Somerville Students Apply Their Design Skills, Create New Logo for Somerville Community Preservation Committee


Somerville High School Graphic Design Students design outstanding logo to reflect Committee’s mission

SOMERVILLE – When the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) decided to update their logo, they could have hired a professional, but instead they chose to partner with the talented students in the Somerville High School Graphic Design & Visual Communications Program of the Center for Career and Technical Education. By all accounts, it was a great choice.
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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, April 15, the 105th day of 2017 with 260 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:03 and sunset is @ 7:25. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1784 – The first balloon was flown in Ireland. 
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Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 41 – Report No. 15 April 10-14, 2017

By Bob Katzen 
   

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week.
   As the first order of business back in January, the Legislature approved an $18 million pay raise package including hiking the salaries of the two leaders who filed the bill, House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) and Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst), by $45,000 from $97,547 to $142,547. The measure also hikes the pay of the Legislature’s two Republican leaders, Sen. Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) and Rep. Bradley Jones (R-North Reading) by $37,500 from $85,047 to $122,547. Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 41 – Report No. 15 April 10-14, 2017

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, April 14, the 104th day of 2017 with 261 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:04 and sunset is @ 7:23. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1775 – The first abolitionist society in U.S. was organized in Philadelphia with Ben Franklin as president.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Top 5 Comments of the Week on Somerville News Weekly’s Facebook Page RE Article: MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING NEEDED IN ASSEMBLY SQUARE

1). My 1950’s-1960’s Somerville is now a ‘deep dark secret of the past.’ We may have been poor and hardscrabble, but we loved OUR own ‘Slumerville.’ And we would break all the windows of anyone who said that we had no class! (The nerve). Now I can’t afford to buy the house I grew up in, but I respect all of you for what you have done to MY Town! SHS ’62 Continue reading Top 5 Comments of the Week on Somerville News Weekly’s Facebook Page RE Article: MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING NEEDED IN ASSEMBLY SQUARE

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, April 13, the 103rd day of 2017 with 262 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:06 and sunset is @ 7:22. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1598 – King Henry IV of France signed the Edict of Nantes which granted political rights to French Protestant Huguenots.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Meeting Updates by Somerville Ward 7 Alderman Katjana Ballantyne

Good afternoon,

There are many important upcoming meetings which I’d like to highlight in this email. Note “community meetings” (don’t appear on the city website), so I try to include those I believe are of interest to constituents based on their input. You’ll find many in this email, however not all. Continue reading Meeting Updates by Somerville Ward 7 Alderman Katjana Ballantyne

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, April 12, the 102nd day of 2017 with 263 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:08 and sunset is @ 7:21. The moon is waning. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1096 – Peter the Hermit gathered his army in Cologne.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Somerville Schools Lace Up for the 8th Annual Playworks Run for Recess 5K Presented by Playworks New England, New Balance, Positive Tracks, and Social Boston Sports Saturday, May 20


 

Somerville, Mass. — On Saturday, May 20, students and staff members East Somerville Community School, West Somerville Neighborhood School, Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School, and Benjamin G. Brown School, will participate in the 8th Annual Playworks Run for Recess 5K presented by Playworks New England, New Balance, Positive Tracks, and Social Boston Sports. Funds raised through the family friendly 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run, which will take place along Franklin Park’s world-famous cross country course adjacent to the zoo in Roxbury, will support play and physical activity in 75 elementary schools across New England. Continue reading Somerville Schools Lace Up for the 8th Annual Playworks Run for Recess 5K Presented by Playworks New England, New Balance, Positive Tracks, and Social Boston Sports Saturday, May 20

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 Vera Spagnuolo, Jose Carreiro, Alderman Matthew McLaughlin, Dominic Catino, Johnathan DiMille, Courtney Rogers, Laila F. Ramirez Lda, Joseph Jeffres, Stephanie Muccini Burke, Kevin Kaufman, Diane LeBlanc, Mike Sorrentino, Maria Tamagna, Jayson Seppala, Leah Trasher, Paul Anderson, Larry Rogers, Hannah Johnson, Kathy Webber, Ron Tauro, Charles Sillari, John DiMille and Happy 86th Birthday to Eddie Abate and Happy 8th Birthday to Xavier Rodgers

Sent in by our readers!
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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, April 11, the 101st day of 2017 with 264 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:09 and sunset is @ 7:20. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1512 – The forces of the Holy League were heavily defeated by the French at the Battle of Ravenna.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Rep. Connolly Joins Educators, Students, Parents, and Legislators East to West to Unite Around Foundation Budget Bill as Top Priority

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BOSTON – State legislators and education leaders from across the Commonwealth gathered at the State House today to name Foundation Budget reforms as their top priority. Continue reading Rep. Connolly Joins Educators, Students, Parents, and Legislators East to West to Unite Around Foundation Budget Bill as Top Priority

Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information


 

ONGOING PROGRAMS

The Council on Aging wants you! – The SCOA is supporting D.A. Marian Ryan’s Project C.A.R.E. and Project Linus. Helping children of trauma have some comfort in their time of need by providing them with homemade blankets. Help us reach our goal of 200 blankets. Knitted, crochet or handmade fleece accepted. Please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321. Continue reading Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information

Nunziato Park & Stormwater Project Meeting, April 25

The City of Somerville’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, and the City Engineering Department, invite all interested community members to the next community meeting in a public meeting series to discuss construction updates and park design for the upcoming Nunziato Field Stormwater and Park reconstruction project. Continue reading Nunziato Park & Stormwater Project Meeting, April 25

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, April 10, the 100th day of 2017 with 265 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:11 and sunset is @ 7:19. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1741 – Frederick II of Prussia defeated Maria Theresa’s forces at Mollwitz and conquered Silesia. 
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Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Nardeep SINGH (Suspended License, Resisting Arrest)

On the morning of April 8th, 2017, I was assigned to Uniform Patrol in marked unit East-1. At 12:39 AM, while traveling west bound on Washington Street, a public way in the city of Somerville, I observed a black Nissan Sentra drive into the Somerville No Touch Car Wash. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Nardeep SINGH (Suspended License, Resisting Arrest)

LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER BOSTON IT’S FINALLY SPRING! SCAVENGER HUNT ADULT NIGHT

 

WED. APRIL 12 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

 
Although the weather might not fully cooperate, it is in fact spring in New England! To celebrate, LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston challenges guests to the first ever It’s Finally Spring! Scavenger Hunt Adult Night.
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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, April 09, the 99th day of 2017 with 266 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:13 and sunset is @ 7:18. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 0193 – In the Balkans, the distinguished soldier Septimius Seversus was proclaimed emperor by the army in Illyricum.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

American Red Cross hosts commemorative blood drives in remembrance of the Boston Marathon bombings

 

DEDHAM, Ma. (April 7, 2017)—The American Red Cross joins community leaders to host 3 blood drives in honor of the lives forever changed by the Boston Marathon bombings and to pay tribute to the strength and resilience shown by so many following the attacks.
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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, April 08, the 98th day of 2017 with 267 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:14 and sunset is @ 7:17. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1513 – Explorer Juan Ponce de Leon claimed Florida for Spain.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Somerville Man Charged With Passing Counterfeit Bills

CAMBRIDGE – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Alessandro Capobianco, 40, of Somerville, was arraigned today in Cambridge District Court and charged with uttering a counterfeit note, possession of a counterfeit note and defrauding an innkeeper under $100 in connection with an alleged attempt to pay a hotel bar tab with counterfeit bills. Continue reading Somerville Man Charged With Passing Counterfeit Bills

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, April 07, the 97th day of 2017 with 268 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:16 and sunset is @ 7:15. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1712 – A slave revolt broke out in New York City.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Somerville Media Center:Watch the 24-Hour Performance Telethon Live!


What’s that you say? A 24-hour telethon, like Jerry Lewis? 
It is true! 
The Somerville Media Center studios (Boston Free Radio​ and Somerville Community Access Television)​ teamed up with the Boston Hassle​ to beam all of the madness happening for this weekend’s Hassle 24 Hour Telethon & Performance Marathon 2017!​ More information about this telethon and all the artists performing here! Continue reading Somerville Media Center:Watch the 24-Hour Performance Telethon Live!

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, April 06, the 96th day of 2017 with 269 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:18 and sunset is @ 7:14. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1199 – English King Richard I was killed by an arrow at the siege of the castle of Chaluz in France.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Reality Bites by James A. Norton:You never know when someone or something will crawl out from under a rock…

 

Over the years, I have written hundreds of opinion columns. I’ve also written informational columns that were real estate and finance related for work and every once in a blue moon for a trade publication or two. Continue reading Reality Bites by James A. Norton:You never know when someone or something will crawl out from under a rock…

Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang:On Affordable Housing/ Planning Board NOT TO GRANT A WAIVER to Federal Realty 

If you care about affordable housing, please write to the Somerville Planning Board at planning@somervillema.gov or if you can, come to the Planning Board meeting tomorrow, Thursday, April 6, 6 PM at City Hall & tell the Planning Board NOT TO GRANT A WAIVER to Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) for its proposed 500 unit apartment building on Block 8 in Assembly Square. Continue reading Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang:On Affordable Housing/ Planning Board NOT TO GRANT A WAIVER to Federal Realty 

Top 5 Comments From Our Somervillenewsweekly.com Facebook News Site Article On:Mayor Joseph Curtatone on Undocumented Immigrants

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He’s playing the “semantics” game with his phrase “serious 4th amendment issues”, because he knows he can’t say outright that illegal immigrants have rights.  Continue reading Top 5 Comments From Our Somervillenewsweekly.com Facebook News Site Article On:Mayor Joseph Curtatone on Undocumented Immigrants

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, April 05, the 95th day of 2017 with 270 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:19 and sunset is @ 7:13. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1242 – Russian troops repelled an invasion attempt by the Teutonic Knights.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Letter to the Editor: Somerville Potential Ward 4 Candidate Omar requests residency waiver in Revere

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Check out this communication from the Mayor of Revere requesting a temporary residency waiver for Omar Boukili for the position of Chief Administrative Officer of Revere who lives in Somerville but will be moving soon to Revere. I think?? Continue reading Letter to the Editor: Somerville Potential Ward 4 Candidate Omar requests residency waiver in Revere

Deanna Cremin’s Mother’s Desperate Plea To The Person Last Known To See Her Daughter Alive


Photo courtesy of Friends of Deanna Cremin

By William Tauro

Message from Deanna Cremin’s Mom to Tommy Leblanc:

03/30/2017

Dear Tommy, 

Today, on the 22nd anniversary of my daughter Deanna’s death I’m still haunted by questions. For that reason, I’m begging you to please reach out the Mass State Police and be kind enough to offer to be re-interviewed. I’m well aware of how painful it is for you to go back down this road, but I’m pleading with you to help me, help Deanna. You were the last one to spend time with her that night, nobody can help her case like you can. Please Tommy, please help. Please reach out to the MSP Chief of Homicide 781-897-8300. 

Sincerely,

Kathy  Continue reading Deanna Cremin’s Mother’s Desperate Plea To The Person Last Known To See Her Daughter Alive

Fox News Judge Jeannine Justice Calls Mayor Joseph Curtatone “A Despicable Human Being!”

Click on link below to see episode video:
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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 Joanna Costante Callinan, Jerry Lorenzo, Al Davidson, Elizabeth Catavolo, Tommy Campo, Gene Leonard, Jim Younker, Suzanne Burroughs-Eaton, Jonathan Doran, Jason Oliveira, Steve Mac, Carol Foley, Gary Forestier Sr., Riane Scirocco, Victor Gaetano, Bernie Doherty and Kyleigh Collette!

Sent in by our readers!
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Audit Finds Almost $193 Million in Improper or Questionable Behavioral Health Payments by MassHealth


Deficiencies Similar to Previous MassHealth Audit Findings

 

BOSTON, MA — State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump today issued an audit of the behavioral health program at MassHealth, which found that MassHealth paid doctors directly for providing mental health services that should have been paid for by the Massachusetts Behavior Health Partnership (MBHP). Continue reading Audit Finds Almost $193 Million in Improper or Questionable Behavioral Health Payments by MassHealth

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


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

CITY TV 13/22

Wednesday, April 5

9:00 AM​Davis Sq. Neighborhood Meeting-Aesthetics and Character 
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Somerville High School moves on to High School Quiz Show Quarterfinals on WGBH This Saturday



Photo Credit: ©2017 WGBH/Elizabeth Friar.

Somerville High School has moved on to the quarterfinal round to compete against Hingham High School on WGBH’s High School Quiz Show this week. Somerville defeated Acton-Boxborough High School in the first round on February 25 with a final score of 630 to 330. 
Continue reading Somerville High School moves on to High School Quiz Show Quarterfinals on WGBH This Saturday

Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information


 

ONGOING PROGRAMS

The Council on Aging wants you! – The SCOA is supporting D.A. Marian Ryan’s Project C.A.R.E. and Project Linus. Helping children of trauma have some comfort in their time of need by providing them with homemade blankets. Help us reach our goal of 200 blankets. Knitted, crochet or handmade fleece accepted. Please contact Debby Higgins at 617-625-6600, ext. 2321.
Continue reading Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information

Letter to the Editor/Speak Up: Why is the mayor still insisting that Somerville is a sanctuary city when it has been proven not to be one?


Dear Speak Up,

Last week channel 7, channel 5, Necn and now this week Fox News Business Network?

Come on Joe, please give us a break!
Mayor Curtatone, Somerville is not a sanctuary city and it hasn’t been a sanctuary city since 1989. Continue reading Letter to the Editor/Speak Up: Why is the mayor still insisting that Somerville is a sanctuary city when it has been proven not to be one?

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Michael CARNEY (PWID Class A, Methuen Warrant), Steve NUNZIATO & Janet JEFFERSON (Somerville Warrants)

Members of the Somerville Police Department Drug Control Unit have been conducting an ongoing investigation involving Michael Carney. This narcotic investigation was initiated upon receiving several citizen complaints regarding what was perceived as illegal drug activity occurring out of 57 Bailey Road. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Michael CARNEY (PWID Class A, Methuen Warrant), Steve NUNZIATO & Janet JEFFERSON (Somerville Warrants)

Somerville Remembering John Doncaster

John Doncaster of Somerville, MA | 1940 – 2017 | Obituary

John R. Doncaster, a lifelong resident of Somerville, passed away surrounded by his devoted family at home on Saturday, April 01, 2017, he was 76. Born in Cambridge, he was the son of the late John R. and Doris (Johnston) Doncaster-Walsh. A graduate of Somerville High School with the Class of 1958, John proudly served in the US Army and was a research specialist with the Polaroid Corp, retiring with over 30 years of service. Continue reading Somerville Remembering John Doncaster

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, April 03, the 93rd day of 2017 with 272 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:23 and sunset is @ 7:11. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon landed in Florida. He had sighted the land the day before. 
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Somerville Speak Up Live!

Coming Soon to a Ville Near You! “Somerville Speak Up Live” A live broadcast by all your favorite straight forward characters talking about all the excitement in and around the City of Somerville! 

And no get out of jail free card’s with these three characters so buckle your seat belts and prepare yourself for the ride!

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, April 02, the 92ndh day of 2017 with 273 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:24 and sunset is @ 7:10. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1513 – Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted Florida. The next day he went ashore.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Letter to the Editor:You Sure Struck A Nerve Up At City Hall!

Dear Speak Up Line,

A very good friend of mine works up at the mayors office and told me when you posted these links about Omar’s plot to weasel his way into the city’s politics as a ward alderman via the mayor’s brainstorming and the article about the Homans Building fence that got rapidly and mysteriously repaired only hours after this “Speak Up Site” went up and exposed the situation on Friday
Continue reading Letter to the Editor:You Sure Struck A Nerve Up At City Hall!

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, April 01, the 91st day of 2017 with 274 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:26 and sunset is @ 7:09. The moon is waxing. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 0527 – Justinianus became the emperor of Byzantium.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Mayor Joseph Curtatone on Undocumented Immigrants

People who get themselves whipped up over undocumented immigrants tend to be fact averse, but it’s important to get the facts out there. For instance, and I make repeated reference to this, there are serious 4th Amendment issues with detaining someone beyond the set period for the offense they’ve committed. Read the attached article to get the full story, but here’s the core of it: Continue reading Mayor Joseph Curtatone on Undocumented Immigrants