Pandemic response opens new chapter in town-gown relations

After years of tension over housing and taxes, Tufts’ efforts to help its host communities respond to the coronavirus pandemic may have turned a new leaf in relations, raising hopes that warm feelings and the close partnership could endure even after the crisis is over. At a community meeting 10 weeks ago, a Somerville resident […]

Green Line Extension construction continues amid pandemic

The Green Line Extension (GLX) project of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will continue its construction amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This project’s contract was awarded in November 2017 and is scheduled to be completed by December 2021. While the cities of Somerville and Medford issued construction stoppages to adhere to social distancing guidelines, […]

Medford Mom: The best of both of us

When my father was 17 years old, his heart stopped for a full five minutes. He was in a horrible drowning accident at the Breakheart Reservation when he was a junior at Medford High School. He was resuscitated, and he might not often admit it, but his survival was nothing short of a miracle.  When […]

‘We’re trying to catch up’: Governments enforce strict regulations on communities as COVID-19 worsens

City and county officials throughout the U.S. lead the response to COVID-19, enacting stricter measures as the total number of cases increases As COVID-19 continues to spread across the country, local governments have taken drastic measures in an attempt to contain the virus. Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone says municipalities and states have two tools at […]

Monaco vows to house patients, respond to local needs as coronavirus outbreak worsens

University President Anthony Monaco announced his plan to relieve increasing strain on local hospitals by opening up Tufts’ residence halls to quarantine patients with low-level cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, in an op-ed published in The Boston Globe on Wednesday, March 18. In the op-ed and in a subsequent interview with the […]

Live updates: Tufts community responds to coronavirus

The Daily is following the developments associated with the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and its effect on the Tufts community. As the community adapts to these ongoing developments, the Daily will continue to update this article with more information as it is available. The Daily published Letters from the Editors on March 11 […]

Tufts student being tested for COVID-19, 3 positives in Somerville, Medford

The university tested a student for COVID-19 on the advice of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), Executive Vice President Mike Howard announced in a community-wide email yesterday afternoon. The test results were unknown at press time, but Howard reaffirmed that the university will make an announcement if a community member tests positive. The […]

Somerville, Tufts deadlocked over tax payment

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone said that negotiations with Tufts over a new payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement have reached an impasse despite some points of progress in the year-long talks. At a community meeting held last Thursday evening in the Tufts Administration Building, the mayor and the other members of the city’s PILOT […]

Local governments, hospitals accelerate preparations for coronavirus

Local health departments and hospitals around Tufts have shifted into high gear to prepare for the growing spread of COVID-19 in the United States., as the number of coronavirus cases in Massachusetts has grown in past weeks.  The Somerville and Medford Boards of Public Health have been planning for the novel coronavirus and how it […]

Medford, Somerville awarded grants to address climate change

Medford and Somerville were awarded nearly half a million dollars in Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grants on Feb. 5, as part of an approximately $1.2 million grant package awarded to the Resilient Mystic Collaborative, a group of 18 municipalities of which Medford and Somerville are members. Projects that are awarded this funding are focused […]