Business + Money

Starbucks is gone for now from Harvard Square, but other shops are still pouring plenty of coffee

The closing of Harvard Square’s last Starbucks on Nov. 21 took many by surprise but gives visitors a chance to discover or rediscover the square’s many other locations for coffee, snacks, first dates, late-night check-ins and study binges.

Many sources for high costs at Jefferson Park, including building family units and new roads

The $900,000-per-unit cost of rebuilding Jefferson Park public housing stems partly from extraordinary factors such as bidding and wage requirements for public agencies, the large number of family-sized units, deteriorated utilities and hazardous materials at the site an analysis shows.

News

Student walkout around sexual assault concerns shows persistence of problem since 2016 protest

Nearly one-quarter of the city’s high schoolers walked out of classes Tuesday to bring attention to the impact of sexual assault and harassment on students, despite a similar walkout being held more than five years earlier leading to an “action plan” that got enthusiastic support in 2017.

Teen health survey arriving at charged moment reports ‘historic’ level of mental health struggle

The city’s latest teen health survey has some data that rattled participants at a Tuesday meeting, including a “historic” level of mental health struggle among kids, several dozens of whom had thoughts of suicide over the past months.

Spike in Covid cases was expected post-holiday and happened, nearing a daily record from 2020

Cambridge reported 75 new cases of Covid-19 among residents Tuesday, apparently the largest daily number of infections since April 10, 2020, when 90 were identified.

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Features

History Cambridge is looking for a teen 15 to 18 who will research and share over social media

History Cambridge seeks a young storytelling fellow to help identify, gather, interpret and amplify the experiences of what it’s like to grow up in our city.

Opinion

PFAS contamination calls into question Cambridge’s water supply strategy

A recent update from the Water Department on contamination in our water supply raises grave concerns for our health and safety. The city has repeatedly refused to switch our supply to the MWRA system based on unfounded claims it would be more expensive.

School meals for all kids should be permanent 

Struggling families face an extreme benefit “cliff”: Federal waivers enabling schools to serve meals to all students dissolve at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.

Celebrating Thanksgiving’s 400th anniversary of revisionist history

As Americans, we should focus on creating this nation as a solid rock that rests on a multicultural and democratic foundation. This way, we’d recognize marginalized groups, especially our Native American brothers’ and sisters’ ongoing struggle every day, particularly on Thanksgiving.

What We're Having

Double Mushroom ‘Steak’ & Cheese at Earnest Drinks (inside Gracie’s Ice Cream)

Funny to think that an ice cream shop would be a great place to grab a cocktail, let alone a meatless version of the cheesesteak, a renowned Philly classic, but that’s what Earnest Drinks just north of Kendall Square is all about.

Food + Drink

Foodstuffs: Resnick and Kimpton’s Miracle; Mamaleh’s has Flourish; El Jefe’s fundraises

What’s happening in Cambridge’s kitchens? There’s a new Kimpton chef, Adam Resnick, and a return of the hotel’s Miracle holiday pop-up; Mamaleh’s is baking with Flourish Flour; and Ben Abercrombie Day is back at ElJefe’s Taqueria on Dec. 7.

Theater

‘The Half-Life of Marie Curie’ lays out its thesis and never challenges the conclusions

The setup of this historically accurate play has great potential for a discussion of what it means to be a woman in (what is largely perceived as) a man’s field and what it means for a woman to step into any number of possible roles in her life. But it doesn’t allow for much of anything approaching subtlety.

Arts + Culture

A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville: Holiday shopping fairs, A.R.T.’s Day of Giving

In a look ahead at a week of Cambridge and Somerville events, there are holiday shopping markets with art, food, ice skating and workshops; music of the jazz and “chocolate rock” varieties; American Repertory Theater Day of Giving events; and a menorah lighting in Harvard Yard.

Film Ahead

Watch Will Smith as a winning ‘King Richard,’ ‘Boy Called Christmas’ and ‘Life of Louis Wain’

These looks at what’s on the big screen and streaming include “King Richard,” the story of the father behind tennis’ the Williams sisters; a holiday treat from Netflix called “A Boy Called Christmas,” a period piece of “The Electric Life of Louis Wain” and the documentary “Killing the Shepherd.”

Wild Things

A tufted titmouse might fly in to steal your hair, plucking it while you sleep to help build a nest

Tufted titmice (or titmouses, as they are sometimes called) live in Massachusetts year-round, and you will often see them at bird feeders in the fall and winter.

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