Profiles

At the Ruby Rogers Center, Nanci Baren Spends Her Days Giving Back

When Nanci Baren walked into the Ruby Rogers Center nearly two decades ago, she had nowhere else to go. She’d been living in her car for several months, and she didn’t know what was coming next. “It was kismet that I ended up here,” says Baren, revealing a big, warm smile. Since that first visit […]



A-Listers: Melanie Jenkins

By Sarah Cadorette Photos by Shane Godfrey Fictional character she would date: The Rock. Not Dwayne Johnson, but The Rock. I met him when I was 16, when I was working as a waitress at Outback Steakhouse. He came in, and he just seemed so cool. I hate wrestling, but I love him.



The New Face of Old Somerville

What do you shop for at the end of an era? Mild pepper jelly, raisin sauce, sweet and sour mix, garlic jelly puree, canned cuttlefish, Spiderman cookies, liver pâté, dried beef, anchovy paste, Miracle Whip, chicken spread, rawhide bone, marmalade, White Lightning Chili, artisan soup mix, Pop Tart protectors and an entire shelf of Bell’s […]


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 […]


The Survivor

Robert Publicover nestles into a chair by the door at Three Little Figs (278  Highland Ave.) with a small coffee and the New York Times. The 62-year-old, born in Somerville and raised in Davis Square, perches reading glasses on the end of his nose and studies the paper. His daily ritual has begun. Publicover has […]