Another chance to help the Somerville Mobile Farmers’ Market

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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.

The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Day

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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 Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week

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“Somerville Council on Aging Director Cindy Hickey”

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.”

Congratulations!

Letter to the Editor

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Dear Mayor Curtatone,

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

House Fire 10 Montrose St. Somerville

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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.

FRAUD vs. TERRORISM? TARGET CREDIT CARD CUSTOMERS HACKED At 27% annual interest rates consumers deserve higher security & protection. Posted by Paul John Maisano

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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

Somerville Kiwanis, The Gift of Giving

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It was a wonderfully spirited Christmas scene complete with falling snow as 59 Somerville Head Start children were treated to a visit from Santa himself.

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.

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GRAND UNION FLAG RAISING KICKS OFF AT 11:30 A.M. ON JANUARY 1ST

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238th Flag Raising commemorated atop Prospect Hill by City officials, residents, and “George Washington” on horseback.

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

A Tradition To Honor Firefighters Who Lost Their Lives

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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.

The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week

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John Alan Roderick is for sure everybody’s favorite Santa here in The Ville!

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.”
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Badly Decomposed Body Found in Somerville

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By William Tauro

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…

Somerville Police and SWAT Team Called in on Standoff

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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.

Real Life Somerville Police Stories

20131221-051846.jpgDugas arrest:

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.

Somerville DPW Ugliest Sweater Contest 2013

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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.

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Somerville Kiwanis Host Tri-Meeting to Benefit Toys For Tots

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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

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Photo:Somerville High School Choir

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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

Your Winners Voted As The 2013 The Somerville News Weekly’s “The Best of the Best of Somerville”

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Accounting- Raymond A. Snow, CPA, Esq. (617) 666-1900 403 Highland Ave,
Advertising- The Somerville News Weekly (617)293-2016
Agricultural- Services-Union Square Farmers Market Union Square
Attorneys-Isaac M.Machado. 421 Continue reading Your Winners Voted As The 2013 The Somerville News Weekly’s “The Best of the Best of Somerville”

Somerville DPW Crews Clearing Sidewalks To Make It Safe

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By William Tauro

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.

Somerville Council on Aging Calendar of Events​ Week of 12/16/13

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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.

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Somerville Police Officer Nicholas Stiles Retires After 40 Years

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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.