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Somerville:This is Deputy Chief Michael Cabral with an important message:

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On 11/18/2013, at approximately 11:35 PM, a female victim reported that while walking home alone in the Porter Square area, she was grabbed from behind by an unknown male. The male assailant was described as 5″ 9″ with short straight hair . Male had on a black jacket with collar, baggy pants and nice shoes. The attacker attempted to sexually assault her. The victim screamed; at which point her attacker fled north on Porter Street towards Summer Street. The victim was not injured.

We are asking anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious, or anyone who has information about this incident, to please contact Somerville Police Detectives at 617 625-1600, extension 7224.

We all need to remain vigilant and take personal safety measures, especially when walking alone.

As a reminder, if you see a crime in progress, or see anything or anyone acting suspicious, please call 911 immediately.

– If possible, never walk alone, particularly after dark.
– Avoid distractions like air buds or headphones.
– Walk in well-lit areas.
– Avoid short cuts that take you into dark areas.
– Keep your cell phone handy at all times.
– Download a location app on your phone so that it may be traceable if stolen.

 

Somerville Lions Club 2013 James Goddard Scholarship Award

By William Tauro

This past Tuesday the Somerville Lions Club President Gene Brune presented Melissa McGovern, a Somerville High School graduate and now a freshman at UMass Lowell, a check for one thousand dollars from the James Goddard Scholarship Foundation.

Melissa was a member of the National Honor Society, she was in the top 10% of her class excellent academic record at Somerville High School (SHS).

Also at SHS she was involved with athletics in volleyball as captain for 4 years, basketball for 4 years and softball for 4 years as captain.

Melissa was also involved in community service with the Somerville Pride Basketball Leaque, KiwanisThanksgiving Program for 4 years, Brian Higgins Tricia Night for 6 years and the Somerville Recreation Road Race for 4 years.

While she is attending UMass at Lowell she is currently studying Exercise Physiology in goal of receiving a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.

The Lions Club Scholarship Fund is in memory of James Goddard, a former secretary of the Somerville Lions Club.

Melissa also received Thanksgiving turkey from the Somerville Lions Club and a scholarship from the Kiwanis Club as well.

Photo L to R::
Lion’s Paul Calnan District Governor, Somerville Lions President Gene Brune, SHS Scholarship Foundation David O’Brian, Melissa McGovern, Melissa’s mom Cheryl McGovern, Melissa’s dad Michael McGovern and Lion’s Louise Kirkpatrick Cabinet Secretary Treasurer

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Somerville Highlander News

The Lady Highlanders challenged the Faculty on Monday November 18th at the Somerville High School. The faculty included SHS teachers, coaches and staff.
The faculty beat the Varsity players 2-1 in a great game. The faculty took the first set. The Highlanders took the second set. The faculty had a comeback in the third set to take the match. The faculty team was headed by Varisty Coach Walker and JV Coach Kanemura.

The JV and freshman team combined to play a team of faculty dropping the match to the faculty 3-0. The game was loud and competitive.

The contest was also a senior class fundraiser. The seniors raised over $50 with the sale of t-shirts to promote the contest.

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Somerville Police Gun Arrest

The following is a brief summary pertaining to Incident #13043137:

At approximately 6:49 P.M. I was dispatched to Gilman Street for a reported groups call. The reporting party, , called the police and stated three males went running through her backyard towards the railroad tracks. RP stated that one of the males was suspect . Marked unit East-4, Officer Van Nostrand and Sector-East, Officer Capasso, were sent as my backup. I would like to add that I know this address to be the home of involved party . RP is involved party mother and they reside in the same apartment. involved party was involved in prior incidents with witness , involved party2, and suspect in the past. It is believed that involved party2 and suspect both have an issue with involved party and have robbed him with a firearm in the past. I have personally responded to calls to the residence and have found victim to have many altercations with involved party2 and suspect . While speaking to rp she stated that she received a phone call from involved party victim. While on the phone with victim , he stated that four kids had surrounded his car and for rp to come outside to make sure the kids have left the area. victim had his vehicle parked outside Gilman Street until it was surrounded by the four males, two of the males being Cody Domings and suspect. rp stated all she heard victim say was that suspect had a gun. As rp went outside she saw suspect run in the back of her yard along with two or three other males. One of the other males being Cody Domings. rp was not sure if the males went onto the train tracks or if they went to Mr. Doming’s home which is only two houses away.

At this point, Officer Capasso and I were asked to check rp backyard for the males. As we entered the backyard we did not find any of the males. However, we did find that a piece of broken fence leading to the train tracks that run in back of rp home. As Officer Capasso and I looked down the tracks, we could see three to four males running from the area of Gilman Street towards Washington Street. I radioed that I could see males running on the tracks and that one of the males may be in possession of a firearm. I would like to note that these tracks are private property of the MBTA and have no trespassing signs posted throughout the tracks. While units responded to the area of the tracks, I called and spoke with victim to find out exactly what had occurred in front of Gilman Street.

While speaking to victim , he stated that he had parked directly across the street from Gilman Street as he had plans to have dinner with his girlfriend, his witness2 , and new girlfriend. . victim was seated in the driver’s side of the vehicle with his girlfriend on the passenger side, and son in the rear of the vehicle, waiting for suspect to arrive. As witness arrived, she sat in the rear of the vehicle next to wintess2 and victim had introduced himself as this was the first time meeting his son’s girlfriend. As the four were ready to leave the parking spot, victim saw suspect in front of his car yelling for his sister to get out of the vehicle. v , who knows suspect , asked him what the issue was. suspect yelled at v that he could leave to go to dinner once his sister left the car. At this time, three other males, one of whom was identified as Mr. Cody Domings surrounded the vehicle and started to kick and punch the car causing damage all around. According to v, Cody Domings, took off his shirt and screamed, “Let’s go.” This was an attempt to join suspect in trying to get wintess2 out of the car. v looked over at suspect who now had his hand inside his left jacket pocket pointing what he believed to be a gun into the vehicle. v was positive that suspect was holding a firearm as he saw the butt-end of the gun coming out of his left hand. suspect looked over at Mr. Domings and stated, “Let’s just end them now.” He then pointed the gun at v. v stated he was in fear of his life and the lives of his passengers at this time. While all four males continued kicking the car, suspect walked over to the passenger side of the vehicle with his hand still holding the gun and v saw an opportunity to flee and pressed the accelerator and quickly left the parking spot. v took a right hand turn onto Walnut Street followed by another right turn onto Pearl Street. While travelling, suspect stated she could see all four males running down Jasper Street going towards Pearl Street in an attempt to cut v off. As he was quickly passing Jasper Street, suspect ran at the car striking it once again on the passenger side. This was when v called witness to check outside for the four males.

I explained the finding of my conversation to the other units as a perimeter was set up around the area of the train tracks from Cross Street to Washington Street. Numerous officers set up the perimeter as Officer Ward set up near the Washington Street end of the tracks. Officer Ward knows this to be an area where people had been able to hop the fence and get onto the tracks. This entire area in not open to the general public and is an area where only MBTA personal should have access to. While looking down at the tracks, Officer Ward stated he could see three males approaching him. While they were in an area of overgrown, thick, bushes the three males waited a few seconds and continued down the tracks toward Officer Ward’s location. This area is an area that is unattainable to most people and that a reasonable person would not be in this area. Officer Ward stated the three males could not see him while standing at the overgrown, thick, bushes. The males were only twenty feet away from Officer Ward’s location. Officer Ward was not certain but believed this to be an ample place for a suspect to discard a weapon or drugs if they wanted due to the overgrowth and openness of that particular spot. As they came closer to him, Officer Ward shined his flashlight, pronounced himself as a police officer and asked the three males to stop. As he did this, he was able to detain one of the males, later identified as Mr. James Flint. The other two males ran in the opposite direction towards Cross Street where officers have been posted.

While at his post, Officer Van Nostrand stated he could hear several of the males running around his location talking. As they saw Officer Van Nostrand, he was able to see two males. The two males quickly ran across the tracks to the Alston Street side and hopped multiple fences and ended up on Alston Street. A radio transmission of the males locations were being announced as they were now running down Alston Street towards McGrath Highway. As I was running down Alston Street, Officer Capasso, Legros, St. Hilaire, and a detail officer were in a foot pursuit right behind one male. This male, later identified as Mr. Keith Francey, refused to stop for the police after being asked multiple times. Mr. Francey ran down Alston Street, took a right onto McGrath Highway, right onto Cross Street and was eventually caught on the corner of Alston Street and Cross Street. While attempting to be placed in custody, Mr. Francey fell to the ground in a manner to try and evade being handcuffed. While on the ground, Mr. Francey refused to be handcuffed, flailing his arms under his body and moving his legs. After several attempts, I issued Mr. Francey a one second burst of my departmental pepper spray in an attempt to control Mr. Francey and place him under arrest. I would note that this area is both a residential and business area and there now were multiple families outside of their homes and vehicular traffic stopped on McGrath Highway because of Mr. Francey’s actions. After being placed under arrest, Mr. Francey stated he had several pills inside of his pocket. Officer Perrone, driving the mobile detention unit, took out a clear plastic bag containing 7 whole and one half of a yellow round pill believed to be Clonazepam. Also inside of the clear bag is half of a blue round pill which can not be determined. While speaking with Mr. Francey he stated that he was with suspect and Mr. Domings but did not know their whereabouts at the moment and that everyone ran in separate directions.

At this time, I went to Gilman Street, the Domings residence, as marked unit West-5, Officer W. Collette, was on scene there with the Domings family. While speaking to involved party, he stated that nobody else was inside of the house. He stated as Officer Collette arrived, everyone who was inside the home exited and have been outside ever since. As I looked at the house, I saw someone on the second floor open the blinds quickly and look outside. I shined my flashlight on the window and the person quickly walked away from the area. I asked who else was inside the home. The replied by saying nobody was inside the house. I informed them that I believed to have seen a person open the blinds and shut them. involved party stated that it must have been the dog. At this time, involved party mother went into the home. I explained to her if Cody was inside the home to have him come out. After approximately ten minutes Cody Domings came out of the house. Officer Van Nostrand, who was now on scene, looked at Cody Domings and explained to me that he matched the description of one of the males he saw running away from him on the tracks. Mr. Domings was placed under arrest at this time.

While at the Domings residence, Officer Capasso and Ward were now on the tracks with Everett Police Officer Chris Hannon with K9 “Hart.” K9 Hart is a certified ATF bomb and gun dog. Officer Ward explained to Officer Hannon where he saw the three males standing around and that it was not an area where a reasonable person would be none the less congregate for several seconds. Officer Hannon started a search with K9 Hart and immediately hit on the area of overgrown, thick, bushes where Officer Ward had seen the males. Officer Hannon looked in the area where K9 Hart hit on and found a .22 caliber firearm. The firearm was loaded with one bullet in the chamber. While trying to find the serial number of the firearm, it was found that the serial number had been obliterated and defaced. The firearm was properly stored and will be further examined by detectives for fingerprints and possibly DNA. Post arrest, a search for firearm licenses was completed for all four males and found that none of them currently had a license to carry a firearm or FID card.

The three males were transported to Somerville Police Headquarters via marked unit 200,

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Thursday closes out the ResiStat winter season: The Ward 3 ResiStat community meeting Thursday, Nov. 21.

Ward 3 includes the northern side of Union Square along with Central, Prospect, and Spring hills. Join Mayor Curtatone, Al…derman Taylor, City and elected officials, and your neighbors, at Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave., from 7-8:30 p.m., to share data and talk about what’s going on in Somerville and your neighborhood. A social half-hour (with free pizza!) will run from 6:30-7. And, if you haven’t already, help shape the agenda for Thursday by taking this survey: http://bit.ly/tUWAOe

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The Somerville News Weekly “Christmas Poem Contest”

Send us Your Best Version of Your Best “Somerville Christmas Poem” and we will post it live here for the world to see along with your photo and you also will win a $100 gift certificate to the new “West 7 Bistro” in Somerville!

Send all Christmas poems to: Wmtauro@bostonnewsgroup.com

All poems must be in by Friday December 20th!

“The Somerville News Weekly has an app for that!”

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The Mighty Warren at Bat

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By Neil W. McCabe

The Bay State’s senior senator pulled off the ultimate liberal maneuver: accumulating great wealth by remarrying well and representing corporate interests against the disadvantaged—then, successfully presenting herself as both a feminist and exemplar of the everyday American.
Perhaps the only thing keeping her out of the Liberal Hall of Fame is the speed bump over her claim to have been a Cherokee Indian. Her fib was characteristic of the 1980s steroid-era of liberal guilt, when progressives went out of their way to reconcile their persecution envy. We are all glad that is no longer necessary.
Still the taint of the faux-Cherokee claims could soon all be forgotten as Warren prepares to rob Hillary R. Clinton of White House.
I am old enough to remember when Clinton was a lock for the presidency in 2008. Her campaign was stocked up so many high-priced consultant, statesmen Democrats and celebrities, it did not seem a campaign as much as an impatient administration in-waiting.
No one saw Barack Obama coming, least of all Clinton, who woke up one morning to realize that not only had Obama out-flanked her in the caucuses, but he swiped her husband’s “Hope” franchise.
Imagine what that was like, the wife of the Man from Hope, Ark., having to listen to “Hope, hope and hope” from some guy she vaguely remembered from the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Obama having secured the support of the Chicago machine, not only took her husband’s hometown, but also hers.
Thus it came to pass that Clinton would serve loyally in the Obama administration as secretary of state—and when the chips were down in 2012, the big dog William J. Clinton carried Obama over the finish line to reelection.
It follows that Obama owes Clinton double. Once for his 2008 larceny and twice for the vital support given him in 2012 by Clinton Industries.
Too easy, right?
Not quite. There is the matter of the sinking of S.S. Obamacare to consider.
As Obama rallied the crew to man the pumps, he looked over his shoulder to see the Clintons swiftly rowing for shore.
This could be a small thing. Or, it could be a deal-breaker. If it is a deal-breaker, it will play out in two major ways.
The first way is that White House staff will be free to ramp up the Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s campaign for president. Whatever people outside the Beltway think, there is great affection for Biden in Washington, especially on Capitol Hill. There is also an appreciation among administration staff that the best way to keep their jobs and exploit influence after they leave their jobs is for a Biden White House to take the baton from the Obama White House. Biden wants to run and run hard, but Obama is reining him in because of his treaty obligations with the House of Clinton.
With Biden and a sprinkling of governors in the race with Clinton, all of the tussle will be within the Democratic establishment, which means if the progressives unite behind one candidate, it could run the table.
(Enter Warren from stage left.)
Beginning in 1960, for Bay Staters have been nominated for president, John F. Kennedy, 1960; Michael S. Dukakis, 1988; John F. Kerry, 2004 and W. Mitt Romney, 2012, and so far we are batting .250.
It may seem far-fetched, but every time I get an email from Warren asking for money for her 2018 reelection, I cannot help but think she is spending some extra time in the batting cage.

 

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SCOA LGBT Intergenerational Event

Local author Becky Sarah shared with us her new book, “Grandmothering:
Real Life in Real Families”. This intergenerational event was presented
by the Somerville Council on Aging, the LGBT Liaison of the Office of
Somerville Commissions, the Somerville Public Library and the LGBT Aging
Project. “Grandmothering: Real Life in Real Families” takes a look at
the experiences of over 80 grandmothers today. It’s about all kinds of
families, including adoptive families, gay and lesbian families,
stepfamilies, and multiracial families.

Next event is November 25th for “Movies To Come Out To” showing “The
Love Part of This” at Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street. Dinner
from the “Greek Corner” Restaurant. $6. RSVP 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

In photo: Julie Katz, LGBT Liaison Elizabeth Field and author Becky
Sarah

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Reality Bites a ‘Villen by James A. Norton

Never take your own advice, trust me…

In my column last week, I suggested that the readers use Google to catch up some of my “early” rants from the 2000’s and have a laugh. Well I heard from a few people who did this, and they laughed and shared their favorites with me. It was nice to catch up with a them in person, over the phone and through Facebook.

I figured that since I suggested it to others, that I would throw caution to the wind and Google myself – that almost sounds dirty, doesn’t it? Don’t let your imagination run too wild – I’m not that Norton.

So rather than open a file folder on my computer and scroll through text files and PDFs, I pulled up a browser and set the search engine to all manner of James Norton. Oh the things I found. Some of the things I wrote surprised me, others definitely didn’t. Then I found some of the things that were written about me – again, some surprised me, others definitely didn’t.

I was looking for columns, articles and stories I have written for print and online publications over the years, and I actually found a lot of them, thankfully, because I definitely didn’t get to keep the originals when I was unceremoniously shown the door of one in particular. I didn’t even get a thank you, but that’s okay – I am currently writing a book that is going to cover that. #FOH

I used to write about things that bothered me, events that shaped my life, and every once in a while, something specific that happened to me and those around me. My family used to get SO pissed at me. At the time, I would shrug it off and explain that if I was going to take pot shots at anyone else, I needed to make fun of myself first. It was a valid excuse, I mean, explanation – but looking back now, I understand how they must have cringed every week, wondering what was next.

I haven’t quite figured out how I am going to shape this column each week. I should have it figured out in a week or two – just in time for the Christmas Season. I will admit that where I am in life will play a huge part in what I will and won’t say here, so I wouldn’t expect too many bombshells and grenades. I’ve never been happier in my life, nor have I been as successful in business – and it shows when people who haven’t seen me for a while get a glimpse of me on the move.

Couple all that with the simple fact that I don’t have nearly the amount of stress, nor douche-canoes, in my life that I once had, and that should tell you a lot. And yet, still leave enough to the imagination.

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Somerville Christopher Klein Author Discussion – community note

The Somerville Public Library invites all residents to a book discussion of Strong Boy: The Life and Times of John L. Sullivan, America’s First Sports Hero with author Christopher Klein, to be held Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Central Library, 79 Highland Ave. Strong Boy tells the story of America’s first sports superstar, Sullivan, the first athlete to earn more than a million dollars. Rising from Boston’s Irish working class to become the most recognizable man in the nation in the late nineteenth century, he is said to have transformed the sport of boxing.
Christopher Klein is a writer specializing in history, travel, and sports. His books include Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores and The Die-Hard Sports Fan’s Guide to Boston. Klein is a frequent contributor to the Boston Globe and History.com, and has also written for The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, Harvard Magazine, Red Sox Magazine, ESPN.com, Smithsonian.com, and AmericanHeritage.com.
This free author discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Somerville Public Library and the Harvard Coop Bookstore. Harvard Coop will be selling books, and refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

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More Fires in Somerville This Past Week

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Street appears to have resulted in a fire which spread to a
neighboring yard and rear deck before being extinguished by
Somerville firefighters early Sunday morning, November 17th.
Firefighters responding to a reported fire at 5:03 a.m. on Lovell
Street arrived to find leaves, a tree, a fence and a rear deck
burning in two yards. A wood burning chiminea (a clay outdoor
fireplace) had apparently been left burning overnight in the rear
yard on Westminster Street following a party. A fire broke out at
some point during the early morning hours spreading to dry leaves,
a wooden fence, a tree and to the rear deck of 20 Lovell Street
resulting in several thousand dollars damage. Firefighters were on
scene for approximately one hour. Residents are reminded that the
use of chimineas and firepits are prohibited in the City of
Somerville. Firefighters also responded to several other small
fires in the past several days. On Thursday, November 14th at 1:04
a.m. firefighters responded to a small fire inside 57 Oak Street. A
candle atop a bureau in a bedroom ignited a lampshade and scorched
the bedroom door. The fire was extinguished by the occupant and
firefighters checked for any further fire spread. Later the same
day, at 8:56 a.m. firefighters responded to a fire at 204 Summer
Street. Firefighters extinguished a fire in a compost bin which had
scorched the exterior of the building and damaged exterior PVC
vents for the heating system. Photos courtesy of Somerville F.D.
The rear deck of 20 Lovell Street showing damage resulting from a
fire spreading from an adjacent yard. An unattended chiminea on
Westminster Street is believed to be the cause of a fire which
resulted in fire damage to a home on Lovell Street.
 

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SCOA LGBT Intergenerational Event

Local author Becky Sarah shared with us her new book, “Grandmothering:
Real Life in Real Families”. This intergenerational event was presented
by the Somerville Council on Aging, the LGBT Liaison of the Office of
Somerville Commissions, the Somerville Public Library and the LGBT Aging
Project. “Grandmothering: Real Life in Real Families” takes a look at
the experiences of over 80 grandmothers today. It’s about all kinds of
families, including adoptive families, gay and lesbian families,
stepfamilies, and multiracial families.

Next event is November 25th for “Movies To Come Out To” showing “The
Love Part of This” at Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street. Dinner
from the “Greek Corner” Restaurant. $6. RSVP 617-625-6600 ext. 2300.

In photo: Julie Katz, LGBT Liaison Elizabeth Field and author Becky
Sarah

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The Somerville News Weekly is Excited to Announce Our New Weekly Recipe Column, Cooking with Jonathan!

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By Jonathan Jolicoeur

In this weekly culinary column, I will be focusing on one dish – giving the reader a quick history of the dish, the classical preparation of it, and of course, my own spin on the classic.

This week I feature Pasta Carbonara, which is of my personal favorites to cook, as well as eat.

Pasta Carbonara is an Italian dish that originated in the Latium Region of Italy, more specifically, the City of Rome. The name Carbonara is derived from “carbonaro,” which means “charcoal burner.” It is believed that this dish was the “coal miners pasta” due to the heartiness of the meal, the quick cooking time and the fact that its simple ingredients would most likely be on hand in any Italian kitchen, at any given moment.

Classic Pasta Carbonara Continue reading The Somerville News Weekly is Excited to Announce Our New Weekly Recipe Column, Cooking with Jonathan!

St Clement Football Team Captures Division North 6 Title

By Dina Caloggero

The St Clement High School captured the Division 6 North Title beating Latin Academy 21-14 in a stunning victory at Dilboy Stadium Saturday, November 16. With the victory the Anchormen will take on the Cohasset Skippers next Saturday at 6:30 pm in Brockton which brings them one victory away from the playing in Super Bowl at Gillette for the Division 6 Title.

The Anchormen lead by QB Michael Sullivan (Everett) had two touchdown passes and ran 24 yard for a TD with just over 3 minutes left to secure the win for St Clement. The team rallied together after senior lineman Connor Sullivan (Charlestown) was carted off of the field with a leg injury. Senior Khaneil Bruce (Everett) and Junior Oyaronbi (Malden) both caught TD passes from Sullivan in the first half to make the score 13-0. The Latin Academy Dragons answered with TD after QB Kyle Danced threw a 39 yard pass to DeVaughn Riley to make the score 13to 6 at the half.

Both teams showed solid defense and remained scoreless third. In the 4th quarter, Brandon Williams (Boston) blocked a punt that landed in the end zone for a safety to give the Anchormen a 15- 6 lead. Latin forced a fumble in the middle of the 4th quarter and returned it for a 57 yards TD and converted for 2 points to cut the St Clement lead to 15 – 14. Senior Deron Hines (Chelsea) who rushed for 134 yards on 25 carries ran the ball down field which setup a 24 yard TD run by Sullivan to make the score 21 to 14 to secure the win for the Anchormen. Hines was named the game MVP for his outstanding performance.

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Ward 5 ResiStat community meeting is this Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Ward 5 includes Magoun Square, northeast Ball Square, Cedar and Lowell street areas, and northwest Porter Square. Join Mayor Curtatone, Alderman O’Keefe, City and elected officials, and your neighbors, at the Kennedy School, 5 Cherry St., from 7-8:30 p.m., to share data and talk about what’s going on in Somerville and your neighborhood. A social half-hour (with free pizza!) will run from 6:30-7. And, if you haven’t already, help shape the agenda for Wednesday by taking this survey: http://bit.ly/tUWAOe.

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Jim Legee Turns 88 Years Old in Somerville

By William Tauro

Jim Legee celebrated his eighty eighth birthday with a birthday bash thrown in his honor at the LaHasenda Restaurant in Somerville with dozens of family, friends and former co-workers in attendance this past Sunday.

Jim also worked as a building inspector for the City of Somerville back in the late 70s during the Brune administration.

Jim is also a war veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and who was recently decorated for his military service for his country by the Somerville Veteran’s Services Department.

We here at the Somerville News Weekly wish Jim all the best on his birthday with many more happy birthdays to come!

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Patti Foscarota of Somerville with one of the Black and Gold’s greats, #24 Terry O’Reilly at an alumni event.

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There was a Bruins Alumni game at the Somerville Rink this past Saturday . There was also a fundraiser for the Mcguirk/Collins family Fund after a devastating fire that destroyed the Mcguirk/Collins home.  It began at the Somerville Ice skating rink with a Bruins Alumni hockey game, then at 7pm it carries over to the Somerville City Club where there was a fundraiser party with food, raffles and a DJ.

SOMERVILLE NAMED TOP 10 CITY FOR WALKING AND TRANSIT

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City jumps from 10th to 7th most walkable city in nation; Also lands rank of 9th for most transit-friendly city

SOMERVILLE – According to 2014 national Walk Score ratings, Somerville is now the 7th most walkable city and the 9th most transit-friendly city in the nation, regardless of population size.

The new scores released in November reflect Somerville’s continued climb up the walkability charts, with the city rising three spots from number 10 last year to number 7 in the latest rankings—and with new Orange and Green Line MBTA stops on the horizon, the outlook is good for an ever higher transit-friendly score in the future as well.

Walkscore’s city page features scores for cities with populations above 250,000, but when all of the 2,978 cities ranked are considered, Somerville comes in as the 7th most walkable city in the nation just behind New York City (5th) and Cambridge, MA, (6th) (instructions for viewing scores below). Meanwhile, an analysis of the most recent Census data reveals that 12.5 percent of Somerville residents walk to work, the 11th highest percentage in the U.S. For transit, Somerville is ranked 9th in the nation according to Walk Score, and the latest Census data shows that 30.4 percent of residents take transit to work, the 7th highest percentage in the U.S. Continue reading SOMERVILLE NAMED TOP 10 CITY FOR WALKING AND TRANSIT

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Ward 6 (the greater Davis Square area) ResiStat community meeting is this Tuesday, Nov. 19

Join Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Gewirtz, City and elected officials, and your neighbors, at the Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St., from 7-8:30 pm., to share data and talk about what’s going on in Somerville and your neighborhood. A social half-hour (with free pizza!) will run from 6:30-7. And, if you haven’t already, help shape the agenda for Wednesday by taking this survey: http://bit.ly/tUWAOe. Please note, the Davis Square Theatre is below Foundry.

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Somerville Walking on Sunshine

We’re walking on sunshine (and lots more, apparently): Walk Score’s 2014 ratings put Somerville as the 7th most walkable city and the 9th most transit-friendly city in the nation. We don’t want to keep bragging, but analysis of the most re…cent Census data shows that 12.5% of Somerville residents walk to work, the 11th highest percentage in the U.S. Census data also shows that 30.4% of residents take transit to work, the 7th highest percentage in the U.S. For more on our Walk Score and infrastructure improvements that have made walking around Somerville easier: http://bit.ly/1aukZ2W

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Remembering Robert “Bobby” Campo of Somerville

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By William Tauro

Our condolences to the Campo family on the loss of their dad, Robert Campo.

Many of us here in the Ville knew him as Bobby, who was a good man, a good father and a good friend who we will miss him dearly here in and around Somerville.

Robert was a former elected city tax assessors for the City of Somerville during the early 80’s during the Lester Ralph, Tom August and Gene Brune Administrations.

Robert Campo will be sadly missed.

Representative Carl Sciortino to hold district coffee hours in Somerville on November 22nd and November 23rd

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BOSTON — Representative Carl Sciortino will be available to meet with his constituents in the portions of Somerville he represents, Wards 4 and 7, by holding “district coffee hours.” These informal coffee hours give constituents an opportunity to speak one-on-one with Representative Sciortino about any issues or concerns they may have regarding local and state matters. Representative Sciortino is pleased to announce that interpreters will be available to assist constituents who speak Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole at his Ward 4 coffee hour on Saturday November 23rd.

The location of his district coffee hours are as follows:

WARD 7: Friday, November 22nd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Somerville Council on the Aging
Tufts Administration Building
169 Holland St. Somerville, MA 02144

WARD 4: Saturday, November 23rd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Mystic Activity Center at the Mystic River Development
530 Mystic Ave, Somerville, MA 02145

If there is a need for an ASL interpreter or another accommodation, please contact Representative Sciortino’s office at 617-722-2013 or email Raffi.Freedman-Gurspan@mahouse.gov

School Street/Evergreen Ave. Intersection Work – community note

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Beginning on Monday, Nov. 18, City of Somerville contractors will be working on traffic mitigation efforts on School Street, which includes the installation of a traffic calming table, or raised crosswalk, at the intersection of School St. and Evergreen Ave.
Work in this area will be conducted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and may have some traffic impacts.
Future work may require the complete shutdown of a portion of School St. to through traffic to allow the structure to set.
Residents in affected areas will receive robo calls and other necessary information prior to any road shutdown.

If you have questions, please call the Engineering Department at 617-625-6600 ext. 5400.

 

CELEBRATE WALKING, BIKING AND TRANSIT-RIDING WITH CITY, BIKE COMMITTEE NOV. 22

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“Commuter Celebration” planned to honor City’s achievements in active transportation

SOMERVILLE – Join Mayor Joseph Curtatone, the Somerville Board of Aldermen and School Committee, Somerville Bicycle Committee City, Shape Up Somerville, and many others to celebrate walking, biking, and transit-riding into the fall, as well as two important milestones for Somerville. On Friday, Nov. 22 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the East Somerville Community School (Cross Street side), all residents and commuters are invited to join us for hot coffee or hot cider, and students who take part in the “active transportation” day may enter to win a free bike helmet.

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) recently welcomed Somerville as an affiliate member, including us in a prestigious group of the 30 most progressive cities in the country enhancing quality of life through sustainable, active transportation. Earlier this month, Somerville was also recognized by the League of American Cyclists with a Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community Award, recognizing a significant step up from Bronze in only two years. As we continue to improve walking, biking, transit, safe routes to schools, bike sharing, and much more – let’s enjoy a hot breakfast beverage together and toast to Somerville’s progress thus far! Continue reading CELEBRATE WALKING, BIKING AND TRANSIT-RIDING WITH CITY, BIKE COMMITTEE NOV. 22

RESIDENTS SOUGHT FOR CITY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

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Vacancies to be filled on Design Review, Historic Preservation, Affordable Housing and Fair Housing Commissions

SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville is seeking to fill vacancies on four essential Boards that are appointed by the Mayor and coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development. The Mayor’s office will be accepting applications for positions on these boards through November 25, 2013.

Each of these opportunities will allow for a Somerville resident to provide voluntary service to improve the city and guide policies, programs and the design of the Somerville community in forthcoming years.

There are four opportunities, as follows:

1. Design Review Committee Continue reading RESIDENTS SOUGHT FOR CITY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

Somerville just joined a very exclusive club

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The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) added us to its affiliate member list last week. Somerville is just one of 18 member cities and 12 affiliate members nationwide (other members include Boston, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.). In a press release, NACTO officials lauded Somerville for its “[commitment] to sustainable transportation initiatives, aiming to strengthen cities and improve quality of life through better street design and transportation policy.” No word, yet, on how to do the secret handshake. http://bit.ly/1gJQqLH

Somerville Council on Aging Calendar 11/20 – 11/27

For general calendar:

11/20 Zumba with Cathy. 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm. All levels. Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street. $3. Just drop in.
LGBT “Movies To Come Out To” – “The Love Part of This”
In the early 1970’s, Grace Schrafft and Grace Moceri of Gloucester, MA. left their husbands to be together. It is a heartbreaking, funny and extremely moving document of life and love. Meal from the Greek Corner. Price: $6. RSVP by November 20th. Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street

11/26th – Art Classes begin again with Kathy – Multi-cultural art – Peruvian Molas, Navaho Sand Painting, Moroccan Beaded Necklaces. $15 for all three classes. 11/26, 12/3 and 12/10. 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Cross Street Center 165 Broadway. 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 RSVP is a must. Limited space.
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Welcome to our centers! Everyone 55+ are encouraged to join us for
fitness, culture, films, lunch and Bingo. Our centers are open to everyone from Somerville and surrounding communities. Check out our calendar and give a call with any questions or to make a reservation! 617-625-6600 ext. 2300. Stay for lunch and receive free transportation.

All clubs and groups welcome new members.

Holland Street Center – 167 Holland Street Ralph & Jenny Center – 9 New
Washington Street Cross Street Center – 165 Broadway

Some Council on Aging highlights in the coming weeks:
11/14 – Health Aging: You and your money – Join us for a special coffee hour for a non-judgmental conversation about managing your finances as you age. Program is at the Holland Street Center, 10:45 – 11:15 am. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. RSVP is appreciated. FREE.

Art with Katherine Continues as we travel around the world and make some wonderful holiday gifts for the holiday. Join us for three weeks starting November 26th, December 3rd and 10th. Cost is just for supplies $15. RSVP early! Cross Street 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

Zumba for All with Cheryl. Come at the end of the day, after work – open to all. Wednesdays 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm. Holland Street Center. $3 for a class or $15 for 6 classes! Get in shape this summer!

Wii Bowling League is here at Holland Street Center Mondays at noon Free. – If you haven’t tried this -come as you will love it! No bowling ball but you still swing and hope for the best!

LGBT Events (Open to all ages)

“MOVIES TO COME OUT TO”
All Dinners at 5:30 pm. November 26th – Chicken or Spinach pie. $6. RSVP a must. “The Love Part of This”
In the early 1970’s, Grace Schrafft and Grace Moceri of Gloucester, MA. left their husbands to be together. It is a heartbreaking, funny and extremely moving document of life and love.

“Positive Thinking” with Roberta Robinson of Cambridge Health Alliance will be talking on how Positive Thinking is a mental attitude that admits into the mind, thoughts, words and images that are conducive to growth, expansion and success. Come learn new tricks to keep you on a positive path. FREE. Stay for our Monthly lunch!

Holland Street Café – December 9th from Vinny’s Ristorante. Fabulous lunch of either meatballs and pasta or eggplant parm. Salad and dessert. $^ RSVP! Stay for Roberta Robinson’s lecture at 10:30 on “Positive Thinking”.

LBT Women Fit-4-Life Fitness and Nutrition Classes. Tuesday and Thursday evenings. $10 a month with scholarships available.

Ralph & Jenny Center Weekly Events
Cards and Games hour at Ralph & Jenny at 10:00 am every day the center
is open. Come join your friends or make some new ones. Cards, Scrabble
and Cribbage.

Do you crochet or would you like to learn? Thursdays at 10:45 am. At
Ralph & Jenny Center. Join a great group in learning to crochet or
share your projects you are working on.

Trip Corner:
Penn Dutch – December 2-6
Culinary Arts – December 10th
Concord Museum – “Celebration of Trees” – December 20th
Atlantic City/Taj Mahal – January 12 – 14

STAY ACTIVE:
Wii Bowling League – at Holland Mondays at noon. Free
Zumba for All – at Holland – Wednesdays at 5:15 – 6:15 $3 or $15 for 6 classes
Flexibility & Balance – at Holland – Thursdays 10:00 am Free
Flexibility & Balance at Ralph & Jenny Wednesday 1:15 pm – 2:00 pm
Strengthening Exercise with Geoff – Tuesdays at 9:15 Holland and 10:00 Thursdays at R&J $3
Walking Club (R&J) Tuesday 10:30
Fit-4-Life LBT Tuesday and Thursday Evenings
Fit-4-Life General Wednesday & Friday Mornings

11/20
Hanscom AFB
1:00 Bowling at Flatbreads

Holland Street Center
Fit-4-Life A, B & C
5:15 Zumba for All

Cross Street
10:30 English Conversation
12:45 Bingo

Ralph & Jenny
10:00 Cards & Cribbage
10:45 SHINE Info Session
12:45 Bingo

11/21
Holland Street
10:00 Current Events
6:00 LBT Fit-4-Life

Ralph & Jenny
10:00 Cards & Cribbage
10:00 Strengthening Exercises
10:45 Crochet and Knitting
12:45 Super Bingo
1:30 Bingo Break Exercises

11/22
Holland Street
Fit-4-Life B & C
12:45 Bingo

11/25
11:30 Lunch
5:30 LGBT Movie & Dinner

11/26
Holland Street
9:15 Strengthening Exercise

Ralph & Jenny Center
Closed

Cross Street
10:00 English Conversation
1:00 Art with Katherine
3:00 Bereavement Group

11/27
11:30 R&J Lunch

11/28 & 11/29
Centers closed for Thanksgiving

Check out our Facebook site for photos from our events and exercise and
tips for everyday healthy living at http://www.facebook.com/somervilleCOA

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Lions Clubs Assist in Disaster Relief in the Philippines

Dear LCIF Coordinators,

By now I am sure that you have heard much about the recent disaster in the Philippines. Many communities in the path of Super Typhoon Haiyan will have a long road to recovery. Initial estimates indicate that as many as 10,000 individuals lost their lives, and many thousands more have lost their homes. As LCIF Coordinators, it is important for you to know what LCIF is doing to support our fellow Lions and their communities. To date, LCIF has approved US$130,000 from the LCIF Disaster Relief fund. During their recent forum, the Lions of OSEAL (Orient and South East Asia Lions) also committed an additional US$370,000.

In addition to these funds, LCIF is encouraging Lions to donate to the general Disaster Relief fund at the Foundation. These donations will support disaster relief in the Philippines and be MJF eligible. Please encourage Lions in your districts and MDs to give to this area, which will give LCIF the flexibility and resources to best respond. Please see the link below to donate to the Disaster Relief fund.

As we receive more reports from the Philippines, we will continue to update you on any changes in the situation or additional disaster funding. In the meantime, I know you will work hard in your districts and MDs to ensure that we have the resources available to help our fellow Lions in the Philippines.

Yours truly,

Wayne A. Madden
Chairperson, Lions Clubs International Foundation

Online donations to LCIF’s Disaster Relief fund:
https://www.lcif.org/EN/ways-to-give/lion-disaster-donation.php

Lions Clubs International & LCIF | 300 W. 22nd St. | Oak Brook, IL | 60523 | USA

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SOMERVILLE NAMED TOP 10 CITY FOR WALKING AND TRANSIT

City jumps from 10th to 7th most walkable city in nation; Also lands rank of 9th for most transit-friendly city

SOMERVILLE – According to 2014 national Walk Score ratings, Somerville is now the 7th most walkable city and the 9th most transit-friendly city in the nation, regardless of population size.

The new scores released in November reflect Somerville’s continued climb up the walkability charts, with the city rising three spots from number 10 last year to number 7 in the latest rankings—and with new Orange and Green Line MBTA stops on the horizon, the outlook is good for an ever higher transit-friendly score in the future as well.

Walkscore’s city page features scores for cities with populations above 250,000, but when all of the 2,978 cities ranked are considered, Somerville comes in as the 7th most walkable city in the nation just behind New York City (5th) and Cambridge, MA, (6th) (instructions for viewing scores below).

Meanwhile, an analysis of the most recent Census data reveals that 12.5 percent of Somerville residents walk to work, the 11th highest percentage in the U.S. For transit, Somerville is ranked 9th in the nation according to Walk Score, and the latest Census data shows that 30.4 percent of residents take transit to work, the 7th highest percentage in the U.S.

Walk Score’s 2014 ranking marks the first time that the company used its new Street Smart Walk Score algorithm, calculating the Walk Score of every city block by analyzing walking routes, nearby amenities and pedestrian friendliness.

“It’s no surprise that Walk Score rates Somerville so highly under its improved methodology. As we’ve stated from day one—based on what the community has told us they value—we’re committed to making Somerville more walkable, bikeable and transit-oriented,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “It’s all about supporting an active lifestyle, building community and creating a sense of place. When we build crosswalks, inviting streetscapes, and bike routes, we’re creating urban rooms—active streetscapes supported by an active daytime population that support a resilient, self-sufficient economic base for our city. A walkable city means that residents can get their daily needs in their neighborhood without ever getting in a car, that local businesses get the foot traffic that’s essential for them to thrive, and that outside businesses want to invest here when they see a vibrant, active city with bustling streets.”

During Mayor Curtatone’s administration, the City of Somerville has committed to creating the most walkable, bikeable and transit-oriented city in the country. In the last three years, the City has updated or added pedestrian safety infrastructure such as street trees, curb bump-outs and ADA-accessible ramps, and begun work on the extension of the Somerville Community Path from its current end at Cedar Street to Lowell Street, with the City strongly advocating for the Path’s future extension to Boston. Under the new Neighborhood Street Reconstruction Program the City will use a data-driven methodology to improve street accessibility and safety for all users, balance transportation choices and foster a sense of community through smart design.

Somerville is also on the verge of a tremendous expansion of public transportation with the Assembly Square Orange Line stop scheduled to open in 2014 and the second phase of the Green Line Extension now funded, with the first two stops in Union Square and Brickbottom scheduled to open in 2017. The City continues to work collaboratively with residents, businesses and all stakeholders in achieving the goals outlined in the 20-year comprehensive SomerVision plan in building communities around these investments, through programs and initiatives such as the Somerville by Design series that create a consensus around the community’s vision.

The new Walk Score rankings come on the heels of The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NATCO) adding the City of Somerville to its prestigious affiliate member list, which includes just 18 member cities and 12 affiliate members nationwide. NACTO officials lauded Somerville for its commitment “to sustainable transportation initiatives, aiming to strengthen cities and improve quality of life through better street design and transportation policy.” Somerville was also recently recognized by the League of American Cyclists with a Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community Award, recognizing a significant step up from Bronze in only two years.

Jackie Rossetti
Deputy Director of Communications
City of Somerville
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville, MA 02143
(tel): 617-625-6600 x2614
(cell): 857-636-2396
(fax): 617-625-3434
http://www.somervillema.gov

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Crossing Bow Street Could Get Nasty

By William Tauro

Many have been complaining to us that crossing Bow Street in Somerville at Wesley Pk isnt easy nor a safe task.

So we’ve decided to go on out on location and check it out for ourselves.

After scoping out the area, we’ve noticed that the potential for something real bad to go wrong is definitely there mainly because traffic coming from Union Square towards Somerville Avenue on Bow Street can’t see a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

It’s a blind reverse left angle bend in the road that makes it very difficult for drivers to see pedestrians crossing the street in the crosswalk or even motorist trying to get in or out of their parked vehicles.

Many near misses have taken place there everyday when car meets driver almost happens very frequently.

One suggestion to fix the problem would be to eliminate the two parking meter spots that’s located directly in front of the Casa De Carnes Latino Brazilian Meat Market on Bow Street.

Two less parking spots is far much better than a potential fatal pedestrian accident.

If you see an unsafe situation or any potential saftey hazard that raises public safety concerns, please email us at Wmtauro@Bostonnewsgroup.com or call us at 1(888)625-2706 and we will scope it out and publicize it for you!

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94 Prospect St Somerville Fire 11-13-13

Somerville firefighters responded to a smoky but small fire inside a vacant building located at 94 Prospect Street on November 13, 2013. Careless use of a cutting torch being used to cut a large steel beam ignited combustible debris inside a large construction dumpster located inside the sprawling warehouse. The alarm was received at 2:51 p.m. when someone pulled the fire alarm box located at Prospect & Oak Street. Firefighters extinguished the fire and remained on scene for approximately thirty minutes ventilating smoke from inside the large warehouse. Earlier this morning, a small fire broke out in a second floor apartment at 407 Washington Street. Occupants of the apartment were awoken by the fire alarm system and discovered a rubbish barrel burning in their kitchen. They were able to extinguish the fire before firefighters arrived. Firefighters checked for fire spread and ventilated smoke from the apartment. The fire was the result of the plastic barrel being placed too close to a heater built into the gas stove.

Photos courtesy of Somerville F.D.

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Union Square Infrastructure Meeting Nov. 18 – community note

Mayor Curtatone, Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston and Ward 3 Alderman Tom Taylor invite all interested residents and stakeholders to a Union Square Infrastructure kickoff meeting Monday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Argenziano School (290 Washington St). This meeting will provide an overview of the project, introduce the project team, and discuss the overall process and schedule. The meeting will include a brief presentation by City staff and the PB design team followed by small group exercises. Spanish and Portuguese interpreters will be available.

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Here’s Your Weekly Dosage of The Somerville News Weekly Newstalk Shout Out for Nov. 12, 2013

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The Somerville News Weekly Print edition can be found weekly in the bright red Somerville News boxes located at the following locations across the Ville: Union Sq. Post Office, Dunkin Donuts Magoon Sq/Dunkin Donuts Somerville Ave (across rink)/Dunkin Donuts Broadway at McGrath Hwy/ Dunkin Donuts Middlesex Ave, Dunkin Donuts Twin City Plaza, Clairton Hill Bus stop, In the red news box across from Victor’s Deli & Ball Square Cafe in Ball Square, Winter Hill Post Office and Davis Square in  front of Mike’s Restaurant. The paper can also be found at all municipal buildings including Somerville City Hall, Traffic & Parking and all Council of Ageing Buildings, All Winter Hill Banks, Pats Auto Body Linwood Street, The Book Shop Broadway, West 7 Bistro Broadway, Somerville Credit Union, The Arts at the Armory Highland Ave, Most Senior Apartment Buildings, Somerville Police Station, Wedgewood Crane & Connolly Ins Agency Davis Square, Vinnie’s Superette, Broadway Sunoco, Sovereign Bank Broadway, Dunkin Donuts Powderhouse and in just about every little store in and around the Ville! If you want your store location to be listed here as well on where to find The Somerville News Weekly, simply just call Billy Tauro at 1(888)625-2706 or email him at  Wmtauro@Bostonnewsgroup.com and we will  add you to our ever growing popular list of pick-up-locations across the Ville! Continue reading Here’s Your Weekly Dosage of The Somerville News Weekly Newstalk Shout Out for Nov. 12, 2013

Somerville First Graders Thanked a Veteran at the Argenziano School

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By William Tauro

The first grade classes at the Argenziano School have been learning all about the community.

Last week they had a discussion about the people in our community that help keep us safe, and one of our students mentioned the military.

Since Veteran’s day was right around the corner, they thought it would be fitting to have a Veteran to come in and share their experience with the class.

Students made cards thanking Veteran’s for their services and had questions about what it meant to be a veteran.

Jill Toce, a first grade teacher at the Argenziano School reached out to The Somerville News Weekly and had asked if the News could bring in a veteran to speak to the first graders on “What it means to be a veteran!”

The newsroom got in touch with Somerville Ward 1 Alderman Elect Matthew McLaughlin and asked if he would be interested in volunteering to speak to the students, and he agreed without hesitating.

This past Wednesday,McLaughlin, an Army veteran who served a tour of duty in Iraq appeared at the school with his mother, Charlene McLaughlin and when the session began took multiple questions from the first graders ranging anywhere from “What branch of the military did you serve in?” to “Have you ever driven a tank?”

After the question and answer session, teachers Mrs. Sousa, Mrs. Campos, Mrs. Toce, Miss Abreu and Miss Amlrmstrong’s first grade students presented the new alderman elect/ military veteran with dozens of handwritten thank you cards and posters thanking him for his service in the military.

First grade teacher Mrs. Abreu said “It was great to see the pride students had when they gave their cards to Matthew. It was a very memorable experience!”

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Ward 7 ResiStat Community Meeting

The Ward 7 (West Somerville and Teele Square areas) ResiStat community meeting is Wed., Nov. 13. Join Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Trane, City and elected officials, and your neighbors, at the West Somerville Neighborhood School, 177 Powderhouse Blvd., from 7-8:30 p.m., to share data and talk about what’s going on in Somerville and your neighborhood. A social half-hour (with free pizza!) will run from 6:30-7. And, if you haven’t already, help shape the agenda for Wednesday by taking this survey: http://bit.ly/tUWAOe.

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COA. LGBT Liaison, Library to Offer Author Discussion this Thursday

As part of the City’s new LGBT Aging Project, the Somerville Council on Aging and City of Somerville LGBT Liaison of the Somerville Office of Commissions announce a discussion with local author Becky Sarah, for her new book, Grandmothering: Real Life in Real Families. The discussion will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. at 167 Holland Street, and is free of charge.
What do you like about being a grandparent? What do you wish your grandparents had done differently? Cambridge author Becky Sarah will introduce her new book, Grandmothering: Real Life in Real Families, and lead a discussion about grandparenting as it relates to the LGBT community. All ages are welcome! Grandmothering: Real Life in Real Families takes a look at the experiences of over 80 grandmothers today. It’s about all kinds of families, including adoptive families, gay and lesbian families, stepfamilies, and multiracial families. This event is presented by the LGBT Liaison of the Office of Somerville Commissions, the Somerville Council on Aging, the Somerville Public Library, and the LGBT Aging Project. Call 617-625-6600 x2400 for more info.

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Somerville Firefighter Presented Firefighter of the Year Award

Somerville firefighter Christine Guelpa was presented the Thomas Chetham Firefighter of the Year Award by American Legion Post 19 during ceremonies held on November 9, 2013. Firefighter Guelpa received the award for her lifesaving actions at a medical emergency in which she stemmed a patient’s severe bleeding. The victim later notified the department of Firefighter Guelpa’s actions and credited her with saving his life.

(l-r) Firefighters Local 76 President Tom Ross, Firefighter Christine Guelpa & Chief Kevin Kelleher.

Photo courtesy of Somerville F.D.

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Letter to The Editor

Nov 12, 2013

Dear Mayor Joe,

As a proud born and raised Somerville citizen
As well as a resident of the
Prospect Hill area ,we have noticed and wondered why there has not been a flag up on the Prospect Hill tower for a long period of time. Our Somerville High student 15-year-old asked the question to both my husband and I. We as Proud American’s, especially in the
“All American City” especially the First American flag being raised in our city, should be proudly displaying our American Flag.I would have never thought that this would not be of utmost of Importance, that our Flag is where it belongs.

Thank You,

A lifelong proud and Concerned Citizen.

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Somerville Youth Hockey Events

SYHA is hosting a holiday party for SYHA adults on Friday December 6, 8:00 pm at Caseys Tavern (173 Broadway, http://www.caseyssomerville.com).

It’s a great opportunity to socialize with people you see at the rink ALL THE TIME. And it’ll be a …warmer environment….with beer and cocktails. Tickets to the event are $10 dollars per person.

There will be raffles and a 50/50 during the party. A pair of Bruins tickets for December 31 game will be raffled off along with an Orleans $50 gift card, Boston Burger gift cards, 4 passes to Sky Zone and $15 dollars gift card to JP Licks.

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St Clement Anchormen in Division Finals

St Clement Anchormen Stun Cathedral Again 28-6

The St Clement Football team held Cathedral the defending Super Bowl Champs to just 8 points in the Division 6 North Semi -Finals on Saturday, November 9th at Dilboy Stadium. Both teams were scoreless in the 1st quarter showing great defensive work. In the second quarter, lineman Connor Sullivan (Charlestown) intercepted the ball and scored on a 5 yard interception return. Deron Hines ran the ball for 117 yards and set up an 11yd touchdown pass from QB Michael Sullivan (Everett) to Khaneil Bruce (Everett) who scored 3 TDs in the game. Cathedral answered with a TD just before the half to make the score 16-8.

In the second half St Clement continued to show stellar defensive holding Cathedral scoreless. MacAllen Marcelin (Medford) intercepted the ball in the end zone to steal a TD from Cathedral leaving them scoreless at the end of the 3rd. Khaniel Bruce (Everett) had a pick 6 run of 25 yards and caught his third TD pass from QB Sullivan to make the score 28-6 sealing the win for the Anchormen.

“This feels incredible. The team played so well” said Colin Walsh who is in his 11th year as the head coach. The win is their 5th straight victory and is their best record since the 1984 team’s Super Bowl run. The Anchormen will face Boston Latin Academy in the Division 6 Noth Final next Saturday, 11/16 at 6 pm at Dilboy Stadium. The winner will punch their way to play in the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

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Macallen Marcelin (18) and Casey Baptiste (21) hold Cathedral to 8 points.

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Emily Tauro Turns 92

Happy 92nd birthday to Mama Emily Tauro who celebrated her special day with her family and friends on Sunday.

Mama Tauro has 5 sons, 13 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Emily Tauro is the wife of the late Patrick Tauro who was the founder of Pat’s Auto Body & Painting of Somerville.

We here at The Somerville News Weekly wish her and her entire family all the best for many more years to come!

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information for Shooting for a Cure With Jack

On Sunday, November 10th immediately following their 11:00 game (around 12:30), the 2002 Boston Stars team is holding a “Shooting for the Cure With Jack ” team event in the tennis court adjacent to the Somerville Rink. The boys will be taking practice shots to help reach their goal of 1,000 shots!

Each team member has committed to making 1,000 practice shots during the month of November and will collect pledges to support research to benefit Cure NF with Jack. (www.curenfwithjack.com). Jack Burke is an eight-year-old boy fighting neurofibromatosis. Although he currently lives in Atlanta, his father, Jake, is originally from Medford. Jack has a tumor on his brain stem and is currently undergoing 15 months of chemotherapy. This amazing boy has spoken before Congressmen and raises money in hopes of finding a cure for this genetic disorder.

The idea for “Shooting for a Cure for Jack” came from brothers Thomas and Andrew McGaffigan, and the entire team is on board with the effort.

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AUTHOR EVENT: The Book Shop in Somerville

Wednesday November 13, 2013 at 7:00 PM

CARTER ALAN will discuss his new book:RADIO FREE BOSTON: THE RISE AND FALL OF WBCN a Q & A and signing will follow.

We will have books available for purchase.

Currently a DJ (WZLX Sunday Morning Blues) and music director at WZLX in Boston, CARTER ALAN was a DJ at WBCN for nineteen years. He is the author of U2, Outside Is America, and Life on the Road.

Also: Music by Somerville Teenager Valentin Prince from 5 to 7pm come early.
The Book Shop
694 Broadway
Somerville, Ma

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Public Hearing on Appointments to the BOA

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 6 p.m., City Hall

The Legislative Matters Committee of the Board of Alderman will hold a public hearing on the proposal that the Board of Alderman approve a Home Rule Petition to amend Section 7 of Title 2 of Division 1 of the City Charter regarding filling vacancies on the Board. Potential methods for filling vacancies to the Board will be discussed including the options for possible methods posted online at: http://goo.gl/FQFzfT.

The full agenda for the Public Hearing is posted online at: http://somervillecityma.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_Meeting.aspx?ID=1755.

All are welcome.

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Welcome. Thanks for supporting the Argenziano School Community Card!

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By William Tauro

On Tuesday Election Day the “card”team hosted a cake and cookie sale in the lobby of the Somerville Police Department.

The Community Card features reusable deals to nearly 20 local businesses. For only $10, you can save hundreds of dollars a year AND support your school and community.

ABOUT THE DEALS

Below is a list of the participating businesses and their featured deals. Please thank these Somerville merchants for supporting our school! Continue reading Welcome. Thanks for supporting the Argenziano School Community Card!

Somerville Arts Council Abbie Barrett, November Artist of the Month

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Abbie Barrett & The Last Date have been featured regularly on WXRV The River, and in American Songwriter and Performing Songwriter magazines. She was Timberland’s artist of the month in November, 2011; her song “On the Range” was included in CMT’s Cool Album Cuts that same month. She attributes much of her songwriting style to Neil Young, though she draws on a wide range of influences. Musoscribe has this to say about “The Triples: Volume I”: “‘On the Range’ sounds like Ennio Morricone crossed with A Camp, and the winsome ‘Draw Me In’ sounds like an outtake from Pink Floyd’s ‘Obscured by Clouds.’”

What’s a brief overview of what you do? Continue reading Somerville Arts Council Abbie Barrett, November Artist of the Month

Somerville Pride Girls Basketball tryouts will be held: 11/5, 11/7, 11/12, 11/14 at the SHS Fieldhouse.

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Players will be assessed and assigned to practice squads by school year group (5-8). Once tryouts and team selection are complete, team practices for the travel season begin. Practices will be held on Monday and Thursday evenings. The game schedule begins in early December and runs through the last week of February. Typically games are played on Saturday and Sunday throughout the season. Home games are played at the Healey School.

Rich Johnson: 617.455.7566
rfj2631@gmail.com

 

Somerville LGBT Liaison GRANDMOTHERING Real Life in Real Families

Official flyer for the event–please share!

What do you like about being a grandparent? What do you wish your grandparents had done differently? Cambridge author Becky Sarah will introduce her new book, Grandmothering: Real Life in Real Families, and lead a discussion about grandparenting as it relates to the LGBT community. All ages are welcome!

Grandmothering: Real Life in Real Families takes a look at the experiences of over 80 grandmothers today. It’s about all kinds of families, including adoptive families, gay and lesbian families, stepfamilies, and multiracial families.

This event is presented by the LGBT Liaison to the City of Somerville of the Office of Somerville Commissions, the Somerville Council on Aging, the Somerville Public Library (MA), and the LGBT Aging Project.

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Beacon Hill Roll Call

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Volume 38 – Report No. 45
November 4-8, 2013
Copyright © 2013 Beacon Hill Roll Call. All Rights Reserved.
By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on six roll calls and local senators on one from the week of November 4-8.

$1.4 BILLION FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING (H 3727)

House 151-0, Senate 39-0, gave final approval to a bill allowing the administration to borrow $1.4 billion over five years for public and affordable housing. Provisions include $500 million to renovate and modernize many of the state’s 45,000 public housing units; $55 million in loan guarantees to assist homeowners with blindness or severe disabilities to make their homes accessible; and $45 million for loans for the development of community-based housing for individuals with mental illness and intellectual disabilities.

Supporters said this package will help thousands of people remain in their homes or find new affordable housing in the state. Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call

PACKARD AVE., POWDER HOUSE BLVD. INTERSECTION TO EXPERIENCE TEMP. CLOSURES NOV. 12 & 13

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SOMERVILLE – In cooperation with the City of Somerville, Tufts University is conducting work at the intersection of Packard Avenue and Powder House Boulevard to improve pedestrian safety infrastructure. The project, which entails the expansion of the sidewalks at each of the four corners of the intersection, will necessitate the temporary closure of the intersection on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Detours will be in place during these hours, as follows:

• Powder House Blvd. westbound will be closed at Burnham Street. Traffic will be detoured onto Burnham St. and onto Broadway to Packard Ave.
• Powder House Blvd. eastbound will be closed at Burnham Street. Traffic will be detoured onto Packard Ave. to Broadway and then to the Powder House Rotary.

Police details will be present during all construction to aid in traffic flow and project safety.

For additional information during normal working hours about this project, please contact Barbara Rubel, Director of Community Relations at Tufts, at 617 627-3780. For after hours safety concerns about the site itself, please contact Tufts University Police at 617 627-3030.

This project is being fully funded by Tufts University.

 

NEXT DAVIS SQ. BY DESIGN MEETING SCHEDULED FOR NOV. 13 AT ARMORY ON HIGHLAND AVE.

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SOMERVILLE – The next phase of the City’s Somerville by Design community planning process in Davis Square will take place Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave. The meeting will be structured as an open house-style plan presentation to allow participants to get an in-depth understanding and discussion of the topics they care most about. The open house structure is informed by community feedback during the City’s May 21 Crowdsourcing Event, two Visioning Sessions held July 17 and July 30, and a three-day, 36-hour public Design Charrette held Sept. 9, 10 and 11.
Somerville by Design is a cutting-edge approach to community planning that uses resident know-how to solve challenging physical planning and urban design issues. It makes planning fun, using highly visual, interactive techniques such as “Open Studio” design sessions, neighborhood meetings, block walking and online surveys. Most importantly, it provides multiple ways for the public to get involved in generating and refining physical design plans that are driven by community members’ preferences and creative ideas. In 2012, hundreds of residents and businesspersons participated in the Somerville by Design “Station Area Planning Series” for Gilman Square, Lowell Street / Magoun Square, and Ball Square neighborhoods that will soon be served by the Green Line Extension.
If you would like more information, or cannot attend the meeting but would like to provide input, please contact Brad Rawson at BRawson@somervillema.gov or 617-625-6600 ext 2518. Additional information is available on the City of Somerville website at http://www.somervillebydesign.com.

 

 

FOUR COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE APPOINTEES SUBMITTED TO ALDERMEN

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City of Somerville holds unprecedented open and transparent process to select four public members for the committee that guides Community Preservation Act

SOMERVILLE – An unprecedented open and transparent process has yielded four appointees for the public positions on the newly formed Community Preservation Committee, and Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone has submitted all four appointments to the Board of Aldermen for final approval.

The typical process used in other Massachusetts towns and cities that have adopted the Community Preservation Act (CPA) has the executive or legislative body unilaterally nominate the public-member appointees for their Community Preservation Committee, which is tasked with Continue reading FOUR COMMUNITY PRESERVATION COMMITTEE APPOINTEES SUBMITTED TO ALDERMEN

Somerville COA Calendar for 11/13 – 11/20

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For general calendar:

11/13- 11/20 Zumba with Cathy. 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm. All levels. Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street. $3. Just drop in.
11/26th – Art Classes begin again with Kathy – Multi-cultural art – Peruvian Molas, Navaho Sand Painting, Moroccan Beaded Necklaces. $15 for all three classes. 11/26, 12/3 and 12/10. 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Cross Street Center 165 Broadway. 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 RSVP is a must. Limited space.
11/14 – Health Aging: You and your money – Join us for a special coffee hour for a non-judgmental conversation about managing your finances as you age. Program is at the Holland Street Center, 10:45 – 11:15 am. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling. RSVP is appreciated. FREE. Continue reading Somerville COA Calendar for 11/13 – 11/20

Somerville Kiwanis Install Rui Domingos as 2013-2014 President

 

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President and Officer Installation Ceremony. Pictured (L to R) Antonio Shelzi, Joseph Ciccariello, Rui Domingos, Arnold Knox, George McLean and Isaac Machado.

 

The Somerville Kiwanis Club appointed Rui Domingos, Chief Executive Officer at CPCU Credit Union, as the 2013-2014 President. Domingos officially took on the role of President on Sunday, September 29, 2013 during the Kiwanis President and Officer Installation ceremony held at the Atasca Restaurant in Cambridge, MA.  Officers installed for the 2013-2014 year include Anthony Ciccariello as President Elect, Antonia Shelzi as Vice President, Isaac Machado as Immediate Past President, Arnold Knox as Treasurer, and Past President George McLean as Secretary.

Domingos’ primary goal for the coming year is to grow the club’s membership. He hopes to utilize existing programs that have proven successful in the past as a way to attract new members and showcase that the Kiwanis is a relevant community organization worthy of community membership. The Somerville Kiwanis Club attributes their success in prior years to their unique programs including Reading is Fundamental, Bike Safety Day, Historical Perspectives, etc.

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Domingos received Kiwanis bell and gavel from Machado.

 

“As I look back on the list of people that have served as President, I am honored to be the new Somerville Kiwanis President. The Somerville Kiwanis has a long history of helping children in our community and as President I look forward to continue this work while finding new ways to have an even greater impact,” commented Rui F. Domingos, Chief Executive Officer at CPCU Credit Union.

ABOUT KIWANIS CLUB OF SOMERVILLE (www.somervillekiwanis.org): The Kiwanis Club of Somerville was organized on March 16, 1925 and chartered on May 21, 1925. The Club has been active in the City of Somerville for 81 years. Kiwanis clubs focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. Through several community-based initiatives, The Kiwanis Club of Somerville has made a difference in the lives of many children. 

Cement Truck Accident in Somerville Damages Utility Lines

The Somerville Fire Department responded to a reported accident at the intersection of Ivaloo Street and Harrison Street at 1044 am on Tuesday, November 5th. A cement mixer owned by the Benevento Corp. had snagged overhead lines pulling a wooden utility pole down. This resulted in live electrical lines falling onto the truck. The electrical lines caused the truck to become energized and resulted in two fires to erupt on the truck. Firefighters used dry chemical extinguishers to put out fires at the motor area of the mixer and between the rear wheels of the vehicle. During all this, the driver was trapped in the cab of the truck due to the energized electrical lines. After approximately 20 minutes, NStar arrived and killed the electrical power to the area allowing the driver to safely exit his vehicle. In addition to the damaged pole, electrical service wires were pulled off the home at 3 Harrison Street.

Photos courtesy of Somerville F.D.

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Somerville Saying Goodby to Florence “Flo” Ribeiro

By William Tauro

Our condolence to the family of Florence “Flo”
Ribeiro on her recent passing this past week. Flo was larger than
life with he golden personality and her wonderful smile. Flo was
mother to former Somerville Police Officer James Ribeiro and she
was wife to everybody’s good friend, the Late Gil Ribeiro. She
worked at Somerville District Court for 25 years and was the first
woman in Masachusetts to be appointed a constatble for the City of
Somerville Flo was a very nice lady and will be sadly missed by
many here in the Ville!

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Four Fires in Somerville This Past Week

Somerville firefighters have responded to four house fires this week. None of these fires is considered suspicious. Somerville firefighters were kept busy during a six hour period on November 3rd and 4th responding to two porch fires. The first fire was reported at 9:02 pm on Sunday evening. Firefighters responding to 45 Kidder Avenue found fire burning in mulch which had spread to a first floor, front porch. Part of the porch siding had to be removed to complete extinguishment of the fire. The second blaze was reported at 1:56 am on Monday morning at 11 Oakland Avenue. Firefighters extinguished a fire on a second floor porch that had spread into an exterior wall. Firefighters had to open up several walls to complete extinguishment. At 1106 pm on Tuesday night, November 5th, an electrical fire broke out on the third floor of 72 Line Street. Firefighters had to open a section of ceiling to extinguish the fire and electrical power had to be shut down for the apartment. A third porch fire broke out this morning, November 6th at 848 am at 99 Porter Street. The fire was confined to a second floor rear porch and exterior wall. Improper disposal of smoking materials is suspected as the cause of all three porch fires.

The Somerville Fire Department would like to remind residents to properly dispose of smoking materials outside of their homes. Porch and deck fires have increased as smokers move outside instead of smoking in their residences. A metal container with sand is the best way to dispose of cigarette butts. Never use a potted plant or a plastic or combustible container to dispose of your smoking materials. These potted plants often contain peat and dead plant material which are very combustible. Never toss cigarettes into mulch or other vegetation around your property. It is also recommended to keep mulch at least 18 inches away from the base of your home. Pea stone or crushed rock should instead be used up against the building.

Photos courtesy of Somerville F.D.

Both photos are of firefighters completing extinguishment of the porch fire at 99 Porter Street on November 6th

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SOMERVILLE ONE OF FOUR COMMUNITIES NATIONWIDE INDUCTED TO NACTO FOR EXCELLENCE IN TRANSPORTATION ISSUES

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Somerville joins prestigious group, now comprised of 18 member cities and 12 affiliate members nationwide. Somerville recognized for excellence in sustainable transportation, street design and transportation policy.

SOMERVILLE – The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)added the City of Somerville, MA to its affiliate member list last week, including Somerville in its prestigious list of just 18 member cities and 12 affiliate members nationwide that includes Boston, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, D.C., among others. In a press release, NACTO officials lauded Somerville for its “[commitment] to sustainable transportation initiatives, aiming to strengthen cities and improve quality of life through better street design and transportation policy.” Earlier this month, Somerville was also recognized by the League of American Cyclists with a Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community Award, recognizing a significant step up from Bronze in only two years. Continue reading SOMERVILLE ONE OF FOUR COMMUNITIES NATIONWIDE INDUCTED TO NACTO FOR EXCELLENCE IN TRANSPORTATION ISSUES

CITY RECEIVES LOW BORROWING RATE AFTER HIGH CREDIT RATING

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The City of Somerville received a 3.29 rate on its $13 million Municipal Purposes loan after Moody’s assigns City’s highest ever credit rating to borrowing

SOMERVILLE – Reaping the benefits of the City’s highest ever credit rating in the City’s history, the City of Somerville will now receive a low interest rate on its previously approved short-term 20-year Municipal Purposes loan. After Moody’s Investors Service reaffirmed the City’s Aa2 long-term rating earlier this year, the credit rating agency recently also assigned the City’s more than $13 million in short-term borrowing the same high credit rating. Continue reading CITY RECEIVES LOW BORROWING RATE AFTER HIGH CREDIT RATING

COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEES FOR UNION AND GILMAN SQUARE NEEDED

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Committees would advise the city on strategic planning decisions and development in both squares over the next two years
SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville is seeking residents, property owners, members of the business community and other community representatives to serve on two advisory committees for Union Square and Gilman Square that will advise the city on strategic planning decisions and development in both squares over the next two years. Continue reading COMMUNITY ADVISORY COMMITTEES FOR UNION AND GILMAN SQUARE NEEDED

Dedication of POW-MIA chair at Somerville City Hall

At noon on Friday, November 8, the City of Somerville will join the New England Patriots, Lowell Spinners baseball team, and 14 other Massachusetts municipalities in establishing a POW-MIA chair at City Hall. This chair will remind the public of the 42,000 American servicemembers who have taken as prisoners of war and the 83,000 servicemembers who have declared missing in action since World War II. The display will consist of a chair, American and POW-MIA flags, and a plaque.

The dedication ceremony will begin promptly at noon on the main floor of City Hall, opposite the City Clerk’s office. Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Alderman Jack Connolly, and Joseph D’Entremont of Operation Rolling Thunder are expected to speak. Operation Rolling Thunder is the organization of Vietnam veterans that originally proposed the idea of such displays. The public is invited to the ceremony.

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FEMINO NAMED INTERIM ACTING CHIEF OF POLICE

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Captain Charles Femino current Chief of Detectives, with
department since 1984 SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone
announced today that Somerville Police Captain Charles Femino has
agreed to serve as the Interim Acting Chief of Police beginning on
Dec. 1, 2013, until a permanent replacement is found for departing
Chief Thomas Pasquarello. Femino is currently Chief of Detectives
for the Somerville Police Department, a position he has held since
2011 and previously held from 2005 to 2009. He served as Deputy
Chief of Police in 2010 and has been an officer with the Somerville
Police Department since 1984. Femino has also performed in a
variety of progressively responsible positions in his career in the
Somerville Police Department and has

Continue reading FEMINO NAMED INTERIM ACTING CHIEF OF POLICE

Today’s Red Sox fans have no idea what we went through

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by Neil W. McCabe

Have you tried to explain to younger people that being a Red Sox fan was not always about World Series championships, runs at the playoffs and the swagger of invincibility?
In the summer of 1975, a nine-year-old me wandered into my mother’s kitchen and announced: “Mom, I have decided that I am a Red Sox fan.”
“Don’t do it,” she replied.
“Why not?”
“They will only break your heart,” she said. “Every time.” Continue reading Today’s Red Sox fans have no idea what we went through

The City of Somerville Seeks Crossing Guards

The City of Somerville seeks qualified candidates to work as a Crossing Guard for the current school year. Morning shift is 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM; afternoon shift is 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM. Assignments to specific work sites will be determined. Must pass a pre-employment CORI and drug screen.

Applications must be submitted to and are available at the City Hall Personnel Office, 93 Highland Avenue, Somerville MA 02143. You can also fax (617-666-4426) or email resume to: employment_opportunities@somervillema.gov or the Somerville Police Safety Officer: ssylvester@police.somerville.ma.us

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The Somerville Police Arrest Pages of the Week

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On 11/1/2013, I, Officer Tim Van Nostrand, was on duty and assigned to uniform patrol in marked cruiser West 5. While monitoring traffic on Broadway, a public way in the city of Somerville, I queried Massachusetts registration on my laptop computer. The result of my RMV query showed the registered owner, .revoked license.

I activated my emergency lights and siren and stopped the vehicle in front of 855 Broadway. As soon as I stopped the vehicle, the front seat female passenger, and the rear seat male passenger attempted to exit the vehicle. I informed them to remain in the car, and informed Somerville Control of the stop.

I identified the operator as the registered owner, and informed him the reason why I had stopped him. While speaking with the operator both passengers continued to move around, and seemed very nervous. Due to neither one of them wearing a seat belt, I asked for their names in order to issue Continue reading The Somerville Police Arrest Pages of the Week

Somerville Council on Aging and Teen Empowerment goes to Symphony Hall

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The Somerville Council on Aging and Teen Empowerment went to Symphony Hall November 1st as part of an ongoing collaboration together. This specific program was done through a grant with The Boston Symphony Orchestra. They chose the COA and Teen Empowerment to participate in its Symphony for Our City program, which includes three special concerts and some educational presentations about classical music. Continue reading Somerville Council on Aging and Teen Empowerment goes to Symphony Hall

The November 5th, 2013 Print Edition of The Somerville News Weekly

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Late Breaking News For Newstalk Shout Out:

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Well, did we called it right in last week’s Newstalk Shout out?  Hit the nail right on the head! We heard through the grapevines that the police chief resigned today! We also heard that anyone appliying to be interim chief until they find a replacement will not be allowed to apply to be the chief. We heard that the interim chief could even qualify to go as back possibly far as a lieutenant, but who knows,? Alway remember that this is Somerville and anything is possible! Let’s just hope the the mayor remains with an open mind and stays within the homegrown local box this time and picks a local talent from within the department!  We wish Former Somerville Police Chief Tom all the best and thank you for a job well done sir!

Now for the News:

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WINTER HILL BANK’S 2ND ANNUAL HELPING FIGHT BREAST CANCER

Staff and all lobbies at Winter Hill Bank were dressed in “Pink” to bring awareness and help fight Breast Cancer during the entire month of October.
Winter Hill Bank, its customers and staff raised monies during the month which will be donated to help fight breast cancer. All locations of the bank provided valuable handouts about early Breast Cancer detection and as a “Thank You” for a donation each customer received a token of appreciation. To date approximately $5,000.00 raised will go towards breast cancer research, education, advocacy, health services and social support programs.

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Hold The Press and Check Us Out In Print!

The Somerville News Weekly/ Boston News Group.com staff is working late again tonight and burning the midnight oil in the control room, to make sure that we make our print edition’s deadlines on time!

This week’s print edition of the Somerville News Weekly promises to be a good one so check us out on Tuesday!

Jamie Norton’s first weekly column, “Reality Bites a Villen” is back and will also make its first comeback debit in this weeks print issue and he promises that it will be a duesey

Many of us here in the Ville were waiting for it to finally happen and so definitely don’t miss it!

We will hear what drove him away and what brought him back to the Ville!

We will also soon be announcing five new print editions in five more surrounding cities and towns that will be hitting the streets very shortly!

So look for us at news stands near you!

Advertise with Boston/ Somerville News Group and get noticed by thousands monthly!

Contact us at: Bostonnewsgroup@aol.com “Because we have an app for that!

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Somerville Fire Fighters Union Endorses Matt McLaughlin in Ward 1 Alderman Race

Somerville Fire Fighters Union Endorses Matt McLaughlin in Ward 1 Alderman Race
East Somerville – October 24, 2013 – In a display of support for the candidate that has already earned widespread endorsements from labor unions and working families, the International Association of Firefighters Local 76, the union of Somerville Fire Fighters, endorsed Matt McLaughlin for Ward 1 Alderman at their meeting last night.
Matt is delighted to receive the endorsement of the Fire Fighters, saying, “Since the beginning of my campaign, I have been 100% committed to fighting for working families in Somerville. I am honored to have the support of an organization that has always worked for its’ members safety and welfare, just as they have protected our community.”
The Fire Fighters’ endorsement, coming just over two weeks after Mayor Joe Curtatone’s endorsement, cements Matt’s standing as an independent candidate who can constructively address complicated issues. The Mayor’s administration and the Fire Fighters’ union have been involved in contentious contract negotiations; having the support of both is a clear display that Matt is the candidate who will continue to create bridges once elected into office.
The Fire Fighters’ endorsement is the most recent endorsement in a string of other important shows of support from labor unions. Matt has received endorsements from twelve other unions and labor organizations representing workers in the public sector (including the Somerville Labor Coalition), the building trades, the service sector, and more. Further underscoring Matt’s broad appeal, Matt has also received the endorsements of current Ward 1 Alderman Maureen Bastardi, Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz, the Progressive Democrats of Somerville, and The Somerville Journal.
Matt is running for the Ward 1 Alderman seat, and is competing against local businessman Elio LoRusso. At the present time of this endorsement Elio LoRusso did not list any endorsements on his website.

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Beacon Hill Roll Call

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Beacon Hill Roll Call
Volume 38 – Report. 44
October 28 – November 1, 2013
Copyright © 2013 Beacon Hill Roll Call. All Rights Reserved.
By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on four roll calls and local senators on two from the week of October 28-November 1.

HELP MILITARY FAMILIES (H 3720)
House 155-0, approved the VALOR II Act, a bill that would expand financial and education benefits and many other services for veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families. Provisions include increasing the buffer zone of 500 feet to 1,000 feet for demonstrations at any military funeral; allowing college students who are called to active duty the option to complete their courses at a later date or withdraw and receive a refund of all tuition and fees; and allowing private-sector employers to give preference to veterans and spouses of 100 percent disabled veterans. Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call

November 2nd, 3rd Year Anniversary of Somerville Police Officer Shooting

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By William Tauro

This past Saturday, November 2nd marked the third anniversary that Somerville Police Officer Mario Oliveria was shot multiple times while serving an arrest warrant.

The incident took place on Gibbens Street in Somerville where Oliveria moments after the shooting lay cold on the ground fighting for his life until emergency medical first responder units arrived at the scene.

Oliveria said in a statement to The Somerville News Weekly that” If it weren’t for the heroics of ATF Agent Brian Higgins, Somerville Police Sergeant Joe Mccain, Somerville Police Lieutenant. Reardon and Somerville Police Detective Nadile that he would not have made it to the Massachusetts General Hospital where Dr. David King performed a miracle and brought him back from the dead, not once but Twice!” He also went on saying that” He could never repay those guys for what they did, never!” and that “He is forever indebted to them. ” also “Thank you to all my family and Facebook family for all the support, I mean that with all my heart!”

 

Somerville Chamber’s Annual Dinner & Powderhouse Awards

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Keynote: John Harthorne, MassChallenge

Fitzgerald Lifetime Achievement Award: Tom Bent, Bent Electrical

6:30 P.M. Reception

7:30 P.M. Dinner

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Holiday Inn, 30 Washington Street

617-413-5071

Thanks,

Stephen

Stephen V. Mackey, President/CEO

Somerville Chamber of Commerce

2 Alpine Street, P.O. Box 440343

Somerville, MA 02144

617-776-4100

smackey@somervillechamber.org

http://www.somervillechamber.org

 

Grand Opening Official of “West 7 Bistro” in Somerville!

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By William Tauro

The Grand Opening of Somerville’s newest restaurant, “West 7 Bistro,” owned by Delio Susi took place this past Saturday afternoon.

The new bistro restaurant is located at 1137 broadway, Teele Square in Somerville.

Friends, relatives, patrons and elected officials were in attendance at the grand opening event to congratulate “West 7 Bistro’s owner on his new restaurant.

While they were there they also got to sample some of the restaurant’s finest cuisine creations from its new menu.

Former Somerville Mayor/ Middlesex County Register of Deeds Gene Brune had the honors of cutting the grand opening ribbon that officially made the opening official.

U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano, State Massachusetts State Representative Tim Toomey, Somerville Deputy Police Chief Michael Cabral and Somerville Alderman Dennis Sullivan as well as candidate for alderman-at-large, Mary Jo Rossetti stopped by to offer their congratulations and support as well. Continue reading Grand Opening Official of “West 7 Bistro” in Somerville!

Rebekah Gewirtz Ward 6 Alderman

My Endorsements
(and some helpful Election Day information)
Election Day is Tuesday November 5, 2013

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As you know, there is an Election Day in Somerville coming up on Tuesday, November 5th. Polls will be open throughout the city from 7am-8pm. While I do not have an opponent this year, I would very much appreciate your vote! For news stories about what I have been been up to on the Board of Aldermen recently, check out my website at http://www.rebekahgewirtz.org. Also, be on the lookout for the winter edition of my quarterly e-newsletter.. coming soon. If you know of events or happenings you would like me to include, please send me an email to: rebekah.gewirtz@gmail.com.

Polling locations in Ward 6:
Ward 6 Prct 1: Kennedy School, Sartwell Ave entrance.
Ward 6 Prct 2: Ciampa Manor, corner of College and Winslow Ave (I will be at this polling location from 7-9am greeting voters and collecting signatures for the Raise up Massachusetts Campaign)
Ward 6 Prct 3: Baptist Church, corner of Chapel and College Ave.

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