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.
- 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
- Joe’s Liquors
- Ola Café
- Taqueria Montecristo
- And Many More
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, 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
EF Education First (EF), in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is hosting “River & A Movie”, an outdoor movie series on Wednesdays in August at sunset in DCR’s North Point Park along the banks of the Charles River.
Admission is for free and parking is available on a first come first serve basis at EF (One Education Street in Cambridge). There will also be free lawn games and kayak rides courtesy of Community Boating from 6pm-7pm, as well as specials at Lingo Bar and Restaurant from 6pm-8pm. Please click this link to RSVP or to learn more about this event. Also see the poster below for more information on the schedule and which movies will air.