Articles by Reena Karasin

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 […]


Albertine Press Sets Up Shop in Inman

A whole crew of antique letterpresses is headed to Cambridge next week as Albertine Press, a Somerville design and letterpress studio, gets a brick-and-mortar storefront in Inman Square. Albertine Press makes greeting cards, stationery, journals, coasters, and more by pressing raised, inked designs into cotton paper. The letterpress technique makes an impression in the paper. […]


Unofficial Election Results

Tuesday’s elections were a major win for candidates endorsed by Bernie Sanders-inspired group Our Revolution. All nine candidates that the group endorsed—after pulling its support for mayoral candidate Payton Corbett—were elected, according to preliminary results. For Board of Aldermen, Our Revolution Somerville endorsed Matt McLaughlin (Ward 1), JT Scott (Ward 2), Ben Ewen-Campen (Ward 3), Jesse […]


2017 Election Voter Guide

Election Day is here. We’ve been publishing profiles on all the candidates running for office in the Nov. 7 elections, and are putting those profiles in one place so you can do your last-minute research before hitting the polls. There are several contested races, including a mayoral challenger to 14-year incumbent Joseph Curtatone. Seven candidates are […]


Mayor Joseph Curtatone On His Re-election Bid

What should we know about you? I was born and raised in Somerville, part of an immigrant family that came here from Gaeta, Italy. In my youth, my parents worked in area factories, cut hair, drove a snow plow, and ran a nursing home. I attended Somerville High School, where I was in the marching […]


Get to Know Payton Corbett

What should we know about you? I’m a 13-year resident of Somerville and I currently live in Ward 1 with my wife, Jenny. Like the majority of Somerville residents, we are renters and understand the challenges that working families in this city are facing. I’m an elected officer of my local union and I serve […]


Board of Aldermen Candidate Profiles, Wards 4-7

Tony Lafuente is leaving his Ward 4 seat open for next term, and two candidates—Jesse Clingan and Omar Boukili—are looking to fill the void. Mark Niedergang of Ward 5, Lance Davis of Ward 6, and Katjana Ballantyne of Ward 7 are running unopposed for reelection. Scout is putting together profiles on all candidates running for […]