Articles by Reena Karasin

‘Let Food Be Thy Medicine’

Community Servings Crafts Medically Tailored Meals for Some of Cambridge’s Most Vulnerable Populations A woman with diabetes had to call an ambulance every month to stabilize her glucose levels. The financial burden and disruption to her life were enormous. But after getting connected to Community Servings, a Boston-based nonprofit that serves medically tailored meals to people […]


Cambridge’s Candy Making Legacy

The Rise and Fall of the City’s Candy Empire A hundred years ago, Cambridge smelled bad. Meatpacking in East Cambridge gave off an obvious stench, while the soapmaking factories—then part of the city’s largest industry—emitted their own terrible smell. But if you walked down Main Street, you might have gotten a whiff of candy. Nicknamed […]


Group of EMF Artists Defy Eviction, Citing Verbal Leases

About 10 artists are continuing to use their spaces in the EMF building, despite being told that they would be evicted on May 31, according to EMF tenant Jon Glancy. Glancy, who has rented space in the EMF building for over 11 years, says the tenants had longterm verbal leases—in six-month or year-long increments—and therefore […]




Food For All, Except the Dumpster

How a Cambridge-based app is tackling food waste head on If you’re a restaurant, you never want to run out of food. Customers expect that you’ll have options available at all times, even near closing. They might find sparse shelves off-putting, and you’ll lose money if you don’t have what a customer wants to order. This […]


Moms Saving the Planet

Two years ago, Deidre Deegan couldn’t sleep. The lifelong Cambridge resident was concerned to see summer-like days scattered in the middle of a Greater Boston winter. “That’s really what was keeping me up at night,” says Deegan, a mother of a 10-year-old and a 5-year-old. “I was waking up in February in the 70-degree heat […]


Tapping Into the Stories Along Your Bus Route

David Wang and Scott Middleton think that buses are underrated. “The bus has a bad rap right now, of ‘Oh, it’s dirty, it’s not on time, it’s dangerous,’ or whatever, but at least in Boston, it’s a really fun experience,” Wang says. “When I was little kid [there was] that excitement of, ‘Hey, the bus […]


Inman Eats Returns with a Craft Festival

Inman Eats is back for its second year this weekend, celebrating the restaurants and craft spaces that make up the neighborhood with special food deals, a beer garden, and an added craft festival. Rebranded as Inman Eats & Crafts, the outdoor festival will shut down Cambridge Street from Springfield to Prospect on May 20 from […]


Shimmying for a Cause

Cambridge’s belly dancers are hitting the streets this weekend to raise money for local domestic violence shelters and to celebrate World Belly Dance Day. The “Shimmy Mobs”—a play on a typical flash mob—are happening in over 160 cities all over the world on Saturday. The almost 2,000 dancers are expected to break a world record […]


You Can Check a ‘Human Book’ Out of the Library This Weekend

Who’s better suited to remind you to not judge a book by its cover than the library? The Cambridge Public Library and CCTV are teaming up this weekend to let people “check out” “human books” to combat discrimination and to help people understand others’ perspectives. Participants will have the chance to speak with one of […]


CRLS Photography Students Showcase Work

Curious what some of the city’s best young photographers are up to? You’re in luck: advanced placement photography students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School are showcasing their work at the Chandler Gallery through May 18. Teacher Debi Milligan tasked the juniors and seniors with developing three portfolios: one centered around a particular idea, one […]