1. Major bridge work on I-93 in Medford begins this weekend

    - Traffic on the highway between Stoneham and Somerville will be rerouted tonight, kicking off a traffic plan that will be used on weekends this summer while 14 bridges on Interstate 93 north of Boston are replaced, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation said.

     
  2. Possible poisoning victim ID’d as Somerville comics store owner

    - James Welborn, proprietor of Somerville’s “comic shop for NPR listeners,” died May 23 at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 37, store manager Jesse Farrell said.

     
  3. Scenes from Somerville PorchFest 2011

    - If you were strolling around Somerville Saturday afternoon, chances are you heard the sweet and maybe strange sounds of more than 75 musicians and bands played al fresco in the city’s first PorchFest.

     
  4. Somerville officials seek the secrets to happiness

    - When they filled out the city’s census forms this spring, the people of Somerville got a new question. On a scale of 1 to 10, they were asked, “How happy do you feel right now?”

     
  5. Pols battle in Somerville/Cambridge Smackdown on WGBH

    - After saying Somerville has a short list of not-that-interesting places, Cambridge City Councilor Ken Reeves squared off against Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone in a radio war of words on WGBH Monday.

     
  6. With work, these start-ups took off despite recession

    - The day Dann Paquette brewed his first barrel of beer in fall 2008, the US Senate passed the $700 billion bank bailout bill. If timing is everything, he couldn’t have chosen a worse date to launch his Somerville company, Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project.

     
  7. Tapping an urban maple syrup source

    - There are no picturesque cabins tucked into snowy woods on the streets of Somerville and Medford. But there is sap from maples. And urban trees can yield sweet results.