Articles by Reena Karasin

Survivors Amplify Their Voices Through BARCC

Content warning: This article discusses sexual violence. About a year ago, Lily decided to publicly share her experience as a survivor of sexual violence. She began training at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) to join its Survivor Speakers Bureau (SSB). “I thought it was a wonderful way to be able to give something […]


Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative Is Set to Leave Harvard Square

Yet another shop is set to depart Harvard Square as multiple construction projects, drops in foot traffic, and high rents squeeze independent businesses. Cambridge Artists’ Cooperative has seen less foot traffic over the past couple of years, according to President Beverley Coniglio. That decrease has made the square’s high rent less feasible and upcoming construction […]



Scout’s Honored Nominations Close June 5—Vote Now!

Got opinions? Good. Nobody knows Cambridge like the people who call it home—that’s why we’re once again asking you to shout out the best our city has to offer. Nominations are open through June 5. Finalists will be announced in our next issue, out in early July. Make your voice heard! Beauty – https://forms.gle/nt8GJ3D6BifGdqKx9 Wellness – https://forms.gle/pj8qnPwpZMemGire8 Services […]


Meet the Manager of Find It Cambridge

Hector Acevedo immigrated to Cambridge from El Salvador when he was a child, sharing a studio apartment with his mother and several uncles. They came for the opportunities and better medical care, and found city resources instrumental in navigating life here. “Cambridge has always been a place where immigrant families could call home, where [for] […]


City to Expand Composting Program this Fall

The City of Cambridge will begin offering curbside composting for residential buildings with at least 13 units this fall. The move comes after composting rolled out to buildings with 12 or fewer units in April 2018. Cambridge was the first city in the state to have free, citywide curbside composting. The first year of curbside […]


Jetpac Gets Muslim Voices into Politics

When Nadeem Mazen ran for city council in 2013, he was elected by just six votes, becoming the state’s first Muslim city councilor. In 2015, he got more votes than any other candidate. His reelection strategy challenged general campaign wisdom. His team chose not to limit their focus to the fraction of the population that […]


Youth Program Explores Voting Through Theater

What kind of world do you want to live in? What do you think we—collectively, as a country—could do to get there? Do you think voting has any connection to that? These are some of the questions that the young people of Youth Underground, Central Square Theater’s program for people ages 13 to 25, asked […]


City Hosts Fixit Clinic

Got something that needs mending? A Fixit Clinic this weekend will bring together experienced tinkerers to help people fix appliances, clothing, phones, computers, and more. Here’s how it works: People bring in their broken items, and volunteer coaches walk them through the fix so they can learn more about how to do similar repairs in […]


Events Calendar: May & June

May 18  |  Food & DrinksRemnant Brewing One-Year Anniversary Beer Fest5 to 9 p.m., $402 Bow Market Way, Somerville Somerville’s breweries like to support each other, and they’re coming together to celebrate Remnant Brewing’s first birthday. Sample brews from Remnant, Aeronaut, Winter Hill Brewing, Cambridge Brewing Co., and a handful of others from Massachusetts, Vermont, and […]