Reality Bites a ‘Villen by James A. Norton

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‘Tis the season…to give thanks, seriously….

You have probably noticed that in the short time that I have been “back” at writing, there hasn’t been much blood spilled in this column. I haven’t actually said much, about much. Oh sure, there’s been a little reference here and there to people, places and things – all pretty innocuous in nature.

I like it this way – why on Earth would I want to put myself back into the “dramafest” again? I really don’t have the urge or the desire to directly or indirectly insult, inflame or ridicule anyone these days. It’s just not worth it.

Would it be fun to pull the pin on a few grenades and run? Yes… Would it help expose some people for who they really are? Maybe… Would it help remove the stigma by association some douche with the same last name has caused? Continue reading Reality Bites a ‘Villen by James A. Norton

INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES LOAN PROGRAM LAUNCHED BY THE INNOVATION CITY The City of Somerville makes $1 million available to support next-generation industries

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SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville—the ‘Innovation City’—is supporting the growth of next-generation industries that will fuel the 21st century economy with the creation of the Somerville Innovation Fund (the I-Fund), a $1 million loan program to support the growth of innovative businesses in the city. Continue reading INNOVATIVE BUSINESSES LOAN PROGRAM LAUNCHED BY THE INNOVATION CITY The City of Somerville makes $1 million available to support next-generation industries

Lincoln Park Renovations, Meeting #2 – community note

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Join Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston for the second in a series of community meetings to discuss your ideas for the renovation of Lincoln Park on Monday, Dec. 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Argenziano School at 290 Washington Street, and will build on the discussion held on Oct. 30. The City plans to renovate Lincoln Park to provide necessary upgrades to the ball fields and playgrounds, and community input and feedback will be used to determine optimal design plans before implementation. Spanish and Portuguese translators will be available for the meeting upon request. For more information, visit www.somervillema.gov or call Arn Franzen in the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development at 617-625-6600 ext. 2500.

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Please join us for the Chamber’s special holiday: Business After Hours

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Center for the Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue
5-7PM, Thursday, December 5, 2013
Free appetizers; excellent networking; free business card drawing; and cash bar.
Guests are welcome to bring unwrapped Toys for Local Children
Sponsored by Bonney Automotive and the Law Offices of Isaac M. Machado
Hosted by Dana Iacopucci of Cubby Oil and Energy
RSVP with name(s) and affiliation(s) of guest(s) to smackey@somervillechamber.org

Stephen V. Mackey, President/CEO
Somerville Chamber of Commerce
2 Alpine Street, P.O. Box 440343
Somerville, MA 02144
617-776-4100
smackey@somervillechamber.org
www.somervillechamber.org

CPCU Credit Union raises $1,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their Halloween fundraiser.

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(Somerville, MA) CPCU Credit Union employees dressed up in Halloween costumes on Thursday, October 31 to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as part of the Costumes for a Cure fundraiser. In a week, CPCU raised nearly $500 between both branches and online; CPCU matched the donation for a total of $1,000. Continue reading CPCU Credit Union raises $1,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their Halloween fundraiser.

Here’s Your Weekly Dosage of Newstalk Shout Out Loud for Nov 26th, 2013

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More shocking and disturbing news with more new alleged incriminating discoveries surfacing and dropped off at our front doorsteps again regarding the Somerville Department of Public Works Garage and yet with another alleged scandal this time involving scrap metal on city time with city vehicles using city monies to get the task done.
This particular scandal allegedly occurred from 2006 -2010 and yes, you got it right, nobody saw anything, ya right! Continue reading Here’s Your Weekly Dosage of Newstalk Shout Out Loud for Nov 26th, 2013

Real Life Somerville Police Stories

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Ritchie arrest

Date/Time Reported Date/Time Occurred
11/21/2013 12:24:30 On or about 11/21/2013 12:24
Incident Type(s)/Offense(s)
(90/13A)SEAT BELT, FAIL WEAR c90 S13A
(94C/32C/C)DRUG, POSSESS TO DISTRIB CLASS D c94C S32C
(94C/32J)DRUG VIOLATION NEAR SCHOOL c94C S32J

Persons
Role Name Sex Race Age DOB Phone
VEHICLE OWNER (HOME)
ADDRESS: , MA (CELL)

OWNER/OPERATOR (HOME)
ADDRESS: (CELL)

Offenders
Status Name Sex Race Age DOB Phone
DEFENDANT RITCHIE, JOHN ANDREW MALE WHITE 23 11/15/1990 (HOME)
ADDRESS: 20 OAK ST. WESTWOOD, MA (CELL)

Vehicles
Role Type Year Make Model Color Reg # State
INVOLVED VEHICLE 2004 FORD TAURUS BROWN MA
Stolen $ Rec Code Date Rec Rec $ Rec By

Property
Class Description Make Model Serial # Value
DRUG 124.5 GRAMS MARIJUANA Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories

Real Life Somerville Police Stories

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Carpinto arrest

105 MIDDLESEX AVE
Date/Time Reported Date/Time Occurred
11/23/2013 18:34:14 On or about 11/23/2013 18:34
Incident Type(s)/Offense(s)
(266/30/A)LARCENY OVER $250 c266 S30

Persons
Role Name Sex Race Age DOB Phone
VICTIM TJ MAXX, (HOME)
ADDRESS: 105 MIDDLESEX AVE SOMERVILLE, MA (CELL)

WITNESS (HOME)
ADDRESS: 105 MIDDLESEX AVE SOMERVILLE, MA (CELL)

Offenders
Status Name Sex Race Age DOB Phone
DEFENDANT CARPINITO, JOHN MALE WHITE 39 07/26/1974 (HOME)
ADDRESS: 18 GROVE STREET 2 CHELSEA, MA (CELL)
[ NO VEHICLES ]

Property
Class Description Make Model Serial # Value
EVIDENCE VARIOUS ITEMS (RECEIPT ATTACHED) 399

Officer Report: 13043716 – 1 / FARIA, M (273)
Date/Time of Report Type of Report Review Status
11/23/2013 20:09:11 INCIDENT APPROVED

Narrative
This is a summary of events that occurred on 11/23/2013 at approximately 6:34PM, I Officer Faria, along with Officer Diaz were dispatched to TJ Maxx, located at 105 Middlesex Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories

Real Life Somerville Police Stories

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Brown arrest

Date/Time Reported Date/Time Occurred
11/20/2013 14:46:06 On or about 11/20/2013 14:46
Incident Type(s)/Offense(s)
(94C/32A/H)DRUG, POSSESS TO DISTRIB CLASS B, SUBSQ. c94C S32A
[ NO PERSONS ]

Offenders
Status Name Sex Race Age DOB Phone
DEFENDANT BROWN, CRAIG MALE BLACK 43 01/19/1970 (HOME)
ADDRESS: 30 BAILEY DORCHESTER, MA (CELL

Vehicles
Role Type Year Make Model Color Reg # State
INVOLVED VEHICLE 2013 CHEVY EQUINOX BLACK NJ
Stolen $ Rec Code Date Rec Rec $ Rec By

Property
Class Description Make Model Serial # Value
CRACK COCAINE 1
Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories

Real Life Somerville Police Stories

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Dos Santos arrest 11/23/13

The following is a brief summary of facts on the above date and time. The summary does not contain all minute details and is based on Victim statement.

While assigned to uniform patrol 664, I was dispatched to School Street, for a report of a Breaking and Entering, in progress. Uniform patrol 662 (Ofc. Soares), 663 (Ofc. Carr), 665 (Ofc. Perrone), S8 (Sgt. Macarelli) and S9 (Sgt. Marino), responded as back up. Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories

Real Life Somerville Police Stories

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Fabian arrest

Date/Time Reported Date/Time Occurred
11/24/2013 01:19:50 11/24/2013 01:15 to 11/24/2013 01:19
Incident Type(s)/Offense(s)
(265/13H)INDECENT A&B ON PERSON 14 OR OVER c265 S13H
(272/53/H)INDECENT EXPOSURE c272 S53

Persons
Role Name Sex Race Age DOB Phone
(HOME)
(CELL)

Offenders
Status Name Sex Race Age DOB Phone
DEFENDANT FABIAN, EVER IVAN DUBON MALE WHITE 25 08/12/1988 (HOME)
ADDRESS: 5 EVERETT AVE 2 SOMERVILLE, MA (CELL)
[ NO VEHICLES ]

[ NO PROPERTY ]

Officer Report: 13043766 – 1 / GUILLEN, G (304)
Date/Time of Report Type of Report Review Status
11/24/2013 01:44:14 INCIDENT APPROVED

Narrative
The following is a summary,

On November 24, 2013, I officer Gravin Guillen, along with OFC Jason Costa, were both in full uniform assigned to marked unit E-1. At Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories

Real Life Somerville Police Stories

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Incident Type(s)/Offense(s)
(272/53/F)DISORDERLY CONDUCT c272 S53
[ NO PERSONS ]

Offenders
Status Name Sex Race Age DOB Phone
DEFENDANT CALIXTE, KIRBY MALE BLACK 20 12/04/1992 (HOME)
ADDRESS: 66 VERNON ST SOMERVILLE, MA (CELL)
[ NO VEHICLES ]

[ NO PROPERTY ]

Officer Report: 13043775 – 1 / GUILLEN, G (304)
Date/Time of Report Type of Report Review Status
11/24/2013 04:10:17 INCIDENT COMPLETED

Narrative
The following is a summary,

On November, 24, 2013, I, Officer Gravin Guillen, along with Ofc. Jason Costa, were in full uniform assigned to marked unit E-1. At approximately 03:38, we were dispatched to the La Quinta Inn #530 Cummings St. for a noisy and unwanted group in hotel room 530. E-4 operated by Ofc. Christopher Collete also responded.

Upon arrival, we spoke with the staff. They informed us that several Continue reading Real Life Somerville Police Stories

Letter from Mayor Curtatone on Union Square Redevelopment

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City of Somerville, Massachusetts
Joseph A. Curtatone
Mayor

November 25, 2013
Change is coming to Union Square. The opening of the Green Line Extension station by 2017 that our community has pursued for decades carries with it transformative potential. However, we do not want to transform Union Square into something else. We want to Continue reading Letter from Mayor Curtatone on Union Square Redevelopment

The Somerville News Weekly “Christmas Poem Contest”

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

Send all Christmas poems to: Wmtauro@bostonnewsgroup.com
All poems must be in by Friday December 20th!

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

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Somerville and The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts

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By William Tauro

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is the third oldest in the world.

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

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

Their mission is to be good ambassadors.

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

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

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

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

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A message from your vice president:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.bostonglobe.com/arts/music/2013/11/06/carter-alan-wbcn-and-making-rock-radio/axyAT4JCeILrje2ZILF0JM/story.html

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

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