Newstalk – April 5

On April 5, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Join the local Somerville Chamber of Commerce monthly “After Hours” business get together this Thursday evening, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This month the host is The Burren in Davis Square. It’s a great opportunity to network and meet and greet other Chamber members and businesses here in the city. Contact Steve Mackey of the Chamber to RSVP: smackey@somervillechamber.org.

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Coming up on Saturday, April 6, 7:00-9:00 p.m., a fundraiser hosted by the Welcome Project, YUM a taste of Immigrant City, at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue. Ben Echevarria invites everyone to come and try out foods from different countries. Ben and his family have been very involved for many years here in Somerville. He’s a good guy and dedicated to many causes here in Somerville.

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The Globe reported that the Green Line Extension groundbreaking ceremony will take place shortly since the $1B has been approved to move forward. The General Manager of the Green Line Extension will be interviewed by Joe Lynch on his local cable access TV show Greater Somerville.

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The annual Somerville High Scholarship Foundation fundraiser is once again upon us, with the chance to win $10K CASH, plus up to 24 prizes of $100 each. Friday, May 12 at the high school’s Highlander Café. Tickets for the $10K drawing are $100 each and only 250 tickets will be sold. A great cause serving the students from Somerville. Over the years the foundation committee has raised over a million dollars and each year many students from Somerville High benefit from the generosity of the foundation and those that support it. Contact Eugene Brune or mail a check for $100 to SHS Raffle c/o Joseph Favaloro, P.O. Box 440275 Somerville 02144.

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Our sincere condolences to the family of John Doncaster, who passed away this past weekend and was waked at Doherty’s. John was a nice guy who left a large family and many friends. We extend our sincere sympathies to his family.

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Happy birthday to a lot of our friends and fellow Villens here this week: Big time happy birthday to Jeff Lewis from East Somerville. We hope he has a great birthday. Happy birthday to Sue Pye, a nice lady who is known by many here in the city. We hope she has a great birthday as well. Happy birthday to Tyler Hart, who grew up on Berkeley Street, was recently married and is now living in Medford. Happy birthday to another past Berkeley Street local, Bruce Rollins Jr., who now lives in Woburn but is seen in Somerville all the time. We hope he has a great birthday with his family. Happy birthday to Joe Cassaro, who raised his family here behind City Hall on Madison St. We hope he has a great birthday. Great guy and well-known Pat Scrima is celebrating his birthday this week as well. We hope he has a great one. Happy birthday to Steve Mac, one of the bosses at DPW here in the city. We hope he has a great birthday as well. Finally, to Sissy McWatters Ankenbauer, who is celebrating her birthday this week, we hope she also has a great birthday. To all the others celebrating this week, we extend or birthday greetings to you as well.

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The so-called snow/no snow storm last week (Friday) turned into a mess with the ice and rain after a brief fall. We were kind of surprised there was no emergency called, knowing how freely Stan the DPW Commissioner is in calling them. But don’t worry, Tomas Barry is the man behind the scenes and knows his job. Maybe thanks to him, the streets were being salted over the weekend.

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The Highland Masonic Building Association will be holding its annual (now 5 years) Giggles Comedy Night on Wednesday, April 28, at Prince of Pizza on Rte. 1. Come join in and have a night of laughs and a chance to win any one of over 25 gift baskets. Every year over 100 locals gather and have a great night of comedy with 3-4 professional comedians, plus a few surprises again this year. Contact Donald Norton at donaldfnorton@gmail.com or Bobby Potaris at potarisconstruction@yahoo.com.

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Some fundraisers are coming up soon for Ward Two Alderman Maryann Heuston and Ward Three Alderman Bob McWatters. If you know of something going on in the city, let us know and we’ll post it.

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Congratulations to the City Democratic Ward Committee. We hear that they gathered what is the largest citywide crowd at the causes up at the High School last week. We hear about 400 were in attendance, and a lot of them young Bernie supporters.

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The Somerville Garden Club will be meeting on Wednesday, April 12 from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. The meeting will be featuring Shona (Zimbabwean) Stone Sculptures in the Garden. The Shona people of Zimbabwe are well known for the originality and beauty of their stone carvings. Many of these sculptures have been featured in botanical gardens and sculpture parks throughout the world. Rosemary Chimbganda of Zimbabwe, an expert on and importer and retailer of Shona sculpture, and Susan Miller, a Somerville gardener whose garden highlights Shona sculpture, will share their knowledge of Shona sculpture as well as present photos and video(s) of Shona garden sculpture and the sculpting process. The meeting will be held at the Tufts Administration Building, 167 Holland Street, Somerville. Meetings are on the second floor, wheelchair accessible. Parking is available on site and the building is a short walk from the Davis Square T station and is on the #87 bus route. All Somerville Garden Club meetings are free and the public is invited to attend. For additional information please visit www.somervillegardenclub.org.

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The Capuano PTA is partnering with Salon 22 just outside of Union Square, on a fundraiser to benefit the Capuano Early Childhood Center: Hair Cut-a-Thon. Kids’ haircuts are just $14. Stop by Salon 22, 62 Summer St., on Tuesday, April 11 for a haircut between 2:00 and 5:00 p.m., and the Capuano Center will receive 50% of proceeds.

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Student Poetry Wanted … because April is National Poetry Month. In preparation for National Poetry Month, KidZine invites students to write poetry, or gather poems together that you have written this year. Email them directly to kid@12zine.com or give them to your teacher, making sure your name, school, and teacher’s name are on your submissions. They will post your poetry to their annual Poetry Wall online for all to read, and their poetry editors will make selections from them for possible further publication (in print). Visit www.12zine.com. Sponsored by Writer’s Den, The ESCS Phoenix, Happening at the Healey, the AFAS Journal, Kid! and 12! magazines.

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Somerville High School has moved on to the quarterfinal round to compete against Hingham High School on WGBH’s High School Quiz Show this week. Somerville defeated Acton-Boxborough High School in the first round on February 25 with a final score of 630 to 330. The episode will air this Saturday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m. on WGBH 2.

 

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