Unsafe Mold, The Price That You Pay For Working Inside The Somerville Police Station

By William Tauro

It’s business as usual at the Somerville Police Station’s located at 220 Washington Street in Somerville.

In these photos attachments that were taken last week, you’ll observe the mold growing in the ventilation systems as well as leaks throughout the ceiling and walls traveling down to the flooring

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, October 31, the 304th day of 2017 with 61 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:16 and sunset is @ 5:39. 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: 1517 – Martin Luther posted the 95 Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Palace Church. The event marked the start of the Protestant Reformation in Germany.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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 David Ross, Christopher Collette, Palmira Santos, Dennis Sullivan, teresa Hussey Rogers, Mike Morton, Lisa Rubera, William Latta, Timothy Gager, Ivette Mesmar, Mike DiBacco, Michael Buckley Junior, Michael J Murphy, Nancy O’brien and Herk Kalos

Sent in by our readers!

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Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Press Organizational Updates & Information

ONGOING PROGRAMS

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 Organizational Updates & Information

Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 42 -Report No. 43 October 23-27, 2017

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ and representatives’ votes on roll calls from the week of October 23-27.

HANDICAPPED PARKING (H 3973)

House 152-0, approved legislation cracking down on the misuse of handicapped parking placards including increasing the period of license suspension for wrongful use or display of a placard from 30 to 60 days for a first offense and from 90 to 120 days for a second offense.

Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 42 -Report No. 43 October 23-27, 2017

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Kirby CALIXTE (PWID A)

The following is a brief summary pertaining to incident #17065919:

Members of the Somerville Police Department Drug Control Unit initiated a drug investigation of Kirby Calixte and his alleged role in the ongoing distribution of Heroin. The alleged distribution occurs from Mr. Kirby’s residence and vehicle. This residence is located at 66 Vernon Street, Somerville, MA 02145. This investigation was launched upon receiving intelligence and cooperation from a confidential source.

Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Kirby CALIXTE (PWID A)

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Nicholas STILES Jr (ADW, A&B)

The following is a summary of facts pertaining to incident # 17065584:

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, I was assigned marked unit East 4. At approximately 3:23 pm, I was dispatched to the intersection of Broadway and School St for the report of a fight. Officer Canty (East 1) and Officer Nevin (West 5) responded as backup.

Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Nicholas STILES Jr (ADW, A&B)

Letter to the Editor: Is There Alleged Culpability in Covering Up Crimes in the City of Somerville by Certain High Level Officials?

Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,

Here’s my personal story:

As some of you may know, I was a blogger for a well known case of the murder of a woman on the Cape in January 2002.

At the time I began writing about the case, most believed the killer was an average guy, someone who knew the victim, a boyfriend a black trash collector, who 4-5 years later was sentenced to 30 years without the chance of parole.

Continue reading Letter to the Editor: Is There Alleged Culpability in Covering Up Crimes in the City of Somerville by Certain High Level Officials?

Letter to the Editor:Mayor Turns Back on Portuguese/American Community Oriented Establishments in Somerville

The Portuguese Club, Nucleo Sportinguista da Area de Boston, which was founded in 1991, has been a member of the Somerville community for over 26 years.  The Club has been at its current location, 282 McGrath Highway for the past 19 years.

Continue reading Letter to the Editor:Mayor Turns Back on Portuguese/American Community Oriented Establishments in Somerville

Letter to the Editor:Why Was Mayor Joe Curtatone and Commissioner Stan Koty Allowed to Strike Again and Allow These Two Somerville Fire Department Jobs To Go Through After Both Applicants Had Allegations of Previously Lying on the Application?

Dear Billy T and Somerville News Weekly Speakup Line,

Why is there no mention anywhere on how the two brothers who both allegedly lied several years ago about residency in Somerville.

Continue reading Letter to the Editor:Why Was Mayor Joe Curtatone and Commissioner Stan Koty Allowed to Strike Again and Allow These Two Somerville Fire Department Jobs To Go Through After Both Applicants Had Allegations of Previously Lying on the Application?

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, October 30, the 303rd day of 2017 with 62 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:10 and sunset is @ 5:40. 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: 1735 – John Adams, the second President of the United States, was born in Braintree, MA. His son became the sixth President of the U.S.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Somerville Residents Who Support Change and Accountability of Our Political Establishment

By Judy Locchi Jacobs

My overall point I’m trying to convey to everyone who supports change and accountability of our political establishment—

They appear to be wasting millions of taxpayer funding on the wrong things, while making their friends rich— that’s how they get votes on Election Day. This money could be going to fix the sewer system which I’m told will cost up to $3 billion for the entire city.

Continue reading Somerville Residents Who Support Change and Accountability of Our Political Establishment

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, October 29, the 302nd day of 2017 with 63 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:13 and sunset is @ 5:41. 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: 1618 – Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded under a sentence that had been brought against him 15 years earlier for conspiracy against King James I.

1652 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony proclaimed itself to be an independent commonwealth.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, October 28, the 301st day of 2017 with 64 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:12 and sunset is @ 5:43. 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: 1636 – Harvard College was founded in Massachusetts. The original name was Court of Massachusetts Bay Colony. It was the first school of higher education in America.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Re-Elect Alderman Matthew McLaughlin for Ward 1 Alderman

As a proud supporter of Alderman Matthew McLaughlin of Ward 1

It’s really hard to explain what Matt’s friendship has meant to me — just knowing that Matt is a member of our political network in our city, gives me great comfort, because I know he is doing so much for his constituency. It shows in the smiling faces of the crowds who attend his meetings – there is a cohesive bond like no other ward I have visited. Continue reading Re-Elect Alderman Matthew McLaughlin for Ward 1 Alderman

Somerville Overcoming Addiction celebrated the loss of loved ones due to Overdose deaths and suicide with a vigil

Saturday October 7th Somerville Overcoming Addiction celebrated the loss of loved ones due to Overdose deaths and suicide with a vigil our 4th … A special thanks to Tom Ross for volunteering for the 4 years straight .. such an honor having you present  dressed in full uniform to  ring the bell after each loved ones name was read 269 to be exact.   Continue reading Somerville Overcoming Addiction celebrated the loss of loved ones due to Overdose deaths and suicide with a vigil

Letter to the Editor:Candidate Elio LoRusso for Alderman of Ward One Somerville Needs to Clean Up His Own Rat Act Issues

“Elio claims he is going to deal with the rodent problem in Somerville, but he can’t even keep his own property clean.

These are photos from Elio’s business on George Street. The whole block has a major rodent problem because of people like him.

Continue reading Letter to the Editor:Candidate Elio LoRusso for Alderman of Ward One Somerville Needs to Clean Up His Own Rat Act Issues

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, October 27, the 300th day of 2017 with 65 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:11 and sunset is @ 5:44. 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: 1659 – William Robinson and Marmaduke Stevenson became the first Quakers to be executed in America.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Somerville Municipal Employee Association Members (SMEA)Holds Rally Against Mayor Curtatone Outside City Hall

By William Tauro

Dozens of Somerville Municipal Employee Association members(SMEA) held a rally outside in front of Somerville City Hall this past Thursday afternoon in protest against Mayor Joseph Curtatone being unfair to Somerville working families.

Continue reading Somerville Municipal Employee Association Members (SMEA)Holds Rally Against Mayor Curtatone Outside City Hall

Letter from the Editor:Will the Real Mayor Joe Curtatone Please Stand Up, The Crooked Mayor With a Short Memory

By William Tauro

Maybe someone should ask Joe Curtatone before he starts calling me “A Right Wing Extremist Blogger for Donald Trump” that he wasn’t thinking about that before I caught him reaching into my family’s and my back pocket trying to snag our wallets and properties!

Continue reading Letter from the Editor:Will the Real Mayor Joe Curtatone Please Stand Up, The Crooked Mayor With a Short Memory

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, October 24, the 297th day of 2017 with 68 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:07 and sunset is @ 5:48. 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: 1632 – Scientist Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was born in Delft, Holland. He created the first microscope lenses that were powerful enough to observe single-celled animals.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

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 Tony Costa, Buff MacAuley, Mike Santangelo, Caitlyn Marie Russel, Tom Doucette, John Gannon, Linda Dove Mochi, John Dwyer, Catherine Mroczek, George Scarpelli, Paul Joseph, Kathy Webber, Linda Bond, Charles Viola, Erin DiBenedetto, Charlene Clifford Finos, Joe Donnelly, Jason Mesiti, Peter Petruzziello, Tom Metivier and Conor Crowley!

Sent in by our readers!

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Somerville’s SomerStreets Monster Mashed Up 2017

Photos by Frankie Saint

By William Tauro

This past Sunday, the SomerStreets “Monster Mashed Up” event took place on Somerville Avenue.

Hundreds of pre-trick-or-treaters enjoyed the gorgeous weather on Sunday afternoon on Somerville Ave between Union Square and Spring Street for three stages of music, interactive activities, vintage and artisan market, and more!

Continue reading Somerville’s SomerStreets Monster Mashed Up 2017

October 20, 2017 Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information

ONGOING PROGRAMS

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

Yoga Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  A 5-week Yoga series is a low-impact and easy-to-follow paced program that lets you stretch and relax to help start your day. Contact Chris at 617-625-6600 ext. 2315 for more information and to sign up. Cost is $20.00 for 5 classes!

Continue reading October 20, 2017 Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information

Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 42 – Report No. 42 October 16-20, 2017

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local senators’ votes on several roll calls on overriding some of Gov. Charlie Baker’s cuts of $320 million in spending in the $39.4 billion fiscal 2018 state budget. A two-thirds vote in both branches is needed for a veto to be overridden.

Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 42 – Report No. 42 October 16-20, 2017

Somerville-Amazon on the T Proposal OVERVIEW

• What and where?

This is a smart-growth, regional, multi-city proposal. It promotes a collection of mixed-use sites that would spark not just office development, but also affordable and market-rate housing, retail, and R&D, directly adjacent to existing and coming MBTA Orange, Green, and Silver line stops in Somerville, Cambridge, Boston, Everett, Chelsea, and Medford.

Continue reading Somerville-Amazon on the T Proposal OVERVIEW

“Haunted Hall” Event Returns to City Hall Concourse ‪November 2, 2017‬

FREE Halloween event features pumpkin decorating, activities for kids, haunted “house,” and more!

SOMERVILLE – Join the City of Somerville on Thursday, November 2, for the annual “Haunted Hall” event on the City Hall concourse from 6 to 8 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature a costumed Halloween Stroll, safe Trick-or-Treating, games and activities, refreshments, a Haunted “Hallway” tour, and more.

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Juvenile Indicted in Connection with August Fatal Somerville Shooting

SOMERVILLE – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan has announced that Jonathan T. Perry, 17, of Somerville, has been indicted as a youthful offender and charged with manslaughter and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon causing serious bodily injury in connection with the August 29, 2017 fatal shooting of Tenzin Kunkhyen, 16, of Malden.  Continue reading Juvenile Indicted in Connection with August Fatal Somerville Shooting

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, October 23, the 296th day of 2017 with 69 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:06 and sunset is @ 5:50. 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: 1864 – During the U.S. Civil War, Union forces led by Gen. Samuel R. Curtis defeated the Confederate forces in Missouri that were under Gen. Stirling Price. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Criminal Complaints Filed On Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Members of His Administration/Alleged Co-Conspirators

By William Tauro

Criminal complaints were filed late Friday afternoon against Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone, DPW Commissioner Stanley Koty, DPW Repair Garage Foreman Mike Browne, Somerville Police Department Captain Dan Cotter as well as two associates of the Somerville Times.

Continue reading Criminal Complaints Filed On Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Members of His Administration/Alleged Co-Conspirators

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, October 21, the 294th day of 2017 with 71 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:03 and sunset is @ 5:53. 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: 1797 – “Old Ironsides,” the U.S. Navy frigate Constitution, was launched in Boston’s harbor.

1805 – The Battle of Trafalgar occurred off the coast of Spain. The British defeated the French and Spanish fleet.

1849 – The first tattooed man, James F. O’Connell, was put on exhibition at the Franklin Theatre in New York City, NY. Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Historic Somerville Bowling Alley’s Owner’s Legal Team Going After Mayor, City of Somerville and Developers for Unfair Deceitful Eminent Domain Taking of Land

By William Tauro

The Somerville Bowling Alley in Ball Square on Broadway that has been highlighted in the news recently for being taken by eminent domain is back in the news again.

The owner of a family bowling alley in Ball Square in Somerville is fighting the MBTA’s eminent domain taking and the court’s decision to vacate the property that was taken by eminent domain this past year.

Continue reading Historic Somerville Bowling Alley’s Owner’s Legal Team Going After Mayor, City of Somerville and Developers for Unfair Deceitful Eminent Domain Taking of Land

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, October 20, the 293th day of 2017 with 72 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:02 and sunset is @ 5:54. 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: 1740 – Maria Theresa became the ruler of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia with the death of her father, Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Somerville Pop Warner’s “A” Team Cheerleaders Proudly On The Move

Somerville Pop Warner’s “A” Team Cheerleaders competed Saturday, Oct 14th in the GBL CHEER Competition at Lawrence High School and placed to move on to the next level in the Eastern Ma. Championships, Nov 5th at the Tsongas Arena in Lowell Ma. The team is led by our Cheer Director, Sandra LaPorta and coaches, Sandra Paiva and Shauna Connelly. SPW would love everyone’s support to come and cheer them on at the next level.

Continue reading Somerville Pop Warner’s “A” Team Cheerleaders Proudly On The Move

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS THURSDAY, October 19, the 292nd day of 2017 with 73 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:01 and sunset is @ 5:56. The New Moon is exact @ 3:13 PM EDT. The morning stars are stars are Jupiter, Saturn & Mercury. The evening stars are Mars, Neptune, Uranus & Venus.

ON THIS DAY IN: 1765 – In the U.S., The Stamp Act Congress met and drew up a declaration of rights and liberties.

Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

A Message from – Ward 7 Alderman Katjana Ballantyne:Ward 7 Project Meeting-Empty Lot Teele Sq. & Project update Clarendon Housing/North St. Project.

There are two in process and non-permitted Ward 7 projects listed in this email.

1- New Project, Empty Lot/Teele Sq. – community meeting for project plan discussion

Project description:

Boutique Hotel, ground floor café, small community art gallery space, Green garden wall next to adjacent building, roof-top restaurant, onsite underground parking, circular entrance driveway for hotel main entrance, potential to redirect traffic Clarendon Ave. for two way flow up to the end of the hotel property boundary.

Continue reading A Message from – Ward 7 Alderman Katjana Ballantyne:Ward 7 Project Meeting-Empty Lot Teele Sq. & Project update Clarendon Housing/North St. Project.

DARK CORRUPTION ALLEGATION CLOUDS HOVERING OVER SOMERVILLE ELECTED CURTATONE SIBLINGS

By William Tauro

This past summer, a formal ten page letter notice was delivered to Mayor Joseph Curtatone at Somerville City Hall, the Somerville Chief of Police at the Police Station, Registrar of Deeds Maria Curtatone in Cambridge at her office at the Middlesex Register of Deeds as well as to twelve other people named recipients regarding allegations of corruption within the Curtatone Administration over the past several years.

Continue reading DARK CORRUPTION ALLEGATION CLOUDS HOVERING OVER SOMERVILLE ELECTED CURTATONE SIBLINGS

JOE CURTATONE THE NICE KID I ONCE KNEW

By William Tauro

Long ago, during Somerville’s “darker days”, people often times referred to our city as “Slumerville” and with good reason, to be honest. There was plenty of corruption, back room deals and mafia-style tactics that seeped out of every nook and cranny in local politics and business dealings, both legal and not so much. Due to the hard work of previous administrations and the fine people who make up our community, along with a healthy real estate market, that moniker is officially dead – or is it?

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: TIMES AND ITS PUBLISHER FORMER DISGRUNTLED YACHT CLUB MEMBER ROSS GETS CALLED OUT AFTER NASTY TIMES NEWS COLUMN IN RETALIATION OF RIVAL NEWS COMPETITION AND ELECTION

I’M CALLING YOU OUT—IDIOTS!

Recent articles printed in this newspaper last September 6 and the 13th authored by an anonymous group called ”We” were pointed out to me as a caustic attack on an organization with which I have had a long and wonderful relationship.

Continue reading LETTER TO THE EDITOR: TIMES AND ITS PUBLISHER FORMER DISGRUNTLED YACHT CLUB MEMBER ROSS GETS CALLED OUT AFTER NASTY TIMES NEWS COLUMN IN RETALIATION OF RIVAL NEWS COMPETITION AND ELECTION

Somerville Public Service Workers Call on Mayor for Fair Contract and Affordable Housing

Somerville Municipal Employees Association (SMEA) members and other city public service workers held a rally for Dignity, Justice and Respect on October 17 in Somerville’s Davis Sq.

SMEA members work as School Nurses, Librarians, Custodians, Clerks, Laborers and many other job titles for the Dept. of Public Works, Traffic and Parking, City Hall, Recreation, Inspectional Services, and Health Dept. and many other city departments. Continue reading Somerville Public Service Workers Call on Mayor for Fair Contract and Affordable Housing

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, October 18, the 291st day of 2017 with 74 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 7:00 and sunset is @ 5:58. 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: 1469 – Ferdinand of Aragon married Isabella of Castile. The marriage united all the dominions of Spain.

1685 – King Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes, which had established the legal toleration of the Protestant population.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Allstate agency owners to earn grant for Somerville’s RESPOND, Inc.

 

The Allstate Foundation grant to support nonprofit’s work to help end domestic violence and financial abuse

SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Allstate agency owners from the Somerville area will come together to host a supply drive and secure an Allstate Foundation Helping Hands® grant to benefit RESPOND, Inc. The grant will support the nonprofit organization’s mission to help end domestic violence and financial abuse.

Continue reading Allstate agency owners to earn grant for Somerville’s RESPOND, Inc.

Ward 1 Alderman – Matthew McLaughlin – Extraordinary Working Class Progressive Leader

If someone asked me to describe Alderman Matt McLaughlin, I would say above all, he’s a likeable guy–at meetings, he’s a true professional with the heart of a lion. A great listener, skilled negotiator, Matt doesn’t give in or give up, and he’s the real deal.

Continue reading Ward 1 Alderman – Matthew McLaughlin – Extraordinary Working Class Progressive Leader

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 Bill McCarthy, Craig Churchill, Ned Scannell, Maryann Heuston, Lucy Catino, Alice Trifone, John Dwyer, Ginny Azulay Roche, Kate Donaghue, Denise Lefebvre Ribeiro, Susan LaVerde Demarco, Joey DiOrio, Tony Rodrigues, Charley Valera, Ron Glejzer, Penny O’Connor Cummings, Steve Derany, Dorothy Papa and Tina Barry Roya

Sent in by our readers!

Continue reading The Somerville News Weekly Favorite Birthday Photos of the Week

Reality Bites by James A. Norton

It’s hard not to take things personally when they are created solely for contempt and malice.

I used to write about simpler things. My kids, my grandkids, a new movie, something I did, somewhere I traveled to. Whatever. It was fun – I felt like I had a connection with people in general. I enjoyed the feedback – the give and take with others – the commentary, and even suggestions on occasion.

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HERE’S YOUR WEEKLY DOSAGE OF OUR SOMERVILLE NEWS WEEKLY NEWSTALK SHOUTOUT/SPEAKUP LINE FOR 10/17/2017

Mayor Curtatone has been called out by this very newspaper to answer questions regarding all of the allegations that have been casting a dark cloud of corruption that has overshadowed him and his administration for years and most recently in the past three months.

Continue reading HERE’S YOUR WEEKLY DOSAGE OF OUR SOMERVILLE NEWS WEEKLY NEWSTALK SHOUTOUT/SPEAKUP LINE FOR 10/17/2017

East Somerville’s 7th Foodie Crawl Raises Nearly $30,000 Bringing Global Taste to East Somerville

Annual Event Grew Attendance by 21% & Funds by 48%

SOMERVILLE, MA – Approximately 900 people filled the streets of East Broadway on Tuesday, September 26th to participate in the Seventh Annual East Broadway Foodie Crawl to help raise close to $30,000 to support East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS).  Continue reading East Somerville’s 7th Foodie Crawl Raises Nearly $30,000 Bringing Global Taste to East Somerville

‘Monster Mashed Up at SomerStreets on Somerville Ave., ‪Sunday October 22‬

Celebrate Free Open Streets event to feature live music, family-friendly activities, food, and more!

SOMERVILLE – Celebrate the season at “Monster Mashed Up,” the October installment of the City’s SomerStreets festival, on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 2 to 6 p.m. between Union Square and Spring St. on Somerville Ave. SomerStreets is the City of Somerville’s take on the internationally renowned Open Streets concept, closing busy city streets to vehicles, and opening them up for cycling, walking, dancing, running, and other modes of activity. Continue reading ‘Monster Mashed Up at SomerStreets on Somerville Ave., ‪Sunday October 22‬

Letter to the Editor:Missing Investigation Evidence, Recorders and Tapes Covered-up by Somerville Police Captain Cotter for Mayor Curtatone Is A Bag Job

Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,

Here is another piece of crucial investigation information in regards pertaining to the Somerville Police Department and Mayor Curtatone and his cousin Alex the Cop’s investigation of the death of a well known drug dealer that took place in 2003 that involved Mayor Curtatone‘s cousin Alex the cop was all covered up.

Continue reading Letter to the Editor:Missing Investigation Evidence, Recorders and Tapes Covered-up by Somerville Police Captain Cotter for Mayor Curtatone Is A Bag Job

Meet this week’s “Special Person of the Week:Mark Alston Folansbee Director of Somerville Homeless Coalition

Mark started talking to homeless people when he moved to this area in 1985 and something about them felt familiar to him.

He got upset when he learned that many of them were veterans, mostly from Vietnam.
Continue reading Meet this week’s “Special Person of the Week:Mark Alston Folansbee Director of Somerville Homeless Coalition

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Silvino ANES (Shoplifting, Resisting) at Assembly Row

On October 9, 2017, while assigned to Assembly Row as unit Alpha-3, I was contacted on my department issued cell phone by the assistant manager of Express Outlet, XXXXX. XXXXX sent me a text message with a picture of a male, explaining he had concealed several shirts in his backpack. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Silvino ANES (Shoplifting, Resisting) at Assembly Row

Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Joseph KEOHANE Jr (Ammo no FID, Possess Class A)

On October 7th, 2017, I, Officer Sousa, was on duty and assigned to uniform patrol in East-3.  At approximately 6:36pm, I responded along with East-2 Ofc. Detective Collazo to 66 Highland Avenue for a check condition.  Dispatch informed us that a man was slumped behind the wheel of his motor vehicle and the reporting party was concerned for him.

Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories: Joseph KEOHANE Jr (Ammo no FID, Possess Class A)

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS MONDAY, October 16, the 289th day of 2017 with 76 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:57 and sunset is @ 6:01. 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: 1701 – The Collegiate School was founded in Killingworth, CT. The school moved to New Haven in 1745 and changed its name to Yale College.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

October 13, 2017 Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information  

ONGOING PROGRAMS

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 October 13, 2017 Somerville Council on Aging Weekly Organizational Updates & Information  

Our Disgraceful Somerville Mayor Joe CURTAPHONY’s Shipwreck of Fools, But Is He Also On Drugs While On The Job?

By William Tauro

You gotta love how Mayor Joe Curtatone and his campaign of lost slimy rodents are focusing on myself and the Somerville News Weekly instead of focusing on the candidate that’s running against him.

Continue reading Our Disgraceful Somerville Mayor Joe CURTAPHONY’s Shipwreck of Fools, But Is He Also On Drugs While On The Job?

Letter to the Editor:Watching Somerville Polling Stations and Transient Voters Especially During This Election

Dear Billy T and Somerville Speakup Line,

“Well I hope that everyone will be on high alert to ensure there is no voter fraud in the upcoming elections.

Those who show up without proper verification or an updated ID– valid passport and or drivers license to challenge an unverified change of address should be turned away.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SUNDAY, October 15, the 288th day of 2017 with 77 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:56 and sunset is @ 6:02. 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: 1815 – Napoleon Bonaparte began his exile on the remote island of St. Helena in the Atlantic Ocean.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan Confirms Two Fatal Overnight Shootings

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, Cambridge Police Commissioner Branville Bard Jr. and Somerville Chief of Police David Fallon have confirmed that two fatal shootings occurred last night: one in Cambridge and one in Somerville.

At approximately 3:30 a.m. this morning Ednilson Decosta, 28, of Dorchester, was shot in a motor vehicle on Windsor Street at Evereteze Way in Cambridge. The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

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Tufts University begins new era of innovation, discovery with opening of Science and Engineering Complex

Interdisciplinary space to serve as hub of innovation, research and collaboration

MEDFORD/SOMERVILLE, Mass. (Oct. 13, 2017) – Tufts University today unveiled the state-of-the-art Science and Engineering Complex (SEC), a combination of new and renovated space on the Medford/Somerville campus that will foster innovation, collaboration and discovery.

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Senate Votes to Ban Bump Stocks and Trigger Cranks

BOSTON- Yesterday the Massachusetts Senate voted to ban bump stocks and trigger cranks, and classify them under the same general law that governs machine guns. Senator Pat Jehlen (D-Somerville) voted in favor of the amendment, which would establish identical penalties – eighteen months to life in prison – for the use and possession of bump stocks and trigger cranks as current law holds for machine guns.

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Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 42 -Report No. 41 October 9-13, 2017

By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives and senators on roll calls from the week of October 9-13.

$485,559 TO CITIES AND TOWNS FOR EARLY VOTING COSTS (H 3951)

House approved 154-0, Senate rejected 9-28, an amendment to a fiscal 2017 supplemental budget that closes out the books on fiscal 2017 that ended on June 30.

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS SATURDAY, October 14, the 287th day of 2017 with 78 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:55 and sunset is @ 6:04. 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: 1066 – The Battle of Hastings occurred in England. The Norman forces of William the Conqueror defeated King Harold II of England.

1879 – Thomas Edison signed an agreement with Jose D. Husbands for the sale of Edison telephones in Chile.

1887 – Thomas Edison and George E. Gouraud reached an agreement for the international marketing rights for the phonograph.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS FRIDAY, October 13, the 286th day of 2017 with 79 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:54 and sunset is @ 6:06. 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 U.S. Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet.

1792 – The cornerstone of the Executive Mansion was laid in Washington, DC. The building became known as the White House in 1818.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

“Inclusion Drives Innovation,” a Celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Planned for ‪October 24‬

The Somerville Commission for Persons with Disabilities invites all community members to its annual event in celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, on Tuesday, October 24, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event, “Inclusion Drives Innovation,” will take place on at the Highlander Café at Somerville High School (atrium entrance), and will feature visual art, poetry, music, and a panel discussion led by Adriana Malozzi, Founder and CEO of Puffin, and Rachel Tanenhaus.

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Letter to the Editor:Help Save Somerville, Spread The Word

With regard to the questions asked about former alderman, Sean O’D who is alleged to own over one hundred properties– many are hidden under LLCs, so it’s difficult to find out who owns them.

But I know that many people have investigated and know what owners are doing– the problem is, the powers that be need to make this official so it can make national headlines.

Mayor Curtatone, Commissioner Koty and their partners in crime have to be stopped!

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GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS WEDNESDAY, October 11, the 284th day of 2017 with 81 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:52 and sunset is @ 6:09. 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: 1776 – During the American Revolution the first naval battle of Lake Champlain was fought. The forces under Gen. Benedict Arnold suffered heavy losses.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS TUESDAY, October 10, the 283rd day of 2017 with 82 to follow. Sunrise in the Boston area is @ 6:50 and sunset is @ 6:11. 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: 1845 – The United States Naval Academy opened in Annapolis, MD.  Continue reading GOOD MORNING – TODAY IS by John Dwyer

HERE’S YOUR WEEKLY DOSAGE OF OUR SOMERVILLE NEWS WEEKLY NEWSTALK SHOUTOUT/SPEAKUP LINE FOR 10/10/2017

It looks like Mayor Joe and his campaign staffers are more petrified of us here at the News then they are of his own opponent. They’re all concentrating on everything that we do here at the Somerville News Weekly and cringing every time that they see one our articles pop up exposing all the corruption and all the many witnesses coming forward. You gotta love it!

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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 Mrs Yee, Randy Goldman, Jacqueline Jolicoeur, Silvia Via, Kevin Shackelford, Alfred Baldasaro, Chris Sennott, Barbara DeBerio Carli, Joe Jorge, Dave Condon, Dan Panico, Jerrilyn Denise Mitrano, Sandra Coppola, Will Mbah, Marie OConnor, Steve Hardy and Maura Mccaffrey-Lewis, Ben Echevarria and Tina Eleftherakis

Sent in by our readers!

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Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 42 – Report No. 40 October 2-6, 2017

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records local representatives’ and senators’ votes on several of the roll calls on overriding some of Gov. Charlie Baker’s cuts of $320 million in spending in the $39.4 billion fiscal 2018 state budget. A two-thirds vote in both branches is needed for a veto to be overridden. Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call Volume 42 – Report No. 40 October 2-6, 2017