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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 […]


Our Last Week of #TheFrontStepsProject For Now

It has been an honor taking photos of you and your families from a distance for #TheFrontStepsProject. Stepping out to take your photos has been the highlight of our photographers’ weeks, and sharing them has brought a sense of connection back to us and our readers. Documenting the faces of our communities during the pandemic […]


Some of the Faces Helping Us Save Scout

For a little over a week now, Scout staff photographers Sasha Pedro and Adrianne Mathiowetz, as well as photographer Amanda Macchia, have been driving all over town to photograph families from a safe distance as a part of #TheFrontStepsProject. #TheFrontStepsProject, started by photographer Cara Soulia in Needham, is a way of fostering connection, documenting the […]


Get Politically Engaged With the Click of a Button

The best way to relay a message to someone that they will trust is through someone that they already know, says Outvote COO Emily DaSilva. This was the idea that sparked the genesis of Outvote, an app and website that encourages political activism. The Davis Square–based startup was founded by CEO Naseem Makiya, a former […]


COVID-19 Could Be ‘Armageddon’ for Small Businesses

In a business sector that’s famed for its tight margins, the owner of Olde Magoun’s Saloon is not mincing words about how bad things are right now. In fact, Greg Coughlin has one word for it: Armageddon  “The current situation is dire for the restaurant industry in Boston and Somerville,” Coughlin says. “Most restaurants won’t […]


Update: Final March Fundraising Push!

As of today, we have raised $3,566—meaning that we are about 70 percent of the way towards meeting our initial fundraising ask of $5,000.  We really appreciate the generosity of the community, and all those who have taken the time to sign up for #TheFrontStepsProject. Without you, this last week wouldn’t have been possible for […]


Neighborhoods Collaborate On Grassroots Relief for Main Streets Report

It’s no surprise that small businesses are being hit—hard—by social distancing policies. Many have announced closures, while others have tried to transition to virtual models of their product. Some restaurants are temporarily shuttering, others are trying to lean on take-out and delivery—perhaps even for the first time. But a common thread throughout all of these […]


Juliet + Company Releases Guide for Cooking With Your Pantry

To all the cooks stuck in their homes and low on supplies, whether you’re an expert or novice: Have no fear! Restaurants Juliet and Peregrine, under the name Juliet + Company, have released a multi-part cookbook for how to cook with what you have in the pantry during the quarantine.  “Bean Zine,” also known as […]


‘Everything Has Changed’: Breweries Move To Packaging

Remnant Brewing is trying to activate a new distribution model. Since the Somerville brewery’s taproom can no longer be open to the public—an effect of the novel coronavirus outbreak—management is moving to sell more packaged beer, which customers can pick up at the Bow Market location. Much of Remnant’s sales now come from their production […]


Somerville Delivers Gets Restaurants On The Same Page

According to Jessica Eshleman’s notes, the idea first went out from the Somerville Chamber of Commerce’s Dining & Nightlife Group last Tuesday: A joint effort to create a web page linking to all of the city’s restaurants that were offering delivery and take-out during the COVID-19 pandemic. To say the idea got traction would be […]