Articles by Reena Karasin

East Somerville Gears Up for 10th Carnaval

East Somerville’s 10th annual Carnaval is coming up on June 2, marking the start of SomerStreets season and offering music, performances, food, and a craft fair. The entertainment and food at the festival will celebrate the diversity of East Somerville. Brazilian drummer Marcus Santos’s Grooversity will lead the opening parade, and three stages will feature […]



Events Calendar: May & June

May 18  |  Food & DrinksRemnant Brewing One-Year Anniversary Beer Fest5 to 9 p.m., $402 Bow Market Way, Somerville Somerville’s breweries like to support each other, and they’re coming together to celebrate Remnant Brewing’s first birthday. Sample brews from Remnant, Aeronaut, Winter Hill Brewing, Cambridge Brewing Co., and a handful of others from Massachusetts, Vermont, and […]



Diesel Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Love Stories Project

In May 1999, Diesel Cafe opened its doors at 8 a.m. to a line of people. The founders were overwhelmed by the crowds that streamed through the shop—co-owner Tucker Lewis kept having to send her parents out to restock ingredients. By 3 p.m., they ran out of coffee. They thought they’d make it a year, […]


True Bistro Makes Gratuity for Kitchen Staff Permanent

True Bistro has decided to make a four percent gratuity for kitchen staff permanent after a monthlong trial in April. The Kitchen Appreciation Program (KAP) is meant to help close the gap in wage potential between front-of-house staff and those who work in the kitchen. During April the KAP was in beta mode, which meant […]


Laugh Your Stress Off

The Somerville Laughter Club Teaches 12 Types of Laughter Walter Ness starts our conversation with a joke. “What do you call two pyromaniacs sharing an apartment?”  The punchline: “Matching roommates.” It’s a fitting beginning to an interview with a man who specializes in laughter. Ness, founder of the Somerville Laughter Club, has studied the mechanics […]


Bringing Environmental Accountability to the Cleaning Industry

After years working in the cleaning industry, Marcelo Silva was burned out. “It’s a high-burnout industry,” he explains. “[There’s] this tendency of the industry of not caring for its actions, and not caring about how it handles its employees.” He took time off to reflect, asking himself, “What can I do that’s meaningful?” That question […]


Greentown Labs All Stars: C16 Biosciences

You might not realize how many items you use every day contain palm oil. Shampoo. Lipstick. Nutella. Bread. Ice cream. About half of all items at grocery stores include palm oil, sometimes under a different name, according to C16 Biosciences Co-founder Shara Ticku. The problem? Growing palm oil is a major cause of deforestation. It […]


Greentown Labs All Stars: Embr Labs

Ever sit shivering in your office building? Or dripping sweat in the muggy months? Three MIT scientists did, and they decided to do something about it. The Embr Wave Bracelet helps adjust the wearer’s wrist temperature by sending strategic wave patterns to thermoreceptor nerves. While your core body temperature doesn’t change, Embr Labs Co-founder Sam […]


Raise the Green Roof

A Q&A with Recover Green Roofs Co-founder Brendan Shea Tell us about yourself and how you got to the point of founding this company. I started working for a wastewater engineering company that used plants and bacteria to treat wastewater. We were using living systems to provide a traditionally mechanical function for a building.  I […]


True Bistro Pilots Gratuity Program for Kitchen Staff

For the team at True Bistro, vegan philosophy extends beyond food. That’s part of what drove the owners to test out a new Kitchen Appreciation Program (KAP) that adds a four percent gratuity for kitchen staff, Managing Consultant Suzi Gerber explains. “All the owners are vegan, and they’re vegan because they believe it’s the most right […]