Community

Santa’s Workshop, Right in Winter Hill

For many months of the year, the outside of 166 Central Street looks like any other Somerville home. It sits on a steep, quiet road between the two main streets of Winter Hill. But inside, in the cellar and attic and garage, beloved characters come to life. Santa and Mrs. Claus dance, an ogre bares […]


Public Library Hires Health Services Coordinator

The Somerville Public Library and Cambridge Health Alliance have teamed up to hire a social worker who will help library patrons suffering from homelessness, drug use, and more. “Somerville, being an urban public library, has a fairly significant number of vulnerable patrons—patrons who are dealing with challenges presented by issues such as homelessness, substance abuse, […]


A Somerville Story

Somerville just got its very own picture book. “Windows” is a Somerville story, through and through—not only is the book set in Somerville, but it’s published by Somerville’s Candlewick Press and was written and illustrated by two women who used to live in the city. The book follows a young boy as he walks around […]


Meet Your Scout’s Honored Winners: Sav-Mor Spirits | SCOUTV Episode #14

By now, you’re familiar with the Sav-Mor signs—both the salty, sentient one that towers over McGrath Highway and its smaller but equally sassy sibling on Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford. They’re known for making deadpan proclamations like, “Ask us about our baby shower registry,” “Free receipt with any purchase,” and, last fall, “We sell lots […]


A New Culinary Tour Takes You “Off the Beaten Path”

Lizzie Bell and her fiancé Sam Schlussel are self-proclaimed globetrotters; they love to travel together, and they often take food tours while they do. But as longtime residents of Somerville and Cambridge who currently call Davis Square home, they’re also big fans of the colorful array of restaurants located right here in their own densely packed little neighborhood. Plenty […]


Pass the Podcast: Sights and Sounds from the Sonic Soirée

They’re popping up in cities all over the country: San Francisco, Chicago, Portland. In New York, where they call themselves NYC Radio Club, more than one attendee has reported that their group harbors some jealousy for the Boston name. Around here, the group of public radio producers who meet up each month to share a […]



54 Things You Can do to Make Change in Somerville

Somerville is home to a veritable army of nonprofits, community organizations, meet-ups and groups working to make our little corner of the world a better place. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed and want to do something right now, why not find other people who are doing something awesome and ask, “How can I help?” Here’s […]


An Afternoon At Market Basket

It’s tough to explain the singular experience of shopping at the Market Basket on Somerville Avenue—the deals, the crowds, the packed parking lot—so in our “Know Your Neighborhood” issue, we let these photos do the talking. This story appears in the May/June 2017 issue of Scout, which is available for free at more than 220 drop spots throughout […]



Somerville: Then and Now

In our May/June “Know Your Neighborhood” edition, we took a little trip down memory lane with photos of Somerville past and present. How many of these iconic area spots can you recognize from archival photos? This story appears in the May/June 2017 issue of Scout, which is available for free at more than 220 drop spots throughout […]


A “Big Gay Dance Party” is Coming to Union Square

This year, Somerville is kicking off Pride Month with a brand-new event you won’t want to miss: a Big Gay Dance Party. The free event from the Somerville Arts Council and the Somerville LGBTQ Community Liaison will bring glitz and glitter to the Union Square Plaza from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on June 3, with music […]