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Somerville Fire Fighters Union Endorses Matt McLaughlin in Ward 1 Alderman Race

Somerville Fire Fighters Union Endorses Matt McLaughlin in Ward 1 Alderman Race
East Somerville – October 24, 2013 – In a display of support for the candidate that has already earned widespread endorsements from labor unions and working families, the International Association of Firefighters Local 76, the union of Somerville Fire Fighters, endorsed Matt McLaughlin for Ward 1 Alderman at their meeting last night.
Matt is delighted to receive the endorsement of the Fire Fighters, saying, “Since the beginning of my campaign, I have been 100% committed to fighting for working families in Somerville. I am honored to have the support of an organization that has always worked for its’ members safety and welfare, just as they have protected our community.”
The Fire Fighters’ endorsement, coming just over two weeks after Mayor Joe Curtatone’s endorsement, cements Matt’s standing as an independent candidate who can constructively address complicated issues. The Mayor’s administration and the Fire Fighters’ union have been involved in contentious contract negotiations; having the support of both is a clear display that Matt is the candidate who will continue to create bridges once elected into office.
The Fire Fighters’ endorsement is the most recent endorsement in a string of other important shows of support from labor unions. Matt has received endorsements from twelve other unions and labor organizations representing workers in the public sector (including the Somerville Labor Coalition), the building trades, the service sector, and more. Further underscoring Matt’s broad appeal, Matt has also received the endorsements of current Ward 1 Alderman Maureen Bastardi, Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz, the Progressive Democrats of Somerville, and The Somerville Journal.
Matt is running for the Ward 1 Alderman seat, and is competing against local businessman Elio LoRusso. At the present time of this endorsement Elio LoRusso did not list any endorsements on his website.


Beacon Hill Roll Call


Beacon Hill Roll Call
Volume 38 – Report. 44
October 28 – November 1, 2013
Copyright © 2013 Beacon Hill Roll Call. All Rights Reserved.
By Bob Katzen

THE HOUSE AND SENATE: Beacon Hill Roll Call records the votes of local representatives on four roll calls and local senators on two from the week of October 28-November 1.

House 155-0, approved the VALOR II Act, a bill that would expand financial and education benefits and many other services for veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families. Provisions include increasing the buffer zone of 500 feet to 1,000 feet for demonstrations at any military funeral; allowing college students who are called to active duty the option to complete their courses at a later date or withdraw and receive a refund of all tuition and fees; and allowing private-sector employers to give preference to veterans and spouses of 100 percent disabled veterans. Continue reading Beacon Hill Roll Call

November 2nd, 3rd Year Anniversary of Somerville Police Officer Shooting


By William Tauro

This past Saturday, November 2nd marked the third anniversary that Somerville Police Officer Mario Oliveria was shot multiple times while serving an arrest warrant.

The incident took place on Gibbens Street in Somerville where Oliveria moments after the shooting lay cold on the ground fighting for his life until emergency medical first responder units arrived at the scene.

Oliveria said in a statement to The Somerville News Weekly that” If it weren’t for the heroics of ATF Agent Brian Higgins, Somerville Police Sergeant Joe Mccain, Somerville Police Lieutenant. Reardon and Somerville Police Detective Nadile that he would not have made it to the Massachusetts General Hospital where Dr. David King performed a miracle and brought him back from the dead, not once but Twice!” He also went on saying that” He could never repay those guys for what they did, never!” and that “He is forever indebted to them. ” also “Thank you to all my family and Facebook family for all the support, I mean that with all my heart!”


Somerville Chamber’s Annual Dinner & Powderhouse Awards


Keynote: John Harthorne, MassChallenge

Fitzgerald Lifetime Achievement Award: Tom Bent, Bent Electrical

6:30 P.M. Reception

7:30 P.M. Dinner

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Holiday Inn, 30 Washington Street




Stephen V. Mackey, President/CEO

Somerville Chamber of Commerce

2 Alpine Street, P.O. Box 440343

Somerville, MA 02144





Grand Opening Official of “West 7 Bistro” in Somerville!


By William Tauro

The Grand Opening of Somerville’s newest restaurant, “West 7 Bistro,” owned by Delio Susi took place this past Saturday afternoon.

The new bistro restaurant is located at 1137 broadway, Teele Square in Somerville.

Friends, relatives, patrons and elected officials were in attendance at the grand opening event to congratulate “West 7 Bistro’s owner on his new restaurant.

While they were there they also got to sample some of the restaurant’s finest cuisine creations from its new menu.

Former Somerville Mayor/ Middlesex County Register of Deeds Gene Brune had the honors of cutting the grand opening ribbon that officially made the opening official.

U.S. Congressman Michael Capuano, State Massachusetts State Representative Tim Toomey, Somerville Deputy Police Chief Michael Cabral and Somerville Alderman Dennis Sullivan as well as candidate for alderman-at-large, Mary Jo Rossetti stopped by to offer their congratulations and support as well. Continue reading Grand Opening Official of “West 7 Bistro” in Somerville!

Rebekah Gewirtz Ward 6 Alderman

My Endorsements
(and some helpful Election Day information)
Election Day is Tuesday November 5, 2013

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

As you know, there is an Election Day in Somerville coming up on Tuesday, November 5th. Polls will be open throughout the city from 7am-8pm. While I do not have an opponent this year, I would very much appreciate your vote! For news stories about what I have been been up to on the Board of Aldermen recently, check out my website at http://www.rebekahgewirtz.org. Also, be on the lookout for the winter edition of my quarterly e-newsletter.. coming soon. If you know of events or happenings you would like me to include, please send me an email to: rebekah.gewirtz@gmail.com.

Polling locations in Ward 6:
Ward 6 Prct 1: Kennedy School, Sartwell Ave entrance.
Ward 6 Prct 2: Ciampa Manor, corner of College and Winslow Ave (I will be at this polling location from 7-9am greeting voters and collecting signatures for the Raise up Massachusetts Campaign)
Ward 6 Prct 3: Baptist Church, corner of Chapel and College Ave.


An Open Invitation From Somerville’s Veteran’s Services Director to Local Veterans

Dear Veterans’ Friend,

The Somerville Allied Veterans’ Council and the Somerville Department of Veterans’ Services cordially invite you to the annual Veterans Day services and ceremony.

This year’s event will take place on Monday, November 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at VFW George Dilboy Post 529, 371 Summer Street, Somerville.

As always, we will honor all of our veterans past and present, especially those currently serving in Afghanistan and around the world, protecting the freedoms we enjoy.

Please R.S.V.P. to the Somerville Department of Veterans’ Services at (617) 625-6600, extension 4700. A continental breakfast will be served. Thank you for supporting of all of our veterans.

​Very truly yours,

​Jay Weaver


Medford’s Mystic Wellington Yacht Club to Host Toys For Tots Program

The Mystic Wellington Yacht Club of Medford will be hosting it’s Annual Toys For Tots Tailgate Party this coming Sunday, November 3, 2013.

Please note the admission to this event is a toy ($10.00 value) to benefit the United States Marine Corps.

Toys for Tots Program.

Please pass this notice along to friend also. It is a great fun filled day and all are welcome. We hope to see you there!

Thank You
Joe DiGirolamo
Mystic Wellington Yacht Club


Remembering Anne Joyce of Somerville


By William Tauro

Our condolences go out to the family of Anne Joyce of Somerville who has sadly passed away this week from injuries that she sustained from a fall.

Anne was mother to former Somerville Ward 2 Alderman Kenny Joyce and widow to the late former Somerville Alderman-at-Large William “Billy” Joyce who went in to be the City Messenger for Somerville.

Anne was a wonderful lady very active within the city of Somerville and especially with the all her friends who gather at all the Somerville Council on Aging events.

She was very well-liked throughout the entire city and she will be sadly missed

We will keep you posted with Anne’s funeral service information as soon as we hear more.


Letter to The Editor Regarding Russell’s Disposal Labor Union Dispute

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Chuck Carneglia holding a $148,000 law suit settlement check from Local 25

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F.W. Russell Disposal
Charles Carneglia
120 McGrath Highway
Somerville, MA 02145

October 31, 2013

The Owner of F.W. Russell Disposal, Charles Carneglia, received a check today for his settlement with the Teamsters Union, Local 25.

On June 21, 2013, a 12 person Jury in Suffolk County Superior Court found that Teamsters Union Local 25 is liable for damage caused to F.W. Russell & Sons Disposal, Inc., a Family owned waste removal company that services many local cities, towns and businesses. The events at issue in this case began on December 27, 2007 when Teamsters organized and executed mass picketing at Russell’s Somerville facilities. The Teamsters elected to engage in this “strike for recognition” instead of using the National Labor Relations Board’s typical procedure, which would have allowed Russell employees to vote on wheather or not they wanted Union representation. The Teamsters goal was to put pressure on the Owner of F W Russell Disposal to recognize the Union without their employees assent. Continue reading Letter to The Editor Regarding Russell’s Disposal Labor Union Dispute

Gigantic Somerville Made Red Sox Banner to Fly Over Hancock Tower


By William Tauro

Earlier this week we wrote a story titled “Somerville Company Burning The Midnight Oil Manufacturing 2013 World Series Championship Banner”

The banner was manufactured by Tony Lafuente and his company Flag Graphics thats located on Allston Street in Somerville MA.

After completion, the banner that was delivered actually on Thursday, a bit sooner then originally planed, then installed outside Fenway Park in Boston reflecting The 2013 World Series Championship Boston Red Sox as it is proudly displayed for the world to see!

On Friday morning Tony Lafuente and his entire staff of employees at Flag Graphics were busy again manufacturing yet another new banner.

This banner measured 30′ x 50′ in dimension and will be installed early Saturday morning and proudly displayed as well on the side way up high of the John Hancock Tower in Boston

This World Series Championship banner will be noticed by thousands of spectators as the procession of Boston Duck Tour Boats drive by the monstrous banner carrying the 2013 World Champion Red Sox team.

Tony Lafuente’s company Flag Grapics has been manufacturing flags and banners for the champs of all our Boston sports teams for years.



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