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Mayor Joseph Curtatone’s brother, 43-year-old Cosmo Curtatone, will be in Malden District Court Thursday morning for a dangerousness hearing stemming from charges he assaulted and attempted to rape a women well known to him earlier this month.  According to police, the woman has already taken out more than a dozen restraining orders against him.

Curtatone was arrested on a warrant April 8 in Somerville for the incidents the victim alleges occurred at her Everett apartment April 3, which she reported to police April 5. He is also accused of assault and larceny over $250 for allegedly stealing the woman’s phone and wallet and then using her EBT card.

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Stricter ethics ordinance proposed by mayor

On April 13, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

somervillelogoMayor Joseph A. Curtatone has filed a proposed expansion of the city’s ethics ordinance that would require elected officials to file disclosures of their communications with any person or representative seeking a permit or license from the city in connection with the permit or license.

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Del Ponte wins Suffolk honors

On April 13, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

mini_del_ponte_webCongratulations to Joey Del Ponte for being accepted into Suffolk University’s elite honors program.  Joey, son of Cathy and Jimmy Del Ponte, will be graduating from Matignon High School in May.

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Somerville Open Studios 2014

On April 13, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

os_12On the first weekend in May, over 400 Somerville artists will open their doors and invite the public into their studios for one of the largest single-weekend open studio events in the nation.

Now in its 16th year, the weekend continues to grow throughout the city, drawing in scores of local businesses and becoming a festive destination. In the US, only New York has more artists per capita than the City of Somerville.

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Boston Marathon remembered in Somerville

On April 12, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

~Photo by Bobbie Toner

— Photo by Bobbie Toner

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone announced today the City of Somerville’s plan to honor the victims and families of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings, and to provide support services to all community members who should need them on the one-year anniversary of the tragic events in Boston, as follows:

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Strongman pushes for bombing victims

On April 12, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

bowser_webJerry Bowser, also known as the “Boston Brawler” from his professional wrestling days, will carry, in a wheelbarrow, 2,350 pounds 900 feet across Ball Square in order to raise money for two friends of his who each lost a leg during last year’s Boston Marathon bombing. It will cost each man $1.4 million to get and maintain a prosthetic leg through the age of 70. He will begin the power push at 2 p.m. Saturday April 19.

This event is for Boston Marathon victims and will recognize MIT Police Officer Sean Collier who made the ultimate sacrifice.

 

Good eats on ‘The Hill’

On April 12, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

del_ponte_4_webLife in the Ville by Jimmy Del Ponte

Here is another story by my good friend Anthony Accardi Jr. 

(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)

As far back as I can remember, there has always been an abundance of eating establishments on Winter Hill. Besides the old standard of pizza and sub shops, at one time we had a White Tower Restaurant, a fresh fish market that also served fried seafood, a delicatessen, a coffee shop and even a Brigham’s Ice Cream Restaurant, among others. With all of these eating places, other small businesses and a Star Market, Winter Hill was at one time a bustling area with both high foot and vehicular traffic. It was a place where people could do their food shopping, run their errands and grab a quick bite to eat – and all within walking distance of each other.

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Somerville’s commitment to the highest principles of governmental budgeting has been recognized in the City earning the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award, a “significant achievement” according to awarding nonprofit Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).somervillelogo

In earning the award, the City of Somerville met nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation. The GFOA reviewers evaluated the City’s FY14 budget, available on the City Finance Department’s webpage, on 27 specific criteria to assess how well the budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device.

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shelton_webBy William C. Shelton

(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)

Economics has been called the “dismal science” ever since Thomas Carlyle turned that phrase in 1849. But a blazing discussion is illuminating the gloom. Its light source is the English publication of Capital in the Twenty-First Century by French economist Thomas Piketty.

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The price of acting stupid

On April 10, 2014, in Latest News, by The News Staff

By Jim Clark

A police officer on duty in the early morning hours of April 6 at a Summer St. location took notice of a crashing noise in the nearby area.

In checking out the immediate vicinity, the officer spotted two males, later identified as Conor McArdle, 20, of Amherst, and Edmond Quirke, 22, of Jamaica Plain, as they travelled down the Summer St. sidewalk, reportedly kicking cars as they passed them.

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