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Somerville Cares Fund lends support to those in need

Mayor Joseph Curtatone, in partnership with United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), launched the Somerville Cares Fund to provide financial resources to those heavily impacted by the pandemic on April 15.  Officials were inspired by the work of the organization United Way and Merrimack Valley’s actions to support […]


Scout Supporter of the Day: Jon

Our Scout Supporter of the Day is Jon! Jon likes to read Scout to get a sense of what’s changing around him. “In particular, I love learning about new businesses that are establishing roots in the area,” he says. During the stay-at-home advisory, it’s been important for him to get up and get moving every […]


Local Gyms Continue Creating Community Online

Opening Fly Together Fitness—a pole fitness studio in Somerville—required a monumental effort from its 11 women co-owners. They had a vision: An inclusive, empowering space in Somerville where people could build personal strength and a community alongside each other. And then, four months after it opened, the gym was required to close as a nonessential […]


Scout Supporter of the Day: Amanda

Our Scout Supporter of the Day is Amanda! Amanda’s favorite thing about Scout is learning about new places to go to and events to check out. “We love Scout!” She says. ” I love reading about new restaurants and shops and learning about community events and members.” While the stay-at-home advisory has her and her family cooped […]



The City Offers Business Coaching Service During COVID-19

As of April 24, Somerville’s Economic Development Department (EDD) received 40 applications to their business coaching service, a new program created to help local businesses affected by COVID-19. Since launching on April 6, the program has already matched 17 businesses with coaches. “Somerville’s small businesses are a critical part of the life blood of our […]


How Groceries Became A Part of the Menu

As grocery stores become centers of stress, with lines of customers forming outside of their doors, the City of Somerville decided to pass an order allowing restaurants to sell groceries on April 18. The choice is meant to relieve several different pressures from the Somerville community. “This is a good example of how in a […]


The ‘Death Zone’ For Harvard Square Businesses

It’s a little unnerving to see what are usually the busiest spots in the city so sparsely occupied. But with the spread of COVID-19 and a state- and nation-wide quarantine in effect, this is a new normal in Harvard Square.  On March 11, Harvard University and other local colleges like MIT, Lesley University, and Cambridge […]


Veggie Galaxy Raises $15,000 for Staff

For Adam Penn and Katherine Tanner, the married co-owners of Veggie Galaxy, the decision to shut down operations on March 14 happened almost literally overnight. “We were open on a Saturday night—this was kind of when things were ramping up early, in terms of the virus and people’s perceptions of it—and we were still pretty […]


Pandemic Philanthropy: Local Investor Buys Groceries for 400

Customers shopping at the Somerville Market Basket during the hours set aside for seniors and those with compromised immune systems got a surprise last Friday and Saturday when Collin Yip picked up the tab for all their groceries. While he wished to remain anonymous at first, his good deed was confirmed by Kristin Phelan, spokeswoman […]


‘Marching Toward Coverage’ With Health Care Expert and Author Rosemarie Day

The coronavirus pandemic has many scared—not only for their physical health, but for their financial health as well, especially if they are uninsured.  What the country needs is someone who will fight for the public’s well being, while also providing them with the knowledge to later advocate for themselves. Somerville’s Rosemarie Day—a longtime health reform […]


Students Launch Volunteer Service to Help Small Businesses

In 2019, Cambridge-based student Daniel Wang helped a local barber build a website. Since then, he has been interested in connecting students with small businesses in need of support—but hasn’t always known how to put this idea into practice. That changed when the coronavirus outbreak began.  “When the coronavirus crisis hit, that was when I […]