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Week in Review: Fire on McGrath, Aldermen Mull NSTAR Trouble

News of note from Feb. 19-25.

Several people were injured during a fire at Fellsway Auto Repair near the corner of McGrath Highway and Broadway on Friday. Both roadways were shut down as firefighters battled the two-alarm blaze. Companies from Boston, Cambridge, Medford and other nearby communities came to assist with fighting the fire.

The Board of Aldermen voted unanimously Thursday night to investigate repeated power outages in Magoun Square and press NSTAR—potentially with the help of the state—to resolve that problem and others. 

Members of the board’s Committee on Public Utilities and Works will meet Feb. 29 with the electric company to discuss “a whole host of issues,” said Ward 5 Alderman Sean O’Donovan. They will address the continued outages near 470 Medford St., low-hanging wires and ongoing repairs in West Somerville, according to the agenda. During the meeting, aldermen also plan to write a letter, under the guidance of the city’s chief law officer, to the state’s Department of Public Utilities to complain about NSTAR’s service. 

As candidates for the Republican nomination for president debated Wednesday evening, Cornell West spoke to a packed auditorium at Tufts University.

“I've travelled this country every year for the last 32 years, I see magnificant intelligence, imagination and creativity among the American people,” West said. “How did we end up with these chaps? Something is wrong. Something is wrong.”

After the  that he wouldn’t support the proposed Somerville Progressive Charter School, the welcome note on the school’s website changed to reflect the creators’ revised goal. 

“There is a new public school which will hopefully be opening in Somerville in the Fall [sic] of 2013.”

Starting on Monday, we'll have a new feature on Somerville Patch called the "Best Of," which asks our readers to tell us who makes the best frozen treats, sandwiches or where the best date night location is in town.

Patch's "Best Of" series focuses on a different area of business each week, as we're looking to help Somervillians get the best service, deals and meals in Somerville only.

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