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HONK! Fest is Back This Weekend

Activist street bands will fill the streets of Somerville and Cambridge this weekend for the 2015 edition of HONK! Fest.  The festival’s hosts describe it as a street music revolution in which bands present a diverse fusion of folkloric and modern sounds in the spirit of Mardi Gras. The festival is for free and will run throughout the weekend. For more information on the bands and the festival, please visit the official HONK! fest homepage or their Facebook page.

Construction Underway on Grand Junction Path

After years of hard work and persistent advocacy, the first shovel has finally hit the ground on the Grand Junction Path in Cambridge.


Years ago, I successfully led a unified community effort to stop a state proposal that would have seen the path be used for commuter rail trains and ethanol transportation. Since then, along with advocates like Friends of the Grand Junction and Friends of the Community Path, I have worked with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MIT, and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority to develop plans that will turn the Grand Junction into a safe pedestrian and bicycle path that will act as an urban necklace connecting thousands of Cambridge residents to businesses, parks, and schools. As this brief 2013 video below shows, once completed, the Grand Junction Path would improve community livability by creating a streamlined connection between Cambridgeport, Area 4, Harrington/Wellington, and East Cambridge. There remains a lot of hard work to be done before this project is complete, but I’m optimistic that we’ll get there because of the dedicated commitment of all the stakeholders involved. Please click this link to an update I posted earlier this year for more info on the Grand Junction Path Project.

Cambridge: Special Community Meeting on Monday 8/17 Following Fatal Shooting

The City of Cambridge is holding a special community meeting this Monday, August 17th due to the fatal shooting of Rasaun Nichols last Wednesday night. The meeting will take place at the Pisani Center on 131 Washington Street at 6:30 PM. Please see the poster below for more details.

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Construction Advisory: Second Street in Cambridge

The City of Cambridge’s contractor, Marchese Construction, will begin to reconstruct the sidewalks and the roadway on Second Street between Cambridge Street and Charles Street starting July 6. The reconstruction of the sidewalks is scheduled to be completed within 8-10 weeks, while the final roadway paving will take place in the Fall of 2015.

This work, which was developed with community input, is part of Cambridge’s 5-year Sidewalk and Roadway Reconstruction Program to improve conditions for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. General work hours will be from 7AM to 4PM, and Second Street will be intermittently closed within those hours. Police officers will be on site to help manage traffic, but motorists should also expect detours. Please be sure to check posted signs for exact date and times of the “No Parking” signs that will be posted prior to construction. Finally, Marchese Construction will coordinate access to entries and driveways directly with residents.  Please visit this link for more information about this project or the full scope of the work.

Info & Recruitment Session on MassWin-GLX Building Pathways Program Tonight in Somerville

The Somerville Community Corporation and the City of Cambridge’s Office of Workforce Development are co-hosting a recruitment event in Somerville for the  MassWIN GLX Workforce Development Program tonight at VNA Somerville (259 Lowell Street) at 7pm.

The program, also known as the Building Pathways program, is a pilot project that intends to recruit community members into transportation related careers and will focus on workforce development and job creation in the communities along the GLX route. Please contact Barbara Louis at 617-776-5931 x 233 or email at blouis@somervillecdc.org to register for tonight’s event or to learn more about future recruitment events in Cambridge and Somerville.

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.

Longfellow Bridge Closures from June 12 to June 26 for Downstream “Salt and Pepper” Towers Deck Demolition

From Friday, June 12 to Friday, June 26, MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), will periodically close the Longfellow Bridge to all vehicular traffic. Boston-bound vehicles will use the inbound detour via 3rd Street or Memorial Drive to Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28).

The detour routes are described below. Due to height restrictions on Memorial Drive, trucks and buses should use the 3rd Street route only. Bike and pedestrian traffic will be maintained across the bridge at all times. The closures are necessary to safely demolish the existing tower deck slabs. Activities include, but are not limited to, saw cutting, hammering, and loading of trucks. MassDOT will implement Longfellow Bridge closures as follows:

Friday, June 12 to Monday, June 15
• From 11:00 PM on June 12 to 5:00 AM on June 15
• Longfellow Bridge closed to vehicular traffic for the duration of the weekend

Monday, June 15 to Thursday, June 18
• From 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM each night
• Longfellow Bridge closed to vehicular traffic each night
• The bridge will be reopened to traffic each morning at 5:00 AM

Friday, June 19 to Monday, June 22
• From 11:00 PM on June 19 to 5:00 AM on June 22
• Longfellow Bridge closed to vehicular traffic for the duration of the weekend

Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26
• From 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM each night
• Longfellow Bridge closed to vehicular traffic each night
• The bridge will be reopened to traffic each morning at 5:00 AM

Inbound Detour Routes: All motor vehicles will be detoured using one of two routes. Passenger vehicles may use Memorial Drive westbound to make a U-turn at Ames Street for access to Memorial Drive eastbound to Land Boulevard and Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28) to reach Leverett Circle, or 3rd Street and Binney Street to reach Land Boulevard. Height restrictions are in place for Memorial Drive, so all buses and trucks must use 3rd Street and Binney Street to reach Land Boulevard and Charles River Dam Road (Monsignor O’Brien Highway/Route 28).

The Cambridge-bound detour remains in place using the existing signed route from Charles Circle following Charles Street to Leverett Circle, Monsignor O’Brien Highway (Route 28)/Charles River Dam Road and Land Boulevard.
You can learn more about the project by clicking this link, and you can also view construction progress photos on MassDOT’s Longfellow Bridge Flickr Album. For questions or to report issues related to construction, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email longfellowbridge@state.ma.us.

DCR Seeks Applicants for Lifeguard Positions

dcr_lifeguardsWith the summer season quickly approaching, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation is currently seeking certified lifeguards and head lifeguards to serve at the agency’s many pools and inland and ocean beaches across the Commonwealth.

DCR lifeguards are professional rescuers who are trained to both prevent injuries from occurring, and to respond in an emergency to help save a life. As part of a team, lifeguards must work together calmly and efficiently to manage crisis situations.

To learn more about lifeguarding opportunities with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, please call 617-626-1224 or visit this link for a lifeguard application, requirements of the position, and lifeguard test dates and locations.

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.

Construction Advisory: Nighttime Demolition over Storrow Drive Eastbound Beginning May 26

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) design/build contractor for the Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project, White-Skanska-Consigli (WSC), will temporarily perform overnight demolition work during the third shift beginning on Tuesday, May 26, 2015. This schedule will be in place for approximately three weeks. Third shift work hours are from 10:00 PM to 6:00 AM with lane closures in effect from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

This work requires the closure of up to two travel lanes on Storrow Drive eastbound. These lane closures are prohibited between 5:00 AM and 11:00 PM, necessitating the overnight work. Third shift work during this period of time will be located primarily on Span 1 of the bridge over Storrow Drive eastbound.

Activities during these work hours will involve localized demolition of the concrete deck, including jack hammering and saw cutting, and removal of steel columns. Noise levels will be monitored during the work. WSC will implement appropriate noise control measures as needed. Pedestrian, bicyclist and vehicular travel across the bridge will be maintained in the current configuration.

For more information about the project, visit the website at www.mass.gov/massdot/longfellowbridge. For questions or issues and concerns related to construction, please call the project hotline at 617-519-9892 or email longfellowbridge@state.ma.us.

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