Community

Citywide, a Renewed Focus on Ending Domestic Violence

On a brisk but bright afternoon in October, Risa Mednick walks through the sun-drenched rooms at Transition House, where the sounds of shouting children and beeping kitchen timers have, for the time being, been replaced by power drills and hammers. Mednick, who is the executive director at the domestic violence agency, ducks past a construction […]


Dead in Good Company at Mount Auburn Cemetery

“Anybody who recommends meeting in a cemetery has gotta be a really interesting character.” Kim Nagy is reflecting on the first time she met John Harrison, with whom she worked as a co-editor on the recently published essay collection Dead in Good Company: A Celebration of Mount Auburn Cemetery. It was 2011, and Nagy was going […]


A Matter of Grave Importance: Exploring Cambridge Cemeteries

Modern society tends to fastidiously avoid talking about death in general, but autumn has a special way of bringing about the topic. It’s the season of detritus, as vibrant green leaves fade to shades of red and orange and eventually drop to our feet, where they turn dry and brown and crumble to dust. There’s Halloween […]


InnerCity Weightlifting: The Hidden Gym in Kendall Square

There’s a new gym in Cambridge. It’s brightly lit and features brand new equipment, interior grassy turf, showers, a team of welcoming but challenging personal trainers and a resident pit bull named Blizzard who innocently darts between the weight cages. It might sound like a typical gym, save the dog, but there’s one thing about […]



RAISING GENERATION Z: Seeking Balance for the Net Generation

When we first sat down with area parents to talk about the challenges of raising Generation Z, we were thinking about all the factors that might give them anxiety: finding the right school, living in a good neighborhood, giving their children access to the best pediatric care—the kinds of things that influence your decision to live […]


SCOUT OUT: Part of the Family at Emma’s Pizza

If it’s lunchtime in Cambridge, there’s a good chance you’ll find Lyndon Fuller dropping off pizza at area establishments like Savenor’s Market and Turnstyle Cycle. Fuller isn’t your average delivery guy—in fact, he’s not a delivery guy at all. He’s the manager of Emma’s Pizza (40 Hampshire St.), and these pizzas are on the house. […]


Forgetful Type? Sign Up for Cambridge E-Line

If you’re a car owner in the city, this has almost certainly happened to you: You grab your keys and head out to your vehicle, only to find that it isn’t sitting where you last parked it. Glancing up at the street cleaning signs, you realize that you were parked on the wrong side of […]


Health Department to Award $5,000 in Community Grants

This week is the last chance for organizations to apply for one of ten mini-grants form the Cambridge Public Health Department through its Let’s Move Cambridge and Cambridge in Motion initiatives. Eligible organizations have until Friday to submit their applications for review. “These mini-grants have inspired a lot of creative thinking from the community in the […]


SCOUT OUT: Out of the Blue, into the New

Central Square has had many a building stand empty for years, 541 Massachusetts Ave. being one of them. The building used to house a Blockbuster Video, but for the last six or seven years it has been vacant, aside from the occasional pop-up. Every once in a while rumors about the location would become the […]


Authentic Items and Spirit Thrive at Tibetan Arts Gallery

Located amongst the many shops in Porter Square is the small Tibetan Arts Gallery (1925 Mass Ave.). The inconspicuous store opened in 1996. Since then, the shop has offered traditional wares from India and Nepal at prices lower than most other places in the city. The gallery’s owner, Bomdonn Ngodup, was born in Tibet but later escaped to India […]


DID YOU KNOW: Cambridge is Giving Composting a Try

Composting: It’s not just for hippies anymore! More and more people, including organizations like the EPA, have realized that disposing of food matter this way enriches and cleans contaminated soil while preventing pollution. Still, it can be a little stinky to keep a composting bin in your own backyard, which is why Cambridge kicked off a […]