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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.

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)

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

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

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

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

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

11:30 Lunch
5:30 LGBT Movie & Dinner

Holland Street
9:15 Strengthening Exercise

Ralph & Jenny Center

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

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



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:

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



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


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 or call us at 1(888)625-2706 and we will scope it out and publicize it for you!


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.



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.


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


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 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


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!”




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:


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.


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.


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.


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,

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.



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.

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


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!



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. ( 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.


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


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:

The full agenda for the Public Hearing is posted online at:

All are welcome.


Welcome. Thanks for supporting the Argenziano School Community Card!



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.


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



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.


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


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.


Beacon Hill Roll Call



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.


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



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.





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 or 617-625-6600 ext 2518. Additional information is available on the City of Somerville website at





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




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.



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 ( 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.




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!



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





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



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




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.





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


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




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: or the Somerville Police Safety Officer:



The Somerville Police Arrest Pages of the Week




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



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:


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:




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


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.


Hold The Press and Check Us Out In Print!

The Somerville News Weekly/ Boston News 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!

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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.


Beacon Hill Roll Call


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.

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


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


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




Stephen V. Mackey, President/CEO

Somerville Chamber of Commerce

2 Alpine Street, P.O. Box 440343

Somerville, MA 02144



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


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 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:

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.


An Open Invitation From Somerville’s Veteran’s Services Director to Local Veterans

Dear Veterans’ Friend,

The Somerville Allied Veterans’ Council and the Somerville Department of Veterans’ Services cordially invite you to the annual Veterans Day services and ceremony.

This year’s event will take place on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at VFW George Dilboy Post 529, 371 Summer Street, Somerville.

As always, we will honor all of our veterans past and present, especially those currently serving in Afghanistan and around the world, protecting the freedoms we enjoy.

Please R.S.V.P. to the Somerville Department of Veterans’ Services at (617) 625-6600, extension 4700. A continental breakfast will be served. Thank you for supporting of all of our veterans.

​Very truly yours,

​Jay Weaver


Medford’s Mystic Wellington Yacht Club to Host Toys For Tots Program

The Mystic Wellington Yacht Club of Medford will be hosting it’s Annual Toys For Tots Tailgate Party this coming Sunday, November 3, 2013.

Please note the admission to this event is a toy ($10.00 value) to benefit the United States Marine Corps.

Toys for Tots Program.

Please pass this notice along to friend also. It is a great fun filled day and all are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Thank You
Joe DiGirolamo
Mystic Wellington Yacht Club


Remembering Anne Joyce of Somerville


By William Tauro

Our condolences go out to the family of Anne Joyce of Somerville who has sadly passed away this week from injuries that she sustained from a fall.

Anne was mother to former Somerville Ward 2 Alderman Kenny Joyce and widow to the late former Somerville Alderman-at-Large William “Billy” Joyce who went in to be the City Messenger for Somerville.

Anne was a wonderful lady very active within the city of Somerville and especially with the all her friends who gather at all the Somerville Council on Aging events.

She was very well-liked throughout the entire city and she will be sadly missed

We will keep you posted with Anne’s funeral service information as soon as we hear more.


Letter to The Editor Regarding Russell’s Disposal Labor Union Dispute

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Chuck Carneglia holding a $148,000 law suit settlement check from Local 25

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F.W. Russell Disposal
Charles Carneglia
120 McGrath Highway
Somerville, MA 02145

October 31, 2013

The Owner of F.W. Russell Disposal, Charles Carneglia, received a check today for his settlement with the Teamsters Union, Local 25.

On June 21, 2013, a 12 person Jury in Suffolk County Superior Court found that Teamsters Union Local 25 is liable for damage caused to F.W. Russell & Sons Disposal, Inc., a Family owned waste removal company that services many local cities, towns and businesses. The events at issue in this case began on December 27, 2007 when Teamsters organized and executed mass picketing at Russell’s Somerville facilities. The Teamsters elected to engage in this “strike for recognition” instead of using the National Labor Relations Board’s typical procedure, which would have allowed Russell employees to vote on wheather or not they wanted Union representation. The Teamsters goal was to put pressure on the Owner of F W Russell Disposal to recognize the Union without their employees assent. Continue reading Letter to The Editor Regarding Russell’s Disposal Labor Union Dispute

Gigantic Somerville Made Red Sox Banner to Fly Over Hancock Tower


By William Tauro

Earlier this week we wrote a story titled “Somerville Company Burning The Midnight Oil Manufacturing 2013 World Series Championship Banner”

The banner was manufactured by Tony Lafuente and his company Flag Graphics thats located on Allston Street in Somerville MA.

After completion, the banner that was delivered actually on Thursday, a bit sooner then originally planed, then installed outside Fenway Park in Boston reflecting The 2013 World Series Championship Boston Red Sox as it is proudly displayed for the world to see!

On Friday morning Tony Lafuente and his entire staff of employees at Flag Graphics were busy again manufacturing yet another new banner.

This banner measured 30′ x 50′ in dimension and will be installed early Saturday morning and proudly displayed as well on the side way up high of the John Hancock Tower in Boston

This World Series Championship banner will be noticed by thousands of spectators as the procession of Boston Duck Tour Boats drive by the monstrous banner carrying the 2013 World Champion Red Sox team.

Tony Lafuente’s company Flag Grapics has been manufacturing flags and banners for the champs of all our Boston sports teams for years.



Senator Jehlen Announces Launch of Innovative Statewide Financial Coaching Services by Attorney General and Midas Collaborative



BOSTON — Senator Jehlen is pleased to announce a new initiative created by Attorney General Martha Coakley’s HomeCorps program and the Midas Collaborative to assist low and moderate income residents with financial stability and recovery.

This new initiative is the result of Attorney General Martha Coakley’s HomeCorps Crisis Response Innovation Grants, supported by funding from the nationwide settlement involving the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers and their connection with unlawful foreclosures and loan servicing.

With the rollout of the financial coaching services, Senator Jehlen stated, “I’m really pleased that Attorney General Coakley and the Midas Collaborative have provided this important new service for financially unstable residents across the Commonwealth. I hope that these families take advantage of this new program, as the holiday season approaches.”AG Coakley’s HomeCorps program supports a wide variety of foreclosure prevention and mitigation services across the Commonwealth including loan modification assistance, free direct legal representation to distressed borrowers and post foreclosure stabilization assistance to families.

Using the grant funding, Midas will host the Financial Confidence Campaign, a multiplatform, statewide effort to distribute critical financial information and individual assistance.

Services include –
· An interactive website with credible, consumer-benefitting financial education information and tools. Resources are both general and Massachusetts-specific.

· Collection of information on local trends, irregularities, and predation in the financial services marketplace to protect consumers and inform service providers, regulators, and policymakers.

prime credit scores and 27% do not have enough cash to survive three months with an interruption in income.

Residents can access these new resources by visiting or calling 855-721-7575. Homeowners struggling to pay their mortgage or facing foreclosure should reach out directly to the AG’s HomeCorps hotline at 617-573-5333.

“We look forward to expanding our services to people in rural areas who may be struggling, or simply inspired to get more information and form a plan for their financial futures,” said Margaret Miley, Executive Director of The Midas Collaborative

that The Midas Collaboration will use this funding to help consumers access critical financial education and counseling services.”

The Midas Collaborative is a statewide non-profit organization increasing financial stability among low and moderate income residents of Massachusetts through savings incentives, financial education and consumer‐protection advocacy.







Winners to be selected, presented during Historic Preservation Month in May 2014

SOMERVILLE – The Somerville Historic Preservation Commission (SHPC) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Preservation Awards. During its annual celebration in honor of Historic Preservation Month in May 2014, the SHPC will honor Somerville residents who performed significant restoration or maintenance efforts on designated historic buildings, or on non-designated buildings erected before 1963. The nomination period is open through Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. Continue reading NOMINATE PROPERTIES FOR ANNUAL PRESERVATION AWARDS BY NOV. 16

A Special Veteran Group Presentation Tempered Steel’s Wounded Warriors came to Holland Street to speak to the Somerville Council on Aging Veteran’s Group on Monday

Luana Schneider and Guest speaker, Staff Sergeant George “Chris” Campbell, a disabled/wounded veteran, presented a touching multi-media presentation and discussion. Many Older Veterans were able to relate to the stories shared that day as well as share their own thoughts, stories and reflections about their service. It was a great time had by all and special opportunity for healing the wounds, united together.

Photo by Jim Buckley


Mark Niedergang endorsed for Ward 5 Alderman by Six Local Elected Officials, Eight Organizations and Unions


Mark Niedergang endorsed for Ward 5 Alderman by Six Local Elected Officials, Eight Organizations and Unions
Somerville, MA — Mark Niedergang announced that he has received endorsements from State Representative Carl Sciortino; Somerville Aldermen Rebekah Gewirtz and Tony Lafuente: and Somerville School Committee members Adam Sweeting, Christine Rafal and Paul Bockelman. Niedergang is a candidate for Ward 5 Alderman and has represented Ward 5 on the Somerville School Committee for eight years.

Carl Sciortino, State Representative, 34th Middlesex District (Somerville and Medford) said: “I’ve known Mark for 10 years. I’ve watched him do a great job representing Ward 5 on the School Committee. He studies the issues, works hard, and is always well-prepared. He’s the best person for the job of Ward 5 Alderman.”

“Mark has a vision for the future of Somerville that includes everyone, especially working people, immigrants, and long-time residents,” said Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz. “Mark is the progressive choice for Ward 5 Alderman.” Continue reading Mark Niedergang endorsed for Ward 5 Alderman by Six Local Elected Officials, Eight Organizations and Unions

Somerville Council on Aging General Calendar: 11/6 & 11/13




11/6 & 11/13- Zumba with Cathy. 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm. All levels. Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street. $3. Just drop in.

11/7 – Fight the Right Medicare Part D Plan for you or your parents – 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street. Representatives from Mass. College of Pharmacy and Health, Prescription Advantage and SHINE will be here to help you evaluate your options to find the best coverage. Free. Bring medication list, Medicaire card and info about any additional health insurance you have.

11/12 – “Reflections: Portraits of Somerville seniors in words and drawings – Join local author Nancy Hall Brooks for a group conversation on what you are “famous” for. Two sessions. You will also pose for a photo of you or something special that will be part of the final exhibit. Space is very limited for this special program. Ralph & Jenny Center 10:00 – 11:15 am. Also November 19th.

11/12 – Just retired? Would like to chat with some fellow men in the community? Hear some great speakers? Join us for our monthly Men’s Group at Holland Street Center 167 Holland Street. 10:30 am FREE

================================================= Continue reading Somerville Council on Aging General Calendar: 11/6 & 11/13

Somerville Advisory Committee Members Needed for Union and Gilman Squares

Union and Gilman squares need your help: We’re looking for 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. Both Union and Gilman face a lot of changes as the Green Line Extension comes to Somerville and we want to be prepared. If you’re interested in joining one of the committees, please call Stephen Houdlette in the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development at 617-625-6600 ext. 2521. For more information on the committees:


Somerville Company Burning The Midnight Oil Manufacturing 2013 World Series Championship Banner

By William Tauro

The 2013 World Series Championship banner that is to be hung in Boston’s Fenway Park is being manufactured as we speak by Flag Graphics of Allston Street right here in Somerville.

Tony Lafuente’s Flag Grapics has been manufacturing the flags for the champs of all our Boston sports teams for years.

This coming Saturday the new 2013 World Series Championship banner will be Mounted permanently at Fenway Park.

Photo: 2007 World Series championship banner made by Flag Graphics in Somerville.


The Green Monster Mash

  1. Somerville knows how to say (or sing), GO SOX! Check out this awesome (and very silly) World Series anthem “The Green Monster Mash” by two of Somerville’s own: Listen, love it, share it…and maybe they’ll play it when they win?
    The Green Monster Mash
    A Red Sox World Series parody of Somerville’s own Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s Monster Mash, by Somerville’s own Jimmy Del Ponte. A tribute to The Boston Red Sox!



Receives Certificate of Achievement by Government Finance Officers Association
for City’s comprehensive annual financial report

SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville has earned the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR), which demonstrated a spirit of full disclosure and motivated people to read the report, according to awarding nonprofit Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. Continue reading CITY RECEIVES HIGHEST RECOGNITION FOR GOVERNMENTAL ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL REPORTING

Reminder — Chamber Annual Dinner & Powderhouse Awards is just a week away!



Join: Special invited guests Congressman Michael Capuano and Mayor Joseph Curtatone along with ABG Realty; Arrowstreet, Inc.; Avalon Bay; Benoit Companies; btcRE; Bunker Hill Community College; Busnach Associates; Cambridge Health Alliance; Cambridge Savings Bank; Century Bank; City of Somerville; Adam Dash & Associates; Dowley & Mulvena; East Cambridge Savings Bank; Eastern Bank; Flatbread; Foundry on Elm; Holiday Inn; Kwass Consulting; O’Donovan Dwyer & O’Flaherty; Rebecca Schrumm CFP; Rockland Trust; Tufts University; The Vancini Group; Walnut Street Center & Winter Hill Bank

6:30 P.M. Reception; 7:30 P.M. Dinner
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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