East Broadway Foodie Crawl – September 16

East Somerville Main Streets invites everyone to come and enjoy a fun and food-filled evening at the 4th Annual East Broadway Foodie Crawl. More than a dozen local restaurants will be gathering together and serving authentic food from five different continents. Please click here to buy tickets.

What: East Broadway Foodie Crawl

Where: Check In – The Mudflat Pottery School 81 Broadway, or Louie’s Ice Cream 193 Broadway Somerville, Ma 02145

When:  September 16, (rain date- September 17) at 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm.

Restaurant Participants:

  • La Brasa
  • East End Grille
  • Vinny’s Ristorante
  • Taco Loco
  • Fasika Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Mount Vernon Restaurant & Pub
  • Rincon Mexicano
  • Los Paisanos
  • Tapatio Mexican Grill
  • Gauchao Brazilian Cuisine
  • Maya Sol
  • Dreamy Flavor
  • Casey’s
  • Joe’s Liquors
  • Ola Café
  • Taqueria Montecristo
  • And Many More

Assembly Station one day diversion on Sept 14-15 weekend

There will be a one day diversion on the September 14-15 weekend for remaining items related to the Assembly Station Project. It’s the last of the eighteen (18) weekend diversions, and will not affect the Riverfest at Assembly Row on Saturday Sept 13. The diversion will begin at approximately 4:30 am on Sunday morning, September 14 and will continue until approximately 4:30 am Monday morning ,September 15. Service will be restored on Monday morning. Please see bus info below.

The work included in this weekend’s diversion is as follows:

• Installation of miscellaneous metal panels and curtain wall glass at the stations north head house

• Signal testing on the test track

• Installation of an expansion gap on the 3rd rail of the southbound track and installation of third rail heat on the north and south bound tracks.

Bus Information:

Patrons will be bussed between Oak Grove and Sullivan Stations:

From Sullivan Square Station
Left Main Street
Right Grand Union Boulevard
Stop at Grand Union Boulevard and Foley Street bus stop cutout for Assembly Square Station
Left Foley Street
Right Middlesex Avenue
Right Fellsway West
Regular route to Wellington Station

From Wellington Station
Regular route to Wellington Circle
Left Fellsway West
Left Middlesex Avenue (2nd cutout on left after crossing Mystic River)
Left Foley Street
Right Grand Union Boulevard
Stop at Grand Union Boulevard and Foley Street bus stop cutout for Assembly Square Station
Grand Union Boulevard to Lombardi Way
Left Broadway
To Maffa Way
Right Sullivan Station

“Party on the Path” Postponed until Sept 20

Due to thunderstorm forecasts for this Saturday, September 9th, the Community Path Party has been postponed until Saturday, September 20th from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The event will still be held by Lexington Park on the existing Willow-to-Cedar Street Community Path Section.

“Party on the Path” is co-sponsored by the City of Somerville and the Friends of the Community Path, and is an opportunity for community members and stakeholders to celebrate the Community Path Extension. This celebration is free and open to the public. For more info or to RSVP, click here.

New Orange Line station opens at Assembly Square

Yesterday the MBTA opened its first new rapid transit station in 27 years at Somerville’s Assembly Square. It’s the first Orange Line station in Somerville and one of six transit stations slated to open in the city in the next decade with the other five being part of the Green Line Extension project.   The station will serve as a key component of the mixed-use, transit-oriented Assembly Row development, and is predicted to be used by 5,000 passengers per day by 2030.

The station was financed through a public-private partnership, with the Assembly Row developer Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) picking up about 30% of the total cost. State and Federal funding will cover the remaining cost of the station. The decision by the City of Somerville to issue bonds for $25 million of other infrastructure improvements at Assembly Square was key to gaining MBTA approval of the project.

Assembly Square was once a thriving manufacturing center that hosted, among other industries, a Ford Motor Company assembly plant which produced the famous “Edsel” brand of cars in the 1950s. However, the site experienced an extended economic and physical decline after Ford decided to close its manufacturing plant. The construction of elevated highways in the 1970s cut Assembly Square off from surrounding areas and played a role in decisions by the remaining industries to move their business as well. In 1980, The City of Somerville declared the area blighted and substandard, and started a 20-year urban renewal plan that would turn the area into a retail mall.

Assembly Square Station under construction in May 2014. Photo by Todd Van Hoosear and made available under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0 license.

Assembly Square Station under construction in May 2014. Photo by Todd Van Hoosear and made available under Creative Commons BY-SA 2.0 license.

The new Assembly Square Mall attracted some new retailers, but didn’t achieve the economic growth envisioned by the city. The formation of the Mystic View Task Force in the late 1990s was key to the creation of a new 20-year plan that called for a mixed-use concept that would promote economic growth and increase the standard of living for local residents by offering open space and public amenities.

Earlier this summer, phase one of the smart growth project was completed with the opening of 32 retail outlets, a theater, restaurants, the “Legoland Discovery Center,” and a waterfront park at the Mystic River shore, complete with bike paths and an amphitheater.

Although the majority of construction at Assembly Station is now complete and the station is open to passengers, some work at the station will continue through November. Please click here for more information on remaining construction work.

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.

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