Newstalk for October 1

On October 1, 2008, in Uncategorized, by The News Staff

Federal Realty Investment Trust and Mayor Joe Curtatone are sponsoring the first annual “Fireworks on the Mystic” this Saturday, Oct. 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the bank of the Mystic River across from the Assembly Square Marketplace – there will be food, games and fun for the entire family with a large fireworks display starting around 7:15 p.m. This is the first of hopefully a long time tradition.


Also on Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Holiday Inn on Washington Street, The Somerville Democratic City Committee Picnic will be held from noon to 4:00 p.m. – there will be complimentary food and a cash bar Рall Democrats are welcome. Contact for further information.


Last weeks countywide caucus in Waltham was a very exciting event, there were lots of candidates running for the Democratic nomination for Middlesex County Register of Probate seat, which will appear, on the ballot in November. Four orderly ballots were taken before the winner, Ms. Tara DeChristofaro from Medford, who already works at the Registry, won. Rumors were flying about deals here and there, but on the last ballot, Tara beat out Sean O’Donovan by a wide enough margin. In the end, unity prevailed amongst the Democratic members present and they applauded Ms. DeChristofaro for her victory.


The new Somerville Police East Somerville Neighborhood Substation, located at 81 Broadway, will officially open on Monday, October 6 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house, beginning at 6:30 p.m. All residents and community members are invited to attend, and to meet their Neighborhood Police Officers and Substation Commander, Captain Michael Devereaux. A short reception will follow the event.


Don’t forget the hearings on the Condo Conversion Ordinance being proposed again with Princess Rebekah are before the Board of Alderman Legislative Subcommittee on Thursday October 2nd up at City Hall. They keep saying it’s new and has the endorsement of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board Рdon’t be fooled, it doesn’t and the GBREB is in the process of sending out letters saying that they do not in any way endorse this ordinance. Oh, its true they got the CEO of the Board to sit on the committee, but he lived in Somerville for 15 years as a tenant. Seems Princess Rebekah didn’t bother to ask a local realtor or any of the 100 plus local realtors doing business and making a living in Somerville to be on the committee Рjust merely a staff person from Boston – so as to give the illusion that it’s all new and supported by board members and property owners. By any other name its still a form of Rent Control and some of us that lived through it in the 70s know exactly how much harm it did to Somerville.


Next week on Tuesday Oct. 7 at the Holiday Inn from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., the “Edith Chaille Memorial Transportation Fund” will hold a benefit to raise money for transportation of the elderly here in Somerville Рeach year the Chaille Family donates $5K Рthe Chaille Family has owned and operated Green and Yellow Cab here in Somerville for about 30 years.


This Friday nights retirement party for Ellie Blute at the Dante Club is shaping up to be a Mayor Dorothy Kelly Gay reunion, we hear that a lot of those associated with former Mayor Dot will be on hand, including her former Assistant Cathy, which they probably had to send her a letter, since she’s infamous for not returning phone calls. Again, good luck to Ellie in her retirement Рshe will be missed by many, we wish her the best.


Tim O’Malley, who is the President of the Lions, recently broke his toe in a freak accident and hopefully is on the mend. Another get well soon to Etta Goodwin, formerly of Somerville, who broke her ankle, exiting a plane in France Рshe spent her entire vacation in a French hospital before returning home to the ‘Ville!


Happy 30th Anniversary to Mr. & Mrs. Rick Gilberti, Rick is a great guy and works for the Somerville Police in the traffic department – which always running smooth and efficient.


Looks like a new TV series is coming to the ‘Ville! Nissenbaum Auto Recyclers is going to be in a spotlight while the auto-recycling giant is filmed doing their everyday routine.


Sources tell us that the likelihood of the soccer stadium in the Somerville will be a go in the near future. Talks are getting closer for the construction of the 35,000-seat stadium behind Innerbelt Road.


The third and final installment meeting on the City’s Open Space Plan will be held on Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the VNA, 259 Lowell Street. The plan is required to be updated every five years by the State Division of Conservation Services, to be eligible for certain open space and recreation grant programs.


Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Ward 5 Alderman Sean O’Donovan invite all interested residents and stakeholders to attend a Community Meeting to discuss the renovation of Albion Park. The meeting will include discussion of the design process, and presentation of schematic designs by Weston & Sampson, the landscape architects for Albion Park. The meeting will take place on Thursday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the VNA Building, 259 Lowell Street. It is free and open to the public.


Our condolences to the family of William "Billy" Dalrymple. Billy was a  life long Somerville resident and will be missed by many.


9 Responses to “Newstalk for October 1”

  1. yuppiescum says:

    I’ll be proud when Somerville is seen in nationally televised ESPN broadcasts, and happy to go to the stadium for cheap entertainment!

  2. Stadiums for everyone! says:

    A 35,000 seat stadium now? It started off as 15-20k then 25k now its 35k? Wtf Why don’t we just build a 65k seat stadium and have the pats move here? I can’t wait until Kraft world comes here with another Man Mall. When Joey C took the job he made a point of telling everyone that Jim Kostaris and OHCD would work everyday to bring new businesses to Somerville. Is this the result of that? Pizza vendors and parking lot attendants, awesome!

  3. kev13p says:

    35,000 seats looks like a typo, Major League Soccer has a target of 20,000-25,000 seats for all of the leagues new stadiums. There is no way they will build any larger than that. This stadium will put Somerville on the map as a place to visit rather than avoid. If office/retail/residential developments comes along with it then you should welcome it for the money it will generate for the city. It’s certainly better than what is there now, and better than a prison the urban wasteland it will continue to progress towards in the years to come if the area is left to fester.

  4. Nathan says:

    Wow, 35,000 seems awfully high and I’m one who desperately wants this to happen. The biggest drawing clubs, DC, Toronto and LA, would have a tough time consistently filling that. 25,000 is more realistic, I don’t want the team to be playing in a half-full stadium.

  5. Mike says:

    A 35,000 seat stadium sounds ambitious, but certainly possible. The Brazil National team has played two games at Gillette Stadium and sold out the place both times. The U.S. National team can be counted on to draw big crowds, and the Revs can draw that kind of crowd for really big games. Some big concerts may come to town as well.
    That is a lot of discretionary income that is about to be spent in Somerville. I hope this happens.

  6. Imux says:

    They better not try to jam this rent control – hidden as a condo conversion – up our RonNewmans! The reason the PDS’ers want this is that they all only rent or own a single condo – very few of them own 2 family houses and NONE own buildings with > 2 units. In their little private Idahos this condo conversion provision somehow serves the low-income community. When in fact, no low-income or handicap person will ever be able to rent now in Somerville. Why would anyone rent to them knowing the extra BS that will come along with them?
    The law of unintended consequences strikes again! Rebeccah should be washing dishes in a soup kitchen not making decisions that affect others. Who are the morons who voted her and Carl in?

  7. GOOD development, please says:

    Can I ask why it is that when there are budget cuts everyone cries that we need more business in the city, more industrial uses, etc. Then, whenever, there is a new development, everyone wants ‘mixed use’ (gotta add more condos!), or something like this absurd stadium idea. We need development which will make Somerville attractive to business owners, and also create good jobs. Who wants to locate a business near a stadium that is either vacant or full of loud fans leaving behind loads of trash on the streets? Where do our Aldermen stand on this issue? Let’s hear from them and have a public hearing so we can get this discussed and hear all sides! It seems like Curtatone is trying to jam this thing through (I wonder what kind of a deal he has worked out with Kraft!!!).

  8. Somervillen00b says:

    What’s the point of going to a stadium? You can watch everything at home. You only get colds and the flu by mixing up with the stadium trash.

  9. Bill says:

    What? something good in Sommerville?
    I thought it would never happen.

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