Business + Money

Developers of former courthouse say their tower is funded, nearly abated and set to open fall 2023

The developers of 40 Thorndike, the office tower project that led to years of neighborhood and political conflict in East Cambridge, issued a progress report Wednesday, including that interior demolition and abatement for mold and asbestos is near completion.

Recreational weed head start gets an added year, with an expanded list of owners who can benefit

No recreational cannabis shops have managed to open in Cambridge since 69 percent of city voters approved recreational marijuana as part of a November 2016 statewide ballot question, but now smaller and minority or women entrepreneurs have more time to sell ahead of big dispensaries.

News

Attend meetings as sweet as a new Ben & Jerry’s and as serious as hiking real estate ‘linkage’ fees

Public meetings this week look at a big leap proposed for real estate fees that build affordable housing, “green new deal” zoning for Cambridge, a condominium conversion law and bubble tea and a relocated Ben & Jerry’s for Porter Square.

In the late August gun battle between two drivers, one SUV held kids, police say in reporting arrests

Police have arrested the two men they believe shot at each other while driving through Cambridge in the early evening of Aug. 25 – despite one car carrying children.

Organizers of a Covid mask bulk-buy campaign find outreach to schools paused for the present

The school district’s focus on a successful launch of the school year with gear to prevent coronavirus transmission already on hand tapped the breaks on a campaign to help Cambridge Public Schools students, families and staff order more high-quality masks.

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Features

Self-guided tour: The history of candy making

With the high-tech firms and pharmaceutical companies that now dominate the landscape in Kendall Square and other parts of Cambridge, it’s hard to image that 50 years ago candy was king here.

There was a sylvan reservoir stocked for fishers as space went from a bleachery to a playground

A look today at Sacramento Field in the Baldwin neighborhood would show no hint of a pool – let alone of the grape-arbored reservoir for the Middlesex Bleachery, stocked with fish for anglers, that occupied the site some 70 years ago

Opinion

Charter: After 80 years, a change is needed

Our city, and the world, has transformed since 1940. Our charter needs an update, and residents are urged to vote “yes” on all three questions.

Smoke This Rib Fest changes its format for 2021 with a warning: Restaurant industry is not okay

Folks, you really need to hear this: Things are not good. The restaurant industry is in shambles, severely understaffed and doing a fraction of its typical sales. That’s why the federal government’s Restaurant Relief Fund needs to be refunded – and go to more than 30 percent of eligible businesses.

The Advancing Housing Affordability petition: What this zoning will do, and why it is needed

This petition will change zoning for single- and two-family homes without escalating housing costs or property values or destroying the city’s rich array of sustainable historic housing, adding units while preventing the tearing down of existing stock to build larger, more expensive housing.

Poetry

The Seamus Heaney Memorial Reading is back; three poets pay homage in free Wednesday event

The Seamus Heaney Memorial Reading returns in person Wednesday, honoring the Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright from Ireland who died in 2013. 

Film Ahead

Brattle brings ‘The Fictions of Werner Herzog’; Reviews of ‘Pauli Murray,’ ‘Tammy Faye,’ more

These reviews of what’s on the big screen and streaming include doings at The Brattle Theatre, including the “Fictions of Werner Herzog” and “African-American Neo-Noir” programs and takes on “My Name Is Pauli Murray,” “The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” “The Starling” and much more.

Wild Things

American lady butterfly spots aren’t camouflage, but what they are remains a scintillating mystery

American lady butterflies have two large eyespots on each hindwing. Animals often evolve patterns to help camouflage themselves from predators, but eyespots make butterflies stand out. Why would American ladies want to stand out?

Film

‘Cry Macho’: Eastwood goes across the border with a mission suited for his vigorous 91 years

For a concept that’s taken almost 50 years to land on the big screen after a swirl of iterations with big names including Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pierce Brosnan attached, Clint Eastwood’s “Cry Macho” is likely to register as a disappointment for most.

Theater

‘Rocky Horror Show’ returns for Halloween, again filling an empty Harvard Square store

The production of “The Rocky Horror Show” that came to Harvard Square in 2019 is back beginning Oct. 16 and naturally ending with a show Oct. 31, the night of Halloween.

What We're Having

Solidarity eating at Grendel’s Den, with a history that could help flip that Texas law on abortions

There’s several good reasons to visit Grendel’s Den, a Harvard Square institution celebrating its 50th year. One is that the boho eatery won a Supreme Court case in 1982 that could become the precedent to flip the recent Texas abortion ban.