88th Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian Sept. 6 and 7

This year’s Feast of Saint Cosmas and Damian will be held on the weekend of September 6th and 7th. This feast is a classic community event and one of the longest continuously running celebrations of its kind in New England. There will be food, games, and music, including a free performance by the Tavares Brothers on the evening of September 6th. Processions with the North End Marching Band will be at 6:30pm on the 6th and 8:30am on the 7th. For more details and an event schedule, check out this year’s feast poster. All are welcome and I hope to see you there!

Rib Fest is Back for its Fifth Year on October 5th

The East Cambridge Business Association will be hosting the fifth annual Smoke This Rib Fest  on Sunday, October 5th. Come enjoy food, music, and fun as some of the best restaurants in the city take over Cambridge Street for the afternoon.  Tickets for the event will go on sale starting September 3rd. More details:

The East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA) is proud to present The East Cambridge Business Association “Smoke This” Rib Fest 2014, on Sunday October 5, 2014 from 12:00 noon – 4:00pm. The Rib Fest and Street Fair will take place on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, between Fulkerson Street and Fifth Street.

The Rib Fest is a culinary showdown pitting pit master against pit master for the title of the best ribs in town. The event is perfect for all ages so come and enjoy some BBQ, live music and so much more. There will be plenty of food and fun to be had, but for the best chance to sample a variety of ribs and to cast your vote, you’ll need a Taste Ticket which will get you 10 rib samples from the restaurants of your choice at a first come first serve basis. Taste Tickets are on sale starting September 3rd. Taste Tickets sell out every year, so each restaurant will also be selling a dish at a great price, showcasing food from their fall menu. So even if you miss out on buying a Taste Ticket, you can still enjoy tasty food from the best restaurants around town!

Our evolving list of participating restaurants include ARTBAR, Atwood’s Tavern, Bambara,  Commonwealth, CRLS Culinary, East Side Bar & Grille, Lone Star, Lord Hobo, Ole, Puritan & Co., and Tupelo.  With special guests, The Cambridge Police Department Pitmasters

Rib Fest is a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the local fare in and near East Cambridge and is produced by The East Cambridge Business Association and sponsored by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Boston Properties, Cambridge Savings Bank, Cushman & Wakefield, EF, Forest City, Geek Offices, HYM Investments, Leggat McCall, McKinnon Co., MIT, Mount Vernon Group, and Vinfen. Rib Fest is also made possible by our friends at Atwood’s Tavern, Blossom Floral Design, Cambridgeside Galleria, East End House, how2heroes, Kroner Design, and the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

 

Feds Take Step Toward Volpe Center Redevelopment

Yesterday, the federal Government Services Administration (GSA) announced that it was seeking ideas from developers for the redevelopment of the Volpe Center site in Kendall Square.  GSA, which is responsible for managing the federal government’s real estate, intends to transfer a portion of the Volpe Center property to a private developer in exchange for the developer picking up the tab for construction of a new DOT research facility on the existing site.

Redevelopment of the site has been discussed for a long time within the Cambridge community, but this is the most significant step toward redevelopment that we have seen the federal government take so far. I am looking forward to a robust public process that will gather input from residents and the Kendall Square business community. There is immense potential for the under-utilized space at the Volpe Center to be put to positive use.

Consumer Shred Day at Davis Square on Aug 27

The Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation is hosting a Consumer Shred Day on August 27 at the Davis Square Farmers Market from 12 pm to 5 pm – across from Flatbreads located at 45 Day St in Somerville. Attendees will be provided educational materials on a variety of consumer issues including: landlord/tenant rights; lemon laws; home improvement contracting; low-cost banking options; protecting against identity theft; managing credit and debt; and more. Additionally, a shred company will donate its time to accept consumer documents for secure shredding and hold a press event with local officials to discuss identity theft prevention.

What: Consumer Shred Day, Davis Square Farmers Market

• There will be a short 30 minute speaking program beginning at 12:30-1pm, concentrating on identity theft prevention and the importance of protecting personal information.
• Van on site to accept documents for shredding from consumers from 1:00 to 3:00 pm

When: Wednesday, August 27 from 12 pm to 5 pm

Where: 45 Day Street, Somerville, MA

 

Grand Junction Summer Ride

The Friends of the Grand Junction group is hosting a sequel to their successful February bike ride on Sunday, August 24. The Bike Tour of the Corridor II: Summer Edition will take off at noon at the BU Bridge, and will follow the route of the future Grand Junction Path from the BU Bridge to the Somerville Community Path connection. There will be multiple explanatory stops along the way, and the tour is open to all. For more details and to RSVP, please visit this link.

Homelessness prevention program now accepting applications

Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP) is now accepting applications for the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program. Through RAFT, eligible families can apply for funds that can be used to help retain their housing, obtain new housing, or otherwise avoid becoming homeless. For more information on the program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the MBHP website.

East Cambridge Movie Night on August 14 Features Raiders of the Lost Arc and Jennie the Juggler

The East Cambridge Business Association will show the movie Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark at the East Cambridge Savings Bank parking lot on 292 Cambridge Street at 7 PM on Thursday, August 14th. The event is part of the City of Cambridge’s Summer in the City cultural program, and will also feature Jenny the Juggler, Boston’s only Female Professional Juggler since 1997. Admission is for free.

Please click here to check out the Summer in the City events calender, and visit this site to learn more about Jenny the Juggler.

 

East End House Summer Block Party August 13

The East End House is hosting a free community celebration on Wednesday, August 13th at 105 Spring Street in Cambridge. The party will feature a BBQ, ice cream sundaes, face painting, a magician, balloon animals, games, a moon bounce, live music and more.

The party is hosted with support by All-Brand New England, the Biogen Idec Blues Band, Cambridge Energy Alliance, Cambridge Fire Department, Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Public Health Department’s Men’s Health League, CambridgeSide Galleria, East Cambridge Business Association, East Cambridge Planning Team, J.P. Licks, and the Kennedy Neighborhood Council and Community School.

For more information on the block party or about East End House, please contact Tim Severyn, Senior Director of Community Programs, at timothy@eastendhouse.org, 617-876-4444, or visit www.eastendhouse.org.

WHEN: Wednesday August 13, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Rain Date: August 20)

WHERE: in front of East End House, 105 Spring Street, Cambridge, MA 02141 between Fifth and Sciarappa

 

Traffic Advisory: Binney Street Lane Closure Starting August 5

The Binney Street Area Infrastructure Improvement Project will be implementing a temporary traffic routing plan on Binney Street between Lane Boulevard and Second Street. The temporary traffic plan will start on Tuesday, August 5th and last for several weeks. This will result in the reduction of travel lanes to one lane in each direction on Binney Street from Lane Boulevard to Second Street. Please visit the project website for more information.

Traffic Advisory July 31: Alewife Brook Parkway Lane Closure

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be conducting drainage work along the Alewife Brook Parkway at Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge on Thursday, July 31 from 9 PM until approximately 5 AM on Friday, August 1. This will result in the closure of one lane in each direction along Alewife Brook Parkway, prior to Massachusetts Avenue. The Massachusetts State Police will have a detail on site to assist with traffic flow.

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