Articles by Reena Karasin

Blood and Biomarkers: Tracking the Body from the Inside

Laura Ingalls is a marathon runner, triathlete, and running coach. In late 2013, she inexplicably began to gain weight. Her doctor told her nothing was wrong, and that to combat weight gain she should exercise more—a recommendation that she found baffling, given her active lifestyle. Ingalls tried out InsideTracker, a Cambridge-based health optimization service that […]


Winter Carnival Kicks Off in Harvard Square

Harvard Square kicks off months of programming designed to bring people to the neighborhood during the coldest months of the year today, promising a whole host of events including a chocolate festival, a chili cook-off, and celebrations for the Chinese New Year. “You take all of those things and you put them together and you realize, […]


City Opens Winter Warming Center

Cambridge opened a warming center on Tuesday that will provide an alternative to shelters for the city’s homeless population during the coldest months of the year. The city found that despite the many local human services organizations, people were falling through the cracks, according to Shelly Chevalier, planning and development manager for the department of […]


OBERON to Embrace Shakespeare With a Twist

Lucky Charming feels he was born to play Puck from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” He stopped growing in ninth grade at 5 feet 4 inches and is playfully peppy when around friends. But whenever he saw a casting call for the play, the role of Puck was already filled. “I need to play this role […]


Passim Awards Grants to Local Musicians

Passim doled out $42,000 this winter to musicians with ties to New England as part of its annual effort to help artists advance their careers. The Harvard Square-based nonprofit’s Iguana Music Fund is designed to enrich local communities by supporting musicians and making it easier to be a full-time artist. “It’s really to help the […]


From the Cloud to the Paige: Meet Harvard Book Store’s On-Demand Printer

Nestled in the back of Harvard Book Store, Paige M. Gutenborg whirs away. A faint smell of glue surrounds the machine as digital files transform into bound books. It starts with a Xerox printer. The manuscript pops out and is whisked into a neat stack, and then comes the gluing and binding. Tiny balls of […]


Our Best Stories of 2017

From mass protests that kicked off the beginning of the year to the bitter cold ushering December to a close, 2017 has been a wild ride. As we look back on the year, we want to highlight some of our favorite stories about the people, places, and movements that make Cambridge, Cambridge. So we hope […]


New Year’s Eve In Cambridge

Still working on your New Year’s Eve plans and looking for something close to home? Luckily, Cambridge is up to the challenge. Check out these local New Year’s events at some of the city’s best spots. Lamplighter Taproom Bash Lamplighter’s New Year’s Eve party is, not surprisingly, the perfect option for beerlovers. There will be […]


Behind Cambridge’s Painted Windows

Mandee Martin has loved letters ever since she was a kid. She dreamed of perfect cursive and worked at her bubble letters. She took to graffiti in her 20s, enjoying how the medium let her designs stretch. She painted her first window about 10 years ago while working at Beth Israel Deaconess — “I felt […]



Voters Select Seven Participatory Budgeting Projects

Over 6,700 Cambridge residents voted on how to spend the city’s participatory budget, selecting seven projects in the areas of environment, community resources, streetsmarts, and youth and technology. The winning projects are 100 Trees for a Cleaner, Greener Cambridge; Critical Resource Kits for the Homeless; Flashing Crosswalks for Safer Streets; Drinking Water Across More Parks; […]


City to Offer Legal Screening Clinic for Immigrants

The City of Cambridge has established a free, monthly clinic that will help local immigrants determine what their options are for pursuing citizenship or legal status. The clinic, run by the Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship (CIRC) and the Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC—pronounced “classic”), will bring in volunteer immigration lawyers. CLSACC […]