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Make East Somerville shine this Saturday and win fun cleaning prizes

East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS) is partnering with Alderman Matthew Mclaughlin to host a Fall Clean Up, and they would love to have your help. If you’re interested in volunteering to make East Somerville the most beautiful neighborhood in Somerville, please contact ESMS at or call at 617.676.5307. ESMS will provide prizes for “Best Before and After!” and “Weirdest piece of trash.”

When: Saturday, October 18th, 10:30am (Rain Date: Sunday, October 19th)

Where: 115 Broadway (East Branch Library)


East Somerville Block Party – Thursday July 17

East Somerville Main Streets is hosting a Cultural Block Party on Thursday, July 17 between 6 pm and 8 pm at ESMS_WorldGrooveChuckie Harris Park in Somerville. Entrance is for free.

The block party is a family-friendly event with authentic art, live music, food, games, and face-painting that represents the diverse and welcoming spirit of East Somerville neighborhoods.

When: Thursday, July 17 6 pm – 8 pm

Where: Culture Corridor at Chuckie Harris Park, 3-17 Cross St. East

For more info, please visit or call 617-623-3869.

East Broadway Foodie Crawl Postponed to Tuesday 9/25

Next Tuesday (9/25) is the second annual East Broadway Foodie Crawl, sponsored by East Somerville Main Streets. This event lets you eat and laugh a little too much at participating restaurants including Vinny’s, the Tapatio/Taco Loco Family of Restaurants, Blessing Carribean, Los Paisanos, Gauchao Brazilian Cuisine, Maya Sol, Casey’s, Taqueria Montecristo, Ola Cafe, Mount Vernon Restaurant, and more.

The East Broadway Foodie Crawl also features performances by The Sara Thompson Band, James Fuccione Band, Son Del Sol, and Hot Sauce BPS, and for the night owls, there are three after-parties from which to choose.

Tickets are available online, or at the following locations:

  • Sullivan Square Liquors – 30 Broadway
  • Davis Squared – 409 Highland Avenue

ESMS Birthday Bash Showcases Rich History and Future of East Somerville

SOMERVILLE – Cafe Belo, 120 Washington St. map
East Somerville Main Streets

East Somerville Main Streets celebrated its third birthday with a big bash and a big crowd at Cafe Belo on Washington St. across from Buddy’s Diner. ESMS has come a long way in three short years, to the benefit of the entire area. The group has worked tirelessly to connect the residents with municipal government, state government, local businesses, and each other. True to form, this birthday bash connected residents, businesses, law enforcement, and elected officials over good food and good conversation.

East Somerville residents enjoyed food and met their neighbors at Cafe Belo
*Photo credits to Renee Polcaro

ESMS wasn’t the only birthday: lifelong Somerville resident and dedicated volunteer Fred Caruso also celebrated his 79th birthday. Ward 1 Alderman Bill Roche, and Aldermen-At-Large Dennis Sullivan, Bill White, and Jack Connolly were on hand to celebrate the evening and to present the “Mayor of East Somerville” with a resolution from the Board recognizing his hard work and dedication to East Somerville. Fred has been a great friend to me and to all of East Somerville over the years, and it was touching to see how humbly and graciously he received recognition from the Aldermen and from the crowd.

Fred Caruso receives a citation from the Board of Aldermen
(left to right: Alderman Connolly, Alderman White, Alderman Roche, Fred’s son John Caruso, Alderman Sullivan, and myself)

Some of the highlights of the evening:

* Volunteers from the ESMS committees for some of the most popular community events in Somerville spoke on behalf of the work their committees have organized, including Renee Polcaro on First Tuesdays Neighborhood Afterhours, Matthew Martino on International Movie Nights, Christian Waeber on Cleanup Day, and Laura Vivenzio on the Savoring East Somerville Cookbook and Neighborhood Guide.

East Somerville resident and ESMS member Renee describes the First Tuesdays event

* A presentation from ESMS member Eric Barry on the first ever ESMS survey, commissioned to provide a snapshot of the neighborhood’s visitors and residents as a starting point for the group’s work. A followup will be done in ten years to provide insight into how the neighborhood has changed and gauge how closely ESMS goals have been met.

The assembled crowd of local residents, elected officials, business owners, and law enforcement watched on as the presenters described the ESMS projects.

* Acting police chief Michael Cabral spoke about the neighborhood policing efforts the police force has undertaken, especially since the introdcution of the East Somerville police substation.

Acting Somerville Police Chief Michael Cabral

* State Senator Patricia Jehlen spoke on the long history of neighborhood involvement and the successes she has seen over the years living in and representing Somerville.

State Senator Pat Jehlen offers up a history of successful community involvement in Somerville

* Monica Lamboy from the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development in Somerville spoke on behalf of Mayor Curtatone to describe some of the big changes coming soon, including upcoming construction on Washington St. and Assembly Sq.

* Dorie Clark, an East Somerville resident and communications expert, is stepping down this year as Vice President of the ESMS Board and was honored for her work. President Susan Fontano and Executive Director Carrie Dancy described how valuable she has been helping them get ESMS up and running.

Outgoing Vice President of the ESMS board Dorie Clark receives congratulations from board President Susan Fontano

From the size of the crowd and the energy of the people, it is clear the ESMS staff, board, volunteers, and neighbors have done a lot of groundwork to bring the organization to where it is now. East Somerville Main Streets has done excellent work engaging, connecting, and bringing out the best from the people of East Somerville.

Nov. 12 East Somerville Main Streets Fundraiser: “Jimmy Tingle and a Taste of Broadway”

Somerville City Club
20 Innerbelt Road, Somerville map
For more info click here

Please join me for East Somerville Main Streets’ first annual fundraiser, “Jimmy Tingle and a Taste of Broadway,” on Thursday, November 12 from 6:30—9:00 p.m. I’m serving on the Honorary Committee and am very excited to support this great organization.

East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS, previously mentioned here on this blog), is a nonprofit civic group that works to improve the community. ESMS undertakes high-impact activities including the annual International Film Series, the First Tuesdays neighborhood networking events, and the Colors of the Americas: East Somerville ArtWalk. Their work has had a major impact in reinvigorating lower Broadway and fostering a sense of community and involvement in the exciting and diverse neighborhood.

This year’s fundraiser will honor Steve Mackey, longtime Executive Director of the Somerville Chamber of Commerce, and Roland James, head of the city’s Youth Department. It will also feature delicious appetizers from local East Somerville restaurants, entertainment by comedian Jimmy Tingle, and music by local Beatles cover band Beatle Tracks.

To find out more and purchase tickets, visit

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:

November Calendar

CALENDAR UPDATEFrom Carrie Dancy of East Somerville Main Streets: The Interpreting East Somerville reception has been moved to Nov. 20th from 5:30-7:00pm, and will still be head at Somerville City Hall. Hope you can join us!

There is also a new item, the Broadway Corridor Rezoning kickoff meeting on November 10th @6pm.

See below for details.

This monthly calendar represents only a small portion of the many interesting things happening in Cambridge and Somerville. If you would like to add another event, or a link to your own calendar of events, please email my office at

Other Local Calendars:

November in Cambridge
City Calendar

November in Somerville
City Calendar
The Growing Center

Green Line Extension Calendar

Tuesday, November 4th
General Election Day
Find your polling location by entering your address here
The general election ballot will have Barack Obama vs. John McCain, as well as all local candidates and 3 state-wide ballot questions.
For more info on the ballot questions, read my brief informational post.

Thursday, November 6th @ 6pm
Public Hearing on Cambridge Health Alliance Changes
Cambridge City Hall
795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge map
Drastic budget cuts have forced the CHA to discuss reductions in services with the community.

Sunday, November 9th @ 6pm
Babe Ruth Banquet

St. Anthony’s Band Hall
575 Cambridge St, Cambridge map
The annual banquet honors the participants and supporters of Cambridge Babe Ruth baseball.

Monday, November 10th @ 6pm
Broadway Corridor Rezoning Study Kickoff Meeting
Elizabeth Peabody House

277 Broadway, Somerville map
The City of Somerville is initiating a Rezoning Study of the Broadway Corridor from Fenwick and Thurston Streets in Winter Hill to the city line in East Somerville. The purpose of the study is to examine the existing zoning and explore the potential of implementing transit-oriented development (TOD) zoning along this important commercial and residential corridor.

Wednesday, November 12th @ 7-9pm
East Cambridge Planning Team (ECPT) Meeting

East End House, 105 Spring St, Cambridge map
ECPT meets to discuss East Cambridge issues twice every month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 7–9pm.

Sunday, November 16 @ 4-7pm
2008 Cambridge Peace and Justice Awards
Dante Alighieri Cultural Center, 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge map
From the city website: The 2008 Cambridge Peace and Justice Awards Dinner, honoring an amazing set of individuals and groups for their contributions to peacemaking in our city.

Monday, November 17th @ 6pm
Public meeting on the Craigie St. Bridge/Drawbridge

Museum of Science (Room TBA)
The DCR will hold a public meeting to discuss the upcoming repair schedule for the Craigie St. Bridge.

Thursday, November 20th @ 5:30 – 7pm
Interpreting East Somerville: Community Photography Exhibit
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave, Somerville map
The photos from East Somerville residents will go on display at City Hall, starting November 6th.
For more info:
Interpreting East Somerville website
My previous post

Wednesday, November 26th @ 7-9pm
East Cambridge Planning Team (ECPT) Meeting

East End House, 105 Spring St, Cambridge map
ECPT meets to discuss East Cambridge issues twice every month on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday from 7–9pm.

Interpreting East Somerville Through Photography

More information:
Interpreting East Somerville web page
East Somerville Main Streets home page
Somerville Journal article
Update: Somerville Newstalk 10/8 mention

If you have a digital camera and find yourself taking pictures in East Somerville over the next few weeks, you could wind up in an art exhibit at City Hall!

East Somerville Main Streets along with the Mayor’s office is sponsoring a community photography exhibit, featuring selected photographs of East Somerville (defined as Route 28 [McGrath Highway] to the west and north, Route 93 [Expressway] to the east, Washington St. to the south).

I think it’s a great idea and a chance for people who live here and know the neighborhood to share their own perspective on it. It’s not every day non-professional artists get a chance to be in an exhibit. Anyone can enter, and there is no age limit so it might be a fun trip to walk the neighborhood with the kids and a camera! The deadline for submissions is October 20th and the daylight hours are getting shorter and shorter, so the sooner the better.

How to enter, from the Interpreting East Somerville website:

Interpreting East Somerville is a juried exhibit. Entries will be judged on originality, photographic quality, and how well the images capture a unique flavor or perspective of East Somerville. As many entries as exhibition space allows will be considered.

1. Take photos somewhere in East Somerville!
(Route 28 [McGrath Hwy] to the west and north, Route 93 [Expressway] to the east, Washington Street to the south.)

2. You can submit up to 3 pieces for consideration.

Either email digital images in jpg format to:

or drop off or mail a CD of digital files or sample prints of film images to:
East Somerville Main Streets
114 Broadway Ste. 112
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 623-3869

3. Include your name, address, phone and email, and any special information about your entry.

4. Entries must be submitted by the actual photographer, or a friend or relative. Contact info for both the photographer and the person submitting the work is required.

Chosen entries will be asked, if possible, to provide a high quality print of the final piece. Unless specified, chosen photos will be reproduced at an 8×10 size. Collages, digitally retouched photos, and multidimensional works will also be considered.

The exhibition itself will be in Somerville City Hall starting November 6th.