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Homelessness prevention program now accepting applications

Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership (MBHP) is now accepting applications for the Residential Assistance for Families in Transition (RAFT) program. Through RAFT, eligible families can apply for funds that can be used to help retain their housing, obtain new housing, or otherwise avoid becoming homeless. For more information on the program, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the MBHP website.

East Cambridge Movie Night on August 14 Features Raiders of the Lost Arc and Jennie the Juggler

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.

 

East End House Summer Block Party August 13

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 timothy@eastendhouse.org, 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

 

Traffic Advisory: Binney Street Lane Closure Starting August 5

The Binney Street Area Infrastructure Improvement Project will be implementing a temporary traffic routing plan on Binney Street between Lane Boulevard and Second Street. The temporary traffic plan will start on Tuesday, August 5th and last for several weeks. This will result in the reduction of travel lanes to one lane in each direction on Binney Street from Lane Boulevard to Second Street. Please visit the project website for more information.

Traffic Advisory July 31: Alewife Brook Parkway Lane Closure

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will be conducting drainage work along the Alewife Brook Parkway at Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge on Thursday, July 31 from 9 PM until approximately 5 AM on Friday, August 1. This will result in the closure of one lane in each direction along Alewife Brook Parkway, prior to Massachusetts Avenue. The Massachusetts State Police will have a detail on site to assist with traffic flow.

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.

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