public health

Some of the Faces Helping Us Save Scout

For a little over a week now, Scout staff photographers Sasha Pedro and Adrianne Mathiowetz, as well as photographer Amanda Macchia, have been driving all over town to photograph families from a safe distance as a part of #TheFrontStepsProject. #TheFrontStepsProject, started by photographer Cara Soulia in Needham, is a way of fostering connection, documenting the […]


Get Politically Engaged With the Click of a Button

The best way to relay a message to someone that they will trust is through someone that they already know, says Outvote COO Emily DaSilva. This was the idea that sparked the genesis of Outvote, an app and website that encourages political activism. The Davis Square–based startup was founded by CEO Naseem Makiya, a former […]


COVID-19 Could Be ‘Armageddon’ for Small Businesses

In a business sector that’s famed for its tight margins, the owner of Olde Magoun’s Saloon is not mincing words about how bad things are right now. In fact, Greg Coughlin has one word for it: Armageddon  “The current situation is dire for the restaurant industry in Boston and Somerville,” Coughlin says. “Most restaurants won’t […]


Documenting Our City During the Stay-At-Home Advisory With #TheFrontStepsProject

Scout’s first weekend participating in #TheFrontStepsProject as a way of raising funds was a blast! #TheFrontStepsProject, started by photographer Cara Soulia in Needham, is a way of fostering connection, documenting the people of the community during this time of separation, and raising awareness for Scout’s fundraising efforts—all from the safety of home.  Scout is in […]


Juliet + Company Releases Guide for Cooking With Your Pantry

To all the cooks stuck in their homes and low on supplies, whether you’re an expert or novice: Have no fear! Restaurants Juliet and Peregrine, under the name Juliet + Company, have released a multi-part cookbook for how to cook with what you have in the pantry during the quarantine.  “Bean Zine,” also known as […]


‘Everything Has Changed’: Breweries Move To Packaging

Remnant Brewing is trying to activate a new distribution model. Since the Somerville brewery’s taproom can no longer be open to the public—an effect of the novel coronavirus outbreak—management is moving to sell more packaged beer, which customers can pick up at the Bow Market location. Much of Remnant’s sales now come from their production […]


Somerville Delivers Gets Restaurants On The Same Page

According to Jessica Eshleman’s notes, the idea first went out from the Somerville Chamber of Commerce’s Dining & Nightlife Group last Tuesday: A joint effort to create a web page linking to all of the city’s restaurants that were offering delivery and take-out during the COVID-19 pandemic. To say the idea got traction would be […]


‘That was very fragile’: J.J. Gonson on Closing ONCE Somerville, and Refocusing on Cuisine en Locale

“I’m really sad,” says JJ Gonson, president and “proprietrix” of Cuisine en Locale—a Cambridge-founded, Somerville-based personal catering and delivery service that focuses on fresh and local ingredients. “I miss my staff.” A few weekends ago, she and that staff were hosting an event at ONCE Somerville, the two-room event hall that’s also part of her […]


A Complete List of Essential Services That Will Remain Open

Gov. Charlie Baker ordered the Department of Public Health to issue a statewide stay-at-home advisory, effective from noon on March 24 through April 7. Furthermore, all “non-essential” businesses will be closed during this time. “What this means is that everyone can still buy food at the grocery store, get what they need at the pharmacy […]


La Brasa’s Daniel Bojorquez is ‘still in shock’

A couple of weeks ago, chef-owner Daniel Bojorquez and his staff at La Brasa and Fat Hen were excited. For all that was going on with the coronavirus, there was reason for optimism: They were on the verge of spring, graduation and wedding season was imminent, everyone could feel the energy. Then things started changing […]


Sharing the Wealth: Somerville Restauranteurs Take Action To Feed All

Lucy Childs, a Somerville High School student and daughter of Trina’s Starlite Lounge owner Josh Childs, understands that so many children rely on breakfast and lunch provided by their schools. That was enough inspiration for her father’s eatery to take action during the coronavirus spread, says managing partner Emma Hollander. Trina’s began distributing food for […]


Joe Curtatone Advocates for Uniformity Across the Commonwealth

Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone is one of many municipal leaders advocating for uniformity in response to the coronavirus outbreak—whether that is on a statewide, regional, or even federal level, he says. “We need the leadership to come from the Commonwealth,” he says. “We need a bold set of uniform parameters and mandates to understand what […]