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 […]


A Feminist, LGBTQ Pop-Up Bookstore? That’s All She Wrote

Christina Ciampa was tired of reading books that didn’t represent her life. “I felt like there were so many stories, especially stories from women, from the gay community, from the trans community, from all different walks of life, that were just not reflected in a lot of the texts that I read,” she says. “It’s […]


Scout’s Honored Nominations Close June 5—Vote Now!

Got opinions? Good. Nobody knows Somerville like the people who call it home—that’s why we’re once again asking you to shout out the best our city has to offer. Nominations are open through June 5. Finalists will be announced in our next issue, out in early July. Make your voice heard! Beauty – https://forms.gle/E4P4kDd5WvLnWQ897 Wellness – https://forms.gle/jAF3yy5FCubNJz8k8 Shopping […]


What’s New: City Beat

Tufts Develops Gas-Sensing Thread Tufts University engineers have officially nailed the balance between fashion and function. Researchers developed thread that changes color when it is exposed to certain gases, according to a press release, essentially allowing workers in medical, workplace, military, and rescue environments to use their clothing to detect volatile gases. While these threads […]


What’s New: Changing Tastes

Union SquareVinal A Bagelsaurus alum is taking to Union Square to shine a spotlight on another beloved breakfast carb: the English muffin. Sarah Murphy’s Vinal Bakery, formerly a pop-up-only concept, has taken root in the former Pizza Palace space. The cafe features a menu of innovative English muffin sandwiches (built upon Murphy’s signature original, wheat, […]