HONK! Fest is Back This Weekend

Activist street bands will fill the streets of Somerville and Cambridge this weekend for the 2015 edition of HONK! Fest.  The festival’s hosts describe it as a street music revolution in which bands present a diverse fusion of folkloric and modern sounds in the spirit of Mardi Gras. The festival is for free and will run throughout the weekend. For more information on the bands and the festival, please visit the official HONK! fest homepage or their Facebook page.

Construction Advisory for Medford St Bridge Thursday 9/24

As part of construction work related to the Green Line Extension (GLX) Project, it will be necessary for the GLX contractor, White Skanska Kiewit (WSK), to close vehicle traffic on Medford Street Bridge in Gilman Square tomorrow from 9am to 2pm.

Bike and pedestrian traffic will still be allowed on the sidewalk with signs and detail police available to provide direction and assistance.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the Green Line Extension at 855-GLX-INFO (459-4636) or info@glxinfo.com.

Construction Underway on Grand Junction Path

After years of hard work and persistent advocacy, the first shovel has finally hit the ground on the Grand Junction Path in Cambridge.


Years ago, I successfully led a unified community effort to stop a state proposal that would have seen the path be used for commuter rail trains and ethanol transportation. Since then, along with advocates like Friends of the Grand Junction and Friends of the Community Path, I have worked with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MIT, and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority to develop plans that will turn the Grand Junction into a safe pedestrian and bicycle path that will act as an urban necklace connecting thousands of Cambridge residents to businesses, parks, and schools. As this brief 2013 video below shows, once completed, the Grand Junction Path would improve community livability by creating a streamlined connection between Cambridgeport, Area 4, Harrington/Wellington, and East Cambridge. There remains a lot of hard work to be done before this project is complete, but I’m optimistic that we’ll get there because of the dedicated commitment of all the stakeholders involved. Please click this link to an update I posted earlier this year for more info on the Grand Junction Path Project.

Longfellow Bridge Public Information Meetings

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will hold a public informational meeting in Cambridge next month to provide an update  on the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project’s completed and upcoming work. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 2 from 6-8pm at the Multicultural Arts Center on 41 Second Street. Following the presentation, staff from MassDOT and the design/build contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV, will be available to answer questions.

Don’t worry if you can’t make the informational meeting in Cambridge because MassDOT will hold a similar presentation in Boston on Thursday, September 17 from 6-8pm in the Auditorium at the Shriners Hospitals for Children on 51 Blossom Street.

For more information about the project or to sign up to receive email advisories, please visit the project website. For construction related questions or issues, contact the project hotline at 617-519-9892.


Cambridge: Special Community Meeting on Monday 8/17 Following Fatal Shooting

The City of Cambridge is holding a special community meeting this Monday, August 17th due to the fatal shooting of Rasaun Nichols last Wednesday night. The meeting will take place at the Pisani Center on 131 Washington Street at 6:30 PM. Please see the poster below for more details.

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Treasury: 1 in 10 Mass Residents Have Unclaimed Property

Each year, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts receives large amounts of unclaimed property, including forgotten savings and checking accounts, uncashed checks, insurance policy proceeds, stocks, dividends, and contents of safe deposit boxes. Most of these accounts are turned over to the Treasury after three years of inactivity, and it is estimated that one in ten people in Massachusetts have unclaimed property.

If you want to know whether you or someone you know have unclaimed property, visit The Treasury’s Unclaimed Property Division’s website on findmassmoney.com to search for unclaimed property or to file a claim. You can also call 1-888-344-MASS(6277) or (617) 367-0400, or write to:

Department of the State Treasurer
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Unclaimed Property Division
One Ashburton Place, 12th Floor
Boston, MA 02108-1608

This past year, the Division was able to reunite over $112 million with over 45,000 residents, businesses and charities in the Commonwealth. This coming year, the Treasury is hoping to return even more money to more citizens.

Please don’t hesitate to contact my office on 617-722-2380 if you have any questions.

Somerville Public Meeting on Lifeline Program

The Department of Telecommunications and Cable (DTC) is holding an outreach event on Thursday, July 16 at the Clarendon Hill Towers in Somerville from 11am to noon. DTC staff will discuss current consumer complaint trends, the DTC’s complaint resolution process, the Lifeline low-income discount phone service program, and will be available to answer your questions about telecommunications and cable issues.

Lifeline is a federal and state program that allows eligible low-income customers access to discounted telephone service. Access to basic phone service is important because it gives low-income individuals an opportunity to connect them to jobs, family and emergency services.  Eligibility is based on household income and participation in the following programs:

  • Emergency Aid to Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC)
  • Fuel Assistance (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP)
  • MassHealth or Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • National School Lunch Program (free meals program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

 Please click this link for more info on the Lifeline telephone program.

Construction Advisory: Second Street in Cambridge

The City of Cambridge’s contractor, Marchese Construction, will begin to reconstruct the sidewalks and the roadway on Second Street between Cambridge Street and Charles Street starting July 6. The reconstruction of the sidewalks is scheduled to be completed within 8-10 weeks, while the final roadway paving will take place in the Fall of 2015.

This work, which was developed with community input, is part of Cambridge’s 5-year Sidewalk and Roadway Reconstruction Program to improve conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. General work hours will be from 7AM to 4PM, and Second Street will be intermittently closed within those hours. Police officers will be on site to help manage traffic, but motorists should also expect detours. Please be sure to check posted signs for exact date and times of the “No Parking” signs that will be posted prior to construction. Finally, Marchese Construction will coordinate access to entries and driveways directly with residents.  Please visit this link for more information about this project or the full scope of the work.

Info & Recruitment Session on MassWin-GLX Building Pathways Program Tonight in Somerville

The Somerville Community Corporation and the City of Cambridge’s Office of Workforce Development are co-hosting a recruitment event in Somerville for the  MassWIN GLX Workforce Development Program tonight at VNA Somerville (259 Lowell Street) at 7pm.

The program, also known as the Building Pathways program, is a pilot project that intends to recruit community members into transportation related careers and will focus on workforce development and job creation in the communities along the GLX route. Please contact Barbara Louis at 617-776-5931 x 233 or email at blouis@somervillecdc.org to register for tonight’s event or to learn more about future recruitment events in Cambridge and Somerville.

Orange Line Bus Diversions Starting June 22

Orange Line Early Access is scheduled to begin on Monday night June 22 as part of the MBTA’s Winter Resiliency Improvement Program, and buses will replace regular service between Oak Grove and Wellington. Early Access will take place most weeks from Sunday through Thursday and will to continue until projected completion in December.


WEEK 1: June 22, 23, 24, 25

WEEK 2: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 2

WEEK 3: July 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

WEEK 4: July 13, 14, 15, 16

As the project moves forward, updates and the service schedule will be available in advance through the MBTAs website here.

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