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By adamg - 3/30/20 - 11:39 am

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and the city Board of Health today ordered a moratorium on both residential and commercial evictions during the Covid-19 state of emergency - and barred real-estate brokers from showing apartments that are still occupied. Read more.

By adamg - 3/24/20 - 9:31 am

Tufts Daily reports on planning by the university to provide dorm rooms to hospital patients who don't need ICU-level care - and for medical professionals on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis who don't want to expose their family members to the risk of infection.

By adamg - 3/20/20 - 10:48 am

The Dig talks to the creators of Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville about setting up an online-based network of people who can help their neighbors.

Some other mutual-aid groups.

By adamg - 3/19/20 - 9:38 am

State Rep. Mike Connolly (Cambridge and Somerville) yesterday asked his colleagues to step up the state's game against Covid-19 and get the state to order residents to stay inside except when absolutely necessary: Read more.

By Ron Newman - 3/18/20 - 3:18 am

Artists' organizations in Newton, Lexington, and Somerville have all cancelled their Open Studios events that were scheduled for April and May weekends this year. Lexington's statement explains: Read more.

By adamg - 3/16/20 - 8:28 pm

Via Somerville City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen comes news that the Cambridge Health Alliance will start daily drive-up testing at Somerville Hospital on Wednesday, but only for alliance patients who have an appointment - and symptoms.

"Needless to say, we need more test kits ASAP," he adds.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 8:16 pm

The Somerville and Capitol Theatres announced tonight they're closing until at least April 3 due to Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By Ron Newman - 3/13/20 - 2:52 pm

The Independent Film Festival Boston, scheduled to unspool April 22-29 at the Somerville, Brattle, and Coolidge Corner theatres, will be postponed to unspecified future dates. The theatres themselves remain open for now, and IFFB urges moviegoers to patronize them.

ArtsEmerson, operator of the Cutler Majestic and Paramount theatres, is suspending all of its programming through at least the end of March, including the current show Plata Quemada and the upcoming Parable of the Sower.

By adamg - 3/11/20 - 8:16 pm

Somerville announced tonight its shutting all of its public schools and library branches and the Somerville Boxing Club for a week after three residents linked to that Biogen meeting tested positive for Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 3/10/20 - 8:16 pm

Tufts University President Tony Monaco announced tonight that students will get an extended spring break starting this weekend- and that classes will be taught online only starting March 25. Read more.

By adamg - 3/7/20 - 3:38 pm
Lack of spam at Somerville Market Basket

Liddle Lamzy Dive Bar reports that the Market Basket in Somerville had plenty of toilet paper, pasta, rice, bottled water, eggs, milk and bread today, but was running low on the all important, gluten-free Spam.

By adamg - 3/6/20 - 11:06 am

Some news on the Robot Overlords front from local researchers: Dexai Robotics of Somerville has raised $5.5 million for its robotic sous-chef replacement, called Alfred. Read more.

By adamg - 3/5/20 - 2:36 pm

Around 2 p.m., Somerville began alerting Union Square residents that police are looking for a suspect in an armed robbery at the Target on Somerville Avenue who fled towards Merriam Street - described as a black man, wearing a black jacket over a gray hoodie, black jeans and a beanie hat, who might also have a gun. Read more.

By adamg - 3/5/20 - 11:38 am

A Somerville start-up founded by two MIT researchers who say their software could revolutionize complex computing charge that their first employee stole their proprietary algorithms when he left for a job at Facebook. Read more.

By adamg - 2/23/20 - 3:09 pm

Recent weeks have seen the phrase "high crimes and misdemeanors" re-enter the public discourse. Turns out there are also "low crimes," one of which used to carry a particularly gruesome penalty in New England - and which is still listed as a capital offense in Massachusetts lawbooks even though it was used primarily as a way to punish slaves, such as a slave known only as Mark, whose tarred remains were kept on public display by the side of the road in Charlestown for more than 20 years. Read more.

By adamg - 1/27/20 - 10:18 am
Cats lady

The movie adaptation of "Cats" was pretty widely panned as an awful waste of time and money. But so awful you want to see it? The Somerville Theatre has started showing the movie late on Friday and Saturday nights, which is the sort of thing that turned "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" from a low-budget film hardly anybody saw on its first release into a cult phenomenon.

But the theater cautions: Read more.

By adamg - 1/16/20 - 2:45 pm

Two founders of craft brewer Aeronaut Brewing Co. in Somerville have sued the third for trademark infringement after, they say, he stole the company's recipes, fonts, and even UPC codes to start up a competing brewery under their noses. Read more.

By adamg - 1/6/20 - 10:24 pm

A federal judge today dismissed a libel lawsuit by a former law student living in Somerville over an article on a legal Web site about him, in part by citing a Massachusetts legal principle that journalists have the right to report on court actions, such as the ones that got him into some trouble in Florida. Read more.

By adamg - 12/5/19 - 9:19 am
Frustrated bus riders give up and walk onto McGrath Highway to get to Lechmere

Why, yes, those are people walking on the ramp up to McGrath Highway this morning. Daniel Drumsticks reports:

People walking up to McGrath Highway to Lechmere because the first MBTA bus to come by the Medford St./McGrath stop in 20 minutes, the 88, just went past without stopping and the next bus isn't for 15 minutes.

By adamg - 12/2/19 - 9:00 am
Tree down in Seven Hills Park in Somerville

Roving UHub photographer Jim Kang is beginning to wonder if the trees in Seven Hills Park in Davis Square are particularly fragile.

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