Articles by Abbie Gruskin

Sleepless in Somerville: Complaints about airplane noise skyrocket, stir up community voices

Increased jet noise is plaguing city residents, who voiced their opposition to Logan Airport flight paths over Somerville in a City Council meeting this September. The cumulative number of city complaints about airplane noise collected by the Massachusetts Port Authority (MassPort)—which owns and operates Logan International Airport, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport—has skyrocketed from […]


What’s New: Construction Zone

New design for Davis Square proposed to city planning board The city planning board convened at the end of September to discuss a new 111-page Davis Square Neighborhood Plan with residents, according to the Somerville Journal. The document proposes redesigns of streets, buildings, public space usage, and traffic related challenges, all as part of a […]


What’s New: Health Beat

Bluebikes adds four more stations in the city Bluebikes is on a roll—the bikeshare system added four new stations to the city at the end of July, according to a tweet from the organization. Bikers can find the added stations at Edgerly Education Center, Clarendon Hill at Broadway, Elm St. at White St., and Teele Square. Partners […]


What’s New: City Beat

Ayanna Pressley announces bill to ban facial recognition in public housing  In July, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, whose district represents Somerville, announced a bill to ban the use of biometric recognition technology in public housing funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to the Somerville Journal. The proposed legislation, known as the No […]


What’s New: City Beat

City Council Approves FY20 Budget  The City Council signed off on the FY20 budget at the end of June. The greatest chunk of funding—30 percent in the proposed FY20 budget summary, which equals over $76 million—was allotted to the school department, while 18 percent went toward public safety. The budget also devoted $771,670 to improving […]



What’s New: Business Briefing

All She Wrote Books Highlights Diverse Narratives Look no further for a good feminist read—All She Wrote Books has it covered. Searching for better representation in literature, local Christina Ciampa launched the pop-up bookstore to celebrate the voices of female, queer, and trans authors. “We are in 2019. There’s no reason why we can’t make […]


What’s New: Evolving Eats

East SomervilleRecino’s Café Recino’s Café has it all, from Mexican- and Salvadoran-style plates of burritos, pupusas, and tamales to rich American pastries like New York cheesecake. The cafe, which opened in late May, is owners Jose Recino and Joseph Garcia’s first restaurant in the city.  Ball SquareAvenue Kitchen and Bar Out with the longtime Italian […]



Something Ventured: VilleSide Customs

VilleSide’s owners have served the city for seven years from their storefront in Magoun Square, which started as a retail-only shop selling clothing, hats, and accessories from favorite brands including Silly Wabbit, Pretty Authentic People, and Villen.  Now, alongside their selection of local Somerville and Boston brands—including a house brand named after the business—VilleSide offers […]


Something Ventured: Himalayan Kitchen

Brother and sister meld Nepalese cooking with friendly service Brother-and-sister duo Rabina Lockett and Uttam Shrestha work side-by-side at Himalayan Kitchen to introduce Somerville locals to the authentic Nepalese cuisine of their home country. The siblings’ close relationship has helped their business thrive, they say.  “My brother has literally been my best friend, my brother, my […]


Something Ventured: La Posada

Posada siblings dish up a childhood love for Latin American cooking The siblings behind La Posada discovered a love of food at a young age in their home country of El Salvador. “I grew up around food,” Joe Posada says. “Living at home was like living at a restaurant, there was so much food, so […]