Articles by Emily Hopkins

Artist Julie Ann Otis On Reframing As Opportunity

There was a time when Julie Ann Otis would deny that her art is political. But when a colleague put the question to her several years ago, she had to face the truth. “Every single piece that I went back and read … I was like, ‘Oh, that is so political,” the Somerville-based artist and […]



ON THE ROCKS: Dating Advice From the Guy Serving Your Drinks

Ned Greene has been a bartender in the Boston area since the ’90s. His current post is behind the bar at Highland Kitchen, where a great many ‘Villens have taken dates, be it their first or their fiftieth. Greene took a break from stocking the bar to share a few of the highs and lows and tips and tricks of dating […]


New Year, Same Pols

When Elizabeth Weinbloom was running for Ward 6 Alderman last fall, she called herself “the U-Haul version of an ambulance chaser.” As hoards of renters set upon their new (and likely temporary) homes, she was eager to introduce herself and suggest they register to vote. Somerville is a city of renters, with up to two-thirds […]


2015 Somerville Gift Guide

We know you’d rather spend the holidays eating, drinking and being merry than traipsing through town tracking down gifts, which is why we gathered 96 of the coolest presents from 23 Somerville shops in this year’s local gift guide. Happy shopping!


Nowhere to Runoff: Somerville’s Flooding Problem

Suzahne Riendeau had owned her home on Cedar Street for about two years when she experienced her first bad flood in 1998. “The closer I got to the house, the deeper the water got, until finally I got to my house. The water was about mid-thigh,” she recalls. Further down the street, the water had […]


Pawblo Picasso Unveils New Product Line

“Schnauzerberries taste like Schnauzerberries!” So begins the post announcing what may become an annual tradition with Pawblo Picasso, Somerville’s purveyor of pet portraiture. If you buy one of two limited edition 2016 desk calendars, you may find yourself the winner of a number of pawful prizes. Hidden amongst the calendars, which come in dog and […]


Find the Vote: Somerville Polling Places

Set your alarms or pencil it in: Tomorrow is election day. While there aren’t too many hotly contested seats (Ward 6 is a competition we’ll be keeping our eye on), it’s still important to exercise your civic duty. There are a number of resources on the city’s website that show you where to go—you can […]


For Weinbloom, Affordable Housing is Top Issue

“No matter what happens I will have had a role in shifting the conversation and making affordable housing be the big issue in this campaign,” says Elizabeth Weinbloom. She snuck onto Tuesday’s ballot with a sliver margin of 20 votes in September. With no experience in politics, and as a younger woman who rents, her election would […]


And We All Float on Okay in Magoun Square

Walking into Float (515 Medford St.) is like slipping into a secret clubhouse in the ocean. The walls throughout are painted slightly varied shades of calming blue that brighten the room while maintaining a soft tranquility. This is where Sara Garvin and her husband Colin Roald invite their neighbors to Float. Garvin, who recently met […]


Union Uneasy: Community Members Anxious over Development

Bukhari Brown is only 17 years old, but he already knows what it’s like to be displaced from Somerville. He was born and raised here, for the most part, but spent a couple years of his short life in Everett because his family could not afford to live in the city. “I have plenty of stories. […]