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Participatory Budgeting Voting Starts Dec. 1

The city has released its list of 20 finalists for Participatory Budgeting, the annual process where residents vote directly on how to spend city funds. Participatory Budget projects are one-time capital projects that community members select to improve the city. Examples of past projects include bilingual books to help children learn English, solar panels for the […]


MEET YOUR WINNERS: Wildcards

Date Night Spot: Cambridge School of Culinary Arts 2020 Massachusetts Ave. (617) 354-2020 cambridgeculinary.com Read more here. Eco-Friendly Business: Life Alive 765 Massachusetts Ave., (617) 354-5433 lifealive.com It’s easy to see why Life Alive won the “Best Eco-friendly Business” category. The menu—packed with vegan options, superfoods, and shots of wheatgrass, ginger, and tumeric—makes clear the cafe’s […]


Monthly Meet-ups Aim to Connect Local Women

Women In Cambridge was started four years ago when a group of female entrepreneurs joined forces to help each other navigate owning a small business. After about a year the group got connected with the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women, and it’s now evolved into monthly networking meet-ups open to all women who […]


The Evolution of CrimsonBikes

How a dorm-room project blossomed into a harbinger of accessibility By Eddie Samuels and Reena Karasin When Charles T. James and Daisy Chiu wanted to make biking more accessible, they turned to cell phone plans. Cell phone companies know that people can’t or won’t shell out $800 on a phone up front, so they turn […]


Jayms Battaglia Helps Students Run Local Homeless Shelter

Community Coordinator for the University Lutheran Church Every winter, Jayms Battaglia oversees a new group of about 24 to 28 students who join the staff of the Harvard Square Homeless shelter. The shelter, which opened in 1983, was the first student-run shelter in the country. Many of the students who work there will go on […]


Emily Raymond’s Valentines Aim to Show That People Care

Emily Raymond vividly remembers the day three years ago when she first thought of making Valentine’s gifts for local men and women experiencing homelessness. It was a snowy January evening, and she was pushing her youngest son’s stroller down a busy street, stopping every block because of the piles of snow in her way. “At […]


A Year of Racial Reckoning at CRLS

If history teacher Kevin Dua could go back to any point in time, he would go to the room where our country’s forefathers were finalizing the Declaration of Independence. “I would challenge everything. I would say, ‘Do not leave this room until you change it from “all men are created equal” to “all humans are […]


Are Microgrids the Key to Energy Democracy?

What if your individual neighborhood could choose how it gets its energy? Climable, a small, local nonprofit run by women, offers microgrids as the solution to two major issues surrounding energy use: energy democracy and environmental justice. Microgrids are small, neighborhood-sized grids that can be detached from the larger grid. Climable’s clean energy microgrid plan […]


Cambridge Community Foundation Raises Funds For Local Immigrants

As the United States becomes increasingly unfriendly to immigrants at the federal level, the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) is working to support immigrants within the bounds of the city. The CCF supports projects that help Cambridge residents from all backgrounds. The nonprofit, founded in 1916, has provided help to immigrants in the community for years—by […]


‘Let Food Be Thy Medicine’

Community Servings Crafts Medically Tailored Meals for Some of Cambridge’s Most Vulnerable Populations A woman with diabetes had to call an ambulance every month to stabilize her glucose levels. The financial burden and disruption to her life were enormous. But after getting connected to Community Servings, a Boston-based nonprofit that serves medically tailored meals to people […]


Local Musicians Face Leaving the City As EMF Evictions Loom

Local musician Anna Rae says she was surprised and angry when she found out that her band and nearly 200 other artists and musicians were being evicted from the EMF building near Central Square this past February. “It’s devastating for the individual artists and the music community,” Rae says. “It’s a critical resource that we […]


You Can Check a ‘Human Book’ Out of the Library This Weekend

Who’s better suited to remind you to not judge a book by its cover than the library? The Cambridge Public Library and CCTV are teaming up this weekend to let people “check out” “human books” to combat discrimination and to help people understand others’ perspectives. Participants will have the chance to speak with one of […]