Politics

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 […]


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 […]


The Ward 6 Race is On

Election season isn’t aways exciting in Somerville—after all, this is a town whose mayor has run uncontested since 2007. But this year, another level of government is about to get interesting. Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz announced late this spring that she will not be seeking reelection for the office she held for a decade, […]


Sunshine in Somerville: A Look at Our Public Records

Every year, journalists, activists and vigilant citizens get together for Sunshine Week, a celebration of government transparency through public records and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In light of the occasion, we’re taking a look back at some of the Somerville-related documents that were made public by MuckRock, an open government news organization that helps people complete public records […]


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 […]