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Somerville

This week's 'Greater Somerville:' exploring the east

Join "Greater Somerville" host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with Renee Polcaro, president of the board of directors for East Somerville Main Streets.

Downtown

Panera Cares Community Café feeds all with donation-based model

The Government Center Panera Cares Community Café opened in January of 2013 and allows people to volunteer time and being repaid with food.

Brookline

Brookline’s winter Indoor Play Program ‘safe and free’

The Brookline Recreation Department’s Indoor Play Program at Soule Early Childhood Center, 652 Hammond St., was created by the Brookline Recreation Department for children ages 6 months to 3 years. The Soule gym offers a safe, warm and dry alternative to outdoor playgrounds for adults to supervise their small children during the colder months of the year.

South End

South End’s Snap Top Market becomes a neighborhood fixture

Nestled among condominiums and office buildings, Snap Top Market at 330 Columbus Ave. has become a familiar feature of the South End and Back Bay since it opened in the fall of 2012.

Somerville

Somerville artist’s portraits on display at City Hall

Jim, along with eight other members of Somerville’s various senior centers, is featured in an exhibition by local artist Nancy Hall Brooks at the Somerville City Hall. The exhibition was funded by the Somerville Arts Council as part of it program, to support artists and their involvement in the community.

Allston Brighton

Brighton’s Gifford Cat Shelter cares for cats one by one

For a cat in need, the Gifford Cat Shelter is a safe haven unlike any other. The oldest cageless, no-kill shelter in the country, the Gifford Shelter offers a home for any cat, no matter how infirm or unfriendly the feline.

Jamaica Plain

Not everyone impressed by Jamaica Plain resident’s front lawn art display

Jonathan Handy, a systems analyst for the City of Boston, makes a hobby out of turning found trash and stickers in to art, which he displays outside his house at 225 Amory St.

Somerville

Somerville mayor announces $50,000 reward to find Deanna Cremin's killer

As friends and family gathered in Somerville Saturday to mark the 19th anniversary of Deanna Cremin's murder, Mayor Joseph Curtatone pledged a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of her killer.

Snapshot

Community budget per person, 2012

Take the town budget and divide by the number of residents, and you get this chart. See where your town ranks. Summer communities -- with high warm weather populations but low permanent populations -- dominate the list. Wealthy communities, such as Weston, Lexington, and Cohasset are also ranked high.

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