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: Summertime

As the great poets of the band Sublime once said, “Summertime and the livin’s easy.” If you think otherwise, just ask all the people “in the dance”; they will gladly acknowledge that Sublime is “qualified to represent the [Long Beach Community] LBC.” Hopefully, after a semester of reading this column, you will admit that your […]

Somerville with Townie Tim: Apartment Hunting

It’s that time of the year again to look around your living room and decide if you want to give it another year with these clowns. I know the schedule for hunting for apartments can undulate depending on where you live, and I have heard of students searching as much as a year in advance. […]

Somerville with Townie Tim: Running Around

Marathon Monday has now come and gone, and because you’re an avid reader of this column, you learned about the Tufts Marathon Team (TMT) and coach Don last week. I’m happy to report that the TMT did great as always, with many smiles, hugs and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches being passed out at mile […]

Somerville with Townie Tim: Marathon Monday

Spring is finally happening. The weather is getting warmer, restaurants are starting to put tables outside and that one guy with the Bon Jovi covers has resumed his residency in Davis Square. You’ve probably also noticed that this is that time of year when people decide to start running. Maybe these are folks that have […]

Somerville with Townie Tim: Grad School

I do not have to ask if you are thinking about graduate school. If you are reading this paper and live in Somerville, you are thinking about grad school. It is a straight-up fact that this town makes you want to pursue a master’s degree, and the longer you live here, the worse it gets. […]

Somerville with Townie Tim: Broadway Bridge

Welcome back! I hope your adventures over spring break have returned you to Tufts rested and ready to finish the semester. While you were out, Somerville was hard at work brewing a traffic nightmare in the form of the Broadway Bridge closure. I know most students do not drive, or even venture too far past […]

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. […]