What’s New: City Beat

City Council Approves FY20 Budget  The City Council signed off on the FY20 budget at the end of June. The greatest chunk of funding—30 percent in the proposed FY20 budget summary, which equals over $76 million—was allotted to the school department, while 18 percent went toward public safety. The budget also devoted $771,670 to improving […]


Somerville Theatre Brings Classic Films, Cult Favorites Back to the Big Screen

Every summer, the Somerville Theatre swaps out some of its blockbuster programming and returns to its repertory roots, giving quirky, iconic, and cult-followed films the full movie theater setting. “What differentiates us from our competitors, the chains that are kind of more generic, is this type of programming, I think,” says Ian Judge, the director […]



What’s New: Business Briefing

All She Wrote Books Highlights Diverse Narratives Look no further for a good feminist read—All She Wrote Books has it covered. Searching for better representation in literature, local Christina Ciampa launched the pop-up bookstore to celebrate the voices of female, queer, and trans authors. “We are in 2019. There’s no reason why we can’t make […]


What’s New: Evolving Eats

East SomervilleRecino’s Café Recino’s Café has it all, from Mexican- and Salvadoran-style plates of burritos, pupusas, and tamales to rich American pastries like New York cheesecake. The cafe, which opened in late May, is owners Jose Recino and Joseph Garcia’s first restaurant in the city.  Ball SquareAvenue Kitchen and Bar Out with the longtime Italian […]


Get to Know Scout’s Honored

What’s Scout’s Honored? Scout’s Honored is our way of spotlighting the best of Somerville. We have over 100 categories, from best place to splurge to best community classes to best new business. It’s also, effectively, a guidebook for Somerville residents. Who can you trust to care for your dog? Where can you find the best […]


Community Growing Center Reopens with Strong Eco-Friendly Focus

The Somerville Community Growing Center reopened at the end of June after renovations, offering several new spaces for locals to enjoy nature, pluck produce, and attend free events. The quarter-acre Growing Center—located near Union Square at 22 Vinal Ave.—was founded by activists in the mid-1990s on part of the former Southern Junior High School property. […]


Local Ice Cream Roundup

Forge Ice Cream Bar626 Somerville Ave., (617) 764-5365 Origin story:Tucker Lewis and Jennifer Park met while working at an ice cream shop before going on to open Somerville staples Diesel Cafe and Bloc Cafe together. They opened their third store, Forge Baking Company, in 2014. Two years later, they expanded their menu to include housemade […]


ArtBeat to ‘Consume’ Davis Square This Weekend

If you visit Davis Square on Saturday, you may find yourself in the middle of an art therapy workshop, or taking a stroll down “Aqua Alley” with different water samples, or next to a 12-foot inflatable virus statue. ArtBeat returns to Somerville this weekend, with a new challenge for attendees: to consider and confront the […]



Events Calendar: July & August

Saturdays  |  FitnessYoga in the Park9 a.m., Free355 Artisan Way, Somerville Some.Yoga.Studio is teaching free yoga on the Mystic River each Saturday morning. There are 100 spots available, and registration opens the day before at 12 p.m. July 11 |  Food & DrinksBar Stars at Assembly Row 6 to 8 p.m., $25355 Artisan Way, Somerville Assembly […]