What’s New: City Beat

Tufts Develops Gas-Sensing Thread Tufts University engineers have officially nailed the balance between fashion and function. Researchers developed thread that changes color when it is exposed to certain gases, according to a press release, essentially allowing workers in medical, workplace, military, and rescue environments to use their clothing to detect volatile gases. While these threads […]


What’s New: Changing Tastes

Union SquareVinal A Bagelsaurus alum is taking to Union Square to shine a spotlight on another beloved breakfast carb: the English muffin. Sarah Murphy’s Vinal Bakery, formerly a pop-up-only concept, has taken root in the former Pizza Palace space. The cafe features a menu of innovative English muffin sandwiches (built upon Murphy’s signature original, wheat, […]


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 […]


East Somerville Gears Up for 10th Carnaval

East Somerville’s 10th annual Carnaval is coming up on June 2, marking the start of SomerStreets season and offering music, performances, food, and a craft fair. The entertainment and food at the festival will celebrate the diversity of East Somerville. Brazilian drummer Marcus Santos’s Grooversity will lead the opening parade, and three stages will feature […]


What’s New: Policy Watch

Legal Defense Fund in Place for Immigrants Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, together with Cambridge Mayor Marc McGovern and the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF), established the United Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants earlier this spring, according to a press release. The goal of the fund, the CCF’s website says, is to raise $500,000 for grants to […]



Events Calendar: May & June

May 18  |  Food & DrinksRemnant Brewing One-Year Anniversary Beer Fest5 to 9 p.m., $402 Bow Market Way, Somerville Somerville’s breweries like to support each other, and they’re coming together to celebrate Remnant Brewing’s first birthday. Sample brews from Remnant, Aeronaut, Winter Hill Brewing, Cambridge Brewing Co., and a handful of others from Massachusetts, Vermont, and […]


Radio Drama Sees a Revival in Davis Square

Many historians will say that the “Golden Age” of radio drama ended almost 80 years ago. But for the Post-Meridian Radio Players (PMRP), it’s alive and well in Davis Square.  At a live show, the sound effects are made on stage—we see the water poured slowly into a teacup, the envelope hastily ripped open, the […]



Diesel Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Love Stories Project

In May 1999, Diesel Cafe opened its doors at 8 a.m. to a line of people. The founders were overwhelmed by the crowds that streamed through the shop—co-owner Tucker Lewis kept having to send her parents out to restock ingredients. By 3 p.m., they ran out of coffee. They thought they’d make it a year, […]


True Bistro Makes Gratuity for Kitchen Staff Permanent

True Bistro has decided to make a four percent gratuity for kitchen staff permanent after a monthlong trial in April. The Kitchen Appreciation Program (KAP) is meant to help close the gap in wage potential between front-of-house staff and those who work in the kitchen. During April the KAP was in beta mode, which meant […]


Laugh Your Stress Off

The Somerville Laughter Club Teaches 12 Types of Laughter Walter Ness starts our conversation with a joke. “What do you call two pyromaniacs sharing an apartment?”  The punchline: “Matching roommates.” It’s a fitting beginning to an interview with a man who specializes in laughter. Ness, founder of the Somerville Laughter Club, has studied the mechanics […]