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Planned 219 units just outside Cambridge draw a familiar set of ecological concerns

Planned 219 units just outside Cambridge draw a familiar set of ecological concerns

After seeing a building permit issued for part of the Silver Maple Forest in Belmont, people worried about flooding and the loss of open space aren’t going to be happy to hear the news from Arlington.

Board set to okay Ames Street residences, but affordable-units count a sticking point

Board set to okay Ames Street residences, but affordable-units count a sticking point

The Planning Board is poised to approve a 280-unit Kendall Square residential project Tuesday, after years of delay and uncertainty. But affordable housing advocates have questions, if not demands.

Hearing gives commission a chance to ask why it granted liquor license in first place

Hearing gives commission a chance to ask why it granted liquor license in first place

The state has decided to let the city’s License Commission take care of a 10-year failure to enforce a state law, despite previously saying it shared jurisdiction on the case and was “definitely looking into” irregularities surrounding the case.

It’s hard to get people to creative events, and Arts Challenge meets that head on

It’s hard to get people to creative events, and Arts Challenge meets that head on

In crafting its first Arts Challenge, the Cambridge Arts Council has its own challenge: getting tech workers to shut off their computers in favor of attending theater, dance, concerts, art exhibits or comedy.

Decade after okaying illegal liquor license, board corrects its mistake – incorrectly?

Decade after okaying illegal liquor license, board corrects its mistake – incorrectly?

A business granted an improper license by city and state officials a decade ago has been approved for renewals of the illegal license every year since, even while those city officials rejected similar applications.

Vail Court owners get official offer to buy, as well as land-taking, demolition threats

Vail Court owners get official offer to buy, as well as land-taking, demolition threats

A property owner’s long-in-the-making meeting with the city manager and council order has resulted in action on an abandoned apartment complex considered a blight for more than a decade.

Lesley ‘core faculty’ talk of unionization while adjunct labor talks drag after year

Lesley ‘core faculty’ talk of unionization while adjunct labor talks drag after year

After voting to form a union for adjunct professors almost exactly a year ago, Lesley University educators are back with a next step: getting “core faculty” organized and fighting alongside the adjuncts for better pay, benefits and security.

Health Alliance profitable mid-fiscal year, awaits $88 million aid payment from state

Health Alliance profitable mid-fiscal year, awaits $88 million aid payment from state

Financially struggling Cambridge Health Alliance is performing far better than expected so far when it comes to the bottom line, although that hasn’t translated into hard cash.

Local businesses have paid big winter toll, but campaign plans may warm up wallets

Local businesses have paid big winter toll, but campaign plans may warm up wallets

The business community is talking about ways to rally after a winter that’s been brutal on bottom lines.

Somerville Book Shop closing by March after struggle against Web, big box stores

Somerville Book Shop closing by March after struggle against Web, big box stores

The Book Shop in Ball Square is closing at the end of February, with an everything-must-go sale underway since Monday.

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