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



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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


Beacon Hill Roll Call
Volume 38 – Report No. 47
November 18-22, 2013
Copyright © 2013 Beacon Hill Roll Call. All Rights Reserved.
By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives and senators on five roll calls from the week of November 18-22.

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

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

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

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



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

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

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


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

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

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

For more information on any of these events:



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

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

“Much of our success at the Somerville Arts Council relies on us listening to the creative community in Somerville,” said Mayor Joe Curtatone. “This survey, the data we will gain and the completed report will help the Council and the City understand how much the creative community contributes to Somerville’s economic vitality. We’ve always known we have a wealth of creative people in our City and now we will be able to quantify that information.”

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

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

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

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

The survey is available at


Extra Extra Hold The Press!


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

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

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


Senate Passes Bill to Restore Minimum Wage

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

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

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


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

Real Life Somerville Police Stories


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

Somerville Lions Club Past President Layed to Rest


By William Tauro

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

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

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

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

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

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








Using Kickstarter-like crowdfunding service designed for governments, City Holiday Fundraiser seeks to help low-income residents access healthy foods

SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville’s Mobile Farmers Market program needs your help—and a nifty online crowdfunding campaign makes it easy to give once during the holidays to provide meaningful help to low-income families all year.

Each week a truck carrying affordable fresh fruits and vegetables rolls up to Somerville’s two housing developments and a senior activity center and transforms parking lots into instant farmers markets with low prices that most struggling families can afford—but some still need more support. That’s why the Mobile Market, a program of Shape Up Somerville, offers matching funds for persons with demonstrated need, thereby doubling the purchasing power of low-income residents including those receiving SNAP and WIC support. But growing demand has already depleted the $5,000 in 2013 grant funding for the $10-$20 matching grants—just as federal cuts to food stamps programs are forcing families to make hard choices at the supermarket. By law, City funds cannot be used for the matching funds. So residents are being called on to donate to help fund the program through winter and next summer. Continue reading CITY, SHAPE UP SOMERVILLE KICK OFF “Citizinvestor” CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN TO SUPPORT MOBILE FARMERS MARKET SUBSIDY PROGRAM



Annual Holiday Celebrations Kick off Thursday, Dec. 5 with Tree Lighting; Illuminations Tour to be Held Saturday, Dec. 14

SOMERVILLE – The holidays will come a little early to Somerville once again this year, with several celebrations planned throughout the month of December including the annual tree and Menorah lighting at City Hall, the Arts Council’s Illuminations Tour, and a first-ever “Holiday Arts and Eats” Festival at Assembly Row, sponsored by Federal Realty Investment Trust.

The City’s annual Christmas Tree and Menorah Lighting Ceremony will take place Thursday, Dec. 5 on the City Hall Concourse, followed by a meet and greet with Santa Claus in the Somerville High School Highlander Café (atrium entrance). On Saturday, Dec. 14, residents and visitors are invited to the Somerville Arts Council’s Illuminations beginning at 4:30pm. The popular tour takes attendees aboard trolleys across the City to discover some of the most brightly decorated homes throughout the City for the holiday season. Residents interested in having their homes featured on the tour should contact the Somerville Arts Council at 617-625-6600 ext 2985 by Friday, Dec. 6.

The tree lighting ceremony will feature musical entertainment by: the Somerville High School Band and Orchestra; the Somerville Community Chorus; El Sistema Somerville; and grade four students from the Arthur D. Healey Elementary School. Special guest Santa Claus will be escorted by the Somerville Fire Department for the ceremony and will be available for photos following the tree lighting. All children attending the ceremony will also receive a gift from Santa.
The annual Illuminations Trolley Tour of East and Central Somerville is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 14, with tours departing from the City Hall Concourse beginning at 4:30 p.m. The 45-minute tours will showcase holiday light displays in our own Somerville. Tours leave from (and return to) Somerville City Hall where coffee, hot chocolate, and cookies are served. Entertainment at City Hall includes choral music and craft activities for children.

Trolley Tour tickets will be available at the Blue Cloud Gallery, 713 Broadway, beginning Monday, Dec. 2. Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children and seniors. For more information, visit

Adding to the holiday fun in Somerville this year, the City of Somerville will join Federal Realty Investment Trust for its first annual Holiday Arts and Eats Festival on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6, 7, and 8. The festival will feature food trucks, a large holiday market including 60 artists, a 21+ event on Friday night and family-friendly activities and live music all weekend long. It will be hosted under a large heated tent at Assembly Row. For more information and schedules, visit .

For more information on the City’s holiday events, please contact Nancy Aylward at 617-625-6600 ext 2100.


Real Life Somerville Police Stories

Janeiro arrest

On November 12, 2013 at around 1pm, I was in full uniform on a paid detail assignment at the intersection of School and Medford Street ,Somerville. At that time, I observed an individual identified as Patrick Janeiro, near a white Chevy Traverse with Ma registration , parked at the intersection of School and Montrose Street, one block away from where I was positioned.Mr. Janeiro was riding a bycicle and pulled right next to the Traverse (Ma ). He later leaned the bycicle on a nearby fence and attempted to view the contents inside the motor vehicle. I placed myself out of Mr. Janeiro’s view, and observed him pull the rear passenger door of the Traverse open, and rifled through the contents on the back seat. He later opened the front passenger door and repeated the same behavior.
Mr. Janeiro appeared to have placed something in his jacket pocket and walked away from the vehicle. I made my way to Mr. Janeiro’s location and placed him in custody. The owner of the Traverse was identified as a . v did not immediately notice anything missing from her vehicle. Nothing was found in Mr. Janeiro’s jacket pockets

I later observed a Staples Reward’s card ( on the ground right next to where Defendant Janeiro was standing. v said the card was her property and she left it in the middle console of the vehicle. She also said she left the Traverse unlocked. It appeared that Defendant Janeiro removed the card from the vehicle.

Mr. Janeiro was transported to Somerville Police Headquarters where he was booked by Sergeant John Marino. He was charged with the crime of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle in The Daytime to Commit a Felony (MGL Ch 266 s18).



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