Newstalk – April 17

On April 17, 2013, in Latest News, by The News Staff

First of all the terrorist action the other day here in Boston was horrible. We pray for all those families that were directly impacted by being at an event that was supposed to be a happy time for us celebrating the holiday. In particular, our hearts go out to all the victims and their families of Monday’s horrific bombings that took place in Boston.

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Do your part on Earth Day! This Saturday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 1p.m. help clean up your local river. All supplies will be provided. Mystic River Reservation at Assembly Row. Meet next to the river across from the Christmas Tree Shop parking lot (map here: https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=205302209574334080274.0004bbada8e9e878629e9&msa=0&ll=42.397862%2C-71.083667&spn=0.00477%2C0.013078). Mystic River near 165 Middlesex Avenue Somerville.

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 It was great seeing Congressman Lynch take so much interest in the Somerville children’s Pop Warner teams. The congressman realizes the importance of children participating in sports and after school activities and like so very few elected officials in this world, he gets it and proudly supports it. Congressman Lynch was so impressed with the children’s warm greeting they gave him this past Sunday at the Somerville Pop Warner Awards Banquet that the good congressman extended an open invitation to the entire team, their families and coaches for a cookout this coming Sunday on him. What a nice guy, to do something like that. Please, all interested in attending contact Billy Tauro for more for details on times and location. We might even get a photo or two of the good congressman flipping a burger while we’re there.

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The political scene here is changing week after week. We hear that another candidate for the Ward 1 Alderman seat is about to announce. We haven’t heard the name yet but we were told that it might be one of the candidates who recently interviewed for the School Committee seat.  If that’s true then Ward 1 would have four candidates for the Alderman’s seat.

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We hear that newly appointed School Committeeman Steve Roix from Ward 1 might also have an opponent, but once we heard the name we were shocked. Some sources are telling us that Kenny Savato is considering running for the seat. We’ll see!

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Word is strong around the city that Ward 3’s Tom Taylor is not going to run for re-election, that he’s going to call it quits after three decades of public life, and that his recent illness is going to put a stop to his political career. We think he’s done a great job representing Ward 3 for many years, both on the School Board and as Alderman, but it’s got to be tiring after all those years. Now, who is going to run? Well, we keep hearing that Bob McWaters is considering it. He’s been pushed by many to run. If he chooses to do so he will be a formidable candidate and would work very hard for the seat. Other names we hear might be Dot Gay, but we’re also hearing that might not be so since Bert isn’t feeling well lately, and some say she likes being off the stage.

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Mayor Joe Curtatone is having his Campaign Kick Off on Wednesday, April 24 at the Armory 191 Highland Avenue from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

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Ward 4 is looking at Rich Spinosa. He told a few people he’s seriously considering running against Tony Lafuente for the seat, but we also hear he’s opening a new real estate company with his girlfriend Kim Mulligan. They recently bought a real estate franchise. We hear that Realty Direct Somerville might be the new name. We wish them the best of luck.

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Speaking of real estate, did we hear correctly that Steve Bremis might be leaving the family real estate company for a downtown Boston business address?

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Ward 6’s Rebekah Gewirtz submitted back on January 10 a resolution to look into the Board of Alderman’s rule on appointments to replace a resigning alderman. Now, the head of that committee is Alderman White, who hasn’t, from what we hear, called a meeting of the committee to discuss the issue. Well, it’s April 17, and that’s three months and no meeting to discuss rules on it. Hmmmmm…maybe Alderman White has forgotten, he’s so busy being the boss?

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Now, we hear that certain people have been making calls to the aldermen to persuade them to not appoint Courtney O’Keefe to the Ward 5 seat, but to open up the process, some have told individuals at Newstalk that some aldermen are nervous that a certain candidate, namely Mark Niedergang, might be behind this move, having several of his friends make these calls.

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OK, so last week we spelled Google wrong. We meant to say Google not Goggle in regards to that opinion writer over at the Farm Team’s apparent idol, Saul Alinsky’s. So look it up. Saul is the father of radical politics, left leaning radicals who practice intimidation and the spreading of lies. Saul Alinsky on Google “Handbook for Radicals.”    Lie, lie, lie. And if that doesn’t work, try intimidation and confrontation until you terrorize your opponent into submission. Does that sound familiar to anyone out there? Now, we know that the Farm Team has lost a lot of its bang here in the city over the past several years. It’s not our fault that we have become the paper of choice. We aren’t looking for the negative in every person, we are looking for the positive in our community.

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What is a Newstalk? We’ve explained this many times over and over, so here we go again.    Newstalk is really the input of a lot of people here in Somerville who send along tips, rumors, hearsays, and, of course, some factual stuff. And we give them all the opportunity to keep their names out of it. Exactly like “Speak Out” over at the Farm Team paper, people call them on the phone, leave messages and the people over there transpose them into the paper. So as Newstalk is to The News, Speak Out is to the Farm Team. They don’t post names after the comments, and neither do we. They will probably continue to do that since it’s maybe the only reason anyone would read the Farm Team, and so won’t we continue since maybe it’s the only reason why people read us, off course we doubt that, but it’s the rumor we hear out there. What is a Columnist? That’s a person who gives his opinion. It’s not necessarily the opinion of the paper he or she is writing in, so the paper prints a disclaimer on the article. So when you see something here in the Newstalk, it’s from a lot of different sources here in the Ville, some very well connected and some who like everyone else hears rumors flying around. You know, like that rumor mostly over at the Farm Team, the Grand Jury is going to indict soon?  The only person who would know that are the Jurists themselves, and those that appear before jury. That’s the only way someone would know. We’re sure no one from the jury, if there was one, is picking up the phone and calling people over at the Farm Team. We could be wrong, but! That’s rumor and that’s all it is, that certain people want you to believe that a grand jury is going to hand down indictments soon, or that one reporter from one paper that is out of business is now peddling an investigation to another paper. FYI, that was weeks ago and nothing! Really nothing, right? We bet that the rumor about indictments coming down or a newspaper article doing an investigation locally is also false. Guess time will tell, won’t it? There they go again reading that “Rules for Radicals.”

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Happy birthday to the following Villens: Lance Barretto, Courtney Rogers, and Kathy Webber, who we are sure are all partying together this weekend at WHYC. Also, Happy Birthday to Talt Gregory Shackelford IV, lifelong resident, and to Winsland George, a local realtor who has served Somerville for many years now. A big HB to Jodie Baldassari-Burke and to Anna Gullage Tompkins.

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Here’s a save the dates for two fantastic Lions Club community events that they have planned. First, on Sunday, April 28, their Annual Charity Breakfast has transformed into a wonderful catered brunch this year and it is being held at the Mt. Vernon Restaurant, 14 Broadway in Somerville. Only $15 per person and well worth every cent. This is a “must go” event because you don’t want to miss it. Proceeds from the event go to benefit Lions Club Charities. Tickets will be available at the door or just ask any Lion. At the Lions Brunch the club will be raffling off their famous “Wheelbarrow Full of Cheer” to some lucky winner. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. For raffle ticket sales contact Billy Tauro at (617)293-2016

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The second Lions Club event date to save is Thursday, May 23 for their Annual Somerville Lions Club “A Night of Comedy & Fun” at “Giggles Comedy Club on Rt. 1 South in Saugus. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with three top comedians, raffles and all the pizza and salad that you can eat. All proceeds support Lions Club charities and programs. Tickets are $25 per person and available by contacting Billy Tauro for both tickets and RSVPs.

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 Our condolences go out to the family of our good friend Kathleen Russo on her recent passing this past weekend. Kathleen was a wonderful woman and will be sadly missed by many here in the Ville.

 

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