Articles by Reena Karasin

Something Ventured: Union Press

In an otherwise ordinary building on Somerville Avenue, a spiral staircase brings you to a small room filled with letters. There are cases of them—wide, flat drawers of them stacked in what could almost be dressers. Others are assembled and at the ready, negative spaces carefully tucked around them. Eli Epstein was told it was […]


The Somerville Switchboard

I almost always do interviews for print articles in person. But this time, I decided to make an exception. “City of Somerville, how may I help you?” Norma Douglas has been a phone operator for the city for 32 years. She’s one of two people who answer the approximately 100,000 calls that come into the […]



A Primer on Cycling in Somerville

For the (seemingly few) months of the year when Somerville isn’t covered in snow, biking is an appealing way to get around. You can replace your sweaty walk to the T with a quick ride and, over time, save money by biking to work instead of taking public transportation. You can get some exercise on the community […]


Grammy Award Hocked to Somerville Pawn Shop

Davis Square’s LBC Boutique and Loan is now home to two pieces of music history: reggae musician Peter Tosh’s guitar and his 1987 Grammy Award. Tosh, who was born in Jamaica in 1944, performed with Bob Marley in Bob Marley and the Wailers and later worked as a solo artist. Tosh took home the Grammy for Best Reggae […]


Sleep, Science and the Somerville Public School Schedule

As more scientific data on teen sleep health has become available, schools across the country are looking to adjust their high school start times. Schools in 44 states have already adopted or will adopt a later start time, according to the nonprofit organization Start School Later. Massachusetts is no exception. Newton formed a working group this academic year to assess […]


Catalyst Comedy is Here to Mess Up Your Childhood With “Dirty Disney”

Pablo Rojas was already working at some of the top homes of comedy in Boston when he decided he wanted to start something a little bit outside-the-box. That new project grew into Catalyst Comedy, the musical theatre improv group he founded in 2013. “We wanted to get involved in something that was more challenging than traditional improv,” Rojas explains. “It’s […]