Newstalk – October 4

On October 4, 2017, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Tonight, Wednesday October 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Ward 3 Alderman Bob McWatters will be having a campaign get together and fundraiser at Sally O’Brien’s on Somerville Ave. The last time his opponent sent spies to monitor the event. Alderman McWatters is a good person. He’s being accused of taking money from developers, but maybe some unopposed candidates might want to stop spreading lies. They might find an opponent in two years that they might not like.

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It appears that Somerville Media Center, SCATV has announced that both Mayor Joe Curtatone and Payton Corbett will do a debate on local access TV this month, with a date yet to be determined. Jon Keller from WBZ TV will moderate. More to follow when the date is worked out and announced.

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Our good friends over at Good Gas on Pearl Street, in particular Edwin Sola, were recently interviewed on Channel 4 CBS. It looks like the Registry of Motor Vehicles has sent out expensive machines to all the vendors, including our Goode Gas, and the machines can’t be connected for the inspections to be completed. The machines are to be hooked up by state technicians, and they haven’t come out yet. The machines are still in the wrap. Businesses are upset. They are losing money. And customers are upset, they want to get the inspections out of the way. As of last night, October 3, they are still not hooked up. Channel 4 came out and interviewed Edwin (by the way, the best mechanic – number one, no one even close to him), who was interviewed for broadcast. It’s a great station, with awesome people down there. Just ask George! This station is so very popular, people come from all over and they are very loyal. Hopefully, the state will hurry up and fix this.

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Speaking of Good Gas, it seems that the fire department was called by some person who was walking by and smelled GAS. So she called the fire department. Funny, every time we go there we smell gas too. It takes a bright person to report a gas station smelling of gas!

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Welcome back to work at DPW, Ricky Willette, who has been out with surgery these past months. Ricky is the real boss down at DPW, with the title of Assistant DPW Commissioner. A great guy, we wish him the very best and, again, welcome back to work.

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Congratulations to Paul Upton, who was recently awarded the Somerville “Kiwanis Man of the Year.” He was also installed as the club’s new President. We wish him the very best in his job to carry his club forward. Paul is a retired Somerville Police Captain. A good guy who is very popular here in the community.

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Coming up later this month, on October 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Vernon Restaurant, Ward 1 Alderman candidate Elio LoRusso will be having a campaign rally of sorts.

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Meanwhile, on the same night over in Medford, City Councilor Adam Knight is having a get-together as well to rally his supporters for the upcoming City Council election on November 7. We over here remember Adam when he worked for the now departed Sen. Charlie Shannon.

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Happy birthdays this week to the following: A big happy birthday to Karen F. McWatters this week. We hope she had a great day. Happy birthday to a fantastic lady as well, Annemarie Carey-Browne, who is celebrating this week. Happy birthday to local guy and well known in the Latino community, Ben Echevarria. We hope he has a great day for himself with his wonderful family. Happy birthday to Mike Buckley of West Somerville. A well-known good guy with another great family. We hope he had a nice birthday. Happy birthday this past weekend to a good friend who passed away the former publisher of our paper, Bob Publicover. A great guy who gave a lot for the city and contributed to the welfare of Somerville in many ways over the years. He has been and will continue to be missed. Happy birthday to Joe DeCastro, formerly of Somerville. A good guy. We hope he had a great birthday. To all the others we didn’t say happy birthday to by mentioning your name, we hope you have a great day for yourself.

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Masonic Open House coming up on Saturday, October 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., right here in Somerville. It’s one of the oldest Masonic Lodges in existence, since 1783, at 125 Highland Avenue. King Solomon’s Lodge AF & AM is still very active and very much alive and doing great. It has a huge amount of historical artifacts dating back to the 17th century, some of which will be on display for anyone to see. Come up the driveway to the rear parking lot. They will answer all the questions about Masonry that you may want to ask. Light refreshments will be served. The public is cordially invited.

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Join the Somerville High Class of 1987 30th Reunion for a night filled with fun and laughter, November 4, 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. at the Crown Plaza Hotel, 15 Middlesex Canal Park Drive, Woburn, MA 01801. Dinner and DJ included. Tickets: $55 pp. Please send online payments through Paypal to Cherie Dell’Anno, account name: cdell99@yahoo.com. Please make checks payable to: Cherie Dell’Anno and send to 16 Carson Ave, Wilmington, MA 01887. Email cdell99@yahoo.com with any questions.

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Trevor Smith, Lead Designer for Land Escapes Design (Belmont), will present Rain Gardens, Rain Harvesting, and Permeable Pavement on Wednesday, October 11, at the Somerville Garden Club monthly meeting. Water simultaneously manages to be the stuff of mystery and our daily routine. We use it to cook with, wash our dishes, and brush our teeth but very few can stand on the beach and not lose themselves watching the breakers roll in. In the face of climate change water is becoming much more of an issue, we either have too much too little and never when we really need it. Water bans, flooding and erosion are common now and it feels as if this life giving resource has turned against us. Get reacquainted with water and learn simple methods to capture and reuse storm water or slow stormwater runoff. We will discuss rain harvesting and rain gardens as ways to make the most of every drop. Somerville Garden Club meetings are held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Tufts Administration Building, 2nd Fl., 167 Holland Street, Somerville. Parking is available on site. 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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