Somerville Kiwanis, The Gift of Giving

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It was a wonderfully spirited Christmas scene complete with falling snow as 59 Somerville Head Start children were treated to a visit from Santa himself.

Pictured are some of those children accompanied by the current Kiwanis Club president, Mr Rui Domingos handing out gifts provided by the Kiwanis Club, Santa captivated these children and their ear to ear smiles was the proof.

This annual Kiwanis event is just one of countless ways this club keeps giving back to the community.

Special thanks to The Somerville Holiday Inn and Mama Gina’s Pizza for their generous support and to Jill Bowdring for her spirited efforts.

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GRAND UNION FLAG RAISING KICKS OFF AT 11:30 A.M. ON JANUARY 1ST

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238th Flag Raising commemorated atop Prospect Hill by City officials, residents, and “George Washington” on horseback.

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Historic Preservation Commission Director Brandon Wilson announced that the 238th annual “Grand Union” flag-raising ceremony at Prospect Hill Park will be held on Continue reading GRAND UNION FLAG RAISING KICKS OFF AT 11:30 A.M. ON JANUARY 1ST

A Tradition To Honor Firefighters Who Lost Their Lives

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By William Tauro

Frank Conole, a retired City of Cambridge Dept of Public Works employee that lives not too far from the site for the past six years has been decorating the Somerville Fire Department’s / Arrow Paper Company’s Fire Memorial that’s located at 111 South St. in Somerville.

Francis shows up at every holiday with the a decorative wreath in festive decor to pay tribute to firefighters lost in the line of duty.

The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week

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John Alan Roderick is for sure everybody’s favorite Santa here in The Ville!

From Little League coaching to special community events, John’s participation is always there year round with a smile on his face and with or without his white Santa beard.

In a posting John states:
“Every adult should be Santa Claus at least once in their lives to see Christmas through the eyes of s little kid again. Nothing better! My favorites are the “doubters”. There’s always one or two kids trying to “out” Santa in front of the younger kids. I laugh the whole time–actually laughed until I cried.”
Continue reading The Somerville News Weekly’s Special Person of the Week

Badly Decomposed Body Found in Somerville

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By William Tauro

On Sunday evening, State and local police are investigating a badly decomposed body found under route 93 in Somerville behind Super Stop & Shop at Mystic Avenue and McGrath Highway next to where salt pile is!

There is no word yet on the identification of the body nor cause of death.

Authorities are awaiting on the medical examiner’s report to determine the cause and approximate time of death.

This story is still developing…

Somerville Police and SWAT Team Called in on Standoff

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Early Sunday morning, Somerville Police and SWAT/North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC) Teams were called in on a reported standoff, man with a knife located at 12 george Street in Somerville.

Reports allegedly came in from the man’s parents who were allegedly held as potential hostages by the man at knife point until he let them go.

The man has barricaded himself in the home and is allegedly suffering from psychiatric problems and was described as delusional during the time of standoff.

Alleged reports are telling us that when this originated, it was a domestic dispute gone bad.

NEMLEC negotiators made contact and Special Response Team units located the armed subject hiding in the attic crawl space.

After four hours, the SRT disarmed the subject and placed him in custody without further incident.

The subject was transported to an area hospital. He is not being charged with any criminal offense.

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