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 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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
When: Thursday July 10, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Cafeteria at Argenziano School at Lincoln Park, 290 Washington Street, Somerville, MA
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.
The Green Line Extension (GLX) Project Team will hold a public meeting to review the latest design plans for the Community Path on Wednesday, May 14 at the Holiday Inn in Somerville on 30 Washington Street from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey announced on April 30th that as part of the Green Line Extension project, the project team will both design and construct the multi-modal Community Path to be built along the GLX in Somerville and Cambridge. The 1.9 mile path will connect four GLX Stations: Lowell Street, Gilman Square, Washington Street and the relocated Lechmere. When complete, the path will provide a connection that will give pedestrians and bicyclists a continuous route from Bedford to Boston. More information about the project is available on the Green Line Extension website. If you have any questions on the Green Line Extension Project, please email email@example.com.
For more information or to request reasonable accommodations and/or language services for the Community Path Meeting, please contact Joe Sgroi at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-996-0771.