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MassDOT Seeks Community Input on Capital Investment Plan

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) will hold a series of community conversations to seek input from residents to help develop the agency’s 5-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP), including a public meeting in Cambridge on Thursday, October 22. The meeting will be held at Rindge and Latin starting at 6:30 PM. The CIP provides a framework for all MassDOT projects, covering everything from highway and municipal projects to regional airports, pedestrian walkways, and rail and transit. Please see the flyer below from MassDOT for more info, and for where to submit your comments should you be unable to attend any of the meetings.


HONK! Fest is Back This Weekend

Activist street bands will fill the streets of Somerville and Cambridge this weekend for the 2015 edition of HONK! Fest.  The festival’s hosts describe it as a street music revolution in which bands present a diverse fusion of folkloric and modern sounds in the spirit of Mardi Gras. The festival is for free and will run throughout the weekend. For more information on the bands and the festival, please visit the official HONK! fest homepage or their Facebook page.

Construction Advisory for Medford St Bridge Thursday 9/24

As part of construction work related to the Green Line Extension (GLX) Project, it will be necessary for the GLX contractor, White Skanska Kiewit (WSK), to close vehicle traffic on Medford Street Bridge in Gilman Square tomorrow from 9am to 2pm.

Bike and pedestrian traffic will still be allowed on the sidewalk with signs and detail police available to provide direction and assistance.

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

Construction Underway on Grand Junction Path

After years of hard work and persistent advocacy, the first shovel has finally hit the ground on the Grand Junction Path in Cambridge.


Years ago, I successfully led a unified community effort to stop a state proposal that would have seen the path be used for commuter rail trains and ethanol transportation. Since then, along with advocates like Friends of the Grand Junction and Friends of the Community Path, I have worked with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MIT, and the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority to develop plans that will turn the Grand Junction into a safe pedestrian and bicycle path that will act as an urban necklace connecting thousands of Cambridge residents to businesses, parks, and schools. As this brief 2013 video below shows, once completed, the Grand Junction Path would improve community livability by creating a streamlined connection between Cambridgeport, Area 4, Harrington/Wellington, and East Cambridge. There remains a lot of hard work to be done before this project is complete, but I’m optimistic that we’ll get there because of the dedicated commitment of all the stakeholders involved. Please click this link to an update I posted earlier this year for more info on the Grand Junction Path Project.

Somerville Public Meeting on Lifeline Program

The Department of Telecommunications and Cable (DTC) is holding an outreach event on Thursday, July 16 at the Clarendon Hill Towers in Somerville from 11am to noon. DTC staff will discuss current consumer complaint trends, the DTC’s complaint resolution process, the Lifeline low-income discount phone service program, and will be available to answer your questions about telecommunications and cable issues.

Lifeline is a federal and state program that allows eligible low-income customers access to discounted telephone service. Access to basic phone service is important because it gives low-income individuals an opportunity to connect them to jobs, family and emergency services.  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.

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.

Orange Line Bus Diversions Starting June 22

Orange Line Early Access is scheduled to begin on Monday night June 22 as part of the MBTA’s Winter Resiliency Improvement Program, and buses will replace regular service between Oak Grove and Wellington. Early Access will take place most weeks from Sunday through Thursday and will to continue until projected completion in December.


WEEK 1: June 22, 23, 24, 25

WEEK 2: June 28, 29, 30, July 1, 2

WEEK 3: July 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

WEEK 4: July 13, 14, 15, 16

As the project moves forward, updates and the service schedule will be available in advance through the MBTAs website here.

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.

Green Line Extension Overnight Work Tonight At School St. Bridge in Somerville

The Green Line Extension Project (GLX) team wanted to inform you of overnight work scheduled to start tonight at midnight and last through 7AM Thursday morning (June 4).  The GLX contractor, White Skanska Kiewit (WSK), will be performing work at School Street Bridge in Somerville in conjunction with the School Street Bridge work & lane closure which began in April 2015. This work, an important step in bringing the Green Line from Cambridge to Medford and Somerville, will take place inside the current work zone and will not further impede traffic.

WSK is currently preparing the foundations of the utility bridge being erected alongside School Street Bridge. In order to complete this, WSK will transport a drill rig across the railroad tracks to clean out the foundation shafts, then move the drill rig back across the tracks in the early hours of Thursday morning. The work is being coordinated around the train schedule because the tracks need to be clear before the first commuter train comes through in the morning.

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

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