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Make East Somerville shine this Saturday and win fun cleaning prizes

East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS) is partnering with Alderman Matthew Mclaughlin to host a Fall Clean Up, and they would love to have your help. If you’re interested in volunteering to make East Somerville the most beautiful neighborhood in Somerville, please contact ESMS at projectassistant@eastsomervillemainstreets.org or call at 617.676.5307. ESMS will provide prizes for “Best Before and After!” and “Weirdest piece of trash.”

When: Saturday, October 18th, 10:30am (Rain Date: Sunday, October 19th)

Where: 115 Broadway (East Branch Library)

 

Traffic advisory this weekend: Medford St. Bridge closure for GLX work and Cambridge St closed for Ribfest

Phase 1 of Green Line Extension (GLX) construction is underway and that will result in the complete closure of Medford Street, between South Street and Somerville Avenue, to all traffic on Saturday and Sunday this weekend (Oct. 5 & 6). During this time, vehicles will be redirected as follows:

  • Vehicles traveling south to Cambridge will proceed to the Somerville Avenue intersection and turn left at Somerville  Avenue onto McGrath Highway.
  • Vehicles traveling north into Somerville will be detoured left onto South Street to Windsor Place, right onto Webster Avenue, right onto Prospect Street, and onto Somerville Avenue.

Pedestrian access will also be restricted due to pubic safety concerns. As always, you can learn more about the GLX project on www.greenlineextension.com and click here for more details on the construction that will be conducted this weekend on the Medford Street Bridge.

Also, I’d like to remind you that Ribfest is being held this Sunday from noon to 4pm, which will result in the closure of Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, between Fulkerson Street and Fifth Street,  so keep that in mind if you’re driving to East Cambridge on Sunday.

 

Annual Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness this Wednesday in Somerville

This Wednesday, from 6pm to 7pm at the Public Safety Building in Union Square, Mayor Joseph Curtatone and the Somerville Commission for Women will host the annual Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness. Domestic violence or Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a complex and widespread problem that affects all types of individuals in every community, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. According to a 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention national survey, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime while 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. This physical abuse has severe emotional impacts for victims, with studies showing that there is a link between IPV and depression and suicidal behavior. The physical and emotional effects of IPV are compounded by the economic toll that victims often experience. Studies have shown that IPV causes the loss of 8 million days of paid work nationally each year, and anywhere from 21% to 60% of victims lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse.

Earlier this year, the Massachusetts legislature passed comprehensive domestic violence legislation that seeks to address these issues by improving prevention efforts and affording victims greater protections. The bill establishes employment leave for domestic violence victims, increases training and education regarding domestic violence, and creates the first offense of assault and battery on a family member and requires violators to complete a certified batterer’s intervention program.

Event information:

What: Annual Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness

When: Wednesday October 1- 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Where: 220 Washington Street Police Academy – (Union Square, Public Safety Building)

“What the Fluff?” is back this Saturday at Union Square

This Saturday, Somerville celebrates the fluffy invention of the great American confectioner Archibald Query at the Ninth Annual “What the Fluff?” Festival in Union Square. The party gets started at 3pm and will feature live music, a cooking contest, and the crowning of the Pharaoh of Fluff. This year, the festival theme is inspired by the creativity of Steampunk, a sub-genre of science fiction that combines steam power technology with the fashion aesthetic of Victorian England and America’s Wild West, so you can expect lots of goggles, protective jackets, watches, and lens to look through. Check out the festival’s frequently updated Facebook page and Twitter account for more news about this fun annual party in Somerville.

“What the Fluff?” is presented by Union Square Main Streets as part of ArtsUnion and is always a lot of fun, as you can see from last year’s photos. Come on down to Union Square this Saturday and see what all the fluff is about!

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

“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.

 

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

 

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