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‘Charlie Bubbles’ meets the Green Monster

On April 19, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Paul Carafotes & Son continue the adventure at Fenway
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Actor/author Paul Carafotes, Big Papi, and young Charlie Carafotes enjoy some pleasure reading between innings at Fenway Park.

Actor/author Paul Carafotes, Big Papi, and young Charlie Carafotes enjoy some pleasure reading between innings at Fenway Park.

By Jim Clark

Though it has only been two years since readers were first introduced to the fantastic world of Charlie Bubbles, the fictitious youngster with an affinity for sudsy adventure and discovery is now featured in a third volume entitled Charlie Bubbles to Fenway!

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Somerville youth ages 16 and older eligible to apply for summer employment within City departments, with local retailers. 

somervillelogoMayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Somerville Youth Services Coordinator Nancy Bacci announced that applications are now available for the 2014 Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program. Available through Thursday, April 24, applications can be found at the City of Somerville’s Personnel Department, located in the basement at City Hall, 93 Highland Ave.  The Program provides opportunities for Somerville youth to gain employment and job training within the public and private sectors throughout the summer. Eligible students must be Somerville residents, enrolled in high school, and at least 16 years of age. All applications must be returned to the Personnel Department by April 24 at 7 p.m.

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‘INTUITION’ at Brickbottom

On April 18, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

intuition_3_webThe Brickbottom Artist Association Gallery’s next exhibit, INTUITION, features works by participating artists Sherry Autor, Ellen Band, Lois Blood Bennett, Kathy Chapman, Patsea Cobb, Daniela Des Lauriers, Joanne F. Desmond, Chris Engles, Lois Fiore, Ari Forrester, Shannon Forrester, Jen Fries, Wally Gilbert, Lynda Goldberg, Robert Goss, Kate Harmon, Charlotte Kaplan, Matt Lazure, Pauline Lim, Chris Mesarch, Jessica Meuse, Diane Novetsky, Debra Olin, Piotr Parda, Ted Prato, Dan Rocha, Virginia Sandman, Martha Stone, Susan Strauss, Judy Werlin, and Gabriella Zlocki.

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wairi 2“Deplorable,” “disturbing” and “confusing” was how Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Superintendent of Schools Tony Pierantozzi described the allegations against 27-year-old Somerville resident and former Somerville elementary school teacher Josh Wairi, who was arrested on child pornography charges at his Beacon Street apartment April 17.

Wairi, a fifth-grade teacher in Cambridge at the time of his arrest, allegedly admitted to police that in addition to possessing and sharing child pornography with others online, he had secretly videotaped children in a locker room changing in and out of clothes with his cellphone camera. Where that videotaping took place is not clear.

He is being held without bail pending a detention and probable cause hearing in federal court in Boston Wednesday, April 27. According to police, authorities were made aware of Wairi’s alleged activities through an online tip.

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We were briefed by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz about a deeply disturbing matter that we anticipate will involve our city, as well as the City of Cambridge. An individual who had been entrusted to care for our children has allegedly violated that trust at the highest level.

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Goodness of people is the legacy of the Boston Marathon

On April 18, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors of those commentaries and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

This week, we remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and its aftermath. On Tuesday, the city held a moment of silence and invited people to the Public Safety Building for reflection, remembrances and memorials, with counselors and staff from the Trauma Response Network there to provide support to anyone who needed it. That support will again be available at the Public Safety Building on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., so that the people of our community can come together, reflect and remember.

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Eagle Trust Insurance donation to Catholic Charities

On April 17, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

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Carl A. Garcia presents a donation check for $1,000 to Nancy Kavanagh, Program Director for Catholic Charities St. Patrick Shelter in Somerville.

Eagle Trust Insurance values the many local organizations in Somerville and the contributions they make to the community.  Carl A. Garcia recently presented a donation check for $1,000 to Nancy Kavanagh, Program Director for Catholic Charities St. Patrick Shelter in Somerville. This donation was made under the Arbella Insurance Foundation’s “Let’s Drive Out Hunger” initiative, which matches gifts for local food and shelter programs. Last year, Eagle Trust Insurance (then known as Best Rate Insurance) made similar donations to Respond, Inc. and the Somerville Homeless Coalition under the Let’s Drive Out Hunger Program. Eagle Trust Insurance is grateful to Arbella for their generosity and for supporting their agents in providing a positive difference in the lives of the people in the communities they serve.

 

Fired employee’s shattering response

On April 17, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Jim Clark

Police were dispatched to Olde Magoun’s Saloon Friday morning on reports of a dispute involving an employee.

Upon arrival, officers observed shattered glass littering the floor of the establishment.

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somervillelogoBeginning on Monday, April 28, the Albion Street Playground will be closed as city contractors work to install a retaining wall, and to make improvements to the lawn and water spray areas. Work is expected to be complete by the end of May, weather permitting. Please note that the full park and playground will be closed while this work is completed.

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Unsightly, unlicensed news boxes draw BOA ire

On April 17, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

The Board of Aldermen discussed the need to remove abandoned, damaged and unlicensed news boxes from both Union Square and throughout town.

The Board of Aldermen discussed the need to remove abandoned, damaged and unlicensed news boxes from both Union Square and throughout town.

By David R. Smith

When they’re maintained and kept fresh, they can put the world within reach, but when they’re left empty and open to the effects of time, weather and vandals, they go from being sources of information to eyesores.

The “they” are newspaper boxes, and the Board of Aldermen would like to see the city cleansed of the ones that are not kept stocked and/or properly licensed.

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