A two-year head start for small cannabis sellers could be extended, now with financial assistance

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By Jelena Dragicevic, published on the Cambridge Day on July 1. Keith Cooper, chief executive of Revolutionary Clinics, speaks Monday at City Hall. (Photo: Marc Levy) A two-year head start for recreational cannabis shops owned by “economic empowerment” applicants is near expiration without a single store able to open, leaving city councillors considering an extension – this time with . . . read more

Go Pixel Yourself goes beyond being a new model for malls, also innovating a scene for musicians

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By Eamon Mcloughlin, published on the Cambridge Day on July 17. Maverik, official DJ for the Boston Red Sox, performs Saturday at CambridgeSide’s Go Pixel Yourself. (Photo: Maverik) While in-person shopping has been on the decline for the past few years, the Covid-19 pandemic took the trend to a new level. The “multi-dimensional, immersive experiences” of . . . read more

A name from Harvard history returns to buy; Projects around Union Square are multiplying

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By Eamon McLoughlin, published on the Cambridge Day on June 25. A captain of private equity appears to have bought into Cambridge, returning to the scene of his undergrad and graduate degrees. Patrick Healy, 54, chief executive of the private equity giant Hellman & Friedman, is listed as the London-based principal on record for the company buying . . . read more

Expanded bestiary in City Nature Arts Challenge just adds to value as weekend project for the kids

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By Daniel Wang, published on the Cambridge Day on June 24. The kinds of plants, animals and fungi young artists can use as subjects for the Cambridge City Nature Arts Challenge have more than tripled in the year since the competition’s launch, from the Canada geese of East Cambridge and Harvard Square to the winter fireflies spotted at Fresh . . . read more

Clubs battered by coronavirus travel a tough path to promised federal aid; It’s easier for restaurants

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By Jelena Dragicevic, published on the Cambridge Day on June 19. Six months after Congress approved roughly $16 billion in aid for entertainment venues shattered by coronavirus, only 411 have received money out of 14,214 applications, the Small Business Administration reported Monday. The figures are all the more frustrating when compared with how restaurants are getting federal Covid aid, . . . read more

Fees reduced to help businesses during Covid must live on in spirit for recovery, officials say

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By Eamon McLoughlin, published on the Cambridge Day on June 11. Fees for small businesses reduced during the coronavirus crisis will continue through 2021, and officials plan additional fee waivers and to further streamline permitting processes, they said at a Tuesday hearing of the City Council’s Economic Development & University Relations Committee. In the run-up to approving . . . read more

North Point to get 12-story life-science building, MIT buys gas station, advances its Kendall tower

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By Jelena Dragicevic, published on the Cambridge Day on June 11. A construction permit for a $155.2 million, 12-story life-science building at 441 Morgan Ave., North Point, was issued May 18 as part of a larger DivcoWest project known as “Parcel U.” It was reported May 28 by the Bldup platform. The San Francisco real estate and investment firm bought . . . read more

Cambridge City Nature Art Challenge open for entries

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By Cambridge Local First, published on the Cambridge Chronicle on May 27. Green Cambridge and Cambridge Local First have opened online portals for student art of local species in the 2021 Cambridge City Nature Art Challenge. The global citizen science project called the City Nature Challenge supplies the list of 1,045 species that are eligible as subjects. The . . . read more

As Massachusetts Reopens, Harvard Square Businesses Regain Lost Momentum

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By Omar Abdel Haq and Davin W. Shi, published on The Crimson on May 27. After a year of uncertainty, Harvard Square business owners are looking forward to welcoming more tourists and students to the Square in the next few months, now that Covid-19 vaccines are readily available in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Theodora M. “Theo” Skeadas ’12, executive director . . . read more