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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.

 

Cambridge Street Improvement Community Meeting Tonight

Two East Cambridge streets will see construction soon, and the City wants your input. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

Fulkerson and Thorndike Streets are slated to undergo construction starting this fall. Tomorrow night, the City of Cambridge will hold its second public meeting on the subject. The meeting runs from 6:30-8:30pm in the cafeteria of the Kennedy-Longfellow School (158 Spring St.), and all Cantabrigians are encouraged to attend.

The first community meeting focused on the concerns of our neighbors, and tonight’s meeting will feature a discussion of how the City can address those concerns. If you live in the affected area, or if you regularly travel on these streets, I encourage you to attend tonight’s meeting.

Fresh Sandwiches, Fresher Beats

 

Lunch Beat in full effect in Stockholm. Image via AFP.

Lunch Beat in full effect in Stockholm. Image via AFP.

It’s lunch time: are you enjoying a meal with friends or co-workers, or are you hunkered over some reheated pasta at your desk? Sad to say, but it’s become all too common to see people eating lunch at their desks and immediately getting back to work.

On March 6th, you’ll have the chance to break that monotony and maybe get into a dance-off or two while you’re at it. That’s when Lunch Beat, a Swedish-based food-and-fun movement, comes to Cambridge, giving all of us a chance to meet our neighbors, enjoy some food, and dance the lunch hour away. There are a few simple rules to Lunch Beat, but the first two are the most important:

  • 1st Rule: If it’s your first lunch at Lunch Beat, you have to dance.
  • 2nd Rule: If it’s your second, third, or fourth lunch at Lunch Beat, you have to dance.

The event is scheduled to take place at hack/reduce’s shared space in Kendall Square, a short distance from many of the area’s largest employers. This is the first Lunch Beat in the Boston area, and monthly events are expected to follow. But like so many trendsetters before them, Lunch Beat realized that East Cambridge is the place for cutting-edge ideas.

Now, I just need to start to understand what this EDM stuff is…can anyone tell me what a Skrillex is and what you do with one?

Construction Continues at Two Cambridge Intersections

The Cambridge Department of Public Works has distributed flyers alerting neighbors to a change in schedule. Two sites are under repair: the raised intersection at Spring St. and Fulkerson St., and the raised crosswalk at Spring St. and Sixth St. The Cambridge Department of Public Works is moving as quickly as possible to fix these two thoroughfares, and they’re making accommodations for anyone who needs a little extra help getting around.

If you need any special assistance or special accommodations in order to navigate these intersections, the Cambridge Department of Public Works has asked neighbors to contact Rebecca Fuentes at 617-349-6948 or by email at rfuentes@cambridgema.gov.

Community Meeting Recap

Last night I hosted a community meeting at the Cambridge Police Station to discuss the recent rash of armed robberies that have occurred in Cambridge and have been concentrated in the East Cambridge and Wellington-Harrington neighborhoods. The meeting was packed with at least one hundred residents, and was well attended by Cambridge Police officers and administrators, including Police Commissioner Robert Haas.

The best news that we have learned is that there have been no new incidents since the incidents that occurred over a 2-3 day span last week. Police believe that a total of five robberies in Cambridge are linked to each other, but that similar robberies have also occurred in other communities in the Boston area. While the police stressed that it is important for residents to remain alert and on guard, they believe that the pattern is moving out of Cambridge and into the surrounding area.

Even if the threat of robbery has declined, police still advised residents to familiarize themselves with what they should do if they are robbed. The most important thing is to comply completely, especially if the assailants are armed. Belongings can be replaced but your life cannot be. Do not chase after the robber when they leave.

Someone who is robbed should seek help immediately and call 911 with the closest available phone. If the police do not arrive right away, do not be alarmed and stay where you are. The first priority of responding officers will be to search the area in which you were robbed. Once a search has been conducted, police will respond to your location.

While police are currently reluctant to release specifics about their investigation, they have said that they have a number of leads that they are investigating. They do not believe the suspects are Cambridge residents and have said that the suspects have been changing the vehicle that they use as a getaway.

In order to prevent additional robberies, the Cambridge Police have heavily stepped up police presence in neighborhoods where robberies have occured. A number of plain-clothes detectives are also patrolling the neighborhoods and are on the lookout for suspicious persons.

The city and the Police Department are taking this crime spree extremely seriously and are doing everything possible to prevent future incidents from occurring and to bring the perpetrators of last week’s crimes to justice. If you believe that you have information that may aid police in their investigation of these crimes, please call 617-349-3300 or send a text to TIP411 (847411) and begin your message with “TIP650″ (no quotation marks).

Recent Robbery Spree

As many of you may know, there has been a string of armed robberies in Cambridge in recent days, with some of the robberies occurring in East Cambridge. East Cambridge is known as a safe, relatively quiet neighborhood, and to see crimes like these happen here is especially disturbing.

Here are the facts about what has happened so far: since Monday, there have been a total of 6 incidents around the city. On Monday night (October 24th), a woman was robbed of her purse on Marney Street around 8:00 p.m. Half an hour later, a delivery driver was robbed on Thorndike Street.

On Tuesday morning, there were instances of two men being held up for their cell phones and money. These incidents occurred on Chatham and Hancock Streets.

On Tuesday night, there were two more robberies within minutes of each other. At 11:45, a man was approached from behind by two assailants near the intersection of Harvard and Dana Streets. He was robbed of his cell phone, laptop, and money. Eight minutes later, another man was approached by two assailants at the intersection of Cardinal Medeiros Avenue and Marney Street and was also robbed.

Each victim reported being robbed by two black men with a handgun. None of the victims were injured.

The Cambridge police have asked residents to be alert and aware of their surroundings when walking on the street, and to walk in pairs or groups if possible. If you are walking alone, do not wear headphones as they impair your ability to be alert and aware. If you feel that you are being followed, show that you are suspicious by turning to look at the person you believe to be following you. This shows that you are alert and will not be taken by surprise. If you are being followed by a car, turn and walk in the opposite direction.

Most importantly, if you are approached by a robber, DO NOT RESIST, especially if the robber is armed. Belongings can be replaced. Human life cannot. If you are robbed, try to remember details about the assailants, such as height, age, race, and any identifying marks, scars, or tattoos so that you may relay them to the police.

At this time, the Cambridge Police are actively following a number of leads on these incidents. CPD is developing a plan for increasing patrols in neighborhoods in which these robberies have occurred, and a team of detectives has been dedicated to these cases.

I am in the process of planning a community meeting to take place some time next week in order to relay information to residents and discuss the community and police response to these crimes. Please check back here for information about the time and date.

Second Annual ECBA Rib Fest a Major Success

Cambridge Street, East Cambridge – map

Thousands of people descended upon East Cambridge from around the region on Sunday to enjoy some of the best BBQ in the greater Boston area.  19 restaurants from Cambridge and Somerville competed for the honor of best ribs in the second annual “Smoke This Rib Fest” while showcasing their menus to festival-goers. Ticket holders were given the opportunity to cast votes for the winner of the “People’s Choice Award,” and a panel of judges awarded a separate award for the ribs they judged to be best at the event.

Rib Fest drew thousands of people to Cambridge St. in East Cambridge.

This Sunday’s Rib Fest, which was organized by the East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA), was the second  Rib Fest held by the ECBA in as many years. Both attendance and the number of restaurants participating were up significantly this year, and it looks like Rib Fest is turning into a popular regional event. Both WBUR and the Boston Globe publicized the event in the days leading up to it, and attendees gave the food, music, and atmosphere rave reviews.

Christopher Kosinski of East Side Bar and Grill accepts the people’s choice award for best ribs.

Hakan Yucesoy of Bosphorus Mediterranean Restaurant accepts the judge’s award for best ribs.

I was given the distinct honor of announcing the winners of both the people’s and judge’s awards for best ribs. The People’s Choice Award went to reining champions East Side Bar and Grill of East Cambridge, and the judge’s award went to newcomer Bosphorus of Inman Square.

This was another fantastic family event put on by the ECBA, and if you missed it this year, make plans to come out next fall for what will certainly be the best Rib Fest yet!

ECBA Smoke This Rib Fest This Sunday!

Forecasters are expecting excellent weather for this Sunday’s Rib Fest in East Cambridge. Today is the last day to purchase a ticket for the rib tasting, so be sure to get yours while they last! See the post below from the East Cambridge Business Association for more information:

The East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA) is proud to present The East Cambridge Business Association “Smoke This” Rib Fest 2011, on Sunday October 9, 2011 from 12:00 noon – 4:00pm. The Rib Fest and Street Fair will take place on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, between Fulkerson Street and Fifth Street.
The Rib Fest is a culinary showdown pitting pit master against pit master for the title of the best ribs in town. The event is for all ages so come and enjoy some BBQ. There will be plenty of food and fun to be had, but for the best chance to sample a variety of ribs and to cast your vote, you’ll need a Taste Ticket which will get you 10 rib samples from the restaurants of your choice at a first come first serve basis.  Taste Tickets go on sale September 1st. Additionally, each restaurants will be selling a dish of their own, showcasing their own menu.
Join Abigail’s, Area Four, ARTBAR, Atasca, Atwood’s Tavern, Bambara, Bosphorus, CRLS Culinary School, East Side Bar and Grille, Lord Hobo, Midwest Grill, Muqueca, New Deal Fish Market, Portugalia, Lizzy’s, Redbones, Think Tank, Trina’s Starlight Lounge, and Tupelo as they compete for their chance at BBQ glory!
Enjoy cooking demonstrations from local chefs, brought to you by how2heroes, while the kids enjoy fun and games with The East End House.  Local favorites Hayride, and The Atwood’s Monday Night Bluegrass Band will get you moving with their Bluegrass and Americana rhythms.
Rib Fest is a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the local fare in and near East Cambridge and
is sponsored by the East Cambridge Savings Bank, Alexandria Real Estate Equities,
Forest City, HYM Investments, Education First, Clark Hunt Ahern and Embry,

The Royal Sonesta, CPCU Credit Union, Gentle Giant, New England Tango Academy, McKinnon Company, Kroner Design, Royal Hospitality, M.I.T., City Retail, Vinfen, and SVNGR. See http://www.eastcambridgeba.com/ for further event and Taste Ticket info.

Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian

Warren Street – map

The 85th annual feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian will be held on Warren Street on September 10th and 11th. Festivities will begin on Saturday at 2 p.m. with rides, music, games, and food. A candlelight procession will begin at 6:30 p.m. at 17 Porter Street, and there will be a healing service held at 7 p.m. There will be live music on Cambridge Street on Saturday night, including The Reminisants, Ayla Brown of American Idol fame, and Bobby Rydell.

Festivities on Sunday will begin with a procession at 8:30 a.m. to St. Francis of Assisi Church for a mass that will begin at 9:30 a.m. There will be a parade starting at 1 p.m., and more music and festivities Sunday evening.

This feast is a classic community event and one of the longest continuously running celebrations of its kind in New England. All are welcome and I hope to see you there!

For more information about the feast and a complete schedule, check out www.cosmas-and-damian.com.

Reminder: Community Meeting Tonight at Police Station

This is a friendly reminder that I will be hosting a community meeting along with the Cambridge Police tonight at the Healey Public Safety Building. There has been an increase in housebreaks in East Cambridge in recent weeks, and it is my hope that this meeting will serve to update residents on what is known and what is being done about the break-ins. Break-in prevention tips will also be discussed.

Please join us Tuesday, August 16th at 6 p.m. (tonight) in the first floor community room at the police station (125 6th Street).

For more information, please see this alert from the Cambridge Police.

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