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 […]


The Somerville Switchboard

I almost always do interviews for print articles in person. But this time, I decided to make an exception. “City of Somerville, how may I help you?” Norma Douglas has been a phone operator for the city for 32 years. She’s one of two people who answer the approximately 100,000 calls that come into the […]


Artificial Intelligence Meets Agriculture at Root AI

Let us introduce you to Virgo. Think of it as a farmer’s assistant—one that can tell when tomatoes are ripe and nimbly pluck them. Created by Somerville-founded start-up Root AI, the robot uses artificial intelligence to navigate the complex tasks of indoor, greenhouse, and outdoor farming. And picking tomatoes is just the beginning, according to […]


What’s New: City Beat

City Council Approves FY20 Budget  The City Council signed off on the FY20 budget at the end of June. The greatest chunk of funding—30 percent in the proposed FY20 budget summary, which equals over $76 million—was allotted to the school department, while 18 percent went toward public safety. The budget also devoted $771,670 to improving […]


Somerville Theatre Brings Classic Films, Cult Favorites Back to the Big Screen

Every summer, the Somerville Theatre swaps out some of its blockbuster programming and returns to its repertory roots, giving quirky, iconic, and cult-followed films the full movie theater setting. “What differentiates us from our competitors, the chains that are kind of more generic, is this type of programming, I think,” says Ian Judge, the director […]