Articles by Reena Karasin

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 […]


Learning Math Through Maple Syrup

“Everyone say xylem,” Groundwork Somerville Youth Education Coordinator Josia Gertz DeChiara tells a room full of second grade students, holding up a drawing depicting the layers of a maple tree. The students at the Albert F. Argenziano school were initially stumped by the “z” sound at the beginning of xylem, but quickly remembered that DeChiara […]


More to Love Challenges Definition of Wellness

Rachel Estapa spent her teenage years at odds with her body. She was active and played sports, but her body resisted her dieting and attempts to lose weight. She felt society’s insistence that a healthy person was a slim one. Her life took a turn in 2008 when the Great Recession hit and she lost […]


City Wellbeing Report Dives into Web of Health Factors

The concept of “health” is no longer constrained to a medical silo—it’s present in every facet of people’s lives, from the stability of their housing to the ways they use social media to the air they breathe. The Department of Health and Human Services and Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA) spent over a year putting together […]


Parenting Journey Supports Families Fearing Deportation

Parenting Journey aims to guide parents through the many challenges that raising a family involves. And between DACA uncertainty, ICE raids, and the Trump administration’s decision to rescind temporary protected status for almost 200,000 Salvadorans living in the United States, deportation is becoming an increasing reality for Somerville’s families.   The Somerville-based nonprofit, which has […]


First Church to Confront Racism and White Privilege

First Church Somerville’s guiding principle is the “radical welcome”—the idea that the church will meet people of all identities and backgrounds where they are and accept them into the community. The church tries to live up to its promise of a radical welcome both inside and outside the building, from raising a pride flag to […]


Drag Storytime is Coming to the Library

Three drag performers will host storytime this weekend at the Somerville Public Library to deliver the message that it’s OK to be different. Alli Thresher formed Storytime with Drag Kings, Queens, and Friends when they heard about storytimes elsewhere in the country that featured drag performers. They thought about their friends and local performers—”magical, sparkly, […]