Monthly Archives: July 2009

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New Community Event Calendar for Cambridge and Somerville

Cambridge/Somerville – In an effort to highlight some of the hundreds of local community events that happen in Cambridge and Somerville every month, this month the community blog will include a more extensive listing of local events. The calendar is linked on the blog under the link titled “Event Calendar.”

The new events calendar, built into the community blog, will bring together event postings from multiple other calendars, including the City of Cambridge, the City of Somerville, the Growing Center in Somerville, and other local and publicly available community calendars. The labels at the top of the calendar can be used to help you to find and filter out the events most interesting or relevant to you.

Every day the calendar page will be updated to only show the upcoming events from today until the end of the next month. Events highlighted by a red border are events I think will be particularly interesting to residents of the 26th Middlesex District.

I hope this calendar will become a useful tool for everyone in the neighborhood, please click around and feel free to share your feedback or suggestions. If you have or know of an online calendar you would like to have linked to and included on this list of events, please contact me by emailing or otherwise contacting my office.

Assembly Sq. Development Receives $65 Million, Breaks Ground

Assembly Sq., Somerville map
WBZ article (with video)
Boston Business Journal: “Somerville development gets $65M boost”
Somerville Journal: Somerville’s Assembly on the Mystic to move ahead with $65M from state
Somerville News: Assembly Square vision more clearly revealed in press conference Monday

SOMERVILLE – I joined local and state officials along with community leaders and the Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) to formally announce the groundbreaking and the $65 million dollar federal commitment to the exciting upcoming development. The money to redevelop Assembly Square comes from federal stimulus funds, and I-Cubed Funding (Infrastructure Investment Incentive Program), which are state funds allocated to go to programs that will result in new jobs and tax revenue for the Commonwealth.

Congressman Capuano, Governor Patrick, and Senator Kerry all spoke about the importance of getting these shovel-ready projects underway to stimulate the economy by making full use of President Obama’s stimulus package funds to put people to work immediately.

Congressman Capuano: “I don’t want to come to anymore groundbreakings; I want to come to some ribbon-cuttings.”

On hand were Senator John Kerry, Congressman Michael Capuano, Governor Deval Patrick, Mayor Joe Curtatone, Senator Patricia Jehlen, Senator Anthony Galluccio, Representative Carl Sciortino, Representative Denise Provost, Alderman-at-large Jack Connolly, Alderman Walter Pero, School Committee member Maureen Bastardi, and myself.

This project is the shared vision for a vibrant, eco-friendly and modern riverfront development along the Mystic. The success of this project to date is a testament to the hard work and collaboration of a wide spectrum of public and private interests, along with the tireless work and advocacy of local community groups such as the Mystic View Task Force, Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership and East Somerville Main Streets.

Governor Patrick flanked by elected officials and local community leaders.

Savoring East Somerville: Submit Your Recipe!

East Somerville Main Streets is creating a new guide to the neighborhood, this time in the form of a cookbook. The cookbook is intended to help tie the residents East Somerville together as well as to provide some really great recipes. Residents of East Somerville can submit their recipes online before the July 27th deadline. The cookbook is scheduled to be released on October 9th 2009.

If you have any questions feel free to contact East Somerville Main Streets at

East Somerville Main Streets
114 Broadway – Suite 112
Somerville, MA 02145

For more information follow these links
Somerville Journal News Article:
East Somerville Main Streets:
Online Recipe Submission: