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Somerville Police participate in ShotSpotter exercise

On August 18, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

shotspotter_webOn August 12, 2014, during the nighttime hours, Somerville Police Lieutenant Carmine Vivilo and Officer Dan Rego, two of the police department’s firearm safety and firearm instructors were onsite and participated in a live-fire gunshot event at two undisclosed locations in the city to calibrate and test a new program called ShotSpotter. This equipment was funded through the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region, Department of Homeland Security collaboration.

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Somerville Fire Dept. conducting annual hydrant flushing

On August 18, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

hydrant_webThe Somerville Fire Department will begin the annual inspection of all fire hydrants on Monday, August 18, 2014 and conclude on Saturday, August 30, 2014. This procedure requires the flushing of water from the hydrants as well as a check of the mechanical operation of the hydrant. The inspection/testing program will take approximately two weeks to complete.

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Broadway repaving 8/18

On August 17, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

somervillelogoBroadway in Winter Hill will berepaved on Monday, Aug. 18 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.  from Dartmouth Street to Grant Street. Traffic in each direction will be open both days, with traffic diverted to the other side of Broadway as needed. Drivers should expect delays.

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Leone’s, for 60 years, melts its love for customers in cheese

On August 17, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Leone’s Sub and Pizza is a much beloved culinary institution not only in Somerville, but from coast to coast, and beyond.

Leone’s Sub and Pizza is a much beloved culinary institution not only in Somerville, but from coast to coast, and beyond.

By Douglas Yu

It’s probably more appropriate than flattery to call Leone’s Sub and Pizza in Somerville a landmark in the neighborhood: Its everlasting quality of meatballs; signature Sicilian-styled square pizzas that were once delivered to Chris Evans live on ABC News; owners and staff who are never shy of sharing fun conversations with their customers; and most importantly, a restaurant where serving the community means more than serving their food.

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Roll out the (root beer) barrel

On August 16, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

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)

I don’t know about everyone, but a lot of people, including myself, have artifacts or mementos from a place they once worked in or frequented. I have a book of matches from BoBo’s Chinese Restaurant that used to be in Ball Square. When WR Grace (Dewey and Almy) on Alewife Brook Parkway tore down the buildings that housed the boiler room that my dad worked in for 38 years, he kept two of his favorite steam gauges. Those really neat looking gauges are still in my cellar. I have a plastic hatcheck from the Jumbo Lounge formerly in Teele Square. Two of the original booths from The Coronet restaurant and lounge (last week’s story) were on the front porch of the house across the street for over 25 years. They finally succumbed to weather and old age.

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Food for Guns: Somerville resident gun buyback event August 16

On August 15, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

police_station_webTrade in firearms and rifles, license or unlicensed— for grocery store gift certificates

The City of Somerville Police Department, in conjunction with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department, will hold a gun and ammunition buyback event on August 16, 2014, where Somerville residents can trade in their unwanted firearms or rifles for grocery gift certificates. This important community service will offer residents the opportunity to properly dispose of firearms to help keep the community safe. This is a no-questions-asked event that puts safety first. Unlicensed residents who turn in weapons will not be prosecuted for the crime of unlawful possession of a weapon.

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Immigration again

On August 15, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Part 1: The kids from Central America
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shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

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Once again immigration policy is a daily news item, this time prompted by 30,000 Guatemalan, Honduran and Salvadoran children who have arrived here since January. Hoping to save them from the indiscriminate violence that permeates daily life, their parents are paying coyotes to bring them to our border.

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A tree grows in Somerville: Expanding our public tree canopy

On August 14, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

mayor_webBy Joseph A. Curtatone

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You may have noticed that Somerville streets seem a little leafier lately. In a densely built urban city like Somerville, greening our streets and neighborhoods can be a difficult task, but it’s a challenge we’re committed to taking on. Part of the solution to that challenge is expanding our tree canopy, which is why last month we planted 575 new public trees throughout Somerville as we march toward our goal of planting 2,000 new trees by the end of 2015. Public trees do more than beautify our neighborhoods, although that’s important too. Increasing our tree canopy improves our air quality, saves energy costs and can even help slow down traffic and deter crime. In short: the healthier our trees, the healthier our community.

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Somerville’s Night Out

On August 13, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

news29's Night out album on Photobucket

— Photos by Claudia Ferro and Donald Norton

Somerville’s 11th Annual National Night Out Against Crime and Drugs, hosted by Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) in partnership with the Somerville Police Department, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Somerville Office of Prevention (SOP) Director Cory Mashburn took place on Tuesday, Aug. 5 at Foss Park. The event included Fire and Police Department demonstrations; a presentation from the Massachusetts State PoliceK-9 unit; live performances by the Sunsetters, Teen Empowerment, and the Red Tiger Academy of Martial Arts; youth activities and games; raffle prizes; and information tables from over 30 neighborhood agencies.

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The little Red Tiger

On August 13, 2014, in Latest News, by The Somerville Times

Delia Sousa

Delia Sousa

At the National Night Out last week in Foss Park, little Delia Sousa showed off her karate skills for all to see. Delia is part of the Red Tiger Dojo team right here in Somerville’s Winter Hill area. It might be added that she was recently given a certificate of merit. Ms. Delia Sousa is also a huge fan of The Somerville Times, and we think she’s not only cute, but we hear she’s the brains of the family. She certainly has a lot of charm.