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Construction Advisory: Medford St. Bridge Sidewalk & Street Closure

As part of the Green Line Extension (GLX) project, it will be necessary for the GLX contractor, White Skanska Kiewit, to close the eastbound travel/bike lane and west side sidewalk between School Street and Walnut Street to vehicular, bike, and pedestrian traffic for the purposes of erecting a temporary utility bridge.

Residents will be able to cross Medford Street over to the east side sidewalk to cross over the bridge and the westbound lane will be reconfigured to allow for two-way vehicular and bike traffic.

This construction will start tomorrow, Tuesday February 24th at 8:30 AM and last until the end of September 2015. Signage providing direction and detail police providing assistance will be available to assist vehicular, bike, and pedestrian traffic.

Please click here to learn more about the GLX project, and feel free to contact the GLX project team at 855-GLX-INFO or info@glxinfo should you have any questions.

Weekend Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville

This weekend’s Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville features music, laughs, plenty of educational opportunities, and a free yoga lesson.

Friday

If you’re curious about how pasta is made, you can buy tickets to “Lilly’s Fresh Pasta talk and lunch.” The event is part of the Harvard Food Literacy Program and Lilly will share her story about emigrating to America and starting a pasta business in the Boston area. Tickets are $5 per person and the event is between 12pm – 1:30pm at Harvard University’s Dudley House.

Later on Friday, you have the chance to spend a few hours laughing at the 10th annual College Comedy Festival and Beanpot Tournament at ImprovBoston in Cambridge. The competition features contestants from all over New England and is a great opportunity to discover future comedy stars.

For all you music history buffs, enjoy the free “History of Synthesis Part 1: Before the Moog” at MMMMaven. The interactive seminar uses sound and video recordings of early synthesizers and offers the audience a chance to play on one of these mythical machines.

Over in Davis Square, the Somerville Theatre offers a historical lesson in the form of a rare historic dramatization of the 1968 capture of the USS Pueblo by North Korean from 8pm to 10pm.

Saturday

Kick-off your Saturday morning at the Harvard Museum of Natural History where you can explore fossils of long-extinct animals, sketch a mammal, excavate a mock dinosaur dig, or discover life in a rotting log while interacting with scientists and graduate students studying topics ranging from tiny insects to dinosaurs.

After spending a few hours with fossils, you can head over to Artisan’s Asylum in Somerville where you can learn the difference between a lariat and an opera necklace in a Beading for Beginners class. The two-hour session is led by Arlene Elkins of Alchemist’s Apprentice, requires no previous experience, and you’ll get to leave with the necklace you bead.

Wear that beautiful new necklace to “An Evening with the Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh Quartet” at the Armory in Somerville  or to East End Grille where you can watch The Undercovers play the hits of the 60s and 70s.

Sunday

Top off your weekend by unwinding physically and mentally from several weeks of commuter stress and snow shoveling with a free yoga lesson at Inner Space Meditation Center and Gallery.

Local Weekend Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville

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The third installment of this blog’s Going-Out Guide features a third round of this year’s winter wonderland. The latest update from the National Weather Service is that Saturday into Saturday evening, low pressure out of the Great Lakes will sweep southeast of New England during which time light to moderate snow will spread across the region.

Saturday night into Sunday, low pressure will strengthen quickly into the Gulf of Maine the proximity of which will present the potential for blizzard conditions across east/southeast-coastal New England with snowfall amounts in excess of a foot along with strong to damaging winds possibly up to hurricane force. Combination of increasing winds and the Sunday morning high tide presents the threat of minor to moderate coastal flooding.

Possible hazards associated with this storm include; poor travel conditions, power outages, strong wind gusts, extreme cold, minor to moderate coastal flooding, and beach erosion.

I’ll keep you updated throughout the weekend on my Twitter and Facebook pages about any changes to the weather forecast.

Tonight, you can experience a special screening of Casablanca at the legendary Brattle Theatre or listen to the unique and original voice of Jeffrey Gaines at Passim. Click here to buy tickets for Casablanca and here to learn more about Jeffrey Gaines’ show.

On Saturday, you can to step into a film time machine and enjoy Seven Chances with Jeff Rapsis on the Piano at the Aeronaut Brewing Company in Somerville. Please click here for more info.

Finally, tomorrow marks the beginning of the twentieth annual Bugs Bunny Festival at the Brattle. This year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of Brian Murphy, who passed away last week. Brian was a good friend and a dedicated public servant. Speaking with his family and friends over the last week, it is Brian’s sense of humor that lasts in people’s memories. Dedicating this year’s bugs bunny festival in his honor is another fitting testament to how Brian impacted our lives. His presence and leadership will be missed. Please click here for more info about this event.

This weekend’s Going-Out Guide for Cambridge and Somerville

The beginning of this week was once again swallowed up by adverse weather conditions so this edition of the Going-Out Guide will only cover weekend events. More snow is expected, but hopefully it won’t prevent you from attending some of the great events our community has to offer.

You can kick-off the weekend with some early music from The Newberry Consort. The Chicago-based ensemble will perform at the First Church in Cambridge at 8 pm tonight and, according to the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF), the performance features “selections from the Cantigas de Santa Maria with singers from Boston’s own Exsultemus.” Click here to learn more or to purchase tickets.

If you’re interested in more contemporary music, you can enjoy a free night of Americana, folk, and pop at the Center for Arts at the Armory. Local singer-songwriter, Andy Newton, will perform tunes from his debut record, A Banner Day, tonight from 9 pm to 10 pm. The Armory offers more free music on Saturday morning from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm with a wide repertoire of jazz, great American Songbook, and more by Rick Schilling (piano) and Rick Silberg (vocals).

You can round off your weekend with some educational down time at the Peabody Museum where The Arts of War: Artistry in Weapons Across Cultures exhibit “presents the varied beauty and craftsmanship of war objects drawn from cultures around the world,” and offers more than 150 examples of weapons that are also works of art. Click here for more info or for a virtual tour of the exhibition.

© The Peabody Museum L-R: Executioners knife; iron and antelope horn shield, Asia; painted wood shield, Papua New Guinea; Zulu cowhide shield; Masai shield

© The Peabody Museum
L-R: Executioners knife; iron and antelope horn shield, Asia; painted wood shield, Papua New Guinea; Zulu cowhide shield; Masai shield

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

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