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Suspects captured after attempted bank robbery

On September 25, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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Attempted robbery suspect Edwin O’Grady.

UPDATE:

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, at approximately 10:55 a.m., two suspects were taken into custody by the Somerville Police at the Rockland Trust Bank located at 399 Highland Avenue in Somerville after an attempted robbery.

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State’s casino approval process has failed

On September 25, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors of those commentaries and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

The casino process has failed. Last week the Gaming Commission voted 3-1 to award a license to Wynn for its proposed gambling center in Everett, even though critical questions about the proposal remain unresolved. It is a disappointing result but unfortunately not surprising. We have seen throughout this entire process that it was designed, from start to finish, to favor the gambling industry. Neither Wynn, nor Mohegan Sun, nor any of the gambling pushers looking to open shop in Massachusetts have had their feet held to the fire by the officials appointed to scrutinize their applications. Whenever there was a question or doubt, the discussion seemingly always resolved in the casino developers’ favor.

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East Broadway Foodie Crawl

On September 24, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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— Photos by Claudia Ferro

On Tuesday, September 16, the East Somerville restaurant offered food lovers the sights and smells of Ethiopia, the tastes of El Salvador and the colors of Haiti. Over a dozen restaurants, representing five continents, once again threw open their doors to a horde of foodies.

This year’s crawl featured newly opened La Brasa and their wood-fired eats, as well as the newly completed East Broadway Streetscape, allowing for outdoor music and seating while you enjoy the evening!

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Chief Fallon’s transition plan underway

On September 24, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Newly appointed Chief of Police David Fallon is fully engaged in a systematic transition plan intended to maximize department efficiency while integrating community policing strategies.

Newly appointed Chief of Police David Fallon is fully engaged in a systematic transition plan intended to maximize department efficiency while integrating community policing strategies.

By Jim Clark

The Somerville Police Department’s newly appointed Chief, David Fallon, has announced the implementation of a 120-day transition plan that will include discussions with individual police officers, assignment of Command Staff such as District Captains and Deputy Chiefs, assessments of forensic capabilities, and review of report writing procedures, among other things.

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Tap Water 101 film screening

On September 24, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Educating the Somerville community about tap water
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Three of the organizers of the event (L to R): Wendy Blom (Director of SCATV), Oliver Sellers-Garcia (Office of Sustainability), and Lisa Brukilacchio (Somerville Community Health Agenda).

The organizers of the event (L to R): Wendy Blom (Director of SCATV), Oliver Sellers-Garcia (Office of Sustainability), Lisa Brukilacchio (Somerville Community Health Agenda), and David Hudson (Director of Shape Up Somerville).

By Gabriela C. Martinez

Last Thursday, Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV) held a film screening and panel discussion aimed at debunking the common myths about tap water in Somerville and raising awareness about the environmental effects of consuming bottle water.

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The Peoples Climate March: The Voice of 400,000

On September 24, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in New York City last Sunday for the People’s Climate March. ~Photos by Shadia Fayne Wood/Survival Media Agency

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered in New York City last Sunday for the People’s Climate March. — Photo by Shadia Fayne Wood/Survival Media Agency

By Kate Bond

This past Sunday was a day of historical importance as New York City, and the world, saw a group of over 400,000 people (four times the estimated amount), including several from Somerville, show up to march for Environmental Action in the People’s Climate March.

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Garden of Peace: remembering victims of homicide

On September 24, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Somerville native Shawn Clark was among those honored at the Garden of Peace ceremony last Thursday.

Somerville native Shawn Clark was among those honored at the Garden of Peace ceremony last Thursday.

Hundreds of family members and friends gathered on Thursday, September 18 as the names of 40 victims of homicide were added to the statewide memorial, bringing the total number of homicide victims memorialized since the Garden was first dedicated in 2004 close to a thousand. The newly engraved names were read by family members and community supporters who founded the Garden of Peace, which was dedicated in 2004.

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Newstalk – September 24

On September 24, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

A “Honey Bee Demonstration” will take place this Saturday at 1p.m. at Best Pest Control Services on Elm St. near Cedar. The one and only Rod Kreimeyer will be giving a demonstration on how our Villen Bees can help our community. Rod will be harvesting some honey and some samples should be available. He will be able to answer any questions you or your children might have about these busy little animals. It is an outdoor event and there will be lots of bees flying overhead. Their honey bees are very docile and calm but if you are interested in coming just know you are going to be around a lot of bees. They want everyone to BEE there and to BEE in a Honey mood.

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Our View of the Times – September 24

On September 24, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

powderhouse_viewThe “What the Fluff?” festival hits Union Square once again this coming weekend, an event that has grown in the hearts of so many here.

A lot of public events come and go over the course of each year: road races, music festivals, family events…you name it. What is it though about the celebration of this sticky, sweet and gooey confection that kindles a spot of warmth in so many of our hearts? Is it the generally whacky nature of the event itself? The overall tongue-in-cheek nature of each event within the event?

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Suspected wire snatcher winds up busted

On September 24, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

By Jim Clark

A police officer patrolling the Davis Square area on foot last week happened upon two men who were standing near the bushes by the MBTA station on Holland St.

According to reports, the men were observed handling a large plastic bag, which they reportedly walked away from as they noticed the officer approaching.

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