City has an unpublicized vaccination ‘call list’ that serves as fallback for eligible; CHA as well

While many Cambridge residents scrambled to find appointments for scarce Covid-19 vaccine, the Cambridge Public Health Department maintained a “call list” of people who could be offered vaccination at short notice if doses might be wasted otherwise.

Attend meetings on easing way for businesses, real estate transfer fee, two new eateries, more

Public meetings this week look at surveillance technology, tear gas and why the Planning Board doesn’t like proposed green roofs zoning; bao coming to Central Square and felafel to Porter Square; an overhaul of what and where businesses can be; and enacting a real estate transfer fee.

Broad Institute adjusted its protocols last month, decreasing Covid positives (including false ones)

A change in protocols early last month at The Broad Institute slightly reduces the number of results reported as positive. Some scientists believe the change better reflects the number of people who test positive and are truly able to spread the virus.

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Talks, resource guide, walking tour will connect present with 18th century’s Black Cantabrigians

How did enslaved people create community in 18th century Cambridge? How did unfreedom persist despite the legal end of chattel slavery in Massachusetts? Though there’s tremendous research to build on, current residents can also offer tips, leads or ideas to follow up.


Neighborhood group conversation started well, but so far doesn’t answer questions or conflicts

A City Council committee hearing about neighborhood groups – their successes and challenges and how the city can better support them – was great, but not all groups attended. And there is still work to be done at making all feel welcome at neighborhood meetings and City Council meetings.

One lesson of Covid-19: Experts in health care should shape policies determining well-being

The coronavirus has shown that medicine must reconsider its at-times misplaced boundaries. Our responsibility does not start when a patient enters the hospital, or end with their departure.

Cambridge, Harvard and MIT must shelter homeless better for next months with Covid

As we approach the start of the second year of this pandemic, the large institutions of Cambridge and city government need to act differently than in 2020. Studies have shown that the non-congregate shelter option is a public health option that works.

Film Ahead

Coronavirus edition 53: Women’s History Month and ‘Coming 2 America’ lead off movies of March

This coronavirus edition of movies to shelter with includes four milestone selections to view during Women’s History Month, brings Prince Akeem of Zamunda back to America (via Amazon), boasts a Quentin Dupieux flick and some restorations at the Brattle, and much more.


‘Raya and the Last Dragon’: Lore as reimagined by Disney, brought to animated, triumphant end

Anchored by a moving performance from Kelly Marie Tran and outstanding animation in the film’s most action-packed scenes, “Raya and the Last Dragon” has considerable strengths.

Food + Drink

Hot pressed sandwiches from Montrose Spa

Montrose Spa celebrated its 45th anniversary just last month, a source of not just cheap breakfast food and delicious pressed sandwiches, but information about Cambridge dating back some five decades.


‘Chaos Walking’: On this sci-fi New World, displays of masculinity are clear, dangerous

On a far distant planet two centuries into the future, a colony of humans lives in what feels like a Western frontier town atop a forested hilltop – at war with the planet’s indigenous species and totally lacking in women, until one crash lands there.

Food + Drink

The Hungry Urbanist goes to the new Formaggio

The new Formaggio is much bigger and brighter than the old, with more and bigger piles and displays of wonderful things to eat. And radicchio at a price you may have never seen.

Film Ahead

Coronavirus edition 52: Billie Holiday biopic, greats at The Brattle and silly ‘Tom and Jerry’

This coronavirus edition of movies to shelter with brings Billie Holiday back to life, streams greats at The Brattle – including a rediscovery of “Smooth Talk” from 1985 – and looks at new releases such as “Tom and Jerry,” “My Zoe” and the docs “Sex, Drugs & Bicycles” and “Downstream to Kinshasa.”