Articles by Lilly Milman

Something’s In The Water in Somerville…

There’s something in the water in Somerville, and it’s up to residents to find out if they’re at risk. High levels of lead were discovered in the drinking water of some homes, according to the annual test by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).  Lead is a common metal, often found in homes as a […]


Defending Davis Square

By Abbie Gruskin and Lilly Milman When British developing firm Scape announced a plan last summer to construct a six-story residential building along Grove Street—from The Burren to the intersection with Elm Street—around the same time the city released a draft of a zoning overhaul, locals weren’t pleased. Davis Square was changing, and they wanted […]


Scouting Out the Perfect Gift Card

Picture this: You’re standing in a checkout line after a long day of work, Michael Bublé is blasting through the speakers, and you realize that you forgot to pick up a holiday gift for the nephew you’ll be seeing at tomorrow’s Christmas party. Your eyes drift over to a rack of gift cards. Maybe he’d […]


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 […]


A Guide to Holiday Dining at Assembly Row

Holiday shopping can feel like running a marathon, especially in a city like Somerville where there are so many great stores to choose from and they’re all in a different spot. If you’re short on time and your gift-shopping stamina is at an all-time low, there’s still hope for you to have a great shopping […]



‘Keep It Kind. Keep It Creative’

Somerville-raised Rapper Forté On His Art and His City Forté never leaves the house without his crystals, which he wears around his wrists. Most are gifts, and they’re meant to promote creativity. While leaning back in his chair, the artist pulls a jagged Amethyst crystal out of his pocket and turns it over a few […]



‘No Ph.D. Needed’: How Regular Citizens Can Help Prevent Biodiversity Loss

Only about 12 percent of Americans are literate in ecological issues, according to Claire O’Neill, founder of Somerville-based Earthwise Aware. The environmental advocacy organization’s goal is not to throw money at big beautification projects or to find a miracle solution for climate change and habitat loss, but to make gradual change through learning. “There is […]


Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers: RESPOND

When four local women formed domestic violence agency RESPOND in the early 1970s, the organization was the first of its kind in New England and only the second in the nation. Since Jessica Brayden became the CEO of the organization roughly a decade ago, she’s noticed organizations crop up across the region and the country […]


One Person’s Scrap is Another Person’s Craft

When Marina Speevak walks into Somerville schools, some kids call her “the beautiful lady.” It’s not a bad moniker for Speevak, who runs a creative reuse center called the Beautiful Stuff Project that helps people reappropriate scrap materials from local manufacturers into craft projects. The walls of the building are lined with all sorts of […]