Marsh Post Welcomes Home Cambridge Troops

CAMBRIDGE – 1 Gerrys Landing Rd map

On Saturday,I joined the American Legion Marsh Post #442 as they hosted a welcome home barbeque for our local soldiers returning from duty in Iraq. Company C First Battalion of the 181st Infantry Massachusetts Army National Guard returned safely home from Iraq on March 19, 2008 after being deployed July 9, 2007.

The event was organized by Jim Gray of the Marsh Post in coordination with the Cambridge Veterans’ Organization, Boy Scout Troop 45 and the City of Cambridge’s Department of Veterans’ Services. Being sure that our troops who are returning home from the war in Iraq are honored for their service should remain an important focus and organizations such as these should be commended for their efforts.

Concerned Glen Park residents meet to talk about Tufts Street contamination

SOMERVILLE – Capuano Early Education Center – map
Boston Globe Article
Informational document from FNGP (pdf)

A group of concerned residents met to learn about the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s new report on the contamination at 50 Tufts St. in Somerville. Organized by Leanne Darrigo, coordinator of the Friends and Neighbors of Glen Park (FNGP), the meeting drew about 40 people looking to learn how the contamination affects the neighborhood.

Tufts University professor Anne Marie Desmarais explains the contamination to Glen Park residents.

Inspectors discovered the contamination six years ago after a chemical sales company moved out of the building at 50 Tufts St. During the 50 years they had owned the site, the cleaning chemical Percholoethylene (PERC) seeped into the ground around their building.

The chemical is not mixing with the drinking water, which comes from a reservoir out of town. Anne Marie described that the only way residents would be exposed is through “vapor coming from the ground water getting into your house.” The 50 Tufts St. site has started a running a vapor-extraction device to clean up the soil, but the larger area affected and the surrounding homes have been asked to mitigate their own exposure with fans and other safety precautions in their basements.

I urge everyone living in the area to get involved with Leanne Darrigo and the FNGP to learn as much as you can. I will be working closely with the group to help spread the word to the neighbors and investigate further steps to protect the residents, school, and businesses of Glen Park.

July Calendar

Please contact me for more information on any of these, and help make this schedule more complete for next month by contacting my office about your local event or calendar!

July in Cambridge
City Calendar of Events

July in Somerville
City Calendar of Events
Growing Center Calendar

City Dance Party (Cambridge)

Friday, June 27 7-11pm
Mass. Ave @ Cambridge City Hall map
Come on down and dance in the streets outside city hall! All ages are welcome and encouraged for an old-fashioned block party.
More Info

Cambridge Sq. Dedications
Saturday, June 28
10am – Bryan Lounsbury Sq., Van Norden and Middlesex St. map
In memory of Cambridge resident and Private First Class in the United States Army in Fort Hood TX, Civil Air Patrol member Bryan Lounsbury.
11am – Chief Reagan Sq., South Normandy Avenue and Sunset Road
In honor of the late Cambridge Fire Chief Daniel J. Reagan.
12pm – Collins and Foster Sq., Merrill St. and Broadway Ave map

Centro Presente Press Conference
Monday, June 30 @ 11am
54 Essex Street, Cambridge map
Centro Presente, a local organization to assist the Latin American immigrant population in MA, will be announcing its move from Cambridge to Somerville.
More Info on Centro Presente

Grand Feast of the Imperio Mariense

Sunday, July 6
Filharmonica Santo Antonio, 575 Cambridge St, Cambridge map
Casa do Benfica, 178 Elm St., Cambridge map
The Feast will start at 10am in Saugus with Mass and the famous soups of Divino Espirito Santo. Then it moves to Cambridge for music and dancing.

2pm –
Music at Filharmonica Santo Antonio
4pm –
Dance group Rancho Folclorico at Casa do Benfica
5pm – Music of Tony Borges at Casa do Benfica
6pm – Music of Jorge Ferreira at Casa do Benfica

East Cambridge Planning Team Alexandria Roundtable
Wednesday, July 9 @ 7-9ish pm
East End House, 105 Spring St, Cambridge, MA 02141 map
The East Cambridge Planning Team will be hosting a round table discussion with Alexandria Realty to address neighborhood concerns about this large development and to see how we can work together to make this project work. Neighbors are invited to attend.

Wellington-Harrington Neighborhood Association Meeting
Wednesday, July 9 @ 7pm
Vin-Fen, 950 Cambridge St., Cambridge map
All residents and businesses of the Wellington-Harrington neighborhood, also known as Inman-Harrington neighborhood, are encouraged to attend this informational meeting.

50 Tufts Street Contamination Meeting
Thursday, July 10 @ 7pm
Capuano Early Childhood Center, 150 Glen St, Somerville map

The Friends and Neighbors of Glen Park, a neighborhood association concerned about environmental contamination originating at 50 Tufts Street, Somerville, will hold an informational meeting for all interested parties.

Gloucester Hornpipe and Clog Society
Sunday, July 12 @ 7pm
The Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave, Somerville map
Growing Center July Calendar
A five-member band with lively, fun music for all ages. Sponsored by The Growing Center in Somerville, who work to promote community events in Somerville.

Holy Ghost Parade
Sunday, July 13 @ 9:30am
26 Springfield St. Somerville map

The Portuguese American Civic League Holy Ghost Committee holds its annual Feast on July 11th,12th, and 13th, with a parade on Sunday morning.

East Cambridge Planning Team Meeting
Wednesday, July 23 @ 7-9ish pm
East End House, 105 Spring St, Cambridge, MA 02141 map
The East Cambridge Planning Team will be hosting their second monthly meeting for residents of East Cambridge. Meetings are regularly scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. Neighbors are invited to attend.

Mayor Simmons’ Harvard Yard picnic
Wednesday, July 30 @ 11:30am
Harvard Yard, Cambridge map

This is a picnic for resident seniors in Cambridge, hosted by Mayor E. Denise Simmons and Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust. Tickets can be obtained by calling the Mayor’s office at 617-349-4321 or at the Cambridge Senior Center across from City Hall.