News

The royals are the latest of visiting dignitaries, planning stops in Cambridge and Somerville (updated)

Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, are in town for the 2022 Earthshot awards in Boston, but their itinerary brings them to Somerville’s Greentown Labs on Thursday and Harvard in Cambridge on Friday.

In handling homelessness and substance abuse, foundation exists for easing the crisis, staff says

A “recommended path forward” on issues around the unhoused and substance use in Cambridge will be presented in early 2023, residents learned at a hearing.

City-owned Internet awaits final report in 2023, though details about it are coming into shape

With a financial feasibility study of city-owned Internet underway, a network looking more realistic and a new city manager in place, the dynamic Monday at an officials’ roundtable was in some ways flopped from years past: City Manager Yi-An Huang seemed more enthusiastic about municipal broadband than some city councillors.

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Features

History Cambridge has a new partnership, joining with Slave Legacy History Coalition

While the Slave Legacy History Coalition applies for its own nonprofit status, History Cambridge expects to act as its fiscal sponsor and provide administrative support. 

November is Native American Heritage Month, but Indigenous history can be celebrated all year


Thanksgiving and its accompanying celebrations provide an opportunity to learn about Indigenous history, but we shouldn’t be limited to November.

Opinion

Happy, healthier eating over the holidays

Studies have found that adult weight gain is significant during the period from the last week of November through early January. Here’s how to fight back.

What is the plan for Cambridge?

The city manager and City Council should explain what they want Cambridge to be like in the future, and offer more clarity about regional plans affecting the city.

On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, commemorate Rita Hester: Her life mattered

In the pantheon of slain Americans who have furthered the civil rights of a marginalized group is Rita Hester, an African American transgender woman.

Wild Things

Cedar waxwings love their fruit and berries, sometimes farmers’ fruits and berries too

It is not too surprising that farmers in the 1800s and 1900s hated these birds – they were an agricultural pest John James Audubon proposed calling the fruit-devourer.

Books + Writing

Henriette Lazardis, exploring 1910 ‘Terra Nova,’ knows what keeps her readers turning the page

After teaching English literature at Harvard for 10 years, Henriette Lazardis became a full-time writer with a new novel: “Terra Nova,” a story of love, betrayal and adventure set against the backdrop of Antarctic discovery.

What We're Having

Intimate ambiance, creative small plates and delicious wine at Spoke

The wine selection and knowledge behind the bar at Spoke remains top-shelf, while the food has just become more eclectic and nuanced since its opening in 2013.

Music

Tenant for Oberon space will be named in 2023; Once music club went far in an obscure process

An unnamed but “exciting” tenant has been chosen for 2 Arrow St. for the new year, replacing the venue formerly known as Harvard University’s Oberon theater.

Food + Drink

Trattoria Pulcinella reopens in Huron Village, picking up tradition from chef Giovanni Oliva

The Italian eatery Trattoria Pulcinella has reopened for dinner in Huron Village after closing for a month of renovations, restaurant staff said Wednesday.

Comedy

Even missing New Year’s, new Comedy Studio will give Harvard Square nightlife to celebrate

The Comedy Studio would reopen in Harvard Square in time for a New Year’s Eve party if owner Rick Jenkins had his preference, but a visit to its belowground shell last month showed why January is the more likely date.

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