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Talkin’ Teen Jobs

“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 […]



Aggressive, Abrasive, Inclusive. Boston Roller Derby Not Just for Dames.

Ten year anniversaries are traditionally commemorated with gifts made from tin or aluminum—metals representing strength and pliability, symbols for a relationship that can be bent but not broken. And while the athletes skating for Boston Roller Derby, née Derby Dames, are well-acquainted with taking a beating and staying strong, there’s no symbolism in the way their league is celebrating its upcoming tenth […]


New Year, Same Pols

When Elizabeth Weinbloom was running for Ward 6 Alderman last fall, she called herself “the U-Haul version of an ambulance chaser.” As hoards of renters set upon their new (and likely temporary) homes, she was eager to introduce herself and suggest they register to vote. Somerville is a city of renters, with up to two-thirds […]


Nowhere to Runoff: Somerville’s Flooding Problem

Suzahne Riendeau had owned her home on Cedar Street for about two years when she experienced her first bad flood in 1998. “The closer I got to the house, the deeper the water got, until finally I got to my house. The water was about mid-thigh,” she recalls. Further down the street, the water had […]


Union Uneasy: Community Members Anxious over Development

Bukhari Brown is only 17 years old, but he already knows what it’s like to be displaced from Somerville. He was born and raised here, for the most part, but spent a couple years of his short life in Everett because his family could not afford to live in the city. “I have plenty of stories. […]


The Ward 6 Race is On

Election season isn’t aways exciting in Somerville—after all, this is a town whose mayor has run uncontested since 2007. But this year, another level of government is about to get interesting. Ward 6 Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz announced late this spring that she will not be seeking reelection for the office she held for a decade, […]


Labor Trouble Déjà Vu for Tufts University

Additional reporting by Emily Hopkins. A labor dispute at Tufts University. The custodial staff on one side, battling cuts. On the other side, the administration, arguing that they’re keeping costs low, and a private company, waiting to scoop up business that used to fall under the university’s jurisdiction. Sound familiar? It should. It happened in […]


Tufts Hunger Strike Continues After Second Meeting with Administration

Students in the Tufts Labor Coalition met today with university administrators to discuss possible cuts to custodial staff that the TLC has been protesting for months. According to a statement released by the workers’ rights group, the university put forward an alternative proposal, but no decision was reached. In the meantime, five students who began […]


Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program Accepting 2015 Applications

I know, I know: How can we talk about summer when there’s still snow on the ground? But this isn’t an April Fools’ joke. There may be a little bit more snow in the forecast for next week, but it is officially April, meaning that it’s time for many area youths to start thinking about their summer jobs. City Hall […]


City of Somerville to Remove Abandoned Bikes

Will the problems caused by this historic winter ever end? Potholes that can almost swallow cars, a transit system that’s one step closer to giving up the ghost entirely… and now, as the snow has begun melting in earnest, bike racks and abandoned bicycles are emerging, ruined by the storms. According to the Boston Globe, the city […]


Sunshine in Somerville: A Look at Our Public Records

Every year, journalists, activists and vigilant citizens get together for Sunshine Week, a celebration of government transparency through public records and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In light of the occasion, we’re taking a look back at some of the Somerville-related documents that were made public by MuckRock, an open government news organization that helps people complete public records […]