A curiosity dating from the Cold War of the 1950s was unearthed Tuesday in court: Along with every “political subdivision” of the state, Cambridge is supposed to have an organization for civil defense, but the local one is defunct, according to a city official. Or just folded into the fire department, according to another.
People first brought exotic mute swans to North America in the 1870s to decorate country estates, city parks and zoos, and those we see in Massachusetts today are probably descended from birds that escaped from New York – now considered an invasive species by many and huntable in most states.
In this tale of two kinds of wildlife, Thomas Morton created a colony like no other in the North America of the 1600s – opposed to slavery, rejecting religious conservatism and filled with pleasure – then wrote the first book banned in the Americas. One volume had the first recorded documentation of the green-winged teal in the future Massachusetts.
In a “dream come true” for the restorers of Cambridge’s Magazine Beach, the park’s historic powder magazine will be taken over by Mass Audubon and turned into a three-season facility with free drop-in nature programs, snacks and drinks for park visitors and restrooms for visitors.
As Americans, we should focus on creating this nation as a solid rock that rests on a multicultural and democratic foundation. This way, we’d recognize marginalized groups, especially our Native American brothers’ and sisters’ ongoing struggle every day, particularly on Thanksgiving.
These reviews of what’s on the big screen and streaming include GlobeDocs Film Festival offerings at The Brattle Theatre such as “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America” and “Free Renty: Lanier v Harvard,” as well as some horror for October and “Jacinta,” watchable on Hulu.
The Boston Women’s Film Festival reminds us about “Fanny: The Right to Rock” at The Brattle, and with October comes the return of the Somerville Theatre, Harvard Film Archive and fun scares such as from “The Addams Family 2,” a Boris Karloff bio and “Venom: Let there Be Carnage.”