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Middlesex Sheriff’s Officer Robert Wright Awarded Medal of Valor Recognized at the Massachusetts Correctional Employee of the Year Award Ceremony

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Middlesex Sheriff’s Officer Robert Wright was recognized October 4 by the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security and the corrections community for his heroic efforts while off-duty following a double shooting in June 2012.

Officer Wright, of Medford, was presented with the Medal of Valor at the Massachusetts Correctional Employee of the Year Awards Ceremony at the State House. He was one of several corrections professionals honored from across the state.

A trained Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Officer Wright was at a park in Cambridge on June 3, 2012 when he heard gunfire erupt nearby. Running towards the sound of the gunshots, Officer Wright found a fatally wounded teenager and immediately began performing CPR. He continued his efforts until Cambridge rescue personnel arrived on scene and relieved him. A second wounded teen was attended to by additional rescue personnel.

“Unarmed and off-duty, Officer Wright responded to a highly dangerous and unfolding incident not knowing who – or what – he would find,” said Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. “His actions that evening were extraordinary and exemplify the very best of those in the corrections field.”

Earlier this year, Officer Wright was also recognized by both the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office and the Cambridge Police Department for his actions during this incident. Officer Wright was presented with the Humanitarian Award at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office 2013 Employee Recognition Ceremony in May and was presented with the Allen McPherson Citizens Services Award by the City of Cambridge Police in June.

SOMERVILLE POLICE BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY AWARD is presented for outstanding dedication and effort for the month of September 2013 to Deputy Chief Paul Upton

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The Beyond the Call of Duty Award was formed to recognize an individual that exc…eeded expectations usually for a specific act. In an exceptionally rare circumstance do you identify an individual, such as Deputy Chief Paul Upton, who has gone above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis for the past 30 years. Deputy Paul Upton started his career in 1983 with the Somerville Police Department and has held almost every position within the Department. Deputy Upton has received numerous awards and accolades during his years of service and has served as a mentor to law enforcement officers throughout the state. Deputy Upton is perhaps best recognized for his commitment to Homeland Security and recognized as a leader in this area. Deputy Upton has been the primary source behind the establishment of the Emergency Operations Center and his leadership has been tested and proven during a number of potential catastrophic events. The Department wishes Deputy Upton the best in his retirement and the community thanks him for his 30 years of service which were well beyond the call of duty.
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Thomas Pasquarello, Chief of Police

Mapping Public Art in the ‘Ville

 

On Oct. 5th, a public art tour celebrates our new public art map! 

 

 

Thanks to Emily Bhargava and Alison Frazzini, we have a spanking new interactive public art map, sponsored by the city, the Arts Council and Shape Up Somerville. Check it out and find out where the goggled man is below. And if there is public art you know about but isn’t on the map, just snap a photo of it and add it to the map. We want this map to grow!

“We are proud to have one of the most diverse, funky arts scenes in the nation,” says Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “And through this interactive map community members will be able to learn so much more about what Somerville has to offer. It’s also a great way to encourage people to get out and walk and bike, while exploring the city’s art.”

Emily Bhargava chimes in, “It’s been amazing to discover art in alleyways and around corners. While working on the map I found art close to my house, – places I hadn’t thought to look. Overall, this map is like Open Studios, but year round!”

On Sat, Oct. 5th there will be a public art tour that begins at 10am in East Somerville. All the details here

Standing Room Only Crowd At Register of Deeds Curtatone’s Event

By William Tauro

On Thursday evening, Middlesex County Register of Deeds, Maria Curtatone hosted a fundraising event at the Independent Restaurant in Union Square Somerville.

Friends, relatives supporters, elected officials as well as candidates for office from five different surrounding cities and towns came to Somerville to show their support for the South Middlesex County Register of Deeds Maria Curtatone.

Maria Curtatone was elected to office last September and has successfully completed her first year in office as register.

Curtatone’s office is located at the Middlesex County Registry of Deeds/ Probate Courthouse in East Cambridge and her office consists of a six-year term.

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October’s Somerville Chamber of Commerce Event A Big Success

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By William Tauro

Thursday evening’s Somerville Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Event at Orleans Restaurant in Davis Square was another big Chamber success!

Chamber members, guests of members and new newcomers enjoyed the evening in Davis Square as they had a wonderful networking opportunity to meet other local business representative from within the Somerville business community.

The Somerville Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” event happens every first Thursday of the month in a different local business location within the City of Somerville.

This month’s event was sponsored by Great Hill Dental of Holland Street in Somerville!

Social Events and Fundraisers Happening In The Ville Thursday and Friday

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“If you don’t see your event posted here it’s possibly your own fault!”
Please send us your social or fundraising event announcements to: Wmtauro@bostonnewsgroup.com to be posted for FREE for the world to see as we post it live here on THE SOMERVILLE NEWS WEEKLY.com as well as on all of our multiple news publication web sites throughout the state, on our multiple Facebook pages and beyond
“With Over 200,000 Monthly Readers Your Message Is Sure To Get Noticed”
“WE REACH OUT AND GRAB YOU”
THURSDAY OCT 3rd
Middlesex Register of Deeds Maria Curtatone is having a fundraiser on Thursday Oct 3rd, from 5-8pm at The Independent Reataurant in Somerville! Maria always throws a good not-to-be-missed-event that everyone actully enjoys themselves!
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Please Join The Somerville Chamber of Commerce for the Next Business After Hours Orleans Restaurant 65 Holland Street, Davis Square in Somerville Sponsored by Great Hill Dental from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Thursday, October 3rd! Free appetizers, excellent networking. Bring your business cards for drawing. Members and their guests welcome. Treat your colleagues and clients! RSVP with name(s) and affiliation(s) for you and your guest(s) to smackey@somervillechamber.org RSVP: Stephen V. Mackey, President/CEO Somerville Chamber of Commerce 2 Alpine Street, P.O. Box 440343 Somerville, MA 02144 617-776-4100 visit them on www.somervillechamber.org
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FRIDAY OCT 4th
Join The Somerville News Weekly/ BOSTON NEWS GROUP.com at the CelebrAsians Cancer Walk On The Runway In Somerville. Come meet our good friend, Janet Wu, Reporter/Anchor at WHDH-TV/7NBC as she Emcees the CelebrAsians Even and is take part in a benefit fashion show hosted by AWFH to engage, empower and enable Asian women who are impacted by cancers. Fifteen Asian cancer survivors will share their inspiring stories and model the creations of leading Asian designers. Be a champion for Asian women’s health and a supporter of AWFH! Friday, October 4th from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Reception and 8:00-10:00: Fashion Show (raffle prizes available) at the: DANCE UNION 16 BOW STREET SOMERVILLE MA 02143 8:00-10:00: Fashion Show FOR TICKETS:http://celebrasians2013.eventbrite.com/ Street parking is available throughout the Union Square area. Free parking will be available after 7pm in the lot behind Reliable Market (45 Union Square, Somerville) and Citizens Bank, as well as in the Goodyear’s parking lot (1 Bow Street, Somerville). Please make check payable to “Asian Women for “Tickets available at the door”

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Come see Jim Plunkett at his very best so please save the date for the David Martini and Nick Peters Schoolrship Fund Raiser on Friday October 4th from 6-4 at the Dante Club on Craige Street in Somerville.

Join The Somerville News Weekly, Bostonnewsgroup.com and Janet Wu at CelebrAsians Cancer Walk on the Runway!

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Friday Oct 4th from 7-10pm at “Dance Union”, 16 Bow Street Union in Somerville

CelebrAsians is a benefit fashion show hosted by AWFH to engage, empower and enable Asian women who are impacted by cancers.

Fifteen Asian cancer survivors will share their inspiring stories and model the creations of leading Asian designers.

Be a champion for Asian women’s health and a supporter of AWFH!

Emcee: Janet Wu, Reporter/Anchor at WHDH-TV/7NBC

CelebrAsians is a benefit fashion show hosted by AWFH to

Fifteen Asian cancer survivors will share their inspiring stories and model the creations of leading Asian designers.

Be a champion for Asian women’s health and a supporter of AWFH!

Emcee: Janet Wu, Reporter/Anchor at WHDH-TV/7NBC

See more at: http://celebrasians2013.eventfizz.com/content/3889/celebrasians2013#sthash.vLWUfWZs.dpuf

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14 Things from Back to the Future II That Actually Came True, and 5 That Haven’t…

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By William Tauro

If your a little older like me, some of you may remember these predictions from the movie “Back To The Future II.”

I remember my wonderful high school days like they were yesterday!

Growing up in and around the city streets of Cambridge and Somerville as a kid and life was good.

I distinctly Remember going to see this movie with an old junior year high school date at the old Fresh Pond Movie Theater in Cambridge.

Who would’ve thought it would’ve been reality check it out!

“What’s Come True”

“A baseball team in Miami Florida?”

“Handless and/or wireless video games”

“Our obsession with 3D movies and sequels”

“Handheld tablet computers”

“Video conferencing”

“Wall-mounted widescreen televisions”

“Being consumed with personal electronics”

“Multiple TV channels”

“Performance enhancers being a major problem in Sports”

“Compost fuel”

“Flying cars”

“Hoverboards”

“Dehydrated food”

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Five years from now, Marty McFly will show up in Hill Valley to save his kids. We wanted to see just how prophetic Zemeckis was in 1989, when he designed Hill Valley: 2015. Find out after the jump!

http://gawker.com/5667202/11-things-from-back-to-the-future-ii-that-actually-came-true-and-3-that-havent-yet

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The Somerville News Weekly’s Sister News Station Gets 1000 “Facebook Likes”

The Somerville News Weekly is also on it’s way to reach that milestone as well!

“The Results Are In”

Congratulations To BostonNewsGroup.com for 1,000 LIKES

Winning Boston News Group.com Facebook Readers:

“Michelle Sinclair” was the 1000th Like!!! ,”Jolly Spamhead” was the 999th!!!, “Deb Shea Fede was the 998th Like!!!”

All three winners will receive a prize!

$50.00Gift 99 Restaurant Certificate or being the 1000th Like.

$25.00 99 Restaurant Gift Certificate for the 999th Like!

$10.00 Dunkin Donut Gift Card for the 998th Like!

“We Did It”!!!!!!!!!

“Thank You All!”

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Newstalk Shout Out Loud Weekly For Tuesday October 1st

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We’re very sure that many of you out there are wondering what’s exactly is going on here at the “News” with all these fancy new names and new owners, so here it is in a nutshell and nothing more so we can all move on!

Recently the two owners of The Somerville News have split up as business partners here in the Ville and both have gone on their separate paths to venture out into the news media industry world on their own.

Publisher Donald Norton moved onto The Somerville Times and Publisher Bill Tauro moved onto The Somerville News Weekly & Boston News Group.com as publisher of both publications as well as Publisher of Modern Cop Magazine and Political Agenda News Magazine.

In a statement, Bill Tauro stated “Even though we both at times clashed and bumped heads, we were friends when we became partners and co-publishers back in 2004 of The Somerville News and as far as I’m concerned, we are still friends to the very end and I have the upmost respect for Donald Norton!” “I wish Donald, his new partners and their wonderful staff all the best with The Somerville Times!

Continue reading Newstalk Shout Out Loud Weekly For Tuesday October 1st

Deputy Chief Paul Upton Retires From The Somerville Police Department After Serving 30 Years

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By William Tauro

On Monday September 30, 2013 Deputy Chief Paul Upton retired from the Somerville Police Department after serving 30 years of distinguished service. Deputy Chief Upton has been a deputy chief at the department since 2008. Paul was the consummate professional which included being the department’s “Public Information Officer.” who’s responsibility was to as well as being a deputy chief, he had to deal with the media and inform the public, especially the good citizens of Somerville of any and all newsworthy events.that impacted their lives that involved the Somerville Police Department.

Paul Upton will be missed around the staion and we here at The Somerville News Weekly thank him for all his years of service to the Somerville Police Department and especially for a “Job Well Done!”

 

Stop by the Somerville by Design charrette in East Somerville today to share your thoughts on the future of the neighborhood.

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    There’s still time to have your ideas drawn up on the big boards! Today is the second day of the East Somerville design charrette (here’s a recap of day 1: http://bit.ly/18LbJVP). We’ll be in our makeshift design studio at 122-124 Broadway until 8 p.m. tonight on Tuesday, so come by to help shape the future of East Somerville.

The Spirit of Somerville”

Save the date & have breakfast with the author,

Former Somerville Mayor/Middlesex County Register of Deeds Gene Brune at his next book signing!

Oct 8th at 9:00am & Oct 9th at 10:00am

Pignones Café
319 Main St, Stoneham, MA

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Former Somerville Mayor Gene Brune signs copies of his book. “The Spirit of Somerville” at an event at the bookshop in Ball Square last week. More than 100 people, Including State Treasurer Steve Grossman came out to the event.

For More information visit our website: http://www.spiritofsomerville.com

Photo left to right: Ellie Blute, Teresa Cardoso, Gene Brune and Natalie Vieira.

Photo by William Tauro as shown in the Somerville Journal 9/26/13 print edition.

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SOMERVILLE’S OLDE MAGOUN’S HOSTS OKTOBERFEST BIERGARTEN!

 

 

Olde Magoun’s Saloon is bringing back the Paulaner Oktoberfest Biergarten, this time, making it a 2-day event on Saturday October 5th and Sunday October 6th from 12-6pm!

Paulaner is bringing an 18-wheeler truck outfitted with functioning taps and filled with each beer they produce including Oktoberfest Marzen, Oktoberfest Weisn, Pilsner, Lager, Hefeweizen, Salvatore Doppel Bock.

They’ll have a tent, biergarten picnic tables, music and authentic Oktoberfest food to go along with all the great beer. This is going to be the Oktoberfest event of the year you don’t want to miss! 

Somerville Youth Hockey Association Hosting Sign-Up

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    Somerville Youth Hockey Association is hosting a sign-up this Monday September 30th from 6-730 and Wednesday October 2nd from 6:30-7:30 in the lobby of the big rink.The program starts Saturday October 19 -March 8, from 8AM-11AM.

    The cost of the program is $25 for Somerville residents and $150 for non-residents.

    All players must have the proper equipment to attend.

    For more info please visit www.SomervilleRec.com

Help make Somerville more accessible

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This summer we released the results of a six-month study of Somerville’s accessibility, but we need your feedback as well. The second of two public meetings to gather community feedback is scheduled for Thurs., Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at City Hall. You can also send questions and comments to ADA Coordinator Betsy Allen at 617-625-6600 ext. 2323 or by email at ballen@somervillema.gov. You can read the full study here: http://bit.ly/1hhLWb5.

Help support Historic Somerville with a yogurt purchase this Tuesday only!

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Fall Greetings Friends and Neighbors,

This Tuesday, October 1st come celebrate both the wonderful warm and sunny weather (in the 70’s during the day!) AND all of the terrific events that Historic Somerville
co-sponsors with the City of Somerville to highlight our rich and very diverse ethnic heritage! Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt in Davis Square will generously donate 10% of everyone’s purchases made on Tues. Oct. 1st to Historic Somerville. They are open from 11am to 10pm and are located in the Davis Square Plaza on Elm St. , opposite Chipotle, and next to the Starbucks Coffee Shop. If you have never been before, here’s a chance to try their yummy offerings, with multiple flavors of frozen yogurt and add-ons which you make yourself and can have fun creating! If you are a regular, like me, then here’s a great excuse to indulge and help out a worthy cause.

And speaking of worthy causes, you could even make a whole evening meal, and go to Flatbread Pizza on Dover St. and enjoy dinner to support the Friends of Somerville Public Library and then afterwards save room to get dessert by walking across the parking lot to Orange Leaf Yogurt!

If you have a Facebook account and are willing, we sure would appreciate you going to Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt fundraiser in Davis Square to help spread the word.

Cheers, Brandon

 

Somerville Football Player Gone To Soon, To Young

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By Somerville Football and Cheering- Somervillians and by William Tauro
R.I.P. Somerville Pop Warner Moises Rodriguez 9-27-13
We are saddened to say with a heavy heart that Somerville Pop Warner has lost a member of the family. Moises Rodriguez played for 5 years (2005-2009).
He played hard and was the defense captain on the A-team playing for Coach Eddie.
He was a cheerful young man that loved his dog as much as football. He leaves behind a mother and 4 younger brothers & sister. He was happiest when he played football so he will wear his #45 ….home!
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Team A – Team Player Gave wore # 45 in memory of Moises Rodriguez at Game 4 vs Mission Hill this past Sunday!

Somerville Is The Place To Be For Octoberfest

By William Tauro

Hi everyone don’t forget this October is Oktoberfest here in Somerville!

With Dynamite Oktoberfest Celebration Festivities Happening All Week Long!

October 4-5that the Precinct

October 4-5-6th at the Independent

October 5-6th at the
Olde magoon’s Saloon

October 6th at Redbones

October 11-12-13th Honk Festival Activities Street Band don’t miss it for more on all the activities go to that Somerville Chamber of Commerce website at:

www.somervillechamber.org/

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A Message From Maureen Bastardi Alderman Ward 1

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Dear Friend,

I want to thank you for all the support that you showed me throughout my political career, especially over the past several months, and for the honor to serve as both your School Committee Representative and as the current Ward 1 Alderman. You put in an incredible amount of work for me, and I will always remember the amazing effort of the work that we did. Continue reading A Message From Maureen Bastardi Alderman Ward 1

Somerville Annual Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness Month

 

The Annual Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness Month is this Wed., Oct. 2, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 220 Washington St. Join the Office of Somerville Commissions in raising awareness of domestic violence and the resources available to victims. This year’s speaker is Corey Yarbrough of the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition. Anti-violence agencies will be in Union Square starting at 5:30 p.m. to share information. http://bit.ly/1blpfSl

Somerville Hydrant Flushing Programs Begins Monday 9/30

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The City of Somerville Water Department is conducting a Flushing Program throughout the water distribution system.   The City will be flushing hydrants and operating gate valves to maintain the distribution system.   Continue reading Somerville Hydrant Flushing Programs Begins Monday 9/30

Somerville’s Middlesex Federal Savings Gets A New Vice President

By William Tauro

The Middlesex Federal Savings bank in Somerville is proud to announce the appointment of Peter Bazzinotti, a highly respected and well-known person within the banking industry.

Bazzinotti resides in Tewksbury and has been the named “senior vice president-senior loan officer” at Middlesex Federal Savings in Somerville.

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Join The Somerville News Weekly/ BOSTON NEWS GROUP.com at the CelebrAsians Cancer Walk On The Runway In Somerville

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Emcee: Janet Wu, Reporter/Anchor at WHDH-TV/7NBC
Hi Everyone…
CelebrAsians is a benefit fashion show hosted by AWFH to

engage, empower and enable Asian women who are impacted by cancers.

Fifteen Asian cancer survivors will share their inspiring stories and model

the creations of leading Asian designers.

Be a champion for Asian women’s health and a supporter of AWFH!
Emcee: Janet Wu, Reporter/Anchor at WHDH-TV/7NBC
 

Friday, October 4th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

IN Somerville

7:00-8:00:   Reception (raffle prizes available)

DANCE UNION

16 BOW STREET

SOMERVILLE MA 02143

8:00-10:00: Fashion Show

Street parking is available throughout the Union Square area. Free parking will be available after 7pm in the lot behind Reliable Market (45 Union Square, Somerville) and Citizens Bank, as well as in the Goodyear’s parking lot (1 Bow Street, Somerville).

Please make check payable to “Asian Women for Health, Inc. and mail it to:

83 Wallace Street, Somerville MA 02144

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Sponsors

BOSTON NEWS GROUP.com / THE SOMERVILLE NEWS WEEKLY

& NEWS PUBLISHER BILLY TAURO

  http://www.scchc.org/ South Cove Community Health Center

 

Participating Partners:

 http://www.asianboston.com/Asian Boston Media Group http://avnifashion.com/Avni Trivedi Design https://www.facebook.com/pages/CAFE-TANGO/345288265512781Cafe Tango
http://friendsofmel.org/Friends of Mel Foundation http://www.philipsawyer.com/Philip Sawyer Design http://www.shelleychhabra.com/Shelley Chhabra
http://www.shiseido.com/Shiseido http://www.snappysushi.com/Snappy Sushi

“Wicked Tuna Star Visits The Somerville News Weekly on it’s Grand Opening Day

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By William Tauro

Capt “JR” of Sambuca Charters who stars in Nat Geo’s new tv hit series “Wicked Tuna” visited with the staff of The Somerville News and BostonNewsGroup.com this past Saturday evening in Somerville to offer his congratulations on the new opening.

Bostonnewsgroup.com and The Somerville News Weekly are currently considering putting together a “Charity Boston Harbor Tour Cruise as well as a Charity Fishing Trip Raffle aboard the two Somerville News and Bostonnewsgroup.com news boats to benefit Somerville Lions Club charities that explore eye research and help to find a cure for blindness.

The newspaper is hoping to utilize some “Star Studded Power” to spark up some extra excitement and interest for the summer of 2014 events!

Photo: Somerville News Publisher Bill Tauro and Capt JR

 

LGBT “Movies To Come Out To” “Left on Pearl”

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It was an amazing night at the Holland Street Center as the filmmaker and producers of “Left on Pearl”, the film that explores the intense ten-day occupation of 888 Memorial Drive by hundreds of women in 1971 was shown. This is a working edition of the film as the producers continue to raise funds towards a completion date for next year at this time. Over 50 people attended the screening preceded by a great meal from Maya Sol.

Next Chamber’s Business After Hours at Orleans

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Please join us at the Chamber’s next Business After Hours at Orleans, 65 Holland Street, Davis Square sponsored by Great Hill Dental 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Thursday, October 3, 2013. Free appetizers, excellent networking. Bring your business cards for drawing. Members and their guests welcome. Treat your colleagues and clients! RSVP with name(s) and affiliation(s) for you and your guest(s) to smackey@somervillechamber.org

Somerville Chamber’s 2013 Golf Classic

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Presenting Sponsor Winter Hill Bank, Reception Sponsor East Cambridge Savings Bank. 100+ golfers of all ages & abilities enjoy a shotgun scramble golf tournament including: 18 holes of golf, bag drop, professional scoring, golf cart, gift bag, contests/prizes, trophies, reception & dinner, awards ceremony & raffles. 11:30 A.M. Registration; 12:30 P.M. Shotgun Start. Tuesday, October 1, 2013. Wayland Country Club. Co-sponsorships available. Committee Chair Kevin Gatlin of Winter Hill Bank also invites you to join the Golf Committee. Sign up brochure.

Somerville Pop Warner Update

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If you want to see what 250 of your city’s kids are doing today…..Come by and check it out …Catch a game or two of six……All teams play at Dilboy Field beginning at 8:00 today.

 

Sunday, September 29th 8:00am until 5:00pm

Overcast 52°F.

We are playing at our home field, Dilboy Stadium, 110 Alewife Brook Parkway, Somerville, MA.

ALL TEAMS ARE PLAYING AT DILBOY

STARTING @ 8:00am

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Game Starts:
E- Team 8:00 am (need to be at field 7:00 for practice)
D- Team 9:30 am (need to be at field at 8:30)
C- Team 11:00 am (need to be at field at 10:00)
B- Team 12:30 pm (need to be at field at 11:30)
A- Team 2:00 pm (need to be at field at 12:30)
F- Team. 3:30pm. (Need to be at field at. 2:30)

Team Note:

Please follow the rules at our home field during the games. All players must go onto the field by crossing on the carpet, NO CLEATS on the track, NO Gatorade, Bags or Back Parks on the field.
All families please take a seat and don’t stand on the walk way. We must keep the walk way clear for emergencies.
Good Luck to all teams.

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Somerville By Design

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Mark your calendars: The East Somerville by Designcharrette is coming up and we need your ideas. Join planners, city staff, and your neighbors Mon., Sept. 30th through Wed., Oct. 2, to talk about the future of East Somerville. The charrette is taking place in a currently vacant storefront at 122-124 Broadway and will feature open studio time, discussion groups on specific topics, and Spanish and Portuguese translation in the evening. For more information on the upcoming charrette:http://bit.ly/16eyEN7.

Somerville Public Schools 2013 MCAS Results Are In

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The results are in and Somerville Public Schools showed phenomenal growth on MCAS tests in 2013. Being the data lovers that we are, we’ve been going through the numbers and have found lots of great news in the latest test results. Some highlights include: Somerville High made a 2-level jump to a Level 1 Designation; the district’s Student Growth Percentile surpassed almost all districts with 1,000+ students; there was a notable rise in the number of students scoring advanced or proficient in math and English language arts. For more analysis and some cool charts, visit:http://bit.ly/1eJOBxd.

Alleged Overtime Scandal at The Somerville DPW

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By William Tauro

Continue to follow BostonNewsGroup.com as we bring you inside for close look at the ongoing internal investigation probe at the request of the Mayor’s office being conducted by various law enforcement agencies at the Somerville Department of Public Works!

Police officials are believed to have spent over a full 2-3 weeks sifting through mountains of incriminating hard evidence and conducting over a week’s worth of meetings at the Somerville DPW building interviewing, questioning and even taking depositions of certain city employees that are believed to be part of a plot to defraud city taxpayers out of thousands of overtime hour dollars.  Continue reading Alleged Overtime Scandal at The Somerville DPW

Alleged Overtime Scandal at The Somerville DPW

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By William Tauro

Continue to follow BostonNewsGroup.com as we bring you inside for an exclusive close look at the ongoing internal investigation probe at the request of the Mayor’s office being conducted by various law enforcement agencies at the Somerville Department of Public Works!

Police officials are believed to have spent over a full 2-3 weeks sifting through mountains of incriminating hard evidence and conducting over a week’s worth of meetings at the Somerville DPW building interviewing, questioning and even taking depositions of certain city employees that are believed to be part of the plot to defraud city taxpayers out of thousands of overtime hour dollars. 

Find out who the players are and how they did it! 

Hundreds of thousands of your tax dollars allegedly being scooped away by a handful of city employees for their own personal gain. 

Hundreds of alleged misrepresented time sheets and literally hundreds of photos taking you inside the DPW Garage as it was happening!

Stay tuned to BostonNewsGroup.com for the very best news coverage of this situation as it unfolds while the investigation continues and the evidence mounts against the accused! 

For more photos go to our sister news publication news site, www.Bostonnewsgroup.com

Somerville News Weekly & Boston News Group.com, “We Reach Out & Grab You!”

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We here at Somerville News Weekly with the help of our sister news publication, “BostonNewsGroup.com has reached the 30,503 reader mark for this week already!”

“You just can’t make this stuff up!”

“The Proof is in the Pudding!” 

“Yes, We Have The Bigger Audience”

Here are this week’s stats from our Boston News Group’s Facebook Page for this week:

This week so far over 30,503 readers were on our Facebook Page reading and checking us out! Continue reading Somerville News Weekly & Boston News Group.com, “We Reach Out & Grab You!”

Congressman Mike Capuano Will Not Run For 2014 Corner Office

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By William Tauro

After much debate and speculations of Congressman Mike Capuano running in the election for the 2014 corner office, he released the following statement:

“After taking time to reflect with my family, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2014. I am truly touched by the support and encouragement I received throughout this process, but believe that I can best serve the Commonwealth in Congress. I will continue to be a strong voice for progressive policies in Washington.”

9/26 Somerville Fire Under Investigation: Does Not Appear Suspicious

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State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Somerville Fire Chief Kevin W. Kelleher and Somerville Police Chief Thomas Pasquarello said last night’s fire, on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 27 Dickinson Street remains under investigation on Friday but it does not appear suspicious in nature. At this stage, the investigative team is focusing on several possible accidental causes.

The fire is being jointly investigated by members of the Somerville Fire and Police Departments and state police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The Somerville Homeless Coalition has set up a fund to assist victims of fire. You can click here to make a donation. Any victims of fire who need assistance can contact the Homeless Coalition directly at (617) 623-6111.

– See more at: http://www.somervillema.gov/news/926-fire-under-investigation-does-not-appear-suspicious#sthash.4NJkllG7.dpuf

Update and a photo of previous story Regarding Somerville Fire :

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Photo by Louise Parise

Breaking News Update: Working House Fire on Dickerson Street Somerville Displaces War Veteran

Story by William Tauro

Some good news, the family dog was inside the burning home and was thought to have been lost in the blaze, but moments later a firefighter walked out of house with the dog in his arms and everyone there broke out clapping and cheering. 

According to a source close to the family, Joyce Mcguirk who owns the house is believed to not have any insurance and allegedly she said the back door was open and they have not ruled out arson as of yet. 

The top of the home is completely gutted from the blaze and just a lot of damage. 

Our source also tells us that Kevin, the military veteran who lives there, most likely lost his ribbons and medals he received during his deployment in the Marines.

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Breaking News: Working House Fire on Dickerson Street Somerville Displaces War Veteran

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By William Tauro

Shortly after 8:00pm tonight, (Thursday) Somerville firefighters began battling a blaze that broke out in a single family home on Dickerson Street in Somerville.

The occupants of the home were forced to evacuate the residence to the streets with just the cloths on their backs.

According to sources, one of the occupants of the home had just returned to the states within the past six months from a tour of duty in Irac and Afghanistan.

According to sources, it is believed that the occupant’s family dog has died in the blaze

No Injuries have been reported and the cause of the fire is yet to be determined.

This is still a developing story……….

Three Somerville Police Promotions and a Citation for Deputy Chief Upton

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By William Tauro

On Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM, Mayor Curtatone and the Board of Aldermen will be presenting Deputy Chief Upton with a citation for his 30 years of distinguished service. 

This is also a wonderful evening as they will also be promoting (pending approval) a new Deputy Chief (Fallon), Captain (Donovan), and Lieutenant (Sheehan).

Deputy Chief Paul Upton – citation recognizing his retirement on Monday, September 30, 2013

Promotions:

David Fallon to Deputy Chief

James Donovan to Captain

Sean Sheehan to Lieutenant

A special thanks to the Somerville Police Superior Officer’s Association for their generosity in sponsoring a celebration event after the ceremony. 

Boston News Group wishes Congratulations to Deputy Chief Upton, Deputy Chief Fallon, Captain Donovan and Lieutenant Sheehan on a job well done!

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