norton_banner_2a

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.

Continue reading »

Tagged with:
 

We were briefed by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz about a deeply disturbing matter that we anticipate will involve our city, as well as the City of Cambridge. An individual who had been entrusted to care for our children has allegedly violated that trust at the highest level.

Continue reading »

 

Goodness of people is the legacy of the Boston Marathon

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

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

(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)

This week, we remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and its aftermath. On Tuesday, the city held a moment of silence and invited people to the Public Safety Building for reflection, remembrances and memorials, with counselors and staff from the Trauma Response Network there to provide support to anyone who needed it. That support will again be available at the Public Safety Building on Friday from 3 to 6 p.m., so that the people of our community can come together, reflect and remember.

Continue reading »

 

Eagle Trust Insurance donation to Catholic Charities

On April 17, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

eagle_web

Carl A. Garcia presents a donation check for $1,000 to Nancy Kavanagh, Program Director for Catholic Charities St. Patrick Shelter in Somerville.

Eagle Trust Insurance values the many local organizations in Somerville and the contributions they make to the community.  Carl A. Garcia recently presented a donation check for $1,000 to Nancy Kavanagh, Program Director for Catholic Charities St. Patrick Shelter in Somerville. This donation was made under the Arbella Insurance Foundation’s “Let’s Drive Out Hunger” initiative, which matches gifts for local food and shelter programs. Last year, Eagle Trust Insurance (then known as Best Rate Insurance) made similar donations to Respond, Inc. and the Somerville Homeless Coalition under the Let’s Drive Out Hunger Program. Eagle Trust Insurance is grateful to Arbella for their generosity and for supporting their agents in providing a positive difference in the lives of the people in the communities they serve.

 

Fired employee’s shattering response

On April 17, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Jim Clark

Police were dispatched to Olde Magoun’s Saloon Friday morning on reports of a dispute involving an employee.

Upon arrival, officers observed shattered glass littering the floor of the establishment.

Continue reading »

 

somervillelogoBeginning on Monday, April 28, the Albion Street Playground will be closed as city contractors work to install a retaining wall, and to make improvements to the lawn and water spray areas. Work is expected to be complete by the end of May, weather permitting. Please note that the full park and playground will be closed while this work is completed.

Continue reading »

 

Unsightly, unlicensed news boxes draw BOA ire

On April 17, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

The Board of Aldermen discussed the need to remove abandoned, damaged and unlicensed news boxes from both Union Square and throughout town.

The Board of Aldermen discussed the need to remove abandoned, damaged and unlicensed news boxes from both Union Square and throughout town.

By David R. Smith

When they’re maintained and kept fresh, they can put the world within reach, but when they’re left empty and open to the effects of time, weather and vandals, they go from being sources of information to eyesores.

The “they” are newspaper boxes, and the Board of Aldermen would like to see the city cleansed of the ones that are not kept stocked and/or properly licensed.

Continue reading »

 

Thursday, April 17 at 7 p.m., the Somerville Road Runners will host the second Officer Sean Collier Memorial run, in conjunction with our Annual pre-Boston Marathon pasta party. This event will be held at Casey’s tavern, 173 Broadway, East Somerville, MA

Last year, MIT Police Officer Collier, who was also a member of the Somerville Auxiliary Police, was slain in the line of duty. Prior to the start of the 4 mile run, there will be a moment of silence for Sean.

Continue reading »

 

Prepared to set a precedent?

On April 16, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

BOA considers next move on fossil-fuel divestment petition
*

fossil_webBy David R. Smith

There isn’t a precedent to go by on what happens if a board of aldermen, selectmen or city council catches the attention of the state Ethics Commission in voting for its retirement board to divest of any investments connected to the fossil-fuel industry, so members of Somerville’s BOA will have to decide whether they want to be that precedent and accept any consequences that may come.

Continue reading »

thesomervillenews's SCAP album on Photobucket

— Photos by Claudia Ferro

The Somerville Health Department and the Somerville Office of Prevention, in cooperation with Teen Empowerment and Save Our Somerville, held a free workshop and discussion April 8 at the Cross Street Center in East Somerville on substance abuse, prescription drug misuse and education, as well as strategies for support systems and treatment, recovery and coping mechanisms for victims and families.

Continue reading »