Nate Rubright is a columnist with the Features section of the Daily and is a member of the Somerville community. He can be reached at

Somerville with Townie Tim: Civic engagement

Like any good Somerville citizen, I see civic engagement as a necessary part of my residency. Before the word ‘politics’ was something to avoid in most conversations, it was a word people used to generalize their relationships and involvement with the community. Somerville has a culture of getting fired up, demanding change and voting to […]

Somerville with Townie Tim: Powderhouse Square

Powderhouse Square was probably one of the first landmarks you saw when arriving at Tufts. Sitting at the southernmost point of campus, the convergence of six streets makes for an intimidating spot. The story around Powderhouse Square is pretty interesting, but you can find that information anywhere. What you cannot find is a helpful and […]

Somerville with Townie Tim: Breakfast

Weekend breakfast is a staple of social culture in Somerville. I, more than most, know that getting up after a late weekend night can be difficult. But if you are sleeping in and getting some sort of sandwich in Carm at 1 p.m. on a Saturday, you are missing out on an entire world of goodness. […]

Somerville with Townie Tim: Not crossing the river

As your resident gentrifying townie, Tim, there’s something I consider one of the most important aspects of being a “SomerVillain”: the refusal to leave “the Ville” for any social reason. I like to call this my “Never Cross the River” rule.  Here in Somerville, there is a pride surrounding the social sustainability of our community. […]