Articles by Reena Karasin

Community Jukebox Chosen as Public Artwork for the Foundry

A jukebox filled with community recordings will be the public art centerpiece for the Foundry building, a 37,500-square-foot space that the city is redeveloping into what Cambridge Arts describes as “a public community space for art, entrepreneurship, technology and workforce education.” The building, located at 101 Rogers St., is expected to open in 2021. Elisa […]


MIT Spin-Offs: C16 Biosciences

You might not realize how many items you use every day contain palm oil. Shampoo. Lipstick. Nutella. Bread. Ice cream. About half of all items at grocery stores include palm oil, sometimes under a different name, according to C16 Biosciences Co-founder Shara Ticku. The problem? Growing palm oil is a major cause of deforestation. It […]


Planks With a Past

Longleaf Lumber Gives Wood A Second Life The pieces of Douglas fir started their journey in west coast forests. Then, during World War II, they came to the South Shore as timber to build a shipyard in Hingham. But their journey didn’t end there: The building was torn down, and they passed into the hands […]


Salt & Olive Moves Into The Garage

Specialty food shop Salt & Olive is on the cusp of opening its doors in The Garage (36 JFK St.), with a target date of Saturday, April 13. The new space, which is double the the size of the store’s original location at 1160 Massachusetts Ave., will allow for a broader range of products and […]


MIT Spin-Offs: Embr Labs

Ever sit shivering in your office building? Or dripping sweat in the muggy months? Three MIT scientists did, and they decided to do something about it. The Embr Wave Bracelet helps adjust the wearer’s wrist temperature by sending strategic wave patterns to thermoreceptor nerves. While your core body temperature doesn’t change, Embr Labs Co-founder Sam […]


VO2 Vegan Cafe Aims to Transition Into Food Truck

VO2 Vegan Cafe has always been a family business. Mimi Loureiro was the driving force behind the Mass Ave. wellness center—made up of the cafe, O2 Yoga, and massage space—while her husband, Steven Carpenter, led its buildout. Their sons, Dylan and Deven Carpenter, worked in the cafe, and Deven, 15, helps Loureiro test recipes. Dylan passed […]


MIT Spin-Offs: Biobot Analytics

What’s the key to gathering more information about epidemics? Looking at sewage, Biobot Analytics Co-founder and CEO Mariana Matus suggests. Matus first became attuned to the vast data available in sewage while getting her Ph.D. in computational biology at MIT. She and fellow co-founder Newsha Ghaeli made a list of all the things they could […]


Events Calendar: March & April

March 21 |  Community Growing Divides in Cambridge: A Tale of 2.0 Cities 6 to 7:30 p.m., Free Cambridge Public Library—449 Broadway, Cambridge The Cambridge Center for Adult Education presents this examination of the city’s growing income inequality as part of its “Conversations On the Edge” series. Cambridge Community Foundation President and CEO Geeta Pradhan […]


Winners Selected in Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest

The city has selected five winning art pieces in its Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest, which intends to put art in unoccupied storefronts. The contest, run by the Community Development Department (CDD) and Cambridge Arts, is part of the city’s multi-year retail strategic plan. The CDD will make digital files of each artwork available for property owners […]



Semi-finalists Chosen in Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest

The city has announced 13 semi-finalists in its Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest, which aims to put art in unoccupied storefronts. The contest, run by the Community Development Department (CDD) and Cambridge Arts, is part of the city’s multi-year retail strategic plan. The CDD will make digital files of the winning art pieces available for property owners to […]


Meet the Scout Team: Nicolle Renick, Art Director

Nicolle’s the one who makes the magazines you hold in your hands. Our editor-in-chief sends her articles, our photographers send her photos, our publisher sends her ads, and she puts it all together with her keen eye for design. Nicolle’s from Iowa, and always loved taking art classes. She says the “creative freedom” is a […]