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Reminder: Public Meeting on McGrath Boulevard Project this Thursday

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the City of Somerville will hold a second public information meeting for the McGrath Boulevard Project Development this Thursday, May 28th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the East Somerville Community School Auditorium.

MassDOT’s project team will share the ongoing work of the McGrath Boulevard working group in addition to providing a general overview of the progress of project development. The McGrath working group is composed of community residents, municipal staff of abutting cities, business owners, elected officials, and bicycle, pedestrian, and green space advocates. The working group  has met three times since November, 2014 and is working to reach a preferred alternative for an at-grade boulevard that accommodates bicyclists and pedestrians along the McGrath Highway corridor. Following the presentation, MassDOT staff will facilitate a discussion to hear community comments and questions.

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.

Public Meeting on McGrath Boulevard Project

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the City of Somerville will hold a second public information meeting for the McGrath Boulevard Project Development on Thursday, May 28th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the East Somerville Community School Auditorium.

MassDOT’s project team will share the ongoing work of the McGrath Boulevard working group in addition to providing a general overview of the progress of project development. The McGrath working group is composed of community residents, municipal staff of abutting cities, business owners, elected officials, and bicycle, pedestrian, and green space advocates. The working group  has met three times since November, 2014 and is working to reach a preferred alternative for an at-grade boulevard that accommodates bicyclists and pedestrians along the McGrath Highway corridor. Following the presentation, MassDOT staff will facilitate a discussion to hear community comments and questions.

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.

Somerville Youth Conference, This SATURDAY

This Saturday, May 9th, 2015, the City of Somerville, The Somerville Police Department, Somerville Public Schools, and the Center for Teen Empowerment, Inc. will present Somerville’s Ninth Annual Youth Peace Conference at Somerville High School. The Conference will feature a highly sophisticated Teen lead show followed by community workshops focused on mental health from 12:30­-5:00pm.

The organizers are expecting about four hundred Somerville teens to participate in this moving and inspiring event, which will feature a sophisticated stage presentation that addresses the root causes of youth violence, mental health and other issues using the arts—including skits, music, spoken word, rap, and speeches. Through these performances, the conference will address some of the major issues facing Somerville residents and explore how youth, adults, police, politicians, and community organizations can work together for a more peaceful community.

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.

Somerville public meeting on Lifeline telephone program

Staff from the Department of Telecommunications and Cable (DTC) will be in attendance at the Somerville Elder Services Elder Fair on Wednesday, April 15th at the Holiday Inn at 30 Washington Street from 9:00am to 1:00pm to discuss the Lifeline telephone program as well as answering questions and offering general information on telephone and cable service in the Commonwealth.

Lifeline is a federal and state program that allows eligible low income customers access to discounted telephone service. Eligibility is based on household income and participation in the following programs:

  • Emergency Aid to Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC)
  • Fuel Assistance (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP)
  • MassHealth or Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • National School Lunch Program (free meals program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

 Please click this link for more info on the Lifeline telephone program.

“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.

Weekend Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville

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We’re thankfully getting closer to the many local outdoor festivities that Somerville and Cambridge have to offer every Spring, but we’ll first have to deal with the reappearance of King Winter this weekend. As always, you can avoid the gloomy weather with some of the many fun indoor cultural activities our community has to offer.

Don’t miss “AcousticaElectronica” tonight at the Oberon in Cambridge. Presented by Touch Performance Art, this performance blends elements of electronic and classical music, dance, circus arts, and immersive theater with the energy of contemporary nightclubs.

If you’re looking for a more traditional dance/theatre collaborative, Paradise Lost will perform “Lost in Time” at the Multicultural Arts Center on Friday and Saturday. The show will address various topics from identity, to childhood into adolescence, transportation journeys, and human interactions.

Want to see a Colossal Fossil? If you do, head over to the Museum of Science (MOS) on Saturday to see the: Triceratops Cliff where you can get an up-close view of this 65-million-year-old fossil, discovered in the Dakota Badlands in 2004. Named for the grandfather of its anonymous donor, Cliff is one of only four nearly complete Triceratops on public display anywhere in the world. MOS is open between 9am and 5pm on Saturday and this exhibit is free if you buy an Exhibits Hall ticket.

Finally, you’ve got two great alternatives to end the weekend on a cultural high-note. The opening reception of “Motion, Memory,” the work of three artists whose work is a hybrid of photography combined with painting or printmaking, will take place between 3-5pm at the Brickbottom Gallery in Somerville, while hundreds of dancers will take to the stage at the Israel Folkdance Festival of Boston at M.I.T.’s Kresge Auditorium. The thirty-ninth annual performance includes dancing feet and flying horas, Spanish-infused Ladino steps, and lithe Yemenite movements.

Weekend Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville

The sun will be shining this weekend and temperatures are expected to be in the mid-30s so we can finally enjoy some local shopping and dining again. First though, start of the weekend with some music at the Armory in Somerville from 7:30-9:30pm where the new trio of Eric Hofbauer, Aaron Darrell, and Curt Newton will bring together three distinctive voices from Boston’s vital jazz and improvised music scene.

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On Saturday from noon-4pm, The Great Boston Chili Bowl will bring local Boston and Cambridge restaurants and breweries together to showcase their variations of chili and beer. All funds raised by this event will advance research toward effective treatments at the ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI), the world’s largest drug development organization dedicated to ending ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease.

After filling up on local chili and beer, head over to the Somerville Theatre to watch the world-renowned Alloy Orchestra, a three man musical ensemble, writing and performing live accompaniment to classic silent films, present the Boston premiere of its live musical score to the 1926 classic silent film The Son of the Sheik, directed by George Fitzmaurice and starring Rudolph Valentino, Vilma Bánky, and George Fawcett.

Finally, for all the museum lovers out there, cap off the weekend at the Harvard Semitic Museum to see the rich assortment of antiquities collected by museum founder David Gordon Lyon (1852-1935). See Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets, ancient Palestinian pottery, Egyptian funerary art, and ethnographic treasures, along with Lyon’s own excavation photographs this Sunday between 1-4pm.

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