On Thursday, Jan. 2, Whole Foods Market Somerville is holding a “5% Day” to benefit the mobile market’s fund matching program for low income customers – doubling what they can sp…end on healthy fruits and vegetables. If you want to take part, it’s as easy as stopping by the Beacon Street Whole Foods on Jan. 2 and picking up some groceries. At the end of the day, Whole Foods donates 5% of the net profits to the mobile market.
We took a big leap forward with a great meet against CRLS in our opening meet and followed that up with some impressive performances at Tufts last Continue reading SHS Indoor Track & Field News
Well the coat drive only has 2 Continue reading Somerville Lions Club Coat Drive Final Two Weeks
About 2230 hours on Saturday, 12/28/13, while assigned as Delta Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories
Many Birthdays being celebrated in the Ville this week! Happy Birthday to them all from The Somerville News Weekly!
Bridget Capobianco , Marie DiMille Miele , Nancy Noble Barletta, Bobby Martini, Ted Woo, Christopher Kenny, Archibald Query 97 , Terry Latta, Hung Goon the unofficial mayor of Chinatown, Dan Dennis Kallis, Adam Gambino our wackiest reader but a great guy, Joe Vendetti, John Caruso and Paul cook
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The Green Line Extension will run through some of the most densely populated neighborhoods in our Commonwealth, and the MBTA is looking for your input regarding noise mitigation. With that in mind, the first of Continue reading Green Line Extension Neighborhood Meetings Start January 8
Wednesday, January 1 CENTERS CLOSED- HOLIDAY
Friday, January 3 Book club- Holland St.
Monday, January 6 Breakfast- Holand St. Continue reading Somerville Council on Aging Activities 2014 Highlights
On December 26, 2013,I was assigned to marked cruiser 662. At approximately, 2109, I Officer Randy Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories
THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll call votes in the House or Senate last week.
On 12/24/13 at 10:45, I, was dispatch Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories
On December 25, 2013, I, Officer Michael Capasso was on duty for the Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories
The following is a brief summary of the facts that pertain to incident #13047129.
12/24/2013 10:45:23 110 PERKINS ST UNGER , CHRISTOPHER 11/17/1989 110 PERKINS ST Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories
Cue to cue- PMRP Presents “The Big Broadcast of 1962: A Byfar Christmas Carol” with Juliet Bowler, Leda Leaper, Edward Tattershall, Jenny Gutbezahl and Somerville’s own Former Director of Communications Tom Champion at the Regent Theatre Arlingtonl”.
Ron Lacey of Boston said “The Big Broadcast of 1962, One of the funnest things I’ve seen in a very long time.”
The Somerville News Weekly salutes you for all your dedicated service and for all the good that you do at the COA!
Former Director of Communications for the City of Somerville Tom Champion said in a posting regarding the Somerville COA: “To all my FB friends in Somerville: Please join me in “liking” a valued and distinguished community institution. The Council does important work — and does it extremely well.”
Get regular updates about public skating and other events from the Continue reading Join the public skate at the Founders Memorial Skating Rink and enjoy the day!
The Somerville Youth Development & Boxing Club will be in existence in Continue reading Warm up with a workout today!
A yesteryear photo of Davis Square back in the day! The building in the center is and was back then the Masonic Apartments as well as the Somerville Theatre right next door.
Notice the railroad tracks cutting through Davis Square.
Henry the Jeweler’s Shop and Hanks fix-it Shop are the two small buildings on the right side by the tracks.
As the Lifelong resident of Somerville and a recent “Letter to the Editor” to The Somerville News Weekly regarding our “first Flag” In the City that I was born and raised in, I thank you for working at getting the Flag and pole and for all that we stand for as true American’s with pride!
My neighborhood is once again feeling like home.
Thank you Dorothy Wedge-Metivier
Somerville Youth Hockey Association firmly believes that every child who wishes to play hockey should be entitled to regardless of skill, gender, or financial circumstances.
Prudential Buccelli Real Estate Inc. will donate $975 to SYHA for anyone who buys or sells a home with them and mentions the SYHA / Prudential Program.
Super Precious Art Gallery features almost-monthly online group shows Continue reading SAC and the Inside-OUT Gallery presents Super Precious Art Gallery Retrospective
My focus is usually on what I could have done better as a parent, a community member, or a business person. While most of us do fairly well, Continue reading During the holiday season we tend to reflect on our lives. By Paul Maisano
By William Tauro
Thursday afternoon, Somerville firefighters were battling a two alarm blaze at 10 Montrose Street in Somerville.
Emergency crews had both ends of the street closed off with no injuries reported.
The two family home was completely guttered by the fire.
Somerville in recent weeks had a string of suspicious fires.
This fire does not appear to be of a suspicious origin.
Consumers are the new target of hackers.
This season there were nineteen days in December that caused havoc for Target stores and their holiday patrons. Continue reading FRAUD vs. TERRORISM? TARGET CREDIT CARD CUSTOMERS HACKED At 27% annual interest rates consumers deserve higher security & protection. Posted by Paul John Maisano
Pictured are some of those children accompanied by the current Kiwanis Club president, Mr Rui Domingos handing out gifts provided by the Kiwanis Club, Santa captivated these children and their ear to ear smiles was the proof.
This annual Kiwanis event is just one of countless ways this club keeps giving back to the community.
Special thanks to The Somerville Holiday Inn and Mama Gina’s Pizza for their generous support and to Jill Bowdring for her spirited efforts.
SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Historic Preservation Commission Director Brandon Wilson announced that the 238th annual “Grand Union” flag-raising ceremony at Prospect Hill Park will be held on Continue reading GRAND UNION FLAG RAISING KICKS OFF AT 11:30 A.M. ON JANUARY 1ST
On Saturday, 12/21/13, I, Officer Stanford was on duty for the Somerville Police operating marked cruiser 660 Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories
After a busy post-Thanksgiving holiday season, the Somerville Council on Aging announces limited programming for the week of December 30- January 3rd. Continue reading Holiday Happenings at the Somerville COA
By William Tauro
Frank Conole, a retired City of Cambridge Dept of Public Works employee that lives not too far from the site for the past six years has been decorating the Somerville Fire Department’s / Arrow Paper Company’s Fire Memorial that’s located at 111 South St. in Somerville.
Francis shows up at every holiday with the a decorative wreath in festive decor to pay tribute to firefighters lost in the line of duty.
From Little League coaching to special community events, John’s participation is always there year round with a smile on his face and with or without his white Santa beard.
In a posting John states:
“Every adult should be Santa Claus at least once in their lives to see Christmas through the eyes of s little kid again. Nothing better! My favorites are the “doubters”. There’s always one or two kids trying to “out” Santa in front of the younger kids. I laugh the whole time–actually laughed until I cried.”
Continue reading The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week
On Sunday evening, State and local police are investigating a badly decomposed body found under route 93 in Somerville behind Super Stop & Shop at Mystic Avenue and McGrath Highway next to where salt pile is!
There is no word yet on the identification of the body nor cause of death.
Authorities are awaiting on the medical examiner’s report to determine the cause and approximate time of death.
This story is still developing…
THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.
Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 38 – Report No. 51 December 20, 2013
Thousands of runners all decked out in festive holiday attire participated in this year’s annual 2013 Somerville Jingle Bell Run! They were off and running early Sunday morning throughout the streets of Somerville spreading much holiday cheer!
Early Sunday morning, Somerville Police and SWAT/North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Teams were called in on a reported standoff, man with a knife located at 12 george Street in Somerville.
Reports allegedly came in from the man’s parents who were allegedly held as potential hostages by the man at knife point until he let them go.
The man has barricaded himself in the home and is allegedly suffering from psychiatric problems and was described as delusional during the time of standoff.
Alleged reports are telling us that when this originated, it was a domestic dispute gone bad.
NEMLEC negotiators made contact and Special Response Team units located the armed subject hiding in the attic crawl space.
After four hours, the SRT disarmed the subject and placed him in custody without further incident.
The subject was transported to an area hospital. He is not being charged with any criminal offense.
The Christmas I grew up with is never coming back. In fact, there is a good chance that by the time I was growing up, it was already gone. Continue reading Have yourself a civil Christmas By Neil W. McCabe
Here is a conversation with KyAnn Anderson, the homeowner who won a 2013 Director’s Award for work she undertook at her 72 Alpine St. cottage. The interview was written by Marian Berkowitz, and edited by Continue reading Somerville Cottage in Magoun Square Area Transformed
The warmer season is here and I am happy to meet just outside Union Square with Joe and Jane Carpineto, Continue reading Somerville’s 2013 Director’s Award
NH State Representative Al Baldasaro is no stranger to Somerville and Cambridge.
How can you combine typical crafting supplies like paper and glue Continue reading From trash to treasure
400 SOMERVILLE AVE THOMSON , CRAIG 11/16/1962 50 C MEMORIAL ROAD SOMERVILLE MA LARCENY OVER $250 c266 S30
Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories
On 12/19/13, officers from the Anti Crime and Drug/ Vice Control Unit had been investigating a reported criminal offense of sexual conduct by way of monitoring this type of sexual activity on the Internet web. Police
responded to the advertisement and made contact with the defendant, Magan Dugas (DOB 09-22-88). Police made arrangements to meet Dugas at a local hotel where she offered sexual service to undercover officers. Police
placed the defendant Magan Dugas under arrest for Offering Sexual Conduct for a fee.
On 12/16/13 at 21:21 hours, Officer Beckford responded to Kmart for a shoplifter. Kmart’s lose prevention Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories
On 12/16/13 at approximately 18:08. Police responded to Park St. and Somerville Ave. for a report of a man acting out of control. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories
This is a summary of events which occurred on 12/16/13 at approximately 16:50. I Officer Pulli along with Officer Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories
Six-lane concept to undergo environmental review, four-lane option recommended for further study by state Department of Transportation Continue reading Proposed Boulevard Option for Grounding McGrath Hwy Moves Forward
POWDER HOUSE SCHOOL AGREEMENT
BEGINS PUBLIC REVIEW PROCESS
Four community meetings planned on Tufts University’s redevelopment of the Continue reading Community Meetings Planned on Tufts Proposal for Powderhouse School Site in Somerville
By William Tauro
The Somerville Department of Public Works held its own “Ugliest Sweater Contest” at the office.
You be the judge and let us know which one in the photo has the ugliest sweater and that lucky winner wearing that ugly sweater will win a $50 West 7 Bistro gift certificate Courtesy of West 7 Bistro and The Somerville News Weekly!
And please all winners are encouraged to wear their sweaters at the restaurant that evening for a group photo for the front page of our print edition!
Post your winning choices to our ” Somerville News Weekly ” Facebook page “comments” for the world to see or simply email us at Wmtauro@bostonnewsgroup.com !
Cast your votes today! Majority rules!
Winner to be chosen in our December 24th, Christmas Eve Print Edition.
A brand new flagpole was installed at the Prospect Hill Tower early Friday morning.
The installing of the new pole comes just in time and getting ready for the city’s annual New Years Flag Raising Ceremony that takes place on January 1st 2014 at the tower grounds on Prospect Hill. Continue reading Prospect Hill Tower Gets a New Flagpole
Photo left to right: USMC Sgt Eric Lam, Somerville Lions Club President Gene Brune, Somerville Kiwanis Club President Rui Domingo’s, Somerville Rotary Club President Nancy Kavanogh , USMC Sgt Matthew P. LaRoche
By William Tauro
On Thursday afternoon the Somerville Kiwanis Club hosted their Annual Tri-Club Meeting with the Somerville Lions and Somerville Rotary Clubs to benefit the Toys For Tots foundation. Continue reading Somerville Kiwanis Host Tri-Meeting to Benefit Toys For Tots
Somerville Public Library is looking for Somerville teens who want Continue reading Everybody has a story
SOMERVILLE – Looking for the perfect holiday gift to show your Somerville pride? Look no further! The City is now offering a brand new, full color, and Continue reading HISTORIC SOMERVILLE AFGHANS NOW ON SALE
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Per order of Somerville Police Chief Charles J. Femino; the following members of the Somerville Police Department are hereby recognized for their commendable actions during the year 2013. Please join the Command Staff as we recognize these Officers on December 20, 2013.
Continue reading Your 2013 “Top Cops” of the Somerville Police Department
Congratulations to the Hickey’s of Somerville on their newest editions to the family! Continue reading A Somerville Family Gets The Greatest Gift of All Days Before Christmas
Somerville got a taste of this winter’s first blizzard where mother nature dumped over 6’’ inches of snow on the city this past weekend.The City of Continue reading Somerville Gets a Taste of Winters First Significant Snowfall
The City of Somerville invites Somerville residents to please feel free to bring
Make sure that you try out “Paint Nite @ West 7 Bistro” in Somerville
Hello all please join me and the East Somerville Main Streets organization this Thursday night from 6-9PM at the Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill aka the Somerville Holiday Inn. Continue reading East Somerville Main Streets Holiday Celebration Invite
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Vacant lot at Pearl/Pinckney Streets to be transformed into community space with $400K State PARC Grant and Continue reading RESIDENTS INVITED TO DISCUSS IDEAS FOR NEW ‘SYMPHONY PARK’ AT DEC. 19 MEETING
Almost 20 years after its study comparing welfare benefits to the minimum wage, the Washington-based Cato Institute released a study a new Continue reading Corrosive kindness’ Cato study: Welfare pays Bay Staters $42k/years
Over the years, I have called my columns and related websites various names, mostly to my own amusement. Sometimes the humor and/or the Continue reading Reality Bites a ‘Villen by James A. Norton
Here’s Your Newstalk Shout Out Loud and Your Locations Where You Can Pick Up Your Copy of The Somerville News Weekly
The Somerville News Weekly Print edition can be found weekly in the bright red Somerville News boxes Continue reading Here’s Your Weekly Dosage of Newstalk Shout Out Loud for December 17th, 2013
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As of Monday evening Dec16th, we are only 111 Facebook Likes away from hitting the 4,000 Facebook Like mark!
Who will be the lucky 4,000th Facebook Like Winner of a $50 West 7 Bistro gift certificate?
DPW crews are out in full force on Monday clearing sidewalks, intersections and fire hydrants.
With more snow in the forecast, crews are chopping up formed ice and snow mounds to make it safe for citizens to go about their daily lives here in Somerville.
More snow is expected on late Tuesday into Wednesday.
Photo: DPW crews on Lower Broadway clearing a path for people walking by.
12/18 Zumba with Cathy. 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm. All levels. Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street. $3. Just drop in. Welcome to our centers! Everyone 55+ are encouraged to join us for fitness, culture, films, lunch and Bingo. Our centers are open to everyone from Somerville and surrounding communities. Check out our calendar and give a call with any questions or to make a reservation! 617-625-6600 ext. 2300. Stay for lunch and receive free transportation.
On Thursday, December 12, 2013, I, Sergeant John Marino was assigned to uniformed patrol operating marked cruiser # 669. At approximately 1:45 Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories
The following is a brief summary of the facts and events pertaining to case # 13045607
On the above date and time, while on uniform patrol assigned to marked Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories
following is a brief summary of facts as they pertain to Incident #13045591-1.
On December 12th, 2013 at approximately 01:35 hours I, Officer Kim while on routine patrol in marked cruiser East 4, was dispatched Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories
At approximately 2111 hours while on uniformed patrol in East 4 patrol car I, Officer Anderson, and Officer Fusco were dispatched to Macarthur Street Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories
Right now it’s hard to see yourself soaking up some sun in the neighborhood’s newest park, but try to get your imagination working overtime Continue reading Let’s Talk Ideas
Officer Nicholas Stiles shown here in a photo with Deputy Police Chief David Fallon and Lt. William Rymill reports for and is honored at his final roll call this past week after 40 years of law enforcement service to the City of Somerville. The men and woman of the SPD wish Officer Stiles well in his retirement. Officer Stiles has served Ward One for almost twenty years as the Ward’s Community Police Officer.
Here are three ways to help your elderly, disabled or sick neighbors with shoveling so that they are not trapped in their homes, Continue reading TODAY’S THE DAY TO DO A GOOD SNOW DEED
Cars parked in City and school lots may Continue reading It’s over. The Somerville snow emergency is lifted as of 11 a.m. today
They got us through another big snowstorm by clearing the roads and keeping us safe throughout the night during the worst of the storm.
The streets looked fantastic during as well as the morning after the storm.
Our congratulations go out to the men and women of the Somerville Public Works, Police, Fire and T&P Departments for another job well done!
The Somerville Arts Council, working with the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, has created an initiative Continue reading The Somerville Arts Council working with the Mayor’s Office to help match your creative space needs
Sex Offender Registry Board Welcome Message
The Sex Offender Registry Board is the state agency responsible for keeping a database of convicted sex offenders Continue reading Does a Sex Offender Live Near Your Family Putting Your Kids In Danger?