Articles by Emily Hopkins

RAISING GENERATION Z: What the Experts Say

Every year, we learn more about the ins and outs of good parenting. To be brief: It’s a tough job, and many people often face it with limited resources and support. That’s where Parenting Journey in Somerville and the Cambridge Center for Families come in. They help teach parents good parenting skills and provide them […]


RAISING GENERATION Z: Seeking Balance for the Net Generation

When we first sat down with area parents to talk about the challenges of raising Generation Z, we were thinking about all the factors that might give them anxiety: finding the right school, living in a good neighborhood, giving their children access to the best pediatric care—the kinds of things that influence your decision to live […]


Hard Work and Optimism Pay Off for Local Artist

“There isn’t a surface in here that I haven’t painted for the sake of that kid,” says Crystal Burney. It’s a hot afternoon in late May, and she’s sitting in what by all means is a lovely kitchen, though Burney says it wasn’t always this way. On the walls are photos of her son, Hatcher, […]


All Dogs Go to PorchFest, and Other Non-Musical Attractions

Over 200 acts performed on Saturday for PorchFest, the annual music festival that draws thousands of ‘Villens out of their houses and into the streets. The genres were diverse–from gypsy rock to jazz piano to folk violin–and surely everyone came for the music first and foremost. But as we wandered around from porch to porch (or […]


Tufts Hunger Strike Continues After Second Meeting with Administration

Students in the Tufts Labor Coalition met today with university administrators to discuss possible cuts to custodial staff that the TLC has been protesting for months. According to a statement released by the workers’ rights group, the university put forward an alternative proposal, but no decision was reached. In the meantime, five students who began […]



NAMESAKE: Brass Union’s Green Line Extension

Namesake is a new series where we try food and drinks named after the city we’re in. Have something on your menu that fits the theme? Let us know at scout@scoutmagazines.com and we just might check it out. When word reached the Scout offices that Brass Union has a cocktail called the Green Line Extension, […]



TEDxSomerville anticipates “reinvention”

“It’s impossible to not see how much is changing in Somerville … so it seems like the perfect theme for this year,” says Devin Bramhall, spokesperson for TEDxSomerville, of “reinvent,” the theme chosen for this year’s talks. The volunteer-organized, day-long series of lectures will celebrate its third incarnation on May 17 at Assembly Row. Even the location fits […]


Sunshine in Somerville: A Look at Our Public Records

Every year, journalists, activists and vigilant citizens get together for Sunshine Week, a celebration of government transparency through public records and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In light of the occasion, we’re taking a look back at some of the Somerville-related documents that were made public by MuckRock, an open government news organization that helps people complete public records […]


Four Local Businesses Awarded Support Program Partnership

Union Square Station Associates (US2) announced Monday the four businesses that would receive support through a Technical Assistance Program to help small businesses in anticipation of Union Square development. Cantina La Mexicana, Reliable Market, CrossFit Somerville and Local Supply Company will receive assessments and recommendations from consulting firm Retail Visioning, “This program will help us […]


Wards host meetings as zoning public comment period wraps up

Ward 5 Alderman Mark Niedergang knows that zoning is not a sexy subject. The current draft of the of the overhauled zoning code, which was compiled through the city’s Zoning Reform Project, is currently 285 pages long. “It’s like peeling back the layers of an onion,” Niedergang said in an email to constituents. “I’m still […]