Mayor Curtatone On Somerville Considered “labs in which our government tests what works and what doesn’t”


By Joe Curtatone 

Every mayor and governor will tell you our cities and states are the labs in which our government tests what works and what doesn’t. I’m proud to say that Somerville has blazed a trail for other cities to follow. Continue reading Mayor Curtatone On Somerville Considered “labs in which our government tests what works and what doesn’t”

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, June 14, the 163rd day of 2017 with 202 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:05 and sunset is @ 8:22. 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: 1775 – The Continental Army was founded by the Second Continental Congress for purposes of common defense. This event is considered to be the birth of the United States Army. On June 15, George Washington was appointed commander-in-chief.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, June 13, the 162nd day of 2017 with 203 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:05 and sunset is @ 8:21. 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: 1415 – Henry the Navigator, the prince of Portugal, embarked on an expedition to Africa.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Stalled Development/Somerville The Cash Cow/Show Me The Money Part IV:Is Mayor Curtatone the People’s Friend or Foe?

By William Tauro 

Is Mayor Joe Curtatone for the residents and business owners of Somerville or is he working against them? Is he deliberately trying to drive property and business owners to disgust and failure via sabotaging roadways to stall more developments and certain Somerville retailing businesses? Continue reading Stalled Development/Somerville The Cash Cow/Show Me The Money Part IV:Is Mayor Curtatone the People’s Friend or Foe?

Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang:Ward 5 developments, FY 2018 budget, Why I voted for Union Square zoning

231 Lowell St, corner of Woodbine; will hold 22 units & two commercial spaces                                                       
In this edition:
Ward 5 developments: street & infrastructure work; parks; real estate development projects

FY 2018 budget: Mayor’s presentation tonight; Public Hearing June 21, 6 PM

Why I voted for Union Square zoning
Continue reading Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang:Ward 5 developments, FY 2018 budget, Why I voted for Union Square zoning

Somerville swimmers join Swim Across America for the 21st annual Boston Harbor Swim – July 7


22-mile relay raises funds for Dana-Farber and MassGeneral Hospital for Children

 

BOSTON, MA – Susannah Ford and Stefan McDonough of Somerville, MA will swim in the Boston Harbor alongside Olympic swimmers Heather Petri, Kristy Kowal, Carlton Bruner, Janel Jorgensen McArdle, Alex Meyer and Eric Wunderlich for the 21st annual Swim Across America Boston Harbor Swim on July 7, 2017 to support pediatric cancer programs at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.
Continue reading Somerville swimmers join Swim Across America for the 21st annual Boston Harbor Swim – July 7

Somerville’s Annual Family Fun Day & Independence Day Fireworks Celebrations Set for June, Will Honor City’s 175th Anniversary

Family Fun Day set for June 24, Fireworks June 29 both at Trum Field.

 

SOMERVILLE – Summertime in Somerville officially kicks off with the annual Family Fun Day in on Saturday, June 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at Trum Field (rain date June 25). Continue reading Somerville’s Annual Family Fun Day & Independence Day Fireworks Celebrations Set for June, Will Honor City’s 175th Anniversary

The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

Happy Birthday to a number of Villens celebrating their birthdays this week in the Ville! Happy Birthday to Lauren Crockton, Mira McCabe, Michael T. Dwyer, Jim Crowley, Chuck Roche, Donna Amenta, Raíssa Storch, Larry Bethune, Edward M. Merrick, Lynda Norton, Gregg Moree, Robert Ambrogi, Chris Dello Russo, Claire Moran and Joanne Allison!

Sent in by our readers!
Continue reading The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

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. Continue reading Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Brian KOBS (Larceny, Resisting Arrest, Threats)

On June 11, 2017, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was on duty and assigned to uniform patrol in marked cruiser East 1. At approximately 6:16pm, I was dispatched, along with Officer Chris Collette (East 4) to Stop & Shop located at 775 McGrath Highway for a shoplifter. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Brian KOBS (Larceny, Resisting Arrest, Threats)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Luis PENA (MV Infractions)

The following is a brief summary of the incident. It does not contain every minute detail of the incident. On June 6, 2017, while assigned to the SPD Narcotics Unit, operating an unmarked, undercover vehicle, in plain clothes, I was conducting an investigation/surveillance of the Summer St, Central St, and Benton Rd. area for possible narcotics activity. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Luis PENA (MV Infractions)

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, June 12, the 161st day of 2017 with 204 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:06 and sunset is @ 8:21. 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: 1099 – Crusade leaders visited the Mount of Olives where they met a hermit who urged them to assault Jerusalem. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Join Historic Preservation Commission for Tours of Milk Row Cemetery, Prospect Hill Tower

 

The Somerville Historic Preservation Commission announces its annual Docent Tours of historic sites in Somerville. For the first time, the series will also include Docent-led tours of the old Powder House, located between Ball Square and Teele Square. Continue reading Join Historic Preservation Commission for Tours of Milk Row Cemetery, Prospect Hill Tower

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, June 11, the 160th day of 2017 with 205 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:06 and sunset is @ 8:20. 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: 1346 – Charles IV of Luxembourg was elected Holy Roman Emperor in Germany. 
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Letter to the Editor:Matt doesn’t know what the hell the mayor is capable of….

Matt doesn’t know what the hell the mayor is capable of….

Matthew McLaughlin

Judith — 

The Board of Aldermen met this Thursday, June 8 at City Hall. The agenda can be found here.

The most important item we took up was Union Square zoning, which was passed after weeks of meetings that often went to midnight and beyond. Continue reading Letter to the Editor:Matt doesn’t know what the hell the mayor is capable of….

Letter to the Editor:Mayor Curtatone and Stan Koty Neglected Somerville Resident’s Sewer Issues on Claremon and Mead – Ward 7 For Years

Dear Somerville News Weekly Speak Up Line,

About 10 years ago, I had a problem with the sewer line entering our home. We noticed a small but evident back up in our main sewer pipe in the basement.
Drain Doctor inspected the pipe and said they were certain it was on the street. After repeated calls to city hall, I was met with an excavator who wanted to dig in my yard, because the city didn’t want to investigate the “chimney”, in the street which my sewer line is attached.  Continue reading Letter to the Editor:Mayor Curtatone and Stan Koty Neglected Somerville Resident’s Sewer Issues on Claremon and Mead – Ward 7 For Years

Celebrate Somerville’s 175th Flag Day at the Site of the Nation’s First Flag Raising

Two events honoring the Grand Union Flag and Somerville’s history planned for June 17
SOMERVILLE – Did you know? Recent research by historian Byron DeLear has discovered that the Grand Union Flag, first flown atop Somerville’s Prospect Hill in 1776, Continue reading Celebrate Somerville’s 175th Flag Day at the Site of the Nation’s First Flag Raising

City of Somerville Municipal Budget FY2018 Joseph A. Curtatone Mayor 

To the Honorable Board of Aldermen and Somerville Residents and Business Owners: 

Somerville stands at a historic moment. As our City celebrates its 175th anniversary and looks back at
its industrial past, we are moving forward with unprecedented determination to shape a people-centric future—one that brings us the jobs, housing, transit, open space, city services, environmental stewardship, quality education, and other advances aimed at keeping our community Continue reading City of Somerville Municipal Budget FY2018 Joseph A. Curtatone Mayor 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, June 09, the 158th day of 2017 with 207 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:06 and sunset is @ 8:19. The full “Strawberry Moon,” is exact @ 9:11 AM EDT. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1064 – Coimbra, Portugal fell to Ferdinand, the King of Castile. 
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, June 08, the 157th day of 2017 with 208 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:06 and sunset is @ 8:19. 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: 0452 – Italy was invaded by Attila the Hun. 
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Somerville Chamber of Commerce: Please consider taking two minutes now to sign on with us at Move Union Square Forward Petition 

Sparked by the Green Line Extension, Union Square is on the verge of realizing the economic revitalization envisioned and planned for by the City and the community for several decades. Continue reading Somerville Chamber of Commerce: Please consider taking two minutes now to sign on with us at Move Union Square Forward Petition 

Somerville’s Annual Family Fun Day & Independence Day Fireworks Celebrations Set for June, Will Honor City’s 175th Anniversary

Family Fun Day set for June 24, Fireworks June 29 both at Trum Field.

 

SOMERVILLE – Summertime in Somerville officially kicks off with the annual Family Fun Day in on Saturday, June 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at Trum Field (rain date June 25). Continue reading Somerville’s Annual Family Fun Day & Independence Day Fireworks Celebrations Set for June, Will Honor City’s 175th Anniversary

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, June 07, the 156th day of 2017 with 209 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:06 and sunset is @ 8:18. 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: 1494 – Spain and Portugal divided the new lands they had discovered between themselves. 
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, June 06, the 155th day of 2017 with 210 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:07 and sunset is @ 8:17. 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: 1674 – Sivaji crowned himself King of India. 
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Public’s Assistance Sought on Five Year Anniversary of Cambridge Fatal Shooting

 

CAMBRIDGE – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Cambridge Police Commissioner Brent Larrabee are requesting assistance from the public on the fifth anniversary of the fatal shooting that took the life of 16-year-old Charlene Holmes and seriously injured a 17-year-old female.
Continue reading Public’s Assistance Sought on Five Year Anniversary of Cambridge Fatal Shooting

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 Jose Eustaquio Braga, Gilbert Ho, David Lyons, Jennifer Dever Wood, Frank Bertini Zaganjori, Diana Martins Reilly, Ana Soares, Rebecca Gil, Barbara McKenna-Richardson, Anthony Galluccio, Denise Napolitano Grosse, Anna Rebelo, Nancy Wollenburg and Happy 14th Birthday to Ryan Henry 
  Continue reading The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week 

Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Seanna GARCIA (Trespass, Disorderly, Resisting Arrest)


 

On June 4, 2017, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was on duty and assigned to uniform patrol in marked cruiser East 1. At approximately 9:24pm, I was dispatched along with Officer Chris Collette (East 4) to the AMC Movie Theater for two unwanted customers. Officer Brian Pavao (East 2) and Sgt. Michael Holland (S8) also responded.
Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories:Seanna GARCIA (Trespass, Disorderly, Resisting Arrest)

Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week:Cindy Hickey 

 

Meet this week’s “Special Person of the Week:Cindy Hickey

By Frank Santangelo 

Somerville Council on Aging Director Cindy Hickey is the lifeblood of Somerville’s Council on Aging who bends over backwards and performs her duties with passion above and beyond the call of duty for our Somerville seniors. 
Continue reading Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week:Cindy Hickey 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, June 05, the 154th day of 2017 with 211 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:07 and sunset is @ 8:17. 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: 1595 – Henry IV’s army defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Fontaine-Francaise. 
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, June 04, the 153rd day of 2017 with 212 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:07 and sunset is @ 8:16. 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: 1615 – The fortress of Osaka, Japan, fell to shogun Ieyasu after a six month siege. 
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, June 03, the 152nd day of 2017 with 213 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:08 and sunset is @ 8:15. 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: 1098 – Christian Crusaders of the First Crusade seized Antioch, Turkey.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

SOMERVILLE’S CARNAVAL JUNE 4 LAUNCHES SEASON OF STREET FESTIVALS: Circus Arts, Music, Dance, Food, Parkour, Local Films, Crafts & More


SomerStreets begins its 2017 season this Sunday with Carnaval in East Somerville. Take a stroll down Broadway to enjoy music, food, art, and more organized by Somerville Arts Council and East Somerville Main Streets! The street will be closed to cars, but open to people. Continue reading SOMERVILLE’S CARNAVAL JUNE 4 LAUNCHES SEASON OF STREET FESTIVALS: Circus Arts, Music, Dance, Food, Parkour, Local Films, Crafts & More

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, June 02, the 151st day of 2017 with 214 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:08 and sunset is @ 8:15. 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: 1537 – Pope Paul III banned the enslavement of Indians. 
Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 


GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, June 01, the 150th day of 2017 with 215 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 5:09 and sunset is @ 8:14. 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: 1533 – Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s new queen, was crowned.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer 

Somerville Auxiliary Police Department Graduates


Somerville Auxiliary Police Department Officer Barrows and Officer Ribeiro graduated on Sunday May 21st 2017 from the 6 month Municipal Reserve Academy at the New England Law Enforcement Training Center. 

Their classroom instructors ranged from officers from the Newton Police Department,Boston Police Department,Waltham Police Department,and Cambridge Police Department.