Articles by Reena Karasin

Food For All, Except the Dumpster

How a Cambridge-based app is tackling food waste head on If you’re a restaurant, you never want to run out of food. Customers expect that you’ll have options available at all times, even near closing. They might find sparse shelves off-putting, and you’ll lose money if you don’t have what a customer wants to order. This […]


Moms Saving the Planet

Two years ago, Deidre Deegan couldn’t sleep. The lifelong Cambridge resident was concerned to see summer-like days scattered in the middle of a Greater Boston winter. “That’s really what was keeping me up at night,” says Deegan, a mother of a 10-year-old and a 5-year-old. “I was waking up in February in the 70-degree heat […]


Tapping Into the Stories Along Your Bus Route

David Wang and Scott Middleton think that buses are underrated. “The bus has a bad rap right now, of ‘Oh, it’s dirty, it’s not on time, it’s dangerous,’ or whatever, but at least in Boston, it’s a really fun experience,” Wang says. “When I was little kid [there was] that excitement of, ‘Hey, the bus […]


Inman Eats Returns with a Craft Festival

Inman Eats is back for its second year this weekend, celebrating the restaurants and craft spaces that make up the neighborhood with special food deals, a beer garden, and an added craft festival. Rebranded as Inman Eats & Crafts, the outdoor festival will shut down Cambridge Street from Springfield to Prospect on May 20 from […]


Shimmying for a Cause

Cambridge’s belly dancers are hitting the streets this weekend to raise money for local domestic violence shelters and to celebrate World Belly Dance Day. The “Shimmy Mobs”—a play on a typical flash mob—are happening in over 160 cities all over the world on Saturday. The almost 2,000 dancers are expected to break a world record […]


You Can Check a ‘Human Book’ Out of the Library This Weekend

Who’s better suited to remind you to not judge a book by its cover than the library? The Cambridge Public Library and CCTV are teaming up this weekend to let people “check out” “human books” to combat discrimination and to help people understand others’ perspectives. Participants will have the chance to speak with one of […]


CRLS Photography Students Showcase Work

Curious what some of the city’s best young photographers are up to? You’re in luck: advanced placement photography students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School are showcasing their work at the Chandler Gallery through May 18. Teacher Debi Milligan tasked the juniors and seniors with developing three portfolios: one centered around a particular idea, one […]


Central Flea to Return Weekly This Spring

Fans of the Central Flea have several reasons to celebrate. First, the Central Flea will run weekly this season, starting on May 6. Second, the flea is moving to a bigger space. “In just one year we outgrew ourselves,” a Facebook post for the event says in reference to last year’s location, 95 Prospect St. The […]


Queer Makers Join Forces for First Queer Kitchen

Three Cambridge and Somerville chefs have teamed up to host Queer Kitchen, a night of food and music by queer makers that intends to be an alternative space for the queer community. Owners of Tanám, Tex Mex Eats, and 7ate9 Bakery want to hold an event for the queer community that isn’t focused on alcohol or […]


PHOTOS: Juliet’s Josh Lewin Teaches at Community Cooks Fundraiser

The Cambridge School of Culinary Arts and Community Cooks have teamed up for a series of cooking classes to benefit Community Cooks, a network of volunteers who make home-cooked meals for people in need. The classes feature celebrated chefs. Juliet‘s Chef Josh Lewin guided participants through making a cassoulet on Monday evening, from butchering four […]


Haitian-American Dance Company to Tell Stories of Immigration

For Jean Appolon, immigration was an experience of chaos and trauma. Appolon’s father was killed in Haiti for political reasons in 1991, he says, adding that he and his two brothers never found out the precise reason for their father’s murder, other than that he opposed President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. After that, the brothers went into […]


How to Reverse Your Car’s Environmental Impact

You use reusable shopping bags. You recycle, and maybe even compost. You take the T whenever you can. But sometimes, driving is unavoidable—maybe your job is inaccessible by public transit, or maybe the bus never showed. You take your car, even though you cringe when you think of the impact non-electric cars have on the […]