Wednesday, May 9, 2012
The Ward 4 alderman discussed efforts to spruce up Broadway, the status of the vacant Star Market site and other neighborhood issues.
Ward 4 Alderman Tony Lafuente, now five months into his first term on the Somerville Board of Aldermen, would like to form a Winter Hill business association and give the Winter Hill section of Broadway a facelift, he said in an appearance on SCATV's "Greater Somerville." Lafuente appeared on the Somerville current affairs TV show Tuesday. You can watch the episode here. Speaking of the Winter Hill business district, Lafuente suggested it's suffering from an appearance problem. "We have dilapidation of storefronts, that's what really kills Broadway," he said. "We haven't had a lot of businesses go under, in all fairness, in Winter Hill," he said on the show. "It's just that they're not keeping up with the times." The alderman said he wants…
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Ward 4 Alderman Tony Lafuente will talk about the empty Star Market site and other Ward 4 issues.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The following is from "Greater Somerville": Still wondering why the old Winter Hill Star Market site is vacant? Join host Joe Lynch and Ward 4 Alderman Tony Lafuente tonight on Greater Somerville, 7:30 PM from the SCATV studios, channel 3, to get the latest. Lafuente will also be discussing the latest initiatives in Ward 4 and what he's been hearing at the latest city sponsored Ward 4 ResiStatmeeting. Watch this space for the replay of tonight's show or go to greatersomerville.wordpress.com for all the latest Greater Somerville episodes. Aldermen Want Update on Empty Winter Hill Star Market Site Vacancy Vision: What Should Fill The Winter Hill Star Market? Readers Weigh In on Vacant Somerville Storefronts
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Judge rules Bulger is unable to afford council and that members of his family are not required to pay for his attorney. Bulger's arraignment is set for July 6 at 2 p.m.
Judge Marrianne Bowler ruled Thursday that James "Whitey" Bulger is not able to afford legal council, and she appointed J.W. Carney of Carney and Bassil to serve as his attorney as he faces charges that connect him to 19 murders. Bowler also set a date for Bulger's official arraignment: Wednesday, July 6, at 2 p.m. While Bulger has received a court-appointed defender, paid for by U.S. taxpayers, Bowler left open the possibility that Bulger could be forced to pay for his legal representation at some point in the future. The decision is a victory for Bulger, who said he did not have the ability to pay for his own defense after law enforcement officials seized more than $800,000 in cash from his Santa Monica apartment. Government prosecutors …
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Whitey had nothing to do with it: Winter Hill natives talk about their neighborhood and the Winter Hill Gang.
If you grew up in the Winter Hill neighborhood of Somerville during the 1960s and 1970s, chances are you’d have fond memories of more innocent times, despite the gangland slayings that occurred every once in awhile in your neighborhood. In 1980, Sal Sperlinga, a Winter Hill Gang member, was shot dead in Magoun Square. If you ask Somerville residents, it was because he wanted to keep a drug dealer out of the neighborhood. Today, Somerville's mayor, Joseph Curtatone, 45, remembers that incident because as a young teenager he was taking guitar lessons on Washington Street when, suddenly, heavily armed law enforcement officials stormed the area to arrest Sperlinga's convicted killer, Dan Moran. But beyond that, said Curtatone, gang-related …
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Some residents are still hesitant to talk about Bulger and the Winter Hill Gang. Some are glad he's caught. Others don't know who Bulger is.
Today, some people in Somerville's Winter Hill, home of the notorious Winter Hill Gang, are still reluctant to use their names when talking about captured gangster Whitey Bulger. "I don't want to get involved," said a man at Winter Hill Liquor Mart, which is not far from the former Marshall Street headquarters of the Winter Hill Gang. "I thought he was dead." His sentiments were echoed by Joe at Mamma Lisa's Pizzeria, which is around the corner from those former headquarters, Marshall Motors, which is now a church. "I'm surprised. I thought the Italians killed him years ago," he said. "I never thought he was alive, to be honest." Like many people in Winter Hill today, Joe did not want to provide his last name. "At least they got him," he …