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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 […]


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 […]