Somerville Christopher Klein Author Discussion – community note

The Somerville Public Library invites all residents to a book discussion of Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero with author Christopher Klein, to be held Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 79 Highland Ave. Strong Boy tells the story of America’s first sports superstar, Sullivan, the first athlete to earn more than a million dollars. Rising from Boston’s Irish working class to become the most recognizable man in the nation in the late nineteenth century, he is said to have transformed the sport of boxing.
Christopher Klein is a writer specializing in history, travel, and sports. His books include Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores and The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston. Klein is a frequent contributor to the Boston Globe and, and has also written for The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Harvard Magazine, Red Sox Magazine,,, and
This free author discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Somerville Public Library and the Harvard Coop Bookstore. Harvard Coop will be selling books, and refreshments will be served. All are welcome.


More Fires in Somerville This Past Week

20131118-141958.jpg An unattended chiminea in the rear yard of 17-19 Westminster
Street appears to have resulted in a fire which spread to a
neighboring yard and rear deck before being extinguished by
Somerville firefighters early Sunday morning, November 17th.
Firefighters responding to a reported fire at 5:03 a.m. on Lovell
Street arrived to find leaves, a tree, a fence and a rear deck
burning in two yards. A wood burning chiminea (a clay outdoor
fireplace) had apparently been left burning overnight in the rear
yard on Westminster Street following a party. A fire broke out at
some point during the early morning hours spreading to dry leaves,
a wooden fence, a tree and to the rear deck of 20 Lovell Street
resulting in several thousand dollars damage. Firefighters were on
scene for approximately one hour. Residents are reminded that the
use of chimineas and firepits are prohibited in the City of
Somerville. Firefighters also responded to several other small
fires in the past several days. On Thursday, November 14th at 1:04
a.m. firefighters responded to a small fire inside 57 Oak Street. A
candle atop a bureau in a bedroom ignited a lampshade and scorched
the bedroom door. The fire was extinguished by the occupant and
firefighters checked for any further fire spread. Later the same
day, at 8:56 a.m. firefighters responded to a fire at 204 Summer
Street. Firefighters extinguished a fire in a compost bin which had
scorched the exterior of the building and damaged exterior PVC
vents for the heating system. Photos courtesy of Somerville F.D.
The rear deck of 20 Lovell Street showing damage resulting from a
fire spreading from an adjacent yard. An unattended chiminea on
Westminster Street is believed to be the cause of a fire which
resulted in fire damage to a home on Lovell Street.



SCOA LGBT Intergenerational Event

Local author Becky Sarah shared with us her new book, “Grandmothering:
Real Life in Real Families”. This intergenerational event was presented
by the Somerville Council on Aging, the LGBT Liaison of the Office of
Somerville Commissions, the Somerville Public Library and the LGBT Aging
Project. “Grandmothering: Real Life in Real Families” takes a look at
the experiences of over 80 grandmothers today. It’s about all kinds of
families, including adoptive families, gay and lesbian families,
stepfamilies, and multiracial families.

Next event is November 25th for “Movies To Come Out To” showing “The
Love Part of This” at Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street. Dinner
from the “Greek Corner” Restaurant. $6. RSVP 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

In photo: Julie Katz, LGBT Liaison Elizabeth Field and author Becky


The Somerville News Weekly is Excited to Announce Our New Weekly Recipe Column, Cooking with Jonathan!


By Jonathan Jolicoeur

In this weekly culinary column, I will be focusing on one dish – giving the reader a quick history of the dish, the classical preparation of it, and of course, my own spin on the classic.

This week I feature Pasta Carbonara, which is of my personal favorites to cook, as well as eat.

Pasta Carbonara is an Italian dish that originated in the Latium Region of Italy, more specifically, the City of Rome. The name Carbonara is derived from “carbonaro,” which means “charcoal burner.” It is believed that this dish was the “coal miners pasta” due to the heartiness of the meal, the quick cooking time and the fact that its simple ingredients would most likely be on hand in any Italian kitchen, at any given moment.

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St Clement Football Team Captures Division North 6 Title

By Dina Caloggero

The St Clement High School captured the Division 6 North Title beating Latin Academy 21-14 in a stunning victory at Dilboy Stadium Saturday, November 16. With the victory the Anchormen will take on the Cohasset Skippers next Saturday at 6:30 pm in Brockton which brings them one victory away from the playing in Super Bowl at Gillette for the Division 6 Title.

The Anchormen lead by QB Michael Sullivan (Everett) had two touchdown passes and ran 24 yard for a TD with just over 3 minutes left to secure the win for St Clement. The team rallied together after senior lineman Connor Sullivan (Charlestown) was carted off of the field with a leg injury. Senior Khaneil Bruce (Everett) and Junior Oyaronbi (Malden) both caught TD passes from Sullivan in the first half to make the score 13-0. The Latin Academy Dragons answered with TD after QB Kyle Danced threw a 39 yard pass to DeVaughn Riley to make the score 13to 6 at the half.

Both teams showed solid defense and remained scoreless third. In the 4th quarter, Brandon Williams (Boston) blocked a punt that landed in the end zone for a safety to give the Anchormen a 15- 6 lead. Latin forced a fumble in the middle of the 4th quarter and returned it for a 57 yards TD and converted for 2 points to cut the St Clement lead to 15 – 14. Senior Deron Hines (Chelsea) who rushed for 134 yards on 25 carries ran the ball down field which setup a 24 yard TD run by Sullivan to make the score 21 to 14 to secure the win for the Anchormen. Hines was named the game MVP for his outstanding performance.