Articles by Adam Vaccaro

News: Hubway in the Way?

Thuvan Dang, the owner of Somerville Dry Cleaners & Tailors arrived at her store one April morning to an unexpected site. In the two parking spaces that had long served her laundry-laden customers, workers were installing a Hubway station. Dang is one of four Ball Square business owners with uneasy feelings about the bike share […]


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 […]


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 […]


Robert Publicover: Sept. 29, 1949 – Dec. 31, 2012

  Robert “Bob” Publicover, the founder of The Somerville News and a prominent AIDS/HIV activist, died between 4 and 6 a.m. on Dec. 31. He was 63. Publicover was believed until his death to be the nation’s longest living survivor of AIDS. He had also been battling cancer. In May, Scout published a long profile of […]


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 […]


Assembly Row’s Future

  Donald Wood, the president and CEO of Maryland-based Assembly Row developers Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT), spoke about third-quarter earnings with analysts recently. He spoke for a period about Assembly Row, revealing that high-end shops Brooks Brothers and Chico’s have committed to leases. He also said FRIT is considering buying the IKEA property but that […]


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 […]


First Three Restaurants in Assembly Row

Legal Sea Foods, Burger Dive and Papagayo Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar will open restaurants in Assembly Row, developers Federal Realty Investment Trust announced today. The trio mark the first restaurant announcements for Assembly Row. Legal’s restaurant will be one of its Legal C Bars, which are considered trendy and urban spinoffs of the popular […]


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, […]


How Many Dunkin Donuts Are in Somerville?

  I was biking around last weekend and, as if awakening from an orange and brown hypnosis, I suddenly realized: There are a hell of a lot of Dunkin Donuts stores in this city. Now, a heavy prevalence of Canton-based Dunkin in a Boston-abutting city is hardly that surprising. But just because Boston boasts, according to the […]