Somerville’s Cobble Hill Plaza Getting Ready for Demo

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By William Tauro

According to sources the Cobble Hill Plaza a strip mall located at 102 Washington Street in Somerville is about the soon be closed.

The strip mall is being vacated to begin demolition stages to make room for 150 market rate units five stores high.

Some businesses have already moved out of the mall and the last standing units in the mall are Andrea’s Pizza and Tedeschi Food Shop Market.

Demolition of the site is scheduled for sometime in August.

Photos by Martin Polignone

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyey

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, June 29, the 180th day of 2014 with 185 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:09 and sunset is @ 8:25. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1566 – The Stationers Company was granted a monopoly in Great Britain.
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Statement of Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian Regarding the Closure of the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge

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Photo: Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian stands outside the Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse in Cambridge as the last pre-trial detainees held in the building’s jail were relocated on Saturday, June 28, 2014.

Following 32 years of continuous operation, the Middlesex Jail at the Edward J. Sullivan Courthouse in Cambridge officially closed today.

Continue reading Statement of Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian Regarding the Closure of the Middlesex Jail in Cambridge

5th Annual Great Urban Campout in Somerville

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Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Somerville Recreation Department invite all interested Somerville residents to spend a night camping in Lincoln Park. The 5th annual Great Urban Campout will be held from Friday, July 25 until Saturday, July 26 in Lincoln Park, behind the Albert F. Argenziano School at Lincoln Park (290 Washington Street). Join neighbors for S’mores over the campfire, games and stories, a performance by the Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band, and plenty of coffee/donuts for anyone who makes it until the next morning. Set up tents any time after 12 p.m. on Friday. Come for the evening or camp overnight. Attendees are asked to bring food to grill and a dish to pass. A police patrol will be by regularly and there will be a clean port-a-potty on site. Contact Stephanie Hirsch at shirsch@sprynet.com for more information.

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, June 27, the 178th day of 2014 with 187 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:08 and sunset is @ 8:25. The New Moon is exact @ 4:10 AM. The morning stars are stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1829 – English scientist James Smithson died after a long illness, leaving behind a will which Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY by John Dwyer

Popular Somerville Police Officer and Boston Law Firm Gives The Gift of Bicycle Safety Helmets to Kids

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Photo: L to R standing behind hemet student recipient, Attorney Marc L. Breakstone, Somerville Community Police Officer Marianne Manfra and Deputy Police Chief Michael Carbral presenting Officer Manfra an award for her devotion to keeping our kids safe

By William Tauro

Last Tuesday morning at the Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School in Somerville dozens of students from that school assembled in the school gymnasium to receive a great gift of dozens of donated bicycle helmets.

Continue reading Popular Somerville Police Officer and Boston Law Firm Gives The Gift of Bicycle Safety Helmets to Kids

You Are Invited to Attend a Dedication to SSG David Bambrick by City of Somerville MA

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Sunday June 29th at 12:30 pm
Sycamore St and Evergreen Ave. Reception following at Elks in Medford Ma
The City of Somerville MA and its Veterans Services Department will be honoring our late brother SSG David Bambrick, who passed away on May 26 2013, on the 29th of June 2014. We are Continue reading You Are Invited to Attend a Dedication to SSG David Bambrick by City of Somerville MA

The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

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Happy Birthday to the following Villens in the Ville this week: Marge Margret Monahon, John Eleftherakis, Roger Fisk, Frank Santangelo, Sal DiDomenico, Karren Jenner, Diane Smith, Donna Itrato, Darren Rankin, Joe Hamel, Isabella Rotola, Alessandro Capobianco, Joe E Vanessa, Mike Wyatt, Paul DiPasquale and Michelle Angiulo Bowler!

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Somerville’s Full Circle High School and Next Wave Junior High School Student Graduations

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On June 4, three seniors graduated from Full Circle High School. These three students, Igor DeSousa, Moore Flanagan and Lizbeth Sanabria have been positive members of Full Circle and we wish them luck with their plans for their future.

On June 18, seven students graduated from Next Wave Junior High School. Ricky Carmody, Edwin Acosta, Steven Alvarado, Henry Augustin, Demetrius Sylvert, Austin Payzant, and Rocky Genesis will be transitioning to Full Circle High School or Somerville High School in the fall. We wish them the best!

EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS – SOMERVILLE CITY CABLE: CABLE CONNECTION City TV (13/22) & Educational Channel 15 (15)

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*Programs and broadcast times can change due to event addition or cancellation.

CITY TV 13/22
Wednesday, June 25
9:00am:​2014 Memorial Day Parade

12:00pm:​School Committee Meeting – REPLAY OF 6.23.14
3:30pm:​East Somerville Walking Tour
Continue reading EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS – SOMERVILLE CITY CABLE: CABLE CONNECTION City TV (13/22) & Educational Channel 15 (15)

The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person Of The Week Debbie Erb-Saverse

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Debbie Erb-Saverse is a wonderful person who is always there when you need her to help out and lend a helping hand!

Debbie Erb-Saverse is also a big advocate to a very important and wonderful organization here in the city and that is Somerville’s own “Post 19.” Debbie always puts 110% into everything she does to make sure that this great brave bunch of men and women get recognized for all the good that they have done for this great country and for what they still do for our fine city and our veterans.
Continue reading The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person Of The Week Debbie Erb-Saverse

You Are Invited to Attend a Dedication to SSG David Bambrick by City of Somerville MA

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Sunday June 29th at 12:30 pm

Sycamore St and Evergreen Ave. Reception following at Elks in Medford Ma

The City of Somerville MA and its Veterans Services Department will be honoring our late brother SSG David Bambrick, who passed away on May 26 2013, on the 29th of June 2014. We are trying to gather a number of people who would like to attend the ceremony as well as a Reception celebration following at Elks in Medford Ma Come and be a part of it!

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, June 22, the 172nd day of 2014 with 192 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:07 and sunset is @ 8:25. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1611 – After spending a winter trapped by ice in (now named) Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Environmentalists Weigh In: Wynn Proposal a Positive: Wynn is the best choice for Massachusetts. A Wynn in Everett is a Wynn For All!

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Environmentalists Weigh In: Wynn Proposal a Positive

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The Choice is Clear.
Government officials, environmental agencies and organizations from the Boston region have reviewed and weighed in on the Wynn proposal.
Continue reading Environmentalists Weigh In: Wynn Proposal a Positive: Wynn is the best choice for Massachusetts. A Wynn in Everett is a Wynn For All!

34th Middlesex State Representative Candidate Forum: Medford/Somerville

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Sunday June 29, 2014 7:00­9:00 PM
Barnum Hall
Tufts University
163 Packard Avenue Medford, MA 02155
Representative Carl Sciortino will moderate the forum for the five candidates vying to fill his vacant seat.
Candidates for State Representative: Christine Barber, Erin DiBenedetto, Sharon Guzik, Nick Lanzilli, Craig Rourke
All candidates have been invited to participate in the forum.

SNN: Somervillians Support Fight for $15 Minimum Wage

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Somerville, MA, June 17, 2014 – Somerville residents were among the hundreds of demonstrators who headed to Boston on June 12to demand for a $15 an hour minimum Continue reading SNN: Somervillians Support Fight for $15 Minimum Wage

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, June 20, the 170th day of 2014 with 194 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:06 and sunset is @ 8:24. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 840 – Vikings sailed up the Seine in France as far as Rouen, for the first time.
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As We Previously Reported Regarding “Somerville Man’s Daughter Falls Victim To” Former Employee of the Woburn Boys and Girls Club Arraigned on Child Abuse Charges Dating Back to 2000

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Photos by William Tauro

WOBURN – A former employee of the Woburn Boys and Girls Club was arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court in connection with child abuse allegations dating back to 2000 that involved a minor that he met at the club, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Woburn Police Chief Robert Ferullo, Jr., notified the public today.
Continue reading As We Previously Reported Regarding “Somerville Man’s Daughter Falls Victim To” Former Employee of the Woburn Boys and Girls Club Arraigned on Child Abuse Charges Dating Back to 2000

SNN Somerville Dems Video

” Greater Somerville’s producer and co-host Joe Lynch covered the 2014 Massachusetts Democratic Convention in Worcester last weekend and from the six minutes here, it looks like he and Somerville Neighborhood News covered not only the convention floor, but the rafters, the lobby and the backstage with their camera and microphone. Watch for the complete “Greater Somerville Goes to the Convention” next week on http://www.greatersomerville.wordpress.com.”

SNN reports on Somerville’s Styrofoam Ban

Did you know that the ban on the use of take-out styrofoam containers is being largely ignored? Want to go to the state’s Democratic convention? Hit the “Carnaval” and check out the sportscast. These stories and more on SNN #17.

Somerville Neighborhood News is a production of Somerville Community Access Television, made by professional journalists, volunteers and staff. The half-hour news show has as its mission to provide a lively, informative newscast focusing on the events, issues and information impacting Somerville residents. For more info, visit the SNN website: http://www.scatvsomerville.org/snn/

Hulk Hogan in Somerville June 28 at Assembly Sports Club

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Hulk Hogan. Professional wrestling icon. Film and reality television star. Make-A-Wish Foundation pioneer. On Saturday, June 28th, one of the most recognizable personalities in the world will be live and in person at the grand opening of the Assembly Sports Club – 5 Middlesex Ave. Suite 203 – Somerville, MA beginning at 10AM-12PM!

There will be a wide variety of activities for fans of every age throughout the morning with special appearances and giveaways leading up to the main event – getting up close and personal with the 12 time World Champion and WWE Hall of Famer after he gets done “hangin’ and bangin'” his 24-inch pythons at the Assembly Sports Club!

There is no cost or Club membership required for an autograph. For more information, please call 617-628-4272 or visit facebook.com/AssemblySportsClub.

Somerville First Source Jobs Initiative to hold its first Job Fair

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The Somerville First Source Jobs Initiative officially announced today its first Job Fair to help connect Somerville residents to local jobs. The First Source Job Fair will be held on Tuesday, June 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Tufts Administration Building (167 Continue reading Somerville First Source Jobs Initiative to hold its first Job Fair

Albion Playground to Reopen 6.19.14

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With recent renovations to the site complete, Albion Playground will reopen to the public at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 19. Renovations to the playground included: a new concrete retaining wall at the grass slope; reducing the grades at the steep portions of the grass hill; new sod; repairs to the irrigation and drainage system; two new trees; tree and shrub pruning; and a new sealcoat surface at the water spray area.

For more information about this or other City parks and open spaces, visit http://www.somervillema.gov/ departments/ospcd/parks-and-open-space.

Somerville Neighborhood News is a community service production of SCATV

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Here is what tonight’s newscast will bring you: Somerville Neighborhood News reporter Justin Page looked into the ban on styrofoam take-out containers. It became law onMay 23rd. Is it being respected and enforced? Also, catch the sights and sounds of
East Somerville Main Streets and the City of Somerville (Official)’s Carnaval and learn by performers and residents love it. Additionally, the City of Somerville staffers announced new measures in the War on Rats… a program that might be called “war bonds.” It’s like an exterminator scholarship, for those who qualify. Want to know more? Watch this tonight, Tuesday, June 17th @7pm on Ch. 3 or at http://www.scatvsomerville.org/snn.

Please join us at the Chamber’s After Hours on Somerville’s Waterfront

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5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Thursday, June 19, 2014
Winter Hill Yacht Club, 85 Foley Street, Assembly Square
The After Hours will happen rain or shine. Weather permitting, you will be able to stroll along the pier and check out Somerville’s sea-going vessels (recommend sensible shoes). Sponsored by ABG Commercial Advisors and The Somerville News Weekly. Live music, free appetizers, excellent networking. Bring your business cards for drawing. Members and their guests welcome. Treat your colleagues and clients!
Continue reading Please join us at the Chamber’s After Hours on Somerville’s Waterfront

The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person Of The Week Steven MacEachern

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Steven MacEachern, Superintendent of Highways/Lights & Lines and who is a life long resident of the City of Somerville who loves this city!

His role at the Highway Department is to provide street and sidewalk maintenance services to the residents of Somerville and the general public so that streets and sidewalks are clean, safe and in satisfactory condition. Steve does his job and does it well and he’s always a gentleman with a friendly smile to always brighten your day!

Steve is also a big advocate to a very important and wonderful cause here in the city and that is “Autism Awareness!” Steve always put 110% into everything he does to make sure that it’s always done correctly and efficiently.

We here at the Somerville News Weekly salute you for all that you do to make Somerville a better place!
Congratulations!

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, June 15, the 166th day of 2014 with 199 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:06 and sunset is @ 8:22. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1215 – King John put his seal to Magna Carta at Runnymede, England, a peace treaty between John and his barons, guaranteeing that the king would respect feudal rights and privileges, uphold the freedom of the church, and maintain the nation’s laws.
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Remember when Obama said he would delete subpoenaed IRS emails? By Neil W. McCabe

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Readers of this column will recall that I take no pleasure in being right in 2008, 2012 about the ability of Barack Obama to be president.
The truth is that if I was wrong: Iraq would not be in flames, the deficit would be cut in half and unemployment would be back to levels we enjoyed Continue reading Remember when Obama said he would delete subpoenaed IRS emails? By Neil W. McCabe

Are Somerville Restaurants in Compliance to the Current Hood Cleaning Laws?

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With all the new restaurants popping up in and around the city, who is enforcing the city’s restaurant codes, laws and keeping tract of hood cleaning expiration dates of local restaurants that protect the public from tragedy occurring?

Who takes the responsibility if a grease fire occurs in a restaurant hood due to expired maintence stickers and/or an overdue hood cleaning?

Would the city be on the hook? Or would the liability fall on the fire department, the restaurant owner, the landlord or the insurance company? The answer would be all of the above unless the restaurant owner was properly notified and/or given a cease work order due to non compliance from an inspector or the local fire department.

Continue reading Are Somerville Restaurants in Compliance to the Current Hood Cleaning Laws?

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, June 13, the 164th day of 2014 with 201 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:06 and sunset is @ 8:21. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Neptune, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1777 – The Marquis de Lafayette arrived in the American colonies to help in their rebellion against Britain.
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The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Photos of the Day

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Happy Birthday Stephen Roselando 10 years old, Pasquale Candalino, Nancy Busbach head chair of Somerville Redevelopment authority

Happy Anniversary Stacy and Michael Buckley
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