Somerville’s Former Transfer Station/Eyesore Soon To Be A Forgotten Memory


By William Tauro

The City of Somerville held it’s wall breaking ceremony on this past Monday at the old incinerator and former transfer station on Linwood Street.
“We may be gathering to mark the tearing down of the transfer station, but we are celebrating the building of a new future for Brickbottom and InnerBelt,” said Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone. “In creating SomerVision, the city’s 20-Year Comprehensive Plan, community members designated Brickbottom/InnerBelt as a transformative area targeted for mixed-use, transit-oriented redevelopment that will provide an economic engine for our city. And with the transfer station coming down, the Green Line Extensioncoming in, and the grounding of McGrath under review, we are well on our way. Reclaiming this once and future thriving neighborhood will help us reach our shared SomerVision goals of creating 30,000 new jobs, new and affordable housing, and new commercial tax revenues to fund our services and schools.”

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Anchormen Decimate Mustangs 41-6, Ascend to Central Catholic Small League Champions

​This Saturday October 26, the Saint Clement Anchormen faced their final step in their journey to the playoffs by defeating the Marian Mustangs 41-6, capturing the Catholic Central League Small League Champions. The first quarter started with Saint Clement gaining the first lead off a touchdown by RB Deron Hines (Chelsea). Although this would be Hines’ only TD for the game, he would continue being the glue guy by gaining enormous running yards and playing stellar defense for the squad. With about 4 minutes remaining in the quarter, LB Marcus Carvalho (Chelsea) would get an interception. This led to another touchdown for the Anchormen, this time scored by RB Branden Williams. The quarter would end with SC leading 14-0.

The second quarter started with another interception for the Anchormen, this time by CB Macallen Marcelin (Medford), showing off their much improved defense compared to the beginning of the season. This led to another touchdown by WR Junior Oyaronbi (Malden)from a long pass from QB Mike Sullivan (Everett). Although he is rarely mentioned here, Sullivan has done the team extremely well by setting up a lot of the touchdowns that the various Anchormen receivers score. Although the Mustangs would get an interception of their own halfway through the quarter, they were unable to make anything out of it, leaving the score at the half with the Anchormen leading 21-0.

Saint Clement could not rest for long as the 3rd quarter kicked into gear. Williams would get yet another touchdown this quarter, extending the Anchormen lead to 28. Not long after, a fumble recovery would lead SC to yet another touchdown, this one being Oyaronbi’s second of the night as well. There was another fumble recovery on SC’s part later in the game. This was shortly followed by yet another touchdown, this time by RB Casey Baptiste (Medford). The quarter ended 41-0 Anchormen, with the Mustangs looking all but beaten.

The fourth quarter is where the Anchormen decided to put in their Junior Varsity squad. This would eventually lead to a single touchdown for Marian, but this would be mostly inconsequential to the game overall.

The message ringing through the entire team after the game was echoed by Coach Walsh; “It’s been a long time coming.” Saint Clement was not only in the playoffs for the first time after a long drought, but they were the champions of their league. The playoffs won’t be easy, but the Anchormen looked focused and hardened through the regular season. Their first playoff game will be this Saturday November 2nd vs Chelsea High School at 7 pm at Dilboy Stadium. Please come out and show your anchors some support.


Tom Bent to receive Lifetime Achievement Award, MassChallenge founder John Harthorne to keynote Chamber of Commerce Dinner



Photo by Kulbako Photography


The 2013 recipient of the John W. Fitzgerald Lifetime Achievement Award – named for the founder of Ames Safety Envelope Company, now Ames Business Park, and the first Chair of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce – will be Thomas Bent of Bent Electrical Contractors. The award will be presented at the Chamber’s 67th Annual Dinner on Wednesday, November 6, at the Holiday Inn.

Tom Bent was chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors from 1990 to 1997.  He has served as the Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee Chair since 1998.  In addition to his central leadership roles in shaping and guiding the 21st Century Chamber, he has served as Mayor Joseph Curtatone’s representative to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) since 2007.  During his tenure as MPO representative he has been instrumental in bringing to Somerville the: Assembly Square Orange Line transit station; Green Line extension; I-93 Fast 14 bridge replacement project; and the streetscape projects in Magoun Square, East Somerville, and Somerville Avenue.  Continue reading Tom Bent to receive Lifetime Achievement Award, MassChallenge founder John Harthorne to keynote Chamber of Commerce Dinner

A Commentary on Development in Somerville



By Matthew McLaughlin

I remember the day the roof collapsed at Russ’ Donuts. As a child my brothers and I would go there from Lexington Park and get fresh donuts that would put Krispy Kreme to shame. When the roof collapsed, the business was forced to close. Soon after, condos appeared.
The trend in my neighborhood at the time was that any vacant space was gobbled up and used for new apartments.

With this development, the identity of the neighborhood changed. Many people I grew up with moved away, either by choice or because they could no longer afford to stay. Those who remain can only remember the neighborhood that once existed. The most frustrating aspect of this transformation was that the community had no say in how it was being shaped.
Today, East Somerville is experiencing a similar wave of development. Unlike when I was younger, I am now in a position to influence the future of my community. The most important thing I will do as Ward 1 alderman is to listen to my constituents and represent their hopes and aspirations for the community. Continue reading A Commentary on Development in Somerville

Somerville’s Ward 2 ResiStat Community Meeting Tues, Oct. 29th

The Ward 2 (which includes Union Square, Brickbottom, and the Lincoln and Perry Park areas) ResiStat community meeting is this Tues., Oct. 29. Join Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Heuston, City and elected officials, and your neighbors, at the Ar…genziano School, 290 Washington Street, from 7-8:30 p.m., to share data and talk about what’s going on in Somerville and your neighborhood. A social half-hour (with free pizza!) will run from 6:30-7. And, if you haven’t already, help shape the agenda for Tuesday by taking this survey: Photo by sushiesque.


Somerville’s New “Founders Ice Rink” Dedicated


By William Tauro

This past Saturday Oct. 26th the City of Somerville officially dedicated it’s new ice rick as the Founders Rink at a special event.

The new ice rink was opened in 2012, two years after the City took control of the Veterans Memorial Rink.

The City of Somerville also honored five veterans – George Hughes (Army), John Doncaster (Army), Raymond Deeran (Navy), James Papaluca (Marine) and Joseph Guidi (Navy) – who founded the Somerville Youth Hockey Association in the 1960’s. Now that it’s officially dedicated, the five men’s names now appear on a plaque at the new ice rink at 570 Somerville Ave., next to the Veterans Memorial Rink.

Boston stars logo

The ice rink will also be home to Igor and Somerville’s own, Boston Stars Elite & Select Hockey Teams. Continue reading Somerville’s New “Founders Ice Rink” Dedicated

The Somerville News Weekly Welcomes Matthew McLaughlin To The News Team As a Weekly Guest Writer!

Matthew is not a stranger to the writing world.

In past years Matthew was a journalist in the Army in Iraq. He also wrote for the former Somerville News when he returned home.

Matthew expressed to us that he would definitely be interested in writing a weekly column about his true experiences and adventures here in the Ville!

So don’t miss it and look for it in our print edition as well as online!


The Spirit of Somerville, The Book

By William Tauro

Former Somerville Mayor/Middlesex County Register of Deeds, turned aurther, Gene Brune hosted a book signing event with the Somerville Kiwanis Club this past week.

Gene’s book, “The Spirit of Somerville,”tells Gene’s life story of growing up in Somerville.

“Makes The Perfect Christmas Gift”

“The Spirit of Somerville” can be found at “The Book Shop” located at 694 Broadway in Ball Square, Somerville.

Photo L to R:
Bud Knox, Gene Brune and Kiwanis Rui Domingos



Boston Derby Dames Call Somerville Home, How Cool Is That!

By William Tauro

The Boston Derby Dames Just about call Somerville home because the team is in Somerville just about every day practicing in the second floor of their practice facility roller rink right here the City of Somerville.

Boston’s premier Women’s Flat-Track Derby Association (WFTDA) roller derby league. Skating since 2005, being awesome since forever.

They train in Somerville, MA; they play at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, MA.

About the Dames
They are Boston’s first and only all-female, DIY, skater-owned-and-operated flat track roller derby league and proud members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).

The Boston Derby Dames have been skating their hearts out since May 2005 when the first intrepid rollergirls began training at both roller and hockey rinks throughout greater Boston.

The league now boasts more than 70 active skaters on four home teams: the Arkham Horrors, Cosmonaughties, Nutcrackers, and Wicked Pissahs.

Their all-star travel team, the Boston Massacre, has been in action since October 2005 and has traveled to play teams in Las Vegas, Columbus, Madison, and Seattle to name a few.

They’ve hosted Charm City (MD), Atlanta, Gotham (NYC), Cincinnati, Dominion (VA), Kansas, and more.

They are honored to have been WFTDA’s July 2011 Featured League!

Read that story to get the behind-the-scenes scoop of the Boston Derby Dames.

Where They Play
Their home base is just north of Boston at Shriners Auditorium (located at 99 Fordham Road, Wilmington in MA.

On February 9th, 2008, they broke all previous attendance records when they hosted more than 1,600 fans at a bout between the Cosmonaughties and the Wicked Pissahs.

And with roller derby changing and growing exponentially with each season, their fan base has only continued to expand.

That’s just a little reminder to buy your tickets online before the bouts!

Their Bext Bout:NOV 16th

Wicked Pissahs





Honor comes only two years after city named a Bronze level community, demonstrating City of Somerville’s continued progress

SOMERVILLE – If you’re on a bicycle in Somerville, you can get there from here. The League of American Bicyclists has recognized the City’s continued commitment to creating a bikeable community with a Silver Bicycle Friendly Community designation—only two years after the city earned a Bronze level designation. Somerville now joins a number of cities including New York City, Philadelphia and Boston receiving this level of recognition for its efforts to promote bicycling. Continue reading SOMERVILLE NAMED A SILVER BICYCLE FRIENDLY COMMUNITY BY LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS



Renovation of Davis Square park will create a more active, community-focused park based on public feedback

SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville held a groundbreaking ceremony at Kenney Park on Friday, Oct. 25th as work commences on overhauling the park and creating a more active, community-focused space for residents.

After two public meetings culminating in a design focused on creativity, the Board of Aldermen approved Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone’s request for an appropriation of $500,000 for the project. All are invited to celebrate as the City breaks ground Friday on the renovation, which will update and improve the park’s play structures, surfaces and plaza while introducing inventive new elements. Continue reading KENNEY PARK GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY

A Place in Somerville, Assembly Square

By William Tauro

Somerville’s Assembly Square/ Federal Realty Development area is coming together very quickly and turning into a real place of beauty and becoming a huge asset for the City of Somerville.

With the finished product only months away, soon crowds will be flocking to the area to visit the many retail shops, restaurants and outlets that Assembly Square will have to offer!



Somerville’s Walnut Street Center Appreciation Luncheon

By William Tauro

Management of the Walnut Street Center showed their appreciation to its “Gala Event Committee” board members by treating them to a luncheon at the Charles River Golf Course in Newton on Friday.

The Gala Committee that is chaired and spearheaded by Former Somerville Mayor Gene Brune and Somerville Alderman-at-Large Jack Connolly helped raise over $35,000 for the Walnut Street Center with this year’s Gala back in September.

The event was held at the Somerville Holiday Inn with over two hundred attendees.

Walnut Street Center is a nonprofit, human service agency located in Somerville, Arlington and Cambridge, MA that provides residential, day and individual/family support services to over 200 adults with developmental disabilities. Walnut Street Center was started in 1970 by a group of parents that wanted to provide a better way of life for their children and other persons with developmental disabilities.

Walnut Street Center’s mission is to empower adults who have developmental disabilities to make meaningful life choices. and The Somerville News Weekly are proud sponsors on the event!


City of Somerville Police Department Promotions

By William Tauro

This past Thursday October 24th, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Board of Aldermen promoted three Somerville Police Officers .

The ceremony took place in the alderman’s chambers at city hall.

Sergeant Timothy Mitsakis was promoted to Lieutenant, Officer John Tam (K9 Unit) was promoted to Sergeant, and Officer Martha Costa was also promoted to Sergeant.

All three officers have had outstanding careers with the City of Somerville and the Police Department.

Photos:The three promoted officers taking the oath at the promotion swearing ceremony in by Somerville City Clerk John Long.


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