Articles by Reena Karasin

Queer Makers Join Forces for First Queer Kitchen

Three Somerville and Cambridge chefs have teamed up to host Queer Kitchen, a night of food and music by queer makers that intends to be an alternative space for the queer community. Owners of Tanám, Tex Mex Eats, and 7ate9 Bakery want to hold an event for the queer community that isn’t focused on alcohol or […]


PHOTOS: Juliet’s Josh Lewin Teaches at Community Cooks Fundraiser

The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and Community Cooks have teamed up for a series of cooking classes to benefit Community Cooks, a network of volunteers who make home-cooked meals for people in need. The classes feature celebrated chefs. Juliet‘s Chef Josh Lewin guided participants through making a cassoulet on Monday evening, from butchering four […]


Community Leaders to Host “Celling Your Soul” Screening and Discussion

While putting together the city wellbeing report, Somerville Community Health Agenda Director Lisa Brukilacchio saw evidence of how technology is impacting health at every age level. “What we’re hearing is, from preschool providers, that they are seeing that parents are on their devices, that they’re not interacting with their young children, so that’s where a […]


How to Reverse Your Car’s Environmental Impact

You use reusable shopping bags. You recycle, and maybe even compost. You take the T whenever you can. But sometimes, driving is unavoidable—maybe your job is inaccessible by public transit, or maybe the bus never showed. You take your car, even though you cringe when you think of the impact non-electric cars have on the […]


From Beer to Bread

Wouldn’t it be great if all recipes began with “Pour a cold beer for yourself”? Somerville Brewing Company’s directions for making bread out of its spent grain are littered with instructions to treat yourself to a cold one. Take a sip when the dough gets hard to stir. Drink two or three beers while the […]



Around Hear Strives to Make Live Music Accessible

Somerville violinist Marji Gere knows firsthand that seeing live music can get expensive. “I just want it to be as accessible as possible for anyone to come,” she says. “It’s expensive to go out for concerts. We went out to one this weekend, a friend casually invited us, and we ended up paying $25. Maybe […]


PHOTOS: Petsi Pies Gets Into Pi Day

Dozens piled into Petsi Pies and lined up outside on Wednesday for the chance to recite digits of pi and earn free treats. The bakery offered up mini pies to people who could recite 10 digits, large pies for 100 digits, and one pie each season for a year for 314 digits. Somerville Public Schools […]


Hubway to Expand as Blue Bikes

Hubway is entering into a six-year partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts that will involve adding 1,200 new bikes and rechristening the bicycles as Blue Bikes. The bike share program, owned by the cities of Somerville, Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline, will see over 100 new stations thanks to the partnership, according to a press release. […]


World Baking Shop Sets Sights on Camberville

For Alyssa and Teddy Applebaum, it’s all about the grain. “Once people get introduced to it, it’s just like anything else that we’ve adopted and gotten really excited about that seemed weird 20 years ago, but now everybody gets it,” Teddy says. “There’s like 20 varieties of coffee and everybody talks about their variety of […]


Task Force to Tackle Net Neutrality, Equitable Internet Access

The City of Somerville is assembling an Internet Access Task Force that will be charged with developing recommendations on everything from net neutrality to the possibility of municipal broadband. “The idea is two-fold,” says Meghann Ackerman, a social media and community engagement specialist for the city who will be staffing the committee. “One is to look at […]


Valentine’s Day in Somerville

Still making your Valentine’s Day plans? Here are some distinctly Somerville events around the city for those who want an alternative to a sit-down dinner. “X’s and O’s (with an emphasis on the Ex’s)” Tongue in Cheek, an all-female group of cabaret performers, is hosting an anti-Valentine’s Day show for “the happily single, the ambivalently […]