Newstalk – March 13

On March 13, 2013, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Happy Saints Patrick’s Day to everyone out there. All those Irish and Irish for a day crowd here in the Ville, have a safe and happy weekend. And to the rest of us here in the Ville, Happy Evacuation Day, which is the main reason to celebrate here in Boston area.

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BUSINESS TOWN MEETING NEXT WEEK. Learn about city plans. Stay to network afterward. On Wednesday, Mar. 20, Mayor Joe Curtatone will map out the city’s economic plans followed by a Q&A at this annual Somerville Chamber of Commerce talk and networking event. It’s free, but seating is limited. RSVPs are required. 5:30 p.m. at Davis Square Theatre, 255 Elm St. (next to Foundry on Elm) Networking reception with appetizers and a raffle afterward at Saloon. RSVP to smackey@somervillechamber.org. More info at http://www.somervillechamber.org/events_meetings.htm.

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Thursday at PJ Ryans, 239 Holland Street in Teele Square, the best Irish pub around will be hosting a “Pre-Saint Patrick’s Day” saintly beer social during Boston Beer week. Probably one of the best, if not just the best, darn local or otherwise cozy Irish Pubs in the Boston area, never mind Somerville. It’s a great place to spend St. Patrick’s week and celebrate the saving of the Isle of many shades of Green. While you’re there say “Hi” to Connor, the owner, and have a great time for yourself.

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Don’t forget tomorrow to wear your green: Thursday, March 14 at the Somerville Council on Aging’s Annual St Patrick’s Day Party from 11:00 a.m.-2 p.m. Sponsored by the Winter Hill Yacht Club, located behind the Assembly Square Mall at 85 Foley Street in Somerville. For more info call Somerville Council on Aging at (617) 625-6600 or email Billy Tauro at Wmtauro@aol.com.

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This Saturday, the 16th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Nave Gallery Annex, 53 Chester Street, Somerville in Davis Square, an opening reception for Memory Palace takes place, featuring music by Audrey Ryan and the works of artists Natalie Andrew, Kathy Desmond, Chris French, Lee Kilpatrick, Amy Lovera, Rafchel Shatil, and Chadwick Williams. This group exhibition presents the works of artists whose use of familiar images and objects helps to reveal the unfamiliar. Memory Palace refers to a common mnemonic technique that dates back to the ancient Romans and Greeks. Here artists use their 21st century artistic versions of “the method of loci” to investigate issues of memory and identity through painting, photographs, video and sculpture.

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Please join The Somerville Museum fund-raising team on Friday, March 15, 5:30-8 p.m. for a Fundraising Party for the museum in a spectacular historic residence in Union Square, located at 1 Summer Street, Sanctuary Unit. Come to the Historic First Methodist Church, Union Square, to help with an important community resource. Witness this incredible conversion of an historic church and former SCC office space to a unique and elegant residential building, AND enjoy a delightful selection of food and drinks donated by local businesses. You will also be treated to a trio playing enchanting Irish music from the Sanctuary’s pulpit, and have an opportunity to try a variety of beers from local breweries: Pretty Things, Slumbrew, and Tower Root Beer produced by Prospect Hill Beverages. If, however, you simply cannot come due to insurmountable conflicts, please consider making a donation to the Somerville Museum Building Fund by purchasing a ticket(s), participating in their silent auction, or offering a larger contribution, all of which are considered tax deductible donations and can be done online. Please join them for Raising the Roof and More!, a benefit for the Somerville Museum and a Celebration of the Emerald Isle. Music by Roseanne Santucci and Friends, a splendid array of finger food, libations, and silent auction. $50 General Admission, $40 for Members of Historic Somerville or The Somerville Museum and Seniors or Students with ID. Reserve your tickets in advance at 617-710-7453 or http://www.somervillemuseumbuildingfund.org. All proceeds will support critical building projects in progress at the Somerville Museum.

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There’s plenty of talk out there on the streets of the Ville that about $850,000 – close to a million dollars – is missing from the city’s retirement system, and nobody knows anything? Maybe it’s in one of the drawers of the missing desk that’s up in that NH landfill somewhere?

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Happy Birthday to our good friends Sammy Roselando and Mike Browne. Happy birthday also to Judy Seppala, a lovely woman and avid reader of The News! Big time Happy Birthday to that nice guy, Donald Coutoumas, who, although he lives now in NH, follows The News religiously. HB to Susan Glazebrook, who is a teacher and, we hear, a damn good one at that. John Ausiello, who is a student now at Johnson and Wales, is from the Ville and also celebrates this week. Big time out to Tiffany Brainard of the famous Brainard family of St. Ann’s area. Hard to believe she’s getting older. Time flies. We wish a Happy Birthday to Marc Piro, of the great Piro family. Marc runs his family business his grandfather started many years ago. A great guy from a great family.    Another great Somerville family is Jim Halloran’s, who is also celebrating this week. Another great guy, always with a big smile on his face.

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We want to welcome yet another new business that has opened their doors in the Ville this month. Koryn Zammuto has opened Salon 22 in Ward 2. Koryn is a young, hip, and pretty knowledgeable hair stylist who is hoping her business takes off. It’s located at 62C Summer Street and the business number is 617-764-5693. If you’re around the neighborhood stop in and say “Hi!”

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It seems like Congressional wannabe, and our own Medford/Somerville State Rep, Carl Sciortino, has as a well-earned reputation from his colleagues for looking after his own interests, rather than those of his constituents. We hear that Carl has now even managed to upset many of his die-hard supporters. Carl first ruffled feathers by announcing his run for Ed Markey’s Congressional seat before Markey had barely started campaigning for the special Senate race, let alone won both the April primary and June election that would open up the seat in Congress that Carl covets. We hear from sources that Carl sent an email to supporters of his congressional bid asking them to help out by canvassing for Markey. The problem for Carl is that the email asked these Somerville supporters to travel to Cambridge for some canvassing that Carl was leading. And, at the same time, Somerville organizers were scrambling to fill their own canvassing events. Much of Cambridge is now in the Congressional District that Carl has already made known he’s going to run in, and he’d rather increase his visibility there than help out the folks in Medford and Somerville who helped get him elected. It seems like Carl’s has always been about Carl after all, doesn’t it? Now, that’s called someone who is making a career of climbing the political ladder and doing it his way.

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As far as the Somerville Democratic Committee Chairperson is concerned, it appears that the only person to run so far is Kerianne Rodriguez Lorenzo. It seems like she’s getting support from all sides. We don’t even hear of anyone running against her. The election will take place in a few weeks when the city committee reconvenes.

 

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