Articles by Shira Laucharoen


Virtual Exhibit Portrays the Faces of Covid

Somerville photographer Katherine Taylor has been putting a human face on the coronavirus crisis.  Taylor created a website called Masks of Boston and a forthcoming virtual exhibit at the Somerville Museum.   “Who Do You Wear a Mask For?” features portraits of over 100 people wearing protective masks, accompanied by personal stories, told as textual […]


Salons Reopen Across Cambridge and Somerville

As the cities of Somerville and Cambridge begin to reopen, hair salons are seeing their services situated front and center.  Many are back in business – with a few adjustments made to their procedures. The Somerville salon Hair By Christine & Co. opened its doors on June 1, returning from its temporary shut down due […]


Somerville Cares Fund lends support to those in need

Mayor Joseph Curtatone, in partnership with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), launched the Somerville Cares Fund to provide financial resources to those heavily impacted by the pandemic on April 15.  Officials were inspired by the work of the organization United Way and Merrimack Valley’s actions to support […]


How Groceries Became A Part of the Menu

As grocery stores become centers of stress, with lines of customers forming outside of their doors, the City of Somerville decided to pass an order allowing restaurants to sell groceries on April 18. The choice is meant to relieve several different pressures from the Somerville community. “This is a good example of how in a […]


Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers: The Welcome Project

The Welcome Project has been opening doors for immigrants since 1987. The non-profit organization, located in the Mystic Valley Public Housing Development, does just what its name implies: help immigrant residents feel welcome in Somerville through various classes, programming, and invitations to safe spaces.  But it’s not just another classroom; its work goes a step […]


Students Launch Volunteer Service to Help Small Businesses

In 2019, Cambridge-based student Daniel Wang helped a local barber build a website. Since then, he has been interested in connecting students with small businesses in need of support—but hasn’t always known how to put this idea into practice. That changed when the coronavirus outbreak began.  “When the coronavirus crisis hit, that was when I […]


Get Politically Engaged With the Click of a Button

The best way to relay a message to someone that they will trust is through someone that they already know, says Outvote COO Emily DaSilva. This was the idea that sparked the genesis of Outvote, an app and website that encourages political activism. The Davis Square–based startup was founded by CEO Naseem Makiya, a former […]


Where Art Meets Activism

Somerville resident Nina Eichner participated in her first demonstration through the youth climate change movement Sunrise when she drove a 15-person van to Washington D.C. in December 2018. The group occupied the Capitol building and shared stories with lawmakers, urging them to back the select committee for the Green New Deal. Eichner currently works for […]


‘Everything Has Changed’: Breweries Move To Packaging

Remnant Brewing is trying to activate a new distribution model. Since the Somerville brewery’s taproom can no longer be open to the public—an effect of the novel coronavirus outbreak—management is moving to sell more packaged beer, which customers can pick up at the Bow Market location. Much of Remnant’s sales now come from their production […]


Sharing the Wealth: Somerville Restauranteurs Take Action To Feed All

Lucy Childs, a Somerville High School student and daughter of Trina’s Starlite Lounge owner Josh Childs, understands that so many children rely on breakfast and lunch provided by their schools. That was enough inspiration for her father’s eatery to take action during the coronavirus spread, says managing partner Emma Hollander. Trina’s began distributing food for […]


‘How do we build community through this?’: Local Businesses React To Coronavirus

Small businesses, nonprofits, and arts establishments in Somerville have been seeing the effects of the coronavirus firsthand. As the city shuts down, it seems that no industry is exempt from the impact of the pandemic.  While some storefronts and organizations have temporarily closed their doors, others have chosen to take steps to reinforce their support […]