News

Outreach to residents is key improvement, Planning Board says for itself, developers

Outreach to residents is key improvement, Planning Board says for itself, developers

A better website and broadcasts of meetings were among reforms talked about, along with requiring developers to meet with residents before coming before the board.

Planning Board gets three new members amid broad talks of reform for processes

The city manager announced appointments to the Planning Board today. The appointments are effective Dec. 1.

Health Alliance bets on elders program, finances unknown but within its mission

Health Alliance bets on elders program, finances unknown but within its mission

A plan keeping low-income, frail seniors out of nursing home is due for expansion, even though the struggling health care system doesn’t know if the program makes money.

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Features

Five things to do this weekend: Nov. 1-2

Five things to do this weekend: Nov. 1-2

Interactive Fiction Jam game-making event; Halloween radio plays, maze and ballroom dancing; queered “Othello”; Rockstar Halloween; and three Halloween/Dias de los Muertos food events.

Five things to do this weekend: Oct. 25-26

Five things to do this weekend: Oct. 25-26

Kids Halloween events; Somerville Food Day; “Tomes of Terror: Nevermore” radio play; The Armory of Horror haunted experience; and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

Opinion

Vote no on Question 1 on Election Day, save funding to keep roads, bridges safe

Vote no on Question 1 on Election Day, save funding to keep roads, bridges safe

Those who want to keep our Massachusetts roads and bridges safe for moving people and goods will vote no on Question 1, leaving a tax provision in place.

Council needs to adopt tobacco changes to keep cheap, sweet products from kids

Council needs to adopt tobacco changes to keep cheap, sweet products from kids

Proposed ordinance changes in Cambridge would help prevent youth from accessing and becoming addicted to these harmful products.

Film

‘Horns’: Mysterious growths get Radcliffe (fore)heading back into the supernatural

‘Horns’: Mysterious growths get Radcliffe (fore)heading back into the supernatural

This olio of small-town melodrama, CSI shenanigans and otherworldly weirdness never finds even keel, maybe because Alexandre Aja doesn’t really do dark, sardonic comedy.

Food

Dead-on match of music, ‘Mass Mex’ food makes for two perfect Dias de los Muertos

Dead-on match of music, ‘Mass Mex’ food makes for two perfect Dias de los Muertos

The raucous gourmets at Cuisine en Locale are experts at pairing — meals with entertainment, and meals with holidays such as the Dias de los Muertos.

Names

Oaktree Development is named as finalist for Affordable, Workforce Housing honor

Oaktree Development is named as finalist for Affordable, Workforce Housing honor

Cambridge’s Oaktree Development was honored for its development of 30 Haven, a 53-unit, mixed-income urban infill project in Reading.

Media

Baffler’s revealing of notes on depression and 45 years of treatment calls for a party

Baffler’s revealing of notes on depression and 45 years of treatment calls for a party

The latest issue of journal The Baffler has an utterly conflicted release party coming Thursday to Inman Square: a celebration of chronic depression.