Somerville and The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts



By William Tauro

The City of Somerville is very blessed in many different ways.

Here in the city we have a wealth of many different active service clubs and organizations such as the Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, the Masons and Eastern Star just to name a few.

Most of these clubs and organizations consist of many local residents as members all teaming up and doing the thing that they do best and that is helping people in need.

Another organization that hits close to home here in the Ville is The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, Charted in 1638 by then Governor Winthrop.

Many Somerville. residents are and have been members of the Ancient Honorables for many years.

On occasion, they also serve as the governor’s honor. guard for visiting dignitaries.

There are over nine hundred members of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery. Company of Massachusetts, the. oldest charted. military unit in the. United. States.

It is the third oldest in the world.

Recently one hundred twenty eight members of the Ancients visited Moscow and St. Petersburg.

They were the first to carry the American flag to the Kremlin in ninty five years.

Their mission is to be good ambassadors.

They travel around the world honoring brave men and women who gave their lives for our country during time of war.

Photo below: Was taken in Russia this past year and all three gentlemen are Somerville Residents.

L to right: LT Jim Veneziano, LTC Larry Willwerth and CPT Joe Benoit in St. Petersburg, Russia


Somerville Pop Warner Last Game of 2013 Season with a final score of 32-6, Ladies & Gentlemen I present to you, your 2013 NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONS ~ SOMERVILLE POP WARNER A-TEAM!


A message from your vice president:

Sunday Nov 24th, was the last game of the 2013 season.The New England Championship…win or lose..We had a great season…it was our 50th Anniversary…had a record breaking 250+ kids…Welcomed lots of new people to our football family…We are still playing at the end of November….for some of the kids on the A-Team, this will be their last game….sad to see them go… 🙁 …but I see Great things for them in the future…But most of all…I hope every kid in the program has made friends and memories! ♥ #makingmemoriesthatlastalifetime!

Team A Somerville – New England Championship game was on Sunday at Lampson Field in Billerica, Massachusetts.

with a final score of 32-6, Ladies & Gentlemen I present to you, your 2013 NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONS ~ SOMERVILLE POP WARNER A-TEAM !


The Book Shop in Ball Square Bringing in Big Names to Somerville



The Book Shop on Broadway thats located in Ball Square in Somerville hosted “The Carter Alan Event” the other night at the shop.

Carter Alan, an amazing gentleman gave a very informative talk about his book “Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN.

He shared his memories about his 19 years at WBCN as well as great stories about legendary rockers like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Peter Frampton, U2 and even Bob Marley’s early years playing around Boston and many others local venues.

Below is a link to a story about Carter and the book that one of our Somerville neighbors, Ethan Gilsdorf wrote for the Boston Globe.

You can also pick up your copy of the Somerville News Weekly as well as a copy of Mayor Gene Brune’s new book “The Spirit of Somerville” everyday at the bookshop located in Ball Square!


Longtime Cambridge Resident with Strong Somerville Ties, Christina Vitale Nardella Passes Away at Age 93


Christina Vitale Nardella was born in 1920 in Gaeta Italy and married to the late Pietro Nardella passed away peacefully on November 23rd 2013 after a short illness.
In November of 1956 Pietro and Christina came to America where they took up residence in Cambridge Massachusetts. Christina is survived by her four children, Cosmo, Nancy, Joe and Sal married to Jenny with two grandson’s Peter and Jonathan.
Christina was an active member of her community and involved in different societies including the Saint Cosmas and Damian Society. She was also a member of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi.