Spaceships and Superheroes: Somerville’s Twist on a Biker Gang

“A highly organized battalion of funk.” That’s how Skunk, the Fleet Admiral of SCUL, describes his SciFi Bicycle Chopper Gang to me. “Sometimes we say we make spaceships out of bicycles, that’s another catchphrase that we use,” he adds. “But we usually don’t break the wall and say ‘bicycle.’ We’re star pilots, flying ships on […]


Turning Pages Into Programs at Somerville Library’s Book Sale

Standing in the back stairwell of the Somerville Public Library—a space known colloquially as “the pink room”—you can’t help but notice how stacks of book-filled boxes tower over Friends of the Somerville Public Library president Kim Shane. Every box contains dozens of books, and there are dozens of boxes that have been stockpiled here by […]


Shit-Faced Shakespeare Boozes Up the Bard

SHIT-FACED SHAKESPEARE – BEST PERFORMING ARTS255 ELM ST.(617) 315-8942 SHITFACEDSHAKESPEARE.COM “Give me some wine; fill full. I drink to the general joy of the whole table.” — Macbeth, from “Macbeth,” Act 3, Scene 4. Hey, think about it: If we change “table” to “theater,” you know what we’ve got there? A business plan! Okay, so […]


What’s New: Health Beat

Bluebikes adds four more stations in the city Bluebikes is on a roll—the bikeshare system added four new stations to the city at the end of July, according to a tweet from the organization. Bikers can find the added stations at Edgerly Education Center, Clarendon Hill at Broadway, Elm St. at White St., and Teele Square. Partners […]



What’s New: City Beat

Ayanna Pressley announces bill to ban facial recognition in public housing  In July, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, whose district represents Somerville, announced a bill to ban the use of biometric recognition technology in public housing funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to the Somerville Journal. The proposed legislation, known as the No […]






Hey, Buddy, Here’s $200 For Your Vote!

Jeff Turner’s name was drawn from our 2019 Scout’s Honored voters in Somerville and Cambridge and he is the winner of our voting prize of $200! Jeff and his wife live on Lexington Avenue just outside of Davis Square in Somerville. “What I love most about Somerville is its transformation into a vibrant, growing, fun […]


Something Ventured: Union Press

In an otherwise ordinary building on Somerville Avenue, a spiral staircase brings you to a small room filled with letters. There are cases of them—wide, flat drawers of them stacked in what could almost be dressers. Others are assembled and at the ready, negative spaces carefully tucked around them. Eli Epstein was told it was […]