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

Study of bike lanes showing parking loss alarms, but even bicyclists reject most extreme options

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By Tom Meek, published on the Cambridge Day on May 21. A bicyclist travels in a protected bike lane in Kendall Square. (Photo: MassAve4 Impacts Analysis) Fallout from a report about quick-build separated bike lanes continued Thursday at a virtual meeting of the Porter Square Neighbors Association, with concerns from residents and business owners that on-street parking would be eliminated . . . read more

Sweeping business zoning change is embraced, but use of home kitchens needs separate process

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By Marc Levy, published on the Cambridge Day on April 15. Granola Simply is a Somerville business; as of August, the city had five kitchens making granola, bread, cookies and brownies for sale. (Photo: Granola Simply) A revamp of how Cambridge handles its retail and what it allows for home businesses won a strong recommendation at a Wednesday . . . read more

🎞 Citywide Dinner & Movie Night 🎞 Friday, June 18

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Celebrate immigrant-centered stories and support local restaurants on Friday, June 18th! To go along with the movies, order food from a curated list of restaurants below from various cultures. This event is organized by Brattle Theatre, Cambridge See the World, the Cambridge City Council, and Cambridge Local First. Please consider making a donation to Cambridge . . . read more

Apply to the Resilient Local Economies Summer 2021 Internship!

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Internship Overview: Join American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of MA, Cambridge Local First (CLF), and Think Local First DC for a 10-week summer internship on bolstering resilient local economies. The internship will last from Tuesday, June 1 through Friday, August 6. We are seeking a cohort of highly motivated, self-directed, summer interns . . . read more