Articles by Reena Karasin

School District Proposes Lengthening Elementary, Upper School Days

WHAT: The Cambridge school district has drafted proposed changes that would include lengthening the school day, allowing for more personalized learning, and adding time for teachers to collaborate during the day. The drafted proposal, if adopted, would lengthen the six-hour school day by 45 minutes, with the option of a five-hour day each Wednesday. A […]


Harvard Square Winter Carnival Kicks Off Jan. 17

It’s time for chocolate, chili, and Celtic music—Harvard Square’s 11th annual Winter Carnival starts on Thursday and runs through March. First up is the Boston Celtic Music Festival at Passim, which will include concerts, workshops, and a brunch to celebrate “Greater Boston’s deep tradition of music, song, and dance from Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton and […]


City Calls for Art Submissions to Adorn Vacant Storefronts

Got art? Cambridge wants to put it in empty buildings. Part of the city’s multi-year retail strategic plan, the Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest aims to both support artists and improve the aesthetic of unoccupied storefronts. The Community Development Department (CDD) is looking for submissions of any medium that can be reproduced via a digital file. […]


Meet the Scout Team: Holli Banks Allien, Founder & Publisher

Holli’s journey to Somerville and to the brazen task of launching a print magazine in 2009 was a complicated one. She grew up in East Tennessee, studied acting in New York, and ultimately followed a friend up to the Somerville and Cambridge area. Scout was a long shot, to say the least. Holli went from […]


PHOTOS: Sailor Moon Shoujo Spectacular at OBERON

The sixth Sailor Moon Shoujo Spectacular lit up OBERON on Dec. 29 with a celebration of the ’90s anime series “Sailor Moon.” About a dozen performers contributed to the show, which was hosted by Mx Macabre. All photos by Jonathan Beckley.


Local New Year’s Eve Events

1. Cambridge Common’s New Year’s Eve Cambridge Common—1667 Massachusetts Ave. Free; reservations optional If you’re looking for New Year’s fun without breaking the bank, Cambridge Common has you covered. The night starts off with free beer tastings at 6 p.m. (Allagash Pictavia Scotch Ale from 6 to 8 p.m., New Belgium Oakspire Bourbon Barrel Ale […]


Our Favorite Stories of 2018

City Councilors Bring Local Government to the Podcast World City Councilors Sumbul Siddiqui and Alanna Mallon forged a friendship on the campaign trail last year, bonding over the challenges of being first-time female candidates. Their friendship has continued over their first months in office, and they’ve channeled their easy banter into a weekly podcast called […]



A Home for All Women

On Thursday mornings, a cozy room on the third floor of 46 Pleasant St. is filled with sewing machines and the chatter of the regular attendees. On other days, furniture is pushed to the sides and yoga mats line the floors. And sometimes, it’s home to a trauma support group. Across the hall is a […]


Participatory Budgeting Projects Chosen with Record-Breaking Number of Votes

Close to 6,900 residents cast ballots in this year’s participatory budget voting, directing $925,000 to six projects: Trees, Please!; Water Fountains in Every Park; Protect the Health and Safety of our Firefighters; Smoother Cycling; Clean Up Cambridge; and Rain Gardens for Resiliency. Trees, Please! will plant 100 trees in the city’s heat islands—”spaces that have high […]


Cambridge Community Foundation Doles Out Grants to Over 50 Nonprofits

Fifty-six local nonprofits received grants from the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) this fall, injecting the organizations with a total sum of $367,000 to help with “a wide range of social and educational needs,” the foundation said in a statement. In addition, the foundation says it allocated $100,000 to CCF initiatives: to support Central Square as […]


Local Holiday Gift Guide

What Happens When You Shop Local? Did you know that when you shop locally, three times as much money stays in your home city compared to when you shop at a chain? That’s because local business owners are more likely to utilize other local services, like a lawyer or an accountant, according to Cambridge Local […]