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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.


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.

East Cambridge shooting has a third suspect: Somerville teen believed to have escaped crash

A third person was taken into custody Wednesday on charges relating to a June 18 exchange of gunfire in East Cambridge – a Somerville teen who got away from a McGrath Highway car crash and eluded arrest for nearly a dozen days.

DePasquale, at final council meeting as manager, hears praise for his accessibility and fiscal savvy

Cambridge began saying farewell to City Manager Louis A. DePasquale on Monday at his final meeting presenting to the City Council. His term began in 2016 and ends July 5.

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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.


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.

Why this pit kid is not going to ‘Pit-A-Palooza’

A “Pit-A-Palooza” event this weekend is supposed to honor the people organizers call “Pit Rats,” but I just can’t attend an event run by people that have helped kill everything that made Cambridge special.


‘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.

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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.

Arts + Culture

A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville: Drag, fireworks and ‘The Hijacking of Rights’

In a look ahead at a week of Cambridge and Somerville events, there are talks on “Much Ado About Mushrooms” and “The Hijacking of Rights in America”; a story slam and poetry; a drag night with local queens Coleslaw and Severity Stone and drag king Travis Tí; dance and music; “Moana” and “School of Rock” for free; and July Fourth comedy and fireworks.

Film Ahead

‘Mad God’ and more cult flicks are at The Brattle; ‘Elvis’ and ‘Official Competition’ begin their runs

These looks at what’s on screens in the coming week include literally giant films at the Somerville Theatre, including “L.A. Confidential” and “Spartacus”; unforgettable weirdness such as “Mad God” and Lynch’s “Lost Highway” at The Brattle; and new works such as “Elvis” and the delicious “Official Competition” reviewed.

Wild Things

Where city meets forest, white-tailed deer emerge to snack until something startles

It’s hard to believe that a mammal as big as a deer is found in a city as urban as Cambridge, but the deer are here. With a little bit of thoughtful management, we can live in harmony.