Community

Upcoming Exhibit Aims To Tell Our Stories Through Our Stuff

What if you could collect an object of personal importance from every Somerville resident? That’s the driving question behind “Our Stories, Our Stuff, Our Somerville,” an upcoming exhibition at the Somerville Museum. Bess Paupeck, who’s part of the first cohort of community curators at the museum, has been dreaming up this exhibition for about a decade. […]


New Liquor Store, PROOF, Aims to Be Community Space

Everything at Winter Hill’s newest liquor store is well thought out. Virtually all pieces of the shop are custom made, from the wine racks to the hanging lights. Wines hail from all over the world—South America, Portugal, Italy—and beers from beloved local breweries adorn the shelves. But lighthearted details, like a blown-up Prohibition-era photo of […]


Meet the Scout Team: Holli Banks Allien, Founder & Publisher

Holli’s journey to Somerville and to the brazen task of launching a print magazine in 2009 was a complicated one. She grew up in East Tennessee, studied acting in New York, and ultimately followed a friend up to the Somerville and Cambridge area. Scout was a long shot, to say the least. Holli went from […]


Our Favorite Stories of 2018

1. ‘We Envision Gas Stations As Hubs of Environmental Advocacy’ You use reusable shopping bags. You recycle, and maybe even compost. You take the T whenever you can. But sometimes, driving is unavoidable—maybe your job is inaccessible by public transit, or maybe the bus never showed. You take your car, even though you cringe when […]


One Person’s Scrap is Another Person’s Craft

When Marina Speevak walks into Somerville schools, some kids call her “the beautiful lady.” It’s not a bad moniker for Speevak, who runs a creative reuse center called the Beautiful Stuff Project that helps people reappropriate scrap materials from local manufacturers into craft projects. The walls of the building are lined with all sorts of […]


Skip the Small Talk Helps Forge Genuine Connections

“What book or movie had an impact on the way you see the world?” “What is your mind gravitating toward most these days?” “How are you really doing?” In most cases, you’d probably be a little freaked out if a stranger sat down next to you, asked you one of these questions, and stared at […]


East Somerville Main Streets Gets a New Director

From her master’s degree in nonprofit management to her time with the Mass Cultural Council, Jennifer Atwood has spent much of her career helping small organizations stay afloat and contribute to their communities. She took the helm as executive director at East Somerville Main Streets at the start of October, where she’s steering the two […]


Reanimating Community with AniMAtic

The animation community in Greater Boston is bigger than many people realize—a misperception that’s due to a lack of communication among creators, according to animators Alex Salsberg and Ian Connell. That dynamic is what they’re trying to solve with AniMAtic Boston, a Somerville-based event series and online community. Salsberg and Connell became interested in building […]



MEET YOUR WINNERS: Wildcards

Eco-Friendly Business: Neighborhood Produce  415 Medford St., (617) 702-2811 nbrhoodproduce.com Read more. New Business: Remnant Brewing 2 Bow Market Way, (617) 764-0641 remnantsomerville.com Read more. Old Favorite: Ricky’s Flower Market 238 Washington St., (617) 628-7569 rickysflowermarket.com Late-Night Haunt: Brass Union 70 Union Square, (617) 623-9211 brassunion.com Place to People Watch: Mike’s Food & Spirits 9 […]


A Q&A with Union Square Main Streets

Voted Best Neighborhood to Eat, Live, and Work There’s an undeniable, infectious energy that permeates Union Square these days. A new brewery, dozens of new businesses, and restaurants consistently on regional or national “best of” lists all contribute to the square’s vibrancy, says Jessica Eshleman, executive director of Union Square Main Streets. If its popularity […]


Somerville Health Foundation Grants to Tackle Mental Health, Food Security, and Substance Use

Somerville is known for being inclusive—it’s home to young professionals and families, lifelong residents and immigrants, and it’s one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country. But when it comes to our wellbeing, there’s still a long way to go to equality: The city faces “continued health disparities based on race/ethnicity and socioeconomic […]