News

With Cambridge Birth Center expected to reopen, protesters call out Beth Israel Lahey for a closing

Closed doors at the Cambridge Birth Center were not why a couple of hundred protesters rallied Wednesday in Harvard Square, trying to yell loud enough so health executives could hear them. The problem is now on the North Shore, at a health care system with Cambridge offices.

Proposal to end parking minimums gets 7-1 vote on way to council, despite Planning Board fears

A proposal to eliminate parking minimums citywide is making its way to the City Council from its Ordinance Committee, where eight of nine councillors were present Sept. 21 and all but one voted in favor. 

First Amendment rights of conservative clinics needs to be addressed before a ban can be voted (corrected)

The City Council voted to continue a hearing wrought with passionate debate about whether “limited resource pregnancy centers” actually provide options to clients or push people away from getting abortions.

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Features

The ‘Gerry’ of ‘Gerrymandering’ was one of ours, co-writer of the Bill of Rights and a vice president (corrected)

Elbridge Gerry was described as cunning, obstinate, contrarian, contradictory and unpredictable – and what he did in 1812 is still shaping politics and democracy, including the upcoming midterm elections.

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.

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.

What We're Having

Back to school with the meticulous Mâe Asian Eatery

At 20 seats, Mâe wants to feed as many people as it can in a night. But service is nothing but abundantly kind, and for some of the best Southeast Asian cuisine in town.

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.