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The Somerville Switchboard

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 […]

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Open Kitchens, Open Conversations

The Open Kitchens Project Aims to Promote Cultural Exchange Through Food Paul Castiglione has spent much of his life thinking about what it means to belong to a community. His father grew up in an Italian immigrant family in upstate New York, which in the 1930s meant facing blatant discrimination. Castiglione was always aware of […]


Diesel Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Love Stories Project

In May 1999, Diesel Cafe opened its doors at 8 a.m. to a line of people. The founders were overwhelmed by the crowds that streamed through the shop—co-owner Tucker Lewis kept having to send her parents out to restock ingredients. By 3 p.m., they ran out of coffee. They thought they’d make it a year, […]


The Welcome Project Gears Up for 10th YUM Festival

It’s the time of year again when immigrant-run restaurants from all over the city give back to the Welcome Project in a celebration of international food. YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City lets ticket-holders taste dishes from nine immigrant-run spots, including Rincón Mexicano, Masala, Istanbul’lu, and Yoshi’s. This year’s festival is scheduled for April 11 […]