The License Commission’s approach to policy reform for restaurants that serve alcohol hasn’t just alarmed those businesses. Now the City Council has moved to put the process on hold and get a say in what happens, though the law may say it gets none.
Addiction-treatment drugs from a onetime Cambridge startup raise questions: Why is prescription medicine being advertised in the subway, an unusual choice ? Are MBTA ads a good way to give consumers a fair picture of the medicine’s benefits and risks?
A fast-moving, comprehensive review of rules and regulations by the city’s License Commission could affect restaurants that serve alcohol, changing the marketplace dramatically for businesses that paid sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars for the right.
The City Council voted 8-0 to approve zoning that would allow a medical marijuana dispensary near Harvard Square. The quest for a dispensary by Sage Cannabis began in November, and is far from over.
Councillors asked for a legal opinion after some worried that a one-block change in zoning to allow a dispensary in the Mid-Cambridge neighborhood seemed like “spot zoning” that was unfair to other pot businesses and possibly illegal.
A coalition of legislators, advocates for poor people and immigrants, and hospitals, including Cambridge Health Alliance, is trying to block an initiative affecting thousands of low- and moderate-income patients, disqualifying some and limiting benefits for others.
Two Cambridge institutions are expanding in coming months, as a Darwin’s Ltd. sandwich and coffee shop plans to expand seating by 300 percent – including onto a new loft dining area – by taking over and building in the space occupied by University Stationers.
On Tuesday the License Commission declined to renew the alcoholic beverages license for the “desserterie,” which closed on Dunster Street in late 2014 and whose owners let the license lapse – but wanted it back to recoup some of its cost in a sale to another eatery.
Once it was health insurers that tried to restrict the doctors and hospitals their members could use. Now it is the doctors and hospitals that are increasingly trying to steer patients to providers within their networks. Cambridge Health Alliance is no exception.
Verna’s Donuts, a North Cambridge institution since 1951, is closed, property seized for nonpayment of rent. This is the second time Verna’s has faced death, including when current owner Richard Brunet saved it in 2006 by buying it out of family ownership.