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Scout Out: Best Trick Contest at BKB

Brooklyn Boulders isn’t just for climbing. On Saturday, July 20, the rock gym opened up its new space to a skate contest held by 1031 Skateboards, Landshark Wheels and Somerville’s Maximum Hesh shop. The Best Trick contest saw local skaters compete alongside members of the 1031 and Landshark skate teams as Newport, Rhode Island skate […]


Scout Picks: Fourth of July finds

People living in smaller towns of the Massachusetts countryside know that there’s no better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than with a good ol’ American BBQ. In a city like Somerville, it’s a bit harder to enjoy the same kind of classic summer get together. Smaller yards (or no yard at all) means […]


News: Trash truck sinks into Union Square

A trash pickup truck fell into a sinkhole in Union Square around 11 a.m. on Friday, June 28. The truck was backing up to a dumpster when it fell into a large hole in the road near Dunkin’ Donuts. It has since been removed from the area. The sinkhole appears to be about 6-8 feet […]


Scout Weekend: British Edition June 28-30

With June coming to end, summer has officially kicked into high gear. While the weather might not be the most promising, there are enough indoor events to keep you dry all weekend. Of course, if you’re ready to brave the storm with umbrella in hand, the Union Square Farmers Market and Davis Flea will take […]


What’s New?: Happiness in an iPhone app

Can an app really measure happiness, let alone tell you ways in which you could be more happy tailored to your own unique lifestyle? A new program in development by the H(app)athon Project is plotting to do just that, and the group has partnered with Somerville to test it out this fall. In 2011, the […]


Spotlight: Hal Sparks ignites Johnny D’s

Hal Sparks is not your average stand-up comedian. Named Chicago’s Funniest Teenager at 17, Sparks’ career has included hosting Talk Soup, contributing to VH1 mini-series like I Love the 90s and acting gigs on Queer as Folk and his current show, Disney XD’s Lab Rats. Which experience has been his favorite? “They’re incomparable,” he says. […]


Scout Weekend: June 7-9 air guitar edition

As we head into another wet, rainy weekend, it’s time to get out your umbrella, get off your couch and find something fun to do in town. Of course, Boston Pride Month will bring its parade to Government Center this Saturday, but if the parade (or maybe just standing in the rain) isn’t for you, […]


Spotlight: Union Press ushers in new book

“It’s never too early to start something.” This is one of the ideas behind Medford resident Miranda Aisling’s newest book, Don’t Make Art, Just Make Something. Aisling celebrated the book’s release with a party at Somerville’s Union Press on June 2. Aisling explained her sentiment, which goes against the traditional saying, “It’s never too late […]


Magoun Square’s red-and-gold sign unveiled

 Ward 5 Alderman Courtney O’Keefe unveiled the new Magoun Square in a ceremony on May 23 after it was initially installed and removed three weeks ago. The neighborhood has been awaiting a sign to welcome visitors since its redesign began three years ago –especially since other Somerville squares have had them for years. Thursday’s ceremony […]


Scout Weekend: Your Guide to Porchfest

This Saturday, May 18, porches in Somerville will transform into stages for over 100 of the city’s most diverse musical acts. Passersby can hear anything from punk to Afro beat. With three separate time slots from noon to 6 p.m. based on location, Porchfest offers an evening full of music from Somerville’s finest. For the […]