Repeal Day at Brass Union-Union Square lounge to host speakeasy fete on December 5

 

WHAT: In celebration of the 83rd anniversary of Repeal Day on December 5, Brass Union in Somerville’s Union Square will serve up a selection of classic cocktails to transport revelers back to the Gilded Age. Beverage Director Paulo Pereira will shake and stir a variety of classic cocktails for $11 including: Ketel One Martini (Ketel One, vermouth, orange bitters); Bulleit Old Fashioned (Bulleit Bourbon, sugar, aromatic, orange bitters); and, the Don Julio Paloma (Don Julio Silver, lime, crème de cassis, ginger beer). Continue reading Repeal Day at Brass Union-Union Square lounge to host speakeasy fete on December 5

Naveo Credit Union collects 20 grocery totes filled with non-perishables to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition’s Project Soup Food Pantry.  

 

(Somerville, MA) Naveo Credit Union collected non-perishables during their annual Harvest Food Drive to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition’s (SHC) Project Soup food pantry. Continue reading Naveo Credit Union collects 20 grocery totes filled with non-perishables to benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition’s Project Soup Food Pantry.  

RESPOND’s Founding Mothers recognized it in the 1970s and we know it’s still true today- domestic violence can happen to anyone

“We all have secrets… This is mine: I fell in love with and married a man who beat me regularly and nearly killed me…If only being blonde and well-educated were enough to defang life’s demons.”
Continue reading RESPOND’s Founding Mothers recognized it in the 1970s and we know it’s still true today- domestic violence can happen to anyone

AG HEALEY ANNOUNCES NEW HOTLINE TO REPORT INCIDENTS OF BIAS-MOTIVATED THREATS, HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE

The hotline will be managed by attorneys and staff in the AG’s Office. While not every incident will be appropriate for legal action, the AG’s Office will be tracking reports and appropriate matters may be referred to local law enforcement or the Attorney General’s Criminal Bureau. Continue reading AG HEALEY ANNOUNCES NEW HOTLINE TO REPORT INCIDENTS OF BIAS-MOTIVATED THREATS, HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, November 30, the 335th day of 2016 with 31 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:53 and sunset is @ 4:12. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1700 – 8,000 Swedish troops under King Charles XII defeated an army of at least 50,000 Russians at the Battle of Narva. King Charles XII died on this day.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Somerville Police Department Good News

On November 22nd, Beth Roche and Jennifer Caranfa were invited to visit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.<!–more–>  This visit was to thank them for their continued support of raising money for The Jimmy Fund in honor of friend/coworker Officer Sean Collier. Over the last four years, they have raised over $20,000 with their Annual Collier Kickball Extravaganza. Our thanks to our Somerville Community, friends, and family who attended this event. #SomervilleMA #Community #DonatingForAGoodCause #charityevent Somerville Times
 Beth and Jen, along with Officer Timothy Van Nostrand, Maureen DiPaolo, volunteers, player, and local businesses work tirelessly year round to organize this amazing event. Every year this event received bigger turnouts than previous years, and it is a small way of keeping Officer Sean Collier’s memory alive. All proceeds from this annual event are donated directly to The Jimmy Fund in Officer Sean Collier’s memory.  
The Jimmy Fund was a charity that Officer Sean Collier donated a portion of his earnings to, ever since he was able to earn a paycheck. Even though this event doesn’t pull in millions of dollars, Beth and Jen feel every little bit donated helps to find a cure for cancer. #collierstrong

Somerville Launches Week-Long Exploration into Computer Science and Coding with 2016 Hour of Code Kickoff on December 5th

2016 event includes special activities that allow students to dig deeper into STEM world

 

Somerville, MA – What do Star Wars, Minecraft, Moana, MatLab, Kodable and Vidcode have in common? Continue reading Somerville Launches Week-Long Exploration into Computer Science and Coding with 2016 Hour of Code Kickoff on December 5th

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, MENORAH LIGHTING, ILLUMINATIONS TOUR CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN SOMERVILLE IN DECEMBER 2016

 

SOMERVILLE – Join Mayor Curtatone and City staff for Somerville’s annual holiday celebrations, kicking off on Thursday, December 1, with the Christmas Tree Lighting and visit from Santa Claus, on the City Hall Concourse. Continue reading CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, MENORAH LIGHTING, ILLUMINATIONS TOUR CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS IN SOMERVILLE IN DECEMBER 2016

The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week 

Many Villens celebrating their birthdays this week in the Ville! Happy Birthday greetings go out to Susan Caron, Henry Korecki, Janet Belloste Flynn, Tracy Desmond, Peter Forcellese, John J Alberts, Lee Anderson, Joanne Montalto Keefe, Scott Wells, Nicole Walsh, Jake Owens, Dom “Mr Dee” DeFrancisco and happy 79th birthday Joe Staples and happy 9th birthday to Zayla! Continue reading The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, November 29, the 334th day of 2016 with 32 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:52 and sunset is @ 4:13. The New Moon is exact @ 7:20 AM EST. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1530 – Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, former adviser to England’s King Henry VIII, died.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Making The Wrong Choice With Medicare Can Prove Costly

By Chris Orestis

It’s decision time for the 55 million Americans covered by Medicare.

Open enrollment, when people can enroll in Medicare or make changes to their plans, runs every year from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. But anyone who thinks that signing up for the medical plan for seniors is simple could be in for a rude awakening – and a costly one.
Continue reading Making The Wrong Choice With Medicare Can Prove Costly

NOV 28 2016 COMMUNITY MEETING 6 PM-7:30 PM AT THE COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH 31 COLLEGE AVE REGARDING POSSIBLE MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY LOCATION in DAVIS SQUARE

Chairman of the Somerville Board of Alderman’s Committee on Public Health and Public Safety Alderman at Large Jack Connolly and Ward Six Alderman Lance Davis, will host a neighborhood meeting on Monday, November 28th, at 6:00 P.M. at the Community Baptist Church, 31 College Ave., Somerville, MA. Continue reading NOV 28 2016 COMMUNITY MEETING 6 PM-7:30 PM AT THE COMMUNITY BAPTIST CHURCH 31 COLLEGE AVE REGARDING POSSIBLE MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY LOCATION in DAVIS SQUARE

Tomorrow Tuesday, November 29th is Giving Tuesday

Join the movement to remember those less fortunate during your days of Holiday shopping on this special day- whether it’s by donation, your time, or the power of your voice in your local community.  

 

Please consider giving to The Little Sisters of the Poor, caring for the Elderly Poor of Somerville and the Greater Boston area for over 127 years by going to http://www.littlesistersofthepoorboston.org and clicking on the “Giving Tuesday” graphic.

 

Our Elderly thank you!

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Kahlil WALTER (Larceny, Poss. Class B) at Assemby Row Saks Fifth Ave

On Sunday, November 27, 2016, while on full uniform patrol for the Alpha Unit, I (Officer Patrick Canty) was contacted on my department issued cell phone by Saks Fifth Avenue’s Loss Prevention Associate, XXXXX. XXXXX stated that a black male wearing a dark colored shirt, dark sweat pants a red beanie and black backpack, was concealing merchandise inside a black jacket he selected off the rack. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Kahlil WALTER (Larceny, Poss. Class B) at Assemby Row Saks Fifth Ave

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Derrick WILSON (Larceny, Fail to Stop, Speeding, Negligent Operation of MV, Conspiracy) At Assemby Row Somerville

On Saturday, November 26th, 2016, I (Officer Devin Schneider), was in full uniform and assigned to marked cruiser 660 while assigned to the Assembly Row unit. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Derrick WILSON (Larceny, Fail to Stop, Speeding, Negligent Operation of MV, Conspiracy) At Assemby Row Somerville

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Ralph RAMSEY III (Receive Stolen MV, OUI Liquor, Open Container, Unlicensed Operation of MV)

The following is a summary of the details related to this incident.

 

     On November 24, 2016 at approximately 18:06 hours, while assigned as marked unit West-7, I was dispatched to the Gulf Mart Plus located at 379 Alewife Brook Parkway to check the condition of an unresponsive male inside of a motor vehicle. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Ralph RAMSEY III (Receive Stolen MV, OUI Liquor, Open Container, Unlicensed Operation of MV)

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, November 28, the 333rd day of 2016 with 33 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:50 and sunset is @ 4:13. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1520 – Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan reached the Pacific Ocean after passing through the South American strait. The strait was named after him. He was the first European to sail the Pacific from the east.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

The Somerville News Weekly 2016 “Best of the Best of Somerville Award”

 

Somerville News Weekly Reader’s Favorite #1 Somerville Choice In Each Category

 

Accounting-Paula A. Vancini,CMA Vancini Accounting & Tax

Advertising-Somerville News Weekly

Apartments-Patricia Ng Century 21 Commonwealth

Architects-Federal Realty

Assisted Living-Somerville VNA

Attorneys-Mike Dwyer & Sean O’Donovan
Continue reading The Somerville News Weekly 2016 “Best of the Best of Somerville Award”

Letter to the Editor:Would’ve a Sanctuary City Back Then have changed Fidel Castro’s Course in History If He started Piching in Foss Park?

From a recent Sports Illustrated article that tells the story of Fidel Castro. 

Before he decided to go into dictating, Fidel Castro was into pitching. Among the longballs he gave up was one to my baseball managerial idol, Dick Williams (which Williams writes about in ‘No More Mr. Nice Guy’, his autobiography). One has to wonder what history would have looked like had the Giants picked up his option. Life is, indeed, a microcosm of baseball… Continue reading Letter to the Editor:Would’ve a Sanctuary City Back Then have changed Fidel Castro’s Course in History If He started Piching in Foss Park?

Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Press

Organizational Updates & Information

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Join the SCOA’s email group – The email group is for Somerville Council on Aging Seniors and / or Caregivers who are interested in the latest information on resources, events, programming, etc…in and around the Somerville area. Use the link https://groups.google.com/group/somerville-council-on-aging – If you have any questions or need help joining please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321 or email DHiggins@Somervillema.gov Continue reading Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Press

Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 41 – Report No. 47 November 21-25, 2016

By Bob Katzen 

   THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.
   A big topic of discussion last week in the Bay State and across the nation was whether the president of the United States should be elected by popular vote or through the current Electoral College system. Last week, U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) proposed constitutional amendments in Congress that would abolish the Electoral College. Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 41 – Report No. 47 November 21-25, 2016

Somerville Remembering Josephine DiPersio

Mrs. Josephine M. (Alibrandi) DiPersio, a lifelong resident of Somerville, died on Saturday, November 26th, at the Lawrence Memorial Hospital after a brief illness, surrounded by her family. She was 82. 
Born and raised in Somerville, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Helena (DeAngelis) Alibrandi. Josephine worked for many years in Cambridge as a clerk at the Registry of Deeds. She was the beloved wife of the late Francis C. DiPersio. Continue reading Somerville Remembering Josephine DiPersio

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, November 27, the 332nd day of 2016 with 34 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:49 and sunset is @ 4:14. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1684 – Japan’s shogun Yoshimune Tokugawa was born.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Somerville Remembering Mark Haley Sr.


This past week Somerville mourns the passing of Mark Haley Sr.

Mark was a friend to so many people in this great city spreading joy and happiness wherever he went with his million-dollar personality and fantastic smile. 

Mark Haley Sr. will be sadly missed here in the Ville!

Rest in peace!

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Haley family. 


Mark Haley funeral and burial fund by Melinda Haley – GoFundMe

https://www.gofundme.com/mark-haley-funeral-and-burial-fund

It is with great sadness that we ,

(the Haley children) must plan the arrangements to lay to rest our beloved father Mark Haley Sr. . Continue reading Somerville Remembering Mark Haley Sr.

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, November 26, the 331st day of 2016 with 35 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:48 and sunset is @ 4:14. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1716 – The first lion to be exhibited in America went on display in Boston, MA.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, November 25, the 330th day of 2016 with 36 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:47 and sunset is @ 4:15. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1715 – Sybilla Thomas Masters became the first American to be granted an English patent for cleaning and curing Indian corn.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING & HAPPY THANKSGIVING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, November 24 by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING & HAPPY THANKSGIVING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, November 24, the 329th day of 2016 with 37 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:46 and sunset is @ 4:15. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1615 – French King Louis XIII married Ann of Austria. They were both 14 years old.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING & HAPPY THANKSGIVING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, November 24 by John Dwyer 

Popular Vote or Through The Current Electoral College System

By Bob Katzen

A big topic of discussion last week in the Bay State and across the nation was whether the president of the United States should be elected by popular vote or through the current Electoral College system. Last week, U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) proposed constitutional amendments in Congress that would abolish the Electoral College. Continue reading Popular Vote or Through The Current Electoral College System

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, November 23, the 328th day of 2016 with 38 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:45 and sunset is @ 4:16. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1765 – Frederick County, MD, repudiated the British Stamp Act.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, November 22, the 327th day of 2016 with 39 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:43 and sunset is @ 4:16. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1699 – A treaty was signed by Denmark, Russia, Saxony and Poland for the partitioning of the Swedish Empire.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

$10,000 donated 2 Somerville Toys 4 Local Children.. Thank you runnahs & walkahs

The Marathon Sports “Bill Rodgers Jingle Bell Run” on December 18th in Davis Square-Somerville is donating $10,000.00 for the sixth year in a row to the Somerville based “Toys For Local Children” program based in Somerville, MA and directed by Cindy Hickey. Continue reading $10,000 donated 2 Somerville Toys 4 Local Children.. Thank you runnahs & walkahs

The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

Many Villens celebrating their birthdays this week in the Ville! Happy Birthday greetings go out to Cyndie Femino, Mike Devereaux, Robert Barletta, Skip Murray, Darlene Pefine, Stephanie Peters, Joe Hourihan, Fred Doucette, Jimmy Dunne, Edward Woodruff, Danny Cafferty, Jimmy Del, Michael Roe O’Donnell, Michela Capobianco, Charlene Harris, Diane Accardi, Janelle Hamel, Jim Henry, Kerie Gentz and Marsha Hamel Urquilla  Continue reading The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

Solidarity and Sanctuary Cities: An Open Letter from Mayor Curtatone

Somerville Will Stand with You

In the wake of the election, our phones have been ringing off the hook. We’ve heard from parents who fear they will be rounded up while their young children wait for them at home. We’ve heard from women, Muslims, members of the LGBTQ community, and students of color fearing intensified discrimination. We’ve heard from people who believe equality and decency are core American values at risk. Continue reading Solidarity and Sanctuary Cities: An Open Letter from Mayor Curtatone

Nominate Properties for Annual Preservation Awards by Wed., Nov. 30

The 

Past Winner: 23 Porter St.

Winners to be selected, presented during Historic Preservation Month in May 2017

SOMERVILLE – The Somerville Historic Preservation Commission (SHPC) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Preservation Awards. During its annual celebration in honor of Historic Preservation Month in May 2017, the Commission Continue reading Nominate Properties for Annual Preservation Awards by Wed., Nov. 30

RYAN HARRINGTON FOUNDATION TO HOLD ADDICTION-RECOVERY MASS AND BRUNCH

Somerville, MA- The Ryan Harrington Foundation cordially invites you to join them for a special Mass of Hope & Recovery celebrated by dear family friend and fellow community member, Father Paul Coughlin. 
“We would love for everyone to attend this Mass regardless what your religious affiliation or higher power may be” said Cathy Harrington, the mother of Ryan Harrington and an officer of the Foundation. “This is about reflection, connection and community.” Continue reading RYAN HARRINGTON FOUNDATION TO HOLD ADDICTION-RECOVERY MASS AND BRUNCH

Somerville Pop Warner Football & Cheerleading

Somerville Pop Warner has finished their 53rd season and again had another great season for all our VILLEN Families. SPW finished the year with 4 teams, A, B, C +D all making the playoffs and 2 Cheer squads, B + D placing in the Eastern Ma Cheer competition and moving onto the second round. The most exciting team was our younger team, the E-team, “Mitey Mites” whom went on to having an undefeated season and winning the Baby Bowl. Continue reading Somerville Pop Warner Football & Cheerleading

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Thai LE (Removal of Theft Detection Device, Larceny & Revere/Boston Warrants) Shoplifting at Assembly Row

On Sunday, November 20th, 2016, I (Officer Devin Schneider) was in full uniform while assigned to the Assembly Row unit. The following report is a summary of the events that I witnessed, as they pertain to incident #16073520:

  Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Thai LE (Removal of Theft Detection Device, Larceny & Revere/Boston Warrants) Shoplifting at Assembly Row

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Corey FERREIRA (Larceny) Shoplifting At Assembly Row

On November 18,2016 at approx. 4:27 pm while in marked unit East 3, I was dispatched to assist an off-duty officer on Canal Street. Officer O. Martinez had phoned the station and requested marked units respond to his location for a male shoplifter he was following. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Corey FERREIRA (Larceny) Shoplifting At Assembly Row

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Luis ACEVEDO (Poss. to Dist. Class B & Drug Violation near School)

On November 17, 2016, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was on duty and assigned to uniform patrol in marked cruiser West 7. At approximately 8:12pm, Somerville Control radioed a BOLO (be on the lookout) for motor vehicles involved in a shots fired call. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Luis ACEVEDO (Poss. to Dist. Class B & Drug Violation near School)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Brian KOBS (Unarmed Robbery, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest)

On 11/17/16, I Officer Christopher Collette was assigned to Somerville marked unit East One. At approximately 17:36 hours I was dispatched to Stop and Shop at 779 McGrath Highway for a reported shoplifter. Officer Ramirez was dispatched as well. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Brian KOBS (Unarmed Robbery, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting Arrest)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Michael ORTIZ (Conspiracy, Larceny, Possession of Dangerous Weapon)

On Monday, November 14th, 2016, I, Officer Devin Schneider, was in full uniform while assigned to the Assembly Square unit. The following report is a summary of the events that I witnessed, as they pertain to incident #16072245:
Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Michael ORTIZ (Conspiracy, Larceny, Possession of Dangerous Weapon)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories :Heather LEET (ADW, Fail to Stop, Reckless Operation of MV, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct)

On the morning of Monday, November 14, 2016 I, was assigned to marked unit E-3. At 10:56 AM, a transmission came over the radio by an officer yelling for assistance, at the corner of School Street and Summer Street. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories :Heather LEET (ADW, Fail to Stop, Reckless Operation of MV, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct)

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, November 21, the 326th day of 2016 with 40 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:42 and sunset is @ 4:17. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1620 – The Mayflower reached Provincetown, MA. The ship discharged the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA, on December 26, 1620.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

SHS Holiday Arts & Craft Fair-Saturday 11/26 (9am-3pm)


Please help celebrate SHS Track PAC’s annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 26th from 9am-3pm at Somerville High by considering attending our great community event, this year marking an incredible 25 year run. The Somerville High School Track Parents and Alumni Club (aka, SHS Track PAC) is fortunate to be the beneficiary of support from many area businesses for the fair each year. Continue reading SHS Holiday Arts & Craft Fair-Saturday 11/26 (9am-3pm)

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Coming to East Somerville

By William Tauro 

 

As a mother of five (5) children, two (2) now deceased, Jayne Vining never imagined she would be in the medical marijuana business. In fact, there was some initial apprehension until she took the time to educate herself on the many benefits provided to patients after the passing of the Humanitarian Act for the Use of Medical Marijuana. Having afforded herself that education, Jayne Vining is now proudly delving into the medical marijuana business. Continue reading Medical Marijuana Dispensary Coming to East Somerville

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, November 20, the 325th day of 2016 with 41 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:41 and sunset is @ 4:19. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1789 – New Jersey became the first state to ratify the Bill of Rights.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Wise Social Security Decisions Are Critical To Retirement Happiness

By John Eikenberry

It’s an unsettling reminder for anyone staking too much of their retirement on Social Security.
Retirees whose survival depends largely on those checks from the government will see a mere 0.3 percent bump in their benefits in 2017, which amounts to just $3.92 a month for the typical recipient. Continue reading Wise Social Security Decisions Are Critical To Retirement Happiness

Massachusetts ETHICS TASK FORCE (H 4627) 

By Bob Katzen

The House and Senate approved and sent to the governor a bill that would create a 13-member Task Force on Integrity in State and Local Government including the attorney general, the chief legal counsels to the governor, House and Senate, each branch’s chair of the Committee on Ethics and the Committees on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight and three other people with expertise on issues relating to ethics, public integrity or campaign finance.  Continue reading Massachusetts ETHICS TASK FORCE (H 4627) 

Somerville’s Controversial Subject of Sanctuary Cities Back In The News

By Bob Katzen 

   The controversial subject of sanctuary cities is back in the news following the election of Donald Trump. “We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths,” Trump said in an August speech on immigration. “Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.” Continue reading Somerville’s Controversial Subject of Sanctuary Cities Back In The News

Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 41 – Report No. 46 November 14-18, 2016

By Bob Katzen 
   

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.
   The controversial subject of sanctuary cities is back in the news following the election of Donald Trump. “We will end the sanctuary cities that have resulted in so many needless deaths,” Trump said in an August speech on immigration. “Cities that refuse to cooperate with federal authorities will not receive taxpayer dollars, and we will work with Congress to pass legislation to protect those jurisdictions that do assist federal authorities.” Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 41 – Report No. 46 November 14-18, 2016

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, November 19, the 324th day of 2016 with 42 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:4 and sunset is @ 4:19. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are 0Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1794 – Britain’s King George III signed the Jay Treaty. It resolved the issues left over from the Revolutionary War.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

STATEMENT BY SENATOR JEHLEN ON RELEASE OF FORMER SPEAKER DIMASI

 

BOSTON – I am happy that former speaker Sal DiMasi is being released from federal prison. He will be with his family, and have the possibility of decent health care. Keeping terminally ill and incapacitated people locked up doesn’t serve public safety, costs enormous amounts of money, and is inhumane. Had he been sentenced to state prison, this never would have been an option because Massachusetts is one of only a handful of states without a medical release law. Hopefully we can change that soon.

 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, November 18, the 323rd day of 2016 with 43 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:39 and sunset is @ 4:19. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1477 – William Caxton produced “Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres,” which was the first book to be printed in England.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Somerville Remembering Talia Rose Ronga February 15, 1988 – November 11, 2016 Of LaRonga Bakery

Talia Rose Ronga of Reading, passed away November 11, 2016 at age 28. Talia was the beloved daughter of Louis W. Ronga and Debra (Resmini) Ronga. She was the dear sister of Victoria Ronga, Robert Ronga and Debra Mirabile and her husband Peter. The cherished granddaughter of Gloria (Bussolari) Resmini and her late husband Peter and the late Roberto Ronga and Palmarina Ricci, Talia was the loving girlfriend of Jeff Donovan. She was also survived by many loving aunts and uncles. Continue reading Somerville Remembering Talia Rose Ronga February 15, 1988 – November 11, 2016 Of LaRonga Bakery

Applications Available for Host Community Agencies Seeking Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund Grants


 

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (Nov. 17, 2016) — Non-profit community organizations in Somerville, Medford, Grafton and Boston’s Chinatown, Mission Hill and Fenway neighborhoods are invited to apply for 2016 grants from the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF). Continue reading Applications Available for Host Community Agencies Seeking Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund Grants

“I AM A WOMAN WHO ” Returning to Boston on Nov. 19 – 20 @ Somerville’s Brickbottom Artists Open Studios

Empowering Women Through Painted Self Descriptions 

What: On Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, Boston area women are invited to participate in a powerful event, where they can have their portrait taken behind a canvas painted with their own self-descriptions. Continue reading “I AM A WOMAN WHO ” Returning to Boston on Nov. 19 – 20 @ Somerville’s Brickbottom Artists Open Studios

Your MMA reminds you to renew your Motorcycle Registration!


Your Massachusetts Motorcycle Association reminds all Massachusetts Riders that your annual Motorcycle Registration is due for renewal at the end of December!

In Massachusetts, all Motorcycle Registrations are due for renewal at the end of each year. Many riders often forget because many take their bikes off the road for the winter. Expired registrations can incur additional fees to have them reinstated. Continue reading Your MMA reminds you to renew your Motorcycle Registration!

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, November 17, the 322nd day of 2016 with 44 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:37 and sunset is @ 4:20. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1558 – Elizabeth I ascended the English throne upon the death of Queen Mary Tudor.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Please join the Chamber in support of the Green Line Extension

 

Public Hearing of the Board of Aldermen

7:00 P.M., Thursday, November 17, 2016

Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue

 

President William A. White, Jr., has called for this Special Meeting of the Board of Aldermen for the purpose of considering, and conducting a Public Hearing on, matters related to the Mayor’s proposed Green Line Extension Project Participation Agreement, including:      Continue reading Please join the Chamber in support of the Green Line Extension

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, November 16, the 321st day of 2016 with 45 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:36 and sunset is @ 4:21. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Mars, Uranus & Venus. The evening stars are Mercury, Neptune & Saturn.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1776 – British troops captured Fort Washington during the American Revolution.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Reality Bites by James A. Norton:Meet Our New President Donald J. Trump

You remember that time you were on a first name basis with a President-Elect because you endorsed him when nobody else would and from one of the most liberal cities in the entire country?
No? Oh, trust us, it’s a very good check in the “win” column on that one. People thought we were nuts (and still do, clearly) when we were enthusiastic about Donald Trump running for President so many months ago and then coming out and openly endorsing him – we endorsed him before he was the Republican Nominee – in fact, we were the only newspaper publication at that time who came out and endorsed him. The only one. Literally. Continue reading Reality Bites by James A. Norton:Meet Our New President Donald J. Trump

Somerville News Weekly Magic Moments Series

1) Jim Henry and grandson Xavier meet “The Gov!”

2) Dennis Sullivan out for an icecrean with his beautiful little daughter!

3) The Birthday bunch with the Haley family!

 4) Alicia and John Parker at the Zorvino Vinyards looking sharp!

 5) Vacationing in Las Vegas with the Cligans!

 6) Family road trip with the Foleys!

 7) Happy Wedding Anniversary to April Terrio Manning and her hubby Eric!

 8) We want to send a great big get well soon out to our good friend Charlene Harris! Charlene is one tough cookie and we wish her all the best for a speedy recovery!
Continue reading Somerville News Weekly Magic Moments Series

ASSEMBLY ROW’S BLOCK 6 FORMALLY TOPPED OFF

Event marks notable milestone in the steady evolution 

of Somerville’s newest mixed-use community
Somerville, MA (Nov. 14, 2016) – Callahan Construction Managers, a Bridgewater based full-service construction management firm, along with developer Federal Realty Investment Trust, architect Stantec and Iron Workers Local 7 commemorated a significant milestone in the ongoing progress of Assembly Row with the topping off of Block 6. Continue reading ASSEMBLY ROW’S BLOCK 6 FORMALLY TOPPED OFF

The Politics of Murder: Was The Convicted Teenager, Eddie O’Brien, and In One of Boston’s Most Infamous Murder Trials Actually Innocent?

By Victoria Hewlett
 

When the public becomes fixated on something, we all know how quickly facts get left behind for popular rumors, prominent special-interest agendas and ideologies. Sometimes, public opinion is wrong.
Continue reading The Politics of Murder: Was The Convicted Teenager, Eddie O’Brien, and In One of Boston’s Most Infamous Murder Trials Actually Innocent?

Letter to the Editor:A Citizen Petition in Support of the City of Somerville Athletic Fields Master Plan

If you weren’t aware there is a severe shortage of safe and durable playing fields for our children in Somerville. In fact, youth soccer was recently considering dropping their U12 program due to a shortage of fields. Continue reading Letter to the Editor:A Citizen Petition in Support of the City of Somerville Athletic Fields Master Plan