This week our guest columnist is Jacqueline Malone of the Mass. Poetry Festival.  She has just interviewed Executive Director of the Festival January O’Neil. The festival will be held May 2 to 3 in Salem, Mass.

In the last month or so there have been few people busier than our own January O’Neil, Executive Director of Massachusetts Poetry Festival, as she has been involved making and solidifying plans for the event. But she took time to answer some questions that give us her unique point-of-view on the May 2 through 4 event in Salem.  As you’ll see from her answers, she is one of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival’s most ardent fans!

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Lyrical Somerville – April 23

On April 23, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff


Experimental, intelligent, and environmental, turtle grass, a series of shadows, Muddy River Books, Brookline Massachusetts, 2014, Irene Koronas’ third full length book of poems. Her language resonates, melts into the past and jointly falls forward. The poems are written in traditional form, as well as, informational writings on nature, and romantic musing; she remains true to her own style, eclectic. Koronas is a well known local poet and painter, a Mass College of Art, graduate. She is poetry editor for Wilderness House Literary Review and a member of the Bagel Bards.

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Somerville Police Crime Log April 14 – April 19

On April 22, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff


Stephen Tolliver, 62, of 240 Pearl St., April 15, 7:01 a.m., arrested at home on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and carrying a firearm without a license.

Craig Vivian, 25, of 167 Main St., Malden, April 15, 1:17 p.m., arrested at 65 Evergreen Ave. on a warrant charge of larceny over $250.

Harry Fenton, 54, of 3 White St., Arlington, April 16, 11:55 a.m., arrested at 137 Washington St. on a warrant charge of leaving the scene of property damage.

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Ironman raises funds for Marathon victims

On April 21, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Jerry Bowser, also known as the “Boston Brawler” from his professional wrestling days, carried 2,350 pounds 900 feet across Ball Square in a wheelbarrow Saturday in order to raise money for two friends of his who each lost a leg during last year’s Boston Marathon bombing.

— Photos by Donald Norton


Collecting our national pastime

On April 21, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

gloss_4_16_14_webBy Kenneth Gloss

Since the incredible World Series win of 2004 by the Boston Red Sox, interest in all sports has increased and over the past 25 years, interest in sports collectibles has continued to skyrocket. Baseball has been particularly popular – it is the epitome of America. There is a little bit of baseball woven throughout much of the American story, and there are books to collect for every era, every team, every league and every standout player in the history of the game.

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Easters gone by

On April 20, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

(The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries of The Somerville Times belong solely to the authors of those commentaries and do not reflect the views or opinions of The Somerville Times, its staff or publishers)

Easter used to mean two things. Candy and new clothes. We would pack the family into dad’s ‘63 Chevy and drive to Anderson Little clothes store in Wellington, Medford, to pick out the itchiest, most uncomfortable suit there was. The shirt and tie came from Sears. Those clip-on ties were so much easier than making a knot. The suit felt like it was made out of a burlap potato sack.

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‘Charlie Bubbles’ meets the Green Monster

On April 19, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

Paul Carafotes & Son continue the adventure at Fenway

Actor/author Paul Carafotes, Big Papi, and young Charlie Carafotes enjoy some pleasure reading between innings at Fenway Park.

Actor/author Paul Carafotes, Big Papi, and young Charlie Carafotes enjoy some pleasure reading between innings at Fenway Park.

By Jim Clark

Though it has only been two years since readers were first introduced to the fantastic world of Charlie Bubbles, the fictitious youngster with an affinity for sudsy adventure and discovery is now featured in a third volume entitled Charlie Bubbles to Fenway!

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Somerville youth ages 16 and older eligible to apply for summer employment within City departments, with local retailers. 

somervillelogoMayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Somerville Youth Services Coordinator Nancy Bacci announced that applications are now available for the 2014 Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program. Available through Thursday, April 24, applications can be found at the City of Somerville’s Personnel Department, located in the basement at City Hall, 93 Highland Ave.  The Program provides opportunities for Somerville youth to gain employment and job training within the public and private sectors throughout the summer. Eligible students must be Somerville residents, enrolled in high school, and at least 16 years of age. All applications must be returned to the Personnel Department by April 24 at 7 p.m.

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‘INTUITION’ at Brickbottom

On April 18, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

intuition_3_webThe Brickbottom Artist Association Gallery’s next exhibit, INTUITION, features works by participating artists Sherry Autor, Ellen Band, Lois Blood Bennett, Kathy Chapman, Patsea Cobb, Daniela Des Lauriers, Joanne F. Desmond, Chris Engles, Lois Fiore, Ari Forrester, Shannon Forrester, Jen Fries, Wally Gilbert, Lynda Goldberg, Robert Goss, Kate Harmon, Charlotte Kaplan, Matt Lazure, Pauline Lim, Chris Mesarch, Jessica Meuse, Diane Novetsky, Debra Olin, Piotr Parda, Ted Prato, Dan Rocha, Virginia Sandman, Martha Stone, Susan Strauss, Judy Werlin, and Gabriella Zlocki.

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wairi 2“Deplorable,” “disturbing” and “confusing” was how Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Superintendent of Schools Tony Pierantozzi described the allegations against 27-year-old Somerville resident and former Somerville elementary school teacher Josh Wairi, who was arrested on child pornography charges at his Beacon Street apartment April 17.

Wairi, a fifth-grade teacher in Cambridge at the time of his arrest, allegedly admitted to police that in addition to possessing and sharing child pornography with others online, he had secretly videotaped children in a locker room changing in and out of clothes with his cellphone camera. Where that videotaping took place is not clear.

He is being held without bail pending a detention and probable cause hearing in federal court in Boston Wednesday, April 27. According to police, authorities were made aware of Wairi’s alleged activities through an online tip.

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