Newstalk – September 19

On September 19, 2012, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Somerville Adult Evening School is back and the registration dates are through to the 20th of September at Somerville High from 6 to 8p.m. Classes begin Tuesday, September 25, and online registration is now available as well at www.somerville.k12.ma.us/eveningschool. Check out the fall courses offered by the school directly online and register. The school principal, Sophia Carafotes, is looking forward to a large amount of interest in the courses offered. Also, if you have a course you’d like to offer or see offered contact her. The Real Estate License course will also be offered again this semester.

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Last week we made a mistake and we apologize to SPD Officer Sean Sylvester. He’s gotten married to Nicole (Nikki) recently and they do seem like a happy couple. We wish them both a long and happy marriage for many years to come. Sean’s a nice guy and deserves a very nice lady like Nikki.

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Another big mistake we made, Ricky Spinosa is not a happy bachelor. He’s very involved with Kim Mulligan. We wish the both of them much happiness as well.

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The Christopher Souza Reward Fund Walk is being held on Saturday, September 22. Please join them and help to get justice done for Christopher Souza. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. and the walk will begin at 12:00 p.m. at Trum Field on Broadway. Registration fee is $20. For information please contact Nancy Medeiros at 617-460-2768 or email at fancyone042666@comcast.net.

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What’s going on up at Clarendon Hill? We heard from sources the “tenant owned complex” is having some disputes with the present management company who runs the three buildings. We heard that the management company was running amuck up there. They have gone ahead, according to sources, evicting certain board members and their allies from the complex. We guess this has been ongoing now for some time. Whatever the dispute is over, the evictions might be going a little to far? Is HUD aware of the problems up there?

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Don’t forget, the 10th annual Tufts Community Day is set for Sunday, September 30, from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. Education and entertainment for all ages, co-sponsored with both cities of Somerville and Medford. For more information go to http://cday.tufts.edu. Location of event will be on the Green at the top of the hill. Free parking in garage at 419 Boston Avenue.

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The Riverfest was and is a great idea, but maybe next year they might not want to have it spread out over such a large area?  And maybe, just maybe, not have as many police or at least as many visible?  We saw police on bicycles at one point three in a row peddling in and out of a very small crowd that was watching a band.  Now we know and understand that having police present is a great idea, but why so much in your face? There were not only Somerville Police, but Sheriff’s department and State Troopers. Better safe than sorry? Still, all and all it was a very nice event. Not great, but a nice event, attended by far fewer this year than in the past, and we wonder why? Hopefully, more and more over the years will attend and celebrate a new community being built right here in Somerville.

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We hear that the sole mechanic at the Fire Department, Joe Crowley, had just upped and retired last week. Some were shocked to hear it. If so, what will the city do to get a new mechanic? We also heard that the Somerville Fire Department might be getting a fire boat sometime soon. When the Cambridge Fire Department gets their new one we might get their old one?

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Set the date for the “State of the School Address” at the Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, on Wednesday, October 10, at the Early Childhood Campus, 15 Webster Avenue, Union Square. A discussion will be open to the public on the Strategic plan and year 1 Action plan. All are invited. Participants receive a free t-shirt and child care is provided.

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The barbershop on upper Highland Avenue recently changed hands. One can get a fine haircut at Ricky’s and the usual great personality you should get at your barbershop. Ricky is located at 199 Highland Avenue. Stop by and say “Hello.” Tell him you saw it here.

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Davis Square keeps finding new ideas, like the Amsterdam Falafelshop which opened a few weeks ago with Matt Dalesio looking forward to a great run. By the look of the crowds they are doing something right. Try and tell them we sent you.

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Bartending has become an art again in the changing restaurant world. The amazing drinks at the Painted Burro prove that to be true. Our pick is the simple but well done Casa Margarita. Not ready for a meal? Sit at the bar with Carlo and just enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

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Give the Flatbread Company on Day Street (where you can eat pizza and bowl) credit.  They want you to have fresh food, so there is now a seven plot garden on the roof. Nice going guys.

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Happy Birthday to some of our fans here in the ‘Ville: We salute our good friend David Lebahn, who’s trying to get an acting theatre group together. Young Joey Flynn’s birthday celebration is this week as well. He recently moved to Peabody, but he’ll be back. At PJ Ryan’s up in Teele Square it’s their birthday (we think it’s Conor Brennan, the owner’s, as well). Connor is a very nice guy. Stop in and say “Happy Birthday” to him and PJ’s.    Former resident and well-known 80′s guy Joe P. Bordonaro, who now lives out of state, was here recently for his 30th SHS reunion. Ward 7 School Committee person Mary Jo Rossetti is celebrating this week as well. Also this week is good friend Ken Webber. One of our favorite old time ‘Villens, Donna Piro-Andon, the daughter of the popular Alderman Peter Piro. Donna might be living in Malden now with her grown up family, but is in Somerville almost every day at her job down in East Somerville at the eye doctor next to Patsy’s. Drop in and say “Hi” to her. She’s a great person from a great family. We wish, of course, Happy Birthday to Marsha Hamel McGlashing (the sister of Waitress of the Year a few times, Patty).  And finally, Lori O’Brien, a lifelong Somerville resident working at CAAS down in Union Square. To everyone here and all throughout the ‘Ville, whether here or not that is celebrating their birthdays, we wish everyone a great day for themselves.

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Once again, Masonic Open House at 125 Highland Avenue (rear) building, is Saturday, October 20, from 9 a.m. to 3p.m.  The public is invited to come and tour the building, view the various Masonic regalia and ancient books, and various other artifacts dating back to the 1700′s and some before that.

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Three new restaurants are coming to the Assembly Square very soon. Federal Realty announced that Legal Sea Foods, Papagayo and Burger Dive will be coming to Somerville. This is the first of many announcements to come regarding the various shops, stores and restaurants coming to the new neighborhood of Assembly.

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Recently passed away, Catherine J. (Triglione) LaPuma. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to her family and friends. The wake was out of Dello Russo’s in Medford back in August and we apologize for the lateness in announcing this here in The News.   Catherine was well known down in Union Square and throughout Somerville.

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Just in time for the chilly weather to set in, Second Chances will be holding its fall clothing and coin drive. On Wednesday, September 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., you can donate clothing and coins to Second Chances, a local nonprofit organization that provides free clothing, shoes and accessories to lower-income and homeless people in Somerville and Cambridge. The clothing drive takes place at the Somerville Community Growing Center, an environmental and cultural center in Union Square, Somerville. Second Chances accepts donations of gently used casual, work or dress clothing, shoes and accessories for any age or gender and from any season or decade. Towels, sheets, tablecloths, and cloth napkins are also welcome too. Bring donations in paper or plastic garbage bags, which will be recycled, and bring any coin, cash or donation checks separately from clothing. More details about this event and other opportunities to be involved are on Second Chances’ website: www.secondchances.org.

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Enjoy a delicious meal at the Highlander Café, Somerville High School’s student-run restaurant, at the Highlander Café’s Soft Opening on Wednesday, September 19. SHS students in the Culinary Arts program gain valuable restaurant management experience while providing a great lunch-time option for the community.  The Highlander Café opens to the public on Thursday, September 20th, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Menus are posted online weekly at http://www.somerville.k12.ma.us/cafe.

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The Somerville Historic Preservation Commission (SHPC) announces two September events in their fall series on Sunday, September 23rd there will be a Union Square Walking Tour from  3:00 – 5:30pm. Ed Gordon, New England Chapter President of the Victorian Society of America, will lead a walking tour of the area, highlighting historic areas such as: the civic campus setting at Central Hill; Prospect Hill; Victorian homes; vintage commercial buildings in the heart of Union Square; Lincoln Park and the former Wyatt Brickyards; pre-Civil War-era homes and late 19th century workers’ housing. The tour includes two interior viewings and refreshments. The tour steps off from City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue, and is free of charge. Milk Row Cemetery Opening: For three Sundays this fall, the Milk Row Cemetery on Somerville Ave. will be open to the public from 1:00 – 4:00pm. This small historic site, established in 1804, is usually closed to the public. Volunteers will provide information about historic Somerville residents buried in the cemetery, dating as far back as the American Revolution. For more information about either event, or if you are interested in serving as a “Docent” (tour leader), at the Cemetery, please contact SHPC Director Brandon Wilson at 617-625-6600 x2532, or BWilson@somervillema.gov.

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Stella Bella Toys is now in Davis Square. Stop by their new location at 196 Elm Street and take advantage of their Semi-Annual sale going on now  through September 23. They carry a unique mix of traditional and educational toys designed to help children develop and have fun.

 

3 Responses to “Newstalk – September 19”

  1. Ron Newman says:

    I enjoyed the bands and fireworks at Riverfest, but the main stage was so far away from the river, at the Assembly Square parking lot, that I bet many people didn’t find it. (Only the kids’ stage was actually on the river.)

    Also, the Edsel cars were long gone by the time I arrived, and I had been looking forward to seeing them. Some folks told me that the Edsels left at 2 pm, even though the event ran until after 8 pm.

  2. Dicky Bird says:

    Riverfest?? the celebration of Ikea’s coming?? Ikea the same way as the Edsel it will be here soon?? just as soon as we get rid of Dorothy Kelly Gay?? well IT aint coming so mabe its time for Joey cakes to go to?? then we might get Fords pump house( the hotel??) remember Clean Gene?? along with the WATER TOWER?? so much stuff down the river of no return?? I guess we need an HONEST Mayor??

  3. Retired Jake says:

    I am not surprised SFD mechanic Joe crowley quit. That place is a classic hostile work environment. I challenge the Mayor or Fire Chief to deny this claim. If you don’t fit with the clique there or the Union, you are up the creek and alone.

    I recall one high ranking fire official being raked over the coals time and time again. I hope he reads this and comes forward with his experiences. You will be shocked. Good luck and best wishes to Mr. Crowley. I understand that he was a competent worker at the Fire Department and the DPW. He has gone on to better days.

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