The City Council will not meet this Monday, 5/28 in observance of Memorial Day. City Hall will be closed, and trash, recycling, and compost pickup will be one day behind for the remainder of the week. The Memorial Day parade and observance on Monday will begin at 9:30am at Cambridge Common. The Council will meet next Monday, 6/4 at 5:30pm.
The city manager announced that Roderick L. Ireland, former Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, has been hired to conduct an independent review of the April 13 arrest of a black Harvard student. The results of the review will be made public. Separately, The student's attorneys announced that no charges will be filed against the student.
Support the State's Hand-Free Bill
The Memorial Day holiday is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road, and distracted driving is a public health epidemic every day of the year even though texting while driving is already illegal. Our State Senate has already passed a hands-free bill (S.2103), and it is now before the House Ways and Means Committee. Please see the call and email scripts here to voice your support for the bill to our state lawmakers by 5/31.
Boston Calling through Sunday night
The music festival has begun. The hotline is 617-903-0157. Info here. You can follow @BostonCalling on Twitter for updates including the times various acts will go on stage.
Office Hours Schedule
My next office hours will be this Wednesday, 5/30 at 8am at 1369 on Cambridge Street. You can see the full schedule of upcoming Office Hours here or on my Facebook page. Please contact my Legislative Aide Nora Bent (email@example.com, 617-349-4277) with questions, to let us know you're coming, or to set up a meeting at another time.
Vacancies on 3 Boards & Commissions
The Open Data Review Board ensures that the City's Open Data program meets goals of transparency and accessibility while protecting privacy. Apply here by 6/4. The Public Library Board of Trustees is a volunteer group that links library staff and the community to ensure quality services, collections, and programs. Apply here by 6/4. The Public Planting Committee is charged with promoting and improving the quality and diversity of plantings throughout Cambridge. Apply here by 6/11.
Volunteer at River Festival (June 2)
The City welcomes volunteers to help with various aspects of the festival. See details.
Bike Lane Surveys
There are surveys online to provide feedback on the protected bike lanes on Brattle and Cambridge Streets.
MBTA Better Bus Survey
Submit your feedback to the MBTA's Better Bus Project. Help the MBTA better understand the current status of service in Cambridge so they can fill gaps and improve service. Complete the short survey (about bus routes you use) here and learn more about the project here.
Limited Time Offer on Rain Barrels--FINAL WEEK
Valid through 5/30, purchase a rain barrel for $69. The vendor is arranging for barrels to be delivered to DPW (147 Hampshire St.) for easy pickup by residents on 6/6. Green Cambridge is offering to install rain barrels for free. Capturing rainwater is critical to conserve water and recharge groundwater. Click here to order (select "Massachusetts" and "Cambridge" under "Community Programs") or call 800-251-2352.
Noteworthy public events and hearings this week. Visit the Calendar section of my website to see public events:
Fri. 5/25-Sun. 5/27, Boston Calling Music Festival.
Taking place across the river at the Harvard Athletic Fields, Boston Calling will last until 11pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. The hotline number for noise or public safety complaints is 617-903-0157.
Mon. 5/28, Memorial Day No City Council meeting. City offices will be closed and trash, recycling, and compost pickup will be one day behind for the remainder of the week.
Mon., 5/28, 9:30-11:45am, Cambridge Common to Cambridge Cemetery
Memorial Day Parade through Harvard Sq along Mt Auburn St. Observance on Coolidge Ave across from the cemetery begins around 10:45am.
Tues. 5/29, 6:30-8:30pm, Cambridge Public Library (449 Broadway)
Cambridge Public Library Youth Panel on Gun Violence. Featuring student leaders from CRLS, Somerville High School, the Cambridge Community Charter School, and students from Marjory Stoneham Douglas High School in Parkland, FL.
Weds. 5/30, 8:00-9:30am, 1369 Coffee House (1369 Cambridge Street)
Office Hours. Stop by to chat! Please contact my Legislative Aide Nora Bent (firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-349-4277) with questions, to let us know you're coming, or to set up a meeting at another time.
Weds. 5/30, 6:00-8:00pm, CRLS (459 Broadway)
MBTA "Better Bus Project" Public Meeting. Feel free to stop by anytime to share your input on your transit priorities, what the T could be doing better, and how to improve service in your area.
Weds. 5/30, 6:00-8:00pm, Pisani Center (131 Washington Street)
Community Meeting on Gun Violence in the Port and Wellington-Harrington neighborhoods with representatives from the Police Department, City Manager's Office, and Mayor's Office. An arrest was made in the most recent gunfire incident in this area.
Weds. 5/30, 6:00-8:00pm, Cambridge Public Library (449 Broadway)
Cambridge Public Library & Cambridge Tree Project 20th Annual Poetry Contest Award Ceremony.
Weds. 5/30., 6:30-8:30pm, Riedesel Ave (meet on site)
Riedesel Ave Community Meeting. Riedesel (Brattle to Brewster) is scheduled for street and sidewalk reconstruction in 2018. This meeting will review the current proposed plans, discuss residents concerns, and finalize a design.
Weds. 5/30., 6:30-8:30pm, Atwood's Tavern (877 Cambridge Street)
Cambridge Historical Society: "East Cambridge & The Facts". Buy tickets $8 (CHS members) and $10 (non-members).
Weds. 5/30., 7:00-9:00pm, Multicultural Arts Center (41 Second Street)
"On the For Real Side: Why We Cling to Racism and All That Other Divisive Stuff." This is a free, public theater performance and facilitated community dialogue presented by Cambridge's Multicultural Arts Center in partnership with Cambridge Arts and the City of Cambridge.
Thurs. 5/31, 5:30-8:00pm, CCAE (56 Brattle Street)
Cambridge Center for Adult Education Benefit, Oysters of Course. Fundraiser for CCAE, tickets start at $100.
Thurs. 5/31, 6:30-8:00pm, Central Square Library (45 Pearl Street)
Mother's Out Front, "Bringing Paris Home."
Thurs. 5/31, 6:45-8:45pm, City Hall Annex (344 Broadway)
Harvard Square Kiosk & Plaza Working Group Meeting.
Fri. 6/1, 7:00-9:00pm, Dante Alighieri Society (41 Hampshire Street)
Debut of the Port Original Play, "Book of Shadows!". Written by Community Art Center youth and staff and featuring original song, dance, poetry, rap, costumes, set design, and stories. Suggested donation--$10.
Sat. 6/2, 10:00am-12:00pm, Corner of Willard & Brattle Streets.
Willard St. Drainage Improvement Project Tree and Landscape Walk. Discuss potential landscape improvements with staff.
Sat. 6/2, 11:00am-6:00pm, East Cambridge Waterfront.
Cambridge Arts River Festival. At this annual celebration of the arts, see staged and roving performances, art-making, and artists and food vendors with work for sale. Free and open to all! There will also be a LED Bulb Swap, sponsored by the Cambridge Energy Alliance.
Sat., 6/2, 12:00-3:00pm, Putnam Ave. Upper School (100 Putnam Avenue)
Boys to Men Leadership Award Brunch. This year's honoree is Claude Jacob, chief public health officer.
Sat. 6/2, 3:00-6:00pm, Raymond Park.
Raymond Park Block Party.
Sat. 6/2, 7:30pm, Flur Bakery (40 Erie Street)
Catalyst & Leonardo: Featuring Jonathan Pevsner and DJ Fabulous.
Sun. 6/3, 9:30am-2:00pm, Mt. Auburn Hospital (330 Mt. Auburn Street)
Embracing Survivorship: A Free Event Celebrating National Cancer Survivorship Day.
Sun. 6/3, 10:00am-4:00pm, Gardens all over the city.
Secret Garden Tour of Cambridge. Organized by the Friends of Cambridge Public Library (Tickets $28, $23 for members). Last day to order tickets online is 5/28. Tickets are available day-of from 9-11am at the main library and the Cambridge Historical Society and at local stores (see list).
Sun. 6/3, 11:00am-5:00pm, University Park (Sidney Street)
Sun. 6/3, 12:00-4:00pm, Agassiz Baldwin & Maud Morgan Community Center (20 Sacramento Street)
Backyard Block Party.
Sun. 6/3, 1:00-4:00pm, Cambridge Hospital (1493 Cambridge Street)
Cambridge Birth Center's 20th Anniversary.
Have a relaxing and safe holiday weekend --
Vice Mayor, Cambridge
Sacramento Street Community Garden in bloom
DPW food drive
At Fresh Pond golf course