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Somerville Maple Syrup Festival This Weekend!

maple-syrup-bottlesGovernor Baker declared this March “Massachusetts Maple Month” to recognize our state’s maple producers. Most of our state’s 300 maple producers are located west of Worcester, but it turns out we don’t have to go that far to enjoy local syrup tasting – join Groundwork Somerville tomorrow, March 12th for Somerville’s annual Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival. All members of the community are invited to the Somerville Community Growing Center at 22 Vinal Avenue between 10am and 2pm to watch and learn as sap from local sugar maple trees is boiled down into pure maple syrup over a warm fire. In addition to syrup-tasting, waffles, and hot drinks, this family friendly festival features activities for kids, demonstrations, and much more!

The 12-year old Somerville Maple Syrup Project coordinated by Groundwork Somerville in partnership with the Somerville Community Growing Center, Somerville Public Schools, Tufts University, and each dedicated Maple Syrup Project volunteer. Please click here for more inforamtion about about The Maple Syrup Boil Down 2016 or contact Sarah Lindsay – at sarah@groundworksomerville.org ~ or call 617-628-9988.

 

Skate Park Officially Open

Tim speaks at the opening of the Lynch Family Skatepark on Saturday, November 14th.
Tim speaks at the opening of the Lynch Family Skatepark on Saturday, November 14th.

The Lynch Family Skate Park is now open! After years of waiting, Boston-area skaters and riders now have a world-class public skate park to practice and compete in. The 40,000 square-foot park sits underneath two large highway ramps, tucked between North Point park and Boston Sand and Gravel. It is the result of strong cooperation between the Charles River Conservancy, the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, the City of Cambridge, the City of Boston, and hundreds of generous private donors. The private donors include Peter and Carolyn Lynch, who contributed an incredible $800,000 to the project, and Vans shoes, who have donated $1.5 million to construction and will contribute $25,000 per year over seven years to help maintain the skate park.

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The Lynch Family Skatepark represents an important piece of the work that has been done by the state, the Charles River Conservancy, and others to restore underused and inaccessible portions of the Charles River Basin and return them to the public. Construction of the skate park included extensive clean-up of land that had been contaminated by a century of industrial uses, and has activated what was previously a vacant lot. It is a great example of the kinds of public-private partnerships that are restoring parkland all up and down the banks of the Charles River and creating recreational opportunities for people of all ages.

Somerville Public Meeting on Lifeline Program

The Department of Telecommunications and Cable (DTC) is holding an outreach event on Thursday, July 16 at the Clarendon Hill Towers in Somerville from 11am to noon. DTC staff will discuss current consumer complaint trends, the DTC’s complaint resolution process, the Lifeline low-income discount phone service program, and will be available to answer your questions about telecommunications and cable issues.

Lifeline is a federal and state program that allows eligible low-income customers access to discounted telephone service. Access to basic phone service is important because it gives low-income individuals an opportunity to connect them to jobs, family and emergency services.  Eligibility is based on household income and participation in the following programs:

  • Emergency Aid to Elderly, Disabled and Children (EAEDC)
  • Fuel Assistance (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program or LIHEAP)
  • MassHealth or Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • National School Lunch Program (free meals program only)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)

 Please click this link for more info on the Lifeline telephone program.