Cambridge Day reports on plans for a pop-up to be called Starlight Square that will, among other things, let local performance spaces hold outdoor performances now that their indoor facilities are shut due to Covid-19.
Florists are not "essential" businesses allowed to stay open to the public under the current state of emergency. But what about floral delivery, with orders taken online or by phone? David Levine of Central Square Florist in Cambridge reports that, in the consideration of the Cambridge city solicitor, the answer is no, because flower deliveries aren't "essential," either.
Cambridge Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis. DePasquale announced today they're signing contracts with several restaurants in Harvard and Central squares to cook meals for the city's homeless population, at a time when local homeless shelters are having trouble with staffing for their own kitchens. Read more.
Cambridge Police report arresting a homeless man after, they say, he began "behaving oddly and spreading a considerable amount of a white-looking powder substance over a table" at a Central Square fast-food outlet around 10 a.m. on Friday. Read more.
The MBTA reports inbound delays of up to 10 minutes due to a dead train that has to be shoved out of the way at Central. Yael reports from Harvard that people are being told the problem is "debris" on the tracks at Central, which doesn't seem like a nice way to refer to one of the Red Line's old warhorses, unless maybe it didn't just die, but dropped some parts, too.
Lm3r reported from Central Square around 9:20 a.m. that several MBTA workers were down on the tracks, apparently installing a new metal thingee that connects one of the rails to the ties - about the same time the T was reporting Red Line delays of up to ten minutes due to track work at Central. Read more.
Last week, state Rep. Mike Connolly (D-Cambridge, Somerville) got a promise from T officials to do something about the perpetual even-in-dry-weather puddle at the bottom of a set of stairs on the outbound side of the Central Square Red Line station. He reports today: Read more.
Greg Cook reports the Oct. 27 "circle the block" event is not really an effort to get somebody to do something about that day's planned closing of Green Street Studios due to ever increasing rents as much as it is an effort to celebrate the place and the local dance community and to "say that we are here and there are a lot of us and sometimes you don’t see it."
Cambridge Police report they are investigating a string of street robberies this week in which people have been held up, at least once at knifepoint, in Mid-Cambridge north of Massachusetts Avenue: Read more.
Update: 8:50 p.m. After all first responders left the tracks, Red Line operators were given the OK to power the line back up.
Red Line service is at a halt, with shuttle buses trying to keep up with all the returning students, after somebody got on the tracks and then got a fatal jolt of electricity from the third rail around 7 p.m.