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Somerville and The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts



By William Tauro

The City of Somerville is very blessed in many different ways.

Here in the city we have a wealth of many different active service clubs and organizations such as the Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, the Masons and Eastern Star just to name a few.

Most of these clubs and organizations consist of many local residents as members all teaming up and doing the thing that they do best and that is helping people in need.

Another organization that hits close to home here in the Ville is The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, Charted in 1638 by then Governor Winthrop.

Many Somerville. residents are and have been members of the Ancient Honorables for many years.

On occasion, they also serve as the governor’s honor. guard for visiting dignitaries.

There are over nine hundred members of the Ancient & Honorable Artillery. Company of Massachusetts, the. oldest charted. military unit in the. United. States.

It is the third oldest in the world.

Recently one hundred twenty eight members of the Ancients visited Moscow and St. Petersburg.

They were the first to carry the American flag to the Kremlin in ninty five years.

Their mission is to be good ambassadors.

They travel around the world honoring brave men and women who gave their lives for our country during time of war.

Photo below: Was taken in Russia this past year and all three gentlemen are Somerville Residents.

L to right: LT Jim Veneziano, LTC Larry Willwerth and CPT Joe Benoit in St. Petersburg, Russia


Somerville Pop Warner Last Game of 2013 Season with a final score of 32-6, Ladies & Gentlemen I present to you, your 2013 NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONS ~ SOMERVILLE POP WARNER A-TEAM!


A message from your vice president:

Sunday Nov 24th, was the last game of the 2013 season.The New England Championship…win or lose..We had a great season…it was our 50th Anniversary…had a record breaking 250+ kids…Welcomed lots of new people to our football family…We are still playing at the end of November….for some of the kids on the A-Team, this will be their last game….sad to see them go… ūüôĀ …but I see Great things for them in the future…But most of all…I hope every kid in the program has made friends and memories! ‚ô• #makingmemoriesthatlastalifetime!

Team A Somerville – New England Championship game was on Sunday at Lampson Field in Billerica, Massachusetts.

with a final score of 32-6, Ladies & Gentlemen I present to you, your 2013 NEW ENGLAND CHAMPIONS ~ SOMERVILLE POP WARNER A-TEAM !


The Book Shop in Ball Square Bringing in Big Names to Somerville



The Book Shop on Broadway thats located in Ball Square in Somerville hosted “The Carter Alan Event” the other night at the shop.

Carter Alan, an amazing gentleman gave a very informative talk about his book “Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN.

He shared his memories about his 19 years at WBCN as well as great stories about legendary rockers like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Peter Frampton, U2 and even Bob Marley’s early years playing around Boston and many others local venues.

Below is a link to a story about Carter and the book that one of our Somerville neighbors, Ethan Gilsdorf wrote for the Boston Globe.

You can also pick up your copy of the Somerville News Weekly as well as a copy of Mayor Gene Brune’s new book “The Spirit of Somerville” everyday at the bookshop located in Ball Square!


Longtime Cambridge Resident with Strong Somerville Ties, Christina Vitale Nardella Passes Away at Age 93


Christina Vitale Nardella was born in 1920 in Gaeta Italy and married to the late Pietro Nardella passed away peacefully on November 23rd 2013 after a short illness.
In November of 1956 Pietro and Christina came to America where they took up residence in Cambridge Massachusetts. Christina is survived by her four children, Cosmo, Nancy, Joe and Sal married to Jenny with two grandson’s Peter and Jonathan.
Christina was an active member of her community and involved in different societies including the Saint Cosmas and Damian Society. She was also a member of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi.

Beacon Hill Roll Call – Regular weekly report – Nov. 22, 2013


Beacon Hill Roll Call
Volume 38 – Report No. 47
November 18-22, 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 and senators on five roll calls from the week of November 18-22.

House 142-10, approved and sent to the Senate a bill that allows Bay State voters to vote up to two weeks before a presidential primary or election. Another key provision allows people to register to vote online.

Supporters said it is time for Massachusetts to join the 19 states that allow online registration and the 32 that allow early voting. They argued both changes will increase voter turnout.

Some opponents said they are Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call – Regular weekly report – Nov. 22, 2013

2014 Nominations for Director’s Awards Extended and Interviews with 2013 Winners



May is Preservation Month in Somerville each year and an opportunity to publicize, and celebrate all of the historic features in our community. One significant part of this month is the Preservation Awards Program which is uniquely different from other communities’ award program because it involves

Continue reading 2014 Nominations for Director’s Awards Extended and Interviews with 2013 Winners

The holidays are coming to Somerville in full force with annual favorites and some new activities


It all kicks off Thurs., Dec. 5 with the annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony on the City Hall concourse. Along with musical e…ntertainment, special guest Santa Clause will be stopping by to get everyone in the holiday spirit.

Later in the month you can join a trolley tour of spectacularly decorated houses in East or West Somerville during the Illuminations Tours. Tickets for the popular tours go on sale Mon., Dec. 2.

New this year is the Holiday Arts and Eats Festival on Dec. 6, 7, and 8. The festival will feature food trucks, a large holiday market including 60 artists, a 21+ event on Friday night and family-friendly activities and live music all weekend long.

For more information on any of these events:



SOMERVILLE ‚Äď Help the Somerville Arts Council better understand the economic assets of the creative community in Somerville by participating in a quick community survey, launched with the UMass Center for Policy Analysis. .

The survey can be found at, is open to all residents and will be available through December 6. It takes only 12 questions and five minutes to complete.

‚ÄúMuch of our success at the Somerville Arts Council relies on us listening to the creative community in Somerville,‚ÄĚ said Mayor Joe Curtatone. ‚ÄúThis survey, the data we will gain and the completed report will help the Council and the City understand how much the creative community contributes to Somerville‚Äôs economic vitality. We‚Äôve always known we have a wealth of creative people in our City and now we will be able to quantify that information.‚ÄĚ

‚ÄúOur programming seeks to reflect the rich cultural diversity of the City and the artists, designers, and performers who have made it home. Similarly the policies we push at the City level attempt to be responsive to the needs of local artists,‚ÄĚ said Gregory Jenkins, Director of the Somerville Arts Council.

As Somerville approaches a crossroads regarding the type of change and development it expects, surveys and reports will help City officials and directors understand the needs of the creative community and identify points of leverage for policy intervention. Toward that goal, the City is launching this asset survey and analysis with the UMass Center for Policy Analysis.

Although there is no rigid definition of the creative economy, it essentially encompasses those businesses, organizations and individuals who produce and distribute cultural goods, services and intellectual property‚ÄĒfrom art, film, photography and music to architecture, advertising and jewelry design.

‚ÄúSomerville is well-known for attracting and supporting artists, but we are always looking for new and innovative ways to expand our programs and policies,‚ÄĚ Jenkins said. ‚ÄúWhile economic impacts are an inherently crude measure of artistic expression, they are an important part of the larger narrative of how creative activity increases cultural and economic well-being. This report will provide more clarity about the depth and breadth of the cultural communities economic assets, which can be leveraged to support not only their community but also the City at-large.‚ÄĚ

The survey is available at


Extra Extra Hold The Press!


Be sure to pick up this coming Tuesday, November 26th print edition of The Somerville News Weekly because you won’t want to miss “Newstalk Shout OutLoud” at all!

Many questions to be asked, even many more questions need to be answered!

We will also be bringing you very shortly in an upcoming issue a very disturbing, sensitive and some long-awaited “tell all stories of what happened, how and why as it unfolds!” One can only imagine!


Senate Passes Bill to Restore Minimum Wage

Senator Patricia Jehlen
Second Middlesex District
State House of Massachusetts
Room 513
Boston, MA 02133

BOSTON ‚Äď The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that will restore the value of the minimum wage in Massachusetts by increasing the minimum wage to $11 by 2016 and tying future increases to the Consumer Price Index for the Northeast region. The bill also increases wages for tipped workers to 50 percent of the minimum wage. Continue reading Senate Passes Bill to Restore Minimum Wage

Somerville Ward 6 Alderman Selected as honoree for the Greater Boston Labor Council Annual Dinner


Congratulation to Somerville Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz who has been selected to be honoree at the Greater Boston Labor Council annual dinner on Friday night, 11/22. Here are two links with more information about the event:

Real Life Somerville Police Stories


Libby arrest
On November 12, 2013, I was in full uniform and assigned along with Ofc Monaco in Somerville marked unit 199 (Special Operations). While traveling East on Broadway, a public way within the city of Somerville, I randomly queried the status of MA reg 581NJ2, a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle came back active, however, the owners license status came back SUSPENDED for OUI. Ofc Monaco activated the emergency lights and siren stopping the vehicle on Blakeley Ave at Mcgrath Hwy, both Public Ways within the City of Somerville. I identified the operator as the owner, Ms. Jennifer Libby DOB 12/29/1986 (OLN#S79682827). I placed Libby under arrest for the above listed offense. She was transported to the station in Somerville marked unit 200, operated by Officer Teves. She was booked in the usual manner by Lt. A. Rymill. The vehicle was towed from the scene by Pats tow. I issued Libby MA criminal Citation R3373336 for Operating after Suspension for OUI (90/23).

Somerville Lions Club Past President Layed to Rest


By William Tauro

Some sad news to report that Somerville Lions Club Past President, Robert Hayden has sadly passed away this past week.

Robert Joined the Somerville Lions Club in 1984 and later served as president of the club in 1998 and 1999.

Robert served his county during WWII in Tokyo Japan while in the United States Navy aboard the USS Cunningham.

Then after the war had ended, he became the Register of Voters for the town Arlington as well as the chairman for the Arlington Republican Committee for the past twenty years in that town.

Somerville Lions Club President-Formor Somerville Mayor Gene Brune along with other Somerville and Arlington Lions Clubs members paid their final respects at a graveside memorial service on Wednesday.

The U.S. Navel Honor Guard were also present as Robert Hayden was lay to rest at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Arlington MA.