Articles by Kat Rutkin

A Gluten-Free Labor of Love

Tucked away in an unassuming—yet fully licensed—home kitchen in West Somerville, the Clancy family works up to 12-hour days to create some of the best gluten-free baked goods in the region. Dawn Clancy, the principal baker at Curtis Street Bakers, often joined her mother in the kitchen as a young girl. But her love of […]


The Curiosities of Somerville

The stories behind some of the city’s most bizarre buildings Written by Kat Rutkin and Reena Karasin. The Center for the Arts at the Armory 191 Highland Ave. “It’s one of those buildings that only its mother could love,” Executive Director of the Historic Preservation Commission J. Brandon Wilson says about the Somerville Armory. Its […]


Redemption and Reuse on Atherton Street

At only four square miles in size, Somerville boasts architectural treasures to rival a city exponentially larger. Some of these buildings are in busy squares, such as the Somerville Theatre in Davis, so they’ve become familiar and iconic. But with Somerville’s varying topography and maze of one-way streets, some of these buildings can be far off […]


Tuning Up Your Mind and Body

Richard Green opened Massage Therapy Works in Davis Square in 1997, and it has almost quadrupled in size over the years. As the practice has grown, he’s added techniques to his healing arsenal. Massage Therapy Works now offers over 20 types of bodywork, from the more traditional massage treatments to cupping to shamanic healing. By […]


One City’s World of Traditions

When I was growing up, the holidays began Thanksgiving Day during the Macy’s parade, when our giant, old, fake tree would appear from the attic and I’d sort out the branches into color-coded piles. As I’ve gotten older and had kids, traditions have changed. Moving to Somerville six years ago gave us a new set […]


Somerville’s Storck Delivers Another Milestone Baby at Mt. Auburn

It would seem Clare Storck was born to be a midwife of legend—and not just because of that name. “I’ve always loved babies and pregnant people,” Storck tells me. After finishing her undergrad degree in women’s studies and education, she was nannying in Los Angeles, and would often chat with the moms around her. Storck […]




City Archives Facebook Page Connects ‘Villens Old and New to the Past

On an evening a few years ago, Frank McSorley was babysitting his grandchildren and scrolling through Facebook when he stumbled across something unexpected: a photo of himself as a young man of about 11 or 12, holding an apple in his teeth. “OMG that is me! I remember this picture! I think I just won […]


MOM KNOWS BEST: Surviving Summer Travel With Your Child

Summer is here, and by the time you read this article, I’ll be heading West in my trusty little toaster car to visit with family. It’s not a vacation—and I probably won’t have one of those until my kids are well out of college—but it is our family trip for the summer. We took our first […]


MOM KNOWS BEST: A Midlife Crisis Guide to Somerville

As Scout Somerville turns 40 (issues) old this month, I’m preparing to turn 40 (years) old this December. For Scout, this is a time for celebration. For me—I’m not so sure yet. I’m conflicted about it. I think I’m supposed to feel fabulous; at least one supermarket magazine a month tells me so. Every time I start […]


MOM KNOWS BEST: What This Mom Wants for Mother’s Day

On Sunday we celebrate mothers. It’s a big day; millions of dollars will be spent on flowers, brunch and gifts so we will feel special. But when Monday comes, it brings with it the reality that, for many, motherhood can also carry a certain professional liability. Some time ago I was at a public meeting […]