Business + Money

Transportation leader promises better planning as MBTA red, green and orange lines disrupted

Cambridge and Somerville commuters on all three T lines into Boston can expect service disruptions this weekend and in February, with a state transportation official vowing fewer such surprises for riders.

Paid legal notice: City of Cambridge CSO Public Notification Plan

Cambridge has prepared and submitted a final Combined Sewer Overflow public notification plan to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

News

Avoid contact with Alewife Brook, Mystic River until Saturday morning, health officials warn

People and pets should avoid contact with the Alewife Brook and parts of the Mystic River through 5 a.m. Saturday due to the release of stormwater mixed with sewage into the brook, the Cambridge Public Health Department said.

Council finds it has little oversight of police force, and a city body that does has been missing duties (corrected)

City councillors have spent hours questioning the police commissioner, city manager and other officials about the police department policies since an officer shooting of Arif Sayed Faisal, only to be told Wednesday they have no authority to change anything.

Alert is put out for woman last seen in Somerville, missing for nearly two months from East Boston

A woman last seen Nov. 26 in Somerville has become the subject of a search by police and and the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

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Features

We’re searching for the Indigenous voices of Cambridge

How did you learn about Native American/American Indian people? Your experiences and memories will be helpful primary source material for our scholars.

Community walk for Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrates history of city visited by MLK himself

For the second year, Many Helping Hands 365 will join with community partners in leading a community walk to highlight the history and present of Cambridge’s Black and Brown community in The Coast, Riverside and Cambridgeport neighborhoods.

Opinion

Almost one in four trees planted by the city die

A look at seven years of data testing suggests nearly 1 out of 4 saplings experienced “infant mortality” and died. The city should make three easy fixes immediately.

David Crosby, helping us carry on

You can find idealism in many songs, many poems, but pairing that with the complicated energy and immediacy of David Crosby’s electric guitar riffs adds power I find myself coming back to over and over. 

New tree canopy report tells advocates, ‘Move along, nothing to see here’

A tree advocate’s analysis of a city tree canopy assessment says its findings defy common sense and readjust data to paint a better outcome for Cambridge greenery.

What We're Having

Duck brunch tacos at Vincent’s

Vincent’s, a Kendall Square space that evolved from Café Du Pays during the Covid lockdown, could be summed up as Southern barbecue meets south of the border.

Arts + Culture

Despite support for city-owned Valentine house, the outcome is likely to disappoint arts advocates

Citing recent arts institutions and nonprofits threatened in real estate deals, councillors doubted Peter Valentine’s home would end up a community space for creativity.

Celebrations

Coolidge is Hasty Pudding’s Woman of the Year

Actor Jennifer Coolidge is expected to be in Harvard Square on Feb. 4 for a parade, roast and presentation of the Pudding Pot by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

Arts + Culture

A week of events in Cambridge and Somerville, from Black Trailblazers to Mastodon mastery

In a look ahead at a week of Cambridge and Somerville events, there’s a Cambridge Black History Project Black Trailblazers event and exhibit, “Life is a Cabernet” show, plenty of readings, comedy and music, a Moth story slam and an intro to Mastodon, the Twitter alternative.

Film Ahead

In repertory: Rian Johnson, Kubrick and Tanaka; We review ‘Beauty and Bloodshed,’ ‘Holy Spider’

These looks at what’s on screens in the coming week include some of the best from 2022, look at the works of directors Rian Johnson, Stanley Kubrick and Kinuyo Tanaka, and review new fare such as the doc “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed” and true-crime flick “Holy Spider.”

Wild Things

With help, common loons are becoming more so, but that doesn’t make their flying less awkward

There are only about 50 breeding pairs of loons in Massachusetts, where the birds were once abundant. If you are lucky, you might see a loon on Fresh Pond.