Afruza Akther Fights to Keep Somerville Affordable

Afruza Akther didn’t want to get involved in politics when she immigrated to Union Square from Bangladesh in 2004. And for about a decade, she didn’t—until 2014, when she was almost forced to leave Somerville because her family couldn’t afford the increasing rent of her Putnam Street apartment. Luckily, they were able get a housing […]

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This Little Piggy…

La Brasa’s Chef Talks About Preparing His Coveted, Wood-Fired Feasts Since opening La Brasa in Somerville four years ago, chef and owner Daniel Bojorquez has built a reputation for turning out impressive feasts from the restaurant’s namesake cooking methods—the embers of its open pit grill and its huge, cylindrical, wood-burning oven. While prepping a whole […]


Far From the Vine

This Somerville Couple Mixes Business with Pleasure in Their New Zealand Vineyard As the housing bubble burst in the United States, sending its devastating effects rippling across the world, another market was failing some 9,000 miles away. The wine industry in New Zealand was producing more grapes than it knew what to do with, and […]


PHOTOS: Carnaval

The city’s ninth annual Carnaval festival offered music, performances, food, and activities for kids in East Somerville on Sunday. Carnaval is part of the Somerville Arts Council’s SomerStreets series, which closes down city streets for festivals. East Somerville Main Streets worked with the arts council to put on the festival, which ran from McGrath Highway […]