Month: July 2012

Portuguese Musicians to Play Free Show at Harvard Square

Tuna Feminina de Medicina, a group of musicians from Porto, Portugal, will play a free show in Harvard Square on Monday Afternoon. Please see the invitation below for more information:

On Monday, July 30th, 2012, from approximately 4:00PM – 5:00pm, Brattle Plaza in Harvard Square (in front of Crema Café at 27 Brattle Street) will be the setting for the joyous and uplifting music of Tuna Feminina de Medicina.  The Harvard Square Business Association is thrilled to sponsor this free concert, consisting of 25 medical students/musicians from Medicine of Oporto University, Portugal.

Tuna Feminina de Medicina was founded in 1996 by a group of friends who shared a love of music and academic spirit.   Members of the group include both students and former students who are now working in the medical profession in Portugal.  They participate in a wide variety of events, representing their University and the city of Oporto.  We invite you to welcome these talented musicians to Harvard Square and enjoy music with an international twist!

Somerville National Night Out

Somerville is participating in the National Night Out Against Crime by holding its 9th annual Night Out event at Foss Park on August 7th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Please see the invitation below for more information:

It’s America’s Night Out Against Crime!

Somerville’s 9th Annual National Night Out” (NNO) for the City of Somerville, a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW), has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2012.

Last year’s National Night Out campaign involved citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from over 15,000 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. In all, over 34 million people participated in National Night Out 2010.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT is designed to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs;
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

So, if we can bring together the City of Somerville, young and old, we can make a difference in people’s lives. We will have tables, activities, and performances that can be fun and informative at the same time.

CAAS Changes Outreach Hours

The Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) is changing its weekly Food Stamp/SNAP and cash assistance outreach hours to Wednesday instead of Thursday, effective next week. This outreach program has been operated for several years in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance, and seeks to connect residents with benefits they need through outreach in Spanish and English. 

If you need Food Stamps/SNAP or cash assistance, please call CAAS’ main phone number, 617-623-7370 to make an appointment with a DTA enrollment specialist.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection in Cambridge this Saturday

This Saturday, July 21st, is your next opportunity to safely and legally dispose of your household hazardous waste. Household hazardous waste refers to certain items that should not be put out for normal trash collection, such as car batteries, chemical cleaners, insecticides, weed-killers, and motor oil. Proper disposal of these items helps protect public health and the environment. For a complete list of what is and is not accepted, please visit the Department of Public works webpage.

Collection will occur on Saturday between the hours of 9 a.m and 1 p.m at the Field Street Parking Lot at Danehy Park, on Field St at Fern St. The event is free to Cambridge residents. Proof of residency will be required. The next household hazardous waste collection will happen on October 20, so plan accordingly.

North Bank Bridge Opens

On Friday, the new North Bank Pedestrian Bridge was opened to the public for the first time. In attendance at a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony were Governor Deval Patrick, Congressman Michael Capuano, MassDOT Secretary Rich Davey, Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis, Vice Mayor Denise Simmons, and members of the State Legislature, including Rep. Alice Wolf, Sen. Sal DiDomenico, and Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty.

This new bridge connects North Point Park in Cambridge and Paul Revere Park in Charlestown with a path that is open to pedestrians and cyclists. Spanning almost 700 feet, it is one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the region and will play a vital role in increasing access and connectivity among parks and green spaces in the area. It is a key component of a series of projects that have been undertaken in order to forge stronger connections between green spaces along the Charles River Basin.

While actual bridge construction began in 2010, the North Bank Bridge was first made possible in 1989 when the City of Cambridge sued to block “Scheme Z,” a Big Dig design plan that would have have made the construction of new Charles River Basin parklands and the accompanying North Bank Bridge impossible. Cambridge successfully forced the Turnpike Authority to modify Scheme Z and adopt a design plan that allowed the extension of Charles River parkland into Boston Harbor. In 1993, the Turnpike Authority agreed to build the North Bank Bridge upon completion of the Central Artery Project and in 2009, Massachusetts was awarded federal stimulus funding that finally enabled the bridge to be constructed.

This bridge will now stand for many years as a strong physical and symbolic link between Cambridge and Charlestown. It is a capstone on the revitalization of a “lost half-mile” of Charles River waterfront, and is an essential addition to the Charles River Basin.