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By adamg - 5/18/20 - 4:07 pm
Threatening messages on Facebook, one a picture of a rifle

An alleged Cambridge resident threatened to stage protests outside the house of state Rep. Michael Connolly (D-Somerville, Cambridge) and then a minute later posted a photo of a rifle and told him to change his mind in replies on Sunday to a post Connolly wrote urging Gov. Baker to keep stay-at-home regulations in place. Read more.

By adamg - 5/16/20 - 11:13 am

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone announced yesterday that the city has canceled all large events for the rest of 2020 due to Covid-19 concerns: Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/20 - 9:55 pm
Fancy birdhouse in Somerville

JK21 spotted this fancy birdhouse above the Somerville bike lane between Willow Avenue and Davis Square today (look carefully on the lower level in the rear; looks like somebody's already moved in). No word if it comes with a deeded parking space.

By adamg - 4/27/20 - 10:23 am

Update: Cambridge jumps in.

Somerville announced this morning that everybody 2 or older in Somerville will have to wear a mask "at all times in public" starting Wednesday. People will have a week's grace period to find a mask; after that, they could be subject to a stern talking to by police or a fine of up to $300. Read more.

By adamg - 3/30/20 - 11:39 am

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone and the city Board of Health today ordered a moratorium on both residential and commercial evictions during the Covid-19 state of emergency - and barred real-estate brokers from showing apartments that are still occupied. Read more.

By adamg - 3/24/20 - 9:31 am

Tufts Daily reports on planning by the university to provide dorm rooms to hospital patients who don't need ICU-level care - and for medical professionals on the front lines of the Covid-19 crisis who don't want to expose their family members to the risk of infection.

By adamg - 3/20/20 - 10:48 am

The Dig talks to the creators of Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville about setting up an online-based network of people who can help their neighbors.

Some other mutual-aid groups.

By adamg - 3/19/20 - 9:38 am

State Rep. Mike Connolly (Cambridge and Somerville) yesterday asked his colleagues to step up the state's game against Covid-19 and get the state to order residents to stay inside except when absolutely necessary: Read more.

By Ron Newman - 3/18/20 - 3:18 am

Artists' organizations in Newton, Lexington, and Somerville have all cancelled their Open Studios events that were scheduled for April and May weekends this year. Lexington's statement explains: Read more.

By adamg - 3/16/20 - 8:28 pm

Via Somerville City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen comes news that the Cambridge Health Alliance will start daily drive-up testing at Somerville Hospital on Wednesday, but only for alliance patients who have an appointment - and symptoms.

"Needless to say, we need more test kits ASAP," he adds.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 8:16 pm

The Somerville and Capitol Theatres announced tonight they're closing until at least April 3 due to Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By Ron Newman - 3/13/20 - 2:52 pm

The Independent Film Festival Boston, scheduled to unspool April 22-29 at the Somerville, Brattle, and Coolidge Corner theatres, will be postponed to unspecified future dates. The theatres themselves remain open for now, and IFFB urges moviegoers to patronize them.

ArtsEmerson, operator of the Cutler Majestic and Paramount theatres, is suspending all of its programming through at least the end of March, including the current show Plata Quemada and the upcoming Parable of the Sower.

By adamg - 3/11/20 - 8:16 pm

Somerville announced tonight its shutting all of its public schools and library branches and the Somerville Boxing Club for a week after three residents linked to that Biogen meeting tested positive for Covid-19. Read more.

By adamg - 3/10/20 - 8:16 pm

Tufts University President Tony Monaco announced tonight that students will get an extended spring break starting this weekend- and that classes will be taught online only starting March 25. Read more.

By adamg - 3/7/20 - 3:38 pm
Lack of spam at Somerville Market Basket

Liddle Lamzy Dive Bar reports that the Market Basket in Somerville had plenty of toilet paper, pasta, rice, bottled water, eggs, milk and bread today, but was running low on the all important, gluten-free Spam.

By adamg - 3/6/20 - 11:06 am

Some news on the Robot Overlords front from local researchers: Dexai Robotics of Somerville has raised $5.5 million for its robotic sous-chef replacement, called Alfred. Read more.

By adamg - 3/5/20 - 2:36 pm

Around 2 p.m., Somerville began alerting Union Square residents that police are looking for a suspect in an armed robbery at the Target on Somerville Avenue who fled towards Merriam Street - described as a black man, wearing a black jacket over a gray hoodie, black jeans and a beanie hat, who might also have a gun. Read more.

By adamg - 3/5/20 - 11:38 am

A Somerville start-up founded by two MIT researchers who say their software could revolutionize complex computing charge that their first employee stole their proprietary algorithms when he left for a job at Facebook. Read more.

By adamg - 2/23/20 - 3:09 pm

Recent weeks have seen the phrase "high crimes and misdemeanors" re-enter the public discourse. Turns out there are also "low crimes," one of which used to carry a particularly gruesome penalty in New England - and which is still listed as a capital offense in Massachusetts lawbooks even though it was used primarily as a way to punish slaves, such as a slave known only as Mark, whose tarred remains were kept on public display by the side of the road in Charlestown for more than 20 years. Read more.

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