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Somerville Declares Racism A Public Safety and Health Emergency

When we talk about loving our community, this is what we’re talking about. On Wednesday, the City of Somerville declared racism a public safety and health emergency. It is an important step towards move forward into safer and more equitable community. “No one should fear for their lives because of the color of their skin,” […]


Somerville Cares Fund lends support to those in need

Mayor Joseph Curtatone, in partnership with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), launched the Somerville Cares Fund to provide financial resources to those heavily impacted by the pandemic on April 15.  Officials were inspired by the work of the organization United Way and Merrimack Valley’s actions to support […]


The City Offers Business Coaching Service During COVID-19

As of April 24, Somerville’s Economic Development Department (EDD) received 40 applications to their business coaching service, a new program created to help local businesses affected by COVID-19. Since launching on April 6, the program has already matched 17 businesses with coaches. “Somerville’s small businesses are a critical part of the life blood of our […]


Somerville Delivers Gets Restaurants On The Same Page

According to Jessica Eshleman’s notes, the idea first went out from the Somerville Chamber of Commerce’s Dining & Nightlife Group last Tuesday: A joint effort to create a web page linking to all of the city’s restaurants that were offering delivery and take-out during the COVID-19 pandemic. To say the idea got traction would be […]


House of Hamill at the Burren Backroom Series

“Their songs are always on the edge of traditional and innovation . . .  their performances are electrifying”.    – Sarah MacArthur, Highlander Radio House of Hamill, a national touring act described as “Radiohead meets Riverdance”, will make a return visit to the Burren Backroom Series on Friday, February 21st. Showtime is 7:00. House of Hamill […]


8th Annual Winter Market and Open House

Come shop for unique hand-made holiday gifts at our maker space wonderland! Our Winter Market features beautiful jewelry, woodworking, fiber arts, laser-cut, and 3D printed items, plus art for all tastes and budgets! All made right here in our shops and studios. Come say hi! We have that special gift you are looking for, and […]


October SomerStreets: Monster Mashed-Up

Join the City of Somerville and the Somerville Arts Council for “Monster Mashed-Up”, the October (and final) installment of the City’s SomerStreets festival. See you there on Sunday, October 20th (rain date Oct 27), from 2pm to 6 p.m. on Somerville Ave. from Union Square (Hawkins St.) to Park St! This event is FREE & […]


Historic Bike Ride: Tracking The T – Restoring Public Transit in Somerville

Join the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission and the Somerville Bike Committee for a 12-mile bike ride exploring the past, present, and future of public transit in Somerville! We will start at Somerville City Hall (93 Highland Ave.) and will hear from speakers at several stops, before ending with refreshments in Union Square. The ride is […]


September SomerStreets: Strike Up the Bands!

Join us on Sunday, September 15th from 2:00-6:00pm on Highland St. between Central St to Lowell St. for two stages of music, a beer garden, interactive activities, a vintage and artisan market, a bouncy house, and much more! Free and open to all! Music Lineup: ONCE Somerville stage: 2:30 pm – Charmed & Strange 3:45 pm – The American […]


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 […]


DEDHAM: DOMINICAN FOOD AND LIFE CHANGES

Pop-up dinner event at Neal and Kate’s home in Dedham. It’s summer, enjoy on the patio amazing Latino cuisine with Dominican flavors cooked by Maga, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. Kate, an international security expert, nurse, mother and co-founder of D2 Northeast will curate a conversation about navigating life with hope in the midst […]


RESCHEDULED! East Somerville’s Tucked Away Architectural Treasures: Walking Tour

RESCHEDULED TO RAIN DATE! Ed Gordon, President of the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society in America, will lead a lively walking tour of historic buildings and landscapes already undergoing changes in East Somerville. We will start at Mudflat Pottery School at 11:30 AM and will meander through the neighborhood to make it to […]