Articles by Reena Karasin


Artificial Intelligence Meets Agriculture at Root AI

Let us introduce you to Virgo. Think of it as a farmer’s assistant—one that can tell when tomatoes are ripe and nimbly pluck them. Created by Somerville-founded start-up Root AI, the robot uses artificial intelligence to navigate the complex tasks of indoor, greenhouse, and outdoor farming. And picking tomatoes is just the beginning, according to […]


Get to Know Scout’s Honored

What’s Scout’s Honored? Scout’s Honored is our way of spotlighting the best of Somerville. We have over 100 categories, from best place to splurge to best community classes to best new business. It’s also, effectively, a guidebook for Somerville residents. Who can you trust to care for your dog? Where can you find the best […]


Community Growing Center Reopens with Strong Eco-Friendly Focus

The Somerville Community Growing Center reopened at the end of June after renovations, offering several new spaces for locals to enjoy nature, pluck produce, and attend free events. The quarter-acre Growing Center—located near Union Square at 22 Vinal Ave.—was founded by activists in the mid-1990s on part of the former Southern Junior High School property. […]


Events Calendar: July & August

Saturdays  |  FitnessYoga in the Park9 a.m., Free355 Artisan Way, Somerville Some.Yoga.Studio is teaching free yoga on the Mystic River each Saturday morning. There are 100 spots available, and registration opens the day before at 12 p.m. July 11 |  Food & DrinksBar Stars at Assembly Row 6 to 8 p.m., $25355 Artisan Way, Somerville Assembly […]


Union Comedy Crowdfunds for Permanent Theater

Union Comedy, which specializes in long-form improv, plans to open a permanent theater at 434 McGrath Highway complete with a bar, 72 seats, and a comedy school. Union Comedy’s style fills an otherwise vacant niche in the Boston-area comedy scene, according to founding member Pat Kearnan. “Improv Asylum is a lot of sketch, ImprovBoston’s prime […]



Somerville-based CultureHouse Launches Pop-up in Kendall Square

Kendall Square is getting a “living room for the community” as Somerville-based CultureHouse starts a several-month pop-up in a vacant storefront. Almost all indoor public spaces are commercial, with libraries being the notable exception. CultureHouse seeks to change that. It provides a place where people can come together to watch the Women’s World Cup (the […]


Preserving a Fading Culture

’Ville Native Gets People Talking About the City of His Youth Jason Faulkner likes to think Somerville grew up with him. He was raised in Spring Hill in the ’80s and ’90s, at a time when, as he puts it, the city was “a little rougher.” When he entered adulthood, artists started to pop up, […]


A Journey Through 60 Adventures

“If you told me a year, two years, five years ago, that I would ever, ever, ever put myself on the internet singing, I would have told you, ‘You’re out of your mind.’” And yet, this winter, Deb Jacobs found herself posting a video of herself singing on the internet. Jacobs, 59, describes her life […]


Check Out This Year’s Candidates for Local Office

MAYORMarianne Walles Joseph A. Curtatone (incumbent)Kenneth C. Van Buskirk, III COUNCILOR AT-LARGE (four seats)Mary Jo Rossetti (incumbent)William A. White, Jr (incumbent)John M. Connolly, Jr.Kristen Strezo Kevin Jura Stephanie A. Hirsch (incumbent)Will Mbah (incumbent)Joann Bocca-Rivieccio COUNCILOR WARD 1Matthew McLaughlin (incumbent) COUNCILOR WARD 2 J.T. Scott (incumbent) COUNCILOR WARD 3 Ben Ewen-Campen (incumbent) COUNCILOR WARD 4 Jesse […]


Open Kitchens, Open Conversations

The Open Kitchens Project Aims to Promote Cultural Exchange Through Food Paul Castiglione has spent much of his life thinking about what it means to belong to a community. His father grew up in an Italian immigrant family in upstate New York, which in the 1930s meant facing blatant discrimination. Castiglione was always aware of […]