Sunday, December 6, 2009

Savoring East Somerville Cookbook is a GO!

From East Somerville Main Streets:

Our cookbook project, Savoring East Somerville: A Taste-Based Guide to the Neighborhood, is stirring up excitement! Check out theBoston Globe feature article and our behind-the-scenes blog

Order Savoring East Somerville for $15!

Christmas Tree and Wreath Sale at Foss Park Pool!

Next Wave Junior High School and Full Circle High School are Somerville's alternative, moderate special needs schools. Both are designed to meet the special academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of adolescents and teens who, for many reasons, have experienced failure in the traditional education settings.

More information can be found at the Next Wave/Full Circle Site.

And, from their site:
The annual Next Wave and Full Circle Christmas Tree and Wreath Fundraiser began on Wednesday, December 2nd at 4:00 PM. Live, fresh wreaths for $15 and live trees ranging in price from $19 to $49 are for sale in the tree lot, located near the DCR pool at Foss Park (corner of Broadway and McGrath Highway). The Lot is staffed by Full Circle and Next Wave student leaders Monday-Friday from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on the weekends from 10:00 AM t0 8:00 PM through December 21st. Net proceeds benefit the school community at Next Wave and Full Circle.

Get that Christmas spirit on! And here's a little help from Rose Polenzani & Rose Cousins, recorded in Somerville, MA on December 2, 2008.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Installing green roofs in Somerville

From Somerville Voices-

One hour presentation followed by one hour discussion

Presentation topics and speakers:

- Benefits of Green Roofs by Karen Weber of Earth Our Only Home, Inc.

- Case study: Prospect Hill Academy Green Roof installation by Apex Green Roof, Prospect Hill Academy and Groundwork Somerville

- Overview of current legislation, effective municipal initiatives, and hurdles that need to be overcome.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Winter Hill has a Flickr Photo Pool!

Do you have a flickr account?
Do you have pictures of Winter Hill?
If so, then please add your pictures to the Winter Hill flickr photo pool!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Soccer Clinics At Winter Hill


Soccer Clinics at the Winter Hill

Begins in January 2010, basic soccer skills taught by Somerville High Soccer athletes, and Women soccer players from Boston University.

Ages 5 thru 15.

Soccer in Somerville (from the greatly missed Good Time Emporium) provided by scott willis is looking for inspiration's photostream:

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Magoun Square has a Science Fiction Association!

The New England Science Fiction Association has a clubhouse conveniently located in Magoun Square.

From their website:

NESFA, founded in 1967, is one of the oldest science fiction clubs in New England. Our largest activities are Boskone, our annual convention, and NESFA Press.

Check out their active list of (local and nonlocal) events:

The door to the NESFA Clubhouse from rhino8888's photostream:

Updates to the map

As noted by Mike L and Amanda, Bread and Company now has beer, and the map has been updated accordingly along with a couple of additions for pizza in Magoun Square noted on the Davis Square LiveJournal.

View Winter Hill, Somerville MA in a larger map

Next Winter Hill Map update: Coffee and Cake! Any suggestions welcome.

Coffee and cake in Somerville, from sushiesque's photostream!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Severed Hand Art in Winter Hill

Severed hand art may be a field that is yet to reach a peak:

I think we can all agree that the electrical box in Winter Hill is among the top in this burgeoning field (although it may be time for a touch up on the paint):

Sorry about the blurry photo. For a closeup, go and check out the box and other paintings on Broadway.

Also, check out this piece on electrical box painting in Boston from

Monday, October 12, 2009

Bread and Company now has beer?

Thanks to Mike L for suggesting that we add Bread and Company to our Winter Hill beer map. I'm not sure when this happened exactly, but the last update on their facebook page has this as 'coming soon' on 9/21. Maybe someone can confirm this?

The inner workings of Old Magoun's provided by Eric Kilby's flickr photostream:

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Capuano for Senate

Ok, last one for today:

Wicked Local Somerville
Posted Sep 27, 2009 @ 10:58 AM

Somerville —

The following is a press release from Capuano for Senate:

The Capuano for Senate campaign announced today that it will hold a series of "Open Mike" gatherings throughout Massachusetts. This will give Mike the chance to speak directly with voters and learn more about the issues that most concern them.

Twofer Sunday: Assembly Square

Looks like there might have been something left behind when they cleaned out the old Good Time Emporium from Assembly Square. From

Wicked Local Somerville
Posted Sep 24, 2009 @ 03:22 PM

Somerville —

A large boa constrictor was rescued bySomerville Police at Assembly square today.

Animal Control Officer April Terrio said the snake had a bruise on its head but looked healthy and active this morning. It is in the care of a snake expert until someone claims it. Age, weight and sex have not been determined yet.

At about 9:30 a.m. this morning, Terrio got a call about a snake found at Central Steel on Foley Street in Assembly Square.

Read more....

From varmazis' flickr photostream. Also see her Good Time post here.

QUALITY OF LIFE: Litter in East Somerville

Repost from the Somerville Resistat Blog:

QUALITY OF LIFE: Litter in East Somerville

Question/Comment: What can be done to reduce the amount of trash and litter that is on the streets in East Somerville?

City Update 5/12/2008: Inspectional Services will step up enforcement of business and residential trash violations in the area. Also, the Department of Public Works will monitor trash and increase street sweeping in areas with trash. Residents should call 311 for specific streets that need sweeping or where there is debris on sidewalks or streets.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Friday, August 28, 2009

East Somerville Main Strets: 3rd Annual International Movie Nights

On Saturday September 5th, after FossFest make your way down the street to the Old Fire Station for the East Somerville Main Strets: 3rd Annual International Movie Nights.

September 5
O Ano em Que Meus Pais Saíram de Férias (The Year my Parents Went on Vacation)
In Portuguese with English subtitles
104 minutes

In 1970, near the World Cup, ten year old Mauro is left in Bom Retiro, a Jewish and Italian neighborhood in Brazil, to stay with his grandfather while his parents go on vacation. Little do they know, the grandfather has just had a heart attack and died. Mauro makes new friends, cheers for the Brazilian team and sees the movement of the police and militaries on the streets while waiting for his parents.

The movie has won 21 awards including best picture at the 2008 Cinema Brazil Grand Prize.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A better future for Foss Park

An article written by Peter Ungár, Friends of Foss Park president, in the new yourtown Somerville section:

A better future for Foss Park


A gathering at Foss Park during National Night Out.

Somerville’s Foss Park was founded on June 18, 1876. Originally named Broadway Park, it was renamed in 1921 after Saxton Conant Foss, son of Somerville’s poet laureate, Sam Walter Foss. Saxton Foss had been killed during World War I in France, at the age of thirty.

In 1951, the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC) took over ownership and maintenance of Foss Park. Further development of Foss Park was halted in the 60’s due to the threat of creating the Inner Belt, which would have taken a portion of the park.


Sunday, August 23, 2009

Project Mum is coming.

Taken from the myspace page:

Project MUM, an open-air dance party under McGrath Highway, moves into orbit for 2009.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Beautiful Yellow Canary Found

We found a beautiful yellow canary in the Arthur D. Healey School area. If you have any idea who this belongs to, or know anyone in the area with a similar bird, please email.
Alternatively, if we don't find the home and you are interested in taking her in, let me know. I'm enjoying her company, but there are enough critters peeping around here.


Sunday, August 16, 2009

Introducing Foss Fest!

Join us September 5th, 2pm-6pm, for the inaugural Foss Fest in Foss Park! Free for all, come enjoy the music!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Rezoning of the Broadway corridor

From The Somerville News Blog:

Rezoning of the Broadway corridor

To help revitalize the Winter Hill and lower Broadway areas. the OSPCD is in the process of fine tuning a proposal that will expand the current zoning policy.
~Photos by Beecher Tuttle
By Beecher Tuttle

On Wednesday July 29th, the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development held an open community meeting to discuss the potential rezoning of the Broadway corridor in Somerville. The meeting, held at the Elizabeth Peabody House, was the last of three neighborhood meetings to educate residents on the effects and repercussions of the proposed zoning changes.

Read more....

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

National Night Out in Foss Park, East Somerville

Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) and the City of Somerville held their 6th Annual National Night Out last night in Foss Park. The weather was beautiful for some performances, food, and demonstrations by the state police. Nice to see the park getting this kind of use. Here's my view of the K9 demo:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Saturday, July 25, 2009

East Somerville Main Streets launches "Savoring East Somerville" cookbook project

This is pretty awesome:


Posted Jul 17, 2009 @ 05:05 PM
Last update Jul 22, 2009 @ 11:04 AM

Somerville —

If you fancy yourself a good cook and have secret recipes up your sleeve, now’s the time to share. Who knows, maybe you can make it big – at least in East Somerville.

East Somerville Main Streets is gathering recipes for ‘Savoring East Somerville: A Taste Based Guide to the Neighborhood’ – a collaborative publication authored by East Somervillians that aims to capture the unique and vibrant character of East Somerville. Given the diversity of the neighborhood, that could include anything from African injira to Haitian patties.


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Somerville Cares About Prevention

From: The Somerville News:

For the sixth consecutive year, Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) will partner with the City of Somerville and the Somerville Police Department to host the local celebration of the National Night Out Against Crime and Drugs. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 4th starting at 5 pm at Foss Park - activities will begin at 5 pm with youth activity tables and an obstacle course sponsored by the Somerville Recreation Department. Also, the Somerville Police Department will be on site with Child ID kits to engage youth and families. At 6:30 pm, the State Police K-9 Unit will conduct a presentation followed by a performance by the 2009 Somerville Sunsetters at 7:30 pm.

somervilledog's photostream:

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Aye carumba: Somerville to implement new parking meter hours, costs starting Monday

By Auditi Guha from Wicked Local Somerville:

Somerville —

Like it or not, folks will soon have to chip in four quarters for an hour’s worth of parking at meters across Somerville. Meters will also run an extra two hours until 8 p.m.

Business owners are not happy and believe these increases will hurt their businesses.


From guido z's photostream:

From passiveaggressiven otes' photostream:

From Jon Chambers' photostream:

From satanslaundromat's photostream:

From nsfmc's photostream:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Taco Loco, East Somerville

It strikes me that some may not be aware of this establishment, and should be.


Taco Loco

based on 44 reviews

Category: Mexican

44 Broadway
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 625-3830
  • Nearest Transit:

    Sullivan Square (Orange)

  • Price Range: $
  • Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
  • Parking: Street
  • Attire: Casual
  • Good for Groups: No
  • Good for Kids: Yes
  • Takes Reservations: No
  • Delivery: No
  • Take-out: Yes
  • Waiter Service: No
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
  • Outdoor Seating: No
  • Good for: Dinner
  • Alcohol: None
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"…seasoned chicken to the perfect proportions of sour cream and pico de gallo…" (in 5 reviews)
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"Taco Loco serves, by far, the most enormous burritos I've ever seen." (in 13 reviews)
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"…pico de gallo, thick sliced onions and sour cream went down oh so easy…" (in 4 reviews)
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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Somerville Named 'All American City'

A little late on this..

From The City of Somerville:

June 19, 2009

The National Civic League announced tonight that the City of Somerville is one of ten winners of the 2009 All America City (AAC) Awards. Somerville was one of the 30 cities selected from thousands of entrants across the nation to vie for the title in Tampa. The award, which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary, is the best known and most competitive civic awards program in the United States, and this is the second win for Somerville, which received its first title in 1972. A 40-member delegation including representatives of the business community, local non-profit organizations, youth groups , city government and residents presented Somerville’s qualifications for the award to a jury of national experts in a series of three-day events that culminated in a 10-minute skit on the city’s efforts to support and prepare for the Green Line Extension Project.


Image from Chris Devers' photostream.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Somerville is Getting Old

From The Somerville News:

6/3/2009 6:01:00 AM

Number crunching: New studies flesh out Somerville's true composition

By James Reddick

"Once a group of nearly 30,000, the number of individuals under the age of 18 was 11,495 in 2000 and shows little indication that it will rebound.

Read the whole article...

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Parking meter rates and hours to increase, permit parking to expand citywide

Major upcoming changes in citywide parking are getting a lot of attention:

Start saving: Parking meter rates and hours to increase, permit parking to expand citywide

Wicked Local Somerville
Posted May 28, 2009 @ 05:51 PM

"The plan is to create new parking meter zones in Davis and Magoun squares’ municipal parking lots in the spaces reserved for business permit parking, and have the meters run 5-8 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday.

Loading zones in Davis Square will also be metered Monday to Friday, 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.

In addition, the city plans to implement citywide residential parking including the currently 162 permit-free streets."

Read the entire article, plus Q&A with City spokesperson Tom Champion.

Davis Square Meters

Photo from Walsh's flickr photostream.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Bread & Co. rises on Winter Hill, serving up French toast in a recession

Nice piece about the still-newish Winter Hill breakfast and coffee joint, Bread & Co. By Erin Smith for Wicked Local Somerville:

Bread & Co. rises on Winter Hill, serving up French toast in a recession

By Erin Smith
Wicked Local Somerville
Posted May 08, 2009 @ 03:17 PM
Somerville —

An Italian, an Irishman and a Brazilian opened a restaurant in Somerville.

No, it’s not the start of a politically incorrect joke. It’s the origin of the best new hidden gem restaurant to hit Winter Hill.


Wicked Local photo by Mark Thomson
The banana French toast at the recently opened restaurant Bread & Co. on Broadway in Somerville.

Memories of the Winter Hill Star Market (not good ones)

Most people seem to miss the old Star Market, but not Rona Fischman, for good reason it seems:


Living well at the grocery store

Posted by Rona Fischman May 22, 2009 03:06 PM

"Some chains are individually owned and operated; some just price differently depending on demand. I knew this. I used to live in Winter Hill, Somerville. The nearest grocery store was the Star Market there. The prices were outrageous. Once we figured this out, we only shopped there for fill-in items. It sort of became our extended convenience store. We grocery shopped elsewhere; it was worth the gas."


Photo from:

rnolan1087's photostream.