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East Somerville Main Streets Gets a New Director

From her master’s degree in nonprofit management to her time with the Mass Cultural Council, Jennifer Atwood has spent much of her career helping small organizations stay afloat and contribute to their communities. She took the helm as executive director at East Somerville Main Streets at the start of October, where she’s steering the two […]


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 […]



MEET YOUR WINNERS: Wildcards

Eco-Friendly Business: Neighborhood Produce  415 Medford St., (617) 702-2811 nbrhoodproduce.com Read more. New Business: Remnant Brewing 2 Bow Market Way, (617) 764-0641 remnantsomerville.com Read more. Old Favorite: Ricky’s Flower Market 238 Washington St., (617) 628-7569 rickysflowermarket.com Late-Night Haunt: Brass Union 70 Union Square, (617) 623-9211 brassunion.com Place to People Watch: Mike’s Food & Spirits 9 […]


A Q&A with Union Square Main Streets

Voted Best Neighborhood to Eat, Live, and Work There’s an undeniable, infectious energy that permeates Union Square these days. A new brewery, dozens of new businesses, and restaurants consistently on regional or national “best of” lists all contribute to the square’s vibrancy, says Jessica Eshleman, executive director of Union Square Main Streets. If its popularity […]


Somerville Health Foundation Grants to Tackle Mental Health, Food Security, and Substance Use

Somerville is known for being inclusive—it’s home to young professionals and families, lifelong residents and immigrants, and it’s one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country. But when it comes to our wellbeing, there’s still a long way to go to equality: The city faces “continued health disparities based on race/ethnicity and socioeconomic […]


‘Nuestro Arte’ Showcases Work From Latino Artists

Nelson Salazar has worn many hats in Somerville, from executive director at the Welcome Project to graduate student at Tufts. Art is a passion for him, which he finds time for in between his two jobs. He started the “Nuestro Arte” exhibit last year, aiming to highlight work from Latino artists. “Nuestro Arte” will be […]


Zombie Apocalypse Game Aims to Build Community Resiliency

What’s the magic ingredient to turn disaster preparedness into public art? According to Rebecca Michelson, it’s zombies. “What’s most important for people to know is that there is a massive zombie apocalypse coming, and they need to be aware that it’s on its way, and preparing is the first priority,” she says. Michelson and her collaborator […]


Crafting A Neighborhood at Assembly Row

“This used to be nothing, back in the day,” says Vanessa Martinez, an assistant marketing manager for Federal Realty Investment Trust, the developer of Assembly Row. “It kind of was a pile of dirt. There was not really much here before we came in.” Assembly Square has come a long way since its days as […]


What’s Happening at East Somerville Main Streets

East Somerville Main Streets is hard at work supporting the neighborhood’s small businesses. The organization is focusing on three big tasks, according to Executive Director Teresa Vazquez-Dodero: making connections that benefit small businesses, helping companies make investments in the neighborhood, and making the Kensington Underpass safer. Making Connections to Support Small Businesses East Somerville Main […]


Meet Fluffy, Creator of Community at the Mystic Learning Center

You matter, and your community has your back. That’s the fundamental message Florence Bergmann has tried to impart to thousands of East Somerville children over the past 45 years through her work at the Mystic Learning Center (MLC). MLC works to break the cycle of poverty by providing a safe, low-cost space for kids and […]


Meet Artisan Asylum’s New Executive Director

Lars Hasselblad Torres will take over as executive director at Artisan’s Asylum on Aug. 6. We spoke with him about why he wanted to join the local makerspace and what his vision is for its future. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m an artist. I work in the collage media, and these days […]