Meet the Mayor’s Lead Speechwriter

Chief of Staff Wilford Durbin What’s the speechwriting process like? Every speech is a collaborative process, and that begins first and foremost with sitting down with the mayor and asking what points he wants to make, what tone he wants to set, which constituencies he wants to address. I interview him much like we’re doing […]


Survivors Amplify Their Voices Through BARCC

Content warning: This article discusses sexual violence. About a year ago, Lily decided to publicly share her experience as a survivor of sexual violence. She began training at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) to join its Survivor Speakers Bureau (SSB). “I thought it was a wonderful way to be able to give something […]


Pepita Coffee Brings the Breakfast Taco to Cambridge

Coffee, brews, and … breakfast tacos? That’s the combination that Lamplighter Brewing Co. can now offer its customers, thanks to the opening of its new daytime cafe, Pepita Coffee. Pepita is the successor of Longfellows, which closed its doors at the beginning of June after its owner moved to New Jersey. Lamplighter runs Pepita, and […]


Language and Art Build Bridges at the Center for Arabic Culture

“I want the community to know what I know, because they will love it.”  That’s what Alma Richeh says about her work at the Center for Arabic Culture (CAC), where she and others explore Arab and Arab-American cultures through art and education. For more than a decade, the center—headquartered at the Somerville Armory but started at […]


Collecting Old Stories at MIT Provides Map for the Future

While MIT is mostly known for developments in mathematics and the hard sciences, the university’s libraries and special collections have an ever-expanding cache of oral histories, particularly about the institution itself. One collection documents the diverse experiences of women at MIT. Undergraduate students interview alumnae, and then transcripts of their conversations are submitted to the […]


What’s New: Closing Time

Harvard/Central SquaresO2 Yoga Mass. Ave’s O2 Cambridge Wellness Center, comprised of O2 Yoga, VO2 Vegan Cafe, and a massage practice, closed its doors at the end of April. The husband-and-wife team behind the center, Steve Carpenter and Mimi Loureiro, underwent a traumatic year after losing one of their sons, Dylan, to a rare form of […]


Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative Is Set to Leave Harvard Square

Yet another shop is set to depart Harvard Square as multiple construction projects, drops in foot traffic, and high rents squeeze independent businesses. Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative has seen less foot traffic over the past couple of years, according to President Beverley Coniglio. That decrease has made the square’s high rent less feasible and upcoming construction […]



What’s New: Construction Zones

Porter SquarePorter Square Books Expands As Boston’s Seaport district makes plans to open a new literary center, it’s teaming up with one of Cambridge’s most beloved bookstores to anchor the project. Porter Square Books will expand outside of its eponymous home into this new development in the Seaport, along with literary nonprofits GrubStreet and Mass Poetry, […]


Scout’s Honored Nominations Close June 5—Vote Now!

Got opinions? Good. Nobody knows Cambridge like the people who call it home—that’s why we’re once again asking you to shout out the best our city has to offer. Nominations are open through June 5. Finalists will be announced in our next issue, out in early July. Make your voice heard! Beauty – https://forms.gle/nt8GJ3D6BifGdqKx9 Wellness – https://forms.gle/pj8qnPwpZMemGire8 Services […]



Meet the Manager of Find It Cambridge

Hector Acevedo immigrated to Cambridge from El Salvador when he was a child, sharing a studio apartment with his mother and several uncles. They came for the opportunities and better medical care, and found city resources instrumental in navigating life here. “Cambridge has always been a place where immigrant families could call home, where [for] […]