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 […]


Tips for Biking in the City

The Community Development Department hosts a slew of bicycle workshops throughout the year, from Rules of the Road to Bicycle Maintenance Basics to Riding with Families. Workshops are free to attend and include free helmets. The Urban Cycling Basics workshop focuses on getting people road-ready for the special set of challenges biking in a hectic […]


Meet the Family Behind Health Yoga Life

“We were raised by a woman totally ahead of her time,” says Vyda Bielkus, one of the founders of Health Yoga Life (HYL). Her mother, Ryma Bielkus, relied on meditation to help balance raising four daughters and running her own business. While meditation, mindfulness, and yoga are popular today, back in the ’80s they were […]



Salt & Olive’s New Mural Celebrates Cambridge’s Diversity

When you walk into Salt & Olive, an expansive new mural greets you. A woman on the left of the painting seems to be passing you a plate; another, on the right, appears ready to clink her wine glass against yours. Salt & Olive owner Mary Taylor commissioned the artwork, titled “A tavola non si […]


Get to Know Scout’s Honored

What’s Scout’s Honored? Scout’s Honored is our way of spotlighting the best of Cambridge. 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 Cambridge residents. Who can you trust to care for your dog? Where can you find the best […]


Third Camberville Hot Dog Crawl Starts Next Week

Forget bar crawls—four Cambridge and Somerville restaurants are hosting the third annual Camberville Hot Dog Crawl later this month, offering participants raffle prizes and special themed events. Stop for a hot dog at Trina’s Starlite Lounge, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese & A4cade, The Automatic, and Buenas anytime between July 22 and 28 (or all in one […]


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 […]


Cambridge Camping Kicks Off 126th Summer

Over 150 children started summer camp today through Cambridge Camping, a nonprofit that provides subsidized five-week camps to kids from under-resourced families. Cambridge Camping has deep roots in the city—launched in 1893, when the early summer camp model was just developing, the organization began as a way for children to spend a week on a […]



CultureHouse Brings Free, Public Third Space to Kendall

Kendall Square is getting a “living room for the community” as 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 United […]


Meet the Mayor’s Lead Speechwriter

Chief of Staff Wilford Durbin What’s the speechwriting process like? Every speech is a collaborative process, and that begins first and foremost with sitting down with the mayor and asking what points he wants to make, what tone he wants to set, which constituencies he wants to address. I interview him much like we’re doing […]