Profiles


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] […]


The Red Line Secedes—And That’s Just the Beginning

These First-Time Podcasters Will Derail Your Morning Commute “It’s two kidnappers, their victim, and a ghost,” Alexander Danner explains, his crisp, narratorial voice cutting through the evening din of Diesel Cafe. He takes a sip of his coffee, then finishes his sentence: “They’re arguing over how to pluralize ‘hippopotamus.’” So goes the plot of one […]



Do-Gooders, Key Players, and Game Changers: Aaronson Chew

Dr. Aaronson Chew learned to hold himself to a higher standard of inclusivity when he was an undergraduate at University of California, Irvine. There, he became a resident advisor in a living-learning community known for its commitment to fostering diversity through various programs and extra in-hall classes. Chew has channeled that standard throughout the 10 […]


The World is Her Hive

Follow the Honey offers a window into the beekeepers of many nations Honeybees are “a gateway bug,” according to Follow the Honey founder Mary Canning, and the “liquid sunshine” they produce is the key to a greater sense of excitement in the world around us. “I’ve seen people walk in laden with the heaviness of […]



The Spice Scout

Curio Spice Co. Owner Claire Cheney Travels the World In Search of Spices When you walk into Curio Spice Co., there’s the sensation that you’ve stepped inside a remarkably well-stocked kitchen cabinet. The delicate aroma of spices makes it clear off the bat that this is an olfactory heaven for cooks. The shop stocks pure […]


SCOUT’S HONORED: The Best Physical Therapist of 2018

Best Physical Therapist: Anna Schroepfer Kandoyan Spaulding Hospital Cambridge 1575 Cambridge St., (617) 876-4344 spauldingrehab.org What makes a good physical therapist? To Anna Schroepfer Kandoyan, it’s about more than good clinical knowledge and skills—it’s about an eagerness to work with patients, being a good listener, and asking the right questions. Working with people was one of […]


Peter DiMuro Reflects on Leading the Dance Complex

Peter DiMuro’s transformation from “pudgy, in-the-closet country boy” to professional dancer, choreographer, and artistic director started with a role in his high school’s production of “Carnival.” Through this first foray into musical theater, he discovered the freeing nature of dance and the chance to express himself without words, he says. DiMuro, now the executive artistic […]


Jayms Battaglia Helps Students Run Local Homeless Shelter

Community Coordinator for the University Lutheran Church Every winter, Jayms Battaglia oversees a new group of about 24 to 28 students who join the staff of the Harvard Square Homeless shelter. The shelter, which opened in 1983, was the first student-run shelter in the country. Many of the students who work there will go on […]


Emily Raymond’s Valentines Aim to Show That People Care

Emily Raymond vividly remembers the day three years ago when she first thought of making Valentine’s gifts for local men and women experiencing homelessness. It was a snowy January evening, and she was pushing her youngest son’s stroller down a busy street, stopping every block because of the piles of snow in her way. “At […]