What’s New: The Report Card & Fresh Cuts

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The Report Card

UMass Professor Named New Poet Laureate

The UMass-Boston English professor Lloyd Schwartz was named Somerville’s poet laureate earlier this year, the Boston Globe reports, and he plans to use his new platform to connect the community’s poets with those who are unfamiliar with the craft. “Having spent my whole adult life bringing poetry to my students, I value the chance to encourage my neighbors to love poetry as much as I do,” Schwartz told the Globe. In addition to teaching, Schwartz has published several volumes of poetry, and he says the Somerville community has often impacted his work.

Tufts Offers Degree Program for Incarcerated Men

Prison inmates who pursue education while incarcerated are 43 percent less likely to return to prison than those who don’t, according to a study by the RAND Corporation. That’s why Tufts, in collaboration with Bunker Hill Community College, began a program earlier this year that provides incarcerated men at MCI-Concord the opportunity to pursue a college degree, according to TuftsNow. Students will earn a liberal arts associate’s degree from Bunker Hill if they pass the program’s 23 courses—many of which are taught by Tufts professors—by May 2022. “When you are in prison and can be successful in educational endeavors and experience the joy of learning—it’s transformative,” Hilary Binda, the founder of the program, told TuftsNow.

Fresh Cuts

East Somerville
Fadil African Hair Braiding

After a 10-year run in Cambridge, Fadil African Hair Braiding was forced to close because of a fire in their building in July 2018. Now, the salon has been reborn on Broadway in East Somerville, according to a press release. “I love this job, I love braiding hair,” Anita Eklou, co-owner, told the Somerville Journal. “I’ve been doing it since I came to America 23 years ago.”

East Somerville

Need to clean up your winter scruff? Hair-gineer, a barbershop specializing in men’s hair and beards, is now open on Lincoln Avenue, according to a press release. Preliminary customer reviews on Yelp have noted the shop’s “cool vibe” and “chill” atmosphere, and the barbers’ attention to detail. 

East Somerville
Bonita Hair Salon and Blow Dry Bar

For those looking to shake up their beauty routines, Bonita Hair Salon and Blow Dry Bar is now open with an extensive menu of treat-yourself services, according to a press release. “My plan is to provide service for all hair textures,” Owner Nailah Montalvo said in the release. “We also offer private events on site, such as bachelorette parties, and mobile salon services, such as wedding updos.” The salon also offers coloring treatments, eyelash extensions, and makeup treatments. 

This article originally appeared in the What’s New section of the Environmental Issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 200 locations throughout the city or by subscription.

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