A dramatic increase in the number of available liquor licenses seems, on the surface, like a boon for Somerville’s bars and restaurants. But not everyone is convinced that the influx serves the best interests of restaurant owners—or the city as a whole. Earlier this year, the Massachusetts legislature awarded Somerville 65 new liquor licenses—an increase […]
Donald Trump, the former reality T.V. Star now slated to head the largest superpower in world history, has made no secret his disdain for undocumented immigrants. He’s called for a border wall, for mass deportations, for triple the number of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, and he’s threatened to use federal funding as a […]
Last August, Mayor Curtatone hung a “Black Lives Matter” banner outside city hall at the request of a local BLM chapter, where it quietly flew for the better part of a year. That changed this summer, when a letter from the Somerville Police Employee’s Association called for the banner’s removal—and thrust Somerville into the national […]
Ever wondered about solar power but weren’t sure where to start? A new program called Solarize Somerville is shedding some light on the process.
As more scientific data on teen sleep health has become available, schools across the country are looking to adjust their high school start times. Schools in 44 states have already adopted or will adopt a later start time, according to the nonprofit organization Start School Later. Massachusetts is no exception. Newton formed a working group this academic year to assess […]
Earlier this month, Groundwork Somerville was one of 100 Boston-area nonprofits to receive a “$100K for 100” Grant from the Cummings Foundation—and Groundwork executive director Chris Mancini couldn’t be happier. “We’ve actually been applying for three years, and this is the year that we finally got it honed enough to make it worth them funding,” Mancini […]
Mayor Curtatone’s challenge to Wynn is only the latest in Somerville’s storied environmental past.
Almost eight percent of Somerville’s commuters get to work on a bicycle—and while that percentage may seem small, it actually puts the city in fifth place nationally, according to a 2014 report by the League of American Bicyclists. “It all stems from [the Curtatone] administration’s push,” says Ward 3 Alderman Bob McWatters, Chairman of the Somerville Traffic and Parking […]
Imagine your commute cut in half, your negative impact on the environment lessened and your favorite restaurant opening a location right by your home. Imagine more businesses vying for space in the already vibrant Somerville. Imagine not having to transfer trains or take the bus so often. This is the Somerville of the Green Line Extension (GLX), a […]
Can a cooking class make families healthier?
“I really don’t have the privilege of having a job for pocket change,” says Clarah Leite. “I have to make sure my dad’s okay with his bills, and if he isn’t, I’ve got him. And I also have my own bills, my phone bill.” Leite is a 16-year-old student at Somerville High School, where she’s […]
There are any number of reasons that people are drawn to the “gig economy,” the contract-based, short-term employment model that gives everyone from freelance creatives to instructors to Airbnb hosts a way to make a living on a project-to-project basis. It can be the pursuit of a passion or the liberty of self-employment. The freedom […]