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Forgetful Type? Sign Up for Cambridge E-Line

If you’re a car owner in the city, this has almost certainly happened to you: You grab your keys and head out to your vehicle, only to find that it isn’t sitting where you last parked it. Glancing up at the street cleaning signs, you realize that you were parked on the wrong side of […]


Health Department to Award $5,000 in Community Grants

This week is the last chance for organizations to apply for one of ten mini-grants form the Cambridge Public Health Department through its Let’s Move Cambridge and Cambridge in Motion initiatives. Eligible organizations have until Friday to submit their applications for review. “These mini-grants have inspired a lot of creative thinking from the community in the […]


SCOUT OUT: Out of the Blue, into the New

Central Square has had many a building stand empty for years, 541 Massachusetts Ave. being one of them. The building used to house a Blockbuster Video, but for the last six or seven years it has been vacant, aside from the occasional pop-up. Every once in a while rumors about the location would become the […]


Authentic Items and Spirit Thrive at Tibetan Arts Gallery

Located amongst the many shops in Porter Square is the small Tibetan Arts Gallery (1925 Mass Ave.). The inconspicuous store opened in 1996. Since then, the shop has offered traditional wares from India and Nepal at prices lower than most other places in the city. The gallery’s owner, Bomdonn Ngodup, was born in Tibet but later escaped to India […]


DID YOU KNOW: Cambridge is Giving Composting a Try

Composting: It’s not just for hippies anymore! More and more people, including organizations like the EPA, have realized that disposing of food matter this way enriches and cleans contaminated soil while preventing pollution. Still, it can be a little stinky to keep a composting bin in your own backyard, which is why Cambridge kicked off a […]


Black Lives Matter: In Conversation with poet activist Toni Bee

Toni Bee is a lot of things. She’s a poet, artist, activist and mother. She’s also one of the voices behind Black Lives Matter Cambridge, the local chapter of a national movement to combat systemic racism. The group emerged during the first weeks of this year and already they’ve led a march of more than […]


Participatory Budgeting Vote Scheduled for March

In our January/February print edition, we told you about a first-of-its-kind participatory budgeting program in Cambridge that will allow residents to decide how the city spends $500,000 in capital funds. Area citizens submitted their project proposals for the funds back in December, and ideas ranged from artsy (“commission up to $150,000 in public art for Cambridge […]


Connect Kendall Square Seeks Public Input

Have a vision of how Kendall Square should look? Time to speak up! The city is looking for input on the final design teams who in October advanced to the final stage of the Connect Kendall Square design competition. The contest is a response to the extensive changes Kendall Square experienced after years of development. […]


Introducing Community Blog Posts

Have strong opinions? Good, because we want to hear ’em. Dust off your laptops and flex those typing fingers – Scout Cambridge is now accepting submissions for community blog posts.


Proposed plastic bag ban postponed yet again

Does this headline have you feeling like you’re experiencing déjà vu? That’s probably because you’ve been reading stories about the proposed plastic bag ban for years. On Boston.com alone, there’s a January 29, 2013 story titled, “Cambridge to draft an ordinance that would ban plastic bags,” a December 2013 post titled “Proposed plastic bag ban […]


Humanist Hub’s “Godless Congregation” Celebrates First Anniversary

The Humanist Hub at Harvard commemorated its one-year anniversary this past weekend with a holiday celebration at its home at 30 JFK Street. And while there was no visit from Santa Claus or menorah burning away, the congregation of atheists, agnostics and humanists did welcome thinkers like Harvard U’s own Steven Pinker and former United States poet laureate Robert […]