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Rising Rents Push Out Iconic Businesses from the Square

Rising Rents Push Out Iconic Businesses from the Square

February 1, 2019

Massive local outcry has sparked after the closing of a Harvard Square mainstay, Crema Cafe. For many, Crema’s closing is the latest reminder of the changing square, for other Harvard Square businesses have also been forced out. Co-owner Liza Shirazi, who opened Crema Cafe with her business partner Marley Brush, was unable to renew their 10-year lease, at which point they began a month-to-month lease. Unfortunately, they eventually lost the space due to the ever-increasing rent.

New Policy: Free Breakfast For All, Free Lunch for Some

New Policy: Free Breakfast For All, Free Lunch for Some

February 1, 2019

As of 2019, all Cambridge Public School District students will have access to free breakfast, and those who have previously received reduced fee lunch will now receive lunch for free as well.

District Plans For Extended Day

District Plans For Extended Day

February 1, 2019

In early January, the Cambridge Public School District introduced a proposal to advance equity in Cambridge schools. The new proposal offers a way to promote equity by “Addressing the time-based barriers to improvement,” which requires a “three-pronged approach: improving the use of time (Quality), increasing time for students and staff (Quantity), and improving coordination with the out-of-school time community (Access).”

School Committee Passes New Homework Policy

Zoe Fritz-Sherman, Contributing Writer

February 1, 2019

Filed under Around School, News

This past December, the School Committee passed a new policy that restricts when and how teachers are allowed to assign homework. The policy prevents teachers from assigning homework online without addressing it in class, and from assigning it over break, on snow days, or in a way that interferes with a student observing a religious holiday. While it’s uncommon for a new policy to be instituted halfway through a school year, both students and teachers agree that the policy clearly has good intentions, and could help students manage stress.

Behind the Scenes: RSTA’s Health Assisting Program

Behind the Scenes: RSTA’s Health Assisting Program

February 1, 2019

Located along a hallway near the back entrance of the Main Cafeteria lies a spacious classroom filled with neatly organized medical supplies and a few hospital beds. This is the Health Assisting class, a Rindge School of Technical Arts (RSTA) program comprised of four levels and taught by Gina Hughes, Kristian McLean, and Mechille Venus. Typically by senior year, students who have been enrolled in Health Assisting throughout high school will be able to work with patients in real hospitals around Cambridge, instead of the mannequins they practiced on in the beginning.

Stand in Solidarity: CRLS Educators Denounce Hate

Stand in Solidarity: CRLS Educators Denounce Hate

February 1, 2019

On December 20th and 21st, scores of CRLS educators holding signs with messages like “Tolerating racism is racism,” “I am not, Never will be, Never was N****r,” and “Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that” gathered outside the main entrance of CRLS as part of two silent stand-ins. The demonstrations were meant to be an opportunity for educators at CRLS to stand in solidarity against hate and racism at the school after a series of racist acts directed towards teachers of color.

Cambridge Youth Soccer Gets All Ages Active

Cambridge Youth Soccer Gets All Ages Active

February 1, 2019

As the winter season trudges on, it becomes harder and harder to stay active in this cold, harsh weather. One woman helping to combat this universal struggle is none other than Susan Ruff, the director of the Cambridge Youth Soccer (CYS) Six Weeks of Indoor Fun with Saturday Soccer program.

District Plans For Extended Day

District Plans For Extended Day

January 31, 2019

In early January, the Cambridge Public School District introduced a proposal to advance equity in Cambridge schools. The new proposal offers a way to promote equity by “Addressing the time-based barriers to improvement,” which requires a “three-pronged approach: improving the use of time (Quality), increasing time for students and staff (Quantity), and improving coordination with the out-of-school time community (Access).”  

Who Is Beto O’Rourke?

History Club

January 31, 2019

Filed under CRLS on Current Events, News

Robert, or Beto, O’Rourke, was born in El Paso, Texas in 1972, where he resides today with his wife and three children. He graduated from Columbia University in 1993, where he was captain of the mens heavyweight crew team. After graduation, O’Rourke was a guitarist for a rock band and was once arrested for burglary and DUI charges, but went on to found a successful Internet service company in El Paso in 1999. He eventually ventured into politics when he was elected to El Paso’s City Council, serving from 2005-2011.

Phase One of Central Square Mural Project Comes to an End

Phase One of Central Square Mural Project Comes to an End

December 21, 2018

On Sunday, December 9th, artists put the finishing touches on their murals as the first phase of the Central Square Mural Project came to a close. Since the summer of 2017, nine new murals have been painted in Central Square as part of a campaign to add works of public art to the neighborhood. With themes ranging from feminism to immigration, the exhibitions help to celebrate Central Square’s diversity and to revitalize old works of street art.

CRLS Responds: What are your plans for December break?

CRLS Responds: What are your plans for December break?

December 21, 2018

This piece also appears in our November 2018 print edition.

A Wintry Boston

A Wintry Boston

December 21, 2018

It’s the time we’ve all been waiting for: the eleven days off from school that seem to pass much too soon. This year, don’t let it pass by so quickly that you end up doing nothing but watch six seasons of your new favorite show. Instead, pack it with a variety of plans unique to Boston to make this break a memorable one!

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