News

Attend meetings on the ‘MassAve4’ bike lanes, Alewife, issues facing Black residents and more

Public meetings this week look at Strategic planning for Kendall Square, plans for the “MassAve4” stretches of bike lanes and the Lechmere Canal Park, school Covid protocol changes, Issues facing Black residents, amending the city charter and zoning for the Alewife area.

Black, multirace, Hispanic kids disciplined more, and school officials are reluctant to talk about it

Cambridge Public Schools students who are disciplined for misbehavior are more likely to face severe punishment – suspension – if they are black, multiracial or Hispanic than if they’re white or Asian. The disparate treatment has persisted for years and is evident in annual data published by the state education department.

New booster is part of nine Covid and flu clinics coming with a reminder: Pandemic isn’t over

The number of new Covid-19 infections in Cambridge remains relatively low but has been rising among residents in some of the city’s nursing homes and assisted-living centers. There’s a push on to get more people up to date with vaccines against the coronavirus and flu.

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Features

Cambridgeport was known as ‘Greasy Village’; ‘Soap and Bones’ fundraiser will highlight why

History Cambridge plans a Sept. 29 fundraiser to explore Cambridgeport’s past – one shaped by the making of soap and other products – and look to its future.

A giant coalition that came together in the 1960s defeated a bigger threat: the ‘Inner Belt’ highway

The Inner Belt was a proposed eight-lane highway cutting through Somerville and Central Square. The combined efforts of hundreds of activists prevented it.

Opinion

City failed to protect trees in Danehy Park

A visit to Danehy Park in mid-August found 108 trees we categorized in a range from “poor” to “dead.” Of them, 87 were mature and classified as “significant trees” by city law.

Fall into habits that improve your health

Fall is an excellent time to revisit the ways we spend our days and build in some healthy routines. Follow these tips to set yourself up for an extra-healthy 2023.

It’s time to make Memorial Drive a weekend park for good

Memorial Drive is a community asset. It shows what happens when people work together to listen to resident concerns, consider solutions and improve policies for everyone.

Arts + Culture

A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville: Bob Moses MathTrail, ‘Emotive Land’ and more

In a look ahead at a week of Cambridge and Somerville events, there’s a Bob Moses MathTrail Launch and Parade; “Emotive Land” augmented-reality performance and other dance debuts; a beery class on how to make a New York Times crossword; “Smoke This” Rib Fest; readings, concerts, theater and much more.

Film Ahead

In repertory, silent ‘Nosferatu’ does double duty; ‘God’s Country,’ ‘Sidney,’ ‘Don’t Worry’ reviews

These looks at what’s on screens in the coming week include three for Silent Film Day, the works of Tsai Ming-liang at the Harvard Film Archive and new releases such as “Catherine Called Birdy,” “The Greatest Beer Run Ever,” “Don’t Worry Darling,” “Goodnight Mommy” and the superior “God’s Country” and Sidney Poitier documentary, “Sidney.”

Wild Things

Raccoons are smart, adaptable and can thrive whether in farms, forests, wetlands or cities

Learn how raccoons were named, which president adopted one instead of eating it, how recently the Joy of Cooking included raccoon recipes and much more.

Arts + Culture

MIT Museum opens its doors for a resident ‘sneak peek’

For Cambridge residents who like to be first in line, the new MIT Museum offers a one-day peek of the expanded facility – and other activities – for neighbors only on Oct. 1.

Film

‘Blonde’: Ana de Armas is all-in as Marilyn

Andrew Dominik’s new spin on the legacy of Marilyn Monroe is a star turn within a lurid layer cake of sex and spectacle. Just how much of it is true is another issue.

What We're Having

Back to school south-of-the-border fare at Cambridge Common

When Cambridge Common reopened mid-pandemic, it did so with a slimmed-down menu that added a few classics from the still-closed Christopher’s in Porter Square. But the thing that has me coming back is the simple elegance of its Southwestern quesadilla.