Business + Money

Somerville staff missed inspection of its Armory, leaving the arts building without its sole elevator

The Armory building in Somerville has lacked an elevator for two months, which tenants say violates disabilities access requirements and is another example of the city’s inability to manage the building acquired last year through eminent domain.

Foundry ribbon-cutting gives the city a glimpse of $46 million project that opens in September

While the Foundry 101 building opens to the public in September, major construction is finished and residents were allowed to walk through the first floor of the refurbished building Wednesday at a ribbon-cutting, visiting spaces within where creation will take place.

News

Judge rejects group’s call to freeze bike lanes, allowing city to continue installation for now (updated)

A call to stop work immediately on new protected bike lanes in Cambridge and turn existing lanes back into parking spaces was rejected Friday by Middlesex County Superior Court judge John Pappas.

School district and educators compromise, delivering two-year contract and optimism

After months of stalled negotiations, the Cambridge Public School District and Cambridge Education Association have agreed to a contract for teachers, assistant principals, deans and curriculum coordinators. The roughly 1,100 educators in units A and B were working under a one-year contract that ended Aug. 31.

Parents hesitate to get Covid shots for youngest, while infections of older residents edge upward

The city is making a concerted push to overcome parental reluctance and get children under 5 vaccinated against Covid-19. “What we feel like we’re dealing with at this point is [a] resistance to take their children to be vaccinated,” chief public health officer Derrick Neal told city councillors.

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Features

There’s 180 years of queer history at 105 Brattle

Over the century that family of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow lived in West Cambridge there was a strong queer presence in their home, much of which was documented and preserved for us to study today.

Juneteenth has special meaning at 105 Brattle St.

Descendants of Tony and Cuba Vassall were guests at Sunday’s Juneteenth gathering at the Longfellow House-Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site, where their family was once enslaved by Loyalist who fled on the eve of the American Revolution.

Opinion

Making conservation district for East Cambridge would be a step in addressing development crises

We’re seeing more reckless development in East Cambridge in which high quality and permanence don’t seem to matter any longer and climate problems and income disparity are exacerbated. A conservation district can be a step in the right direction in counteracting the incessant destruction.

Cambridge has the power to build climate justice, and must use it

Understanding just how monumental the climate crisis is can be paralyzing, but that fear obscures the truth of our own power. Some of the biggest changes in our country’s history have started with grassroots activism.

The MIT community should support a Green New Deal for Cambridge

As members of the MIT community, we are especially disappointed that our administration is acting to weaken policies to address the climate crisis – and want the City Council to know that this is not reflective of the interests or the opinions of the entire community here, whose faculty and students broadly support institutional action.

Wild Things

Eastern garter snakes have a skunklife defense and other surprises, but don’t worry about a bite

The state reptile of Massachusetts is the harmless garter snake – well, mostly harmless – which is an easy one to distinguish because of three yellowish stripes that run the length of their dark bodies. They have some unusual-seeming birthing and defense methods, and that forked tongue has some remarkable aspects as well.

Music

Jazz Festival announces July 30-31 dates, expecting 10,000 in return to in-person

The Seventh Annual Cambridge Jazz Festival will be held the weekend of July 30-31, returning after a two-year interruption with headliners Eguie Castrillo and his orchestra and Chelsey Green and The Green Project.

Film

‘Apples’: Trudging with a to-do list down Memory Lane

Set in Athens during a time like ours, an outbreak causes the infected’s memory to be permanently erased. But we begin to wonder if our protagonist is truly affected by the disease or if he’s running away from a trauma in his past.

Film

‘Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song’: Chorus of approval for an all too present tune

Columbia Records, Leonard Cohen’s label, chose not to release the 1984 album that featured “ Hallelujah,” claiming it wouldn’t sell. In defiance of that, be warned: In this film you’ll see the song performed many, many times by many, many artists.

What We're Having

Old-school classics at Casa Portugal

The interior of his restaurant and the neighborhood it’s ingrained in may have changed, but the classic Portuguese dishes and the quality haven’t.

Arts + Culture

Pit-A-Palooza farewell party for Harvard Square sounded, moshed and even smelled like old times

A farewell party to Harvard Square’s “Pit” on Saturday – officially, Pit-A-Palooza – sparked nostalgia in several ways. The air smelled of sweat and marijuana as energetic fans surrounded a band, and there was nostalgia for a fixture of city youth since 1982.