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Somerville club cancels New Year’s party after fight

A Somerville nightspot has canceled its New Year’s Eve ­party under pressure from city officials after a fight involvingas many as a dozen women broke out early Friday morning, triggering a major response from Somerville, State, and Medford police, city officials said.

In a statement, Mayor ­Joseph A. Curtatone said that he has marshaled the city’s enforcement agencies into taking a close look at Club Night Games, in the Holiday Inn on Washington Street.

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“We are taking all available steps to prevent something of this nature from occurring within our borders in the future,’’ the mayor said. “Somerville has been lauded for its innovation, our incredible and diverse restaurant scene, our various artist communities, and so many more vibrant and positive issues.’’

Curtatone said he would not allow the melee to cast a shadow on the city’s reputation, and that the issue will be reviewed by the city’s Licensing Board, which could pull the nightspot’s licenses.

Curtatone said in the statement that Club Night Games had agreed to cancel its New Year’s Eve party. “We have been in contact with the management of the Holiday Inn, who have agreed to cancel its New Year’s Eve event at Night Games pending the outcome of these discussions,’’ the mayor said.

Terri Almond, general manager of the Holiday Inn Boston-Somerville, acknowledged that the club had needed police assistance to quell the disturbanceand issued an apology.

“We are fully cooperating with police and will not tolerate any sort of disruption of the peace on our property,’’ Almond said in a statement. “We apologize to our Somerville neighbors for this disturbance; this is not acceptable behavior from the city’s perspective and certainly not from ours.’’

The fight involving 10 or 12 women started just after midnight, said Deputy Police Chief Paul Upton.

“There were several hundred people either in the lounge or parking lot whom we had to move along,” Upton said.

Daphne Evans, 21, and Shaneze Franklin, 20, both of Dorchester, were arrested and charged with participating in an affray, he said.

“We closed the place down because of the fight going on inside, and it was getting near closing time anyway,” Upton said. “Management made the decision that they wanted to get everyone out of there.”

The incident is still under investigation by the Somerville Police Department, the mayor’s office said.

Melissa Werthmann can be reached at melissa.werthmann@globe.com. Sarah N. Mattero can be reached at sarah.mattero@globe.com.
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