Business + Money

Sweeping business zoning change is embraced, but use of home kitchens needs separate process

A revamp of how the city handles its retail and what it allows for home businesses won a strong recommendation at a Wednesday hearing, with seven city councillors eager to get it before the full council to be enacted as quickly as possible. The process began in 2015.

Alexandria buys land for Grand Junction path; Sherman units sell for $4.7M; Davis plans labs

As part of its 325 Binney St. lab building project, Alexandria Real Estate has bought the land it will give to Cambridge for construction of the city’s long-envisioned path for walkers, runners and bicyclists, according to a post on the Bldup development platform Monday.

News

Public health chief Claude Jacob will be departing for a post in Texas; Fill-in needed as soon as July

Claude Jacob, who led the city’s public health department during an unprecedented pandemic that challenged public health leaders worldwide, is leaving his post as Cambridge chief public health officer July 1 to head the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.

Driver in Monday hit-and-run turns self in, along with van from incident, troopers say

A 64-year-old Somerville man has turned himself in to Somerville Police as the driver in a Monday hit-and-run on William McGrath Highway. His van had been seeing fleeing toward Cambridge.

Troubles at Norfolk Street group housing illustrate that use of SRO model ‘has failed’

A former nuns’ residence bought in 1975 with space for the chronically homeless will be renovated, altered and expanded next year, with new management and support for residents.

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Features

Self-guided tour No. 2 highlights Central Square as a nexus of local activism and civic engagement

Community engagement has appeared in many forms near Central Square – publications, radical businesses, public art, protests, politics and social services. Other parts of the city have also been sites of engagement, but Central Square is an especially interesting site of activism.

Opinion

Cambridge doesn’t need just more arts culture; We need a counterculture that challenges as well

While BioMed builds its jewel box and walled garden, who’s making sure our cultural ecology also has rocks to hurl and mud to squish between our toes?

On the Missing Middle Housing zoning petition: We, the poor, know you won’t come back for us

Proposed “missing middle” zoning looks to benefit mid-income earners who want an opportunity to buy properties in Cambridge and gain equity long term. For those who are not that, it has nothing to do with them.

Remember free food pantry in Harvard Square, says first-grader worried about hungry people

At the fridge and pantry set up in Harvard square, people can donate what they can, and take what they need.

Celebrations

Viola Davis is Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year, but what year it is makes all the difference to fun

Television and film actor Viola Davis will get a very different Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year celebration Thursday than Elizabeth Banks did in January 2020, before the pandemic locked us down.

Food + Drink

Lamplighter and Pammy’s teamed up on Pavona, an exclusive Pilsner selling the first time Sunday

If an Italian-style Pilsner meant for day-sipping that’s great with food sounds appealing, there’s exactly two places to get it starting Sunday: Pammy’s, the New American trattoria in Mid-Cambridge, and Lamplighter Brewing, a brewery and taproom in The Port.

Television

Fleischmann to get CCTV award at April 21 event

Susan Fleischmann, former executive director of Cambridge Community Television, has been selected to get its 2021 Sakey Award for “outstanding contributions to development of access to the media in Cambridge” at CCTV’s annual meeting April 21.

What He's Having

Japanese sandwiches from Mikkusu Sandos

There’s just one week left (or so we are told) to get one of the glorious Japanese sandwiches at the Mikkusu Sandos pop-up in the storefront formerly occupied by Cuchi Cuchi.

Film

Ultimate safe movie ticket: ‘Film as a Monument’ exhibit screens in open air on the side of a church

Anxious to get back to movie theaters but still apprehensive despite getting your first or even second vaccine shot? Something to tide you over might be the “Film as a Monument” exhibit at Lesley University, which takes the concept of community and contactless film screening to another level.

Film Ahead

Coronavirus edition 58: Oscar-nominated short, two doc debuts and superheroic, sci-fi silliness

This coronavirus edition of movies to shelter with includes two Brattle streams from first-time documentary filmmakers and the Oscar-nominated “Two Distant Strangers,” but also goofy genre flicks from Netflix such as “Thunder Force” and “What Lies Below.”