Articles by Emily Hopkins

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 […]


TechHub to Open Somerville Location

In our March/April print edition, we reported that a new software company (SmartBear) had moved into Assembly Row. Now it seems that Somerville may have seriously caught the tech bug: TechHub will open its first American location in Somerville next week. The company, which provides a shared workspace for technology ventures, boasts seven locations throughout Europe. The […]


Porchfest 2015 Registration is Open

Something plucks a bit at my insides when I think about Porchfest. The bluegrass and folk tunes played on makeshift stages reminds me of my country upbringing. Yet there is something decidedly Somervillain about it—optimizing the use of an unconventional public space (the porch) to bring together community and music. And what warms my (icy, snowed […]


City to Start Towing Cars as Parking Ban Eases

It seems that the residents of Somerville have let out a collective sigh of relief as we’ve finally gone a week without a crippling snowstorm. The city announced this morning that the parking ban has been lifted on certain streets. These are all good signs that our winter is easing up, but for drivers who have […]


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 […]


Parts and Crafts to Start Somerville Tool Library

Growing up, my dad always had a set of tools in the garage. Whether they were scattered among mismatched toolboxes or squared away in the professional-grade tool cabinet my mother eventually bought him, if we needed to fix something, we could probably find the tool to do it. Now that I’m on my own, and especially […]


Spend New Year’s Eve in Somerville

New Year’s Eve is like prom: You get really excited about it, you probably dress up, and before you know it, it’s over. Unlike prom, though, you actually get a chance to do it over. Here are three ways to get it right:


Hundreds March in the Name of Black Lives

Last night, about 600 protesters marched from Davis Square to the Mass Ave. bridge in a demonstration against police brutality. This follows a larger protest on Thursday that brought thousands to the Boston Common that shut down major roadways as well as Park Street Station.