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Santa will not arrive by helicopter this year due to the cancellation of the North End Christmas Parade. The photo above is from the kickoff of the 2016 parade. (NEWF photo)

The North End Christmas Parade will take a year off in 2017 as a leader of the organizing group, North End Athletic Association (NEAA), was named in reports for the misuse of state resources. Longtime NEAA volunteer Robert “Teddy” Tomasone, is retiring as clerk magistrate from Somerville District Court amid the accusations, according to a court spokesperson.

NEAA officials said there was not enough time for someone else to take over this year’s North End Christmas Parade, but they are hopeful that the 46-year-old tradition will return next year.

The NEAA was one of two organizations named in reports that Tomasone allegedly worked on with his secretary during court time, resulting in a suspension and investigation. The other group named was the Committee for Better Government.

Tomasone’s charity work in the North End is well-known and he has received several awards for his years of community service. The NEAA organizes little league baseball and soccer programs for hundreds of local youths.

Santa arriving by helicopter is the highlight of the North End Christmas Parade, drawing thousands to the event that usually takes place in early December as part of local holiday festivities.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. So b/cause of his whatever, nobody else can carry this on?? Shameful all I can say.. Tell your little ones oh Santa cancelled the North End Parade, yeah right

  2. Growing up in the North End the Christmas Parade was all we had as kids, It started as far back as I can remember w/Uncle Fred Carangelo God Rest his soul after his passing the baton was passed to Teddy who if NOT for Teddy us North End kids would have nothing, he raised funds to the best of his ability to give us sports, a place to gather (NBSIB,Bath House ect..)and to have what other surrounding neighborhoods equally shared a community. It is alleged that one of his own (North Ender) gave him up, how else would this story end a sorry a** individual. In ending I thank you Teddy for giving us kids a chance to succeed.

    • Dear Original North Ender……..I myself am a Female North Ender…….never played sports but TOTALLY AGREE WITH EACH AND EVERY WORD YOU POSTED!!!!! Teddy was ALWAYS there for everyone in need!!!! We all make mistakes in life!!! I am more than SURE that he DID NOT KILL ANYONE!!!!! So be it for this year and look at ALL THE PREVIOUS YEARS and the ENJOYMENT WE ALL HAD……….FROM TEDDY!!!!!

    • Why does it matter who reported this?

      If true, having government staff while paid by taxpayers work on non profit business is not allowed or legal. We should all look out for fraud and abuse, whether it’s by someone we know or not.

      Thankful for all the work of the NEAA, but if this is how some things are done, leadership team needs some new blood.

  3. Find it hard to believe it can’t happen! Teddy is 1 person and not a reflection of the NEAA and the NE community. His actions shouldn’t result in the children being denied a 40+ yr tradition. How can we Save this Parade???

  4. The time and money that it took to find a qualified and thoughtful man presumed guilty of this is ludicrous !!!!
    There are many generous people here in the North End that donate their own time and money just for the sake of making their community happy with some enjoyment !!! Now do they have to be punished for this ?? Jealousy !!!! Small minded people!!! SHAMEFUL !!!
    Teddy ALWAYS went above and beyond ~~~ON HIS OWN TIME!!!! And AGAIN the North End looses out !!!!!!
    Not to mention this man’s reputation and trust has gone down the tubes ???
    Not with us, Teddy~~~you deserve every award you have received~~~AND MORE !!!

  5. Served on a Board with Teddy. He always gave his very best and his volunteering was endless. He dedicated so much time for the youth of the NE? I really appreciate all he did . Everyone makes mistakes. No need to throw stones! How quickly we forget.

  6. In the 70s teddy was very good to all the teenagers getting jobs after school and summer jobs that if we didnt get the jobs kids from other parts of the city would of gotten,, teddy always took care of the kids the adults and involved himself in helpuing people,, so some jeoulas person who didnt get the job he wanted decided to rat teddy out? He is nno better ,,teddy never stole money mkilled anybody or hurt anybody,, as he was passed the baton from fred carangelo s ok me one take the baton from him to dk t th e psrade and all the charitable work hes done,, teddy has always been a great guy and. I for onecwill alwats be grateful to h Ikea m for knowing him ,,thank you teddy

    • I didn’t realize my tablet messed up my typing sorry about my tablet messed up my typing I should of looked George hitting send please exude the mistakes but you got the message

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