2018 CCJ Notes - July through December
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Danehy Park Family Day – Saturday, Sept 15, 11am-4pm

Aug 29, 2018 – The City of Cambridge will host the 23rd Annual Danehy Park Family Day on Saturday, Sept. 15, from 11am-4pm. Enjoy a fun-filled day of children's amusement rides, live music, roving performers, arts and crafts, face painting, plus free hot dogs, chips, juice boxes, and T-shirts and kites (while supplies last)! Rain Date is Sunday, Sept. 16.

Danehy Park is a 55-acre facility located at 99 Sherman Street and New St. in North Cambridge. This free event, sponsored by the City of Cambridge, attracts over 4,000 people annually and offers something for everyone.

Free shuttle buses will be running throughout Cambridge neighborhoods and from the Alewife MBTA Station. Danehy Park can also be reached by #74 bus or #78 bus from Harvard Square; or #83 bus from Central Square. Picnics and lawn chairs are encouraged.

For more information, including entertainment schedule and shuttle bus pick-up locations, visit www.cambridgema.gov/DanehyParkFamilyDay.

Danehy Park Family Day


Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women Vacancy

City SealAug 15, 2018 – Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale is seeking persons interested in serving on the Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women.

The Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women works in an inclusive manner to promote equity and justice for women and girls and advocates on their behalf with City departments and officials, local organizations and state government to increase their opportunities through program development, policy recommendations and public awareness in key issue areas identified by the Commission as significantly affecting women and girls. Commissioners support staff in their mission to create and promote programs that increase public awareness and understanding of multiple issues affecting women and girls, particularly marginalized women and girls, within the city; advocate to improve the quality of women’s and girls’ lives; and work to build coalitions and partner with other community organizations on these issues.

The Cambridge Commission on the Status of Women meets the second Wednesday of every month, from 6:30-8 p.m., at 51 Inman St., Cambridge, in the Women's Commission Conference Room, 2nd floor.

For more information about the Commission, contact Kimberly Sansoucy, Executive Director, at 617-349-4695 or ksansoucy@cambridgema.gov.

Individuals interested in being considered should apply by using the city’s online application system at www.cambridgema.gov/apply. A cover letter and résumé or summary of applicable experience can be submitted during the online application process. Paper applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, September 14, 2018.


Primary Election Results (selected contested races)

Candidate Total Pct. Cambridge (100%) Pct.
Governor (Democrat) - 100% reporting     Total = 18906  
Jay Gonzalez - star 346,873 64.42% 10,590 56.0%
Bob Massie 191,622 35.58% 8,151 43.1%
write-ins     165 0.9%
blanks     2,066  
Governor (Republican) - 100% reporting     Total = 925  
Charlie Baker - star 173,776 63.89% 692 74.8%
Scott Lively 98,214 36.11% 232 25.1%
write-ins     1 0.1%
blanks     25  
Lt. Governor (Democrat) - 100% reporting     Total = 18332  
Quentin Palfrey - star 305,771 58.91% 8,568 46.7%
Jimmy Tingle 213,313 41.09% 9,722 53.0%
write-ins     42 0.2%
blanks     2,640  
Secretary of State (Democrat) - 100% reporting     Total = 19338  
William Galvin - star 433,213 67.56% 9,486 49.1%
Josh Zakim 208,011 32.44% 9,826 50.8%
write-ins     26 0.1%
blanks     1,634  
Massachusetts US Senate (Republican) - 100% reporting     Total = 870  
Geoff Diehl - star 143,735 55.3% 373 42.9%
John Kingston 69,429 26.7% 275 31.6%
Beth Lindstrom 46,614 17.9% 215 24.7%
write-ins     7 0.8%
blanks     80  
District 7, US House, Massachusetts (Democratic) - 100% reporting     Total = 10639  
Ayanna Pressley - star 59,815 58.6% 6,006 56.5%
Mike Capuano 42,252 41.4% 4,626 43.5%
write-ins     7 0.1%
blanks     180  
Middlesex County District Attorney (Democratic) - 100% reporting     Total = 17781  
Marian Ryan - star 93,850 53.34% 8,164 45.9%
Donna Patalano 82,099 46.66% 9,583 53.9%
write-ins     34 0.2%
blanks     3,191  
State Representative - 25th Middlesex District (Democratic) - 100% reporting     Total = 6663  
Marjorie Decker - star 5,666 85.0% 5,666 85.0%
Lesley Philiips 984 14.8% 984 14.8%
write-ins 13 0.2% 13 0.2%
blanks 744   744  

Unofficial Results do not include Write-In, Auxiliary, Overseas Absentee or Provisional Ballots


How will I vote in Tuesday's Primary?

Sept 2, 2018 – The Massachusetts State Primary is now just two days away and we'll just have to wait and see who shows up to vote (because that's often what determines the outcome in elections like this). I never comment on my choices in municipal elections, but I think I can reveal my voting preferences for the Democratic Primary without trashing the objectivity of the CCJ for municipal elections.Vote!

I generally leave blank any uncontested elections because, well, why express a choice when you don't really have one? I make exceptions for candidates I actually like personally. So here goes:

Governor: Jay Gonzalez - He has worked in state government and he strikes me as thoughtful and practical. He also called me personally asking for my vote and, like most voters, that does sway me a bit. He comes across as eminently reasonable. His primary opponent, Bob Massie, comes across as an ideologue and, besides, my general rule is that if the Our Revolution gang likes a candidate I'm almost guaranteed to vote against that candidate. Regardless who the Democratic nominee is, he'll have an incredibly uphill battle against Charlie Baker. The choice of nominee for Lt. Governor could potentially alter that political calculus. See below.

Lieutenant Governor: Jimmy Tingle - The single most important quality I look for in a political candidate is his or her willingness to listen, learn, and potentially modify a position based on a better understanding. Jimmy has these qualities. He also has a sense of humor and, as perhaps my greatest political mentor once said to me, a good sense of humor is the best sign of a healthy mind. (Mr. Trump, by the way, has a nearly nonexistent sense of humor.) Jimmy also grew up down the street from where I live and, as Tip O'Neill says, "All politics is local." Quentin Palfrey is a pretty good "resumé candidate" who has and will perform admirably in governmental roles, but I doubt if he could ever be as receptive or as passionate as Jimmy Tingle in taking on whatever roles may be assigned to the next Lt. Governor. All this aside, the most important reason for Democrats to choose Jimmy Tingle is that he may actually sway some of the many voters who like Gov. Charlie Baker to vote for the Democratic ticket. I may be one of those voters. In any case, it will be an uphill battle to unseat Charlie Baker who is, by almost all accounts, enormously popular.

Secretary of State: Bill Galvin - The job of Secretary of State is more administration than policy, and Bill Galvin has done an extraordinary job running his office. He has modernized operations and is very receptive to the viewpoints of city and town clerks and elections officials across the Commonwealth. He has been criticized by his opponent (Josh Zakim) for not acting swiftly to enact several proposed reforms but, in each case, this has been either due to the fact that the authority lies with the state legislature (e.g. same day voter registration) or that elections officials across the state have expressed concerns about the logistics of the proposed change. It doesn't help Zakim's case that he comes across as arrogant and ill-informed (because he is arrogant and ill-informed).

Representative in Congress, 5th District: Katherine Clark - Though I don't usually vote in uncontested races, I actually do like Katherine Clark personally.

Representative in Congress - 7th District: Mike Capuano - This is NOT my district and I can't vote in this race, but if I could I would be voting for Mike Capuano, and I hope others will vote for him. Mike is one of the more straight-talking political people I've met over the years who shows an uncommon level of pragmatism. On that front, one of the single most pragmatic things a voter in this district can do is to reelect someone who will likely play a lead role on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure in the next Congress. Federal funding for transportation and infrastructure projects in Massachusetts is incredibly important - especially now. I have nothing personally against Ayanna Pressley and I certainly believe that representation should be proportional, but that same argument could just as easily be used to question why the Massachusetts congressional delegation is 9-0 Democrat even though the percentage of registered Democrats in Massachusetts is just 33.2% (with 55.1% unenrolled, 10.4% Republican, 0.3% Libertarian, and 1.0% other political designations).

State Senate, Middlesex & Suffolk District: Sal DiDomenico - Again, I don't generally vote in uncontested races, but I do like Sal DiDomencio personally and I appreciate the role that Sal's family has played in the social life of East Cambridge (even though Sal now lives in Everett).

State Representative, Twenty-Sixth Middlesex District - This is my House district and I will either leave it blank or write in the name of my favorite beer. There is an incumbent (Mike Connolly) but he doesn't represent my interests. I wish we had a choice in candidates and it's a real shame that we do not.

State Representative, Twenty-Fifth Middlesex District: Marjorie Decker - This is NOT my district and I can't vote in this race, but if I could I would be voting for Marjorie Decker. She technically has a challenger, but there is a zero percent chance that Rep. Decker will lose her seat. I really wish the district boundaries were different because I would gladly vote for Marjorie who has fought the good fight on many fronts in the state legislature. I actually view her as my state representative even though I don't live in her district.

Other State Senate and State Representative seats are uncontested and occupied by good people. I'll just leave it at that.

Clerk of Courts, Middlesex County: Michael Sullivan - Again, this seat may be uncontested but Michael and I have been friends for a quarter-century and I have a lot of respect for him.

District Attorney, Northern District: Marian Ryan - Though I don't closely follow the goings-on of the District Attorney's Office, Marian Ryan has consistently come across as a straight-shooting and very competent DA - even when some of the cases were controversial. There are some elected positions that paradoxically should not be overly political and the DA is definitely one of those positions. She has been quite "progressive" in her role balancing the need to prosecute aggressively when appropriate and to administer justice with compassion and fairness. Marian Ryan was born in Cambridge and raised in Somerville. I have nothing negative to say about the other candidate, Donna Patalano, but I'll have to stick with the very qualified incumbent on this one.

Now..... feel free to vote as I do, or ignore me completely, but please do learn about all the candidates and vote in the Primary on Tuesday. - Robert Winters


It's Party Time! - Number of registered Cambridge voters by party or political designation (at Aug 15, 2018 registration deadline)

Party Code number
Democratic Party D 37904 (56.0%)
Unenrolled U 26660 (39.4%)
Republican Party R 2363 (3.5%)
United Independent Party CC 239 (0.4%)
Libertarian Party L 167 (0.2%)
Green-Rainbow Party J 156 (0.2%)
Socialist S 39 (0.1%)
Interdependent 3rd Party T 29
Pizza Party AA 19
Green Party USA G 18
American Independent Party Q 16
Conservative Party A 15
Pirate X 14
Massachusetts Independent Party O 10
Constitution Party K 6
We The People H 5
Working Families Z 5
World Citizens Party Y 2
American Term Limits BB 1
Prohibition Party P 1
TOTAL   67669

Of these 67,669 registered voters, 4,923 of them registered in 2018 – 2606 Democrat (52.9%), 164 Republican (3.3%), and 2099 Unenrolled (42.6%).

There are now only 121 registered Cambridge voters who have voted in every citywide election since 1997.


Deadline to Register to Vote and Availability of Absentee Ballots for the State Primary, September 4, 2018

The State Primary will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. For Cambridge residents not already registered, the last day to register to vote is Wednesday, August 15, 2018 until 8:00pm. The Office of the Secretary of State has developed an Online Voter Registration System at www.registertovotema.com. Individuals may use the online system to submit an online application, update their address or change their party affiliation. You must have a valid driver's license, learner's permit, or non-driver ID issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). If you do not have an RMV ID you can use the system to create an application. Print and sign the completed form and mail or bring it to the office of the Cambridge Election Commission.

Absentee Ballots are now available at the Cambridge Election Commission office. Any voter who is unable to go to the polls on Election Day due to physical disability, religious belief, or absence from the City may request an Absentee Ballot from the Commission. The deadline to apply for an Absentee Ballot is Friday, August 31st at 5:00pm. Absentee Ballots may be mailed to voters, or such voters may choose to vote at the Commission office during regular city office hours: Monday, 8:30am-8:00pm; Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30am-5:00pm; Friday, 8:30am-Noon. The office will be open for extended hours on the following dates:
Last Day to Register to Vote for the State Primary - Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 8:30am-8pm.
Last Day to Apply for an Absentee Ballot Friday, August 31, 2018 from 8:30am-5pm.

The polls will be open on Election Day, September 4th from 7:00am until 8:00pm. For any additional information, please visit the Cambridge Election Commission office at 51 Inman Street, call (617-349-4361) or visit the Election Commission website at www.cambridgema.gov/election.


Cambridge Human Services Commission Vacancies

City SealAug 8, 2018 – City Manager Louis A. DePasquale is seeking Cambridge residents interested in volunteering to serve on the nine-member Human Services Commission. The Commission advises the City Manager and the Assistant City Manager for Human Services on human services policy issues, needs assessment, and funding allocations.

With the Department of Human Service Programs, the Commission also promotes activities that enhance the quality of life for Cambridge residents. Over the years, the Commission has responded to local needs by recommending Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for a wide range of programs offered by the city and community agencies.

The Commission usually meets with the Assistant City Manager for Human Services on the second Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. For more information, contact Mike Payack at 617-349-6208 or mpayack@cambridgema.gov. Commission members serve without compensation.

Applications to serve on this committee can be submitted to City Manager Louis A. DePasquale using the City’s online application system at www.cambridgema.gov/apply. A cover letter and resume or applicable experience may be submitted during the online application process. Paper applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, September 7, 2018.


Members Sought for Mayor’s Arts Task Force

City SealAug 6, 2018 – Mayor Marc McGovern is seeking Cambridge residents interested in serving on the newly formed Mayor’s Arts Task Force. The Mayor’s Arts Task Force, Chaired by City Councillor Alanna Mallon, will be charged with the responsibility of producing a set of action-oriented policy recommendations that will promote diversity and investment in the arts, as well as support the Central Square Arts and Cultural District.

The Mayor’s Arts Task Force will be comprised of city staff, local community leaders, and members of the artist community. Candidates will provide guidance on:

The Mayor’s Arts Task Force will meet monthly on a Thursday, from September 2018 through June 2019, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.

Applicants should email a letter of interest that addresses their qualifications to Afiyah Harrigan at aharrigan@cambridgema.gov. Letters of interest can also be dropped off to Afiyah Harrigan in the Mayor’s Office, 2nd Floor, Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue. The deadline for submitting letters of interests is August 31, 2018.


City of Cambridge to Celebrate Bluebikes Expansion with Pop Up Events
Enjoy Treats, Giveaways and a Raffle on Thurs, Sept 6 and Fri, Sept 7

BlueBikes - 699 Mt. Auburn St.Aug 28, 2018 – On Thursday, Sept. 6 and Friday, Sept. 7, the City of Cambridge will host celebratory events to mark Bluebikes’ arrival into new neighborhoods. All community members are invited to attend the free events, which will include refreshments from local businesses, prize giveaways, a raffle for a free annual Bluebikes membership, and information about Bluebikes’ Income-Eligible Program.

The pop-up events will be held at two of Cambridge’s newest Bluebikes stations:

In addition to these locations, new Bluebikes stations were recently installed at Rogers St. at Land Blvd. and Massachusetts Ave. at Hadley St. / Walden St., with additional stations expected to be deployed in Cambridge this fall. This is part of Boston, Brookline Cambridge, and Somerville’s joint effort to expand options for sustainable transportation by increasing access to Bluebikes throughout the communities.

Event attendees will receive a Bluebikes Passport Card. Those who attend at least one event at each of the four municipalities and get their Passport Card stamped will receive $15 off their new or next annual membership, as well as a limited-edition T-shirt. For a full list of pop-up events in each municipality, visit https://www.bluebikes.com/blog/expansionevents.

About Bluebikes – Bluebikes is public transportation by bike. Owned and jointly governed by the municipalities of Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, and Somerville, Bluebikes offers a fast, fun, and affordable transportation option. Today, users can ride any of the 1,800+ bikes to and from the 200+ stations across the region. By the end of 2019, the municipalities will provide 3,000 bikes and 300 stations for their residents, workers, and visitors. Since launching in 2011, more than 7 million trips have been taken on Bluebikes, including nearly 900,000 trips so far in 2018. For more information, visit https://www.bluebikes.com/.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Primary - List of Offices & Candidates (Cambridge)

If you are registered with any political party, you may only vote in that party's primary. Unenrolled voters may choose to vote in any party primary. Choosing to vote in a particular party's primary does NOT enroll you as a member of that party.

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Democratic Primary Republican Primary Libertarian Primary
SENATOR IN CONGRESS
ELIZABETH A. WARREN, 24 Linnaean St., Cambridge GEOFF DIEHL, 10 Village Way, Whitman
JOHN KINGSTON, 16 Chestnut St., Winchester
BETH JOYCE LINDSTROM, 161 Wharton Row, Groton
NO NOMINATION
GOVERNOR
JAY M. GONZALEZ, 62 Putnam St., Needham
BOB MASSIE, 140 Sycamore St., Somerville
CHARLES D. BAKER, 49 Monument Ave., Swampscott
SCOTT D. LIVELY, 453 State St., Springfield
NO NOMINATION
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
QUENTIN PALFREY, 683 Boston Post Rd., Weston
JIMMY TINGLE, 27 Lawrence St., Cambridge
KARYN E. POLITO, 2 Tatassit Cir., Shrewsbury NO NOMINATION
ATTORNEY GENERAL
MAURA HEALEY, 40 Winthrop St., Boston JAMES R. McMAHON, III, 14 Canal View Rd., Bourne
DANIEL L. SHORES, 2706 Hockley Dr., Hingham
NO NOMINATION
SECRETARY OF STATE
WILLIAM FRANCIS GALVIN, 46 Lake St., Boston
JOSH ZAKIM, 177 Commonwealth Ave., Boston
ANTHONY M. AMORE, 182 Norfolk Ave., Swampscott NO NOMINATION
TREASURER
DEBORAH B. GOLDBERG, 37 Hyslop Rd., Brookline KEIKO M. ORRALL, 120 Crooked Ln., Lakeville NO NOMINATION
AUDITOR
SUZANNE M. BUMP, 6 Hoe Shop St., Easton HELEN BRADY, 1630 Monument St., Concord DANIEL FISHMAN,
36 Colgate Rd., Beverly
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS - FIFTH DISTRICT (Wards 3-2A, 4-2, 4-3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10-1, 10-2) - MAP
KATHERINE M. CLARK, 64 Prospect St., Melrose JOHN HUGO, 20 Walnut St., Woburn
LOUIS KUCHNIR, 15 Foxhill Dr., Southborough
NO NOMINATION
REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS - SEVENTH DISTRICT (Wards 1, 2, 3-1, 3-2, 3-3, 4-1, 5, 10-3, 11) - MAP
MICHAEL E. CAPUANO, 172 Central St., Somerville
AYANNA S. PRESSLEY, 1910 Dorchester Ave., Boston
NO NOMINATION NO NOMINATION
COUNCILLOR (Governor's Council) - SIXTH DISTRICT
TERRENCE W. KENNEDY, 3 Stafford Rd., Lynnfield NO NOMINATION NO NOMINATION
State Senate - SECOND MIDDLESEX DISTRICT (Wards 9, 10, 11) - MAP
PATRICIA D. JEHLEN, 67 Dane St., Somerville NO NOMINATION NO NOMINATION
State Senate - MIDDLESEX & SUFFOLK DISTRICT (Wards 1, 2-1, 3, 4-2, 6, 7, 8) - MAP
SAL N. DiDOMENICO, 125 Clarence St., Everett NO NOMINATION NO NOMINATION
State Senate - FIRST SUFFOLK & MIDDLESEX DISTRICT (Wards 2-2, 2-3, 4-1, 4-3, 5) - MAP
JOSEPH A. BONCORE, 39 Sagamore Ave., Winthrop NO NOMINATION NO NOMINATION
State Representative - TWENTY-FOURTH MIDDLESEX DISTRICT (Ward 11-1, 11-3) - MAP
DAVID M. ROGERS, 18 Richard Ave., Cambridge NO NOMINATION NO NOMINATION
State Representative - TWENTY-FIFTH MIDDLESEX DISTRICT (Wards 4, 6-2, 6-3, 7, 8, 10-1, 10-2) - MAP
MARJORIE C. DECKER, 29 Raymond St., Cambridge
LESLEY REBECCA PHILLIPS, 1643 Cambridge St., Cambridge
NO NOMINATION NO NOMINATION
State Representative - TWENTY-SIXTH MIDDLESEX DISTRICT (Wards 1, 2-1, 3, 6-1) - MAP
MIKE CONNOLLY, 4 Ashburton Pl., Cambridge NO NOMINATION NO NOMINATION
State Representative - TWENTY-NINTH MIDDLESEX DISTRICT (Wards 9, 10-3, 11-2) - MAP
JONATHAN HECHT, 159 Russell Ave., Watertown NO NOMINATION NO NOMINATION
State Representative - EIGHTH SUFFOLK DISTRICT (Wards 2-2, 2-3, 5) - MAP
JAY D. LIVINGSTONE, 311 Commonwealth Ave., Boston NO NOMINATION NO NOMINATION
CLERK OF COURTS - MIDDLESEX COUNTY
MICHAEL A. SULLIVAN, 42 Huron Ave., Cambridge NO NOMINATION NO NOMINATION
REGISTER OF DEEDS - MIDDLESEX SOUTHERN DISTRICT
MARIA C. CURTATONE, 37 Munroe St., Somerville NO NOMINATION NO NOMINATION
DISTRICT ATTORNEY - NORTHERN DISTRICT
MARIAN T. RYAN, 8 Bradford Rd., Belmont
DONNA PATALANO, 12 Norwood St., Winchester
NO NOMINATION NO NOMINATION

New ImageCast Voting System for the City of Cambridge

The City of Cambridge is thrilled to announce the launch of the newly acquired ImageCast Vote Tabulators which will be utilized for the first time for the upcoming State Primary, Tuesday, September 4, 2018. We wanted to give our voters a brief introduction to the new equipment to provide a glimpse of what to expect on Election Day. While the design of the new tabulator is similar to the AccuVote system used in past elections, there are some new features which improve its usability. The new design makes it easier to navigate and is more user-friendly. Election workers at each polling location have been trained to assist the voter, if needed, during their introduction to the new equipment. One of the new features of the ImageCast Vote Tabulator is that the voter will be able to see if their ballot has been cast successfully or if a ballot error has been detected. If an error is detected, the voter will be provided with the option of having the ballot returned to them to make the correction or to cast the ballot without correction. After an option has been selected by the voter they will then proceed with casting their ballot. Voters are advised to watch the LCD screen on the tabulator to confirm that their ballot has been successfully cast.

ImageCast ImageCast

PLEASE DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!


Temporary Locations for the State Primary, September 4 & New Polling Location

1) Due to renovations, those who vote in Ward 3 Precinct 3, Salvation Army Headquarters, 402 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge will vote next door at the Lafayette Square Fire Station, 378 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (Entrance on Sidney Street) for the 2018 State Primary. The Cambridge Board of Election Commissioners approved the temporary relocation of the polling precinct for Ward 3 Precinct 3 at a meeting held on Wednesday, June 1, 2018.

2) Those who vote in Ward 9 Precinct 3, Haggerty School, 110 Cushing Street, Gym, Lawn Street Entrance, Cambridge will no longer vote at this location. The new voting location will be Corcoran Park Community Building, 1 Corcoran Lane, Cambridge. The Cambridge Board of Election Commissioners approved the relocation of the polling precinct for Ward 9 Precinct 3 at a meeting held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

3) Due to renovations, those who vote in Ward 10 Precinct 1, Russell Apartments, 2050 Mass. Ave., Cambridge will vote at the Peabody School Gym, 70-R Rindge Ave., Cambridge (Entrance in rear of building). The Cambridge Board of Election Commissioners approved the temporary relocation of the polling precinct for Ward 10 Precinct 1 at a meeting held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Cambridge Polling Locations for 2018 State Primary Election


Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ Dies at 76 (Aug 16, 2018 - NY Times)

Everything else seems of lesser importance today.

Frances Deguglielmo Tingle

Also, this very sad note from our great friend, Jimmy Tingle: "On Aug 15 the Tingles lost their matriarch and longtime inspirational leader with the passing of Frances Tingle. We will suspend most campaign activities until after services are complete on Mon, Aug 20. We very grateful for everyones well wishes and support in this difficult time." Mrs. Tingle was 90 and a longtime neighbor on Broadway in Cambridge. - RW

TINGLE, Frances DeGuglielmo Age 90, of Cambridge, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2018 after a long illness in her home surrounded by her loving family. Frances is survived by her four loving children, James Tingle, Jr. and his wife, Catherine, Garrett Tingle and his wife Janice, Ruth Crowley and her husband Peter, Robert Tingle and his wife Margaret of Arlington. She was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years James "Cotton" Tingle of Arapahoe, NC and 9 brothers and sisters, the Honorable Joseph DeGuglielmo, Very Rev. Antonine DeGuglielmo, OFM, Mary Frisoli, Robert DeGuglielmo, Lillian Ferraro, Austin, Walter, Lawrence and Joan DeGuglielmo. Known as "Mama Tingle" she leaves behind 7 grandchildren; Garrett, Alyssa, Michela, Aidan, Joseph, Jennifer, Seamus and 3 great-grandchildren, Brooklyn-Rose, Austin, Jaxton and many loving nieces and nephews. Frances Tingle was born in Cambridge to parents Austin and Mary DeGuglielmo. She graduated from Emmanuel College with a degree in social work. After raising four children she returned to the workforce at Bioran Medical Laboratory, where she worked for more that 15 years rising to the level of Billing Supervisor. Frances was a passionate volunteer in her church and community and known for her generosity. She enjoyed playing scrabble, bridge and writing her memoirs. Her family and friends will remember her as a devoted mother and friend who opened her door to everyone. "Frannie" was witty, feisty and fun-loving and we will miss her dearly. Funeral from the Donovan-Aufiero Funeral Home, 140 Otis St., CAMBRIDGE, Monday at 10 AM followed by a Rite of Christian Burial in St. Francis Church, 325 Cambridge St., Cambridge, Monday at 11 AM. Visiting Sunday 4-8 PM. For guest book visit http://donovanaufierofuneralhome.com/.


**SAVE THE DATE**
Saturday August 18: DPW and Cambridge Public Library will be hosting a Fix-It Clinic at the Main Branch of CPL, 449 Broadway. Save broken items and clothes and get them fixed.


Cambridge Conservation Commission Members Sought

City SealJuly 24, 2018 – City Manager Louis A. DePasquale is seeking two Cambridge residents to fill vacancies 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.

Applications to serve on this committee can be submitted to City Manager Louis A. DePasquale using the City’s online application system at www.cambridgema.gov/apply. A cover letter and resume or applicable experience may be submitted during the online application process. Paper applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, September 7, 2018.


Availability of Absentee Ballots for the State Primary, September 4, 2018

The State Primary will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. Absentee Ballots are now available at the Cambridge Election Commission office. Any voter who is unable to go to the polls on Election Day due to physical disability, religious belief, or absence from the City may request an Absentee Ballot from the Commission. The deadline to apply for an Absentee Ballot is Friday, August 31st at 5:00pm. Absentee Ballots may be mailed to voters, or such voters may choose to vote at the Commission office during regular city office hours: Monday, 8:30am-8:00pm; Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30am-5:00pm; Friday, 8:30am-Noon. Last Day to Apply for an Absentee Ballot Friday, August 31, 2018 from 8:30am-5pm.

The polls will be open on Election Day, September 4th from 7:00am until 8:00pm. For any additional information, please visit the Cambridge Election Commission office at 51 Inman Street, call (617-349-4361) or visit the Election Commission website at www.cambridgema.gov/election.


Temporary Locations for the State Primary, September 4 & New Polling Location

1) Due to renovations, those who vote in Ward 3 Precinct 3, Salvation Army Headquarters, 402 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge will vote next door at the Lafayette Square Fire Station, 378 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge (Entrance on Sidney Street) for the 2018 State Primary. The Cambridge Board of Election Commissioners approved the temporary relocation of the polling precinct for Ward 3 Precinct 3 at a meeting held on Wednesday, June 1, 2018.

2) Those who vote in Ward 9 Precinct 3, Haggerty School, 110 Cushing Street, Gym, Lawn Street Entrance, Cambridge will no longer vote at this location. The new voting location will be Corcoran Park Community Building, 1 Corcoran Lane, Cambridge. The Cambridge Board of Election Commissioners approved the relocation of the polling precinct for Ward 9 Precinct 3 at a meeting held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018.

3) Due to renovations, those who vote in Ward 10 Precinct 1, Russell Apartments, 2050 Mass. Ave., Cambridge will vote at the Peabody School Gym, 70-R Rindge Ave., Cambridge (Entrance in rear of building). The Cambridge Board of Election Commissioners approved the temporary relocation of the polling precinct for Ward 10 Precinct 1 at a meeting held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018.

Cambridge Polling Locations for 2018 State Primary Election


Saturday Morning Coffee Thoughts

July 7 – Summertime in Cambridge can be, at least for some of us, far less political than the rest of the year. The City Council is on hiatus (well, I suppose the business of sucking up to potential voters never really ends), party conventions have come and gone, and the fall elections (both primary and general) are a couple of months away. My focus of late is more on Linear Algebra and electrical upgrades than on contemplating whether or not a few trees will impact climate change or whether Traffic Czar Joe Barr will be successful in his quest to make all driving in Cambridge unbearable.

I found the latest poll for the Massachusetts Democratic Primary for Governor (June 30, WBUR/MassINC) to be particularly interesting. Apparently Jay Gonzalez has 21% support to Bob Massie's 15% support in a two-man race. That's a total of 36% support, so apparently 64% of Democrats don't actually give a damn about either of these two guys or, more likely, they never heard of them. Actually, the poll really did ask that question and 61% of voters never heard of Gonzalez and 55% never heard of Massie. This compares to the 2% of voters who never heard of Charlie Baker and the 68% of voters who have a favorable view of him.

That same poll indicates that Secretary of State Bill Galvin has 44% favorable and 9% unfavorable ratings. His primary competitor Josh Zakim has a 14% favorable rating, and 62% of voters never heard of him (even though I suppose most of them know of the bridge named for his dad). If they were voting today it would be 49% Galvin over Zakim's 18% with the rest not giving a damn either way.

It's unfortunate that in the general election each party's Governor and Lt. Governor candidates have to run together. I hope Jimmy Tingle gets the Democratic nod over Quentin Palfrey for Lt. Governor but, alas, the Baker/Tingle ticket is off the table.

A well-meaning political blogger recently asked me about the various interesting local legislative races in Cambridge, i.e. the Mass. House and Senate races. All I could tell her was that listening for crickets would be far more rewarding. Virtually all of the incumbents are running unopposed. The only exception is Marjorie Decker's 25th Middlesex district in which she's opposed by a perennial loser. In my district (26th Middlesex) I will likely write in the name of my favorite beverage rather than the incumbent. How did we get to the point where our choices are so abysmally limited? Sometimes I think we would do better if we chose our legislators the same way jurors are selected - at random from street listings.

I read on Boston.com the other day that the organizers of the Women’s March event in January on the Cambridge Common this past January received a bill for some of the police details and emergency medical technician services after the event, and that the ACLU is suing the City as a result. They have a good case, I suppose, but it makes me wonder why the Cambridge Carnival organizers have not been billed even though there have been actual shootings at their events.

I was a bit startled to learn at the recent hearings on the Nakagawa-Brown Zoning Petition (also marketed as the "Climate Safety Petition" or the "Flood & Heat Resilient Cambridge Petition") that my house was shown on a narrow future waterway separating the rest of Mid-Cambridge and an island extending into The Port neighborhood. What's curious about this is that even when you adjust the 1 to 10 dial in the Surging Seas tool to the maximum, you'd have to go to at least 11 to make this happen. Alas, nothing like a little fear to assist in your political organizing. By the way, the Planning Board voted 6-1 against this petition and the City Council did not seem at all pleased when informed that the petition would kill the funding for necessary renovations to the Miller's River Apartments in East Cambridge. In any case, I still have to decide if I should start stocking up on sandbags or just buy a boat for commuting to work. Maybe we can just excavate the streets and turn Cambridge into Venice. Then we can argue for Inclusionary Gondolas. - RW


Public Open House: Boston Properties Infill Development Concept Plan Phase 2 / 325 Main Street Development Proposal

Wednesday, August 1, 2018
80 Broadway, Cambridge MA (basement under Meadhall)
Doors open at 5:30pm
Presentation will begin at 6:15pm

There will be food, a scale neighborhood model, stations based on topic area with experts in that topic from the design team to answer questions, and CoUrbanize will be recording public feedback along the way.

Follow the project on Boston Properties CoUrbanize website: https://courbanize.com/projects/kendallsquared/updates

For more detailed information on the project you can click here and here to download two PDFs.

Kendall Kendall


Cambridge’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School Project Achieves LEED® Platinum Certification
Building Design Embodies Net Zero Ideals

July 30, 2018 – The City of Cambridge is proud to announce that the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lower School and Putnam Avenue Upper School Project has earned LEED® Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This is highest rating attainable in this category, based on Version 2009 for schools. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)* provides third-party verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving environmental performance.

The 170,000 square foot complex located at 100-102 Putnam Avenue opened in December 2015 as the first near net zero school building in Cambridge. It houses the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lower School, the Putnam Avenue Upper School, and the Department of Human Service Programs’ Preschool, After-School, and Community School programs.

Projects pursuing LEED certification earn points across several categories, including energy use and air quality. With a score of 89, the MLK Jr. school building is the second highest scoring new LEED for Schools project in the nation (just behind Dunbar Senior High School in Washington DC, also designed by Perkins Eastman).

Designed by Perkins Eastman and constructed by Rich-Caulfield MLK Venture, the building embodies Net Zero ideals and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) in action. Throughout the building are embedded opportunities for students to explore the arts, sustainability, and engineering concepts, including math-themed interactive artwork and interpretive displays with signage illuminating the facility’s use of insulation and sustainable materials, consideration of natural light, and reliance on systems for solar energy collection, geothermal heating, and grey water reclamation. PhotoVoltaic panels help generate over 40% of the building’s electrical needs; geothermal wells reduce heating and cooling loads, and an underground storage tank collects rainwater that is used for non-potable water. The building is designed to use 60% less energy than typical educational buildings in New England and is a literal teaching tool with cutouts in the corridors that show the mechanical system at work. This enables students to understand how the energy they use, and save, manifests. Signage is placed throughout the schools explaining these processes.

“We were extremely proud to have built a high-quality sustainable facility that serves the children of Cambridge and enhances the neighborhood,” said Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale. “This project and prestigious recognition were the result of an incredible collaboration between the City, Cambridge Public Schools, the architect, the contractor, and the leadership of Deputy City Manager Lisa Peterson and the Cambridge City Council.

For more information on the LEED certification process and green buildings in Cambridge, visit http://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/zoninganddevelopment/sustainablebldgs.

About LEED: *LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving environmental performance, including energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. The LEED program was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

City of Cambridge Municipal Buildings with LEED certifications:
Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway (Gold 2005)
Russell Field House, 82 Clifton St. (Certified 2008)
Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility, 125 Sixth St. (Silver 2010)
War Memorial Building Renovation, 1640 Cambridge St. (Silver 2010)
Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway (Silver 2010)
West Cambridge Youth & Community Center, 688 Huron Ave. (Silver 2011)
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway (Gold 2013)
Alice K. Wolf Center, 5 Western Ave. (Gold 2015)

MLK School Classroom
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lower School and Putnam Avenue Upper School Project Classroom
Photo by Robert Benson, Courtesy Perkins Eastman


Sun, July 22 - Still laying low while all the electrical work and other renovations are completed on the homefront. We're under siege! I hope to be back writing about civic stuff very soon. - RW