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Union Comedy Crowdfunds for Permanent Theater

Union Comedy, which specializes in long-form improv, plans to open a permanent theater at 434 McGrath Highway complete with a bar, 72 seats, and a comedy school. Union Comedy’s style fills an otherwise vacant niche in the Boston-area comedy scene, according to founding member Pat Kearnan. “Improv Asylum is a lot of sketch, ImprovBoston’s prime […]


Check Out This Year’s Candidates for Local Office

MAYORMarianne Walles Joseph A. Curtatone (incumbent)Kenneth C. Van Buskirk, III COUNCILOR AT-LARGE (four seats)Mary Jo Rossetti (incumbent)William A. White, Jr (incumbent)John M. Connolly, Jr.Kristen Strezo Kevin Jura Stephanie A. Hirsch (incumbent)Will Mbah (incumbent)Joann Bocca-Rivieccio COUNCILOR WARD 1Matthew McLaughlin (incumbent) COUNCILOR WARD 2 J.T. Scott (incumbent) COUNCILOR WARD 3 Ben Ewen-Campen (incumbent) COUNCILOR WARD 4 Jesse […]


City Council Passes Ordinance Cracking Down on Short-Term Rentals

The City Council passed an ordinance last week that regulates short-term rentals like Airbnbs in an effort to protect the city’s residential rental stock. The main crux of the ordinance is that people can only rent out their primary residence. This means an owner or renter can put rooms in their unit up for short-term […]



Union Square Residents Move Closer to Agreement with Master-plan Developer

With the long-awaited Union Square redevelopment expected to begin construction this fall, nearby residents are working to ensure that the wide-ranging project supports priorities like affordable housing, open space, and environmental sustainability. The Union Square Neighborhood Council and developer US2 offered updates on negotiations for a Community Benefits Agreement during a meeting at the Argenziano […]


Tufts to Research Air Quality in City’s Affordable Housing

Researchers from Tufts University will spend the next three years studying the air quality inside affordable housing built near busy roads in Somerville. The study will focus on Route 28, Route 38, and McGrath Highway, according to John Durant, the project’s principal investigator and an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering at Tufts. The […]


At Vinal Bakery, the English Muffin Takes Center Stage

It’s tough out there for English muffins. Sure, they’re reliable, versatile, and a go-to foundation for everything from egg and cheese sandwiches to toaster pizzas, but it’s the more glamorous breakfast breads that earn spots on trendy brunch menus and likes on Instagram. In a world of golden brown brioche, savory scones, and seeded bagels, […]


City Announces Wide-sweeping Climate Action Plan

The city has released Somerville Climate Forward, a broad-reaching plan to reduce its contributions to climate change and prepare for the effects of global warming. The plan’s goals are lofty: “We have to turn transportation and heating and cooling into electricity, and then that electricity needs to be 100 percent renewable,” says Oliver Sellers-Garcia, director […]



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 […]


State Funding to Aid Kensington Underpass Revamp

Somerville’s efforts to revamp the Kensington Underpass will be supplemented by $95,000 in state aid, according to State Rep. Mike Connolly. The underpass that connects East Somerville to Assembly Row often comes across as dark and dangerous, Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Brad Rawson explains. “Ever since the zeitgeist, the mania that our society went through […]