Boston Breakers Move to Dilboy Stadium

  Boston Breakers captain Leslie Osborne remembers the first time she met her soccer role models, two-time World Cup winners Kristine Lilly (now a Breakers assistant coach) and Julie Foudy. They came to her hometown of Milwaukee while she was in high school, and she got the opportunity to chat with them. A few years […]


The Survivor

Robert Publicover nestles into a chair by the door at Three Little Figs (278  Highland Ave.) with a small coffee and the New York Times. The 62-year-old, born in Somerville and raised in Davis Square, perches reading glasses on the end of his nose and studies the paper. His daily ritual has begun. Publicover has […]


Two Squares. One Ward.

  Located down the street northbound from the proposed Lowell Street Green Line station, Magoun Square has struggled to keep tenants in its buildings over the past decade. During daytime hours, foot traffic is usually limited to the occasional dog and its walker. Business owners wonder what it will take to bring commerce to their […]


Carrying the Flag

  Walking past the shuttered Veterans of Foreign Wars Dilboy Post (371 Summer St.) one evening, neighbors of  Summer Street resident Tom Bok spotted his name on a sign hanging from the parking lot fence. It called for Bok to spend time in the brig, and listed his home address. Bok has become the reluctant de […]


Still waiting…

  On Nov. 2, 2006, the 4-month-old Somerville Life Sciences Collaborative (SLSC) hosted a morning gala titled “Meet the Stem Cell Experts.” SLSC, consisting of members of Mayor Joe Curtatone’s administration, representatives of Tufts University, and Bedford Stem Cell Research (17 Herbert St.) director Ann Kiessling, saw the event as an opportunity to tout the […]


The Path to Progress?

  Waste Management (WM), a $14-billion company with an excellent reputation for social responsibility, operates a trash transfer station at 10 Poplar St in the Inner Belt-Brickbottom area. Widely recognized for its employee treatment, specifically its openness to the veteran, LGBT and minority workforces, WM has also made the city more than $7 million in […]


In the Ring and Off the Streets

  The Somerville Youth Development and Boxing Club (SYDBC) will take some major steps forward later this month, and not just in the ring. Sure, the club’s top young fighters are heading to the Golden Gloves competition in Lowell, their title aspirations evident in their six-day-a-week training. Then there’s club member Rashida Ellis, who will […]


Just Plain Folk

For the month of October, Dan Blakeslee goes by Doctor Gasp. He spends 25 days on the road, playing gig after gig between New England and New York, dressed in a makeshift Halloween costume built from a shoestring budget at thrift stores, performing an original and beloved set of ghost and goblin tunes. Having been […]