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Local going out guide for Somerville and Cambridge

Somerville and Cambridge are hotspots for various cultural activities, and going forward I’ll be posting a weekly guide to local events. As we return to normalcy after the blizzard, there will be plenty to do in and around Somerville and Cambridge for the rest of week.

Rain and snow showers are forecast for Friday so why not spend an evening at the Armory in Somerville searching for Cleopatra’s crown? The Search for Cleopatra’s Crown is an evening of short movies and animations about history by Mick Cusimano. It’s free and open to the public this Friday from 8pm to 9:30pm at the Center for Arts at the Armory on 191 Highland Avenue.

 © Courtesy of Center for Arts at the Armory

© Courtesy of Center for Arts at the Armory

If you’re musically inclined, an all-star lineup of artists will keep the music and spirit of Pete Seeger alive on Friday evening at the Cambridge Forum in a Sing-Out Tribute to the iconic singer who passed away last year. Tickets are $20 if you buy them in advance and $25 at the door.

Inclement weather is forecast for Saturday as well, but you’ll probably spend most of this day preparing for the big game on Sunday so why not visit the Somerville Winter Farmers’ Market for your Super Bowl Party food? That’s right, the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville is hosting a Winter Farmers Market on Saturdays, from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM, December through March. This weekly market offers a variety of locally grown and regionally produced agricultural products, features rotating guest vendors each week, as well as live music and delicious treats in two café areas.

The Somerville Winter Farmers Market accepts SNAP/EBT cards, and doubles SNAP purchases dollar for dollar up to $10 – allowing SNAP recipients double their spending power.

© Courtesy of www.somwintermarket.org

© Courtesy of www.somwintermarket.org

Finally, on Sunday, Go Pats!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations

Monday marks the 30th anniversary of the observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This holiday creates an opportunity for us to recognize the many contributions and achievements of Dr. King, and the following are some free events happening locally on Monday in recognition of this important holiday:

The City of Somerville’s 2015 MLK Jr. Day Celebration

Mayor Joe Curtatone, Somerville Public Schools, and the Office of Somerville Commissions invite you to the City of Somerville’s 2015 celebration at the East Somerville Community School on 50 Cross Street from 11 am to 1 pm on Monday, January 19th. The 2015 program features Master of Ceremonies Marcos Santos, dance and musical performances, youth essayists, and MLK Jr. Awards.

Many Helping Hands 365’s A Day of Service for the Cambridge Community

This is the 5th Annual Cambridge Day of Service that Many Helping Hands 365 has organized to celebrate the Martin Luther King Day holiday. The event is free and open to the public, and all ages are welcome to help with hands-on crafts projects that benefit Cambridge residents in need. Join your neighbors from 2 pm to 5 pm at Cambridge City Hall on 795 Massachusetts Avenue for an afternoon of hands-on service projects. Many Helping Hands 365 is also collecting and sorting donations of food, children’s books and winter clothing at the event. Please click here to register for the event or to donate to the organization.

Museum of Fine Arts’ Martin Luther King Jr. Day Open House

The MFA, at 465 Huntington Avenue in Boston, is celebrating Dr. King’s legacy with a day of free admission from 10 am to 4:45 pm. Enjoy vibrant performances, dazzling exhibitions, engaging art-making activities and gallery tours, and much more. Click here for more details.

GLX Construction Advisory: Broadway Bridge Lane & Sidewalk Closure

Starting January 19th and continuing through the end of May, 2015, the south bound travel/bike lane and west side sidewalk on the Broadway Street Bridge in Somerville between Boston Avenue and Cedar Street will be closed to vehicular, bike, and pedestrian traffic for the purposes of erecting a temporary utility bridge as part of the Green Line Extension (GLX) Project.

Residents will be able to cross Broadway Street over to the east side sidewalk to cross over the bridge and the north bound lane will be re-configured to allow for 2-way vehicular and bike traffic.

Signage providing direction and detail police providing assistance will be available to assist vehicular, bike, and pedestrian traffic.

Should you have any questions please feel free to contact the Green Line Extension at 855-GLX-INFO (459-4636) or info@glxinfo.com.

Winter Farmers Market at the Armory: Local and SNAP-friendly

The Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville is hosting a Winter Farmers Market on Saturdays, from 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM, December through March. This weekly market offers a variety of locally grown and regionally produced agricultural products, features rotating guest vendors each week, as well as live music and delicious treats in two café areas.

The Somerville Winter Farmers Market accepts SNAP/EBT cards, and doubles SNAP purchases dollar for dollar up to $10 – allowing SNAP recipients double their spending power.

Somerville & Cambridge Celebrate Green Line Extension Federal Funding Agreement

I was thrilled to join U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Governor Deval Patrick, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Congressman Michael Capuano, MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott, and several of my colleagues from the legislature yesterday in celebration of a $996 million federal grant agreement to extend the MBTA Green Line light rail service from East Cambridge to Somerville and Medford.

The Green Line Extension (GLX) project will include construction of six new stations, purchase of 24 new light rail vehicles, construction of a new vehicle maintenance facility, construction of a community bicycle and pedestrian path, and relocation of some existing commuter rail track.

Governor Patrick said that, “today’s funding commitment means that the citizens of Somerville, Cambridge and Medford are going to have their options for how they get to work, school and play increase, and in turn, experience an increase in sustainable, smart growth for both their personal and cities’ economies.”

My good friend Congressman Capuano echoed Governor Patrick’s enthusiasm and pointed out that bringing Green Line stops to Somerville has been decades in the making and will provide faster and more efficient travel to downtown Boston serving some of the Northeast region’s most densely populated communities.

Dr. Scott reminded the buoyant crowd at the Somerville High School Auditorium that the GLX project will increase development opportunities in Cambridge, Medford and Somerville through the GLX MassWIN program. The MassWIN (Massachusetts Workforce Initiative Now) program is an effort to build sustainable communities through local participation and collaborative partnerships in transportation projects focused on workforce investment, education achievement, business development and city improvement.

The goals of the program are to train residents to meet the hiring requirements for local transportation and construction jobs; place trained community members in transportation and construction career paths; grow the local workforce and economic base; and support sustainable communities by expanding the local workforce, businesses and neighborhoods.

This federal grant agreement represents a giant step toward attaining environmental justice for thousands of Somerville, Cambridge, and Medford residents. The amount of work that advocates, residents, and the GLX project team have put into achieving this milestone has been remarkable, and we should be proud of this substantial investment in our public transit system.

However, there is still much work left to be done. The project will be constructed in four overlapping phases from 2013 to 2020; Phase I work began in January 2013 to widen two rail bridges that will carry the new Green Line tracks. Construction on the new Lechmere, East Somerville and Union Square stations will begin this spring, and I will continue to work closely with the MBTA, GLX Project team, residents, and local businesses to help minimize construction impacts and to ensure that MassWIN fulfills its local hiring goals.

Part-time Jobs Still Available at Somerville Youth Shoveling Program

The Somerville Youth Shoveling program is a paid program for youth to shovel out seniors after a snow storm in Somerville. Interested youth need to sign up with the Office of Commissions, be available when there’s a snow storm to shovel a senior’s home, and will receive a payment for each house they shovel out. There are about 55 homes owned by seniors on the program’s list. Teens can sign up for email, text or phone calls to check availability and get house assignments. Participants 18 years and older will need to complete a CORI form.

For any questions, please call 617-625-6600 x2406 or email the program at commissions@somervillema.gov

Somerville receives OD prevention grant

Last week, the Patrick Administration and the Department of Public Health (DPH) announced grant awards to 23 communities across Massachusetts, including Somerville, to help first responders save lives by providing funding for opioid overdose response training and naloxone (Narcan) units that can be used to reverse overdoses. Police and fire departments in communities with high incidences of fatal opioid overdoses will share in over $600,000 in funding under the pilot program, which was included in the FY2015 budget.

The number of overdose reversals under the DPH Overdose Education and Naloxone Distribution Program have increased dramatically since Governor Patrick declared a public health emergency in earlier this year, and made naloxone more widely available to first responders and bystanders. Additionally, the Massachusetts Legislature passed a substance abuse recovery bill in May 2014 that increases opportunities for long-term substance abuse recovery by supporting a wide range of care and removing barriers that stand in the way of effective treatment.

Traffic advisory this weekend: Medford St. Bridge closure for GLX work and Cambridge St closed for Ribfest

Phase 1 of Green Line Extension (GLX) construction is underway and that will result in the complete closure of Medford Street, between South Street and Somerville Avenue, to all traffic on Saturday and Sunday this weekend (Oct. 5 & 6). During this time, vehicles will be redirected as follows:

  • Vehicles traveling south to Cambridge will proceed to the Somerville Avenue intersection and turn left at Somerville  Avenue onto McGrath Highway.
  • Vehicles traveling north into Somerville will be detoured left onto South Street to Windsor Place, right onto Webster Avenue, right onto Prospect Street, and onto Somerville Avenue.

Pedestrian access will also be restricted due to pubic safety concerns. As always, you can learn more about the GLX project on www.greenlineextension.com and click here for more details on the construction that will be conducted this weekend on the Medford Street Bridge.

Also, I’d like to remind you that Ribfest is being held this Sunday from noon to 4pm, which will result in the closure of Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, between Fulkerson Street and Fifth Street,  so keep that in mind if you’re driving to East Cambridge on Sunday.

 

Annual Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness this Wednesday in Somerville

This Wednesday, from 6pm to 7pm at the Public Safety Building in Union Square, Mayor Joseph Curtatone and the Somerville Commission for Women will host the annual Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness. Domestic violence or Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) is a complex and widespread problem that affects all types of individuals in every community, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. According to a 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention national survey, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime while 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime. This physical abuse has severe emotional impacts for victims, with studies showing that there is a link between IPV and depression and suicidal behavior. The physical and emotional effects of IPV are compounded by the economic toll that victims often experience. Studies have shown that IPV causes the loss of 8 million days of paid work nationally each year, and anywhere from 21% to 60% of victims lose their jobs due to reasons stemming from the abuse.

Earlier this year, the Massachusetts legislature passed comprehensive domestic violence legislation that seeks to address these issues by improving prevention efforts and affording victims greater protections. The bill establishes employment leave for domestic violence victims, increases training and education regarding domestic violence, and creates the first offense of assault and battery on a family member and requires violators to complete a certified batterer’s intervention program.

Event information:

What: Annual Candlelight Vigil for Domestic Violence Awareness

When: Wednesday October 1- 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Where: 220 Washington Street Police Academy – (Union Square, Public Safety Building)

“What the Fluff?” is back this Saturday at Union Square

This Saturday, Somerville celebrates the fluffy invention of the great American confectioner Archibald Query at the Ninth Annual “What the Fluff?” Festival in Union Square. The party gets started at 3pm and will feature live music, a cooking contest, and the crowning of the Pharaoh of Fluff. This year, the festival theme is inspired by the creativity of Steampunk, a sub-genre of science fiction that combines steam power technology with the fashion aesthetic of Victorian England and America’s Wild West, so you can expect lots of goggles, protective jackets, watches, and lens to look through. Check out the festival’s frequently updated Facebook page and Twitter account for more news about this fun annual party in Somerville.

“What the Fluff?” is presented by Union Square Main Streets as part of ArtsUnion and is always a lot of fun, as you can see from last year’s photos. Come on down to Union Square this Saturday and see what all the fluff is about!

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