The Friends of the Charlestown Branch Library


Spirits of Charlestown

presentation by
MaryLee Trettenero

free and open to all
with a reception following

Thursday, October 24, 7:30 pm
Charlestown Branch Library

(Charlestown, MA 02129) Spirits of Charlestown with MaryLee Trettenero : presented by the Friends of the Charlestown Branch Library. Thursday, October 24, 7:30 pm. Free and open to all, with a reception following. Wheelchair accessible. Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library, 179 Main Street, Charlestown. For more information: Continue reading The Friends of the Charlestown Branch Library

Somerville Annual Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness Month


The Annual Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness Month is this Wed., Oct. 2, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, 220 Washington St. Join the Office of Somerville Commissions in raising awareness of domestic violence and the resources available to victims. This year’s speaker is Corey Yarbrough of the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition. Anti-violence agencies will be in Union Square starting at 5:30 p.m. to share information.

Kidnapping & Attempted Rape


On September 29, 2013, at approximately 5:30 am, the Tewksbury Police Department arrested Frank Harrison, 46, of 249 Ferry Street, Lawrence, Ma for charges of Kidnapping, Assault to Rape Armed (knife), and Indecent Assault & Battery on a person over the age of 14.

Tewksbury Officers made the arrest after responding to the Extended Stay America at 1910 Andover Street for a report of a male party covered with blood and lacerations to the head. Upon arrival, officers were approached by a female victim who told them that the injured male (Harrison) had attempted to rape her at knifepoint and would not allow her to leave the room. The victim stated she was able to fend off her attacker by striking him with a cooking pot, forcing him to run away. Mr. Harrison was immediately arrested and transported back to the Tewksbury Police Station. Mr. Harrison was denied bail and will be arraigned on the above charges in Lowell District Court.

The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to

Mayor Menino Launches Fund to Improve Early Education Facilities


Licensed family child care providers and centers both eligible to apply

Outreach will target neighborhood providers to help offset costs


Mayor Thomas M. Menino, in partnership with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and Thrive in 5, today launched a fund to enhance early care and education facilities for Boston children. Licensed family child care providers and centers Continue reading Mayor Menino Launches Fund to Improve Early Education Facilities

Join The Somerville News Weekly/ BOSTON NEWS at the CelebrAsians Cancer Walk On The Runway In Somerville


Emcee: Janet Wu, Reporter/Anchor at WHDH-TV/7NBC
Hi Everyone…
CelebrAsians is a benefit fashion show hosted by AWFH to

engage, empower and enable Asian women who are impacted by cancers.

Fifteen Asian cancer survivors will share their inspiring stories and model

the creations of leading Asian designers.

Be a champion for Asian women’s health and a supporter of AWFH!

Friday, October 4th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Congressman Stephen Lynch is Going after the cow vote at Dedham Day!

By William Tauro

The Friends of Dedham Recreation and the Friends of the Dedham Pool held their 25th annual Dedham Day on Sunday September 29 at the John Barnes Memorial park.

There were barbecue, games, rides, crafts, shows and music.

It was a real family fun day for all!!!

It was also the Annual Memorial mega (cow flap).

A field was divided into 3,000 individual deeded one yard squares.

Deeds were sold at $10.00 per square.

This gave you the opportunity to share in $9,000.00 in prizes.

1st prize $5,000.00

2nd prize…$2,500.00

3rd prize $1,000.00

4th prize $500.00

At 2 o”clock sharp, “Juliette the cow” was lead onto the deeded field.

The first plot that she fertilized won $5,000.00, the second $2,500.00. The third $1,000.00 and the fourth $500.00.

If “Juliette” failed to fertilize the four plots by 3:30pm, a drawing would be held for the number of prizes that were not fertilized.


Mayor’s Office Launches Transition Blog will feature daily content aimed at a smooth transition

Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced the launch of a blog aimed at helping the City and the next Administration transition smoothly. began featuring content at noon today, marking 100 days remaining in Mayor Menino’s term.

“My team is working hard to try and make this transition as smooth as possible. This site is part of that work,” Mayor Menino said in a video introduction posted to the site. “Our hope is that our city – the best city in the world – doesn’t miss a step. As we begin our last 100 days, we hope the contents of this site will aid the next team in a successful first 100 days.”

The blog will be updated daily, and information will span City departments and neighborhoods. The goal is to provide insight on policies, procedures and fun facts with videos, graphs, lists and other dynamically presented information about the city and its work. The Mayor hopes this will provide a way for everyone to understand more of how their government works and assist in providing a seamless handoff to next Mayor.

Hits for this week will include: constituent and neighborhood services, the budget, the ongoing public process around upcoming trash contracts, an overview of the City’s Onein3 program, and the “Do’s” and “Don’ts” of Mayoral event preparation


Dedication of The Alice K. Wolf Center Saturday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m. 5 Western Ave., Cambridge


The City of Cambridge will host a special ceremony to dedicate the renovated building that now houses the Community Learning Center, Multi-Service Center and Cambridge Housing Authority as the new Alice K. Wolf Center, in honor of her many years of public service for Cambridge and Massachusetts. 

Previously housing the Cambridge Police Department, the 80-year old building, an historical landmark, underwent an $18 million “green” conversion expected to lead to a high gold “LEED” certification by the US Green Building Council. The dramatic transformation of the building has incorporated the latest in sustainable technology, from its building systems to the furnishings.

Reading Schools Turn Unwanted Textiles into Revenue

The Reading Schools have partnered with Bay State Textiles on an ongoing textile recycling fundraiser. The focus of the program is to spread awareness to the problem of textile waste, educate the community on acceptable items for recycling while generating revenue for the schools. There are 520-million pounds of textiles that end up in Massachusetts landfills and incinerators every year, 95-percent of which could have been recycled instead.

Bay State Textiles placed collection bins outside of all 9 of the Reading schools. By placing the boxes at the schools it makes for convenience for the community.

Items to be recycled include clothing, shoes, pocketbooks, linens and stuffed animals. The old rule for donating was the items have to be in good condition, Bay State Textiles accepts it all: the good, the bad and the ugly. Donate your textiles in any condition as long as it is clean and dry.

By recycling the items, Reading can save on the cost of trash disposal, generate revenue for the schools and have a positive impact on the environment. Bay State Textiles pays a rebate to the schools of $100 per ton for the unwanted textiles.

There is no cost to the program and Bay State Textiles maintains the bins, servicing the boxes at least once a week. A driver goes around with a hamper and scale, a report is generated that goes to the schools and rebate checks are received monthly

When cleaning out your closets, support the schools!

A full list of acceptable items is available at


Congressman Mike Capuano Will Not Run For 2014 Corner Office



By William Tauro


After much debate and speculations of Congressman Mike Capuano running in the election for the 2014 corner office, he released the following statement:
“After taking time to reflect with my family, I have decided that I will not be a candidate for Governor in 2014. I am truly touched by the support and encouragement I received throughout this process, but believe that I can best serve the Commonwealth in Congress. I will continue to be a strong voice for progressive policies in Washington.”

9/26 Somerville Fire Under Investigation: Does Not Appear Suspicious


State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Somerville Fire Chief Kevin W. Kelleher and Somerville Police Chief Thomas Pasquarello said last night’s fire, on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 27 Dickinson Street remains under investigation on Friday but it does not appear suspicious in nature. At this stage, the investigative team is focusing on several possible accidental causes.

The fire is being jointly investigated by members of the Somerville Fire and Police Departments and state police assigned to the Office of the State Fire Marshal.

The Somerville Homeless Coalition has set up a fund to assist victims of fire. You can click here to make a donation. Any victims of fire who need assistance can contact the Homeless Coalition directly at (617) 623-6111.

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Breaking News Update: Working House Fire on Dickerson Street Somerville Displaces War Veteran

Update and a photo of previous story:


Photo by Louise Parise

Story by William Tauro

Some good news, the family dog was inside the burning home and was thought to have been lost in the blaze, but moments later a firefighter walked out of house with the dog in his arms and everyone there broke out clapping and cheering.

According to a source close to the family, Joyce Mcguirk who owns the house is believed to not have any insurance and allegedly she said the back door was open and they have not ruled out arson as of yet.

The top of the home is completely gutted from the blaze and just a lot of damage.

The source also tells us that Kevin, the military veteran who lives there, most likely lost his ribbons and medals he received during his deployment in the marines.

Shortly after 8:00pm tonight, (Thursday) Somerville firefighters began battling a blaze that broke out in a single family home on Dickerson Street in Somerville. Continue reading Breaking News Update: Working House Fire on Dickerson Street Somerville Displaces War Veteran

Breaking News: Working House Fire on Dickerson Street Somerville Displaces War Veteran

By William Tauro
Shortly after 8:00pm tonight, (Thursday) Somerville firefighters began battling a blaze that broke out in a single family home on Dickerson Street in Somerville.
The occupants of the home were forced to evacuate the residence to the streets with just the cloths on their backs. Continue reading Breaking News: Working House Fire on Dickerson Street Somerville Displaces War Veteran

Malden High School Golf Team Moves Over .500


By William Tauro

The City of Malden’s High School Boys’ Golf team moved passed the .500 mark with a decisive victory over GBL rival Everett on Tuesday at Mt. Hood Golf Course in Melrose. Captains Tristar To and Piero Pocobene won decisive matches over the Crimson Tide to help pave the way to victory. Also in the victory column included seniors John Hastings III, Derek Mauriello and Phil Glynn. Captain Nick Ward and Brian Batting helped secure key points along the way as well. Finally, Darrell ‘The Danimal’ Workman made some key shots along the way to help the Golden Tornadoes to victory over their arch rivals.

Malden looks to continue their winning ways over Somverville this week.

Three Somerville Police Promotions and a Citation for Deputy Chief Upton


By William Tauro

On Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 7:00 PM, Mayor Curtatone and the Board of Aldermen will be presenting Deputy Chief Upton with a citation for his 30 years of distinguished service. 

This is also a wonderful evening as they will also be promoting (pending approval) a new Deputy Chief (Fallon), Captain (Donovan), and Lieutenant (Sheehan).

Deputy Chief Paul Upton – citation recognizing his retirement on Monday, September 30, 2013


David Fallon to Deputy Chief

James Donovan to Captain

Sean Sheehan to Lieutenant

A special thanks to the Somerville Police Superior Officer’s Association for their generosity in sponsoring a celebration event after the ceremony. 

Boston News Group wishes Congratulations to Deputy Chief Upton, Deputy Chief Fallon, Captain Donovan and Lieutenant Sheehan on a job well done!

The Hip Hop Transformation” to Perform at Cambridge City Hall

Back by popular demand, Cambridge teens to perform for a second time

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – September 26, 2013 – Back by popular demand, a group of Cambridge teens will be performing their original hip hop songs on the front lawn of Cambridge City Hall on Thursday, October 3rd.

These teenage performers worked all summer with the Cambridge Community Center and Cambridge Police Officers Michael “Whitey” Daniliuk and Anthony Santiago as part of the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program to develop pro-social hip hop. Through a grant from the Cambridge Arts Council, the teens were able to meet with artistic advisers and purchase equipment used to help them compose and perform their own original hip hop songs. Continue reading The Hip Hop Transformation” to Perform at Cambridge City Hall

Boston EMS to Receive Humanitarian Award for Exceptional Response to Boston Marathon Bombings

Chief James Hooley to speak at Emergency Management Summit

Public safety, first response and homeland security officials from across the region will gather today at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for the Boston Emergency Management Summit to share best practices and to work on new solutions and approaches to emergency responses in Massachusetts. Continue reading Boston EMS to Receive Humanitarian Award for Exceptional Response to Boston Marathon Bombings

Today’s News: Our Take – General Hospital’s Nostalgic 50th Anniversary Plans

All that’s missing are the mullets. A trip to the General Hospital soundstage these days feels like an express pass to the 1980s, especially during the filming of the big fan-fave event known as the Nurses Ball. The red-carpet soiree – airing April 5, 8 and 9 as part of the soap’s 50th anniversary celebration – has Rick Springfield returning as Dr. Noah Drake, who will take to the stage and rock out “Jessie’s Girl.” Off on the sidelines, Frisco (Jack Wagner) is trying to woo back his Reagan-era love Felicia (Kristina Wagner), while Anna (Finola Hughes) is once again in the arms of her Duke (Ian Buchanan). And look, it’s the long-lost Nurse B obbie (Jackie Zeman)! Fitness guru Richard Simmons, another ’80s fixture in Port Charles, is on hand as the charity gala’s pushy choreographer. But not even he can get these oldies sweatin’.

“Getting back together for the Nurses Ball has been the coolest thing ever,” says Lynn Herring, who is juggling 13 gown changes as zany emcee Lucy Coe. “Finola, Kristina, Jackie and I have been in hysterics reminiscing about how we’d get pregnant at the same time and drive the producers crazy. It’s been 25 or 30 years for most of us, yet it’s like no time has passed at all.” Continue reading Today’s News: Our Take – General Hospital’s Nostalgic 50th Anniversary Plans

Solar Incentive Program Deadline Extended to Oct. 31


Solarize Massachusetts contract deadline moved due to high demand


BOSTON – September 25, 2013 – Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) Commissioner Mark Sylvia today announced extending the deadline of Round 1 of the Solarize Massachusetts Program (Solarize Mass®) to Oct. 31, citing high demand for the solar group buying program. Continue reading Solar Incentive Program Deadline Extended to Oct. 31

Krystle M. Campbell Memorial Gazebo Dedication



Boston —September 24, 2013— A private ceremony was held today to formally dedicate the Krystle M. Campbell Memorial Gazebo on Spectacle Island to the victim of the Boston Marathon Bombings on April, 15, 2013. Joining Krystle Campbell’s family, friends and co-workers were officials from The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the City of Boston, Boston Harbor Island Alliance (BHIA), the National Park Service (NPS), and the City of Medford. Ms. Campbell managed the Summer Shack and event operations at Spectacle Island and Georges Island for several years.

“We are honored to celebrate the life of Krystle Campbell by naming this structure in her memory,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino,  “Its location provides visitors with the opportunity to experience the peace and tranquility which Krystle enjoyed on the island and to view a city that will forever mourn the loss of this dynamic young woman.”

“Krystle Campbell was instrumental in expanding event operations at both Spectacle Island and Georges Island,” said DCR Commissioner Jack Murray, “The dedication of this pavilion is a tribute to a person who touched the lives of so many, whose own life was taken away much too soon.”

“On that fateful Patriots Day, Medford lost one of our own, Krystle Campbell, a 2001 graduate of Medford High School.  Krystle was cheering on friends when she was killed instantly during the bombing.  Krystle, the young lady with the million dollar smile, was born and grew up in Medford.  This dedication is an honor for her family and it will allow all of us a beautiful place in which to remember her tremendous passion, energy and her mantra of living life to the fullest.” said Mayor Michael J. McGlynn of Medford.  

“The Boston Harbor Islands are a treasured place, and it is fitting to remember with this memorial one whose spirit and kindness helped make them such a special place to visit.  The Boston Harbor Island Alliance is honored to be a part of creating this memorial to Krystle Campbell.” said Phil Griffiths, President of the Boston Harbor Island Alliance.

“Through her work on the islands, Krystle made a big impression on all those she worked with,” said Kelly Fellner of the National Park Service.”I am so glad that as a park community we are able to dedicate the Spectacle Island gazebo as a sign of our gratitude.”

“Krystle was an intricate part of the success of the food service and catering on the harbor islands,” said Summer Shack Director of Operations Jeff Dugan “She spent numerous hours working with the island partners, BHIA and DCR, and we are all very lucky to have her hard work, generous personality and infectious laugh to thank for the success of the Summer Shack brand on the islands. Dedicating the gazebo in her name is a wonderful symbol of her love of a peaceful and serene spot that looks out over the city.”

A joint application from DCR, the Boston Harbor Island Alliance and the National Park Service to formally dedicate the gazebo was submitted to the Boston Parks Department in early July. The application was unanimously approved by the Boston Parks Commission on July 29, 2013.

The dedication signage was designed free of charge by Design Division of Amherst, and Mystic Scenic Studios of Norwood donated the  fabrication and installation.

The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area includes 34 islands and peninsulas spread over fifty square miles of bays, harbors, and rivers within the greater Boston Harbor basin. The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR, Mass Parks) is one of twelve managing partners and owns and manages more than half of the islands in the park.


Names To be Added to Honor Roll Park in Medford


Photo by Jake O’Donnell 

Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 12:30 PM at Honor Roll Park, 489 Winthrop Street in Medford, Mayor Michael J. McGlynn will host a press conference to announce that Medford veterans who served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) names will be added to Honor Roll Park.   (77) Medford residents served during Operation Desert Storm, and (348) Medford residents served during OIF/OEF.  OIF/OEF Veterans will be present at the press conference.  All will be added to the monument. Continue reading Names To be Added to Honor Roll Park in Medford

The Dancing Chickens of Ventura Fabian

36 Beecher St. Boston, MA 02130 (617) 522-4008


The Visiting Mexican Artists Program: ​Boston, MA – Sept. 25, 2013
The Dancing Chickens of Ventura Fabian

The Visiting Mexican Artists Program: The Dancing Chickens of Ventura Fabian
presents master Oaxacan woodcarver Ventura Fabian and his son Norberto in a free
demonstration and talk about the art and craft of Oaxacan woodcarving on Sunday,
Oct. 27 from 10:30am-noon at the Eliot School of Crafts & Fine Arts in Jamaica Plain, MA.

Thanks to a grant from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico through the Consulate General in Boston, Project Director and long-time Jamaica Plain resident Nina Hasin will
bring these Mexican artisans to the JP community in a program that will enchant the whole family. Ventura and Norberto carve and paint as Hasin gives a brief talk and presents a short video about their craft and their life in the small rural village of San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca, Mexico. There is an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session and get a closer look at and handle some of the carvings and tools.

Hasin has been bringing the well-received Fabians to Boston since 2003 in order to
participate in educational presentations and exhibits at local schools, libraries and
museums. “The machete got some ‘oohs’ and ‘ahhs,’ and the students loved being able
to hold the objects in their hands. It was a great celebration of culture, art and diversity.”
(Somerville art teacher Diana Taremi)

Ventura and Norberto Fabian will also bring their craft back to the annual Day of the Dead celebration at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

The project touches upon numerous themes aside from woodcarving, such as the daily
life of a rural artisan family; how children participate in helping the family survive economically; and how family members create a balance between subsistence
agriculture and craft work. “By promoting the artistic and creative works of Mexico in
the United States, The Visiting Mexican Artists Program helps to develop well-informed
audiences and communities by sensitizing them to the expressions and realities of other
cultures.” (Maria Regan, former Outreach Manager for the David Rockefeller Center for
Latin American Studies)

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Event Details

TITLE: The Visiting Mexican Artists Program: The Dancing Chickens of Ventura Fabian
WHO: Oaxacan woodcarvers Ventura Fabian and Norberto Fabian
WHAT: One-hour demo/talk, short film
WHERE: Eliot School of Crafts & Fine Arts, 24 Eliot St., Jamaica Plain, MA
WHEN: Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013 10:30am-noon
ADMISSION: FREE and open to the general public


The folk art of Mexico, renown throughout the world, has always provided a window into
the life and culture of the Mexican people. Artisans in the small villages nestled in the
rugged hillsides of Oaxaca produce some of the most alluring contemporary Mexican
folk art. Oaxacan woodcarvers, in particular, have forged new and imaginative ways
to embody the exuberance of Mexican artistic expression.

Ventura Fabian is one of the most original and well-known woodcarvers in Oaxaca.
Many of his brilliantly colored and strikingly designed figures are very much rooted in
aspects of daily life in his rural village; others spring wholly from the realm of fantasy.
Along with being wildly imaginative, Ventura’s work is known for its “rustic” or more
“primitive” qualities and its humor. His dancing chickens, strumming mermaids, and
drumming cats are delightful to children and adults alike.

The Visiting Mexican Artists Program: The Dancing Chickens of Ventura Fabian is a
multicultural arts education program designed to share and celebrate aspects of
Mexican folk art and culture with residents in the greater Boston metropolitan area.
Since the program’s inception in 2003, it has been presented at over 75 sites and has
received commendations from both the Boston and Cambridge City Councils. Among
the public and private schools, museums and cultural institutions the program has been
invited to are: Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the University
of Vermont, the (Cambridge) Multicultural Arts Center, and the Boston Children’s Museum.
The woodcarvers were also featured on WBZ-TV. Presentations are adapted to the
audience, which in the past have ranged from pre-school age to adults.

The carvers must return to Oaxaca, but their work will be at Brickbottom Open Studios
on Saturday and Sunday, November 23rd and 24th, 2013 from noon-6pm.


Mayor’s Online Forum – New Host/Moderator!



Mayor Gary Christenson’s September Online Forum will debut The Malden Observer as our new host along with moderator Nathan Lamb.  The Online Forum will take place on Friday, October 4th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon.  The Mayor’s Online Forums provide yet another means for him to communicate and interact with residents.


“I’m pleased to welcome Nathan Lamb and the Malden Observer to our monthly Online Forums,” said Mayor Gary Christenson. “I look forward to working with him as we continue to reach out and answer the questions of our residents.”


Residents only need to visit to take part in the forum.



Burlington Police Weekly Dispatch Log 9/16/13-9/22/13

Dispatch Log From: 09/16/2013 Thru: 09/22/2013 0000 – 2359 Printed: 09/23/2013
For Date: 09/16/2013 – Monday
Call Number Time Call Reason Action
13-22565 0047 Radio – Gas Leaks / Odor of Gas Logged
Call Taker: RGG122 – Patrol Ryan G Griffin
Location/Address: [BUR 1118] FIRE STATION – 21 CENTER ST
The gas line on pump #2 is damaged, BFD notified.
13-22573 0114 Phone – ALARM Logged Continue reading Burlington Police Weekly Dispatch Log 9/16/13-9/22/13

The Proof is in the Pudding! Reader Stats from Boston News


Here are this week’s stats from our Boston News Group’s Facebook Page:

This week so far over 21,707 readers were on our Facebook Page reading and checking us out!

And with 163 new likes this week, over 600 new likes in all!

And not to mention the thousands of readers that access us and read us on single every day and night! Continue reading The Proof is in the Pudding! Reader Stats from Boston News

Arlington Community Education’s Fall Speaker Series Features DJ and Author Carter Alan Discussing the Rise and Fall of WBCN


Arlington High School, 869 Massachusetts Ave
ARLINGTON, MA – On Wednesday, October 16, at 7:30pm, author and long-time Boston disc jockey Carter Alan comes to Arlington Community Education’s Conversations series to discuss his new book, Radio Free Boston: The Rise and Fall of WBCN. This event will take place in the Continue reading Arlington Community Education’s Fall Speaker Series Features DJ and Author Carter Alan Discussing the Rise and Fall of WBCN