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Union Comedy Crowdfunds for Permanent Theater

Union Comedy, which specializes in long-form improv, plans to open a permanent theater at 434 McGrath Highway complete with a bar, 72 seats, and a comedy school. Union Comedy’s style fills an otherwise vacant niche in the Boston-area comedy scene, according to founding member Pat Kearnan. “Improv Asylum is a lot of sketch, ImprovBoston’s prime […]


Check Out This Year’s Candidates for Local Office

MAYORMarianne Walles Joseph A. Curtatone (incumbent)Kenneth C. Van Buskirk, III COUNCILOR AT-LARGE (four seats)Mary Jo Rossetti (incumbent)William A. White, Jr (incumbent)John M. Connolly, Jr.Kristen Strezo Kevin Jura Stephanie A. Hirsch (incumbent)Will Mbah (incumbent)Joann Bocca-Rivieccio COUNCILOR WARD 1Matthew McLaughlin (incumbent) COUNCILOR WARD 2 J.T. Scott (incumbent) COUNCILOR WARD 3 Ben Ewen-Campen (incumbent) COUNCILOR WARD 4 Jesse […]


City Council Passes Ordinance Cracking Down on Short-Term Rentals

The City Council passed an ordinance last week that regulates short-term rentals like Airbnbs in an effort to protect the city’s residential rental stock. The main crux of the ordinance is that people can only rent out their primary residence. This means an owner or renter can put rooms in their unit up for short-term […]



Union Square Residents Move Closer to Agreement with Master-plan Developer

With the long-awaited Union Square redevelopment expected to begin construction this fall, nearby residents are working to ensure that the wide-ranging project supports priorities like affordable housing, open space, and environmental sustainability. The Union Square Neighborhood Council and developer US2 offered updates on negotiations for a Community Benefits Agreement during a meeting at the Argenziano […]


Tufts to Research Air Quality in City’s Affordable Housing

Researchers from Tufts University will spend the next three years studying the air quality inside affordable housing built near busy roads in Somerville. The study will focus on Route 28, Route 38, and McGrath Highway, according to John Durant, the project’s principal investigator and an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering at Tufts. The […]



Somerville Health Foundation Grants to Tackle Mental Health, Food Security, and Substance Use

Somerville is known for being inclusive—it’s home to young professionals and families, lifelong residents and immigrants, and it’s one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country. But when it comes to our wellbeing, there’s still a long way to go to equality: The city faces “continued health disparities based on race/ethnicity and socioeconomic […]


State Funding to Aid Kensington Underpass Revamp

Somerville’s efforts to revamp the Kensington Underpass will be supplemented by $95,000 in state aid, according to State Rep. Mike Connolly. The underpass that connects East Somerville to Assembly Row often comes across as dark and dangerous, Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Brad Rawson explains. “Ever since the zeitgeist, the mania that our society went through […]


Lee Erica Palmer Inspires State Legislation

While most elected officials can vividly recall the blood, sweat, and tear-soaked path to completing their first campaign for office, Lee Erica Palmer couldn’t have been more prepared for her initial run as school committee representative for Ward 3 in 2015. “Unlike a lot of first-time candidates who can be surprised by what it takes […]


EHChocolatier To Move to Cambridge

Acclaimed chocolate maker EHChocolatier will move out of its Windsor Street home of eight years and into West Cambridge this fall, according to its founders. The new location at 145 Huron Ave. will allow for a better customer shopping experience than the current spot which, co-founder Elaine Hsieh explains, is a bit hidden in an industrial […]


Bird Scooters Arrive Without Any Notice to City Officials

A new transportation option arrived in the city on Friday: electric, dockless Bird scooters. Bird scooters are designed to be used for short trips to cut down on driving, according to a spokesperson. Fifteen is the magic number for the scooters: Trips cost 15 cents per minute (on top of a $1 base fee), the […]