Saturday, December 9, 2023

Business + Money

Paid legal notices for Cambridge for Dec. 8-15

Cambridge public notices about domestic partnership definitions; a Conservation Commission hearing about 89 Blanchard Road; cannabis businesses; and hen keeping.

Jefferson Park housing is split into two projects, adding complexity even as overall costs get lower

The huge project to replace and expand the Jefferson Park public housing development will be split in two, the Cambridge Housing Authority has decided.

Your bottle of cheap red is now behind barricades after a shoplifting surge at Central Square Target

Rampant shoplifting has led to installation of metal accordion barriers around alcohol at the Central Square Target, and officials are looking at additional measures.

Affordability, steep lots and cohabitation changes could bolster housing construction in Somerville

Three changes to housing in Somerville were passed by the City Council last month, including two that could add to the number of available homes.

Laundrytown will be replaced by Krispy Krunchy, welcomed by residents hungry for dining options

Rindge Avenue residents are ready to forget about Ferro’s Laundrytown and line up for meals of Krispy Krunchy fried chicken and mashed potatoes.


Attend meetings in Cambridge from Dec. 8-15 about Faisal inquest and city project priorities

Public meetings this week look at an inquest into a police shooting and changes in officer procedure, deciding on public investments, Cambridge Street bike lanes, the future of Jerry’s Pond, how to use municipal space in Central Square and more.

Attend meetings in Somerville from Dec. 8-15 about kids’ programs and plans at Lyndell’s

Public meetings this week look at climate action, equity for low-income families and the potential local effect of the Supreme Court’s Dobbs v. Jackson ruling about abortion rights, more housing on Broadway and more.

Proposed switch away from city manager fails, and charter committee will ask for more time

Cambridge’s Charter Review Committee fell short of endorsing a change to a mayoral system and away from the current city manager form in a vote.

Crash kills Cantabrigian Roderick Jackson, officer in a trail of destruction and violence in Waltham

Cambridge resident Roderick Jackson was killed with a police officer in a Wednesday driving incident that led to a suspect being held without bail.

Challenger declares for Rep. Decker’s seat, aiming to pass more progressive legislation

Labor activist Evan MacKay has launched a campaign to challenge state Rep. Marjorie Decker for her seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

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History Cambridge’s holiday party looks back on ‘Year of Cambridgeport’

Thursday is History Cambridge’s celebration of this year of Cambridgeport. Stay tuned for information about an upcoming Year of North Cambridge.


Self-driving cars aren’t ready to be allowed on the streets of Cambridge

I recently had the opportunity to experience the Tesla full self-driving beta in Cambridge, and it confirmed my intuition that the technology is not safe.

Squandering our squares in Somerville

There are ways to increase the number of people who can enjoy what makes Somerville so special in places that are suitable to absorb that growth.

Our Revolution Cambridge calls for a permanent cease-fire

We urge the Cambridge community to support a call for peace and justice in Palestine/Israel while treating each other with empathy and compassion.

Books + Writing

Inspired by Harvard Square Holiday Poetry Stroll, Inman Square now has its own ‘Literature Stroll’ 

A resident’s Literature Stroll of excerpted great works begins at Inman and Cambridge streets and runs eastward down Cambridge Street this month.

Events ahead

A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville, from ‘Solstice’ to ‘The Slutcracker’ and ‘Revels’

In a look ahead at a week of Cambridge and Somerville events, a cemetery hosts the “Solstice” light show, “Slutcracker” is in Davis and Revels’ “Feast of Fools” is in Harvard along with holiday sales, an illuminated-home tour, comedy, musical theater, klezmer and Open Mike Eagle and much more.

Film Ahead

Finnish import ‘Rare Exports’ is a tale with Claus; ‘Orlando, My Political Biography’ plays at Brattle

These looks at what’s on screen in the coming week include Roald Dahl classics “Matilda” and “The Witches”; a Santa tale with a difference in “Rare Exports” and Yorgos Lanthimos look back with “The Favourite”; the Hitchcockian “Eileen”; and area premiere of the documentary “Orlando, My Political Biography.”


End-of-year Spotify Wrapped is inspiring artists (into venting about a noxious ripoff of creatives)

The end of year is a time for reflection and gratitude. But there’s room for a little bitter with your sweet when the hot tea is flavored by Spotify Wrapped.

What We're Having

Let me be Frank with you in Assembly Row

Frank is the creation of Frank McClelland, who ran the chichi white-tablecloth L’Espalier in Back Bay when Assembly Row was still dingy and dangerous. Now he’s at home in its tony alleyways of conspicuous consumption with a menu of playful nouvelle spins with a focus on seaside New England fruits.


Roxy’s classic three-cheese grilled cheese

There’s a faultless marriage of grilled bread and cheese in a simple, classic sandwich at Roxy’s in Cambridgeport near Cambridge’s Central Square.