‘No Ph.D. Needed’: How Regular Citizens Can Help Prevent Biodiversity Loss

Only about 12 percent of Americans are literate in ecological issues, according to Claire O’Neill, founder of Somerville-based Earthwise Aware. The environmental advocacy organization’s goal is not to throw money at big beautification projects or to find a miracle solution for climate change and habitat loss, but to make gradual change through learning. “There is […]



Union Tavern Launches Female-Fronted Residency

Susan Cattaneo’s love of singing started early. Her family was the “von Trapps of New Jersey,” she says, teaming up to sing six-part harmonies together. She’s now a full-time singer/songwriter, and is taking her talents to Union Tavern (formerly PA’s Lounge) every third Thursday in what she describes as a rarity in the Boston music […]


Greentown Labs All Stars: Biobot Analytics

What’s the key to gathering more information about epidemics? Looking at sewage, Biobot Analytics Co-founder and CEO Mariana Matus suggests. Matus first became attuned to the vast data available in sewage while getting her Ph.D. in computational biology at MIT. She and fellow co-founder Newsha Ghaeli made a list of all the things they could […]


Juliet Team’s Second Restaurant, Peregrine, Takes Wing

Juliet is known citywide for its ever-shifting identity. Now? Reserve a table to honor Persian New Year with monkfish and saffron panna cotta. Next week? Celebrate Greek cuisine with roast lamb and olive oil cake. A Feast of the Seven Fishes croquembouche, Roman stracciatella, and Quebecoise slow roasted pork with baked lentils have also graced […]


Groundwork Somerville Taps into New England Heritage

The sap was flowing on Tufts University’s campus in late January, where more than a hundred people gathered for Groundwork Somerville’s first tree tapping of the year.  Children took turns slowly drilling into the trees, hammering small spiles into the bark, and tasting droplets of sap, while program leaders explained how to identify and tap […]


Events Calendar: March & April

March 21 |  Community Growing Divides in Cambridge: A Tale of 2.0 Cities 6 to 7:30 p.m., Free Cambridge Public Library—449 Broadway, Cambridge The Cambridge Center for Adult Education presents this examination of the city’s growing income inequality as part of its “Conversations On the Edge” series. Cambridge Community Foundation President and CEO Geeta Pradhan […]


Small Change Brewing Had a Big Year

Ten years ago, Emily Vides bought her husband a homebrew kit, thinking he needed a new hobby (“as wives do,” she says). She didn’t know the kit would launch a passion that would become a family business—and if she could go back and tell herself that, she’s not sure her past self would’ve gotten the […]


Decade-long Photography Project Captures Lasting Evidence of WWI

Local artist Bonnell Robinson has spent the last 10 years documenting European sites associated with the conflict of WWI through vivid, black-and-white film images. Her connection to the work is deeply personal, spurred by a desire to learn more about her grandfather’s involvement in the war. “Quite by chance, I came across a journal kept […]


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 […]


Overseasoned and GRLSQUASH Present: A Guide to Feminist Food

When you ask Amy Larson how she would describe her three-year-old business, Overseasoned, she laughs. “That’s complicated,” she says. “I’ve lately been calling it a ‘culinary brand.’” Overseasoned’s first form was a series of mini-cookbooks, handwritten and illustrated by Larson each month. Then, it became a merchandise line, peddling everything from linen aprons to tea […]