Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Low-Budget Film to Shoot in Somerville March 2009

Have any idea where the planned locations are?

From Loaded Gun:

'Code of Silence' flick shoots for Michael Madsen

Mike O'Dea, a Boston-based writer and actor who earned regional ink back in 2007 while shooting his low-budget flick "Townies," has approached actor Michael Madsen's reps for the mob boss role of "Fitz" in the upcoming made-in-Boston flick "Code of Silence."


Friday, December 26, 2008

Winter Hill in Photographique: Melting Snow

Happy holidays from the winteriest-holiday hill around. Here are some snapshots taken on Christmas of the melting snow circa-Broadway streets.

Right back at ya....

Kathleen Powers was kind enough to mention us in her Somerville Blog on If you haven't already, you really should take a peek at what they are posting over there....

Monday, December 22, 2008

Mission of Burma announce benefit show for Somerville Armory

We're veering out of Winter Hill for this one, but the information is too important :)

From The Phoenix:

Mission of Burma announce benefit show for Somerville Armory

Posted at 05:08 by Carly Carioli

We'll spare you the long history of the effort, by the awesome folks who own the Middle East, to turn the old Somerville Armory into an even awesomer community arts center called the Center for the Arts at the Armory: if you want to follow along at home, read some of these articles. Suffice it to say that the process is ramping up, with a full-blown benefit for the center being staged just down Highland Avenue from the Armory at the Somerville Theater. Mission of Burma -- who're managed by longtime Armory supporter Mark Kates -- will headline the January 24 show, with the Neighborhoods and Faces on Film. You can get tickets before everyone else by going here, or you can wait until Saturday and get them through the usual channels. And just in case you doubt that Burma throws a good benefit, here's some video evidence from the last benefit they threw -- Burma for Burma -- and a bonus track from Faces on Film, recorded earlier this year at the Middle East.

Read more..

Friday, December 19, 2008



Current Conditions
Updated: 4:54 PM EST FRI DEC 19 2008
Sun & Moon Information:

Humidity: 92%
Wind Speed: E35MPH G TO39
Barometer: 29.98 in.
Dewpoint: 28°F
Heat Index: 30°F
Wind Chill: 14°F
Civil Twilight: 6:36 AM EST Moon Phase:
Waning Crescent Moon
Waning Crescent Moon
Sunrise: 7:08 AM EST
Sunset: 4:13 PM EST
Civil Twilight: 4:45 PM EST
Forecast for Winter Hill, Massachusetts:
Dated: 532 PM EST FRI DEC 19 2008 Expires: 430 AM EST SAT DEC 20 2008
7 Day View
Snow Snow Snow Showers Light Snow Rain and Snow Windy
Snow Snow Snow
Lo: 20°F Hi: 21°F
Lo: 18°F Hi: 35°F
Lo: 17°F Hi: 21°F
Pop: 100% Pop: 90% Pop: 60% Pop: 100% Pop: 50%
Detailed Forecast:
Dated: 532 PM EST FRI DEC 19 2008 Expires: 430 AM EST SAT DEC 20 2008

Includes the Cities: Cambridge, Lexington, Newton, Waltham, Woburn

Snow. Snow May be heavy at Times early. Additional snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches. Lows around 20. Northeast winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of snow near 100 percent.

Snow...Mainly in the morning. Additional snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches. Highs in the lower 20s. North winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of snow 90 percent.

Saturday Night
Cloudy. A chance of snow in the evening...Then snow showers likely after midnight. Additional snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible. Near steady temperature around 18. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 60 percent.

Snow. Additional light snow accumulation. Not as cool with highs in the mid 30s. East winds 15 to 20 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph in the afternoon. Chance of snow near 100 percent.

Sunday Night
Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and snow in the evening...Then mostly clear after midnight. Blustery with lows around 17. West winds 15 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 45 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.

Mostly sunny and blustery. Colder with highs in the lower 20s.

Monday Night
Mostly clear. Cold. Lows around 10 above. Highs in the upper 20s.

Mostly clear. Cold. Lows around 10 above. Highs in the upper 20s.

Tuesday Night
Mostly cloudy. A chance of freezing rain and rain after midnight. Not as cool with lows in the lower 20s. Temperature rising into the lower 30s after midnight. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

Cloudy. A chance of rain and freezing rain in the morning...Then a chance of rain in the afternoon. Not as cool with highs in the mid 40s. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.

Wednesday Night
Mostly cloudy. A chance of rain and freezing rain in the evening...Then a chance of freezing rain after midnight. Lows in the upper 20s. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

Christmas Day
Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 40s.

Thursday Night
Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 20s.

Partly sunny. A chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 30s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

Winter Hill, MA Weather Report

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Winter Hill Post-Thanksgiving Food Challenge Wrapup

Well, not too much feedback on the places to eat in Winter Hill for our Post-Thanksgiving Food Challenge. SomervilleIrv mentioned that Leone's has fantastic subs, the Paddock is under new management, and Bread and Company is up and coming. Frederic who writes Cocktail Virgin gave a shoutout to Fasika and Highland Kitchen.

A little research on my part led to some close-ish to Winter Hill establishments that might be of interest. Some that were previously not on my radar. I'm not endorsing any of these places, but they all seem to have decent yelp ratings. Here's the list for now:

Taco Loco

Lil Vinny's Ristorante

Wang's Fast Food

Sound Bites

Olde Magoun's Saloon

Panificadora Modelo

Supreme Kitchen

Ha, next we'll try to post about Winter Hill nightlife.

UPDATE: apparently Bread & Co. opened today. See this link for an early review.

Boradway Stretscape Project

Old news, but of Winter Hill interest:

"Broadway Streetscape Project in East Somerville

The City has developed a preliminary plan for a streetscape and roadway improvement project for Broadway, between McGrath Highway and the City Line near Sullivan Square. Since this past winter the City has worked in conjunction with East Somerville Main Streets, and East Somerville residents and business owners to come up with a pedestrian-friendly, multi-modal, transit-oriented street that encourages people to walk, bike and gather along East Somerville's central business corridor."


Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Free Cupcake Day!

Visit Lyndell's for a free cupcake today. And buy a pie while you're down there. WHR is of the mind that any and all 121 year old businesses in the area are worthy of our continued patronage. Particularly so when their product is so so delicious.

*Technically our accompanying photo is muffins not cupcakes. Please to forgive.

**I've been informed I should have given props (and/or stolen a photo from) to the kinda-Boston-based Broccoli is for Lovers.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Winter Hill Post-Thanksgiving Food Challenge

I came across this post on Chowhound recently, posted in 2002. The question is, are things better now? I am going to begin to compile a list of food suggestions in the region. Please send along any favorites that you might have:

tasty food in/near Winter Hill?

I'm seeing a play tonight at the Theater Cooporative on Broadway in Somerville, which is in Winter Hill. I know about Vinney's on Bwy further down, and Wang's much further up. Any other good food suggestions for that area? I'd prefer to spend under $15 for an entree. Thanks.

2 Replies so Far

  1. Not much right on Winter Hill. A couple of Sub/Pizza joints,but there is quite a bit close by in either Davis or Union Sq's. If you are driving, it is worth going to either of the Squares, if you are taking the bus, I would recommend Vinny's

  2. further away (ball square, but right on broadway -- bus #89) is the urban gourmet. not much for ambience (though neither is wangs) but there are tables and great, cheap food. pizza, pastas and innovative weekly specials.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Big Buck Hunting, Winter Hill Style

If you are not familiar with the video game Big Buck Hunter and it's various forms you may want to acquaint yourself and prepare for the next tournament season. Where best to do this? You'll be happy to know that there is a Big Buck Hunter system right here in Winter Hill at the Olde Magoun's Saloon.

And don't worry, if you are considerate and take the time to explain that they are not *real* animals, even your more sensitive friends might join you for a hunt after a few drinks.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Loney Dear

The Somerville Theatre is a little ways outside our geographic jurisdiction (oh how we limit ourselves) but Bradley's got a set up from last night's Lonely Dear show that I rather liked (particularly #4).

Your kids making sure others aren't cold this winter

From Wicked Local Somerville

Mon Nov 17, 2008, 01:36 PM EST

Somerville - In an effort to make sure that every child has a warm coat this winter, students at the Kennedy Elementary School, Albert F. Argenziano School, Prospect Hill Academy Charter School, Arthus D. Healy School, Winter Hill Community School, West Somerville Neighborhood school and Benjamin G. Brown School in Somerville are doing their part to help those most in need by participating in Anton's Cleaners 14th annual Coats for Kids drive, which kicked-off Oct. 1 and runs through Dec. 31, 2008.


Sunday, November 16, 2008

Views of East Somerville (the exhibit) to open Nov. 20

From Wicked Local/Somerville Journal:

Views of East Somerville (the exhibit) to open Nov. 20

By Jeffrey Grover

Sat Nov 01, 2008, 12:05 PM EDT

Somerville - The East Somerville Main Streets photo exhibition, "Interpreting East Somerville." will open Nov. 20.

Working with East Somerville Main Streets, artis

t Christopher Poteet solicited photos from photographers great and small, seeking their views of East Somerville.

The subjects are street scenes, people scenes, odd architectural features, landmarks, broadway shops, yard ornaments, interesting angles on common things and even the space shuttle flying over East Somerville.


The Rimers of Eldritch

Next weekend is the end of the run for The Rimers of Eldritch at the Elizabeth Peabody House Theatre.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Broadway Corridor planning meeting

Bus 101, originally uploaded by Eric Kilby.

Tonight at 6pm, at the Elizabeth Peabody House.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Winter Hill in Olden Tymes

Excerpted from the Somerville News

11/5/2008 6:01:00 AM

Memories of a Hill gone by

Jimmy Del Ponte
On The Silly Side

This week's column was a breeze to write - a gentleman who reads my ramblings every week sent me an email about growing up on Winter Hill. I asked him if I could share his memoirs with the readers here and he said yes. This is basically his story - as he told it to me. I guess you could call this week's column "On The Hilly Side."

He's not the kid whose mother hung out the window and yelled "Anthony..." on Wednesday afternoon in the North End; however, this Anthony has a lot of stories to tell about his childhood in the 'Ville.

He went to the Arthur D. Healey School and then Northeastern Junior High School - which was condemned at the time, but still operated as a learning institution. Anthony then graduated from Somerville High School in 1981.


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

November 2nd walking tour of Winter Hill

Edward W. Gordon and the Victorian Society of New England is having a walking tour of Winter Hill and Magoun Square.

PLEASE join us as we explore two of Somerville’s most interesting neighborhoods. While Winter Hill was host to Somerville gentry beginning in the 1880s, the Hinckley / Magoun neighborhood was the home of hard working families who toiled as laborers, teamsters, Boston & Maine Railroad employees and the like—families who built up the neighborhood in three stages during the second half of the nineteenth century.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Replacement for Bickford's moving in

Reposting this excellent news from georgy at Davis Square Live Journal. Now let's hope Shaw's takes form sometime this decade.

13 October 2008 @ 10:24 am
Winter Hill, but hey: Replacement for Bickford's moving in
Bread and Co., which has a location in Everett, will be taking the place of the recently departed (and not at all missed) Bickford's on Broadway in Winter Hill:

From the menu on this site, it looks like mostly Brazilian pastries and sandwiches, but the signage on the building mentioned "Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner," so perhaps they are expanding their fare in this location. I would be psyched to have a real breakfast place within a stone's throw of my house (no offense to the Neighborhood and the Ball Sq., but they are a sliiiight hike).

East Somerville in Photographique: Saxton Foss Park

Lovely slightly-past-end-of-summer Sunday in Saxton Foss Park in East Somerville:

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Poll on Massachusetts state ballot questions

Related to the earlier post from today, see below, reposted from Davis Square Live Journal:

Ron Newman
10 October 2008 @ 08:46 pm
Poll on Massachusetts state ballot questions
Now that we've had posts about all three ballot questions, it's time for the [info]davis_square poll.
For more info: Question 1; Question 2 (and earlier discussion); Question 3 (thank you, [info]teele_sq!)

Poll #1276472 2008 Mass. State Election Questions
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All

Question 1 - Repeal state income tax

View Answers

15 (7.1%)

182 (86.7%)

13 (6.2%)

Question 2 - Decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana

View Answers

188 (89.1%)

14 (6.6%)

9 (4.3%)

Question 3 - Ban dog racing

View Answers

130 (61.3%)

30 (14.2%)

52 (24.5%)