Articles by Lilly Milman

Thank You for Getting Us Through March, a Plea for April

First and foremost, thank you to all who have donated to our March fundraiser, supported us on Patreon, shared our posts, read our articles, participated in #TheFrontStepsProject, and given us words of encouragement these past few weeks. Your support truly means the world to us, and is the reason we have been able to keep […]


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 […]


Update: Final March Fundraising Push!

As of today, we have raised $3,566—meaning that we are about 70 percent of the way towards meeting our initial fundraising ask of $5,000.  We really appreciate the generosity of the community, and all those who have taken the time to sign up for #TheFrontStepsProject. Without you, this last week wouldn’t have been possible for […]


Neighborhoods Collaborate On Grassroots Relief for Main Streets Report

It’s no surprise that small businesses are being hit—hard—by social distancing policies. Many have announced closures, while others have tried to transition to virtual models of their product. Some restaurants are temporarily shuttering, others are trying to lean on take-out and delivery—perhaps even for the first time. But a common thread throughout all of these efforts is the […]


Save Scout By Signing Up For #TheFrontStepsProject

Inspired by Needham-based photographer Cara Soulia, Scout Somerville staff photographer Adrianne Mathiowetz asked to bring the “Front Steps Project” to Somerville and Cambridge in an effort to raise funds for Scout Magazines. Two other photographers, Amanda Macchia and Scout Cambridge staff photographer Sasha Pedro, graciously hopped on immediately. The Front Steps Project is a way of fostering connection, documenting […]


Cambridge Public Health Department Releases Specific Guidelines for Food Service

The Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD) released a list of specific guidelines that restaurants and food service workers should follow on March 24—the same day that nonessential businesses were ordered to close by Gov. Charlie Baker. Restaurants are still allowed to offer delivery and take-out services under this order, as long as they follow proper […]


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 […]


Update: We Are A Quarter Of The Way There!

As of this morning, we have raised $1,320 towards our $5,000 fundraising goal! We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of our donors—each one of you is directly helping to keep a local publication alive. We’d also like to extend a thank you to all of our new Patreon supporters. All of […]


Revolutionary Clinics Donates Portion of Proceeds to Relief Fund

Revolutionary Clinics, a leading provider of medical marijuana in Massachusetts, is donating 2 percent of all sales through April 20 to the Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund. The dispensary recently celebrated the grand opening of its Central Square location on Feb. 24.  The Mayor’s Disaster Relief Fund, which is still accepting donations both online and in […]


Scout Needs Your Help To Survive, Now More Than Ever

We’re sure no one is surprised to hear that our small, independently owned local media outlet was barely making ends meet before this week. But with all of our revenue—which comes almost entirely from small business advertising partners—being cut off, the situation for Scout Magazines has become dire. Our mission has always been supporting the […]


Central Square BID Releases District Impact Study

The Central Square Business Improvement District (BID) has released a District Impact Study, reporting on the effects of COVID-19 on small businesses, using a survey to which 51 out of 100 business representatives in the Central Square BID responded.  The 70-page report catalogues reactions from business owners to the novel coronavirus, and lists their respective […]


Coronavirus: Updates on Cancelations, Closures, and More

On March 19, the Public Health Department announced that eight Cambridge residents have tested positive for COVID-19. Three Somerville residents have also tested positive for the coronavirus, all seemingly linked to a Biogen conference, according to the City’s website. The three cases involve: a parent of a West Somerville Neighborhood School student and the spouse of a […]