Somerville

By - 8/18/16 - 11:06 am

MIT Technology Review reports Keolis workers will soon test Android-based "smart glasses" that will let them do real-time lookups of important data or consult with colleagues remotely.

The glasses will be tested in several locations, including the large repair facility in Somerville and a smaller yard in Readville. If successful, even train drivers could one day be given pairs - to let them make emergency repairs while still on the tracks.

By - 8/14/16 - 12:34 pm
Playing with fire at Ignite in Union Square, Somerville

Myron Freeman took in the annual Ignite festival in Union Square last night.

Copyright Myron Freeman. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 8/9/16 - 8:51 pm

Peter Muise recounts a woman's tale of how she thought her Victorian house outside Davis Square was haunted, only not by a ghost, but by a troll - in 1983:

The roommate slept in the third floor bedroom and experienced many strange occurrences. She set up her bed about six inches away from the back wall, but every morning when she awoke she found that it had been moved flush against the wall. Her clothes and shoes would appear in strange places around the house, and lights would turn themselves on and off.

By - 8/8/16 - 7:02 pm

WCVB reports a State Police cruiser stolen from a state lot on D Street South Boston this morning showed up, abandoned, around 12:45 p.m. at Twin City Plaza in Somerville.

On the Arlington List, a Facebook group for residents of that town, one resident reported an odd occurrence around noon: Read more.

By - 8/1/16 - 9:47 am
Line to get CharlieCards renewed

Mark Novak shows us the line this morning to add another month to CharlieCards.

By - 7/30/16 - 10:12 am

An insurance company is suing LG Electronics for a June 4, 2015 at the Winter Hill Yacht Club in Somerville that turned one boat into a total loss and damaged another. Read more.

By - 7/25/16 - 2:26 pm

It’s a brunch + concert + makers market! Looking for something hip and local to do in the Boston area on a hot summer Sunday? There’s no better place to shop local, eat local, and support local music than at Somerville Local First’s Music & Makers Event on August 7th. Read more.

By - 7/25/16 - 11:28 am
Sign on I-93 changed to reflect actual distance to Mass Ave and Zakim Bridge

Last Thursday, David Innis tweeted to MassDOT that something was amiss on this sign on I-93 south at the Somerville/Medford line - and not just that no times were showing up - because the Zakim and Mass. Ave. are nowhere near each other. By this morning, as you can see from the lower photo, the state had fixed the distance. Now if they can only get the time thing working (MassDOT says they're working on that).

By - 7/25/16 - 10:12 am
Not art in Chinese

Chris Devers spotted this graffiti on a building in East Somerville and wondered what it meant.

Our own Kaz reports it says "Not Art." Really.

By - 7/23/16 - 8:45 am
Car in flames in Somerville

Laurie Beth Brunner was in the Twin City Plaza McDonald's yesterday when a car parked right outside went up in flames. She captured the transition from ride home to burned out hulk, which took just a few minutes. She reports Somerville firefighters arrived quickly and that the driver got out of the car safely.

By - 7/19/16 - 11:28 am

Eater Boston reports plans for a place that would sell both donuts and bagels in Davis Square have fallen through. No word if a Swiss-cheese emporium will take its place.

By - 7/18/16 - 10:37 am

The T is warning of the dreaded "severe" delays on the Orange Line inbound from Oak Grove due to a train that needs to be taken out back and shot at Assembly Square. It's so bad, the T is telling people to take the Green Line between North Station and Back Bay, assuming they can get to North Station to begin with, that is.

By - 7/11/16 - 3:45 pm

Boston Restaurant Talk reports that La Hacienda on Medford Street has closed for good.

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.