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‘How do we build community through this?’: Local Businesses React To Coronavirus

Small businesses, nonprofits, and arts establishments in Somerville have been seeing the effects of the coronavirus firsthand. As the city shuts down, it seems that no industry is exempt from the impact of the pandemic.  While some storefronts and organizations have temporarily closed their doors, others have chosen to take steps to reinforce their support […]


Coronavirus: Updates on Cancelations, Closures, and More

Three Somerville residents have also tested positive for the virus, all seemingly linked to a Biogen conference, according to the City’s website. The three cases involve: a parent of a West Somerville Neighborhood School student and the spouse of a teacher at the school, the parent of an East Somerville Community School parent, and a male Somerville […]


Following Somerville’s LEED: How the City is Working Towards Green Construction

Somerville’s new zoning ordinance introduces a set of limits to the city’s energy standards for new laboratory buildings in the city, and not everyone agrees that this will help the city. The new LEED Platinum standards require that development in Somerville is even more sustainable than what is currently required in nearby Cambridge and Boston.  […]


Destination: Somerville

There’s a small park, colorful three-decker homes, community restaurants, and local and franchise stores on Somerville Avenue, near Central Street. It’s a sparse and quiet area. And in a couple of years, a six-story luxury hotel is expected to squeeze into this environment. The city of Somerville currently has three hotels: La Quinta, Holiday Inn, […]


Something’s In The Water in Somerville…

There’s something in the water in Somerville, and it’s up to residents to find out if they’re at risk. High levels of lead were discovered in the drinking water of some homes, according to the annual test by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).  Lead is a common metal, often found in homes as a […]


Defending Davis Square

By Abbie Gruskin and Lilly Milman When British developing firm Scape announced a plan last summer to construct a six-story residential building along Grove Street—from The Burren to the intersection with Elm Street—around the same time the city released a draft of a zoning overhaul, locals weren’t pleased. Davis Square was changing, and they wanted […]


ISD Continues Search for Permanent Health Inspector

There is currently no permanent health inspector for the city of Somerville. The Inspectional Services Department (ISD) has been advertising to fill two Senior Code Enforcement Officer positions since Oct. 15, according to the city’s Deputy Director of Communications, Jaclyn Rossetti.  The role of the aforementioned officers is primarily to perform food-related inspections. Rossetti provided […]


Sleepless in Somerville: Complaints about airplane noise skyrocket, stir up community voices

Increased jet noise is plaguing city residents, who voiced their opposition to Logan Airport flight paths over Somerville in a City Council meeting this September. The cumulative number of city complaints about airplane noise collected by the Massachusetts Port Authority (MassPort)—which owns and operates Logan International Airport, Hanscom Field, and Worcester Regional Airport—has skyrocketed from […]


2019 Candidate Survey: School Committee

Welcome to Scout Somerville’s candidate survey for the 2019 municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5. We sent surveys to all candidates running in opposed races for Somerville mayor, city council, and school committee, and present their answers to you here. Today we are featuring the school committee race. All candidates were […]


2019 Candidate Survey: Councilor-At-Large

Welcome to Scout Somerville’s candidate survey for the 2019 municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5. We sent surveys to all candidates running in opposed races for Somerville mayor, council at large, and school committee, and present their answers to you here. Today we are featuring the councilor-at-large race. All candidates were […]


2019 Candidate Survey: Somerville Mayor

Welcome to Scout Somerville’s candidate survey for the 2019 municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5. We sent surveys to all candidates running in opposed races for Somerville mayor, council at large, and school committee, and will be posting their answers this week. Today we are featuring the mayoral race. Both candidates […]


Petition calls to “Restore Broadway” in Winter Hill

Bus and bike lanes implemented this past September on Broadway in Somerville have stirred local unrest, manifesting in a movement called “Restore Broadway.” Installed as part of the city’s Winter Hill in Motion project, the lanes were intended to improve mobility in the area, serving as Somerville’s first lanes to support two-way bus traffic on […]