Newstalk – August 22

On August 22, 2012, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

This Friday night big night here in the ‘Ville is the Somerville Fight Night, presented by the Somerville Boxing Club, at Dilboy Stadium. Doors open at 6:000 p.m., first bout at 7p.m. A great night supporting a good Somerville organization that works with our youth.

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On Thursday night there will be a fundraiser for Sean Fitzgerald, who has decided to run again for Alderman At Large. The fundraiser is being hosted by former Mayor Dot Gay and is being held at Sally O’Brien’s at 335 Somerville Avenue from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sean is the very first to let it out that he’s going to run for one of the four Alderman At Large seats. Much to the dismay of the present incumbents who will have to spend some money to keep their seats, this will make five candidates for the seat. They need nine for a primary, which would be great. This along with Mark running against Sean in Ward 5. We hear there are rumblings going on in Ward 3 as well as Ward 4 and Ward 7. All this and we are 14 months away from citywide elections.

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Speaking of elections, it’s going to be a tough battle with both Maria Curtatone and Maryann Heuston running from the city here, for a county seat. They both are working very hard but so is that guy over in Framingham, Tom Concannon, who lost county wide in a recount few years back. Candidate Robert Antonelli, who once was a county elected official and then was removed from office, is running hoping that no one will remember him being removed as Register of Probate. He’s counting on being the first person on the ballot. We’re hoping that voters skip over the letter A and move to Curtatone or Heuston, both two of Somerville’s finest ladies.

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The election is September 6, a Thursday. Very unusual. Normally, elections are held on Tuesday but this year it’s a Thursday. Representative Denise Provost is out there and not taking her seat for granted. She’s busy working the district here and we predict an easy victory for her. She’s done a good job.

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Happy Birthday this week to some of The Somervilles News’ fans: To Cliff Clark and Thomas Talbot. Both have grown up and moved on, but still have ties here in the ‘Ville.    Also, Happy Birthday greetings go out to our good friend Bert Gay. Bert is turning 72 years old this week and we wish him all the best from The News. Happy Birthday to our good friend Richard Foscarota, who is celebrating here in the ‘Ville this week. Happy Birthday to our good friends Larry Rogers and Ricky Barletta, and former residents Mary and Maureen Hart, both now married and raising their own families.

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This Saturday, the 25th, from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. over at the Orient Heights Yacht Club, 61 Bayswater Street, East Boston, Massachusetts 02128, Somerville High Class of 1982 is holding its 30th reunion. Tickets at the door, plus it’s casual dress.

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Also this Saturday, there will be a headstone fundraiser for Jamey “Jibbs” Corocoran. This is an event to help the family raise money for a headstone for Jamey’s grave, to be held at the Portuguese American Civic League, 26 Springfield Street here in the ‘Ville. Donation is $20. A 50/50 raffle will be held and there will be a buffet dinner.

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Happy wedding anniversary to our good friends Maryann and Dennis Sinclair. We wish them many more years of happiness.

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There was an incident the other day at Magoun Sq. Dunkin’s. It seems that one of the young ladies might need a brushing up on manners and how to talk to customers, as well not over-charging for an unordered drink. Whatever happened to the days when you were trying to make the customers come back and do business with you? This is not the first time we saw it happen at this location. One time one of our Newstalkers stood right behind a customer who was trying to get her drink the way she wanted it, not the way they wanted to make it. Maybe this particular store doesn’t need any more customers?

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Keep your eyes open for the new community theater company that will be performing its first production which will be A. R. Gurney’s “Love Letters” at the Armory in the late fall.

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We hear that the Olde Paddock Restaurant recently closed and a new restaurant will be moving in very soon. Sources tell us that the new place will be fantastic and a big hit here in the city. What a great location and only a short time after the recent closing. We will let you know more, once we have all the details. Some of us here at The News used to love going to the Paddock on Friday nights. Hopefully, they will bring that special feeling back for the neighborhood.

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Rumors are flying around regarding who will be the new head of the Inspectional Service Department. Some names have surfaced, so far no one from within, and the job’s not even posted, and yet there’s a big interest in it. That begs the question, do or should ISD inspectors enforce the law or interpret the law?  For a while now there have been inspectors – well certain inspectors – that have been doing both. Do you think that is OK?

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The rumor that the paper is going to close down is far from the truth. We are here to stay and you know why?  Because we are truly the only locally owned, operated and staffed media by local residents. That’s right, the only one. Now, the rumor about delivering door to door, that’s a different story altogether. That just might happen. Can you imagine door to door throughout the city every single week? We’re thinking about it. Just a little more encouragement might be the ticket.  Local papers with only local news and stories are here to stay, but regional papers and high priced out of town papers are slowly disappearing.

 

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