Centro Presente

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FY 2009 Budget Highlights

Helping to craft our state budget is one of the most important parts of my job. Every year, the legislators across Massachusetts hear from their constituents about important priorities for funding within the district. Citizens and advocacy groups are encouraged to call, write, or come visit the State House to make sure their Representative knows the importance of funding specific local and state-wide projects. From there, legislators work closely with each other to build broad support, negotiate, and assign the limited funds of the state. It is not aways an easy process, especially during a year when the revenue for the state is significantly down.

I am proud of the combined efforts and cooperation of the Cambridge and Somerville delegations in the House and Senate to ensure that our cities received funding for so many of the important programs we rely on. Whether it was affordable housing, nutritional assistance, youth programs, homelessness prevention, adult basic education, early childhood education, family planning, adoption services, elder protective services, urban park funding, or local health care, our delegations stood together to give Cambridge and Somerville a powerful voice at the state level.

The following are just a few of the highlights from our finalized state budget that directly affect the residents of the 26th Middlesex district. All budget items listed below I sponsored or co-sponsored in the FY 2009 budget requests and budget amendments. They are either state-wide programs with a local impact, or local programs specific to Cambridge and Somerville.

Adult Basic Education/ESOL
For contracts and grants to provide and strengthen adult basic education services, including reading, ESOL, writing, and mathematics, to a diverse network of organizations which have demonstrated commitment and effectiveness in the provision of such services. The state-wide funding effects many organizations within Cambridge and Somerville.

A youth and community development program that addresses core issues facing low-income communities: housing, education, employment, crime prevention, and leadership development.

Horizons For Homeless Children
For Playspace Programs operated by Horizons for Homeless Children. The Playspace Program provides homeless children in Massachusetts with the nurturing, stimulation and opportunities for early education and play to help them learn and grow in healthy ways.

Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP)
MRVP is the state’s rental assistance program, operated by the Department of Housing and Community Development for low-income families and individuals. The MRVP offers tenant-based vouchers that can be used for any approved apartment, and project-based vouchers that are restricted to certain rental units or developments.

Family Planning
For comprehensive family planning services for low income uninsured, underinsured residents of the Commonwealth, including HIV counseling and testing, HPV immunizations, community-based health education, outreach, and follow-up with at-risk populations.

Citizenship for New Americans Program
Gives low-income immigrants the opportunity to learn English and American civics, as well as receive help with the citizenship application process.

Alternative Dispute Resolution
For the continued funding of seventeen alternative dispute resolution centers in Massachusetts, including the Community Dispute Settlement Center, Inc. of 60 Gore St Suite 202, Cambridge and the Somerville Mediation Program of 337 Somerville Ave, Somerville, whose core missions are to offer a community-based forum for dispute resolution through mediation without involving the Commonwealth’s court system.

Computer Centers and the Work Force Program
For the Cambridge Housing Authority Tenant Services to operate 2 Community Computer Centers and the Work Force program. The Work Force program is an award-winning nationally recognized youth development program for adolescents living in the Cambridge Housing Authority’s subsidized housing.

Local Language-Specific Community Assistance
The following programs provide local language-specific assistance, including legal help, adult education, youth programs, and broader advocacy and involvement for immigrant rights.

Concilio Hispano
105 Windsor St, Cambridge
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)
92 Union Square, Somerville
1046 Cambridge St., Cambridge
Haitian Coalition
268 Rear Powder House Blvd Apt # 17C, Somerville
Centro Presente
17 Inner Belt Road, Somerville

Support Services to the Children and Families Served by DSS After Adoption
For the Center for Family Connections at 350 Cambridge St, Cambridge, to provide therapeutic and rehabilitative mental health services, targeted research on well-being outcomes and permanency planning for older hard-to-place youth and those aging out of the system.


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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.