Business + Money

Community center? Museum? Municipal offices? Buy bank building and decide its use, council says

A city purchase of the circa 1904 beaux-arts style Cambridgeport Savings Bank Building in Central Square got enthusiastic backing Monday by city councillors, even if there wasn’t a firm idea of what the building should become.

Cannabis shop looks easier in North Cambridge until storefront tenant vows to stay for 15 years

After deciding not to oust a struggling arts business in The Port, a recreational cannabis entrepreneur thought she had a good fallback location – a storefront in North Cambridge being vacated by a small grocer. The grocer, however, has no plans to leave, and in fact had just this year expanded.


Video before and after East Cambridge stabbing gives glimpses of the man and car officers seek

Police released video Monday that shows the stabber in a Saturday road rage incident and the car he fled in, hoping people will come forward with helpful information.

Driver is rescued after veering into the Charles

A Rhode Island man was rescued after driving into the Charles River on Monday, and his car towed out hours later. The incident came just around a month after a driver spun his car into the river after a collision with another vehicle.

Attend meetings on after-school program anger, courthouse work and clubbing in Central Square

Public meetings this week look at after-school program problems, big changes in a Kendall Square project, conflict over neighborhood conservation districts, construction on the former East Cambridge courthouse, Subcentral adding dancing in Central Square and more.


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Suzanne Revaleon Green has tales of May Parties, Magazine Beach and ‘pungs.’ Meet her here first.

Brilliant, eloquent, strict, caring, dignified, dedicated, revolutionary – some of the words often expressed to describe Suzanne Revaleon Green by those who knew her. Meet her here before reading her stories of Cambridge over the past 90 years.

Sara Chapman Bull, intrepid lady of Brattle Street, introduced stars, swamis and seminars to town

At age 20, Sara Chapman was married in a semi-secret ceremony in Norway to 60-year-old renowned concert violinist Ole Bull. Things only got more interesting from there.


Playing Monopoly here isn’t a game

The Cambridge Monopoly game includes Kendall Square, Longfellow House, even City Hall and the Charles River as properties up for grabs. For those fighting out-of-control development it looks like a nightmare with a pair of dice.

Fix the traffic circle at New Street and Concord before a bicyclist or pedestrian is seriously hurt

After my bike commute this morning I was left wondering if I needed to die before the city does something about the traffic circle at New Street and Concord Avenue in front of Sozio Appliances.

Now’s the moment for universal prekindergarten

Early education is a wonderful thing, and it’s time that Cambridge provides this for every child and the parents – and women in particular – who have made the difficult decision to step back from their careers to care for their children during the pandemic.


Zimbabwean soul and American cool are unified in Bless by Bless’ CambridgeSide fashion pop-up

Bless Mazarura’s Bless by Bless capsule collection of limited-edition “luxury wardrobe essentials” is available at a pop-up shop at Cambridgeside until the end of the year, displaying the designer’s African-influenced fashion and uniting continents through his Army of Luv nonprofit line.

Film Ahead

Cinemas of resistance and silence at The Brattle, and new releases ‘The Guilty’ and ‘The Voyeurs’

These reviews of what’s on the big screen and streaming include doings at The Brattle Theatre, including documentary picks from local John Gianvito and two days of silent greats, as well as a sense of what’s watchable among Jake Gyllenhaal’s “The Guilty,” the sexy “Voyeurs” and “Seeding Change.”

Wild Things

Asian jumping worms are an invasive species destroying our forests, and already in our yards

If your garden mulch is disappearing, you might have Asian jumping worms, for they consume mulch and even wood chips rapidly. And bringing in even one jumping worm can lead to an infestation, because these worms do not need a mate to reproduce.

Architecture + Design

Tobin and Vassal public art decision nears end, though one of the proposals will need 100 years

Four finalist art proposals are in for the remaking the Tobin Montessori and Vassal Lane Upper Schools in West Cambridge. The winner of the $650,000 commission won’t be announced until November, but the first step to a decision is homework: learning about each project.

What We're Having

Chicken and egg choices at Loyal Nine

Loyal Nine is an intimate and cozy place to have dinner but also a nifty place to have lunch or brunch. I dig its smooth and creamy nitro cold-brewed coffee, but one of the more recent reasons I’ve been popping in is the simple things it does with chicken and eggs.

Food + Drink

Bar Enza, a ‘neo-trattoria,’ to open this month under Ladner, cooking anew in Harvard Square

Bar Enza is expected to open before October in Harvard Square’s Charles Hotel, serving the Italian brasserie food of Mark Ladner in a space that until April hosted Benedetto (and Rialto for 22 years until June 2016).