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!”

 

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