Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Business + Money

Mystic Ave. industrial area unfriendly to walkers is exempted from a requirement for green space

A stretch of Mystic Avenue around Assembly Square is so industrial, polluted and unfriendly to pedestrians that a development will be allowed to eliminate plans for a pocket park and move required civic space off-site.

Paid legal notices for Cambridge for June 13-20

Cambridge public notices for June 13-20, 2024.

When Jefferson Park’s homes open after remake, 30% of units won’t have local-preference tenants

The Jefferson Park Federal development will offer more than 200 low-rent apartments to people on a Cambridge Housing Authority’s waitlist, but the CHA can no longer give priority to people who live or work in Cambridge for all openings.

Bank is asked to forgive some of a loan to Neville, a nursing home, and has cause: Lack of collateral

An order asking Rockland Trust Co. to forgo getting repaid for a portion of a Neville Center loan said it’s necessary “to allow the city to provide much-needed support” to the financially challenged nursing home.

The Door Store, open since 1959, says it’s closing after financial issues and challenge from parking

The Door Store plans to close its own doors within a few months after more than six decades of business in Cambridge. The store decided to close because of rising costs and lack of business, general manager Dawn Leate said.

News

Crowdfunding can help a victim of May 23 shots while police discover suspect’s use of ‘ghost gun’

While Cambridge police continue to pursue arrests in the May 23 shooting at Donnelly Field, attention has shifted to the woman caught in the crossfire.

Another statewide problem with 911 dispatching had officials sharing alternative calling methods

The 911 emergency dispatch system experienced sporadic issues statewide for a little less than two hours Tuesday, leading police to recommend use of alternate numbers.

Tying Appleton Street traffic to Garden changes? Not so fast, officials say as they analyze next steps

A fix may be near for the surge in cars taking Appleton Street in West Cambridge, but planners say they’d be fixing a problem they probably did not cause – and that nearby streets will have to absorb the redirected traffic.

Fenway Health closes Central Boomerangs store, cuts funding for unhoused kids, needle exchange

Fenway Health cited financial concerns as the reason for cuts. City councillors are exploring ways to keep services – maybe even the store.

Latest state documents around Riverbend Park reveal cavalier remark, ignored calls for meeting

A cache of newly released records show internal thinking of state staff around the potential Saturday openings of Riverbend Park – and a resistance to scheduling a promised meeting that’s still unexplained to officials and residents.

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Features

Watershed: An excursion in four parts (Part II)

I have lived close to Fresh Pond for most my adult life and had frequented its shores for years before I came to know about the former swamp. If pressed, I suppose I would have realized that something must have existed in the place where there is now a cinema, organic market and utility station with gray transformer towers.

Opinion

Road improvements are still hastened by deaths but slowed by resentments

The city can fix a dangerous intersection, but it will have cost a life. We’re one of three area cities with Boston and Somerville vowing to eliminate traffic fatalities through engineering, but we’ve struggled to meet checkpoints.

Poor and low-income workers and allies will bring demands to Washington, D.C., June 29

Poor and low-wage workers, affected people and allies will come to the nation’s capital to demand that those running for elected office this year embrace a moral public policy agenda that includes 17 demands.

Sign a petition for the North-South Rail Link, connecting North Station and South Station

For many years, Bostonians have dreamed of creating a direct connection between the North Station and South Station known as the North-South Rail Link.

Sports

Youth Sports Volunteer Recognition Breakfast brings new team of 10 student honorees for ’24

The Annual Youth Sports Volunteer Recognition Breakfast arrives Saturday with guests sportswriter Steve Buckley of The Athletic, comedian Tony V and Kelvin Moses of Healthpeak Properties and a new group of recipients.

Theater

‘Next to Normal’ review: A play that sings about mental health and makes you want to listen

The story of a family in crisis and a mom with bipolar disorder shines in a co-production by Central Square Theater and Front Porch Arts Collective.

Film Clips

Reviewed: ‘Robot Dreams,’ ‘Inside Out 2’ and ‘Remy & Arletta’ in theaters and streaming

Streaming now are the witty, wry “Robot Dreams,” heartwarming Pixar sequel “Inside Out 2” and the coming-of-age drama “Remy & Arletta.”

Read

Catherine Newman delivers an ode to family and Cape Cod in ‘Sandwich’

Catherine Newman’s latest and her second adult novel, “Sandwich,” takes place at a one-week rental on Cape Cape as a family contends with buried secrets and the narrator struggles (hilariously) with menopause.

Behold

Julia Csekö’s ‘Transcending Borders’ welcomes immigrants with a chance to tell their stories

The piece contains a rainbow of colorful ribbons, each saying “You are welcome here!” in different languages. A QR code prompts visitors to share their own immigration experience in writing or audio.

Celebrations

Nineties-themed Dance Party returns June 28

The kickoff to summer that began in 1996 and draws crowds of up to 30,000 people takes place in front of Cambridge City Hall.

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