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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.

Schools budget steps up to $164 million, while construction total hits $216 million

Schools budget steps up to $164 million, while construction total hits $216 million

A proposed school district budget for next year shows an almost 5 percent increase to $164 million, with Superintendent Jeffrey Young calling it concentrated “on direct expenditures on students.”

‘Core’ Lesley instructors file to join union, with details of final vote to be determined

‘Core’ Lesley instructors file to join union, with details of final vote to be determined

Full-time faculty members at Lesley University plan have filed for a union election with the National Labor Relations Board, hoping to join more than 500 adjunct instructors in talks to improve their pay, benefits and stability.

Where some local police ‘militarization,’ others see more safety for public, VIPs

Where some local police ‘militarization,’ others see more safety for public, VIPs

A report that Cambridge police have “sniper teams” is greeted with both dismay and gratitude, with less attention paid to confirmation that the city pays the bill for VIP visits.

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.

Friends of Cambridge Rindge and Latin announces 11 Faculty Innovation Grants

Friends of Cambridge Rindge and Latin announces 11 Faculty Innovation Grants

The nonprofit dedicated to supporting and enriching programs at the city’s public high school made 11 grants of up to $1,000.

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.

Wynn delivers casino agreement cash, with $50,000 each year for water ferry

Wynn delivers casino agreement cash, with $50,000 each year for water ferry

Wynn, the company awarded a gaming license to build a $1.6 billion casino resort in Everett, has delivered a $200,000 check to Cambridge in accordance with a “Surrounding Community Agreement,” company officials said today.

Housing Authority executive director pay rises to $189,000, will jump again in 2017

Housing Authority executive director pay rises to $189,000, will jump again in 2017

After leading a long battle to preserve – and transform – public housing in Cambridge with private financing, Gregory Russ is getting a sizable raise, and will land just below $200,000 in 2017.

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