In an otherwise ordinary building on Somerville Avenue, a spiral staircase brings you to a small room filled with letters. There are cases of them—wide, flat drawers of them stacked in what could almost be dressers. Others are assembled and at the ready, negative spaces carefully tucked around them. Eli Epstein was told it was […]
Articles by Reena Karasin
I almost always do interviews for print articles in person. But this time, I decided to make an exception. “City of Somerville, how may I help you?” Norma Douglas has been a phone operator for the city for 32 years. She’s one of two people who answer the approximately 100,000 calls that come into the […]
When Josh Vekhter bought a loom from a yard sale last year, he had an unusual idea: to build clothing that incorporates technology.
For the (seemingly few) months of the year when Somerville isn’t covered in snow, biking is an appealing way to get around. You can replace your sweaty walk to the T with a quick ride and, over time, save money by biking to work instead of taking public transportation. You can get some exercise on the community […]
Davis Square’s LBC Boutique and Loan is now home to two pieces of music history: reggae musician Peter Tosh’s guitar and his 1987 Grammy Award. Tosh, who was born in Jamaica in 1944, performed with Bob Marley in Bob Marley and the Wailers and later worked as a solo artist. Tosh took home the Grammy for Best Reggae […]
As more scientific data on teen sleep health has become available, schools across the country are looking to adjust their high school start times. Schools in 44 states have already adopted or will adopt a later start time, according to the nonprofit organization Start School Later. Massachusetts is no exception. Newton formed a working group this academic year to assess […]
Pablo Rojas was already working at some of the top homes of comedy in Boston when he decided he wanted to start something a little bit outside-the-box. That new project grew into Catalyst Comedy, the musical theatre improv group he founded in 2013. “We wanted to get involved in something that was more challenging than traditional improv,” Rojas explains. “It’s […]
You can summon a car, a pizza or a date with the help of an app—why not people to fill in shifts when you’re short-staffed?
Imagine your commute cut in half, your negative impact on the environment lessened and your favorite restaurant opening a location right by your home. Imagine more businesses vying for space in the already vibrant Somerville. Imagine not having to transfer trains or take the bus so often. This is the Somerville of the Green Line Extension (GLX), a […]