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All She Wrote BooksChristina Ciampa. Photo courtesy of All She Wrote Books.

All She Wrote Books Highlights Diverse Narratives

Look no further for a good feminist read—All She Wrote Books has it covered. Searching for better representation in literature, local Christina Ciampa launched the pop-up bookstore to celebrate the voices of female, queer, and trans authors. “We are in 2019. There’s no reason why we can’t make more shelf space for more writers that tell unique and different stories,” Ciampa tells Scout. All She Wrote has popped up at Bow Market, Winter Hill Brewing Company, and the Boston Women’s Market.

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Next Steps for the Vacant Star Market

What once was a Star Market is now a longstanding void in Winter Hill. City staff, alongside Ward 4 Councilor Jesse Clingan, held a “conversation about the future” of the empty lot in June to discuss three possible options for redevelopment—a “wait and see” approach, “urban renewal,” or a “demonstration project plan,” the Somerville Times reports. The city could either buy the land from Comar Real Estate Trust or forcibly take it through eminent domain. A proposed preliminary design is a renovated building that includes retail and commercial space on the ground floor and four upper-level floors of housing.  

Somerville Hospital Votes to Close Emergency Department

The Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) Board of Trustees voted to close Somerville Hospital’s emergency department and is proposing the space be converted into a 12-hour urgent care clinic by the spring of 2020, according to the Somerville Journal. Though overall admission at CHA emergency departments in the state has risen three percent since 2012, Somerville Hospital emergency department admission has dropped over 60 percent. The Massachusetts Nursing Association (MNA), in collaboration with Somerville Hospital nurses, is in the process of scheduling a pubic hearing with the Department of Public Health to voice concerns about the decision to close the emergency department, which MNA Associate Director of Communications Joe Markman believes “would be a tremendous blow to local healthcare access.”

Recorded Future Acquired in $780 Million Deal

Local cybersecurity firm Recorded Future announced at the end of May that it was acquired by New York firm Insight Partners in a $780 million deal, the Somerville Patch reports. Founded 10 years ago, Recorded Future has 170 employees and is “the largest privately held threat intelligence software company in the world.” 

Bluebikes Riders Reach New Milestone

With warm weather finally invigorating the city, more locals are taking to Bluebikes than ever before. Riders of the publicly owned bikeshare system set a new record of 10,035 rides taken in a single day, according to a press release—that means more than 13,000 miles traveled. Even higher records are expected as 50 new stations and 1,000 new bikes are added to existing Bluebikes locations in Somerville, Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline, and as the system expands into Everett.

This story originally appeared in the Technology & Transportation issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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