City Upon Prospect Hill

On a wintry New Year’s day in 1776, Somerville became the site of the first flag raising in the country. Back then, it was called the Grand Union flag—featuring a British Union Jack in the upper left corner where the 50 stars now reside, and thirteen red stripes.  One day later, the words “United States […]

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Redefining ‘The Holidays’

At some point, people started referring to the nebulous stretch of time between the end of November and early January as “the holidays.” Dwelling in the spacious interior of that period is a number of celebrations that get top billing in the United States: Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, and the king of them all: Christmas. […]


ISD Continues Search for Permanent Health Inspector

There is currently no permanent health inspector for the city of Somerville. The Inspectional Services Department (ISD) has been advertising to fill two Senior Code Enforcement Officer positions since Oct. 15, according to the city’s Deputy Director of Communications, Jaclyn Rossetti.  The role of the aforementioned officers is primarily to perform food-related inspections. Rossetti provided […]


Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers: Tufts Hillel’s Initiative for Innovative Community Building

As Christmas approaches, strings of holiday lights illuminate trees, winter festivals bring cheer to Somerville and Cambridge, and religious minorities in the city find their own light and warmth. Only 4 percent of Boston’s adults are Jewish, according to data from Pew Research Center. It’s no surprise that Jewish students may feel alienated by the […]