Articles by Lilly Milman

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 […]



Reanimating Community with AniMAtic

The animation community in Greater Boston is bigger than many people realize—a misperception that’s due to a lack of communication among creators, according to animators Alex Salsberg and Ian Connell. That dynamic is what they’re trying to solve with AniMAtic Boston, a Somerville-based event series and online community. Salsberg and Connell became interested in building […]


Fifty States, One Documentary

Somerville resident Michelle Wax, a self-proclaimed lover of America, got the idea to discover what truly makes Americans happy right after the Fourth of July this year. How is she going to find out? By traveling to all 50 states and interviewing any and every person she can find. The 28-year-old “three-time entrepreneur” became interested […]


‘Are You Buying?’ Explores the Price of Advertising

Catherine Siller is used to commanding the attention of people around her—especially on harsh truths they might not often face. The Somerville-based dancer and multimedia performance artist interrogates beauty standards in her newest work, “Are You Buying?,” which will be performed in an empty storefront window by Downtown Crossing. The theatrical piece combines an interpretive […]