Articles by Reena Karasin

Mass Ave Diner By Day, m.A.d City By Night

Cambridge brunch staple Mass Ave Diner is adopting an alter ego this week: a funky, “Alice in Wonderland”-themed wine bar with pun-tastic fine dining. Mass Ave Diner will close at 3 p.m. starting Wednesday, and then a new restaurant deemed m.A.d City will take over. The concept: What if the Mad Hatter cooked your dinner? […]

City Council Candidate Profiles, Group 2 of 5

This year, 26 candidates are running for Cambridge’s nine City Council seats. Scout is putting together profiles on every candidate running for City Council so that voters can get informed about the slate of people who could shape Cambridge for the next two years. Election Day is Nov. 7, and the last day to register […]

School Committee Candidate Profiles, Group 1 of 2

Twelve candidates will go head-to-head for Cambridge’s six School Committee seats this November. The mayor joins the School Committee to make a seven-member board that serves two-year terms. The city runs a proportional representation election where all candidates run at large and are not connected to specific districts of the city. Scout is putting together profiles on […]

Cambridge Teacher Named One of Top History Teachers Nationwide

If history teacher Kevin Dua could go back to any point in time, he would go to the room where our country’s forefathers were finalizing the Declaration of Independence. “I would challenge everything. I would say, ‘Do not leave this room until you change it from “all men are created equal” to “all humans are […]

City Council Candidate Profiles, Group 1 of 5

Cantabrigians have a wide array of choices for City Council seats this November, with 26 candidates running for nine spots. For those who are new to Cambridge’s municipal elections, the voting format is likely unfamiliar. The city runs a proportional representation election where all candidates run at large and are not connected to specific districts […]

City Council Considers Fund for DACA Recipients

The Cambridge City Council will discuss a policy order on Monday night that would establish a fund to aid Cambridge DACA recipients. The policy order comes after President Donald Trump announced a six-month-delayed ending of the Obama-era program that protected undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. The deadline for current […]

Businesses Petition City Council for Changes to Harvard Square

The Harvard Square Business Association has submitted a policy order to the City Council that it says would increase foot traffic and help businesses in the square. The policy order explains that despite the vibrancy of Harvard Square, many businesses have found it impossible to stay in business—Fire + Ice, Schoenhof’s Foreign Books, wagamama, and […]

PAGU Breaks into Breakfast

PAGU is making strides toward owner Tracy Chang’s dream of a multi-faceted restaurant for community gathering with the addition of a cafe menu and a weekly wine bar. The Japanese tapas restaurant came to Central Square in January and has been unrolling its offerings in the months since. First it offered dinner, then two months […]

PARK(ing) Day Reinvents City’s Parking Spots

What could a city do with all the space that’s dedicated to parking? That’s the driving question behind PARK(ing) Day, an international event where cities transform their metered parking spots into public spaces ranging from mini parks to libraries to concerts. Cambridge will reinvent 127 parking spots on Sept. 15, allowing 55 groups to set […]

MIT’s RiskMap Helps Floridians Track Irma Flooding

As Hurricane Irma stampeded through Florida over the weekend, residents of Broward County had a way to track local flooding thanks to a social media-powered map from MIT. RiskMap uses social media to connect with people who are on the ground in an area. Those people fill out flood reports to document the extent of […]