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Cambridge bans lit candles

Cambridge Day reports on a new, unannounced Cambridge regulation that bars candle use in the People's Republic without specific permission from the Fire Department - in what might be the latest effort to get two restaurants that have dared to mention just how screwed up the city license commission has been for years.

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What's next...banning "running with scissors"?

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Candles should never be used in restaurants, though more so never by college students in dorms or apartments.
That aside candlelit restaurants are the worst.
There's nothing worse than sitting in a restaurant and squinting at the menu, wondering why the hell it is so dark in there you can't read. I would also pass a rule that has minimum lumen standards as well.

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That really cuts to the core of the argument here.

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In addition to regulating the lighting levels, we need laws to dictate the decor and what the food tastes like. Heaven forbid people should be allowed to choose the restaurant that meets their own individual needs.

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... I think that maximum voice volume per group should be set and background music must be severely limited to protect our ears. That is obviously something people in the peoples republic can be allowed to be responsible for...

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literally why would anyone want to go on a date without a minimum number of lumens? actually maybe we should just install the lights they use at the dentist's office over every table.

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Sounds like Dolores forgot her readers at home

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My parents' generation seems to do okay with the iphone flashlight

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Also, what about candle lit bicycle tail lights?

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Not just Menorahs, candles are used in virtually every religion for various holidays and services.

W-T-F is Cambridge thinking? Legislation by regulatory fiat without any public process in tyranny.

I'd say contact Healey's office but she's pulled similar regulatory stunts without pushback from the legislature.

Maybe we need a ballot initiative to require administrative rulemaking to be subject to legislative and a public review process?

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Unlike your posts here.

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...killed for their religion.
Show a shred of human decency, troll, and shut up with your irrelevant, idiotic "jokes" minimizing anti-semitism.

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What a shame. There's something lovely about dinner by candlelight.

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in Cambridge in solidarity with candles.

What a wacky place!

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Report that Cambridge is also banning 2-ply toilet paper due to environmental concerns.

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This is old-time political corruption: a city regulatory body bullying a business, not some imagined liberal hobby-horse.

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Agreed, there is.......quite a bit to unpack in the attached story here.

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One restaurant/bar feels competition will put a huge bite into its profits; uses the City of Cambridge's bureaucrats to bully the owners.

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But I guess, if it makes you happy, it can’t be that bad, so I’ve gotten off of my anti-2-ply soapbox.

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bourgeoisie between the millstones of yankee candle and bed bath and beyond.

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Are they going to ban Catholics lighting candles in churches? Love to see that court case! And Jews light candles every Friday night and for holidays and on the anniversaries of the deaths of loved ones. I'm sure other religions have candle lighting as well.

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lighting candles are for a shorter period, they're totally supervised, and they get put out as soon as the candlelight's are done using them.

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Walk into a City Catholic church (the ones open to the public during the day). You'll find many candles lit at prayer stations. No priest or other supervision.

Watch the multitude of wedding candle mishaps on YouTube. Supervised burnings!

Supervised or no, candles can be trouble.
- so says one who likes candles.

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It is a great day when UHub calls Cambridge the People’s Republic. Makes me think of a kettle and pot story.

Was it Howie Carr that came up with the knickname?

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Willis Reed comes to mind.

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I haven't been to that bar in forever!

The People's Republik - http://www.peoplesrepublik.com/

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Two parts of the commission that decides these issues are the head of the police and fire departments, neither of which are elected positions, correct? Is it the non-elected city manager that hired these individuals?

This story would be even more interesting in exploring possible corruption if we had a better understanding of the city employees that are involved.

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Yes. And all three members of the commission were clearly, at minimum, wrong-headed on this issue.

The same writer in Cambridge Day has been covering this story for quite some time.

http://www.cambridgeday.com/2014/10/06/cambridge-lost-wine-bar-before-it...

http://www.cambridgeday.com/2017/01/05/celebrate-stubborn-small-business...

The chair of the commission "retired" a year early after various unprofessional sheningans over how liquor licenses were handled.

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Lit candles cause potential for fires.

Per City of Boston:

"Candles shall require a permit for use in restaurants and function facilities. Votives & tea lights will not ordinarily require a permit in restaurants and function facilities provided they adhere to the BFD guidelines pertaining to votive use for these establishments*
*(See votive guidelines).

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battery waste is terrible for landfills and uses rare earth metals obtained from strip mining in countries with limited to nonexistent environmental and labor protections.

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we should obviously ban electric cars then.

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This what a Cambridge Councillor Alanna Mallon sent me in response to my question about wtf was going on:

https://www.cambridgema.gov/cfd/firedeptdivisions/firepreventionbureau/R...

Open Air Fires Regulation
The City of Cambridge, in accordance with the Massachusetts Comprehensive Fire Code 527 CMR section 1 including amendments to NFPA 1 2012 edition, enforces the following regulations:

10.11.2 The Cambridge Fire Department shall have the authority to prohibit any or all open flames, candles, and open, recreational, and cooking fires or other sources of ignition, or establish special regulations on use of any form of fire or smoking material where circumstances make such conditions hazardous.

10.11.3.1 Outdoor fires shall not be built, ignited, or maintained in or upon hazardous fire areas, except by permit from the Cambridge Fire Department.

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… But the Cambridge Fire Department did not "prohibit any or all open flames [or] candles" until it put up the page I posted in the article, which, as the article says, was created without a public process and after the department and License Commission told UpperWest it couldn't have candles. The department referred UpperWest to a state statute that does not apply.

I asked the department and other city officials to show me a statute that barred candles in Cambridge, and gave them plenty of time to comply. They did not. Or, really, could not.

No one's arguing that the department lacks the authority, but that it never used that authority appropriately. Saying the department has the authority to make laws means it actually has to make laws – unless you want fire inspectors running around saying whatever they want and enforcing it as though it counts. Councillor Mallon usually does her homework better than this; in this case, it looks like she doesn't understand what's going on and has misled you.

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Do they mark? Come on, what are you really hiding? Why are you afraid to post the entire film?

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I got the video with an agreement not to share it until the owners of the video were prepared to share it. I try to honor my commitments.

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When planning our wedding in a nearby town (not Cambridge), we were told we needed a fire detail if we were using any candles.

We had no candles.

So then they told us we needed the fire detail anyway, because we were serving alcohol. So we had to pay a fireman to put on his formal uniform and wander around.

Fortunately nobody's beer caught fire, so his services weren't needed. We also had to pay for a liquor license, even though we weren't selling the drinks to our guests. Somehow we dodged having to hire a police detail.

It's like Mayor Quimby telling the movie director to pay the puffy pants tax, and when he says he doesn't wear puffy pants, the mayor says uh actually it's a not wearing puffy pants tax.

When is someone going to stand up to this corruption?

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At least it's not in the municipal code.

Of course, things would go much better if the City of Cambridge Clerk would just post the stenographic record of all the meetings in City Hall. I mean, the stenographer's notes must be public record, so you'd think they'd transcribe them for us. This is an issue I've been harping on for years. In every possible forum. Even when the issue has barely been about Cambridge. Despite the fact I don't live in the city.

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Do I hear theszak's music from the wings?

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Just wants to tell Boston how to run its business.

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He’s brought a folding chair! Oh lawd, the inhumanity !

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that people who lean too far to the right eventually circle around to meet the people who lean too far to the left.

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I remember a time when liberals and progressives were the people opposed to banning things, now the nanny state is their calling card.

Not that extreme conservatives are any better, they aren't.

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that the Cambridge Fire Department is a hotbed of rabid liberalism?

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This doesn't really seem like the "nanny state" if you actually took the time to read the context

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Fire Marshal, open up!

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Now nobody will ever know how old I turn on my birthday.

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Occasionally I've heard Massachusetts described as the Louisiana of the north (although I think New York competes for the title). But I've also heard politics here is a blood sport. Not merely the politics of elected positions. But the politics everywhere.

Here, in good JP, the politics of liberal vengeance is loud and clear. A local non-profit's leaders kick out whoever meaningfully disagrees (in other words can't be brushed off), preens over their political correctness and does their best to practice noblesse oblige, so that they can be the high and mighty practicing noblesse oblige.

What is the relationship to the Cambridge example? Leadership that kicks anyone they dislike with impunity.

For all its liberalism and supposed progressive thinking Massachusetts remains a well educated, high income local government of success for anyone with plenty of money and status while mediocrity is the best for everyone else. What is worse of course is that in spite of this discordance in Massachusetts the rest of the nation is even worse off.

Something is extremely rotten in the American Denmark.

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and social spectrum. It's been going on for years, but it's gotten much, much worse, in recent years.

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