Something Ventured: VilleSide Customs

VilleSide’s owners have served the city for seven years from their storefront in Magoun Square, which started as a retail-only shop selling clothing, hats, and accessories from favorite brands including Silly Wabbit, Pretty Authentic People, and Villen.  Now, alongside their selection of local Somerville and Boston brands—including a house brand named after the business—VilleSide offers […]


Sunsetters Return for Another Summer of Song

With the longer days and warmer nights comes the return of the Somerville Sunsetters, a traveling troop of teenagers that spreads song on Somerville’s streets.  A historical Somerville relic revived by Mayor Joseph Curatone in 2004, the Sunsetters dedicate their summer to street performances and will be making appearances throughout the city. The Sunsetters began […]


A Journey Through 60 Adventures

“If you told me a year, two years, five years ago, that I would ever, ever, ever put myself on the internet singing, I would have told you, ‘You’re out of your mind.’” And yet, this winter, Deb Jacobs found herself posting a video of herself singing on the internet. Jacobs, 59, describes her life […]


City Starts Free Summer Meals Program

Somerville Public School’s Food and Nutrition Services Department will launch its 2019 Summer Meals Program on Monday, making breakfast and lunch available for free to all youth under 19 years old.  The program is an effort to combat youth food insecurity while school is not in session. Free breakfast is available at Foss Park Pool […]


‘Keep It Kind. Keep It Creative’

Somerville-raised Rapper Forté On His Art and His City Forté never leaves the house without his crystals, which he wears around his wrists. Most are gifts, and they’re meant to promote creativity. While leaning back in his chair, the artist pulls a jagged Amethyst crystal out of his pocket and turns it over a few […]


‘Giving Joy’ Through Artisanal Gifts, Entrepreneurship, and Mentorship

Joy Kolin first came up with the idea for Giving Joy while at the salon, when her hairdresser complimented her purse and proposed that she sell the artisanal products that she had collected from around the world. Drawing off her experience in international development and economics, Kolin launched Giving Joy in November 2018. Giving Joy’s […]


Check Out This Year’s Candidates for Local Office

MAYORMarianne Walles Joseph A. Curtatone (incumbent)Kenneth C. Van Buskirk, III COUNCILOR AT-LARGE (four seats)Mary Jo Rossetti (incumbent)William A. White, Jr (incumbent)John M. Connolly, Jr.Kristen Strezo Kevin Jura Stephanie A. Hirsch (incumbent)Will Mbah (incumbent)Joann Bocca-Rivieccio COUNCILOR WARD 1Matthew McLaughlin (incumbent) COUNCILOR WARD 2 J.T. Scott (incumbent) COUNCILOR WARD 3 Ben Ewen-Campen (incumbent) COUNCILOR WARD 4 Jesse […]


Language and Art Build Bridges at the Center for Arabic Culture

“I want the community to know what I know, because they will love it.”  That’s what Alma Richeh says about her work at the Center for Arabic Culture (CAC), where she and others explore Arab and Arab-American cultures through art and education. For more than a decade, the center—headquartered at the Somerville Armory—has helped foster intercultural […]


Open Kitchens, Open Conversations

The Open Kitchens Project Aims to Promote Cultural Exchange Through Food Paul Castiglione has spent much of his life thinking about what it means to belong to a community. His father grew up in an Italian immigrant family in upstate New York, which in the 1930s meant facing blatant discrimination. Castiglione was always aware of […]


What’s New: Arts & Entertainment

Union SquareUnion Tavern Launches Female-Fronted Residency Susan Cattaneo, a “New England Americana” singer/songwriter, will be performing every third Thursday at Union Tavern (formerly PA’s Lounge). A female-fronted residency like this, Cattaneo tells Scout, is a rarity in the Boston music scene, which is dominated by male performers. Cattaneo aspires to bring other women to join […]


Will Mbah Brings An Immigrant Perspective to the City Council

When Will Mbah attended community meetings, he often glanced around the room and noticed missing voices. He was frequently one of the only immigrants in the audience at the meetings, he says—which seemed problematic for a city whose population is almost 25 percent foreign-born. Now an at-large city councilor, Mbah aims to ensure that conversations […]