Row It Forward for Door2Door & Ways2Go!

   
 Calling all friends, family & supporters!
We’re participating in Assembly Row’s Row It Forward fundraising shopping event and need your help. Many of you are already shopping, dining, and enjoying the offerings at Assembly Row and from August 10-23 we can turn your back to school shopping receipts into points.

 

Help us rack up points to win one of the top three cash prizes ($20,000, $10,000 and $5,000!!) or thousands of dollars in gift cards by simply registering your receipts from any of the shops, restaurants, AMC Theater and even LEGOLAND Discovery Center at the Assembly Row Welcome Center August 10-23. Continue reading Row It Forward for Door2Door & Ways2Go!

CITY’S FIRST PUBLIC PARKLET OPENS ON SOMERVILLE AVE

   
 Photos by William Tauro

Pilot project sets example of tactical urbanism for residents and businesses

SOMERVILLE –The City’s first public parklet (or mini park) is now open on Somerville Avenue thanks to a partnership with Forge Baking Company. At just the size of roughly two car-lengths, the seasonal Forge Parklet qualifies as the city’s smallest park, but it packs in plenty of outdoor seating ringed by flower boxes by seasonally transforming two parking spaces into attractive open space (the spaces will revert to parking during winter). Continue reading CITY’S FIRST PUBLIC PARKLET OPENS ON SOMERVILLE AVE

CPA FUNDING ELIGIBILITY APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

  

More than $3.7M available for affordable housing, open space, outdoor recreation and historic preservation projects

SOMERVILLE –More than $3.7 million is available this fiscal year for affordable housing, open space, outdoor recreation and historic preservation projects in Somerville through the Community Preservation Act (CPA), and Somerville residents, organizations and businesses are invited to submit their project proposals to see if they are eligible for funding. Details on what CPA funds can be used for are available at http://www.somervillema.gov/cpa.
Continue reading CPA FUNDING ELIGIBILITY APPLICATIONS NOW AVAILABLE

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

  GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, July 31, the 212th day of 2015 with 153 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:34 and sunset is @ 8:06. The Full Blue Moon is exact @ 6:44 AM. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1498 – Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the Western Hemisphere, arrived at the island of Trinidad. 

1790 – The first U.S. patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for his process for making potash and pearl ashes. The substance was used in fertilizer. 
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

SOMERVILLE POLICE & PREVENTION OFFICE TEAM UP FOR ALCOHOL COMPLIANCE CHECKS AT LOCAL RETAILERS

   Most licensees in compliance; 4 establishments cited for selling to minors.
SOMERVILLE – An undercover check to ensure local liquor stores are not selling to minors was successfully carried out recently as the Somerville Office of Prevention (SOP) and the Somerville Police Department teamed up to conduct a minimum age alcoholic beverage purchase law compliance check in Somerville, announced Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) Director Cory Mashburn. 
Continue reading SOMERVILLE POLICE & PREVENTION OFFICE TEAM UP FOR ALCOHOL COMPLIANCE CHECKS AT LOCAL RETAILERS

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

  GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, July 30, the 211th day of 2015 with 154 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:33 and sunset is @ 8:07. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1502 – Christopher Columbus landed at Guanaja in the Bay Islands off the coast of Honduras during his fourth voyage. 

1619 – The first representative assembly in America convened in Jamestown, VA. (House of Burgesses)  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

SOMERVILLE POWDER HOUSE SCHOOL SITE REDEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION ACCEPTED BY MAYOR

  MarKa proposal would create 40 new homes including affordable, senior and live-work artist units, 

commercial space including collaborative maker units and ‘artists hall’

SOMERVILLE –A proposal to rehabilitate the former Powder House Community School into 40 new homes including affordable, senior and live-work artist units, and more than 13,000 square feet of commercial space including collaborative maker spaces and an artists’ hall has been recommended by the Powder House Community School Technical Advisory Committee. Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone will accept the Committee’s recommendation and present his decision to the Board of Aldermen. Continue reading SOMERVILLE POWDER HOUSE SCHOOL SITE REDEVELOPMENT RECOMMENDATION ACCEPTED BY MAYOR

INNOVATIVE PUBLIC BENEFITS MODEL TO BE CREATED THROUGH CITY PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCUS

  Development of strategic plan to inform the creation of a public benefits agreement for Union Square  

SOMERVILLE –As the revitalization of historic Union Square is undertaken through the redevelopment of seven key parcels in and around the square, the City of Somerville is also aiming to develop an innovative new model for public benefits agreements that address social equity through affordable housing and jobs, open space, infrastructure, sustainability and more. This is being facilitated through collaboration with LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors. LOCUS, a program of Smart Growth America, is a nationally renowned advocacy and research organization dedicated to building successful mixed-income, walkable urban communities. This is work will be done in collaboration with the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at the George Washington University (GWU). The collaboration is generously supported by a grant from the Barr Foundation. Continue reading INNOVATIVE PUBLIC BENEFITS MODEL TO BE CREATED THROUGH CITY PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCUS

Community Note: City to Cut Ribbon on New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations 7/30

  Join Mayor Joseph Curtatone and the Somerville Office of Sustainability and the Environment (OSE) to cut the ribbon on the City of Somerville’s two new Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations, in Union and Davis Squares. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the Union Sq. location at the Union Square Plaza on Thurs., July 30 at 2 p.m.. EV owners in the Somerville area are invited to join us for a ceremonial ride and photo-op. As of July 30, there are two active dual-port, Level 2 EV charging available for public use. Charging and parking are being offered free of charge with a three-hour maximum. The Union Square station is located in Union Square plaza, and the Davis Square station is located near the Community Path and Grove St., adjacent to Rite Aid. A third charging station will be installed this summer in front of Somerville High School and City Hall. For more information, contact the Office of Sustainability and the Environment at 617-625-6600 ext. 2106. Continue reading Community Note: City to Cut Ribbon on New Electric Vehicle Charging Stations 7/30

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

  
 GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, July 29, the 210th day of 2015 with 155 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:32 and sunset is @ 8:08. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1588 – The English defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines. 

1754 – The first international boxing match was held. The 25-minute match was won when Jack Slack of Britain knocked out Jean Petit from France.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Somerville US2 Selects Local Artist For Headquarters Wall Feature

  
Mural Artist Crystal Rene´ Burney To Produce Tribute To Union Square

 

Somerville, MA — Union Square Station Associates (US2), the City of Somerville’s master developer partner for Union Square’s revitalization, today announced that it has selected mural artist Crystal Rene´ Burney to design a mural celebrating Union Square in the new headquarters it will share with coworking space network Workbar. Continue reading Somerville US2 Selects Local Artist For Headquarters Wall Feature

Outback Restaurant Opens at Assembly Row Somerville 

   
 By William Tauro
This past Monday night, Outback Restaurant at Assembly Row held its grand opening ceremony.  

There were several speakers including restaurant manager, Crafton Bryant from Bloomin’ Brands, Dana from Cubby Oil on behalf of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce, the gals from Best Buddies, Mayor Joe Curtatone and many others. 

This Outback is the largest in the country. The look and feel is very different From other Outback restaurants because this one in Somerville is considered very modern and hip.

  

Quincy Man Sentenced For Heroin And Cocaine Distribution in Somerville 

  
WOBURN – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Somerville Police Chief David Fallon have announced that Imran Laltaprasad, 31, of Quincy, has been found guilty on charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute heroin. Middlesex Superior Court Judge Shannon Frison sentenced Laltaprasad today to two and a half years in the House of Correction. Continue reading Quincy Man Sentenced For Heroin And Cocaine Distribution in Somerville 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

  
 GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, July 28, the 209th day of 2015 with 156 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:31 and sunset is @ 8:09. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1821 – Peru declared its independence from Spain. 

1865 – The American Dental Association proposed its first code of ethics. 

1866 – The metric system was legalized by the U.S. Congress for the standardization of weights and measures throughout the United States.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Somerville Arts Council Disney’s The Little Mermaid

   
  Friday July 31 at 7pm and Saturday August 1 at 10:30am
  Location:  The Center for Arts at the Armory

 191 Highland Ave ‪#‎1A‬, Somerville, MA 02143

 Join us under the sea for this classic story based on the 2008 Broadw ay production and the 1989 animated feature film. The 60-minute musical, designed for middle-school aged performers features 28 performers ages 8-13. We hope to see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1639262242958698/

Somerville Arts Council: This Saturday night is Scape!

  SCAPE: A One Night Cafe by Nimco Mahamud-Hassan 

A one-night cafe with SAC Nibble Entrepreneur, Nimco Mahamud-Hassan, for a 3-course dinner at Kitchen Inc., 7-9pm.

Don’t miss this one-night-only chance to feast on Nimco’s colorful + creative Somalian inspired cuisine, served up with style.

SCAPE: A long, leafless flower stalk rising directly from the ground. Cut off from the fruitful plant, divergent scapes are typically considered something that just isn’t meant to be, yet they can be lovely—and delicious. NIMCO’S TABLE. Join the eventbrite.com

Check out the menu and event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1667607923470638/

Tickets are $55, available online at:

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/scape-a-one-night-cafe-by-nimco…

Somerville Council on Aging Weekly 7-27-15 Organizational Updates & Information

   
 UPCOMING EVENTS
 

The Farmers Market is back – starting Friday, July 10th and running through Friday, October 30th. The Mobile Farmers Market will be at the Holland Street Center every Friday from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market sells fresh, local and reasonably priced produce. Anyone using SNAP or WIC receives a 50% discount. Cash, credit, debt & farmers market coupons accepted. Continue reading Somerville Council on Aging Weekly 7-27-15 Organizational Updates & Information

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Shoplifting at Assembly Row/Larceny Over $250

   
 Robert VENTULLO (Somerville Arrest, Somerville Warrant, Lynn Warrant and Revere Warrant) & Steven BAGLEY (Reading Warrant) Arrests
On Saturday, July 25, 2015, Detective Legros and I were conducting narcotic surveillance in a plain clothes capacity in the Home Depot / Assembly Square area. At approximately 6:20 PM, I observed a silver Mercedes with heavy front end damage enter the Home Depot parking lot. The vehicle, occupied with 4 passengers, came to a stop within close proximity to my parked unmarked vehicle. I observed the male passenger exit the front passenger seat, place a Milwaukee power drill box on his seat, and began prying at a security tag with a black screw driver. I contacted Officer Cabral in marked cruiser 671, and requested his uniformed presence to my location. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Shoplifting at Assembly Row/Larceny Over $250

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:THREAT TO COMMIT CRIME, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY +$250, MALICIOUS and A&B WITH DANGEROUS WEAPON ARRESTS 

   

 ALEX VADIL RIVERA, EVELYN MERCADO and SEYNABOU TAVARES Arrests  
On July 25, 2015 at 11:30 A.M. Somerville Dispatch received a phone call from an employee at Kelly’s Dinner located at 674 Broadway for two unwanted customers. I was dispatched along with Officer Collazo and Officer Ameral. As we made our way to 674 Broadway were had been updated by dispatch that the unwanted customers had just assaulted some of the staff and were fighting inside the restaurant. As we arrived on scene we had been advised by the restaurant employees, that the customers had fled the scene in a Massachusetts Registration TC4516. This vehicle was registered to a Ms. Evelyn Mercado at 221 Webster Ave Chelsea. Somerville Dispatch had notified the surrounding cities including Chelsea to be on the lookout for this vehicle.
  Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:THREAT TO COMMIT CRIME, DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY +$250, MALICIOUS and A&B WITH DANGEROUS WEAPON ARRESTS 

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:BICYCLE VIOLATOR REFUSE IDENTIFY SELF/BICYCLE VIOLATION ARREST/RESISTING ARREST

   
 
OSVALDO LIMA Arrest

On July 21, 2015 at approximately 1537 I had just finished writing a citation to a cyclist I stopped at Walnut Street and Giles Park for a red light violation. The violation occurred at Somerville Ave and Bow Street. As I re-entered my vehicle following the issuance of the Citation I observed a Bicycle coming down Walnut Street, a One way and public way within the City of Somerville, against the one way. Vehicles were parked on both sides of the street facing in the same direction (N) and signs were clearly posted throughout the street. The width of the street is such that would only allow one vehicle at a time to travel upon the way. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:BICYCLE VIOLATOR REFUSE IDENTIFY SELF/BICYCLE VIOLATION ARREST/RESISTING ARREST

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

  GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, July 27, the 208th day of 2015 with 157 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:30 and sunset is @ 8:10. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1663 – The British Parliament passed a second Navigation Act, which required all goods bound for the colonies be sent in British ships from British ports. 

1689 – Government forces defeated the Scottish Jacobites at the Battle of Killiecrankie.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

   
 Many Villens celebrating their birthdays in the Ville this week! Happy Birthday greetings go out to Bobby Biagiotti, Jimmy Del Ponte, Janice Delory, Jesse Clingan, Mark Niedergang Corey Norton, Doti Wedge-Metivier, Lenny Russell, Robert Leung, Tommy O’Connor, Darlene DeFrancesco and Joe Szulewski Continue reading The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

Annual 2015 Clarendon Hill Towers Resident/Tennant Barbecue

   
 Photos by Kim Moss
This past Saturday afternoon The management of Clarendon Hill Towers that’s located at 1366 Broadway in Somerville held their annual 2015 residence tenant barbecue. 

Hundreds of residence and tenants attended the event with a surprise visit by an Elvis look-alike singing the best of Elvis Presley tunes.  Continue reading Annual 2015 Clarendon Hill Towers Resident/Tennant Barbecue

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT SET FOR AUG. 4 IN SOMERVILLE

  
“America’s Night Out Against Crime” to feature public safety demonstrations, children’s activities, and more.

SOMERVILLE – Somerville’s 12th annual National Night Out Against Crime and Drugs, hosted by Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) in partnership with the Somerville Police Department and Somerville Office of Prevention (SOP), is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Foss Park, and will include Fire and Police Department demonstrations, a presentation from the Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit, live performances by the Somerville Sunsetters, Mission Church of Christ Choir, and Teen Empowerment, as well as youth activities, raffle prizes, and information tables from over 30 neighborhood agencies. Continue reading NATIONAL NIGHT OUT SET FOR AUG. 4 IN SOMERVILLE

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

 
GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, July 26, the 207th day of 2015 with 158 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:29 and sunset is @ 8:11. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1775 – A postal system was established by the 2nd Continental Congress of the United States. The first Postmaster General was Benjamin Franklin. 

1788 – New York became the 11th state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. 
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week Daniel Spinosa

  

Daniel Spinosa, a lifelong Somerville resident who was born on Saint Patrick’s Day in 1922 on Tufts Street in Somerville. 

A disabled American Veteran who proudly served his country well during WWII in the South Pacific then returned to Somerville and married the love of his life, Mary Caruso in 1946. 
Continue reading The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week Daniel Spinosa

Shape Up Somerville’s Mobile Farmers Market Is Here

  Have you checked out Shape Up Somerville’s Mobile Farmers Market yet? It just reopened for the 2015 season and is a great option for buying local, healthy, sustainable produce.

If you receive WIC or SNAP benefits, you get half off your purchase at the Mobile Market. Customers who pay full price help to subsidize the Mobile Market for their neighbors who need some help.

On Fridays you can find the Mobile Market at the Somerville Council on Aging (167 Holland St.) from 11am to …12:30pm and the Winter Hill Community Innovation School (115 Sycamore St.) from 1 to 2:30pm. On Saturdays the market is at the North Street Housing Development from 11am to 12:30pm and the Mystic Housing Development from 1 to 3pm.

The market runs through October 31 this year.

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

  GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, July 25, the 206th day of 2015 with 159 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:28 and sunset is @ 8:12. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 0326 – Constantine refused to carry out the traditional pagan sacrifices. 

1394 – Charles VI of France issued a decree for the general expulsion of Jews from France. 
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

NEW MEMBER SOUGHT FOR SOMERVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

  

Commissioners oversee SHA and subsidizing public housing in city

SOMERVILLE –The Somerville Housing Authority’s (SHA) Board of Commissioners has a vacancy, and residents are invited to apply to serve.

The SHA is a quasi-independent agency that provides access to subsidized housing for eligible low- and moderate-income families and seniors. The SHA oversees more than 1,400 units of affordable public housing in Somerville, and federal and state voucher subsidy programs.
Continue reading NEW MEMBER SOUGHT FOR SOMERVILLE HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

  GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, July 24, the 205th day of 2015 with 160 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:28 and sunset is @ 8:13. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1847 – Mormon leader Brigham Young and his followers arrived in the valley of the Great Salt Lake in present-day Utah. 

1847 – Richard M. Hoe patented the rotary-type printing press. 
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Letter to the Editor:We Needed Help on Our Street And It Came

  

I’m beyond disgusted, fed up with our Mayor’s office giving us lip service, while nothing is done. I’m NOT going away anytime soon, this is my damn city, my damn neighborhood, and I’m not going to allow it to become nothing more than the garbage pictured! Thank you for the help in circulation 
Continue reading Letter to the Editor:We Needed Help on Our Street And It Came

Letter to the Editor: Why isn’t Somerville lowering flags at half staff yet when the President ordered the nation to do so?

   
 As of 11:17 am on Tuesday morning flags at East Branch Library that’s located on Broadway and McGrath Highway in Somerville flags were still a full staff.  

According to:CNN

(CNN)The White House and U.S. Capitol both lowered flags to half staff by Tuesday afternoon, after they were out of sync Tuesday in their tributes to the five U.S. service members who were slain by a gunman in Chattanooga last week.
Continue reading Letter to the Editor: Why isn’t Somerville lowering flags at half staff yet when the President ordered the nation to do so?

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT SET FOR AUG. 4 IN SOMERVILLE

  
“America’s Night Out Against Crime” to feature public safety demonstrations, children’s activities, and more.

SOMERVILLE – Somerville’s 12th annual National Night Out Against Crime and Drugs, hosted by Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) in partnership with the Somerville Police Department and Somerville Office of Prevention (SOP), is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Foss Park, and will include Fire and Police Department demonstrations, a presentation from the Massachusetts State Police K-9 unit, live performances by the Somerville Sunsetters, Mission Church of Christ Choir, and Teen Empowerment, as well as youth activities, raffle prizes, and information tables from over 30 neighborhood agencies.
Continue reading NATIONAL NIGHT OUT SET FOR AUG. 4 IN SOMERVILLE

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

  
GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, July 22, the 203rd day of 2015 with 162 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:26 and sunset is @ 8:15. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1376 – The legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin leading rats out of town is said to have occurred on this date. 
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Somerville Sunsetters Performance at Cobble Hill

   
 Jimmy DelPonte and Louise Sabella of the “Moonlighters” photographed together at the Sunsetters performance.

By William Tauro

This past Tuesday evening, Somerville’s own Jimmy DelPonte and the Sunsettters visited Cobble Hill Apartments on Washington Street and with a live performance for the residents who sang and danced the night away.
Photos by Martin Polignone
Continue reading Somerville Sunsetters Performance at Cobble Hill

The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week Jesse Clingan  

  

Meet this week’s “Special Person of the Week”

This week we recognize an amazing person, Jesse Clingan, a lifelong Somerville resident who’s heart and soul is dedicated in his voluntary assisting and support of his fellow Somervillian.  

Jesse does what it takes to raise awareness to help keep our Somerville youths away from the evil habits of addiction and the tragedy of overdosing. Continue reading The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week Jesse Clingan  

The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

   
 Many Villens celebrating their birthdays in the Ville this week! Happy birthday greetings go out to Cheryl Chaille Horan, Margi Frattura, Somerville Police Deputy Chief Paul Trant, Marie Linscott, Rick Spinosa, Jeff Northrup, George Barnoski, John Casey, Debbie Brune-Cabral, Joanne Blundon, v,Patricia Talbot, Ron Elwood, Vincent Chiappini, Joan Campo McKenna, John Serpico and Mark A. Tocci
  Sent in by our readers!
Continue reading The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

Pictures of The Week Series by Skip Murray 

   
 
A bit of a different twist. Travels.

Picture 1. James Otis Statue, Barnstable, MA. He of “Taxation without Representation is Tyranny.

Picture 2. Mercy Otis Warren Statue, Barnstable, MA. She was an extremely important and not well known Patriot, who opposed ratification of the Constitution unless The Bill of Rights was included. She was a prolific Revolutionary writer who, among other accomplishments, heavily influenced John Adams’ thinking.
Continue reading Pictures of The Week Series by Skip Murray 

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:LICENSE REVOKED AS HTO, OPERATE MV WITH c90 S23

  
Eugene POINDEXTER Arrest

On July 17, 2015 at approximately 1944 I was in full uniform and assigned to the Somerville Police Traffic Bureau. I was conducting speed enforcement on Route 16 (Alewife Brook Parkway), a public way and posted 30 MPH Zone within the City of Somerville. I observed a 1968 Lincoln Mark 3 color yellow, NH 68-LINC, traveling south on Rte 16 at an estimated 55 MPH. I directed my lidar unit at the vehicle and got a reading of 54 MPH as it passed vehicles at a quick pace. The vehicle was traveling in the left lane and I lost the lidar signal as the beam struck a tree while I attempted to keep tracking its speed. The vehicle passed my location and I re-acquired its speed on Lidar at 51 MPH and locked it in at 50 MPH at a distance of 309.2 feet. I immediately activated lights and siren and pulled out in an attempt to stop the MV. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:LICENSE REVOKED AS HTO, OPERATE MV WITH c90 S23

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Receiving Stolen Property & SHOPLIFTING BY ASPORTATION Arrest at Assembly Row

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Richard CIRILO (Somerville Arrest & Somerville Warrant)

On 7/17/15 at approximately 3:20 PM I, Officer Mark Pulli badge #311, while assigned to Assembly Row Unit Alpha-2, was dispatched to the Puma store for a report of a past shoplifting incident. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Receiving Stolen Property & SHOPLIFTING BY ASPORTATION Arrest at Assembly Row

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:B&E Nightime Arrest at Ball Square Fine Wines

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John GALVIN Arrest

On 7/14 at 03:11 while assigned to cruiser West Six I was dispatched to 716 Broadway for an alarm call at a local business, Ball Square Fine Wines.

 

  Upon my arrival, along with West 5 & 7, I noticed the front door was smashed. Upon further inspection, an axe was possibly thrown to smash the door glass.

 

  A walk through of the business produced negative results. Nothing appears taken from the business so this will be left as a vandalism until we can get the footage from the cameras.

 

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:DEFACEMENT MALICIOUS WANTON PROPERTY & DISORDERLY CONDUCT Arrest

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Michael GOSCIMINSKI Arrest

On the above date and time, while in full uniform and assigned to marked unit east 2, I was dispatched to 335 Somerville Ave (Sally Obrien) for a dispute with the bartender. East 3 (OFC Goncalves) was also dispatched to 335 Somerville Ave. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:DEFACEMENT MALICIOUS WANTON PROPERTY & DISORDERLY CONDUCT Arrest

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Shoplifting at Target

   
 Hannah DIAZ Arrest 

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015, I was on duty and assigned to marked unit East-2. At approximately 5:51PM, I heard a radio transmission from Officer Pasqualino informing dispatch that he had just been flagged down by a Target employee with regards to a shoplifter. I made my way to the store and proceeded to the Loss Prevention office. Inside of the office, I encountered Officer Pasqualino, XXXXX (Target Loss Prevention) and the suspect who had been identified Ms. Hannah Diaz. The suspect seemed to be borderline catatonic and would not speak. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Shoplifting at Target

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

  
 GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, July 20, the 201st day of 2015 with 164 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:24 and sunset is @ 8:17. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1801 – A 1,235 pound cheese ball was pressed at the farm of Elisha Brown, Jr. The ball of cheese was later loaded on a horse-driven wagon and presented to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson at the White House. 
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Somerville Resident Accepts $70k Check on Behalf of Joslin Diabetes Center from BPD

  1st row from left to right: Karla McCarron, VP of Marketing, City of Boston Credit Union; Dan Trombley, CEO, City of Boston Credit Union; Jay Herson, General Manager, Boston Athletic Club; Martha Andrews, Somerville resident and Development Officer, Joslin Diabetes Center; June Mattioli, Director, Corporate Relations and Special Events at Joslin Diabetes Center; Superintendent Paul Fitzgerald, Commissioner Bill Evans, Detective Cecil Jones, Superintendent in Chief Will Gross, and Deputy Superintendent Michael Cox, all of the Boston Police Department
Continue reading Somerville Resident Accepts $70k Check on Behalf of Joslin Diabetes Center from BPD

#SOMERBLISS LOCAL BUSINESS PROMOTION HAS A WINNER

  
Magoun Square’s Daddy Jones takes home the most mentions on social media in June
SOMERVILLE – The first-ever #SomerBliss local shopping promotion has a winner: Daddy Jones in Magoun Square.

During the month of June, residents and businesses were encouraged to tweet using the hashtag #SomerBliss when eating or shopping local to promote local retailers after a difficult winter, a promotional collaboration between the City of Somerville, East Somerville Main Streets, Somerville Chamber of Commerce, Somerville Local First, and Union Square Main Streets.
Continue reading #SOMERBLISS LOCAL BUSINESS PROMOTION HAS A WINNER

Cinema Somerville’s Outdoor Movie Series presents “Return of the Kung Fu Dragon (1976)” 

   
 

Wednesday, July 22nd at 7:30pm 

at the Somerville Community Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave)

 It builds community in Somerville through collaborations with community organizations and residents by presenting free public film screenings at various locations in Somerville.
The event series is free and is open to all residents of the city. The movie series is co-sponsored by the Somerville Community Growing Center, Somerville Public Library and Mass Cultural Council.
Screenings start at 7:30pm with a BYOPicnic and will play at 8:30pm (dusk). Seating is limited; moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own portable seats, blankets, and lawn chairs. Continue reading Cinema Somerville’s Outdoor Movie Series presents “Return of the Kung Fu Dragon (1976)” 

US2 & Union Square Main Streets Announce “Union Lunch” Summer Series Celebrating Union Square Restaurants & Businesses

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Join In Friday Festivities Including Lunch, Live Music and Workshops

Somerville, MA – In partnership with Union Square Main Streets, Union Square Station Associates (US2), Somerville’s master developer partner for Union Square’s revitalization, announced its “Union Lunch” summer series showcasing delicious lunch fare from a different neighborhood restaurant each Friday through September 18th on Union Square Plaza.
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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, July 19, the 200th day of 2015 with 165 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:23 and sunset is @ 8:17. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1525 – The Catholic princes of Germany formed the Dessau League to fight against the Reformation.
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ArtBeat 2015 Hits Somerville by Storm This Past Friday and Saturday

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Photos by Rosalee Zammuto and Frank Santangelo

By William Tauro

This year’s festival and theme was Loops. Dave Ortega’s design work was the theme for this year’s festival.

ArtBeat is one of the area’s largest and most innovative arts festivals, with over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food and hatch-themed activities.
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7-16-15 Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information

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UPCOMING EVENTS

The Farmers Market is back – starting Friday, July 10th and running through Friday, October 30th. The Mobile Farmers Market will be at the Holland Street Center every Friday from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market sells fresh, local and reasonably priced produce. Anyone using SNAP or WIC receives a 50% discount. Cash, credit, debt & farmers market coupons accepted.
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ArtBeat Festival 2015: Lineup & Traffic Detours for 7/17-18

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The 2015 ArtBeat Festival will begin in Davis Square on Friday evening, July 17, from 6 to 10 p.m., and continue on Saturday, July 18 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Festival will feature over 15 bands, as well as dance performers, Butoh cheerleaders, hula-hoopers, food, kid-friendly activities, 80 craft vendors, and more.

– See more at: http://www.somervillema.gov/alerts/artbeat-festival-2015-lineup-traffic-detours-717-18#.dpuf

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, July 17, the 198th day of 2015 with 167 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:21 and sunset is @ 8:19. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1453 – France defeated England at Castillon, France, which ended the 100 Years’ War.
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Somerville Outdoor Movie Tonight in Union Square

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Cinema Somerville is tonight, Thursday July 16th, at the Somerville Community Growing Center (22 Vinal Ave). We’ll be showing The Boy in the Plastic Bubble with a young John Travolta (1976). The Boy in the Plastic Bubble is a 1976 made-for-TV movie inspired by the lives of David Vetter and Ted DeVita, who lacked effective immune systems.
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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, July 16, the 197th day of 2015 with 168 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:20 and sunset is @ 8:19. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1765 – Prime Minister of England Lord Greenville resigned and was replaced by Lord Rockingham.
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Lifelong Somerville Resident World War II Veteran Margaret Klessens’ Replica of Van Gogh’s “Poppies” Chosen as VA Hospital’s New Greeting Card

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By ROBERT M. COOK
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital (Bedford VA)

BEDFORD, Mass. – Margaret Klessenshas always known she is pretty “crafty” when it comes to making things like purses for her daughter, but the World War II-era Veteran never knew she could match Van Gogh brush for brush. Continue reading Lifelong Somerville Resident World War II Veteran Margaret Klessens’ Replica of Van Gogh’s “Poppies” Chosen as VA Hospital’s New Greeting Card

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, July 15, the 196th day of 2015 with 169 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:20 and sunset is @ 8:20. The New Moon is exact @ 9:26 PM EDT. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1099 – Jerusalem fell to the Crusaders.
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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, July 14, the 195th day of 2015 with 170 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:19 and sunset is @ 8:21. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: . 1430 – Joan of Arc, taken prisoner by the Burgundians in May, was handed over to Pierre Cauchon, the bishop of Beauvais.
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Funding for Mystic River Master Plan & Aquatic Invasive Species Control Included in State FY’16 Budget

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BOSTON – Senator Patricia Jehlen, Representative Denise Provost, Representative Christine Barber, and Representative Tim Toomey announced that two crucial appropriations for the Mystic River were included in the legislature’s final FY 2016 Budget. Both the $250,000 requested for the Mystic River Master Plan and the $100,000 requested for the Mystic River Aquatic Invasive Species Control were fully funded for the upcoming fiscal year.
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Letter to the Editor:Showing Appreciation for Great Police Work in Solving Somerville Murder

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Photo:Nancy Medeiros with Somerville Police Detective Paul Duffy (right) and Massachusetts State Trooper Jeff Saunders (left).

These officers received the Irish American Police Officers Association Investigative Award for my nephew Christopher Souza’s murder. If it wasn’t for them and Somerville Police Detective Katie Mcdaid and the Middkesex District Attorney’s office, we would of never gotten justice for Christopher, what he deserved and we needed.

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Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Shoplifting at Target

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Michael TAYLOR Arrest

On July 12, 2015 at approx. 9:00 PM I, along with Officer Randy Isaacs, were dispatched to Target, 180 Somerville Avenue for a reported shoplifter cutting open boxes of merchandise and hiding items in his pockets. Upon arrival Officer Isaacs and Loss Prevention Officer XXXXX were escorting a male to the Security Office. Officer Isaacs and I then did a safety pat down of the male, identified at booking as Michael Taylor, because LP Officer XXXXX observed him with a razor. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Shoplifting at Target

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:DRUG, POSSESS TO DISTRIB CLASS A, SUBSQ Arrest

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Nelito OLIVEIRA Arrest

The following is a brief summary pertaining to Incident #15032886:

Members of the Somerville Police Department Drug Control Unit initiated a drug investigation of Mr. Nelito Oliveira and his alleged role in the ongoing distribution of Heroin. The alleged distribution occurs from his residence located at 75 Cross Street, Somerville, MA 02145.
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Volunteers Sought to Guide Visitors at Historic Milk Row Cemetery

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The City’s Historic Preservation Commission and Historic Somerville are looking for additional volunteers to open the City’s oldest burial ground, the 1804 Milk Row Cemetery, to the public one Sunday afternoon per month from 1-4 p.m., and ideally one weekday evening for two hours from June through November.
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Real Life Somerville Police Stories:B&E Arrest

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Robin PARTEE Arrest

On the above time and date, I along with several units responded to 424 Norfolk Street for the report of a male that just caught a female breaking into his vehicle. Upon arrival, I along with East 1 (Ofc Vanostrand), Observed a female later identified as Robin Partee, along with the victim (XXXXX) Standing in the driveway Of 424 Norfolk Street arguing. I then pulled XXXXX aside, so that he can advise me what happened, as East 1 (Ofc Vanostrand) stayed with the female.
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Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Trespass/Resisting Arrest

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Brian HOWELL Arrest

On the above date , I was dispatched (marked unit East One) with Officer Kim as my back up (marked unit East Four) to 14 Broadway for a report of a fight. En route to the above location dispatch informed all responding units that one of the Suspects was fleeing the scene on Mount Vernon Street. Dispatch described the Suspect as a White male, wearing a gray T-shirt and Khaki shorts.
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Somerville 11& 12 Year Old, Little League Division 12 All-Star Baseball Team, Shines on the Diamond

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By Skip Murray

From pure baseball point of view, last Monday night’s game at Gillis Field in Medford, between Somerville and Medford was one of the best games a person is likely to participate in or to have had the good fortune to have been on hand to watch. For all those, it will be one game that will stay in the memory forever.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, July 13, the 194th day of 2015 with 171 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:18 and sunset is @ 8:22. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Mars, Mercury, Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1099 – The Crusaders launched their final assault on Muslims in Jerusalem.
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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, July 12, the 193rd day of 2015 with 172 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:17 and sunset is @ 8:22. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Neptune & Uranus. The evening stars are Jupiter, Mars, Mercury, Saturn & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1543 – England’s King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.
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City of Somerville Presents Somerville Green Tech

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The Somerville GreenTech program hosted its first event on June 23rd, co-sponsored with MassCEC and hosted by SmartBear in Assembly Sq. The event brought together commercial-ready green tech companies, municipal officials, and green tech industry stakeholders to discuss ways to accelerate municipal adoption of green technology. More details on this event, future events, and pilot projects at http://www.somervillema.gov/greentech.