Somerville

By - 5/17/18 - 11:14 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today dismissed a lawsuit against Esh Circus Arts and the Somerville zoning board, saying the person who brought it does not live close enough to be legally aggrieved by the circus center's request to use some vacant office space in its building. Read more.

By - 5/9/18 - 9:53 am

Cambridge Police report arresting a homeless man on charges he set numerous trash barrels and recycling bins on fire over a two-hour period in Cambridge and Somerville yesterday morning. Read more.

By - 5/7/18 - 11:09 pm
Looking at clamped leaky pipe in Somerville

Coast Guard officers look at newly clamped pipe. Photo by USCG.

The Coast Guard reports an Eversource electrical conduit under I-93 near the Somerville/Charlestown line was the source of oil showing up in the Mystic River. Read more.

By - 5/3/18 - 12:34 pm
Proposed el system for downtown Boston

Proposed el system for downtown Boston. See it larger.

In 1892, a state commission developed a series of plans to deal with the complete gridlock that downtown Boston had become. It proposed banning vehicles not making deliveries from downtown streets during business hours, reducing the number of grade crossings for the numerous railroad serving Boston, constructing a trolley tunnel under Tremont Street and the Common, and creating a 13.4-mile elevated rapid-transit system serving downtown and nearby neighborhoods and suburbs. Read more.

By - 5/2/18 - 4:52 pm

The Somerville Times reports a two-alarm fire broke out this afternoon at Alderman J.T. Scott's home at 269 Washington St.

By - 4/22/18 - 1:50 pm
Old catch-basin cover in Somerville, from 1874

Somerville used to date-stamp its manhole covers, so that's how Chris Devers could tell how old this catch basin cover on Washington Street near McGrath Highway is.

Iron Covers, a Somerville resident who takes photos of such things, adds: Read more.

By - 4/19/18 - 12:33 pm

Gracie's in Union Square spoke for many this morning: Read more.

By - 4/14/18 - 6:10 pm
Oil and water sampling by a Coast Guard technician in the Mystic River

Petty Officer 2nd Class Bradley Martin collects sheen samples. Photo by the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard, the state Department of Environmental Protection and a private oil-spill company are cleaning up an oil spill on the Mystic River near the Alford Street bridge even as they try to figure out which underwater cable it's leaking from.

The Coast Guard was scheduled to send divers into the water today to try to find the source of the dielectric oil, used as an insulator in electrical conduits.

By - 3/20/18 - 12:20 pm

Jay K. reports:

Happy first day of spring!! The Wine trees are starting to bloom in Somerville.

By - 3/7/18 - 2:39 pm

Hubway, the Boston-area bike-share program today announced a deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield that will dramatically increase the number of Hubway bikes and rental stations. Read more.

By - 2/28/18 - 9:02 am
Somerville High School students in protest

Tim Devin watched Somerville High School students get into the positions they've been taught to assume during a school lockdown in a walkout this morning to call for restrictions of guns used for mass murders.

By - 2/26/18 - 11:26 am

WBUR reports on a Someville meeting of alumni of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.

By - 2/24/18 - 10:51 am

State Police report they are investigating a crash on Rte. 16 in Somerville last night that ended with a woman being dragged down Rte. 16 for a quarter mile. Read more.

By - 2/9/18 - 6:32 pm

A train that died near Davis on the Red Line at the height of rush hour caused exactly the sort of delays and crushed riders on platforms that you'd expect.

By - 1/23/18 - 9:57 pm
Snowy owl in Somerville

Meaghan Sinclair spotted this snowy owl in her Somerville neighborhood today.

This has proven to be an "irruption" season for the owls - in which the population of lemmings on which they normally feed exploded, leading to more owl hatchlings - and lots of owls flying south in search of food. Good Morning Gloucester has been following the exploits of a pair of snowy owls there.

By - 1/22/18 - 5:53 pm
People with plastic-wrapped heads

Snoe was waiting for the bus in Union Square in Somerville when she noticed the people connecting their heads via the magic of plastic wrap. "Public art?" she wonders.

By - 1/18/18 - 12:05 pm

The MBTA reports "severe" delays on the Red Line after a train failed its physical at Davis Square.