Taste Somerville and The Yum Card

Hungry for Somerville’s diverse restaurant offerings? You’re in luck. The Welcome Project, which acts as an advocate for the city’s immigrant community, is serving up The Yum Card which offers a 10 percent off discount for orders of $25 or more at participating restaurants. Some of them, including Aguacate Verde, Yak and Yeti and Fasika, are Scout Somerville […]


Somerville Open Studios on its way

Holding their 15th annual Somerville Open Studios showing, SOS is a non-profit organization that allows community members to watch local artists progress in their craft. Creative works like contemporary travel accessories or stylish jewelry inspired by science and technology have been showcased at SOS.


Pop open a can of Soda Drinker Pro

Eight years ago, 32-year-old Somerville resident Will Brierly woke up feeling rather thirsty. While most people would just get up for a cup of water, an idea immediately popped into Brierly’s head. “Oh man, I need a soda. I need to make a first-person soda game,” he thought. Nineteen hours in front of a computer […]


Luck of ‘The Irish’ in Davis Square

If your roots even come close to Ireland, you need to pay a visit to Davis Square. The Davis Square Theatre is currently showing “The Irish…and How They Got That Way,” a witty, ironic–and nostalgic–account of the rich Irish culture, heritage and history. With a few mentions here and there about their love for whiskey.


Who Scans the Scanners?

In a span of 10 seconds, more than 30 cars pass a patrol vehicle stationed in Union Square. Without the officer inside lifting a finger, a system installed in her vehicle snaps pictures of each passing license plate and compares them against lists of wanted and unregistered vehicles. If one of the vehicles is a […]


Robert Publicover: Sept. 29, 1949 – Dec. 31, 2012

  Robert “Bob” Publicover, the founder of The Somerville News and a prominent AIDS/HIV activist, died between 4 and 6 a.m. on Dec. 31. He was 63. Publicover was believed until his death to be the nation’s longest living survivor of AIDS. He had also been battling cancer. In May, Scout published a long profile of […]


Hold on Reappointment of Once-Curtatone Critic

  On Oct. 24, the Board of Aldermen’s Confirmation of Appointment’s Committee met to approve Mayor Joe Curtatone’s  appointments and reappointments to city commissions. Of the 48 commissioners that came to the committee, 47 were approved. Those 47 were then all confirmed by the Board of Aldermen the next night. Barry Rafkind, a five-year member […]


Assembly Row’s Future

  Donald Wood, the president and CEO of Maryland-based Assembly Row developers Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT), spoke about third-quarter earnings with analysts recently. He spoke for a period about Assembly Row, revealing that high-end shops Brooks Brothers and Chico’s have committed to leases. He also said FRIT is considering buying the IKEA property but that […]


A Soccer Stadium for Somerville

  At first glance, Assembly Square and Gillette Stadium during a New England Revolution game present one striking similarity: the two sprawling landscapes are mostly vacant. The difference, besides the fact one is a development site rife with potential and the other a 68,000-seat stadium better known for its owner’s more popular team (maybe you’ve […]


First Three Restaurants in Assembly Row

Legal Sea Foods, Burger Dive and Papagayo Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar will open restaurants in Assembly Row, developers Federal Realty Investment Trust announced today. The trio mark the first restaurant announcements for Assembly Row. Legal’s restaurant will be one of its Legal C Bars, which are considered trendy and urban spinoffs of the popular […]


Leveling Out

  Go find an empty toilet paper roll. Place that over one eye, and cover the other with your hand. This is something like having retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease Eileen Feldman negotiates with every step she takes. “It’ll feel disgusting to you,” Feldman says as she sips a chai at Bloc 11. “I […]


Capital Projects Department Changes

City Hall announced yesterday that Edward Nuzzo, Somerville’s superintendent of inspectional services, would transfer to his former position as capital projects manager. Nuzzo had previously held the position from 1998 until 2010 before becoming the head of ISD. The capital projects department was re-instated in the city budget in fiscal year 2013 after being eliminated […]