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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.

Early Retirement Board Now Accepting Applications

The State Retirement Board has developed an informative web page with information for executive agency employees who are considering whether or not to take advantage of the Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP). It includes important items such as the application (available here), the application timeline (May 11th – June 12th), eligibility, and information about available and required counseling.

Additionally, the State Retirement Board intends to offer extended and weekend hours at the Boston office (located at One Winter Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02108) and the Springfield office (located at 436 Dwight Street, Room #109A, Springfield, MA 01103) to assist members with any questions they may have.

MBTA Weekend Bus Diversions for Green and Orange Lines

Due to necessary track work, shuttle buses will replace Green and Orange line service on certain weekends starting tomorrow. Please see the schedule below for the next four weekend diversions.

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Regular service will be restored at the start of service on Mondays, and all shuttle busses are accessible for persons with disabilities.

“GovOnTheT” raises awareness of transit needs

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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.

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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.

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