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NEWS: Study Finds Latinos Underrepresented in City Government

In December, the Greater Boston Latino Network (GBLN) released a study on the lack of representation in the municipal governments of Boston, Chelsea and Somerville. The study, titled “The Silent Crisis,” found that while Latinos make up 10 percent of Somerville’s population, very few city positions are held by Latinos. Out of the 28 executive […]


Four Local Businesses Awarded Support Program Partnership

Union Square Station Associates (US2) announced Monday the four businesses that would receive support through a Technical Assistance Program to help small businesses in anticipation of Union Square development. Cantina La Mexicana, Reliable Market, CrossFit Somerville and Local Supply Company will receive assessments and recommendations from consulting firm Retail Visioning, “This program will help us […]


WHAT’S NEW: Down to Business

Text from this post originally appeared in the What’s New section of our March/April 2015 print issue. ASSEMBLY SQUARE SMARTBEAR Look out, Cambridge: You may be the tech capital of Massachusetts right now, but Somerville could be hot on your heels. In January, SmartBear Software (450 Artisan Way) joined the retail, residential and restaurant spaces […]


Wards host meetings as zoning public comment period wraps up

Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang knows that zoning is not a sexy subject. The current draft of the of the overhauled zoning code, which was compiled through the city’s Zoning Reform Project, is currently 285 pages long. “It’s like peeling back the layers of an onion,” Niedergang said in an email to constituents. “I’m still […]


School Closes for One Month following Roof Collapse

Yesterday we may have basked in the light of an imminent spring, but the melting snow was too much for Brown Elementary School, where a roof collapse has closed the school for one month. In the meantime, students will be redistributed among area schools. The collapse, which happened late Tuesday evening, brought snow and debris into a […]


TechHub to Open Somerville Location

In our March/April print edition, we reported that a new software company (SmartBear) had moved into Assembly Row. Now it seems that Somerville may have seriously caught the tech bug: TechHub will open its first American location in Somerville next week. The company, which provides a shared workspace for technology ventures, boasts seven locations throughout Europe. The […]


INTERVIEW: Talking Transportation with Mayor Curtatone

If you’ve read the transportation feature in our March/April print edition, then you know that Hayes Morrison, Director of Transportation and Infrastructure in the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, gives Mayor Curtatone a lot of credit for the current transportation revolution taking place in Somerville. So, what does he have to say […]


What Should Somerville Do With All Those Space Savers? We Have 3 Ideas.

As if snow removal itself isn’t enough of a challenge, Somerville has a new problem to tackle: figuring out what to do with all the space savers they confiscated over the past few months. The city’s “space saver graveyard” is full of trash cans and chairs that—unlike the snow around us—aren’t going to melt come spring. City […]


Artist Rachel MacCabe Begs for Space Saving Decency

Let’s get one thing out of the way up front: Like it or hate it, space saving is illegal in the City of Somerville. That said, this unrelenting winter has made it tough for some to obey that rule. As blizzard after blizzard pummeled our city, even the most law-abiding citizens realized that they could save a ton […]


City to Start Towing Cars as Parking Ban Eases

It seems that the residents of Somerville have let out a collective sigh of relief as we’ve finally gone a week without a crippling snowstorm. The city announced this morning that the parking ban has been lifted on certain streets. These are all good signs that our winter is easing up, but for drivers who have […]


Drones Take Flight over the City

It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. It’s a drone, and it’s coming to check out the snow. Almost a hundred inches of snow have fallen since Juno paid us a visit in late January, and the roofs are feeling the weight. Somerville High School actually canceled school for a full week for fears that the […]


East Somerville Main Streets Names New Executive Director

In our January/February edition, we told you about Carrie Dancy Niemy’s departure from East Somerville Main Streets after more than eight years with the organization. During her time as Executive Director, Niemy was responsible for bringing both Carnaval and the Foodie Crawl to East Somerville. This afternoon, ESMS announced that Teresa Vazquez-Dodero – former community […]