Articles by Jake Reed

Meeting at City Hall to Address ADA Act

This Thursday, August 29, at 6 p.m., a public meeting will be held at City Hall regarding the accessibility of most of Somerville’s public facilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. These needs are addressed in a 530-page report, “ADA Self-Evaluation (as basis for Transition Plan),” available on the Somerville website. The issue […]


Scout Weekend: August 9-11

Summer is winding down and the humid heat stretches of July are a thing of the past. You can still afford to put off the back-to-school shopping for another weekend or two, although the kids might be holed up finishing that summer reading they’ve been putting off since June. Here are the best events to […]


Scout Out: Best Trick Contest at BKB

Brooklyn Boulders isn’t just for climbing. On Saturday, July 20, the rock gym opened up its new space to a skate contest held by 1031 Skateboards, Landshark Wheels and Somerville’s Maximum Hesh shop. The Best Trick contest saw local skaters compete alongside members of the 1031 and Landshark skate teams as Newport, Rhode Island skate […]


Scout Picks: Fourth of July finds

People living in smaller towns of the Massachusetts countryside know that there’s no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a good ol’ American BBQ. In a city like Somerville, it’s a bit harder to enjoy the same kind of classic summer get together. Smaller yards (or no yard at all) means […]


News: Trash truck sinks into Union Square

A trash pickup truck fell into a sinkhole in Union Square around 11 a.m. on Friday, June 28. The truck was backing up to a dumpster when it fell into a large hole in the road near Dunkin’ Donuts. It has since been removed from the area. The sinkhole appears to be about 6-8 feet […]


Scout Weekend: British Edition June 28-30

With June coming to end, summer has officially kicked into high gear. While the weather might not be the most promising, there are enough indoor events to keep you dry all weekend. Of course, if you’re ready to brave the storm with umbrella in hand, the Union Square Farmers Market and Davis Flea will take […]


Spotlight: Plimpton! producer Adam Roffman

Somervillian Adam Roffman has worked on films from “The Departed” to last year’s “Ted,” starring fellow Massachusetts-bred Mark Wahlberg. Ten years ago, he helped to establish the Independent Film Festival Boston as New England’s premiere outlet for indie films. For his latest work, he produced “Plimpton! Starring George Plimpton as Himself,” a documentary about the […]


What’s New?: Happiness in an iPhone app

Can an app really measure happiness, let alone tell you ways in which you could be more happy tailored to your own unique lifestyle? A new program in development by the H(app)athon Project is plotting to do just that, and the group has partnered with Somerville to test it out this fall. In 2011, the […]


Spotlight: Hal Sparks ignites Johnny D’s

Hal Sparks is not your average stand-up comedian. Named Chicago’s Funniest Teenager at 17, Sparks’ career has included hosting Talk Soup, contributing to VH1 mini-series like I Love the 90s and acting gigs on Queer as Folk and his current show, Disney XD’s Lab Rats. Which experience has been his favorite? “They’re incomparable,” he says. […]


Scout Weekend: June 7-9 air guitar edition

As we head into another wet, rainy weekend, it’s time to get out your umbrella, get off your couch and find something fun to do in town. Of course, Boston Pride Month will bring its parade to Government Center this Saturday, but if the parade (or maybe just standing in the rain) isn’t for you, […]


Spotlight: Union Press ushers in new book

“It’s never too early to start something.” This is one of the ideas behind Medford resident Miranda Aisling’s newest book, Don’t Make Art, Just Make Something. Aisling celebrated the book’s release with a party at Somerville’s Union Press on June 2. Aisling explained her sentiment, which goes against the traditional saying, “It’s never too late […]


Magoun Square’s red-and-gold sign unveiled

 Ward 5 Alderman Courtney O’Keefe unveiled the new Magoun Square in a ceremony on May 23 after it was initially installed and removed three weeks ago. The neighborhood has been awaiting a sign to welcome visitors since its redesign began three years ago –especially since other Somerville squares have had them for years. Thursday’s ceremony […]