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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.

Free Yoga This Sunday at MIT

Last December, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga in an attempt to raise awareness about the holistic impact that yoga has on health and well-being. In an address to the UN General Assembly, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who introduced this initiative, suggested the practice of yoga can bring people closer to nature and “can help us deal with climate change.” The resolution was co-sponsored by 177 countries and passed with consensus.

In celebration of the first ever International Day of Yoga, a free yoga event will be held on June 21st from 8:00am-12:00pm outside Kresge Auditorium at MIT, 48 Massachusetts Ave., in Cambridge. The event is free for everyone and will include inspirational talks, music, dance, and food in addition to yoga postures and guided meditation.

Rui Domingos gets Portuguese Heritage Award

On Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015, members of the House, Senate, the Massachusetts Portuguese community, and others gathered in the House Chamber to celebrate the 31st Annual Heritage Day of Portugal. The Heritage Day of Portugal was first celebrated in 1985 as a way to honor the contributions that Portuguese immigrants, those of Portuguese decent, and friends of the Portuguese community make to their neighborhoods, the Commonwealth, and the nation.

Each year I have the great honor of recognizing an individual member of the Portuguese community in Cambridge and Somerville who strives to improve the lives of those around her or him. This year was certainly no exception. It was with great pride that this year I nominated the Chief Executive Officer of Naveo Credit Union, Rui F. Domingos, for the Portuguese Heritage Award.

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Rui and his wife Helena in the Members’ Lounge at the MA House of Representatives before the award presentation

Rui has served as CEO of Naveo—formerly Cambridge Portuguese Credit Union—since 2005. During his time as CEO, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to the Portuguese community, language, and culture. Rui recently developed and implemented a student exchange program between Matignon High School in Cambridge and Marista High School in Lisbon, Portugal. He is also a member of the Boston Portuguese Festival Committee, and has been actively involved with the Portuguese School of Cambridge and Somerville.

His commitment to the Portuguese community has extended to his work at Naveo. In partnership with the Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, Rui has led the “Dreamer Loan” project, which provides interest-free loans to immigrants with the goal of breaking down financial barriers to US citizenship.

Rui has also served as treasurer of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce, President of the Somerville Kiwanis, and President of the Metro Boston Credit Union. He is a member of the Massachusetts Credit Union League Education Committee, and the Credit Union Community Hope Initiative, which work to promote financial literacy and prevent homelessness.

Rui Domingos is a prime example of a humanitarian who gives back to the community that gave so much to him. He has provided a service to not only the Portuguese community, but to Somerville, Cambridge, and Massachusetts. It was an honor to have had the opportunity to recognize his impactful work.

Somerville Youth Conference, This SATURDAY

This Saturday, May 9th, 2015, the City of Somerville, The Somerville Police Department, Somerville Public Schools, and the Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc. will present Somerville’s Ninth Annual Youth Peace Conference at Somerville High School. The Conference will feature a highly sophisticated Teen lead show followed by community workshops focused on mental health from 12:30­-5:00pm.

The organizers are expecting about four hundred Somerville teens to participate in this moving and inspiring event, which will feature a sophisticated stage presentation that addresses the root causes of youth violence, mental health and other issues using the arts—including skits, music, spoken word, rap, and speeches. Through these performances, the conference will address some of the major issues facing Somerville residents and explore how youth, adults, police, politicians, and community organizations can work together for a more peaceful community.

Annual East Cambridge & We-Ha Clean Up This Saturday

East Cambridge_streetscapeIt’s time again for the annual East Cambridge & We-Ha Clean Up, and the organizers invite you to join your neighbors for a morning spent beautifying our community, followed by lunch and a volunteer celebration at Kennedy-Longfellow/Putnam Avenue Upper School. There will be flower planting, mulching playgrounds and tree wells, trash pick-up, and more.

The Clean Up is a collaborative effort organized by East End House and the East Cambridge Business Association in partnership with Kennedy-Longfellow Elementary School, Putnam Avenue Upper School, Inman Square Business Association, CambridgeSide Galleria, Charles Street Community Gardens, and the Cambridge Department of Public Works.

The Clean Up will take place this Saturday, May 9th between 9:30 am and 1: pm at four different locations:

  • Silva Park (Otis & Sciarappa)
  • Bocce Court (King Open)
  • Kennedy Longfellow (Spring St)
  • Inman Square (Velluci Plaza)

Volunteers may sign up to clean any location by registering here or just show up on Saturday morning at any of the locations listed above. Hope to see you there on Saturday morning!

“GovOnTheT” raises awareness of transit needs

Tim at Kendall Square

Today I joined dozens of legislators from around Massachusetts in riding the T to work as a part of “Gov on the T,” a project focused on raising awareness about the problems facing our public transit system.

Many of my constituents have called or written me in recent months to express their profound frustration with the current state of public transit in Greater Boston. Though this winter has made the poor state of the MBTA’s equipment obvious, regular transit riders know that our system has difficulties year-round. Much of this is due to aging and obsolete equipment that is overdue for replacement. Unfortunately, continued budget problems at the T have hampered new investment and led to fare increases for commuters. Without new revenue or a reduction in expenses, the ability for the T to serve as a foundation of our region’s economy will continue to be at risk.

For this reason, I support alleviating the T of some of the so-called “Big Dig Debt” as a way to reduce pressure on its budget. While this debt is associated with legitimate public transit projects that were built as a part of Big Dig mitigation agreements, it continues to contribute to budget deficits that keep the T from making needed investments in signaling systems and other equipment that directly impact service quality. Shifting this debt obligation to the Commonwealth Transportation Fund would provide over $100 million in relief to the T every year.


While we still have a lot of hard work to do in order to achieve the public transit system that we want and deserve, I also think that it is important to acknowledge some of the recent victories we have achieved in pursuit of this goal. Two years ago, the legislature passed transportation financing legislation that helped jump start investment in equipment and system expansion. Since then, the T has entered into a contract for the purchase of 284 new subway cars in order to upgrade to the aging Red and Orange Line fleets. Delivery of the new cars is scheduled to begin in 2019, and will provide substantial reliability improvements for Red and Orange line riders.

This transportation financing legislation also helped secure a $1 billion New Starts grant from the federal government for the Green Line Extension. This grant is absolutely critical to extending Green Line service to areas of Somerville that have been the most chronically underserved by mass transit. It also brings with it the purchase of new Green Line cars and the construction of a new Green Line maintenance facility, which will serve Green Line riders system-wide.

As someone who believes that public transit is an essential public good, this winter has been difficult and at times discouraging. For that reason, I want to thank everyone who has called, written, or stopped by my office to advocate for a better transit system. Your voices have helped bring this issue into focus for elected officials across Massachusetts, and it is essential that we keep the conversation going.

Weekend Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville


We’re thankfully getting closer to the many local outdoor festivities that Somerville and Cambridge have to offer every Spring, but we’ll first have to deal with the reappearance of King Winter this weekend. As always, you can avoid the gloomy weather with some of the many fun indoor cultural activities our community has to offer.

Don’t miss “AcousticaElectronica” tonight at the Oberon in Cambridge. Presented by Touch Performance Art, this performance blends elements of electronic and classical music, dance, circus arts, and immersive theater with the energy of contemporary nightclubs.

If you’re looking for a more traditional dance/theatre collaborative, Paradise Lost will perform “Lost in Time” at the Multicultural Arts Center on Friday and Saturday. The show will address various topics from identity, to childhood into adolescence, transportation journeys, and human interactions.

Want to see a Colossal Fossil? If you do, head over to the Museum of Science (MOS) on Saturday to see the: Triceratops Cliff where you can get an up-close view of this 65-million-year-old fossil, discovered in the Dakota Badlands in 2004. Named for the grandfather of its anonymous donor, Cliff is one of only four nearly complete Triceratops on public display anywhere in the world. MOS is open between 9am and 5pm on Saturday and this exhibit is free if you buy an Exhibits Hall ticket.

Finally, you’ve got two great alternatives to end the weekend on a cultural high-note. The opening reception of “Motion, Memory,” the work of three artists whose work is a hybrid of photography combined with painting or printmaking, will take place between 3-5pm at the Brickbottom Gallery in Somerville, while hundreds of dancers will take to the stage at the Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston at M.I.T.’s Kresge Auditorium. The thirty-ninth annual performance includes dancing feet and flying horas, Spanish-infused Ladino steps, and lithe Yemenite movements.

Weekend Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville

The sun will be shining this weekend and temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s so we can finally enjoy some local shopping and dining again. First though, start of the weekend with some music at the Armory in Somerville from 7:30-9:30pm where the new trio of Eric Hofbauer, Aaron Darrell, and Curt Newton will bring together three distinctive voices from Boston’s vital jazz and improvised music scene.

The Armory in Somerville

On Saturday from noon-4pm, The Great Boston Chili Bowl will bring local Boston and Cambridge restaurants and breweries together to showcase their variations of chili and beer. All funds raised by this event will advance research toward effective treatments at the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), the world’s largest drug development organization dedicated to ending ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease.

After filling up on local chili and beer, head over to the Somerville Theatre to watch the world-renowned Alloy Orchestra, a three man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films, present the Boston premiere of its live musical score to the 1926 classic silent film The Son of the Sheik, directed by George Fitzmaurice and starring Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Bánky, and George Fawcett.

Finally, for all the museum lovers out there, cap off the weekend at the Harvard Semitic Museum to see the rich assortment of antiquities collected by museum founder David Gordon Lyon (1852-1935). See Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets, ancient Palestinian pottery, Egyptian funerary art, and ethnographic treasures, along with Lyon’s own excavation photographs this Sunday between 1-4pm.

Weekend Going-Out Guide for Cambridge & Somerville

We’re finally going to have a, hopefully, precipitation-free weekend with some sunlight. It’s still going to be freezing cold, however, so here are a few warm indoor ways to enjoy your weekend.


Using 50,000 lumens of projection systems, Visualize Somerville is bringing you the chance to climb a waterfall, a picturesque mountain peak, or even a lava flow all in one night in an event hosted by BKB and Aeronaut Brewing. Featuring climbing on projection mapping, live DJs, and an art show highlighting Somerville and Boston-based artists, this one-night experience will add another dimension to your climbing experience.

Bluegrass Fridays are back in the Café at the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville. The event is free and you can either listen to the host musicians play or jump in with your own instrument.


Don’t miss the artists behind “Fields of Viewpoints” talk about their work at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery in Cambridge. Saturday represents the last day of this interesting collaborative exhibit that features “four artists whose work reflects various ranges, prospects, scans, scoped, observations, interpretations, and involvement. This show is part of the Cambridge Art Association’s 70th exhibition year.

Later on Saturday evening, Altan, one of the world’s finest traditional Irish bands, will transport your mind to the beautiful rolling hills of Ireland at the Somerville Theater.

If you’d rather be transported to the romantic streets of Paris, head over to the First Church in Cambridge to experience the tunes of Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston.


Cap off the weekend with some American classics presented  by the acclaimed song duo Valerie Anastasio & Tim Harbold in their new show, In the Mood – A Time Capsule of Classics from 1939. Valerie & Tim showcase a remarkable year in film and song with songs from The Wizard of Oz, along with beloved song hits of the year including In the Mood, All the Things You Are, Good Morning, And the Angels Sing, Sunrise Serenade, Beer Barrel Polka, and Lydia the Tattooed Lady.


Weekend Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville

This weekend’s Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville features music, laughs, plenty of educational opportunities, and a free yoga lesson.


If you’re curious about how pasta is made, you can buy tickets to “Lilly’s Fresh Pasta talk and lunch.” The event is part of the Harvard Food Literacy Program and Lilly will share her story about emigrating to America and starting a pasta business in the Boston area. Tickets are $5 per person and the event is between 12pm – 1:30pm at Harvard University’s Dudley House.

Later on Friday, you have the chance to spend a few hours laughing at the 10th annual College Comedy Festival and Beanpot Tournament at ImprovBoston in Cambridge. The competition features contestants from all over New England and is a great opportunity to discover future comedy stars.

For all you music history buffs, enjoy the free “History of Synthesis Part 1: Before the Moog” at MMMMaven. The interactive seminar uses sound and video recordings of early synthesizers and offers the audience a chance to play on one of these mythical machines.

Over in Davis Square, the Somerville Theatre offers a historical lesson in the form of a rare historic dramatization of the 1968 capture of the USS Pueblo by North Korean from 8pm to 10pm.


Kick-off your Saturday morning at the Harvard Museum of Natural History where you can explore fossils of long-extinct animals, sketch a mammal, excavate a mock dinosaur dig, or discover life in a rotting log while interacting with scientists and graduate students studying topics ranging from tiny insects to dinosaurs.

After spending a few hours with fossils, you can head over to Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville where you can learn the difference between a lariat and an opera necklace in a Beading for Beginners class. The two-hour session is led by Arlene Elkins of Alchemist’s Apprentice, requires no previous experience, and you’ll get to leave with the necklace you bead.

Wear that beautiful new necklace to “An Evening with the Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh Quartet” at the Armory in Somerville  or to East End Grille where you can watch The Undercovers play the hits of the 60s and 70s.


Top off your weekend by unwinding physically and mentally from several weeks of commuter stress and snow shoveling with a free yoga lesson at Inner Space Meditation Center and Gallery.

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