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Mayor Joseph Curtatone On His Re-election Bid

What should we know about you? I was born and raised in Somerville, part of an immigrant family that came here from Gaeta, Italy. In my youth, my parents worked in area factories, cut hair, drove a snow plow, and ran a nursing home. I attended Somerville High School, where I was in the marching […]


A “Big Gay Dance Party” is Coming to Union Square

This year, Somerville is kicking off Pride Month with a brand-new event you won’t want to miss: a Big Gay Dance Party. The free event from the Somerville Arts Council and the Somerville LGBTQ Community Liaison will bring glitz and glitter to the Union Square Plaza from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 3, with music […]



Scenes and Signs From Saturday’s Sanctuary City Rally

A wind chill that had temps hovering around 15 degrees wasn’t enough to deter hundreds from gathering outside Somerville High School for Saturday morning’s “We Are One Somerville: Sanctuary City Rally.” In between chants of “This is what community looks like!” and bites of international fare from Somerville Arts Council Nibble entrepreneurs, attendees listened to speeches […]


Mayor Curtatone Promises Somerville Will Remain “A Sanctuary For All”

Following President Trump’s announcement Wednesday that he intends to cut federal funding to sanctuary cities throughout the country, Mayor Joe Curtatone addressed the public at City Hall regarding Somerville’s sanctuary status. In his remarks, he vowed that the city would not waver in its commitment to protecting its citizens, doubling down on earlier promises to stand by the immigrant […]


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 […]


It Takes A ‘Ville-age: Part IV

This is the fourth and final installment in our series highlighting local leaders in Somerville, which first appeared in our July/August issue. You can find part I here, part II here and part III here. “It feels like the city changes whenever we ride through it. You can ride your regular bike through Somerville, but then if you […]



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 […]


School Closes for One Month following Roof Collapse

Yesterday we may have basked in the light of an imminent spring, but the melting snow was too much for Brown Elementary School, where a roof collapse has closed the school for one month. In the meantime, students will be redistributed among area schools. The collapse, which happened late Tuesday evening, brought snow and debris into a […]


INTERVIEW: Talking Transportation with Mayor Curtatone

If you’ve read the transportation feature in our March/April print edition, then you know that Hayes Morrison, Director of Transportation and Infrastructure in the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, gives Mayor Curtatone a lot of credit for the current transportation revolution taking place in Somerville. So, what does he have to say […]


Drones Take Flight over the City

It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s a drone, and it’s coming to check out the snow. Almost a hundred inches of snow have fallen since Juno paid us a visit in late January, and the roofs are feeling the weight. Somerville High School actually canceled school for a full week for fears that the […]