|AMC Local Walks/Hikes - Come for a walk or hike with us.|
|Sun, July 5. Middlesex Fells, Malden. 6-mi. shady hike w/lunch on peninsula cooled by 340 acre Spot Pond, 10:15am-2pm. Bring lunch and water. Meet on Washington Street side of Oak Grove T station. I-93 Exit 32, Medford, head east on Route 60 for 1.2 miles, then turn left on Highland Avenue and follow for 0.5 miles. Turn right on Glenwood Street and go 0.6 miles, then turn left on Washington Street and go 0.1 miles, then turn right into T station lot, or park on street. Call L if severe weather. L Robert Winters; CL Mike Stadelmaier.||Sat, July 11. Parks & Greenways, Quincy. 7-mi. walk w/beach, woods, salt marshes, historic sites, 10:00am-2:30pm. Bring lunch. Take Quincy Shore Drive to Wollaston Yacht Club pier at Beach St. Or T to Wollaston, walk 1 mile. Email if severe weather. L Mike Tuohey.|
|Sun, July 12. Cambridge to East Boston Walk. 13 mi. Explore Northpoint Park, historic sites in Charlestown, and East Boston Greenway. Return via T. Shorter options available. Lunch enroute. Meet 9:00am at inbound Red Line Kendall Sq. T station in front of Marriott Hotel. Rain cancels. L Shelly Elzweig.||Sat, July 25. Neponset River Greenway/Milton Hill. 5-mile walk along Neponset River to Hutchinson Field, 9:30am-12:15pm. Bring snack. Meet at Hallet Street entrance to Pope John Paul II Park. From Route 93N, take exit 11 (11B from Route 93S) to Granite Avenue, north over Neponset River, immediate right on Hilltop Street, right under bridge into parking lot. E-mail if severe weather. L Mike Tuohey.|
|Sun, July 26. Middlesex Fells, Medford. Slow-paced nature walk in the Bellevue Pond area focusing on plant ID and fun and interesting natural history of summer wildflowers and fruits. 12:30pm-3:30pm. Rte. 93 to Exit 33. At rotary, go right onto South Border Rd/Winchester and continue a couple of hundred yards to Bellevue Pond Parking Lot on right (opposite #68 South Border Rd, Medford). Parking limited/arrive early. Steady rain cancels. L Boot Boutwell.|
July Programs at Fresh Pond Reservation
These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.
|A Remembrance of Chip Norton, Watershed Manager for the Cambridge Water Department:
|Summer Bird Walk
Date: Saturday, July 5
Time: 7:30 to 9:30am
Place: Register for parking and meeting information
During the summer, early morning is the best time to look for birds. They are most active when the air is cool and they are hungry for breakfast. With walk leader Nancy Guppy, we may find adults feeding babies in the nest and fledglings that are following their parents and begging for food. As always, beginning birders are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Register with Elizabeth at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|A Tour of the Water Purification Facility
Date: Monday, July 6
Time: 6 to 7:30pm
Place: Water Purification Facility front door, 250 Fresh Pond Pkwy
Come learn how the Cambridge Water Department purifies drinking water for your tap after it's pumped into our facility from nearby Fresh Pond. You'll have the chance to speak with water treatment and testing staff, see the equipment in action and check out our water quality lab! For more information, contact Julie Coffey: email@example.com, 617-349-7712. Please call ahead if coming with a large group.
Future Water Department Tours: Mon, Aug 3, Sept 14, Oct 5, Nov 2
|Summer Lunchtime Walking Series - Fresh Pond Nature & History
Dates: Every Friday starting July 10
Time: 12 noon to 1pm
Place: Fresh Pond Ranger Station
Learn during lunch! Join Ranger Jean and staff on a walk to different habitats around the reservation. We will discuss the ecology and natural & human history of the landscape, with topics varying based on the interest of the group. Come with questions, or just to walk and listen. For more information or to register, contact Ranger Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-349-4793 or Julie at email@example.com, 617-349-7712.
|Fresh Pond Herb Walk
Date: Saturday, July 11
Time: 9 to 10:30am
Place: Register for parking and meeting information
Learn about some of the most interesting, abundant (and weedy) plants that grow around us in our city environs. We'll discuss the medicinal and edible uses of these herbs as we stroll around the pond, and also review tips for harvesting and preserving plants. Learn to see your urban surroundings in a whole new light, and discover the wonder of the plant world, from humble dandelions to graceful lindens. Led by Steph Zabel of Flowerfolk Herbal Apothecary. Register with Elizabeth Wylde at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Pod Patrol: Pre-Monarch Prep!
Date: Monday, July 13
Place: Front door of water purification facility
Help us patrol the reservation for black swallow-wort, an invasive, non-native plant that threatens monarch butterflies. We will be releasing monarchs later this summer to help a struggling wild population: getting rid of black swallow-wort will help our Fresh Pond Monarchs thrive! We will pod-pluck our way around the pond at a moderate pace-no experience or equipment necessary. For more information, contact Julie Coffey: email@example.com, 617-349-7712.
|Caterpillar Craft Craze
Date: Saturday, July 18
Time: 1 to 2pm
Place: Fresh Pond Ranger Station
When our Monarch caterpillars arrive they’ll need places to eat, grow, and form chrysalides to become butterflies! Come learn about the life stages of a butterfly and help build enclosures to keep them safe and happy. All ages welcome, materials will be provided. For more information, contact Julie Coffey: firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-349-7712.
|Milk Weed Planting in Weir Meadow
Date: Monday, July 20
Time: 6 to 7:30pm
Place: Volunteer trailer in the lower parking lot
To kick off Fresh Pond Monarch Watch this summer, let's plant some food for the butterflies. Milk weed is a native plant species that is essential for the growth and development of monarch caterpillars. We will be receiving our caterpillars this week, so help us establish more butterfly-friendly habitat to welcome them to! For more information, contact Julie Coffey: email@example.com, 617-349-7712.
Would you like to join Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation? Membership in Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation costs only $10 per year ($5 for seniors and students, $15 for families). To join, fill out a membership form available in the Ranger Station information racks, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, call 617-349-6489, or visit our website at www.friendsoffreshpond.org to download a form.
Keep up to date on events at the Pond. Visit the Friends group website at http://friendsoffreshpond.org to learn more about Friends group activities and the reservation and its inhabitants. Upcoming Programs
• The Fresh Pond Reservation Stewardship Program
• Grow Native Massachusetts is offering a series of free nature-related "Evenings with Experts" lectures at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway. Details are at www.grownativemass.org and grownativemass.org/programs/eveningswithexperts in particular. First Wednesdays of the Month, 7:00-8:30pm.
• Sign up for the City of Cambridge's informative "Recycling and Composting Newsletter" by e-mailing email@example.com.
Likely City Council Challengers for 2015 (as of July 2, 2015)
- Courtney, Kimberly S., 2 Ware St. #401, Cambridge, MA 02138
filed organizational papers Jan 9, 2015 [Treasurer: Jessica Ernst]
- Degoes, Plinio T., 99 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138
has a website and Facebook page
- Devereux, Jan, 255 Lakeview Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
filed organizational papers Feb 11, 2015 [Treasurer: Doug Brown]
- vanBeuzekom, Minka Y., 20 Essex St., Cambridge, MA 02139
announced intentions [Treasurer: Ian Carlson]
- Sanzone, John, 540 Memorial Dr., Cambridge, MA 02139
Has a website for his City Council campaign [Treasurer: Nels Nelson]
- Davidson, Mariko, 2 Ware St., #411, Cambridge, MA 02138
filed organizatioal papers June 25, 2015 [Treasurer: Sienna Svob]
- Santos Carrasquillo, 188 Harvard St #3B, Cambridge, MA 02139
pulled nomination papers
- Gregg Moree, 25 Fairfield St., Cambridge, MA 02140
pulled nomination papers
- Gary Mello, 324 Franklin St. #2, Cambridge, MA 02139
pulled nomination papers
- James M. Williamson, 1000 Jackson Pl. #45, Cambridge, MA 02140
pulled nomination papers
- Paul F. Mahoney, 23 Lawn St., Cambridge, MA 02138
pulled nomination papers
- Romaine Waite, 60 Lawn St. #5, Cambridge, MA 02138
pulled nomination papers
- Lesley R. Phillips, 1643 Cambridge St. #52, Cambridge, MA 02138
pulled nomination papers
Likely School Committee Challengers for 2015 (as of July 1, 2015)
- Elechi Kadete, 10 Laurel St., Cambridge, MA 02139
stated on C-Port listserv - definitely running
- Manikka Bowman, 134 Reed Street, Cambridge, MA 02140
Has a website for School Committee campaign
- Pia Cisternino, 62 Holworthy St., Cambridge, MA 02138
Personal contact - definitely running
- David J. Weinstein, 45 S. Normandy Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Personal contact - definitely running
- Jake W. Crutchfield, 281 River St., Cambridge, MA 02139
Personal contact - pulled nomination papers
2015 Municipal Election: Nomination Papers
Nomination papers for City Council and School Committee will be available beginning Wednesday, July 1st at the Election Commission office, 51 Inman Street, Cambridge. The office will be open on Wednesday, July 1st from 8:30am until 5pm. The deadline to file nomination papers is Friday, July 31st at 5pm. The 2015 Municipal Election Calendar is posted on the Commission’s website: www.cambridgema.gov/election.
The requirements to run for City Council or School Committee are:
- The person must be a registered voter in Cambridge. To register, one must be 18 years of age by Election Day, a U.S. citizen and a resident in the City of Cambridge.
- The person must file no fewer than fifty (50) and no more than one hundred (100) certifiable signatures of registered voters in the City of Cambridge.
The Commission has prepared an information kit for candidates containing important dates, Commission policies, services and publications. The kits will be available with the nomination papers on July 1st.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
The 2015 Candidates (updated as candidates pull nomination papers and submit signatures) - updated July 2, 5:00pm
|E. Denise Simmons||CC||188 Harvard St. #4B, 02139||10/2/1951||Public Office||95 (July 2)||-||July 1|
|Dennis A. Benzan||CC||1 Pine St., 02139||1/25/1972||Attorney||100 (July 2)||-||July 1|
|Minka vanBeuzekom||CC||20 Essex St. #1, 02139||7/24/1960||Agent||53 (July 2)||-||July 1|
|Mariko Davidson||CC||2 Ware St. #411, 02138||11/20/1981||-||-||-||July 1|
|Timothy T. Toomey||CC||88 6th St., 02141||6/7/1953||Councillor||-||-||July 1|
|Plineo Degoes||CC||99 Garden St., 02138||2/10/1981||-||-||-||July 1|
|Jan Devereux||CC||255 Lakeview Ave., 02138||5/13/1959||Writer/Communications||-||-||July 1|
|Santos Carrasquillo||CC||188 Harvard St. #3B, 02139||10/15/1969||-||-||-||July 1|
|Gregg J. Moree||CC||25 Fairfield St. #4, 02140||6/16/1957||Carpenter||-||-||July 1|
|David P. Maher||CC||120 Appleton St. #2, 02138||8/8/1958||Non-profit Mgr.||-||-||July 1|
|Marc McGovern||CC||15 Pleasant St. #2, 02139||12/21/1968||Social Worker||-||-||July 1|
|Kim Courtney||CC||2 Ware St. #401, 02138||12/6/1973||-||-||-||July 1|
|Leland Cheung||CC||157 Garden St., 02138||2/11/1978||-||-||-||July 1|
|Gary Mello||CC||324 Franklin St. #2, 02139||5/24/1953||Clerk||40 (July 2)||-||July 1|
|Craig Kelley||CC||6 Saint Gerard Ter., 02140||9/18/1962||Politician||-||-||July 1|
|James M. Williamson||CC||1000 Jackson Pl. #45, 02140||1/13/1951||-||-||-||July 1|
|Nadeem Mazen||CC||720 Mass. Ave. #4, 02139||9/20/1983||Entrepreneur||-||-||July 2|
|Dennis Carlone||CC||9 Washington Ave. #6, 02140||5/7/1947||Architect||-||-||July 2|
|Paul F. Mahoney||CC||23 Lawn St., 02138||5/8/1950||-||-||-||July 2|
|John Sanzone||CC||540 Memorial Dr. #304, 02139||10/16/1988||-||-||-||July 2|
|Romaine Waite||CC||60 Lawn St. #5, 02138||6/7/1991||-||-||-||July 2|
|Lesley R. Phillips||CC||1643 Cambridge St. #52, 02138||7/18/1945||Clergy||-||-||July 2|
|Alfred B. Fantini||SC||4 Canal Park #203, 02141||6/8/1949||Retired||100 (July 2)||-||July 1|
|Richard Harding||SC||189 Windsor St. #1, 02139||10/16/1972||Administrator||-||-||July 1|
|Manikka L. Bowman||SC||134 Reed St., 02140||11/27/1979||-||97 (July 2)||-||July 1|
|Kathleen M. Kelly||SC||17 Marie Ave. #1, 02139||3/8/1960||Social Worker||-||-||July 1|
|David J. Weinstein||SC||45 S. Normandy Ave., 02138||12/10/1972||Writer/Communications||-||-||July 1|
|Jake W. Crutchfield||SC||281 River St., 02139||3/31/1987||-||-||-||July 1|
|Elechi Kadete||SC||10 Laurel St. #4, 02139||9/30/1989||Student||50 (July 2)||-||July 1|
|Fran Cronin||SC||1 Kimball Ln., 02140||2/14/1952||Mother||-||-||July 1|
|Patricia M. Nolan||SC||184 Huron Ave., 02138||8/28/1957||School Committee||-||-||July 1|
|Mervan Osborne||SC||89 Fayerweather St., 02138||7/16/1968||Dean||-||-||July 2|
|Pia Cisternino||SC||62 Holworthy St. #1, 02138||8/28/1974||Pathologist||-||-||July 2|
CC = City Council, SC = School Committee
* The deadline to file nomination papers is Friday, July 31st at 5:00pm. 50 certified signatures are required and candidates can submit no more than 100 signatures. Signatures are unofficially certified by staff in the Election Commission office, but actual certification is done by the Election Commission during July and possibly as late as Aug 14. When officially certified, the number of certified signatures will be indicated in bold.
Official 2015 Cambridge Municipal Election Calendar (and advice for candidates)
Thurs, July 9
3:00pm The City Council's Housing Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss whether there are measures the City and local housing agencies and advocates can take to assist the soon to be displaced tenants of 295 Harvard Street. (Sullivan Chamber)
5:30pm The City Council's Public Safety Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss police equipment, including electronics, and planning for non-traditional police work. (Sullivan Chamber)
Tues, July 14
5:30pm The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss proposed amendments to Section 11.200 entitled Incentive Zoning Provisions and Inclusionary Housing Provisions. This hearing to be televised. (Sullivan Chamber)
7:00pm Planning Board meeting (2nd Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)
1. Update from the Acting City Manager for the Community Development Department
2. Adoption of Meeting Transcript(s)
7:00pm (Continued) Planning Board Petition to amend Section 13.10 of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance so as to change the development controls applicable in the Planned Unit Development at Kendall Square (PUD-KS) Overlay Zoning District. The majority of the PUD-KS District is occupied by the Volpe Transportation Systems Research Center operated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Planning Board deliberation
8:30pm PB#300, 16-18 Eliot Street, Special Permit to waive the parking requirements (Section 20.54.4) and relief from the yard requirements for residential use (Section 20.54.5) to add approximately 11,935 square feet of residential Gross Floor Area, with 15 dwelling units, in a three-story addition above an existing two-story retail building at 16-18 Eliot Street. 16-18 Eliot Street, LLC, is the applicant.
3. PB#243, 100 Binney Street, Final Design Approval
4. Board of Zoning Appeal Cases
a. BZA- 007137 – 2015 – 284 Broadway, Use variance to convert a ground floor auto repair to a microbrewery and Special Permit to reduce the parking requirement by three spaces.
Wed, July 15
3:00pm The City Council's Neighborhood and Long Term Planning, Public Facilities, Arts and Celebration Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss how emergent out of school time programs recruit underserved youth in innovative ways, how programs engage youth in advanced research or professional skills building, and how these programs may present exciting models for other organizations seeking to impact socio-economic and educational equity in Cambridge. (Sullivan Chamber)
5:30pm The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss a proposed amendment to the Municipal Code by adding a new Chapter 2.126 entitled Open Data Ordinance. (Sullivan Chamber)
5:30pm Cambridge Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting (Police Station, 125 Sixth St., First Floor Conference Room)
Cambridge Conservation Commission Member Sought
City Manager Richard C. Rossi is seeking a Cambridge resident to fill a vacancy on the Cambridge Conservation Commission.
The Conservation Commission is responsible for administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (WPA), a state law governing activities in and immediately adjacent to local wetlands, waterways and floodplains. The Commission holds two regularly scheduled public meetings each month to review permit applications under the WPA, issue permits and conduct other business related to the management of Cambridge’s natural resource areas.
The Conservation Commission consists of seven members appointed by the City Manager to serve three-year terms. Cambridge residents with expertise in landscape architecture, civil/environmental engineering, hydrology, ecology, or law are encouraged to apply.
Interested persons should send a letter of interest and/or resume via e-mail, mail or fax by July 31, 2015 to:
Jennifer Letourneau, Director, Conservation Commission
City of Cambridge
344 Broadway, 3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139
The Cambridge City Manager is seeking to fill vacancies for members and alternate members on the Cambridge Historical Commission, Avon Hill Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) Commission, Half Crown-Marsh NCD Commission, and the Mid Cambridge NCD Commission. Nominations from interested Cambridge residents are welcome through August 14.
The Cambridge Historical Commission, a body of seven members and three alternates, establishes historic preservation policy for the city and administers two historic districts, the Harvard Square Conservation District, the citywide landmark and demolition ordinances, and the preservation grant program for rehabilitation assistance. The neighborhood conservation district commissions are made up of five members and three alternates, with most members being residents of the neighborhoods. Each of the four Commission generally meets monthly to review alterations to protected buildings.
The Cambridge Historical Commission, established in 1963, is the city’s historic preservation agency. It is managed by a professional staff that supports four Commissions made up of appointed volunteers.
The current vacancies are for one alternate on the Cambridge Historical Commission, one alternate on the Avon Hill and Half Crown-Marsh NCD Commissions, and one member, who must be a tenant in the neighborhood, in the Mid-Cambridge NCD. Alternates are expected to attend all meetings and participate fully in discussion, and are designated to vote as needed.
Applicants should have an interest in architecture, local history or historic preservation and be committed to protecting the historic resources and built environment of the City. Appointments to the Commission are made by the City Manager with regard to a diversity of viewpoints. Minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Individuals interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and a resume by Friday, August 14, 2015 to Charles Sullivan, Executive Director, Cambridge Historical Commission, 831 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Council Scoreboard: Jan 1, 2014 through June 22, 2015
Here's an update of the scoreboard of activity of the individual city councillors for the current term. Though there are other matters that occupy the time of these elected officials, the records of committee attendance and the number and type of City Council Orders and Resolutions introduced are two objective measures for which data is readily available. Here are the figures through June 22, 2015:
Year-by-year and current totals can be found on the City Council page. More detailed information on each City Council committee can be found on the City Council Committees page (including links to each committee report).
The Appointed Hour - Summer at Sullivan - Highlights of the June 22, 2015 Cambridge City Council agenda
This Monday's meeting will be the last regular meeting before the summer break. [The June 29 meeting was cancelled in favor of a joint Ordinance Committee/Planning Board meeting to discuss the uniquely complex zoning petition concerning the Volpe site in Kendall Square.] Chief among the items that caught my attention are the many appointments and reappointments to City Boards & Commissions - a most honorable calling:
Manager's Agenda #1. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to appointments and reappointments of the following persons as members of the Cambridge Peace Commission effective June 22, 2015:
Manager's Agenda #2. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to the appointment of William G. Barry, Jr. as a member of the Harvard Square Advisory Committee for a term of three years, effective June 10, 2015.
Manager's Agenda #3. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to the appointment and reappointments of members to the Cambridge Historical Commission:
Manager's Agenda #4. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to the appointment of the following persons as members of the Mid Cambridge Neighborhood Conservation District Commission, effective June 22, 2015:
Manager's Agenda #5. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to the appointment of the following persons as members of the Avon Hill Neighborhood Conservation District Commission:
Manager's Agenda #6. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to the appointments and reappointment of the following persons as member of the Half Crown-Marsh Neighborhood Conservation District Commission:
Manager's Agenda #7. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to the appointments and reappointments of the following persons as members of the Board of Trustees of the Cambridge Health Alliance, effective June 11, 2015:
Manager's Agenda #15. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to the appointments of the following persons as member of the Commission for Persons with Disabilities Advisory Board, for a term of three years, effective June 22, 2015:
Serving on a City volunteer board isn't for everyone. There's plenty of room for disagreement among the members of any City board, but it's really a place where reasonable people can learn from their peers and from City staff and come to reasonable conclusions - whether it be a regulatory board or an advisory board. It's not a place for inflexible people unwilling to compromise. I have a reverence for people who choose to take on these roles without any compensation. Real civic activism is about giving your time and effort to serve on a City board or volunteering in countless other ways throughout the city. We should all tip our hats to every person named above.
Manager's Agenda #17. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 15-30 and 15-41, regarding License Commission Fees and Cap Areas.
This is the first time I've ever seen a complete list of all the established liquor cap areas. It would have been helpful if the number of licenses in each cap area was included in the report. It would also be interesting to get maps showing both the liquor cap areas and the fast food cap areas.
Applications & Petitions #4. A zoning petition has been received from Elizabeth M. Stern, et al. to amend the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map by changing the current zoning designation of Lot 84 (2551 Mass. Ave.) and Lot 65 (7 Richard Ave.) on Assessing Block Map 186 from Business A-2 to Residence B and remove both from the MAOD and the NMAS, redraw the zoning district boundary lines so the two lots are in the Residence B zone and not in the MAOD or the NMAS and revise Article 20, Sections 100-111. [Petition text]
Another week, another zoning petition. The intent of this petition appears to be to prevent either new commercial construction or higher density residential construction from happening at the northwest corner of Richard Ave. and Mass. Ave. where a one-story dry cleaning business is now located.
Order #1. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the School Committee with the view in mind to request the Superintendent of Schools to provide data regarding Charter Schools. Councillor Kelley, Councillor Cheung, Councillor McGovern and Councillor Simmons
This would be good information to receive, but I can't see what the City Council can do or will do with that information.
Order #2. That the City Council go on record adopting the Net Zero Action Plan which includes key actions to reduce emissions and the process that engages stakeholders. Councillor Cheung
The recommendations are all well and good for new construction, but I do hope the City Council acts more cautiously on any requirements for existing residential buildings. If significantly onerous requirement are imposed on homeowners thinking of renovation, many homeowners will either defer necessary renovations or quietly make improvements without seeking permits. I also hope that the elected councillors also take a moment or two to understand enough physics to see why "net zero" may be unrealistic for certain building types and uses, especially in this New England climate. It would be so much better if the language could be shifted away from the often unrealistic "net zero" and toward the more sensible "maximally efficient".
Order #5. That the City Manager is requested to write a letter to the Department of Public Health indicating the City of Cambridge's non-opposition for Commonwealth Alternative Care's application to operate a RMD at 135 Fawcett Street, Cambridge, MA. Councillor Cheung, Councillor McGovern, Councillor Simmons and Councillor Mazen
Two points – First, it's amazing how many roadblocks have been thrown up to block any medical marijuana dispensaries from actually being built after being approved by voters via initiative petition. Second, it should be pretty clear that full legalization of marijuana for recreational use may be only a year or two away via the ballot box, and it seems likely that any dispensaries that are approved under the current law may become the initial sites for sale for recreational use if and when that is made legal.
Order #6. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the appropriate departments to install ADA compliant sidewalks, create protected bike lanes, and consider additional features to guarantee the safety of young students and all other users in the Huron Avenue area. Councillor Mazen
This Order is about half right. The referenced sections of Huron Ave. lack sidewalks along the perimeter of the Fresh Pond Reservation and it would be good to add them from Fresh Pond Parkway to as far as the Russell Youth & Community Center. They would then also be available to young children on their bicycles. For adult cyclists there are already well-functioning bike lanes on both sides of Huron Ave. that are quite safe and allow for reasonable speeds and normal turning movements. A "cycle track" in this location is not only unnecessary, but it would also require narrowing the travel lanes to a point where cyclists who prefer the road would be less safe. The alternative would be to remove a significant number of parking spaces used frequently by people using Glacken Field, the Russell Center, the golf course, and Fresh Pond Reservation. Installing just a sidewalk would be an improvement without any negative consequences - Robert Winters.
While wandering around NorthPoint the other day I got to thinking about when the construction of the Green Line Extension might bridge the railroad tracks where the old "Red Bridge" used to be until it was demolished in 2004. I decided to check out the area and what did I find? The construction is well underway. The old bridge abutments have been removed and the new construction is moving along.
Red Bridge (demolished in 2004)
Green Line Extension site of new bridge
Select Stories from the Cambridge Chronicle (the paper of record):
All eyes on Volpe: Huge plans leave Cambridge councilors feeling rushed (Sara Feijo, June 30, 2015)
Harvard looks to expand campus center; plan reduces open space near Au Bon Pain (Sara Feijo, June 30, 2015)
Cambridge councilors question street-narrowing initiatives (Sara Feijo, June 26, 2015)
Cambridge proposal opens private lots to car-sharing (Sara Feijo, June 24, 2015)
Foundry's reincarnation: Tour gathers ideas for Cambridge building's revamp (Sara Feijo, June 24, 2015)
NorthPoint staircase honors work of the late Brian Murphy (Sara Feijo, June 23, 2015)
Harvard Towers tenants sent packing as owner plans renovations (Sara Feijo and Amy Saltzman, June 17, 2015)
Cambridge Councillors: Students need more exposure to building trades (Sara Feijo, June 17, 2015)
Fire delays MLK School opening (Sara Feijo, June 10, 2015)
Cambridge's Master Plan comes with $2M price tag (Sara Feijo, June 10, 2015)
Cambridge to plant 1,000 trees by 2020 (Sara Feijo, June 4, 2015)
Cambridge councilors take stand against standardized testing (Sara Feijo, June 4, 2015)
Cambridge councilors ‘in the dark' over Volpe; call for more details (Sara Feijo, June 3, 2015)
Cambridge councillors OK $546M budget (Sara Feijo, June 3, 2015)
Guest column: Cambridge's finances envy of commonwealth (Marc McGovern, June 1, 2015)
By the numbers: Community Development Department 2016 budget breakdown (Sara Feijo, May 28, 2015)
Four new candidates announce run for Cambridge City Council (Sara Feijo, May 27, 2015)
Cambridge DPW asks for conservative snow budget despite tough winter (Sara Feijo, May 27, 2015)
LETTER: Thank you, Cambridge councilors, for securing housing (Ellen Schlacter, May 26, 2015)
Connecting People and Places
On Wednesday, June 17 at 11:00am there will be a grand opening of the new Twenty/20 Northpoint building. There will be food, music and a short speaking program. This event will have as a central feature the dedication of the grand staircase connecting the Northpoint development at ground level to the John F. Gilmore Bridge. The bridge will be named the “Brian P. Murphy Memorial Staircase”. Brian was huge supporter of this staircase because it would allow people to easily walk from the Gilmore Bridge down to the new parks, residential buildings, retail stores and commercial buildings that will be built at NorthPoint. The staircase will play a central role in creating a new connection between Charlestown and Cambridge and between the Orange Line and the Green Line. This unique piece of infrastructure will forever change the way people think about this part of East Cambridge. The fact that this staircase now exists embodies much of what Brian thought was important in his leadership roles in government. Brian was a huge supporter of connecting people to residential, recreational and work spaces. He would have been honored to be recognized as a connector of people. [text taken in part from messages between the builders and Brian's family]
Noteworthy items on the June 15, 2015 Cambridge City Council agenda
There are some substantial reports from the City Manager and some interesting Council Orders on this week's agenda.
Manager's Agenda #1. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 14-97, regarding a report on the MLK School construction compliance with the Cambridge Employment Plan.
Normally I don't care at all about this sort of bean counting, but I did find interesting the following facts in the Manager's report:
(1) The Cambridge resident worker hours on the MLK project totaled 3.8% which is less than the required goal of 25%. However, the Cambridge resident population of workers skilled and/or experienced in construction trades has been less than 2% making this requirement virtually impossible to meet. [Perhaps it's time to revise that goal.]
(2) The minority worker hours on the MLK project as of Apr 30, 2015 totaled 32.6% which is above the goal of 25%.
(3) The women worker hours on the MLK project as of Apr 30, 2015 totaled 1.0%. U.S. Census data reveals that women in Massachusetts skilled in the trades is less than 2%.
Manager's Agenda #19. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to recommendations of the Cambridge Off Leash Working Group regarding off leash dogs in Cambridge.
The discussions about how best to accommodate our canine friends have been going on for a decade. Dog owners actually comprise a pretty effective political lobby in Cambridge.
Manager's Agenda #20. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to a Planning Board recommendation to adopt, with suggested changes, the Carsharing Zoning Petition.
This has generated some concerns recently as well as some alternate proposals on how best to accommodate carsharing, e.g. using some on-street resident parking spaces for this purpose. This zoning petition is specifically about off-street spaces and the Planning Board recommends that off-street lots should maintain at least 75% of their spaces for privately owned vehicles and that only lots with a minimum of 4 spaces may accommodate carsharing vehicles. However, the Planning Board also recommends that these limits can be waived via a Special Permit on a case-by-case basis. The theory here is that by making carsharing more easily available the number of privately owned vehicles should decrease thereby relieving some of the demand for on-street spaces.
Manager's Agenda #21. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to appropriate zoning language for recommended changes to the Incentive Zoning provisions, as requested in Council Order Number 6 of May 18, 2015.
As the report states, "The intent of these proposed changes is to implement changes recommended by the recently completed Incentive Zoning Nexus Study." Specific changes include:
• Removing the current special permit trigger so that housing contributions would be made by all projects with 30,000 or more square feet of uses subject to the Incentive Zoning provisions;
• Expanding the definition of an incentive project to add seven new uses for which housing contributions would be required (in addition to the current uses of office, lab and retail): hotel/motel, radio/TV studios, institutional, health care, social services, light industry/wholesale, and heavy industry;
• Increasing the contribution rate to $12 per square foot [from the current $4.58], with an annual rate increase of $1 per year over the next three years;
• Making automatic the annual adjustment of the contribution rate based on changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI);
• Requiring that the City initiate a periodic reevaluation of the housing contribution by initiating an updated nexus study after three years;
• Eliminating the current deduction of the first 2,500 square feet from the calculation of the contribution;
• Establishing a definition of a “Middle Income Household” and adding language to make clear that the Affordable Housing Trust can use resources generated to assist Middle Income Households.
Order #1. Zoning Amendments to the Zoning Map and Ordinance for the area along Walden Street near the intersection of Garden Street and extending through the intersection of Sherman Street currently zoned Business A be rezoned to a newly created zoning district entitled Business A-4 and add a new Business A-4 line to Section 5.33. Councillor Cheung
If eventually ordained, this new zoning designation will respond to some of the issues raised by a proposed residential development at the former Masse's Hardware site(s). It's interesting that the proposed maximum residential density would actually be higher than is currently the case, though there would now be minimum front and side setbacks that do not exist under the present zoning. I have been told that the affected parties are agreeable to this new zoning.
Order #4. That the City Council meeting scheduled for Mon, June 29, 2015 be and hereby is cancelled after consultation with the City Manager so that a joint public hearing between the Planning Board and Ordinance Committee be held at 6:00pm in the Sullivan Chamber to discuss the zoning petition to amend Section 13.10 to change the development controls in the Planned Unit Development at Kendall Square (PUD-KS) Overlay District; said majority of the area of the PUD-KS is occupied by the Volpe Transportation Systems Research Center operated by the US Department of Transportation. Mayor Maher
The process for this zoning amendment is uniquely different than just about every other petition due to the many constraints associated with this being a federally-owned property. There are time constraints based on the current presidential term as well as financial constraints inherent in the federal law that allows this arrangement in which revenue generated from the rest of the site must cover any costs associated with constructing a new building for the Volpe Transportation Center on the site. This may also impose some limitations on the lofty goals expressed by some regarding the percentage of affordable units to be mandated as part of any residential construction. One variable that could relieve some of those constraints is the allowance of greater height and, not surprisingly, this has some people bent out of shape about the possibility that the tallest building in Cambridge might grow from this zoning. The unusual procedure of having a joint meeting of the City Council and Planning Board (rather than completely separate parallel processes) is also not setting well with the same people, but in this unique situation it seems warranted.
Order #5. That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council with suggested changes to Cambridge's policy regarding advertising revenue that could help support the continuation and expansion of Hubway in the City of Cambridge. Councillor Toomey
People may not like the advertising, but there are indications that Hubway may not be economically sustainable without it.
Order #6. That the City Council go on the record condemning Harvard Towers Corporation for neglecting to reach out to the City of Cambridge to determine if there are ways to mitigate the negative repercussions on the City's housing market stemming from the mass eviction of tenants of 295 Harvard Street. Councillor Simmons and Councillor McGovern
This building (built in 1962) contains 111 apartments, and tenants were given very little warning that they all have to be gone by Aug 31, 2015. The building is just a block away from where I live and nobody in my neighborhood seems to even know what is ultimately planned for the building.
Order #7. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the appropriate departments to determine the feasibility of permitting cyclists to advance simultaneously with the pedestrian "walk" signal and to to confer with the appropriate departments to determine the feasibility of piloting bicycle-specific signal faces at the Cambridge-Hampshire St intersection. Councillor Mazen
Many cyclists already do start moving with the walk light (not me), but I have to say that this is really more about convenience than about safety. When motor vehicles and bicycles are both stopped at a traffic light, all parties are aware of each other and there's little or no conflict when the light changes. The greater hazard is from moving vehicles turning in front of moving cyclists and from cyclists positioning themselves in the roadway in ways that are fundamentally unsafe, i.e. passing a potentially turning vehicle on the right.
Order #8. That the City Manager is requested to confer with relevant City staff or the appropriate departments on the feasibility of legally requiring supermarkets and other food seller and resellers to donate leftover food to donation centers in order to cut down on food waste. Councillor Mazen
Many, if not most, food markets already do this to some degree. Facilitating food donations and composting programs would be more helpful than simply mandating that it be done. This means addressing the need for adequate transportation, scheduling, and other logistics.
Order #9. That the City Manager is requested to report back to the City Council with total amount of funds currently in and total expected to be in the Community Benefits Funds account as well as the origins of the funds and any expenditures to date. Councillor Toomey
Charter Right #1. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of $88,430 from Free Cash to the General Fund Executive Other Ordinary Maintenance account to be used for consulting fees to conduct a community wide needs assessment relative to our Community Benefits plan. The requested amount is two-thirds of the total cost of the needs assessment ($132,430 total). With a vested interest in the outcome, the Cambridge Community Foundation has made a substantial financial commitment of $44,000 to cover one-third of the total cost (see Agenda Item Number 15). This is the first step regarding the further development of a plan to distribute funds earmarked for Community Benefits. [Charter Right exercised by Councillor Toomey on City Manager Agenda Number Fourteen of June 1, 2015.]
This matter has been stewing for a number of years and it's about time that the City Council moved things in the direction of a resolution and a system for handling these funds and putting them toward productive use. - Robert Winters
The Upshot (the morning after): On Manager's Agenda #1, most of the councillors chimed in about their disappointment that the dreams of past Councils regarding apprenticeships in the trades have not been realized. Chalk it up, perhaps, to the changing demographics of Cambridge or maybe to the fact that many young residents don't understand that well-paying careers in construction, law enforcement, and other areas are actually available to them (Benzan).
There was some public comment on the Carsharing Zoning Petition (Manager's Agenda #20) - mostly concerns about the possibility of disruptive activity associated with this commercial activity taking place in residential neighborhoods. One deficiency in the petition is that it doesn't address the possibility that a resident with off-street parking might choose to park on the street in order to derive income by leasing their off-street space to a carsharing company. If that were to happen, there really should be a complaint-driven revocation process written into the regulations.
The recommended changes to the Incentive Zoning provisions that were the subject of Manager's Agenda #21 are now a zoning petition that will be scheduled for Ordinance Committee and Planning Board hearings.
The Council spent far too much time discussing the propriety of cancelling their June 29 meeting in favor of a Joint Special Meeting with the Planning Board (not a Roundtable, so there will be no fixed time limit and public comment will be permitted) to discuss the Volpe zoning petition. The Special Meeting was eventually unanimously approved with the possibility that a brief Regular Meeting might also be scheduled in the event that there is any pressing regular business.
The Council voted 8-1 (Mazen voted No) on Order #8 to open the possibility of advertising on Hubway bikes as a means of ensuring the economic viability of the program.
The Council expressed their condemnation of the actions of the owners/managers of Harvard Towers (295 Harvard St.) in evicting all residents (111 apartments) with very short notice and no information on their future plans for the building.
June 8, 2015 – The City’s Community Development Department (CDD) seeks creative folks to participate in the official City of Cambridge PARK(ing) Day celebration, an international event in which metered parking spaces are transformed into “parks” for a day. Previous years have brought many creative ideas, including: gymnastics, bicycle-powered smoothies, book swaps, dance floors, micro parks, nature preserves, games, dog parks, and concerts.
PARK(ing) Day is an annual open-source global event where residents, artists and activists temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public places. The project began in 2005 when Rebar, a San Francisco art and design studio, converted a single metered space into a temporary public park in downtown San Francisco. Since 2005, PARK(ing) Day has evolved into a global movement, with organizations and individuals creating new forms of temporary public space in urban contexts around the world.
The mission of PARK(ing) Day is to call attention to the need for more urban open space, to generate critical debate around how public space is created and allocated, and to improve the quality of urban human habitat … at least until the meter runs out!
Featuring the Middle East and Harpoon “Take Five” Beer Garden”
Introducing Central Square StrEATS - the city’s first weekly evening food truck event every Wednesday night at 4pm.
Central Square StrEATS features five food trucks and the “Take Five” Harpoon beer garden in the gorgeous green spaces at University Park at MIT!
This new event endeavor is a partnership between Forest City Enterprises, The Central Square Business Association, The Central Square Cultural District, The City of Cambridge, The Middle East, Harpoon and Food Truck Festivals of America!”
There is no admission fee for Central Square StrEATS. The public is invited to stop by, enjoy snacks, dinner, dessert, a beer, or all of those options from one of five of Boston’s best gourmet food trucks.
The participating trucks at Central Square StrEATS include:
Free raffles for Taste of Cambridge and Cambridge Jazz Festival T-shirts will be conducted weekly! These two exciting summer events are held in the same gorgeous University Park at MIT location at Central Square StrEATS! For more information and any questions about weather and cancellations, please visit @go_centralsq and www.centralsquarestreats.com.
We're taking some time off from Cambridge InsideOut. We hope to be back on the air in Summer 2015.
Recent Broadcasts of Cambridge InsideOut [complete list of shows]
June 10 - Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 63 and 64 with Glenn Koocher
We had a great time doing these shows with the man who invented the original Cambridge InsideOut - Glenn Koocher.
Watch Cambridge InsideOut on CCTV every Tuesday at 5:30pm and 6:00pm. The co-hosts are Susana Segat and Robert Winters.
|MBTA Role in Jump-starting Development of the Cambridge Center Project Kendall Station Urban Initiatives Project, 1979-1989
By Thad Tercyak, Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, Associate Director, 1968-1990
A new report is estimating that the greater Boston area will need another 435,000 new housing units by 2040 to lure new workers and accommodate an aging population. [Reports available here]
Note: When comparing the peak population of Cambridge back in the 1950s (over 120,000) to what it is today (perhaps 107,000) it's important to keep in mind that families were typically much larger then. It's also the case that what people find acceptable in terms of living space and amenities has changed dramatically over six decades. This translates into considerably more "units" of housing (and higher density) in Cambridge if the population should rise to levels close to what they were in days of yore.
K2C2 Final Reports Released
The final reports for Kendall Square and Central Square are now available for download. Zoning discussions based on the recommendations of the K2 and C2 Advisory Committees, which are encapsulated in these reports, will continue in 2014.
Central Square Final Report 2013 Part 1, December 2013
Central Square Final Report 2013 Part 2, December 2013
Kendall Square Final Report 2013 Part 1, December 2013
Kendall Square Final Report 2013 Part 2, December 2013
This comprehensive planning effort guided by stakeholder advisory committees, City staff, and a team of multidisciplinary consultants led by Goody Clancy, developed a vision and master plan for Central Square, Kendall Square, and the area South of Main Street (including the Osborn Triangle) connecting the two squares. Both final reports are divided into two parts; in each case you will need to review both parts to read the entire report.
The Advent of PR in Cambridge
originally published in the Cambridge Civic Journal on Feb 12, 1998
April 2, 2015 - Another fun April Fool's Day
April 2, 2013 - Well, that was fun. Thanks to everyone for being such a sport on April Fool's Day.
Central Square Advisory Committee 2011/2012 Recommendations (Nov 28, 2012)
The Neverending Study of Central Square
Aug 11, 2012 - While preparing to write a series of essays on Central Square, I put together the following list of Central Square studies culled from a variety of sources. I have originals for most of these. If you know of any others, please let me know. - Robert Winters
June 1980 - CDD booklet entitled "Facade Improvements" with focus on Central Square
Apr 1983 - "Central Square Report" produced by City Council's Central Square Subcommittee (study began in 1980 or 1981)
1987 - A report produced in 1987 about a Subcommittee that allegedly built on the 1983 report (may be same as Central Square Action Plan)
Nov 1987 - Central Square Action Plan
May 1993 - Results of the "Mayor's Forum on Central Square"
Oct 1993 - Report by the Committee to Promote and Enhance Central Square Now!
Aug 1994 - A Study of the Visual Images and Signage of Central Square (CDD)
May 1995 - An Urban Design Plan for Central Square (executive summary)
May 2001 - Summary Notes from "A Conversation about Central Square"
Feb 2000 - The Gibbs Report, Central Square Commercial Market Study
Oct 2004 - Central Square, Cambridge - Rising Fortunes at a Regional Crossroads (Rekha Murthy)
Dec 2004 - Reviving a Traditional City - Central Square, Cambridge, gets a facelift (Rekha Murthy)
June 2005 - Street Media: Ambient Messages in an Urban Space - a photographic analysis of Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Rekha Murthy)
2013 - K2C2 Final Reports
THE TASTY DINER of HARVARD SQUARE - A film by Federico Muchnik (33½ minutes)
FYI - Current Rules and Goals: Cambridge City Council & Cambridge School Committee
City Council Rules 2014-2015 (adopted January 7, 2014, amended Feb 10, 2014 to reflect current Council committees)
City Council Goals - FY2012-2013 (adopted Dec 13, 2011)
City Council Committees (for the current term)
School Committee Rules (adopted January 7, 2008)
School Committee Goals (adopted October 7, 2008)
June 7, 2009 - Once upon a time there was a civic organization in Cambridge known as the Cambridge Civic Association (CCA). It was formed in 1945 out of several organizations that had been existed through the 1930s and that had lobbied the state legislature to create the Plan E Charter option (1938) which featured a city manager form of government and proportional representation elections for city council and school committee. These reforms were central to model charter reform movements active in the United States from the early 1900s. The central theme of the CCA in its early days was "good government" in the sense of being anti-patronage and for professionally managed local government. This changed with the introduction of rent control at the end of the 1960s after which the CCA shifted leftward and became permanently lashed to the mast of the rent control vessel. Though the CCA still exists on paper (I believe), it rapidly declined after the statewide abolition of rent control (late 1994) and essentially disappeared a decade later (early 2005).
I bring up the ghost of the CCA today only to point out that when it was created it had some very admirable goals. Here's the original Mission Statement of the CCA:
Purposes: This association is formed for the following purposes:
- 1. To promote businesslike, honest, and efficient conduct of local government, open to public scrutiny.
- 2. To induce residents to take an active interest in the affairs of the City of Cambridge.
- 3. To encourage and support the candidacy of men and women seeking election to public office and to support intelligent, wholesome leadership in public affairs.
- 4. To assure that the best qualified persons are appointed to positions in the City government after consideration of all qualified candidates.
- 5. To promote among the citizens of Cambridge equitable distribution and benefit of public services and equal opportunity for economic security, education, and social advancement.
These are pretty good founding principles for a civic organization and I'm tempted to say that some should be incorporated into the recently adopted City Council's Goals for FY2010 (adopted Feb 2, 2009). In fact, of the 22 current goals, the only one that comes close is: "An increased level of recruitment and opportunities for membership on boards and commissions." The current Council goals emphasize things like "fostering community" via block parties and such, though one has to wonder if the City should be promoting these activities or just getting out of the way so that people can foster community on their own. The goals also seem to put some emphasis on developing "successful nightlife campaigns" while mentioning nothing about promoting ordinary "daytime" economic activity that supports the everyday needs of residents.
One founding principle of the CCA that fell into disuse over the years is listed above as #3: To encourage and support the candidacy of men and women seeking election to public office and to support intelligent, wholesome leadership in public affairs. Indeed, I can personally testify to the fact that in its dying years the only reason the CCA made endorsements at all was because the CCA-endorsed incumbents wanted the benefit of having an advertised CCA slate of candidates that would help secure their reelection. There was precious little effort to recruit new candidates or to support them. Today, the benefits of incumbency are greater than ever. The cost of political campaigns have become absurdly high and most of the incumbents now have (City paid) staff who are inevitably political appointees who directly or indirectly assist in the reelection efforts of their bosses. The deck is increasingly stacked against challengers. Furthermore, the salary and benefits for elected councillors are now so sweet that it is unlikely that any of them would ever want to move on to another job.
With this background in mind, I would like to encourage all Cambridge residents to help level the playing field by finding out about this year's challengers for seats on the Cambridge City Council and the Cambridge School Committee. This is not meant as a dig against any particular incumbent as much as an appeal to support the challengers in what is a difficult and laudable effort. Please see the Cambridge Candidate Pages for the current list of expected candidates. Then use your own judgment - don't expect me or anyone else to do it for you.
Speaking of this year's municipal election, there are some activists who are now expending great effort to attack the City Manager and most of the current City Council. That is not nor has it ever been the intention of the Cambridge Civic Journal or its editor. Candidates are now being seduced by financial promises from one angry fellow with a Brattle Street address and a basketful of grudges. Former CCA Executive Board members from its darkest and most manipulative days are oozing up from the civic swamp trying to at last make good on their failed campaigns of the early 1990s to oust city manager Bob Healy.
It's entertaining to watch people who have primarily earned disrespect in their civic efforts try to capitalize on the recent Monteiro jury decision as a means of realizing their decades-old vendettas. Conveniently forgotten in their recent letters to Cambridge's "oldest weekly newspaper" are the many achievements of City Manager Bob Healy, the strong financial position of the City, and the recent 8-1 vote of confidence bestowed upon Mr. Healy in granting him a three year contract extension. Also missing in this testimony is the fact that virtually all affirmative action in the hiring of employees and department heads has taken place on Mr. Healy's watch. These letters also fail to divulge how long these writers have been carrying their jealousy and anger toward Mr. Healy for actually orchestrating progress in Cambridge while the best they could ever do is snipe from the sidelines. - Robert Winters
This Old Land of Cambridge - The true story of the geological history of Cambridge - by George Ehrenfried
Sadly, George passed away (Jan 5, 2010) at the age of 96. He led many a geology-themed hike with the AMC Local Walks/Hikes.
Selected City of Cambridge References:
Mass. General Laws Chapter 54A (governing Cambridge's PR elections)
Pen Portraits of Prominent People - by Henry J. Mahoney Editor, Cambridge Sentinel - 1923
This book was published c. 1923 and features very witty one-page “pen portraits” (with photo) of prominent Cantabrigians of the day. I'll be adding names alphabetically as time permits. There are 182 portraits in the book.
It comes to mind that there may be some value in expanding these profiles to other prominent Cantabrigians who arrived on the scene after 1923, including prominent Cantabrigians of today. With this in mind, I extend the invitation to any and all who may wish to contribute their own “pen portraits” of Cambridge people. Contributions do not necessarily have to be in the style of Mr. Mahoney. Inclusion is, as always, subject to the erratic discretion of the editor.
Special thanks to Karen Welch for sending me the book. - RW
Political History of Cambridge in the 20th Century
Which People's Republic
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Oliver Wendell Holmes – Morning Exercises of December 28, 1880
As recorded in the book 250th Anniversary of the Settlement of Cambridge (1881)
Robert Winters, Editor
Cambridge Civic Journal
(about me - updated!!)
The Cambridge Civic Journal is an independent newsletter of civic affairs in the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is published as a public service by Central Square Publications. All items are written by Robert Winters unless otherwise noted. [Of course, I do sometimes forget.]
Thoughts for these times:
''This is our fucking city, and nobody is gonna dictate our freedom. Stay strong.'' -- David Ortiz
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“The Number One thing I would emphasize is that journalists and bloggers would do well to see themselves as partners in the provision of information and that each can benefit greatly from the other. I’ve never seen this as a competition. It is especially true these days that local papers and young journalists are not very well-versed in the communities they serve. Much of the institutional memory has either died out or been bought out.” -- Robert Winters, mathematician and creator of the Cambridge Civic Journal, an online publication about Cambridge, MA (rwinters.com)
Jorkin: “Come, come, Mr. Fezziwig, we’re good friends besides good men of business. We’re men of vision and progress. Why don’t you sell out while the going’s good? You’ll never get a better offer. It’s the age of the machine, and the factory, and the vested interests. We small traders are ancient history, Mr. Fezziwig.”
Fezziwig: “It’s not just for money alone that one spends a lifetime building up a business, Mr. Jorkin…. It’s to preserve a way of life that one knew and loved. No, I can’t see my way to selling out to the new vested interests, Mr. Jorkin. I’ll have to be loyal to the old ways and die out with them if needs must.”
Scrooge: “I think I know what Mr. Fezziwig means, sir.”
Jorkin: “Oh, you hate progress and money, too, do you?”
Scrooge: “I don't hate them, sir, but perhaps the machines aren’t such a good thing for mankind, after all.”
Memorable scene in "A Christmas Carol"