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Striving for Inclusivity, One Interpretation at a Time

“What is multilingual justice?” The room of teens is quiet for a moment as they digest the question from interpreter Loreto Paz Ansaldo. The youths, part of the Liaison Interpreters Program of Somerville (LIPS), work with the two interpreters from the Boston Interpreters Collective to define the term. Their definition: “Equal rights and respect for […]


PHOTOS: Juliet’s Josh Lewin Teaches at Community Cooks Fundraiser

The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and Community Cooks have teamed up for a series of cooking classes to benefit Community Cooks, a network of volunteers who make home-cooked meals for people in need. The classes feature celebrated chefs. Juliet‘s Chef Josh Lewin guided participants through making a cassoulet on Monday evening, from butchering four […]


Redemption and Reuse on Atherton Street

At only four square miles in size, Somerville boasts architectural treasures to rival a city exponentially larger. Some of these buildings are in busy squares, such as the Somerville Theatre in Davis, so they’ve become familiar and iconic. But with Somerville’s varying topography and maze of one-way streets, some of these buildings can be far off […]


Community Leaders to Host “Celling Your Soul” Screening and Discussion

While putting together the city wellbeing report, Somerville Community Health Agenda Director Lisa Brukilacchio saw evidence of how technology is impacting health at every age level. “What we’re hearing is, from preschool providers, that they are seeing that parents are on their devices, that they’re not interacting with their young children, so that’s where a […]


Take A Peek Inside Somerville’s Museums

Check out local museums that highlight the tiny, the bad, and the historic The Friend Smithsonian Museum Martha Friend is, by all definitions of the word, an artist. After retiring from full-time work a few years ago, she dove headfirst into full-time creativity. “I was just dying to do something big and creative,” she says. […]


Planning a Thoughtful Renovation in Somerville

A stronger economy coupled with a tight housing market means more people in Somerville are choosing to stay in their homes and renovate rather than move, according to local architects. Homeowners who love the area recognize they’re financially better off investing in their property and modifying it to fit their evolving needs, says Aimee Zaslaw […]


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 […]