Monthly Archives: November 2010

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Happy Thanksgiving!

As we give thanks for the blessings of family, friends, and a meal to share with them, we must also remember the least fortunate among us this Thanksgiving.

Area soup kitchens and food pantries are always in need of food, volunteers, and monetary support. If you are able to help, please consider contacting a food pantry or soup kitchen in your neighborhood.

Food pantries in Cambridge:

(Please call food pantries before visiting, as their hours vary significantly)

Cambridge Senior Center
806 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Cambridgeport Baptist Church
Food Pantry/Clothes Closet
459 Putnam Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

CEOC Food Pantry
11 Inman Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Common Care / St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
838 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

East End House
105 Spring Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
Information about the East End House turkey basket giveaway

Helping Hand Food Pantry
St. James’s Episcopal Church
1991 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140

Margaret Fuller House Food Pantry
71 Cherry Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Project Manna
Massachusetts Avenue Baptist Church
146 Hampshire Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

St. Paul A.M.E. Food Pantry
85 Bishop Allen Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139

Salvation Army
402 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Western Avenue Baptist Church
299 Western Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

Zinberg Clinic Pantry
The Cambridge Hospital
1493 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

Food pantries and soup kitchens in Somerville:

Hearty Meals For All (HMFA)
Somerville Community Baptist Church
31 College Avenue
Somerville, Ma 02144

Project Soup:
Saint Benedict’s Church
(rear basement)
15 Franklin Street
East Somerville, MA 02145

West Pantry
1 Davis Square
Mon – Fri 9:00 – 5:00 PM

Community Suppers
First Congregational Church of
89 College Avenue, Davis Square
Monday – Beginning at 5:00 PM

Saint Benedict’s (rear basement)
15 Franklin Street
East Somerville, MA 02145

Somerville Cambridge Elder Services
61 Medford St. Somerville, Ma 02143
I hope that you are able to spend this Thanksgiving in the company of your loved ones, and that you are blessed with a happy and safe holiday.

All the best,


ECBA Celebrates One Year Anniversary

The East Cambridge Business Association is an exciting, young organization that is designed to unite and strengthen local businesses, while giving them new opportunities to engage the East Cambridge community and give back to their neighborhood. On November 9th, I had the opportunity to attend the ECBA’s one year anniversary celebration, and will hopefully have the opportunity to attend many more!

The following is an East Cambridge Business Association press release that was published on the Cambridge Chronicle website on November 12:

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, members and guests of the East Cambridge Business Association gathered at the Multicultural Arts Center to celebrate the organization’s one-year anniversary at its annual meeting.

Association president Carl Fantasia of New Deal Fish Market delivered the presidential report highlighting the many accomplishments the ECBA has made during its first year.  An impressive list of community building events such as outdoor movie nights, Cambridge Street clean-ups and “East Cambridge In Bloom,” the ECBA has spent its first year focusing on making visible impacts in East Cambridge and uniting residents, business, and the city together.

Deputy City Manager Richard Rossi and State Representative and City Councilor Tim Toomey commended the ECBA for being able to bring the community together and make positive impacts in the neighborhood. 

“The Rib Fest was a unique event that brought long-time residents and new residents together, and people are still talking about it” said Toomey.

Andy Montone of Cambridge Art and Frame highlighted the ECBA’s plans to improve on these events in the coming year and encouraged everyone become more involved in 2011.  “We have accomplished a lot in the first year with a relatively small group of people, if we all get involved, the sky is the limit”.

Before the closing of the meeting, Teodora Silva of Alegria Dental Group, presented “The Smoke This Rib Fest” trophy to Chris Kosinski of East Side Bar and Grille, who is also the vice president of East Cambridge Business Association. As part of the award, the ECBA made a donation on Chris’s behalf to the East Cambridge Scholarship Fund for wining the Rib Fest in its first year.

Tim presents ECBA President Carl Fantasia with a citation in recognition of the one year anniversary of the ECBA’s founding.

Your Craigie Comments

Now that we are more than a week and a half into the first phase of Craigie Drawbridge construction and repairs, I’d like to use this space to encourage you to post your comments, questions, suggestions, and concerns about how the project is going, and what could be done better. Because this is an ongoing project and will require the bridge to be closed to traffic inbound to Boston for 15 weeks, we have the opportunity to change things that aren’t working.

Please feel free to leave a comment to this post with your ideas, or as always, call my office at 617-722-2380.