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Frozen Hoagies, the ice cream & cookie shop on Broadway in Powderhouse Square, has been selling day-old cookies at three for a dollar, or six for a dollar later in the evening. And lately they've had quite a lot still left by the end of the day. I asked what they do with two-day-old cookies, and was told "I think we throw them away". I almost bought the whole basketful but I was too embarrassed! Anyway, in my experience cookies can stay fresh enough for at least a week in a cookie jar, so it seems a shame for these to go to waste.
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There is a lot of work happening at old Powderhouse School on Broadway. Does anyone know where the plans are online for the new design that includes high school? I have not seen anything in the paper or at city websites.
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I missed the protest on Wednesday – didn't hear of it in time. Does anyone have a line on upcoming protests or a social media feed for such things?
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Heya Davis Square Livejournal!

Wanted to extend an invitation to an event happening next week in your neighborhood:

Come celebrate on Monday October 3 from 6-8PM in Seven Hills Park with sprout, Powderhouse Studios, and XQ!

As you may have heard, we just received a big award from the XQ Institute to help make Powderhouse Studios — formerly the Somerville STEAM Academy — happen! We've got a lot of work ahead, but we're going to take some time to celebrate with:

+ XQ's mobile bus exhibition about the future of learning
+ participatory music from School of HONK
+ creative projects with Parts and Crafts
+ and delicious food and drink from Redbones.

All are welcome at this free, public event! More details here.

Let me know if you have any questions,
and hope you can join us for the fun!
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Theatre@First is proud to present

by Thomas Kidd
directed by Mary Parker

The battlefields of Spain are a walk in the park in this fast-paced take on Thomas Kidd's funny, gory, tragic story of a Ghost, a Girlfriend, a Portuguese Prince, and the Spirit of Revenge! Join Theatre@First and Director Mary Parker for a fantastic evening of free theatre in Nathan Tufts Park.

Thursday 18 August
Friday 19 August
Saturday 20 August
Thursday 25 August
Friday 26 August
Saturday 27 August

Nathan Tufts Park, 850 Broadway, Somerville 02144
Rain Dates: Sunday 21 August and Sunday 28 August

Visit our website for more information!
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I've been racking my brain and searching the Internet with no luck but I feel sure someone here can help me. What was the name of the café/restaurant/catering place at 136 College Ave. before The Broken Yolk was there (and then obviously before Noor)? You could dine in but they had prepped dishes daily that were most often taken to go. They were open in 2003-04 for sure, plus some time before and after. TIA!
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E-mail I got from Rebecca Simonson <> today:

"I'm happy to report that we'll be on College Ave. next to the park on Tuesdays from 4:30-8:30 starting tomorrow (6/14). We hope to see you out there!

"It will be every Tuesday! Right now we have Bon Me, Papi's Stuffed Sopapillas, and Frozen Hoagies lined up - but that lineup may grow to include another truck. Unfortunately, there won't be beer this year. "
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Hey, Everyone! A couple of nights ago, I walked past Mint Indian Eatery on Broadway near Powderhouse, and I noticed that they were open!

I decided to try the place tonight and, over all, I really enjoyed the experience! Sadly, several items I wanted to try weren't available yet, but I'm told the full menu should be available soon.

I ended up trying the mango lassi, the veg pakoras and the samosa chaat. Here's my takeaway:
Details under the cut! )
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I found a long-haired, two-tone wig lying on the sidewalk on Summit St this morning. While it'd be great for my Halloween costume this year, I'd like to return it to its rightful owner. Send me a note if it's yours, or if you know someone who lost a wig recently.
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I just saw a sign on Teriyaki House (on Broadway near Powderhouse; used to be Doo Wee & Rice, and East Asia before that) saying "closed during transition" and "Mint Indian Eatery". I will miss their marinated rice plates, bao baos, and crispy chicken hearts! Anyone know anything about the new place?
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Erin Butcher, artistic director of Maiden Phoenix Theatre Company, posted a long essay to Facebook about her experience producing The Winter's Tale outdoors in Powder House Park this summer. I am reposting it here with her permission, because we live here and this shouldn't be happening to people in our community.

Musings from our Second Season Part 1:
Why I will never do another All- Female outdoor show again.

My company’s second season has come to a close. We produced 2 all- female shows: The Winter’s Tale by Mr. Shakespeare and Miss Penitentiary by Laura Neubauer. These shows were put up quite close to one another time-wise which made for a very high stress few months. And now that it’s over I have a bit of time to reflect, think about what I learned, and plan our next step.

One thing I know for sure.

I am never producing another outdoor All- female show again. Ever. And neither should you.

Let me explain.... )
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Below is an email I got about an upcoming show:
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Nathan Tufts Park (aka Powderhouse Park)
Somerville, MA

Admission is FREE

August 14th 6:00pm (OPENING NIGHT)
August 15th 2:00pm and 6:00pm (PRESS NIGHT)
August 16th 2:00pm and 6:00pm
August 21st 6:00pm
August 22nd 2:00pm and 6:00pm
August 23rd 2:00pm and 6:00pm
August 28th 6:00pm
August 29th 2:00pm and 6:00pm
August 30th 2:00pm and 6:00pm

For more information, visit:

ABOUT MAIDEN PHOENIX THEATRE COMPANY: We are a Boston Fringe Theatre Company committed to telling stories about women: where we are, where we were, and where we are going. We are committed to giving opportunities to female theater artists, onstage and off, by having at least 51% female involvement in all aspects. We focus on plays that tell women's stories, past, present, and future, in the hopes of breaking down stereotypes, breaking through barriers, and reaching a more equal world.
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Looks like a bid has been chosen for the Powder House School site.  Details in the city's press release:

I've read the proposal, and while there are some good design ideas that will open up, expand, and enhance the public outdoor spaces in the site, the building use will be focused on housing and commercial space, with only token concessions to SomerVision's priorities of arts and community oriented space. It's a far cry from the most exciting of the proposals, like the possible new home for Artisan's Asylum (I really hope they have other options they're considering and that this wasn't their only shot at staying in Somerville!).  But here's my big question: why is the city accepting a bid of only $2.7 million for a property that is valued at $7 million (and post-development will be potentially valued at more than $20 mil)?

Additionally, of the 40 housing units 7 will be designated affordable (a better proportion than at Assembly), and 12 units will be designed for aging-in-place, though I note that the degree of overlap of the affordable and senior housing is not stated.  Has anyone heard what the plan is in this regard?

That said, I'm glad the city is moving forward, as the most important thing is to get our vacant spaces into development before they become a public safety hazard, like certain Social Security buildings we all know.

(some more of my own thoughts on Facebook)
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Hi.  My name is David W.S. Lieberman, I am a candidate to be the next Alderman from Somerville Ward 6.

My experience working with students as a City Year AmeriCorps member, prosecuting corruption, fraud, and environmental crimes with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, and advocating for clients as a private attorney, has helped give me a set of skills that will make me a strong advocate for our community.

I fell in love with Somerville in 2003, when I moved here to attend Tufts University. After we graduated from law school, my wife, Jessica, and I decided to purchase a home on Powder House Terrace and start our lives here because it is a wonderful, growing, vibrant place to live, work and raise a family.

I am excited about Somerville’s future, but I believe it needs strong leadership to ensure that as it grows and develops, it maintains its essential character and remains a place that both its long-time citizens and newer residents can call home.

Some of the issues I am most passionate about include pursuing a housing policy that will help assure our residents
- both owners and renters - that they can afford to raise their families in Somerville for the long term; making local government more responsive to the needs of our residents and businesses; and making sure that all those who do business in and benefit from our City pay their fair share.

If you are interested in learning a bit more about me, you can visit my campaign webite, my facebook page, follow me on twitter, e-mail me at or call or text me at 617-863-0311.  I posted my full bio from my website below.  I will be out knocking doors and meeting people all summer, so I hope to run across you .  In addition, I've been thinking about doing a meet-up in Davis Square some time this summer to get a chance to meet more people, hear what they think about our community and give them another chance to size me up in person.  Is that something that some of you might be interested in attending?

I have been following DSLJ for some time and I was excited that Ron Newman suggested that I introduce myself here.  I'd love to hear what you all think about the future of Davis Square, Somerville, Johnny D's, 240 Elm Street, etc, and I look forward to answering any questions you have about me

David's Full Bio )
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My roommate and I are looking for 2 more roommates to join our 4 bedroom unit on Lowden Ave. $821/mo plus utilities. Available Sept 1 or Oct 1.

Us: friendly geeky mid-20s software people, LGBTQ+poly friendly, non-smokers, moderately social but also enjoying alone time. Hobbies include knitting, improv theater, folk music, and circus.

Apartment: 4 bed 2 bath, cats permitted, in-unit laundry, GIANT living room, spacious kitchen w/ all appliances, central heating/ac (though we do supplement with window units upstairs in summer). 10 minute walk from Davis; convenient to buses 80, 89, 96, and probably others. Landlord is a reasonable person who gets shit done.

About 75% of our common area furniture will be gone by the time you move in, so there's space to bring your own stuff or you can join us on IKEA quests.

If you are a dancer or musician who wants to practice at home, this would be a great place for you as we're out of the house during the day and you'd have the giant living room all to yourself.

Contact: alioth (at) mit (dot) edu
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Apparently there will be a recurring food truck gathering/beer garden this summer at Powderhouse park (aka Nathan Tufts Park):

5–8pm Tuesday nights

  • Bon Me

  • Teri-Yummy

  • Papi's Stuffed Sopapillas

  • Frozen Hoagies

​I'm not sure who's doing the beer garden or how that will work (presumably they'd have to fence off an area and set up tables?  I didn't see any sign of that this week, but the I arrived at 8:03 when things were closing down.)

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Tweeted out this morning by SEIU:

Today Hundreds of janitors and supporters will march against cuts at Tufts. 12:30PM Powder House Sq in Somerville. @WCVB @7News @fredthys
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Join the party!

The Somerville Mobile Farmer’s Market will be hosting Mobile Market Parties all throughout Food Day Weekend for #SomervilleFoodDay14! On Thursday, October 23rd, join us at 268 Powderhouse Boulevard from 4 to 7pm. On Saturday, October 25th, join us at 530 Mystic Avenue from 1 to 4pm. Each of these parties will include:

-The Mobile Market so you can purchase fresh, organic produce at the lowest prices around
-Live music featuring your favorite local bands
-Children’s activities from face painting to the Somerville Arts Council's MUSCRAT art bus (only at the Mystic)
-A food mapping activity so we can collectively map food resources in our city
-An urban growing activity to get your hands dirty harvesting vegetables as well as learning how to grow and compost at home
-A recipe swap
-And a raffle to give away awesome prizes, such as Taza Chocolate and tours, stays at the Holiday Inn, Whole Foods gift cards, YUM restaurant discount cards, and more!

Also on Thursday evening for you Winter Hill folks, attend Come To The Table at the Winter Hill Community Innovation School! Hosted by the Somerville Food Security Coalition, the Somerville Family Learning Collaborative, and Somerville Public Schools' Food and Nutrition Services, this event from 5 to 7pm promises to be a great time. See more information at

Don’t miss out on this #SomervilleFoodDay14 party to celebrate our city and our food. Check out for more information on the national event, and don't forget to check out all of the partners who are making this happen: Green City Growers, Groundwork Somerville, Somerville Homeless Coalition, Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill, Cambridge Health Alliance, Massachusetts Urban Farming Network, The Welcome Project, Whole Foods Market Somerville, Somerville Arts Council, and so many more!

Email any questions or comments to
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Last week, Ian Judge walked by the long-abandoned function hall on Broadway in Powderhouse Circle, and took these four photos, touching off a long Facebook discussion thread. (The thread is public, and I'm posting this here with Ian's permission.)

Both the "Garden Room" and "Cabot Farms" signs have been taken down, the awnings are gone, and some construction seems to be going on inside. The "Cabot Farms" sign is now lying in the back yard; I don't know what happened to the "Garden Room" sign.

According to Doug Orleans, who lives there, the city ordered the property owner to remove the signs and awnings, claiming that they were eyesores.

If anyone knows more about the property owner's plans, please comment here!

(Earlier DSLJ posts about this place: September 2007 | June 2009 )

Ian Judge's photo of the Cabot Farms sign )
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The spot on Broadway in powderhouse square that used to be Toni and Ana's, I think, has a new sign out for Frozen Hoagies, with a cartoon picture of an ice cream sandwich. A quick google says this is a Boston area food truck now.

still looks quite under construction inside.

At least it isn't frozen yogurt?


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