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Tell the city what to buy with $500,000 starting Sunday in week of project vote

Tell the city what to buy with $500,000 starting Sunday in week of project vote

Voting begins Sunday to direct spending of a half-million dollars on projects citywide, with 20 options starting as small as $7,000 and getting as big as a $350,000 amphitheater in Danehy Park.

City sues Vail Court owners for $275,000 in fines, some unpaid back to fall of 2012 (update)

City sues Vail Court owners for $275,000 in fines, some unpaid back to fall of 2012 (update)

On Monday the city sued the owners of Vail Court, the derelict property near Central Square, demanding they pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines; cease the use of the property as a commercial parking lot; and secure the building against vagrants.

Two rise to lieutenant, six to sergeant among the ranks of Cambridge Police

Two rise to lieutenant, six to sergeant among the ranks of Cambridge Police

The Cambridge Police Department held a promotional ceremony Monday to promote two officers to lieutenant and six officers to the supervisory rank of patrol sergeant.

One factor changed in debate on fluoride, but drinking water hasn’t changed with it

One factor changed in debate on fluoride, but drinking water hasn’t changed with it

There has been scarcely a murmur of dissent over adding fluoride to Cambridge drinking water since 1974 – until recently. And new federal guidance would lower the amount we drink.

Winter’s costs so far top $5 million, causing city to rethink some rules

Winter’s costs so far top $5 million, causing city to rethink some rules

Brutal, unrelenting snow and cold is inspiring some new thinking about traffic and cars – even a demonstration of open-mindedness on considering whether people can reserve their street parking space spaces.

‘Special regular’ meeting Friday morning highlights council’s struggle against time

‘Special regular’ meeting Friday morning highlights council’s struggle against time

One city councillor wants the city’s 40-plus boards and commissions to clarify yearly goals and initiatives … but exempts the council itself. That seems not very self-aware.

Brian Murphy, assistant city manager, former councillor, dies in ‘sudden loss’

Brian Murphy, assistant city manager, former councillor, dies in ‘sudden loss’

City officials reported the death of Brian Murphy, assistant city manager for community development and a former city councillor, in a message Thursday.

Radicalized by problems before board, lawyer says she’ll run for City Council

Radicalized by problems before board, lawyer says she’ll run for City Council

Formal nomination papers aren’t filed with the Election Commission until the end of July, but lawyer Kim Courtney has announced that she is running and put up an extensive website explaining her platform.

Don’t be in such a rush to give up council checks, balances to power of city manager

Don’t be in such a rush to give up council checks, balances to power of city manager

Two of our longest-serving city councillors – Mayor David Maher and state Rep. Tim Toomey – argued in favor of being a rubber stamp to the city manager on his power to appoint, against their own oversight powers and city law.

Rules against smoking take effect June 1, but compromises don’t please everyone

Rules against smoking take effect June 1, but compromises don’t please everyone

Limits on e-cigarettes and smoking in larger public parks were voted in Thursday by the City Council, but some exotic tobacco sales will still be allowed, and businesses offering outdoor hookah use can go on doing so.

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