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Michael A. Maines

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The Charles Hotel Garden Bar

One Reason Garden Bar Prepares to Mix Back In to Harvard Square

One Reason Garden Bar will be returning to the Charles Hotel on May 5, marking the second year in business for the bar which first opened in July 2023.

Chip City Coming Soon Posters

Chip City Cookies Set To Sweeten up Harvard Square in July

Chip City Cookies, a New York City-based company offering cookies that clock in at more than a third of a pound, will open a Harvard Square location at 1 Brattle Sq. in July — the latest business seeking to sweeten up the Square.

Weed in Cambridge Graphic
Cambridge City Council

Cambridge’s Weed Policy Prioritized Social Justice. Some Dispensary Owners Say It’s Left Them High and Dry.

Since legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use in 2018, Massachusetts has seen nearly $6 billion in recreational marijuana sales. But to some, Cambridge has failed to capitalize on this momentum.

Charles River

Cambridge Debuts Storm Stewards Volunteer Program to Keep Storm Drains Clear

The City of Cambridge announced the launch of its Storm Stewards program, earlier this month, aiming to recruit volunteers to “claim” local storm drains and commit to keep the drains free of debris.

Cambridge Public Library

Plan to Move Cambridge Public Library Branch Receives Praise, Pushback

After the Cambridge Community Development Department proposed relocating the Central Square branch of the Cambridge Public Library, more than 500 people signed a petition as of Monday evening expressing concern about the move.

Irving House
Harvard Square

Rachael Solem, Longtime Irving House Proprietor, Remembered for Her Impact on Local Businesses

Rachael Solem, a founding member of the Cambridge Local First business organization, was remembered by Cambridge residents and leaders for her commitment to the city’s small businesses and nonprofits.

33 Dunster Street
Food and Drink

Event Space ‘Dx’ Dances into Harvard Square

Dx @Dunster, an event space coming to the former location of John Harvard’s Brewery, is set to open next month.

Flat Top Johnny's Mural
Harvard Square

‘Flat Top Johnny’s’ Gives It Another Shot in Kendall Square

Flat Top Johnny’s, a Kendall Square hangout offering pool, pinball, pub fare, and drinks reopened Friday after a three-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Harvard Divinity School

Author Mike Jay Talks Religious and Scientific Perspectives on Psychedelics at Div School Webinar

Author and cultural historian Mike Jay discussed the role of psychedelics as a bridge between science and spirituality at a Monday webinar hosted by the Harvard Divinity School’s Center for the Study of World Religions.

CGIS South

Panelists Discuss History of Punishment in India at Harvard South Asia Institute Webinar

Three scholars of Indian criminal law presented archival research on the history of punishment in India during a webinar panel Monday morning hosted by Harvard’s South Asia Institute.

Gun Violence

ATF Director Calls for Universal Background Checks, Assault Weapons Ban at Harvard IOP Forum

Steve M. Dettelbach — director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives — called for an assault weapons ban and universal background checks at a Harvard Institute of Politics forum Monday.