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A Banner Month

Last August, Mayor Curtatone hung a “Black Lives Matter” banner outside city hall at the request of a local BLM chapter, where it quietly flew for the better part of a year. That changed this summer, when a letter from the Somerville Police Employee’s Association called for the banner’s removal—and thrust Somerville into the national […]


City Archives Facebook Page Connects ‘Villens Old and New to the Past

On an evening a few years ago, Frank McSorley was babysitting his grandchildren and scrolling through Facebook when he stumbled across something unexpected: a photo of himself as a young man of about 11 or 12, holding an apple in his teeth. “OMG that is me! I remember this picture! I think I just won […]


Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program Accepting 2015 Applications

I know, I know: How can we talk about summer when there’s still snow on the ground? But this isn’t an April Fools’ joke. There may be a little bit more snow in the forecast for next week, but it is officially April, meaning that it’s time for many area youths to start thinking about their summer jobs. City Hall […]


Ward 5 Shocker: O’Donovan Stepping Down

BY ADAM VACCARO Ward 5 alderman Sean O’Donovan will step down from the Board of Aldermen this evening, nominating Courtney O’Keefe to take his place for the remainder of his term. Members of the board were told about the decision last night, according to a number of sources familiar with the board. The information was […]


Hold on Reappointment of Once-Curtatone Critic

  On Oct. 24, the Board of Aldermen’s Confirmation of Appointment’s Committee met to approve Mayor Joe Curtatone’s  appointments and reappointments to city commissions. Of the 48 commissioners that came to the committee, 47 were approved. Those 47 were then all confirmed by the Board of Aldermen the next night. Barry Rafkind, a five-year member […]


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 […]


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” […]


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 […]