Newstalk – June 26

On June 26, 2013, in Latest News, by The News Staff

The City of Somerville’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration and Family Fun Day are set to kick off the city’s summer events schedule on Thursday, June 27 and Saturday, June 29. Drawing several thousand spectators each year, the Fireworks Celebration will include live entertainment by the Somerville Sunsetters, the Somerville Moonlighters, Bova Productions, the USO Metropolitan New York Performers and local disco-funk band Booty Vortex, culminating with a 30-minute fireworks display launched from Trum Field. Entertainment begins at 5:45 p.m.  Rain date have been set for Friday, June 28. If the Fireworks are postponed on June 27, the USO Metropolitan New York Performers will perform that evening at 7 p.m. in the Eugene C. Brune Fieldhouse, 81 Highland Avenue.

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Family Fun Day, also taking place at Trum Field, on Saturday, June 29, will be held from noon to 5 p.m. and will include free, family-friendly programming such as a community BBQ, children’s activities, face painting, volley ball, Curious Creatures exhibit, music, and more. Rain date have been set for Sunday, June 30.

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Happy Birthday to the many Villens out there. First of all, everyone knows Kenny Longergan, who was a teacher here for 35 years, retired now but still has Somerville at heart always. Also, John O’Rourke, who works over in Everett.

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This Saturday, the 29th, from 12 to 3 p.m. The Somerville Democrats will be at Powderhouse Park to celebrate the hard work done this year and to make plans for rest of this year. Food, fun and a special guest speaker.

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Rob McWatters, who had his kickoff this past Monday night, literally filled the Precinct down at Union Square. Everyone was amazed at the numbers of attendees present. We heard from four different people who said it was way over a 100 up to 150. He is one of those guys who have done a lot for a lot of people and they showed their support for him. We heard a rumor that his campaign ran out of bumper stickers the first night. Anyone who knows Bob knows he’s going to be out there seven days a week. We predict he will have walked Ward 3 at least four maybe five times before election. This past Saturday in Ward 3 he knocked on doors four hours straight.

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Our best wishes to Bert Gay, whom we heard is back in the hospital over at Mass General. We wish him a speedy recovery and home soon. He’s the husband of former Mayor Dot Gay.

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Cupcake Camp is this Sunday, the 30th, 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Hodgkins-Curin Park located on Holland Street between Paulina and Simpson Streets, between Teele and Davis Squares. Co-Sponsored by the City of Somerville and 3 Graces Productions. Get tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com. Live music by Hornography and Patrick Barber. Cupcakes, relay races, games, contest and classes too. Prizes donated by Taza Chocolate and Slumbrew.

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This Sunday on the 30th there will be a fundraiser for the Krystle M. Campbell Memorial Fund at the Burren in Davis Square, 2–8 p.m. Live music with The Johnny Come Latelies, 2-5 p.m. and Scattershot, 5-8p.m. A $10 suggested ticket price, but other amounts would be greatly appreciated. For tickets or to donate in advance: http://www.burren.com/ or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/397032 or get them at the door on the 30th.

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Congratulations to Emily Mary Dwyer who recently graduated from Smiths College with a double major economics and environmental science and policy. She’s off to San Francisco to work for an environmental hedge fund. Emily is the daughter of local and well-known attorney Mike Dwyer of the famed O’Donovan, Dwyer & O’Flaherty law firm.

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The Medford Street Bridge will be closed from behind Target, while the state works on the Green Line extension. A full closing down of the bridge will begin on July 5 for about three weeks, until July 21.

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Puppets and Patsy’s II, next Tuesday, July 2, 6 to 8 p.m. Delight in Patsy’s famous pastry while enjoying puppets, music, and community in front of the East Branch Library. Then take in Puppet Palooza’s presentations of “Schnurzpiepegal” and “Don Chico Con Alas” at Connexion.

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Somerville High School students earned the top spot in the 2013 Speak Up: Your Voice Matters PSA Project hosted by Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. Maxwell Freitas, Kathlyn Almeida and Kayla Brown-Haynes were the overall winners for “Don’t be a Bystander: Do Something” More than 200 students participated in the fifth annual PSA Project; 50 videos were submitted for consideration.  The SHS team of Franklin Rodriguez, Jenny Dunn and Roubin Philemond were also among the five finalists with their PSA Speak Up – The Movie. All 2013 finalist PSAs are available for viewing at www.middlesexda.com.

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Residents are invited to reserve the remaining performance dates available for the 2013 Somerville Sunsetters, who will begin shows on Thursday, June 27 during the City’s annual Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration at Trum Field. Led by Somerville Youth Arts Coordinator Jimmy Del Ponte, the Sunsetters are a traveling youth music troupe, performing popular show tunes and contemporary pop music hits on city streets throughout July and August at sunset. The group began in the 1970s, performing through the 1980s until they were reinstated by Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone in 2004. The 45-minute shows are a great way to spend an early summer evening with the kids, neighbors, family and friends. Residents may request performances in their neighborhoods by calling the Mayor’s Office, 617-625-6600 ext 2100 or emailing JRossetti@somervillema.gov.

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SomerMovie Fest kicks off July 11 with a screening of Jurassic Park at Seven Hills Park in Davis Sq.  Go to the city’s website for a complete schedule www.somervillema.gov.

 

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