Politics

2013 Race for Alderman

Somerville will hold its municipal elections on Tuesday, November 5. Along with School Committee elections, there’s a tight race for the Board of Aldermen this year and your vote makes a difference. Not sure who to vote for? We asked every candidate for alderman – challengers, incumbents and those running unopposed – to answer one […]


Ward 5 Shocker: O’Donovan Stepping Down

BY ADAM VACCARO Ward 5 alderman Sean O’Donovan will step down from the Board of Aldermen this evening, nominating Courtney O’Keefe to take his place for the remainder of his term. Members of the board were told about the decision last night, according to a number of sources familiar with the board. The information was […]


Somerville’s Alderman race heats up

Alderman elections are just around the corner, folks. Time to get to know a little bit about some of the candidates poised to take care of business in the city. Here are some candidates who have already announced they will run for Alderman in their respective wards.


Who Scans the Scanners?

In a span of 10 seconds, more than 30 cars pass a patrol vehicle stationed in Union Square. Without the officer inside lifting a finger, a system installed in her vehicle snaps pictures of each passing license plate and compares them against lists of wanted and unregistered vehicles. If one of the vehicles is a […]


Hold on Reappointment of Once-Curtatone Critic

  On Oct. 24, the Board of Aldermen’s Confirmation of Appointment’s Committee met to approve Mayor Joe Curtatone’s  appointments and reappointments to city commissions. Of the 48 commissioners that came to the committee, 47 were approved. Those 47 were then all confirmed by the Board of Aldermen the next night. Barry Rafkind, a five-year member […]


A Soccer Stadium for Somerville

  At first glance, Assembly Square and Gillette Stadium during a New England Revolution game present one striking similarity: the two sprawling landscapes are mostly vacant. The difference, besides the fact one is a development site rife with potential and the other a 68,000-seat stadium better known for its owner’s more popular team (maybe you’ve […]


Leveling Out

  Go find an empty toilet paper roll. Place that over one eye, and cover the other with your hand. This is something like having retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease Eileen Feldman negotiates with every step she takes. “It’ll feel disgusting to you,” Feldman says as she sips a chai at Bloc 11. “I […]


Capital Projects Department Changes

City Hall announced yesterday that Edward Nuzzo, Somerville’s superintendent of inspectional services, would transfer to his former position as capital projects manager. Nuzzo had previously held the position from 1998 until 2010 before becoming the head of ISD. The capital projects department was re-instated in the city budget in fiscal year 2013 after being eliminated […]


Assembling the Pieces

  On April 30, with media abound and the site abuzz, officials from the state, the MBTA and Assembly Row developers Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) joined City officials for a groundbreaking ceremony at Assembly Row. Construction was already underway at the time, but the formal ceremony provided an opportunity to celebrate that the project, […]


Failing Inspection

  Sitting in his office at the Department of Public Works building in June 2011, Inspectional Services Superintendent Eddie Nuzzo spoke of the sweeping changes that had been enacted as a result of a recently published independent review. The review had a long list of issues with many ISD employee behaviors. Some were “short fused” […]


Two Squares. One Ward.

  Located down the street northbound from the proposed Lowell Street Green Line station, Magoun Square has struggled to keep tenants in its buildings over the past decade. During daytime hours, foot traffic is usually limited to the occasional dog and its walker. Business owners wonder what it will take to bring commerce to their […]


Carrying the Flag

  Walking past the shuttered Veterans of Foreign Wars Dilboy Post (371 Summer St.) one evening, neighbors of  Summer Street resident Tom Bok spotted his name on a sign hanging from the parking lot fence. It called for Bok to spend time in the brig, and listed his home address. Bok has become the reluctant de […]