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You can just assume there are gnomes and dwarves and elves and stuff in this Somerville garden. Photo by Jason Pramas. Copyright 2023 Jason Pramas.
You can just assume there are gnomes and dwarves and elves and stuff in this Somerville garden. Photo by Jason Pramas. Copyright 2023 Jason Pramas.

Stuffed Animal Campout, Wire Benefit 9/29 … and More!


Who Gets to Stay?


In exploring a civilian police oversight board, Somerville residents ask the extent of powers


Pick Up the Phone, Somerville!

Our stories rely on your opinions on, recollections of, and knowledge about local issues of the day. Whether you’re a City employee, a business owner, a political activist, an artist, a nonprofit staffer, or a labor official, if we contact you with questions, we would love to talk! With Somerville nearing news-desert status, we’ve noticed that many people who live and work here are no longer used to speaking to journalists (and especially responding  to public criticism). Please help us do a proper job of covering our community by talking to us when we call, text, or email!


“Sound Reporting” Benefit for the Somerville Wire: Save the Date!

Support local journalism! The Somerville Wire presents “Sound Reporting,” a benefit concert at Warehouse XI, Friday September 29, at 7 p.m. to raise funds to allow us to keep bringing you Somerville news week in and week out. More details including a band lineup and sponsors coming soon! 

If you are a community member, local business owner, or musician, interested in supporting Sound Reporting, please email Ryan DiLello at

Feet Keep the Beat Festival: Showcase Performance

The Center for Arts at the Armory heats up the stage this summer with “Feet Keep the Beat”—a new annual multicultural percussive dance festival! CAA is thrilled to bring together vibrant and diverse communities of Flamenco, Irish, Tap, Kathak, Body Percussion and other flavors of percussive dance from around the world. Join CAA on August 4 for the Feet Keep the Beat Festival Showcase Performance. Doors are at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. 

For more information or to buy tickets click here.

The Somerville Growing Center: Stuffed Animal Campout

Do you have little ones? Will you be around this weekend? Stop by the Growing Center on Sunday evening to “register” your “stuffie” for the Stuffed Animal Campout! Stay anytime from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for crafts and stories, then head home and monitor the Growing Center’s Facebook and Instagram accounts for updates as to camp activities!

If your kids have early bedtimes precluding you from attending Sunday evening, you can drop them off at the following times ahead of the Campout (no activities during these times): Friday, August 4, 4-5:30 p.m. or Sunday, August 6, 10 a.m.-noon.

More information, click here.

Rent Stabilization Public Comment Period Extended

The City of Somerville has extended the public comment period for rent stabilization. Written comments will now be accepted through August 31, 2023. Send comments to or write:

City of Somerville, Attn: Luis Quizhpe
Office of Community Development and Strategic Planning
93 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143

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