013

Somerville First Graders Thanked a Veteran at the Argenziano School


By William Tauro

The first grade classes at the Argenziano School have been learning all about the community.

Last week they had a discussion about the people in our community that help keep us safe, and one of our students mentioned the military.

Since Veteran’s day was right around the corner, they thought it would be fitting to have a Veteran to come in and share their experience with the class.

Students made cards thanking Veteran’s for their services and had questions about what it meant to be a veteran.

Jill Toce, a first grade teacher at the Argenziano School reached out to The Somerville News Weekly and had asked if the News could bring in a veteran to speak to the first graders on “What it means to be a veteran!”

The newsroom got in touch with Somerville Ward 1 Alderman Elect Matthew McLaughlin and asked if he would be interested in volunteering to speak to the students, and he agreed without hesitating.

This past Wednesday,McLaughlin, an Army veteran who served a tour of duty in Iraq appeared at the school with his mother, Charlene McLaughlin and when the session began took multiple questions from the first graders ranging anywhere from “What branch of the military did you serve in?” to “Have you ever driven a tank?”

After the question and answer session, teachers Mrs. Sousa, Mrs. Campos, Mrs. Toce, Miss Abreu and Miss Amlrmstrong’s first grade students presented the new alderman elect/ military veteran with dozens of handwritten thank you cards and posters thanking him for his service in the military.

First grade teacher Mrs. Abreu said “It was great to see the pride students had when they gave their cards to Matthew. It was a very memorable experience!”