Articles by Reena Karasin

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 […]


A Feminist, LGBTQ Pop-Up Bookstore? That’s All She Wrote

Christina Ciampa was tired of reading books that didn’t represent her life. “I felt like there were so many stories, especially stories from women, from the gay community, from the trans community, from all different walks of life, that were just not reflected in a lot of the texts that I read,” she says. “It’s […]


Scout’s Honored Nominations Close June 5—Vote Now!

Got opinions? Good. Nobody knows Somerville like the people who call it home—that’s why we’re once again asking you to shout out the best our city has to offer. Nominations are open through June 5. Finalists will be announced in our next issue, out in early July. Make your voice heard! Beauty – https://forms.gle/E4P4kDd5WvLnWQ897 Wellness – https://forms.gle/jAF3yy5FCubNJz8k8 Shopping […]


City Council Passes Ordinance Cracking Down on Short-Term Rentals

The City Council passed an ordinance last week that regulates short-term rentals like Airbnbs in an effort to protect the city’s residential rental stock. The main crux of the ordinance is that people can only rent out their primary residence. This means an owner or renter can put rooms in their unit up for short-term […]


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 […]