As Green Line Extension moves forward, locals hope for expansion into Medford

The Green Line Extension (GLX), a long-awaited plan to provide light rail service to previously unserved areas of Medford and Somerville, is on track for completion by December 2021, according to the project’s website. Progress on the GLX follows the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)’s selection of a new contractor and an infusion of federal funding. The project will extend Massachusetts […]


Boston/College Avenue intersection to be redesigned for pedestrian safety

The intersection of Boston Avenue and College Avenue will be redesigned and rebuilt over the summer to make it safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. The intersection has long been seen as a problem point for the Tufts community, according to Director of Campus Planning Lois Stanley. Stanley said that in 2012, graduate students in Tufts’ urban and […]


In State of the City speech, Burke promises unity, dedication to Medford community

RETRACTION: An earlier version of this article consisted largely of quotations and paraphrases that were based on an October 2016 speech Mayor Stephanie Burke gave to the Medford Chamber of Commerce, not the Feb. 8 State of the City address. The article has been updated so that it reflects the content of the Feb. 8 speech. […]


Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund awards grants to organizations in host communities

The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF) has awarded $19,046 in grants to 36 nonprofit organizations in the Medford, Somerville, Grafton, Chinatown, Fenway and Mission Hill neighborhoods, according to a Jan. 13 news release. TNSF was created in 1995 by the managing committee of the Tufts Community Appeal, an annual charitable campaign with a goal of demonstrating faculty and […]


Tufts-Somerville relationship strained by issues of housing, social responsibility

Over the past several years, Somerville politicians have repeatedly criticized Tufts University on a number of issues, arguing that the school too often serves its own interests at the city’s expense. Tufts, according to several of Somerville’s aldermen, has expanded its reach into city neighborhoods, which has threatened housing affordability for local residents and clashed with […]


Office of Community Relations hires co-director, expands scope to include SMFA neighborhoods

When Tufts acquired the School of the Museum of Fine Arts on July 1, 2016, the staff at Tufts’ Office of Community Relations knew that they would need to build positive relationships with Boston’s Mission Hill and The Fenway neighborhoods, where the SMFA at Tufts is located. The Office of Community Relations, which works to develop and maintain relationships with each Tufts […]


Tufts employees give to local charities through Neighborhood Service Fund

Raising money from Tufts employees and choosing local charitable organizations to award grants of varying sums each year, the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF) provides supports for organizations where Tufts volunteers work at. This year, TNSF awarded $18,500 to 38 programs and projects in the four neighborhoods where Tufts has a major presence: Medford, Somerville, Grafton and Boston’s Chinatown. “About [20] […]


Neighborhood Service Fund awards $18,500 to community organizations

The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF) recently awarded $18,500 in grants to 35 community programs that are located in or serve the residents of Medford, Somerville, Grafton or Chinatown.  Grants ranged from $200 to $2,000 in value and are intended to implement and assist in a variety of community projects. The recipients include the Grafton Food […]


Twelfth annual Community Day draws big turnout

The 12th annual Community Day at Tufts, co-sponsored by the Office of Community Relations and the cities of Medford and Somerville, was held on the Academic Quad yesterday afternoon with student performances, food, activities and table displays by local and on-campus groups. “It’s really just a day to welcome residents from Medford and Somerville so … they […]


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