Food For All Expands to Farmers Markets

There’s nothing that ruins a weekend outing to the farmers market quite like a surprise thunderstorm. But while it’s always a bummer to slog home with rain-soaked canvas tote bags, the consequences of a midday downpour—or a heatwave, or a citywide event, or an unannounced MBTA closure—can be dire for the small, family-owned businesses that […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: The Best Physical Therapist of 2018

Best Physical Therapist: Anna Schroepfer Kandoyan Spaulding Hospital Cambridge 1575 Cambridge St., (617) 876-4344 spauldingrehab.org What makes a good physical therapist? To Anna Schroepfer Kandoyan, it’s about more than good clinical knowledge and skills—it’s about an eagerness to work with patients, being a good listener, and asking the right questions. Working with people was one of […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Beauty

Hair Salon | Haircut – Michael Leonida | Hair Color – Miranda Mills Salon Michael Domenic 1426 Cambridge St. #1, (617) 492-2000 salonmichaeldomenic.com                                                                  […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: Chameleon Tattoo & Body Piercing

Best Tattoo or Piercing 36 John F. Kennedy St. (617) 876-0412 for tattoos, (617) 491-4335 for piercings chameleonbodyarts.com “It was a total accident, really,” Owen Beane says when we ask him how he got into the tattoo and piercing world. He started as a “garbage man” at Chameleon Tattoo & Body Piercing in the ’90s, […]



The Evolution of CrimsonBikes

How a dorm-room project blossomed into a harbinger of accessibility By Eddie Samuels and Reena Karasin When Charles T. James and Daisy Chiu wanted to make biking more accessible, they turned to cell phone plans. Cell phone companies know that people can’t or won’t shell out $800 on a phone up front, so they turn […]


Boston Improv Festival to Highlight Underrepresented Comedic Voices

“Improv You Need To See” is the tagline for the Boston Improv Festival, but what does that actually mean? It means Chicago’s only all-Indian improv group. It means a show fully in Spanish. It means a group of women of color banded together under the moniker “Matt Damon Improv.” “We’re in an extra bastion of […]


Peter DiMuro Reflects on Leading the Dance Complex

Peter DiMuro’s transformation from “pudgy, in-the-closet country boy” to professional dancer, choreographer, and artistic director started with a role in his high school’s production of “Carnival.” Through this first foray into musical theater, he discovered the freeing nature of dance and the chance to express himself without words, he says. DiMuro, now the executive artistic […]


Jayms Battaglia Helps Students Run Local Homeless Shelter

Community Coordinator for the University Lutheran Church Every winter, Jayms Battaglia oversees a new group of about 24 to 28 students who join the staff of the Harvard Square Homeless shelter. The shelter, which opened in 1983, was the first student-run shelter in the country. Many of the students who work there will go on […]


Emily Raymond’s Valentines Aim to Show That People Care

Emily Raymond vividly remembers the day three years ago when she first thought of making Valentine’s gifts for local men and women experiencing homelessness. It was a snowy January evening, and she was pushing her youngest son’s stroller down a busy street, stopping every block because of the piles of snow in her way. “At […]


Sophia Takes the Guesswork Out of Finding the Right Therapist

When Eva Breitenbach was in graduate school at MIT, a medical scare led her to seek a therapist’s help. She was vocal about the support she found in therapy, and before long people around campus started coming up to her and telling her about the trouble they’d had connecting with mental health therapists. “People were […]


The SheBoom Sisterhood

They have many names for themselves. “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Drums.” “The Rolling Crones.” A “post-menopausal percussion and vocal ensemble.” They are many things—women, activists, mothers. One was a realtor, another’s a former professor, and a third has written five books about Halloween. They came together haphazardly. “It’s a small world in Somerville and […]