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.