PHOTOS: Somerville Tree & Menorah Lighting


The City Hall Concourse was brimming with holiday spirit and cheer on Thursday, as kids from 1 to 92 gathered for the annual lighting of the city’s Christmas tree. This year marks the first time that the concourse will also feature a Hanukkah menorah alongside the tree.

Throngs of Somervillians old and new defied the chilly night to hear the Somerville High School band and choir play carols and Christmas standards. Santa Claus arrived by firetruck to help Mayor Joe and his helpers switch on the lights, then greeted kids for pictures and treats in the high school gym.




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VIDEO: King of the ‘Ville Highlights

All the best moments from our King of the ‘Ville competition. Footage from SCATV, with editing by Shawn Musgrave.



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PHOTOS: City Works to Recover From Sandy

From the City of Somerville:

“We anticipated an intense and slow-moving storm packing high wind, and Hurricane Sandy definitely delivered,” said Mayor Joseph Curtatone.  “I want to thank the City crews from every department who have worked around the clock since late last week, both to prepare our city for the storm, and to deal with issues in real time throughout the day on Monday.  And I want to thank residents for being our eyes on the streets and in the neighborhoods.  Your vigilance, particularly those who assisted us by calling into 311 and posting to our various social media feeds, greatly supported our efforts in ensuring swift and safe cleanup.

“Over the next several days these crews will continue to work to get all buildings back to full operations, and to ensure roadways are clear and power lines made safe.  In addition, once we’ve fully assessed the damage and the steps we need to take to recover fully, we will be seeking assistance funds as is consistent with damage created in a State of Emergency.”

A large tree on the Somerville High School concourse fell, blocking pedestrian access for a portion of Monday Tuesday morning.

A large section of the roof atop Somerville High School suffered significant damage, affecting the auditorium, which will be closed until further notice.

Fire Department and DPW crews had to contend with numerous uprooted trees, which adversely affected homes, cars, and power lines in several areas.

An uprooted tree and split utility pole created a potentially dangerous situation on Browning Road. More than 10 homes were evacuated, and residents sheltered at Holiday Inn until Tuesday morning.

Another downed tree.

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PHOTOS: HONK! 2012 struts through Davis Square in Somerville


You could hear the ruckus blocks away this weekend as dozens of trombones, snare drums, cymbals and all other conceivable instruments and noisemakers convened on Davis Square for the seventh annual HONK! Festival. More than 30 street bands from across the country packed this year’s HONK! schedule, with each act bringing a unique flavor to what has become a staple fall event for Somerville.

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PHOTOS: Somerville’s Fluff Festival 2012


You know it’s really fall in Somerville when ArtsUnion shuts down Union Square to celebrate the city’s best-known invention: Marshmallow Fluff. The seventh annual “What the Fluff?” celebration had it all: Fluffernutters, marshmallow shooters from Artisan’s Asylum, Fluff-themed carnival games and even a Fluff cooking contest. (Try it with anchovies and olives on a cracker. Really.)

For more pictures from Fluff Festival 2012, check out our Flickr gallery!

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