Headlines off the Hill

Davis Square bank robber pleads guilty The man who robbed the Middlesex Federal Savings Bank in May last year, Daniel Rosado, has pleaded guilty on all counts. Rosado, who is 32 according to Boston.com, faces 10 years to life in prison. The affidavit to his case, filed by John Oliviera of the Somerville Police Department, […]

New ordinance curtails use of plastic straws, stirrers in Somerville businesses

A city ordinance prohibiting the sale of plastic straws and stirrers at Somerville businesses went into effect on Feb. 9. The ordinance, passed by the Somerville City Council last May, aims to reduce waste and pollution caused by single-use plastics. Under the ordinance, businesses in the city can no longer distribute or sell single-use plastic […]

Community grant program applications open

Applications for this year’s Tufts Community Grants (TCG) cycle opened on Feb. 3 and close on March 13. The winners will be announced in early April, according to the Office of Government and Community Relations’ website. Tufts Community Grants (TCG) is completely funded by Tufts faculty and staff through the Tufts Community Appeal. Originally called […]

In deep-blue Somerville, it’s a race between Sanders, Warren

Some 20 people were crammed into Colin Peterson’s modest second-story apartment in the Spring Hill neighborhood of Somerville around 9:30 a.m. last Saturday morning. The crowd turned out on a bright but chilly weekend morning to carpool up to New Hampshire to canvas for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign three days before voters began […]

Somerville Winter Farmers Market cultivates community, change

Attending the Somerville Winter Farmers Market is like stepping onto the set of “The Good Place” (2016–20). Except it’s real. With live music by Joe “3’n1” Pete in the background, a rainbow of colorful produce carefully displayed by farmers and old-fashioned string lights gracing the armory walls, the charm and community atmosphere is undeniable. The […]

Lungo-Koehn sworn in as Medford mayor

Medford Mayor Breanna Lungo-Koehn was officially sworn into office last month, after ousting two-term incumbent former Mayor Stephanie Burke by a margin of 645 votes to become the City of Medford’s 32nd Mayor. Lungo-Koehn, the owner of a real estate brokerage and a local attorney specializing in family law, personal injury and estate planning, first […]

Somerville politicians support home rule petition to lower local voting age to 16

Somerville political leaders called for the passage of a local home rule petition which would allow Somerville to lower its voting age to 16 for municipal elections, in testimony at the Massachusetts State House on Jan. 22. The lobbying drive follows the Somerville City Council’s unanimous passage of the petition in May 2019 calling for […]

Somerville bridge closures extended due to GLX construction

The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) has extended closures of three Somerville bridges impacted by the construction of the Green Line Extension (GLX) including the Broadway Bridge in Ball Square, an area popular with Tufts students. The Broadway Bridge will now reopen in mid-July of this year, more than three months later than previously scheduled, […]

Letter to the Editor: Thank you, UIJ

We would like to express our deep gratitude to the Tufts student organization United For Immigrant Justice for their recent winter clothing drive for immigrant and homeless families in Somerville. We have had a growing number of immigrant children and families coming straight from the border with no experience with winter in Massachusetts! The idea […]

Somerville holds community meeting addressing police deployment to Straight Pride Parade

The City of Somerville hosted a public meeting on Wednesday night to address community concerns involving the deployment of Somerville police officers to the Boston Straight Pride Parade on Aug. 31, 2019. An internal investigation published on Nov. 14, 2019, found no violations of department protocol by the 13 Somerville police officers during their deployment […]