Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Business + Money

Bank is asked to forgive some of a loan to Neville, a nursing home, and has cause: Lack of collateral

An order asking Rockland Trust Co. to forgo getting repaid for a portion of a Neville Center loan said it’s necessary “to allow the city to provide much-needed support” to the financially challenged nursing home.

The Door Store, open since 1959, says it’s closing after financial issues and challenge from parking

The Door Store plans to close its own doors within a few months after more than six decades of business in Cambridge. The store decided to close because of rising costs and lack of business, general manager Dawn Leate said.

Investor group is leading Comedy Studio forward for opening in July after founder Jenkins resigns

For almost three decades, Rick Jenkins has been The Comedy Studio – he opened it in 1996, moved it when Harvard Square rents got out of control and brought it back to Harvard Square to a new space. But last week he resigned.

Charlie’s Kitchen is taking on new operators: Team behind The Cornerstone in Somerville

The venerable Charlie’s Kitchen is changing hands in Cambridge’s Harvard Square, and the incoming management team will be a pair who recently remade another area classic: R.F. O’Sullivan & Son in Somerville, which recently became The Cornerstone.

Paid legal notices for Cambridge for June 6-13

Cambridge public notices for the Board of Zoning Appeal and Conservation Commission.


Sexual assault on Tuesday around Central Square left victim’s memory with a blank, police report

The victim told police that she was talking with three people and does not recall what happened next, but woke up several blocks away.

Cambridgeport, council fight being passed over as state sets its plans for BU overpass and rotary

Cambridgeport residents worry they’re being left out of planning for a $51 million state reconstruction of the Boston University Bridge rotary and its Reid Overpass.

Armory arts nonprofit is closing Rooted cafe during the day, keeping it for performances (corrected)

The Rooted Armory Cafe will stop daytime service July 1 as part of Somerville’s Center for the Arts at the Armory. The center can no longer afford to run the cafe and pay the city fees it generates.

Rats in schools, a year without Bunsen burners: Somerville officials ask after speed of upgrades

A rodent problem at Somerville’s Edgerly Education Center and other buildings was just one issue raised as officials tried to prioritize projects and improvements. 

Bicyclist dies after being hit by truck in Cambridge

A bicyclist died after being hit by a truck at around 4:30 p.m. Friday at Mount Auburn and DeWolfe streets, south of Harvard Square, police said.

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Watershed: An excursion in four parts

Like travelers who want to keep some favorite place from being overly discovered, the residents of our neighborhood sometimes confide to one another in a near-whisper, “There’s no other place like this in the city.”


There’s a teach-in coming Thursday about our Legislature’s lack of transparency and its effects

The public cannot make decisions without institutional transparency in government and the financial sector. Our Massachusetts state government has been identified as the least transparent and least efficient in the nation.

Pope Francis’ F-word exposes Catholic Church

Pope Francis is the consummate flip-flopper of our time, embracing the LGBTQ+ community until he doesn’t. But the church needs its gay priests.

Science tribes: Never have I seen MIT so divided, but there’s a model to help lead us out of strife

Unlike tribal identities in the world of politics, the boundaries of groups focused on scientific discovery and application are not guarded.


Rebelle Artisan Bagels bagel

The new kid on the bagel block, Rebelle Artisan Bagels brings pretty good offerings to Kendall Square – with one drawback in the service.

Arts + Culture

Riverfest returns Saturday on 50-year mission awash in creativity, eats and the environment

The Cambridge Arts River Festival returns June 15 for the first full, in-person celebration since 2019, and just in time for its 50-year anniversary.

Food + Drink

Best baguettes from Le Grand Prix Elmendorf: Arlington’s Breadboard, Somerville’s Michette

Up to 6,000 people moved through the closed-off stretch of Cambridge Street for a Paris-style street fair where carbs ruled the day and anyone could join a panel of judges in determining the best baguette. Another competition awarded amateurs baking a rustic bread known as a miche.


These are the queer books the Harvard Book Store sellers recommend for Pride month

From fantasy to reimagined historical fiction, these eight titles are uplifting, suspenseful, heartwarming and eerie treats for Pride month.


Emerging Artists Exhibit: Glimpses into worlds that feel out of reach

At the Cambridge Arts’ annual Emerging Artists’ Exhibition opening Wednesday, there’s a range of works on view – each piece mysterious and rich.

Wild Things

The solitary and secretly peaceful carpenter bee may evolve before our eyes into a social species

Some people are afraid of carpenter bees because the male buzzes loudly and hovers around people who approach a nest. But males don’t have stingers, and the females – which do – are docile and want to build their nest in peace.