Head of the Charles Regatta 50th anniversary

On October 22, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

regatta_webRowing for Gentle Giant Rowing Club: EmilyKate Obrien (Somerville High School), Raquel Oppedisano (Somerville High School), Yutha Basuseto (Malden High School), Kaitlin Doherty (Somerville High School), and Katie Donahue (Arlington Catholic) all participated in the Head of the Charles regatta 50th anniversary event this past Saturday. Led by Coach Nick Carter, they finished 76th out of the 85 boats that were entered.


Parting Words from Somerville writer Nora Piehl

On October 22, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


I am including this interview with Nora Piehl because I am participating in the Boston Book Festival this month, and she is the Communications Director of the said festival and a former Somerville resident. Here is a description of the panel I am going to host:

McLean Hospital, a psychiatric hospital in Belmont, has been declared a national literary landmark because of the many creative geniuses who have been treated in its wards. This panel will discuss three noted McLean Hospital associated poets—Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, and Sylvia Plath—through a poet’s and clinician’s perspective. Panelists Kathleen Spivack, author of With Robert Lowell and His Circle; Bob Clawson, Anne Sexton’s confidante and manager of her band; Wendy Ranan, a psychotherapist and author of the poetry collection The Quiet Room; and Alex Beam, author of Gracefully Insane: Life and Death Inside America’s Premier Mental Hospital, will discuss each of these poets, their experiences as patients at McLean, how their experience is reflected in their work, and how and what they managed to create with such a heavy burden of psychiatric illness. The discussion will be moderated by Doug Holder, who has facilitated poetry groups at McLean for more than three decades.

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Lyrical Somerville – October 22

On October 22, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


Our feature this week: Dianne Silvestri is a physician, mother of four grown children, and stem cell bone marrow transplant recipient for acute leukemia. While tapering her careers in medicine and motherhood, she has indulged her sweet spot—poetry. She participates in Boston’s PoemWorks Workshop for publishing poets. Her works have appeared or are forthcoming in Earth’s Daughters, The Comstock Review, The Pharos, The Somerville Times, Evening Street Review, Steam Ticket, and Boston Literary Magazine. Her chapbook Necessary Sentiments is scheduled for release soon from Finishing Line Press.

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Somerville High School College Fair

On October 22, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

high_schoolThe Somerville High School Guidance Department will be holding its 20th Annual College Fair this Wednesday, October 22 at Somerville High School. There are over 60 colleges/universities from around the country who will participate in the fair. The fair runs from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and will be held in the field house.


Somerville Police Crime Log October 13 – October 19

On October 21, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


Bruce Marshall, of 438 Ferry St., Everett, October 14, 12:04 p.m., arrested at 326 Beacon St. on warrant charges of conspiracy to violate drug law and possession of a class A drug.

Edwin Grossett, of 698 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, October 14, 6:45 p.m., arrested at Davis Sq. on a charge of disturbing the peace.

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Somerville seeks emerging green tech products

On October 20, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times


City begins shaping new Green Tech Program to meet needs of start-up green tech innovators and the City’s sustainability goals

The American flag. Marshmallow Fluff. Measuring a city’s happiness. What will come out of Somerville next? Green tech companies, Somerville wants your great idea to take root and grow in ‘The Innovation City,’ and is looking for your best product pitch.

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El Sistema Somerville ‘Musicians with A Mission’ program

On October 19, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

ElSistemabw-1El Sistema Somerville is launching “Musicians with a Mission,” an initiative that places skilled professional musicians with outstanding young student musicians for weekly private lessons, thanks to funding support from the Mifflin Memorial Fund. All El Sistema Somerville students are eligible to participate in the Musicians with a Mission program. The program will serve an estimated 20 students who will be selected through an audition process that evaluates merit, need, and work ethic.

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A familiar ‘Face’ in the crowd

On October 19, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

 Ian McLagan, will be performing at Johnny D’s on October 22.

Ian McLagan, will be performing at Johnny D’s on October 22.

By Blake Maddux

As a member of the band Small Faces, Ian McLagan played keyboards on 11 songs that made the top 40 in the United Kingdom between 1966 and 1969. Only one of these tunes, 1968’s Itchycoo Park, enjoyed similar success in the United States. It would land in the UK top 10 for a second time upon its reissue in 1975.

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The High School Auditorium … reborn!

On October 18, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

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The Somerville High School auditorium is ready to go. It was ruined by hurricane Sandy but now it’s back better than ever. As you can see in the photo, they even uncovered and restored the original ornate “S” crest above the stage and boy is it beautiful.

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~Photos by Claudia Ferro

— Photos by Claudia Ferro

The Ryan Harrington Foundation generously awarded a check for $2500 to Somerville Pop Warner Football last week. The Foundation supports youth organizations throughout Somerville.