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Mayor Maher’s Allston Street Fire Relief Fund

The City of  Cambridge and Mayor David Maher have created a Fire Relief Fund for the nine families that were displaced by the devastating fire that ripped through three homes on Allston Street during the early morning hours of Sunday, July 27th. Thankfully, no injuries were reported, but the majority of the residents displaced were renters that do not have insurance to recover their loss.

Please visit this page if you wish to contribute to the relief fund set up to help these displaced families get back on their feet. Donations can also be made by check to “The City of Cambridge Mayor’s Fire Relief Fund”. Checks can be mailed to or dropped off at:

Cambridge City Hall
c/o Finance Department
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139

North Point Park and Playground Closed on July 29 and July 30

The following press release is from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. – Tim

DCR Recreational Advisory:

WHAT: The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will close the spray park and playground at its North Point Park facility in Cambridge on July 29 and July 30 for repair and maintenance work. The playground and spray deck will reopen to visitors on Thursday, July 31, 2014

WHEN: Tuesday, July 29 and Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WHERE: DCR’s North Point Park Playground and Spray Deck, Museum Way, Cambridge

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Green Line Extension Public Meeting on July 31

The City of Somerville and the MBTA are hosting a Green Line Extension (GLX) public meeting regarding the Medford Street Bridge Construction on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 6 PM. It will be held at the Public Safety Building (220 Washington Street) in Somerville.

GLX construction is underway and will involve periodic traffic impacts near the Medford Street Rail Bridge for the next six to eight months. The MBTA and the City of Somerville will present the construction schedule for the Rail Bridge area, and all associated traffic diversions at this meeting. Also, the GLX team along with Barletta Heavy Division, Inc., Phase 1 contractor for the GLX Project, will present other information followed by a Q&A.

For more information about the GLX project, please visit this link or email the GLX team at: info@glxinfo.com.

When: Thursday July 31, 6:00 PM

Where: Public Safety Building, 220 Washington Street, Somerville, MA

Join EF for “River & A Movie”

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.

EF River and a Movie

 

 

Green Line Extension Art Program – Info Session

The Green Line Extension (GLX) project is seeking public art submissions for the second phase of the GLX Integrated Art program. Artist selection will be made for four stations (Gilman, Lowell, Ball Square, and College Avenue) and may include elements that will be common to all stations.

Commissioned by the MBTA and the Somerville, Medford, and Cambridge Art Councils, the art program is an integral part of the design for the GLX stations, and artists are encouraged to attend a prequalification/information session on July 29, 2014 at 5:30pm at the GLX Project Office (100 Summer St., Suite 250, Boston).

All applicants will need to apply through MassDOT’s online platform, and submissions are due by midnight on Friday, August 15. Please visit this link for more information about the GLX Art Program.

1st Annual Harvard Job Fair July 21

The Harvard Square Business Association is hosting a free job fair in historic Winthrop Park on Monday, July 21st, from 2pm – 4pm. There will be numerous job opportunities, and this is your chance to meet hiring managers all in one location. Remember to bring plenty of resumes.

The following businesses will be onsite collecting resumes and conducting interviews:

Beat Hotel, Border Café, Cambridge Family and Children’s Services, Cambridge Historical Tours, Cambridge Savings Bank, Century 21 Avon – Cambridge, Charles Hotel, City Sports, Crema Café, Felipe’s, Flat Patties, Harvard COOP, IHOP, Legal Sea Foods, Lesley University, Otto Pizza, Pyara, World’s Only Curious George Store, Yogurtland

Click here for more information on this event.

Somerville Traffic Advisory: Green Line Extension Phase 1 Project Work

Beginning on Monday, July 21, 2014 for approximately three weeks, Medford Street in Somerville will be closed to traffic between McGrath Highway and Ward Street to allow for top coat painting of the Medford St. Railroad Bridge.

Pedestrians will still have access through Medford St. as one sidewalk will remain open during the duration of the closure. A map of the traffic diversion plan can be found on the GLX website here.

This work is part of the widening of the Medford Street Railroad Bridge to allow for Green Line tracks to run alongside the Commuter Rail tracks, and is an important step in bringing the Green Line to Somerville.

If you have any questions, you can reach the Green Line Extension Project via email at info@glxinfo.com or by calling 855-GLX-INFO (855-459-4636).

 

East Somerville Block Party – Thursday July 17

East Somerville Main Streets is hosting a Cultural Block Party on Thursday, July 17 between 6 pm and 8 pm at ESMS_WorldGrooveChuckie Harris Park in Somerville. Entrance is for free.

The block party is a family-friendly event with authentic art, live music, food, games, and face-painting that represents the diverse and welcoming spirit of East Somerville neighborhoods.

When: Thursday, July 17 6 pm – 8 pm

Where: Culture Corridor at Chuckie Harris Park, 3-17 Cross St. East

For more info, please visit www.eastsomervillemainstreets.org or call 617-623-3869.

Green Line Extension Public Hearing – July 10th

The MBTA will hold a public hearing to review an Equivalent Facilitation Request by the Green Line Extension (GLX) on Thursday, July 10, 2014. The hearing will be held at the Dr. Albert F. Argenziano School at Lincoln Park, 290 Washington Street, Somerville, MA from 6:00 pm-8:00 pm in the cafeteria.

The Equivalent Facilitation Request is required as part of the project’s application for a Full Funding Grant Agreement with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

“Equivalent facilitation” permits the FTA and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations to accommodate innovation in accessible design. It allows the development of improvements in vehicle, facility, or equipment design that provides for equal or greater accessibility, but would not strictly meet the required design standards. Equivalent facilitation is covered under federal law by 49 CFR Part 37.

Increasing accessibility is a key goal of the GLX project, but due to sloping roadway conditions near several of the stations, there are a few isolated instances where station designs currently do not comply with design standards created by the ADA. In order to deviate from these standards, the MBTA must do so in a way that provides equivalent or greater access, and receive a “determination of equivalent facilitation” from the FTA administrator.

This hearing is an opportunity for the public to review and comment on the MBTA’s application for a determination of equivalent facilitation before the MBTA formally submits it to the FTA. A draft of the application is available for review on this link.

For more information about the GLX project, please visit this link or email: info@glxinfo.com.

When: Thursday July 10, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Cafeteria at Argenziano School at Lincoln Park, 290 Washington Street, Somerville, MA

East End House Receives Re-Accreditation

Congratulations to the East End House for receiving re-accreditation from both the Council of Accreditation (COA) as well as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This endorsement recognizes that East End’s practices are in full alignment with best practices for the learning, health, and development of our youth.

East End House, one of Cambridge’s oldest social service centers, supports families and individuals of every age and ability with their inventive after school programs, helping our children learn just as much outside of the class room as in one!
Congratulations to everyone at East End House, and their partners at the Cambridge Public School District—you continue to make us proud every single day.

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