Demystifying Death at the Somerville Public Library

There was an air of lightness in the Central Library auditorium as a group of about twenty strangers—varying in age and occupation, from young grad students to older, retired residents—sat in a circle, coffee and tea in hand, ready to discuss the theme of death on the evening of Jan. 23. No, this wasn’t a […]



Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers: Lloyd Schwartz

The year was 1983. Lloyd Schwartz was living in Cambridge, working as classical music editor for The Boston Phoenix, an alternative weekly periodical with a nationally renowned music section. He was also teaching full-time at the University of Massachusetts Boston. At the time, Conde Nast Publications was reviving the magazine Vanity Fair, which had been […]


City Upon Prospect Hill

On a wintry New Year’s day in 1776, Somerville became the site of the first flag raising in the country. Back then, it was called the Grand Union flag—featuring a British Union Jack in the upper left corner where the 50 stars now reside, and thirteen red and white stripes.  One day later, the words […]


What’s New: City Beat

City of Somerville begins construction on new “life sciences” building in Union SquareJoe Cutatone took to Facebook to announce that the city began construction on a “new life sciences building” in Boynton Yards this December. The building is part of a larger project to increase “extensive community benefits” in that part of the city, according […]


What’s New: New and Improved Eats

Winter Hill Brewing Company partners with Scott Brothers to expand its offerings Winter Hill Brewing Company is expanding its palate. The popular brewery now also serves brunch, lunch, and dinner thanks to a partnership with catering company Scott Brothers that began this November, according to Eater Boston. Brunch is served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to […]


Something’s In The Water in Somerville…

There’s something in the water in Somerville, and it’s up to residents to find out if they’re at risk. High levels of lead were discovered in the drinking water of some homes, according to the annual test by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA).  Lead is a common metal, often found in homes as a […]


Defending Davis Square

By Abbie Gruskin and Lilly Milman When British developing firm Scape announced a plan last summer to construct a six-story residential building along Grove Street—from The Burren to the intersection with Elm Street—around the same time the city released a draft of a zoning overhaul, locals weren’t pleased. Davis Square was changing, and they wanted […]


Where Has The Goose Gone?

Christmas is coming,the geese are getting fat …—traditional nursery rhyme The Christmas goose. It’s mentioned in Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” depicted (in its yet-to-be-plucked form) in the Norman Rockwell painting “Christmas Goose/Muggelton’s Stagecoach,” and was a mainstay of the holiday table in England from the time of Elizabeth I into the Victorian era (where […]


Reduce, Reuse, and Wrap

This holiday season, think before you buy reams of wasteful gift wrap. Step up your gift-wrapping game with sustainable tricks that won’t cost you tons of money or end up in the trash.  Scout caught up with Sarah Levy, founder of the Cambridge store Cleenland, which sells low-waste home goods; Amy Lou Stein, owner of […]


Scouting Out the Perfect Gift Card

Picture this: You’re standing in a checkout line after a long day of work, Michael Bublé is blasting through the speakers, and you realize that you forgot to pick up a holiday gift for the nephew you’ll be seeing at tomorrow’s Christmas party. Your eyes drift over to a rack of gift cards. Maybe he’d […]


So You Want To Throw The Perfect Holiday Party …

No one wants to be responsible for throwing a stale, boring party. With the holidays right at hand, it’s the ideal time to throw the perfect holiday party … and you want to make sure you get all the details right. Relax. You’ve got plenty of help. Setting The SceneCreating An Atmosphere Denize Ramos, manager […]