Somerville

By - 6/16/16 - 3:43 pm

Matthew Yglesias reports that of all the residential buildings in Somerville, a city of 80,000 people, only 22 comply with current zoning codes.

By - 6/11/16 - 12:03 pm
Black and white spotted bug in Somerville

LadyLazerJ spotted this leopard moth at Beacon and Calvin streets on the Somerville side of Inman Square the other night.

Copyright LadyLazerJ. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 5/31/16 - 7:48 pm

The MBTA says service on the Orange Line is back to normal after the "severe" delays caused by a train that acted like a cat that had already gone through nine lives at Assembly Square.

This morning:
It's no joke when a train begins to smoke.

By - 5/20/16 - 5:52 pm

WBUR reports a federal muckymuck says simpler, less expensive plans for the Green Line Extension seem OK with her.

Federal approval is vital since without it, we'll lose roughly $1 billion in money for the extension. Of course, the state is still playing the Dread Pirate Roberts role - "Good night, Green Line Extension, good work, sleep well, I'll most likely kill you in the morning."

By - 5/16/16 - 11:43 am

UPDATE/CORRECTION: The trees are only at risk; none of the bugs have actually been found in Somerville.

Somerville officials have marked 155 trees across the city for destruction because they're at risk for infestation bye the emerald ash borer, an insect originally from China that kills trees by, well, boring through them. Read more.

By - 5/15/16 - 8:05 am
Small tall ship powered by the sun

Tamas K-L took in the Tiny Tall Ships festival in Union Square in Somerville yesterday.

More tiny tall ships.

By - 5/9/16 - 1:12 pm
Ball Square proposed Green Line station

Ball Square proposal, then and now. See it larger.

MBTA and MassDOT staff today presented plans for a $2.3-billion Green Line Extension that would keep the originally planned seven stations but would eliminate amenities such as fully enclosed waiting rooms, escalators and, at several stations, elevators and stairs. Read more.

By - 5/5/16 - 11:19 pm

The Cambridge Civic Journal has the statement from Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Cambridge City Manager Richard Rossi for a pledge of $75 million - $50 million from Somerville and $25 million from Cambridge - toward the cost of building the Green Line Extension from Lechmere towards Medford: Read more.

By - 3/25/16 - 9:00 am

The Crimson reports a total of 16 confirmed mumps cases at Harvard, with some cases now also reported at Tufts and BU.

By - 3/19/16 - 12:04 pm
Empty bottles at Davis station on the Red Line

Andrew Ferreira came upon this scene at Davis Square, the morning after the last late-night subway trains ran.

By - 3/17/16 - 12:22 pm
Brian Hurley

Waltham Police report they are looking for Brian Hurley, 34, of Somerville, for the armed robbery of Kev's Kwik Mart, 909 Main St., on Monday; he used a butcher knife.

Police say Hurley, 5'10" and 160 lbs., could be on foot or maybe public transportation somewhere in Waltham, Belmont or Somerville. They add: Read more.

By - 3/13/16 - 7:09 pm
Johnn D's goodbye

Mark Novak was among the people who crowded in front of Johnny D's to say goodbye this evening.

Jean Nagy shows us some of the dance party in the street: Read more.

By - 2/27/16 - 8:48 am
Boston Hassle telethon image

Boston Hassle's telethon goes live at 10 a.m. on March 4 on the Somerville cable-access channel and runs through 10 a.m. the next day.

Backers hope to use funds raised from the 24 hours of "science experiments, poetry, sketch comedy, presentations, demonstrations, live music, music videos, children’s reading time, magicians, sad pet tricks, puppets [and] drag" to secure "an independent art space/venue somewhere in the city."

People without access to Somerville cable TV will be able to listen online.

By - 2/24/16 - 4:49 pm

Wynn said it's put is $1.7-billion Everett casino on hold until after state officials rule on environmental objections filed by the city of Somerville.

This includes canceling plans for hiring 4,000 construction workers and a formal April groundbreaking, Wynn says.

The company took no similar actions while fighting the city of Boston's federal lawsuit, which, granted grew increasingly unlikely to succeed the more a judge read Boston's legal pleadings.

By - 2/18/16 - 11:16 am
I don't always make memes, but when I do, they're about the Green Line Extension

Meme created by Kristin MacDougall.

Wicked Local Somerville reports the city of Somerville is planning on spending $25,000 to $35,000 to hire a PR company to push back against the nay-saying nellies at the state:

As state officials consider cutting the Green Line Extension, Somerville is hiring a PR firm to promote the project via placed interviews and op-eds, Reddit Ask Me Anything forums and "memes."

By - 2/17/16 - 11:09 pm

Michael J. Epstein, a Somerville musician and filmmaker who has given us, among other things, the Boston version of the opening of The Prisoner, is leaving for Los Angeles this fall along with his partner Sophia Cacciola. Epstein cites a number of reasons, including the weather, but writes the move is ultimately about the frustrations and limitations of the creative world in the Boston area:

Every year, more and more of our friends give up and move outside the city because they can no longer afford the rent. Boston, as a community and as an institution, fails to support startup and mid-level arts groups. ...

This deficit means that the city fails to attract the types of infrastructure that result in creative workers getting paid fair wages. For our needs, that means that there are very few record labels, booking agencies, feature-film production houses, film distribution companies, etc. We personally just can’t rely on crowdfunding and accumulating debt forever, and we can’t work under those financial restrictions to do better than we are now. We are just killing ourselves to pull off anything serious on tiny budgets. The true cost of this failure to value creative work is that people like us are significantly burdened by staying, and we are driven to leave. We’d prefer to stay, but it’s self-sabotaging to wait for sociopolitical miracles.

By - 2/17/16 - 12:31 pm
Gottesfeld

The US Attorney's office reports the arrest of Martin Gottesfeld, 31, on charges he worked with the group Anonymous to disrupt the Children's Hospital computer network over its handling of the Justina Pelletier case. Read more.