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PHOTOS: Petsi Pies Gets Into Pi Day

Dozens piled into Petsi Pies and lined up outside on Wednesday for the chance to recite digits of pi and earn free treats. The bakery offered up mini pies to people who could recite 10 digits, large pies for 100 digits, and one pie each season for a year for 314 digits. Somerville Public Schools […]


From Pouring Pints to Shielding Downpours

Beer taps get a second life, thanks to local craftsman Ben Lewis Upon first glance, Ben Lewis’s apartment doesn’t seem like a mad craftsman’s lair. His cat, Leona, lopes around the brightly lit Somerville space to a looping playlist of Bowie and Modern Lovers songs. A selection of Lewis’s pet projects threaten to overflow the […]


Mental Health Wellness Ambassadors Put Spotlight on Teen Voices

The room of teens whoop and look on as a young man in a Harvard sweatshirt brings in a large, decorated box. On its sides are images and maps of the City of Somerville, from Clarendon Hill to Union Square. The Mental Health Wellness Ambassadors at the Center for Teen Empowerment have been gathering what […]


City Wellbeing Report Dives into Web of Health Factors

The concept of “health” is no longer constrained to a medical silo—it’s present in every facet of people’s lives, from the stability of their housing to the ways they use social media to the air they breathe. The Department of Health and Human Services and Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) spent over a year putting together […]


Parenting Journey Supports Families Fearing Deportation

Parenting Journey aims to guide parents through the many challenges that raising a family involves. And between DACA uncertainty, ICE raids, and the Trump administration’s decision to rescind temporary protected status for almost 200,000 Salvadorans living in the United States, deportation is becoming an increasing reality for Somerville’s families.   The Somerville-based nonprofit, which has […]


First Church to Confront Racism and White Privilege

First Church Somerville’s guiding principle is the “radical welcome”—the idea that the church will meet people of all identities and backgrounds where they are and accept them into the community. The church tries to live up to its promise of a radical welcome both inside and outside the building, from raising a pride flag to […]


After the March

At the Women’s March, a year ago this Jan. 21, the number of protesters who filled public spaces across the country roughly matched the three million votes by which President Donald Trump had lost the popular vote in November 2016. The Women’s March was a watershed moment for those who opposed Trump and his policies, […]


Our Best Stories of 2017

From mass protests that kicked off the beginning of the year to the bitter cold ushering December to a close, 2017 has been a wild ride. As we look back on the year, we want to highlight some of our favorite stories about the people, places, and movements that make Somerville, Somerville. So we hope […]


One City’s World of Traditions

When I was growing up, the holidays began Thanksgiving Day during the Macy’s parade, when our giant, old, fake tree would appear from the attic and I’d sort out the branches into color-coded piles. As I’ve gotten older and had kids, traditions have changed. Moving to Somerville six years ago gave us a new set […]


Asiyah Jewish Community Pops Up in Camberville

Situated under a massive willow tree at North Point Park, a group of roughly 20 people sang Hebrew songs accompanied by a guitar and talked philosophy. They were participating in “Tashlich by the Charles,” one of the first official gatherings of the Asiyah Jewish Community. Tashlich is a Jewish tradition during the High Holidays where […]


Bright Blockbusters

We profiled Lenny Rigione, one of the stars of the Arts Council’s Illuminations Tour, in our November/December issue. To give you a taste of what else the tour has to offer, we put together five more of the must-see homes on the annual tour. If you missed out on getting a ticket for the Dec. […]


Santa’s Workshop, Right in Winter Hill

For many months of the year, the outside of 166 Central Street looks like any other Somerville home. It sits on a steep, quiet road between the two main streets of Winter Hill. But inside, in the cellar and attic and garage, beloved characters come to life. Santa and Mrs. Claus dance, an ogre bares […]