Business + Money

Health Alliance turns to patients as possible hires during Covid crisis, similar to schools’ outreach

Cambridge Health Alliance, coping with staff shortages like many other hospitals during the latest Covid-19 surge, is turning to a novel source for job applicants: its patients. The Alliance sent messages to its patient email list Wednesday, announcing, “CHA is Hiring!” and inviting them to apply.

Business case study: Inman Square Hardware, family institution that whistles while it works

What keeps a family-owned, family-operated business going in Cambridge for 46 years and counting? Good timing helps – such as long ago buying the building that holds it – but so does customer service and customer loyalty, and a mix of flexibility and tradition.


Fans of the city golf course rally to keep it whole in one long comment period now due to repeat

The possibility of losing the Fresh Pond Golf Course inspired more than 30 people to speak in its defense at Monday’s meeting of the City Council, leading to new councillor Paul Toner’s first use of his “charter right” to set the issue aside for one regular meeting.

Attend meetings on Porter Square bicycle lanes, reusing the golf course, staff searches and more

Public meetings this week look at golf course reuse, finding new city managers, clerks and auditors; updates on housing progress; a Youth Resource Officers Program; BioMed’s 585 Third St. tower in Kendall Square; bike lanes through Porter Square; and more.

Covid case count is still high but dropping fast, suggesting omicron variant has passed its peak

Cambridge’s Covid-19 case rate apparently has peaked and is plunging as fast as it shot up in December, similar to the trend statewide. Yet the rate is still higher than at any time before the latest surge. And cases in long-term care and deaths have been rising while hospitals remain full.



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In February, Cambridge and Brookline connect exploring ‘Black experience in slavery, freedom’

A virtual History Café on Feb. 3 about “Local History and the Black Experience in Slavery and Freedom” will speak with Barbara Brown of Hidden Brookline about how Cambridge can learn from work done across the river – including a look at Florida Ruffin Ridley, whose life and work intersected closely with that of Cambridge’s own Maria Baldwin.

Local’s photo of Canada geese chicks wins in Mass Audubon contest

Cambridge’s Suzanne Teegarden is a winner in the year’s Mass Audubon statewide photography contest with an image of Canada geese chicks taken in Watertown.


(Don’t) love that dirty water – sewage problem needs treatment with more balanced growth

To bend the curve of climate change takes more than the goodwill of Cantabrigians. In the case of waste escaping into the Alewife Brook and overdevelopment in Cambridge Highlands, the City Council, Planning Board and city manager must work together to ensure all new construction is part of a solution.

Municipal broadband ‘feasibility study’ is tilted against the success of project it’s set up to assess

An assumption that anything built would be cost-neutral or revenue positive within 10 years is undermined by starting with social justice; there are no current plans for public engagement for a market survey; and the City Council’s work has been slowed to nothing by the manager’s obstruction. Cambridge is far from ready for a decision.

I’m mandating vaccines at my small business. But I know it won’t be the answer for everyone.

Although I made this decision for my own business and strongly encourage others to do the same, businesses should have the freedom to make their own decisions. Creative approaches such as incentive programs encourage participation without forcing their hand.

Film Ahead

Animation leads with ‘Cryptozoo’ and ‘Mitchells’ at Brattle, and ‘Flee’; Kendall has ‘Drive My Car’

These looks at what’s on the big screen in the coming week include reviews for “Drive My Car” and “Flee,” an animated doc joined by another boundary-pushing animated film, “Cryptozoo” at The Brattle, by the more traditional “Mitchells vs. the Machines” and more cinema from “Atlantis” to Taiwan.

Books + Writing

‘We Are But Your Children,’ a history of ManRay, arrives with hopes for a party at the reopened club

Pandemic conditions make for a bad moment to reopen ManRay in Central Square but an ideal time to read “We Are But Your Children: An Oral History of the Nightclub ManRay,” assembled out of conversations with 120 regulars at the legendary nightclub.

Wild Things

Mute swans, big, voracious, elegant and smart, may have survived through status as a royal meal

People first brought exotic mute swans to North America in the 1870s to decorate country estates, city parks and zoos, and those we see in Massachusetts today are probably descended from birds that escaped from New York – now considered an invasive species by many and huntable in most states.

What We're Having

Hot soup for cold times at ChoCho’s

With these subfreezing temps upon us, hot meals matter. One place to get your internal warmth in yummy fashion is ChoCho’s, the Korean eatery with its boiling crocks of soondubu tofu soup into which you drop a raw egg and let cook – like your own Sterno stove to warm your hands over.

Food + Drink

Harvard Square home of a Painted Burro eatery will make perfect sense: old Border Cafe space

The Painted Burro, an upscale Mexican restaurant in Somerville’s Davis Square, is adding its fourth location in a place familiar to fans of the cuisine: the former home of the Border Cafe in Harvard Square.

Film Ahead

Catch some of the best of 2021 before the Oscars, get in on ‘Whaler Boy’ and maybe skip ‘Scream’

These looks at what’s on the big screen and streaming in the coming week include reviews for “Scream,” “The Whaler Boy” and “Shattered,” as well as the gems coming to The Brattle and Somerville Theatre, from some of the best of 2021 to the new “Days,” “About Endlessness,” “In the Earth” and “Censor.”