First Three Restaurants in Assembly Row

Legal Sea Foods, Burger Dive and Papagayo Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar will open restaurants in Assembly Row, developers Federal Realty Investment Trust announced today. The trio mark the first restaurant announcements for Assembly Row. Legal’s restaurant will be one of its Legal C Bars, which are considered trendy and urban spinoffs of the popular […]


Leveling Out

  Go find an empty toilet paper roll. Place that over one eye, and cover the other with your hand. This is something like having retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease Eileen Feldman negotiates with every step she takes. “It’ll feel disgusting to you,” Feldman says as she sips a chai at Bloc 11. “I […]


Capital Projects Department Changes

City Hall announced yesterday that Edward Nuzzo, Somerville’s superintendent of inspectional services, would transfer to his former position as capital projects manager. Nuzzo had previously held the position from 1998 until 2010 before becoming the head of ISD. The capital projects department was re-instated in the city budget in fiscal year 2013 after being eliminated […]


Assembling the Pieces

  On April 30, with media abound and the site abuzz, officials from the state, the MBTA and Assembly Row developers Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) joined City officials for a groundbreaking ceremony at Assembly Row. Construction was already underway at the time, but the formal ceremony provided an opportunity to celebrate that the project, […]


How Many Dunkin Donuts Are in Somerville?

  I was biking around last weekend and, as if awakening from an orange and brown hypnosis, I suddenly realized: There are a hell of a lot of Dunkin Donuts stores in this city. Now, a heavy prevalence of Canton-based Dunkin in a Boston-abutting city is hardly that surprising. But just because Boston boasts, according to the […]


Failing Inspection

Sitting in his office at the Department of Public Works building in June 2011, Inspectional Services Superintendent Eddie Nuzzo spoke of the sweeping changes that had been enacted as a result of a recently published independent review. The review had a long list of issues with many ISD employee behaviors. Some were “short fused” to […]


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 […]