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Hubway to Expand as Blue Bikes

Hubway is entering into a six-year partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts that will involve adding 1,200 new bikes and rechristening the bicycles as Blue Bikes. The bike share program, owned by the cities of Somerville, Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline, will see over 100 new stations thanks to the partnership, according to a press release. […]


Union Square Neighbors Seek Community Benefits Agreement with US2

In the early 1900s, Union Square was a vibrant community bustling with grist mills, brick manufacturing, and ink, glass, and copper tubing factories. Street cars made 88 stops each day in the area, bringing people in and out of Boston, according to the Union Square Neighborhood Plan. The street car system eventually stopped running as […]


Task Force to Tackle Net Neutrality, Equitable Internet Access

The City of Somerville is assembling an Internet Access Task Force that will be charged with developing recommendations on everything from net neutrality to the possibility of municipal broadband. “The idea is two-fold,” says Meghann Ackerman, a social media and community engagement specialist for the city who will be staffing the committee. “One is to look at […]


Tackling Opioid Addiction Early

Governor Baker’s New Plan to Enhance Substance Abuse Education and Prevention Governor Charlie Baker has released his second major package to tackle the opioid crisis that has swept the country and ravaged Massachusetts in recent years. The package includes a piece of proposed legislation called the CARE Act—Combating addiction, Accessing treatment, Reducing prescriptions, and Enhancing […]


Curtatone to Co-Chair Regional Housing Partnership

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh are teaming up to tackle Greater Boston’s housing crisis. The two mayors will work with representatives from 14 cities and towns in the region to meet booming housing needs as people flock to Boston and its surrounding areas. “Our entire region is facing and must solve […]


Chocolate Shop, Fish Restaurant Headed for Bow Market

Chocolate shop gâté comme des filles and fish store Hooked have signed leases in Union Square’s budding Bow Market complex. Chocolatier Alexandra Whisnant first launched her store in Paris, where she studied pastry-making. She specializes in seasonal offerings and makes fresh batches of her chocolates every week. Fall and winter seasonal chocolates include offerings like passion […]


Nibble to Open Kitchen in Bow Market

Nibble, Somerville Arts Council’s culinary arm that supports diversity and entrepreneurship in Union Square, is set to open a kitchen in Bow Market in 2018. Nibble began with tours of the square’s international markets and developed into an umbrella organization that runs a culinary entrepreneurship program, cooking classes, and pop-up restaurants—all of which focus on […]


Somerville Jumps On Board Vision Zero

Mornings in Somerville hum to sounds of commuters—squeaking car brakes, coworkers christening the morning with coffee, and an echoing ding from the bells of cyclists awaiting a green light. It’s a refreshing sight, dozens of adults biking to work, like the neighborhood decided to take a spin around the block. But despite the many cautious, […]


Police Officer Dies After Crash in N.H.

Somerville police officer Louis Remigio died on Monday night after a motor vehicle crash on I-95, according to the department. The crash happened on Sunday in North Hampton, N.H., police said. Remigio was off-duty at the time, according to city spokeswoman Jaclyn Rossetti. Remigio had been with the Somerville police since 1988 and was working […]


Union Comedy Booted Out of Bow Market Plans

Bow Market developers have severed plans with Union Comedy to open a studio in the new complex, the comedy theater’s organizers said in a letter. Union Comedy organizers said Bow Market was ending their agreement in favor of a “more well-known institution.” “This abrupt change came despite receiving assurances and agreeing upon terms,” they wrote. “Needless to […]


It’s Preliminary Election Day

Tuesday, Sept. 19 is preliminary election day in Somerville. Voters will narrow the mayoral and ward 1 school committee races down to two candidates. Kenneth C. Van Buskirk III and Payton Corbett are looking to oust seven-term incumbent mayor Joseph Curtatone. Curtatone became mayor in 2004 after serving as alderman-at-large for eight years, while Buskirk’s background […]