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How Groceries Became A Part of the Menu in Somerville

As grocery stores become centers of stress, with lines of customers forming outside of their doors, the City of Somerville decided to pass an order allowing restaurants to sell groceries on April 18. The choice is meant to relieve several different pressures from the Somerville community. “This is a good example of how in a […]


The ‘Death Zone’ For Harvard Square Businesses

It’s a little unnerving to see what are usually the busiest spots in the city so sparsely occupied. But with the spread of COVID-19 and a state- and nation-wide quarantine in effect, this is a new normal in Harvard Square.  On March 11, Harvard University and other local colleges like MIT, Lesley University, and Cambridge […]


Veggie Galaxy Raises $15,000 for Staff

For Adam Penn and Katherine Tanner, the married co-owners of Veggie Galaxy, the decision to shut down operations on March 14 happened almost literally overnight. “We were open on a Saturday night—this was kind of when things were ramping up early, in terms of the virus and people’s perceptions of it—and we were still pretty […]


100 Days In Office, 36 Days In A State of Emergency

These days, Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui is spending all of her time either at home or at City Hall, which is closed to the public but open to a very small circle of officials. While she’s been able to take care of her necessary duties online, being in her office helps her focus.  The mostly […]


‘Marching Toward Coverage’ With Health Care Expert and Author Rosemarie Day

The coronavirus pandemic has many scared—not only for their physical health, but for their financial health as well, especially if they are uninsured.  What the country needs is someone who will fight for the public’s well being, while also providing them with the knowledge to later advocate for themselves. Somerville’s Rosemarie Day—a longtime health reform […]


Scout Supporter of the Day: Randi

Randi spent last week raising funds so that she could keep sewing masks to be donated to the Cambridge Health Alliance, and she’s already met her goal.  “Our beloved healthcare workers should not need to worry about fashioning their own masks,” she writes on her GoFundMe page. “I am using 100% cotton fabric, with a […]


Students Launch Volunteer Service to Help Small Businesses

In 2019, Cambridge-based student Daniel Wang helped a local barber build a website. Since then, he has been interested in connecting students with small businesses in need of support—but hasn’t always known how to put this idea into practice. That changed when the coronavirus outbreak began.  “When the coronavirus crisis hit, that was when I […]


Our Last Week of #TheFrontStepsProject For Now

It has been an honor taking photos of you and your families from a distance for #TheFrontStepsProject. Stepping out to take your photos has been the highlight of our photographers’ weeks, and sharing them has brought a sense of connection back to us and our readers. Documenting the faces of our communities during the pandemic […]


Here Are 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 […]


How Lamplighter Is Supporting Local Suppliers

In the two weeks since Lamplighter Brewing Co. stopped serving in its popular taproom, co-founder Cayla Marvil says the company is continuing to pivot, looking for new ways to serve its customers, support its furloughed staff, and help other local businesses. “It all feels very surreal to me, still,” she says. “I’m just trying to […]


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 […]