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New Committee to Support Local Innovation

As tech companies and start-ups flock to Somerville, Mayor Joseph Curtatone is launching an advisory committee to help foster innovation in the city through policies, programs, and partnerships. In addition to providing various forms of support to innovators, the committee—or the “Innovation and Opportunity Lab”—will be tasked with forming public-private partnerships to weave companies into […]


Storage Wars

In Somerville, torrential summer rain and the accompanying anxiety are all too familiar. The hand-wringing over whether you did or didn’t smell any moisture as you descended downstairs. The startling sight of your belongings bobbing like buoys next to the washer and dryer as water floods into your basement. In the November/December 2015 edition of […]


Somerville’s Storck Delivers Another Milestone Baby at Mt. Auburn

It would seem Clare Storck was born to be a midwife of legend—and not just because of that name. “I’ve always loved babies and pregnant people,” Storck tells me. After finishing her undergrad degree in women’s studies and education, she was nannying in Los Angeles, and would often chat with the moms around her. Storck […]




Tufts Students Push For Sanctuary Campus Designation

Donald Trump’s hateful rhetoric toward immigrant groups—threats of a registry for Muslim citizens, a ban on immigration from the Middle East and mass deportations, to name a few—coupled with early warning signs of an authoritarian streak in his ruling style, have sparked massive backlash from activist groups across the country, including those on college campuses. […]


Is Sudden Liquor License Spike Best for Somerville’s Bars and Restaurants?

A dramatic increase in the number of available liquor licenses seems, on the surface, like a boon for Somerville’s bars and restaurants. But not everyone is convinced that the influx serves the best interests of restaurant owners—or the city as a whole. Earlier this year, the Massachusetts legislature awarded Somerville 65 new liquor licenses—an increase […]



A Banner Month

Last August, Mayor Curtatone hung a “Black Lives Matter” banner outside city hall at the request of a local BLM chapter, where it quietly flew for the better part of a year. That changed this summer, when a letter from the Somerville Police Employee’s Association called for the banner’s removal—and thrust Somerville into the national […]



Sleep, Science and the Somerville Public School Schedule

As more scientific data on teen sleep health has become available, schools across the country are looking to adjust their high school start times. Schools in 44 states have already adopted or will adopt a later start time, according to the nonprofit organization Start School Later. Massachusetts is no exception. Newton formed a working group this academic year to assess […]


Groundwork Somerville Receives Cummings Foundation “$100K for 100” Grant

Earlier this month, Groundwork Somerville was one of 100 Boston-area nonprofits to receive a “$100K for 100” Grant from the Cummings Foundation—and Groundwork executive director Chris Mancini couldn’t be happier. “We’ve actually been applying for three years, and this is the year that we finally got it honed enough to make it worth them funding,” Mancini […]