Articles by Reena Karasin

Bright Blockbusters

We profiled Lenny Rigione, one of the stars of the Arts Council’s Illuminations Tour, in our November/December issue. To give you a taste of what else the tour has to offer, we put together five more of the must-see homes on the annual tour. If you missed out on getting a ticket for the Dec. […]


Santa’s Workshop, Right in Winter Hill

For many months of the year, the outside of 166 Central Street looks like any other Somerville home. It sits on a steep, quiet road between the two main streets of Winter Hill. But inside, in the cellar and attic and garage, beloved characters come to life. Santa and Mrs. Claus dance, an ogre bares […]


SHS Culinary Arts Teams Up with Assembly Row Restaurant

From the moment that Vanessa Martinez saw the students from Somerville High School’s culinary arts program doing ice sculpture carvings at Taste of Somerville, she knew that she wanted to strike up a partnership. “I was so impressed by what they were doing and I said, ‘I would love to be able to see how […]


Curtatone to Co-Chair Regional Housing Partnership

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh are teaming up to tackle Greater Boston’s housing crisis. The two mayors will work with representatives from 14 cities and towns in the region to meet booming housing needs as people flock to Boston and its surrounding areas. “Our entire region is facing and must solve […]


Residential Streets Get Safety Makeover

Four streets in the city have been remodeled with painted curb extensions and bright red crosswalks, and some of them have been adorned with green contra-flow bike lanes. The changes on the roads—Hancock Street, Gilman Street, Oliver Street, and Skilton Avenue—are designed to slow down vehicles and protect bicyclists and pedestrians. The new designs, part […]


Holiday Gift Guide 2017

In need of gift ideas? Look no further. We’ve put together some of the best gifts from around the city so you can find the perfect present for everyone on your list while supporting your local stores.   This story appears in the November/December print issue of Scout Somerville, which is available for free at more than 220 drop […]


Public Library Hires Health Services Coordinator

The Somerville Public Library and Cambridge Health Alliance have teamed up to hire a social worker who will help library patrons suffering from homelessness, drug use, and more. “Somerville, being an urban public library, has a fairly significant number of vulnerable patrons—patrons who are dealing with challenges presented by issues such as homelessness, substance abuse, […]


Bringing Fresh Food Home

An expansive, deserted building sits on Broadway in Winter Hill. Even though the property has been vacant for 11 years, the sign’s imprint still points out to passersby that this was once a Star Market. The vacant grocery store looms heavily for the people of Winter Hill. The empty building and the lack of in-neighborhood […]


Greentown Labs Gears Up to Open New Center

Greentown Labs, the country’s largest cleantech startup incubator, will open a facility in early December that will more than double its square footage. The incubator offers lab, event, and coworking space for new companies that are focused on solving environmental and energy-related problems. Its new expansion, the Greentown Labs Global Center, aims to be a gathering […]


Chocolate Shop, Fish Restaurant Headed for Bow Market

Chocolate shop gâté comme des filles and fish store Hooked have signed leases in Union Square’s budding Bow Market complex. Chocolatier Alexandra Whisnant first launched her store in Paris, where she studied pastry-making. She specializes in seasonal offerings and makes fresh batches of her chocolates every week. Fall and winter seasonal chocolates include offerings like passion […]


Nibble to Open Kitchen in Bow Market

Nibble, Somerville Arts Council’s culinary arm that supports diversity and entrepreneurship in Union Square, is set to open a kitchen in Bow Market in 2018. Nibble began with tours of the square’s international markets and developed into an umbrella organization that runs a culinary entrepreneurship program, cooking classes, and pop-up restaurants—all of which focus on […]


A Somerville Story

Somerville just got its very own picture book. “Windows” is a Somerville story, through and through—not only is the book set in Somerville, but it’s published by Somerville’s Candlewick Press and was written and illustrated by two women who used to live in the city. The book follows a young boy as he walks around […]