Cambridge official admits city has no written rule against the candles it ordered one restaurant shut for having

Cambridge Day reports on a hearing at the state Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission over the five-day suspension the city ordered against one restaurant for using candles.

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Outrageous

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Cambridge should have to pay attorney fees for the restaurant and be enjoined from trying to enforce non-existent laws. If getting rid of candles is important for safety, write a damn regulation against it. One more reason I don't live in Cambridge.

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Don't stop there

Lawyer fees, the full cost of lost income, and a formal reprimand for each city official involved in this illegal action.

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Not just this one.

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Lawyers will be lining up to represent any Cambridge restaurant cited for a fire code violation in the last decade.

hot wax...

What do the women in cambridge do without hot wax? I shutter to think about it. I'm all for womens lib, but, that's NOT lit!

#cleanasawhistle
#metoo

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I couldn't have been the only

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I couldn't have been the only person reminded of the film "Major League" every time I saw LPH during the Red Sox home opener ceremonies

Asked by UpperWest co-owner

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Asked by UpperWest co-owner Kim Courtney where the city bars candles in writing, [Cambridge Fire Lt.] Towski said: “It doesn’t. It’s not in that wording.”

Great answer.

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Takes too long

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Is this the only way to stop out of control insecure unsatisfied macho men that are acting out some unresolved childhood trauma? Taking them to court after one penny too many over years and years?

Why not just stand up to the bulls it in the moment, call them out on the hipocrasy, and absolutely destroy their psyche like a flea on a dog?

Authority is an illusion you can stop believing in, like Santa Claus.

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That seems like a lot of issues not related to candles.

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Yes, because on several

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Yes, because on several occasions they've taken a stand and challenged some connected people. I wish them well in this effort.

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Yes, because they are standing up to corrupt BS

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If you follow links at the bottom of the article, you'll see quite a nauseating tale of corruption and abuse of power in Cambridge. Courtney is also leading a group of restaurant owners suing the city because they were required to pay a fortune for liquor licenses while other were getting them for free.

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By chance..

Elton John's "Candle in the Wind" was playing as I read this... Goodbye, Norma Jean...

Request

Is there a way I can get a Linda-free version of the site? I can deal with thezac and the right-wing trolls, but that account just makes me vomit.

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Seconded

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Please delete the sexist troll. It's offensive and not funny. Delete that creepy Magoo account too while you're at it.

The awful right-wingers do at least add substance and information to the discussion at times. These two accounts are just trolls though. Why promote that?

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Add me to the list

If it was just unfunny I could deal with it, but by the time I realize I'm reading that tripe it's like nails on a chalkboard.

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I find them both humorous.

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I find them both humorous. And I'm a fan of the 1st amendment. Keep the accounts and the 1st amendment active!

Many cities have fire regulations

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Many cities have fire regulations regarding candles and open flames and much of that can be traced back to the fatal fire at Boston's Coconut Grove Restaurant. If open flame is allowed in any way there are specific regulatory rules regarding type, size, container, fuel, etc. So expect that Cambridge will plug this loophole forthwith.

But Cambridge's doesn't mention candles

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And if you read previous articles on the site, you'll see that this non-regulation has been enforced arbitrarily. The only attempt to "plug this loophole" was a one liner posted recently online as being a regulation without ever going through the process required to establish new regulations.

CMR (equivalent of state law) requires candle permit

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Fire prevention codes are found in 527 CMR 1.00 which requires a permit from the local fire chief for any number of things, including candles in any bar, restaurant or place of assembly. Does Cambridge have a city lawyer or did they want to lose?

The City of Boston spells it out pretty well here. CMRs have the full power and force of the Mass. General Laws, so unless Cambridge somehow exempted itself, state regulations should apply.

I would think that progressive Cambridge would have led the way in banning candles with all of that toxic smoke (worse than cigarettes) contributing to serious health problems and Global Warming Climate Change.