Articles by Reena Karasin

Holiday Gift Guide 2017

In need of gift ideas? Look no further. We’ve put together some of the best gifts from around the city so you can find the perfect present for everyone on your list while supporting your local stores.


Moving Stories Combats Stigma of Addiction and Incarceration

A group of women who are recovering from substance addiction or have been incarcerated will share their stories this weekend in a part-dance, part-spoken word show at The Dance Complex. Moving Stories is intended to reduce stigma around addiction and incarceration. The performance came out of the Moving Steps Foundation, which started out as a […]


Nadya Okamoto on Her City Council Campaign and Upcoming Book

Content warning: This article discusses physical abuse and sexual assault. Nadya Okamoto is a sophomore at Harvard, works full-time running two non-profits, recently wrapped up a City Council bid, and has two months to write her first book. Okamoto was spread thin but filled with excitement on an afternoon in late November. Her chapter deadlines […]


Debating and Drinking: Wit’s End Comes to Inman Square

Inman Square is about to get wittier with the opening of Wit’s End in the former Hops N Scotch space. Pete Stein decided he needed to make a career shift when the small real estate company he worked for was acquired by a large corporation. He sat down and made a list of what types […]


Participatory Budget Finalists Announced

Cambridge is gearing up to select its Participatory Budget projects for FY19, and this time the city has $800,000 to play with. Officials narrowed a record-breaking 608 ideas down to 20 that community members can vote on from Dec. 2-8. Participatory Budget projects are one-time capital projects—typically related to infrastructure—that community members select to improve […]


Fall Flavors from the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts

The holiday season’s here, and no matter what you celebrate, there’s typically one common denominator: food. Whether it’s cooking a Thanksgiving meal for 20 or trying to spice up old family favorites for a small Christmas dinner, prepping a holiday spread can be tricky. But the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts (CSCA) has some recipes […]


Startup Plays Matchmaker for Patients and Therapists

When Eva Breitenbach was in graduate school at MIT, a medical scare led her to seek a therapist’s help. She was vocal about the support she found in therapy, and before long people around campus started coming up to her and telling her about the trouble they’d had connecting with mental health therapists. “People were […]


City to Launch Food Truck Program

The City of Cambridge is accepting applications for a pilot program that will bring food trucks to Central Square, Cambridgeport, Kendall Square, and North Point Park next year. The move comes after numerous residents told city officials that they’d like to see food trucks, according to Lisa Hemmerle, director of economic development for the Community […]


Albertine Press Sets Up Shop in Inman

A whole crew of antique letterpresses is headed to Cambridge next week as Albertine Press, a Somerville design and letterpress studio, gets a brick-and-mortar storefront in Inman Square. Albertine Press makes greeting cards, stationery, journals, coasters, and more by pressing raised, inked designs into cotton paper. The letterpress technique makes an impression in the paper. […]


Unofficial Election Results

City Council: Denise Simmons, Sumbul Siddiqui, Marc McGovern, Jan Devereux, Quinton Zondervan, Tim Toomey, Alanna Mallon, Dennis Carlone, Craig Kelley Preliminary ballot counts showed that all City Council incumbents running for re-election held onto their seats. Sumbul Siddiqui, Quinton Zondervan, and Alanna Mallon were projected to secure the seats left vacant by Nadeem Mazen, Leland Cheung, and David […]


Voters Pick from Slew of Candidates

Voters had a total of 38 candidates to sort through before showing up at the polls on Tuesday, as 26 City Council candidates and 12 School Committee hopefuls vied for municipal seats. Voter turnout hovered at about 17 percent at 3 p.m. Tuesday, according to the Cambridge Election Commission. The number does not include ballots […]


2017 Election Voter Guide

Election Day is here. We’ve been publishing profiles on all the candidates running for office in the Nov. 7 elections, and are putting those profiles in one place so you can do your last-minute research before hitting the polls. Cantabrigians have a wide array of choices for City Council seats this November, with 26 candidates […]