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School District Proposes Lengthening Elementary, Upper School Days

WHAT: The Cambridge school district has drafted proposed changes that would include lengthening the school day, allowing for more personalized learning, and adding time for teachers to collaborate during the day. The drafted proposal, if adopted, would lengthen the six-hour school day by 45 minutes, with the option of a five-hour day each Wednesday. A […]


City Calls for Art Submissions to Adorn Vacant Storefronts

Got art? Cambridge wants to put it in empty buildings. Part of the city’s multi-year retail strategic plan, the Vacant Storefront Creative Design Contest aims to both support artists and improve the aesthetic of unoccupied storefronts. The Community Development Department (CDD) is looking for submissions of any medium that can be reproduced via a digital file. […]


Five Takeaways from the Mayor’s State of the City Address

Mayor Marc C. McGovern and City Manager Louis A. DePasquale delivered the annual State of the City Address last night at City Hall. In addition to highlighting the progress of the city—including a number of new initiatives to bridge the gap between low- and high-income families, address the needs of students with disabilities, and combat […]


Participatory Budgeting Projects Chosen with Record-Breaking Number of Votes

Close to 6,900 residents cast ballots in this year’s participatory budget voting, directing $925,000 to six projects: Trees, Please!; Water Fountains in Every Park; Protect the Health and Safety of our Firefighters; Smoother Cycling; Clean Up Cambridge; and Rain Gardens for Resiliency. Trees, Please! will plant 100 trees in the city’s heat islands—”spaces that have high […]


Cambridge Community Foundation Doles Out Grants to Over 50 Nonprofits

Fifty-six local nonprofits received grants from the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) this fall, injecting the organizations with a total sum of $367,000 to help with “a wide range of social and educational needs,” the foundation said in a statement. In addition, the foundation says it allocated $100,000 to CCF initiatives: to support Central Square as […]


A Deep Dive Into Cambridge Water

Local Water Proves Problematic For Coffee Shops Shortly after Justin Pronovost launched Curio Coffee, he started having severe problems with his equipment. He soon found out that the city’s water was to blame. “We had a very basic water filtration system, and after our first two or three months it completely clogged, and we knew […]


Three ImprovBoston Leaders Resign Following Internal Outcry

Three top leaders at ImprovBoston have resigned following a meeting where members of the nonprofit’s community voiced concerns about tokenization, abuse of power, and handling of reports of sexual misconduct, according to multiple ImprovBoston community members. Artistic Director Mike Descoteaux and Director of the National Touring Company and Director of Sales Deana Criess resigned last […]


City Issues Cease and Desist to Bird Scooters

The City of Cambridge issued Bird a cease and desist order on Wednesday, demanding that the company take its scooters off city streets within 48 hours, according to a city spokesperson. The electric, dockless scooters showed up in Cambridge in mid-July with no warning to city officials. Bird scooters are designed to be used for […]


EHChocolatier To Open Cambridge Shop

Acclaimed chocolate maker EHChocolatier will move out of its Somerville home of eight years and into Observatory Hill this fall, according to its founders. The new location at 145 Huron Ave. will allow for a better customer shopping experience than the current spot which, co-founder Elaine Hsieh explains, is a bit hidden in an industrial […]


Bird Scooters Launch ‘Illegal,’ City Manager Says

A new transportation option arrived in the city on Friday: electric, dockless Bird scooters. But the city says the scooter company didn’t communicate with officials or obtain any permits before launching, and called Bird’s operation illegal. “Any operation by Bird of its electric scooter business on Cambridge streets and sidewalks without prior authorization from the […]


City Explores How to Address Vacant Storefronts

The Community Development Department is working with an external consulting firm to reduce the number of vacant storefronts throughout the city. Cambridge has a relatively low vacant storefront rate, 1.7 percent to Greater Boston’s 2.7 percent, according to Director of Economic Development Lisa Hemmerle. But despite the low numbers, Cambridge Local First Executive Director Adriane […]


Mother and Daughter Fight to Memorialize Local Suffragettes

As the 100-year anniversary of the 19th Amendment approaches, a girl and her mother push for historical representation In 2015, 9-year-old Sofia Bernstein was invited to the White House after she wrote a letter to President Barack Obama asking him why there weren’t any women depicted on U.S. currency. Now, Sofia and her mother, Kim, […]