GLX Public Meeting Schedule

Published on February 22, 2016, by in Uncategorized.

MassDOTGLX

February 22, 2016

Friends –

We are pleased to inform you that a series of public meetings has been scheduled on the Green Line Extension project.

As many of you know, MassDOT and the MBTA are currently working through a re-evalaution of the Green Line Extension project, focusing on four key areas: (1) project management; (2) redesign; (3) re-procurement; and (4) the development of a reliable cost estimate and schedule. This re-evaluation has been prompted by significant cost overruns on the project, and is expected to be complete and submitted to the MassDOT Board of Directors and the MBTA Fiscal & Management Control Board in May.

In order to seek public ideas and input on the re-evaluation, MassDOT and the MBTA will be holding the following public meetings over the next two months:

Wednesday, March 2nd
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue – Somerville

Wednesday, March 23rd
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
Tufts University
51 Winthrop Street – Medford

Wednesday, April 13th
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
Argenziano School
290 Washington Street – Somerville

Wednesday, April 27th
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
St. Anthony’s Parish Hall
400 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue – Cambridge

Thursday, May 5th
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
St. Clement’s Parish Hall
579 Boston Avenue – Medford

Information about the meetings will also be posted to the Green Line Extension website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@glxinfo.com.

Thank you for your continued interest in the Green Line Extension project.

 

Pre-Holiday Fraud Awareness Training Seminar

Published on October 26, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

The Boston Police Department is holding a Pre-Holiday Fraud Awareness Training Seminar.   They have invited the Cambridge Business Community to take advantage of this training. The seminar will focus on issues that businesses face every day, but in particular, during the holiday season.

  • They will show how re-encoded credit cards and gift cards are made and why.
  • They will show the new chip credit cards and the issues that merchants will be facing with the new technology and how they are going to be responsible for any losses.
  • They will explain how to detect counterfeit money and American Express Travelers Checks.
  • They will also touch on the new shoplifting laws.

The seminar will review many issues that businesses deal with relative to credit cards, cash or travelers checks.

This seminar takes place on Tuesday November 10th from 10:00am till 12 noon, John Hancock Building’s Dorothy Quincy Suite,180 Berkeley Street, Boston, Ma 02116.

If you are attending, please e-mail Officer Burke at pburke@cambridgepolice.org  so that he can reach out to Boston PD to let them know the amount of Cambridge people in attendance.  Officer Paul Burke and Officer Buckowe Yam, are  business liaisons for the CPD.

Thank you….hope you and/or your staff will take advantage of this important seminar.

 

Smoke This Rib Fest 2015

Published on August 26, 2015, by in BBQ.

RibFest_2015_LogoCambridge, MA: The East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA) is proud to present The East Cambridge Business Association “Smoke This” Rib Fest 2015, on Sunday October 4, 2015 from 12:00 noon – 4:00pm. The Rib Fest and Street Fair will take place on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, between Fulkerson Street and Fifth Street.

The Rib Fest is a culinary showdown pitting pit master against pit master for the title of the best ribs in town. The event is perfect for all ages so come and enjoy some BBQ, live music and so much more. There will be plenty of food and fun to be had, but for the best chance to sample a variety of ribs and to cast your vote, you’ll need a Taste Ticket which will get you 10 rib samples from the restaurants of your choice at a first come first serve basis. Taste Tickets are on sale starting September 2nd. Taste Tickets sell out every year, so each restaurant will also be selling a dish at a great price, showcasing food from their fall menu. So even if you miss out on buying a Taste Ticket, you can still enjoy tasty food from the best restaurants around town!

Live music by local favorites Vapors of Morphine, Silks, Monday Night Bluegrass, and Roy Sludge Trio and the kids will enjoy fun and games with The East End House.

The growing list of participating restaurants include Abigail’s, ARTBAR, Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge Brewing Co., The Cambridge Police Department Pitmasters, Catalyst, Champions, Commonwealth, East Coast Grill, Filarmonica Santo Antonio, Hops N Scotch, Lone Star, Lord Hobo, Loyal Nine, Ole Mexican Grill, Portugalia, Puritan & Co., Rindge Vocational Culinary Arts Students, State Park and Trina’s Starlight Lounge.

Rib Fest is a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the local fare in and near East Cambridge and is produced by The East Cambridge Business Association and sponsored by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Avalon Bay Communities, Beacon Capital, Divco West, East Cambridge Savings Bank, EF, Forest City, Hotel Marlowe, HYM Investments, Leggat McCall, Mount Vernon Group, Naveo Credit Union, Boston Properties, Cambridge Savings Bank, Geek Offices, Linear Retail, MIT, Turner Construction, and Vinfen.

The mission of the East Cambridge Business Association is to promote and maintain sustainable commerce in East Cambridge; to be a single voice for its members; to promote activities that bond East Cambridge businesses with their neighborhood; to preserve the historical integrity and importance of East Cambridge; and to promote an active stewardship of our neighborhood. We believe that by working together with the community and by working toward improving our businesses we can make East Cambridge a better place to live and work.

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Visit www.EastCambridgeBA.com or contact
Jason Alves by email baecamb@gmail.com for further details

 

 

Snow Storm Loan Fund to help Small Businesses

Published on March 5, 2015, by in Uncategorized.

– Governor Baker announced a Snow Storm Loan Fund through the Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation to help small businesses recover from lost storm revenue.  These micro-loans are between $5,000 – $10,000.  For more information and eligibility requirements, please visit the MGCC website: http://www.mcdfc.com/about/article/baker-polito-administration-announces-snow-storm-loan-fund

 

Inman Square Harvest Hoedown – Sunday Nov 9

Published on November 3, 2014, by in Uncategorized.
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Inman Square Harvest Hoedown

 

Best Retail Practices Program

Published on September 2, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

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The Best Retail Practices (BRP) Program reaches out to Cambridge retailers and restaurant owners seeking to improve their establishments’ interior appearance, marketing, advertising, and operations.

The City hires expert retail consultants to share best practices in the industry with participants. Components of the Program include free workshops covering such topics as best practices in interior design, marketing and management. In addition to the workshops, the program offers individual in-store consultations and grant assistance. A business must meet eligibility requirements to participate in individual in-store consultations and the grant program. The Program’s goal is to assist business owners with technical and financial assistance to build a stronger customer base and boost sales.

For more information on eligibility requirements for the Best Retail Practices Program, please click here.

The next Best Retail Practices Part I Workshop (required for Cambridge businesses interested in the in-store consultations and grant program) will be held Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 8:30 A.M. If you are interested in attending this workshop, please contact Pardis Saffari at 617/349-4654 or via email at psaffari@cambridgema.gov. The workshop is free to all Cambridge retailers, restauranteurs and storefront service businesses

 

Business Development Workshops

Published on September 2, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

Take a look at the September offerings of the Economic Development Departments Business Development Workshops.

September 2014

Cambridge Business Assistance Info Session

  • Date: Monday, September 15, 2014
  • Time: 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
  • Location: Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd floor Community Room
  • Description: Staff from the city’s Economic Development Division will discuss the variety of programs that the city offers to residents and business owners interested in starting or growing their business. Learn about future workshops and commercial programs available. Presented by the City of Cambridge.
  • Registration and Admission: Free to all. Register by calling Rona Abrahams at 617/349-4637 or via email at rabrahams@cambridgema.gov

Search Engine Optimization Workshop

  • Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
  • Time: 8:30 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
  • Location: Cambridge City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd floor Community Room
  • Description: Attend this workshop to get easy-to-implement tips to help you improve your online visibility, build your brand, and grow your website traffic. Topics include: improving user experience, understanding and optimizing your online presence, and demystifying Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Presented by the Center for Women and Enterprise.
  • Registration and Admission: Free to Cambridge residents and business owners, $25 for all Non-Cambridge participants. Register by calling Rona Abrahams at 617/349-4637 or by email at rabrahams@cambridgema.gov

Steps to Starting Your Own Business

  • Date: Wednesday, September 24, 2014
  • Time: 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
  • Location: Cambridge Public Library – Main Branch, 449 Broadway, Community Room Level 2
  • Description: This workshop is ideal for those in the early stages of starting a business or those thinking about owning a business. Topics include: developing your business idea, considering your business structure, licenses and permits; and additional tools and tips to get you started quickly. Presented by the City of Cambridge.
  • Registration and Admission: Free to all. Register by calling Rona Abrahams at 617/349-4637 or via email at rabrahams@cambridgema.gov
 

NStar Scam

Published on September 2, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

Please be aware there have been multiple business that have been called by scammers claiming to be from NStar.  It is easy to be fooled by the callers as they have what seem to be legitimate call back numbers as well .  See below message from the NStar website and educate yourself to protect yourself and your business from these scammers

Protect You & Your Family From Scams

Recently there has been an increase in scams both in our region and nationally. At NSTAR we want to protect you from potential scams.

As an important safety reminder, all NSTAR employees carry photo identification at all times and most of our employees also drive a company vehicle.

If you believe somebody is falsely claiming to be an NSTAR employee, report the incident immediately to your local police.

NSTAR employees also rarely make unsolicited house visits. Some exceptions include following up on collections notices, accessing our equipment to ensure the safe and efficient operation of our distribution system, or there is another safety concern.

To help further protect yourself from potential scams, please keep the following tips in mind:

  • Never provide personal financial information to any unsolicited individual, whether in person, on the phone, or online.
  • Customers schedule for disconnection due to non-payment receive advanced written notice, which includes actions they can take to ensure their service isn’t interrupted.
  • Customers have multiple payment options available, including E-Bill, One Time Payments, Pay by Phone, Money Orders, Walk-In Locations and credit card payments.
  • NSTAR would never ask customers to purchase prepaid cards.
  • You can verify a caller claiming to be from NSTAR is legitimate by asking for some basic information about your account. Our representatives are able to provide the name on your account, the account address and exact past due balance on your account.
  • Always decline any door-to-door offer claiming to be from NSTAR – even if the individuals provide proof such as a utility company badge number. You can also call us directly at 800-592-2000 to confirm any offers.

Examples of Recent Scams

A common theme of most scams is threatening customers with disconnection if a same-day payment is not made. Here are some examples of scam attempts that have been reported to NSTAR.

  • A caller states they represent the Billing Department and tell customers they will be shut off if they don’t make a payment by midnight.
  • A caller instructs a customer to make a payment by purchasing a “Green Dot” VISA card. The customer is then asked to call another phone number where information is obtained from the credit card and the monetary value is removed.
  • A customer reported receiving a phone call from another electric utility telling him that we are disconnecting the customer’s service by 7 p.m. unless a payment of $500 was made.
  • A business customer reported receiving a call advising him that “the system crashed after the hurricane” and a payment was needed over the phone to maintain the customers’ service. Similarly, another caller told customers a payment wasn’t received because of the hurricane, so their service would be disconnected immediately unless a payment was made.
  • A customer was told by a caller that their meter was malfunctioning and the customer was being overcharged. The customer was instructed to purchase a prepaid credit card for $200. The customer was later called back and told the payment wasn’t completed, so another card needed to be purchased for $300 – with the assurance the customer would be refunded $1,000 and the meter repaired.
  • In some instances, customers reported NSTAR’s 800-number appearing on their caller ID.
 

Smoke This Rib Fest 2014

Published on August 25, 2014, by in BBQ, Uncategorized.

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The East Cambridge Business Association Presents:

The 5th Annual

Smoke This Rib Fest

Sunday October 5, 2014

The East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA) is proud to present The East Cambridge Business Association “Smoke This” Rib Fest 2014, on Sunday October 5, 2014 from 12:00 noon – 4:00pm. The Rib Fest and Street Fair will take place on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, between Fulkerson Street and Fifth Street.

The Rib Fest is a culinary showdown pitting pit master against pit master for the title of the best ribs in town. The event is perfect for all ages so come and enjoy some BBQ, live music and so much more. There will be plenty of food and fun to be had, but for the best chance to sample a variety of ribs and to cast your vote, you’ll need a Taste Ticket which will get you 10 rib samples from the restaurants of your choice at a first come first serve basis. Taste Tickets are on sale starting September 3rd. Taste Tickets sell out every year, so each restaurant will also be selling a dish at a great price, showcasing food from their fall menu. So even if you miss out on buying a Taste Ticket, you can still enjoy tasty food from the best restaurants around town!

Enjoy cooking demonstrations from local chefs, while the kids enjoy fun and games with The East End House. Music provided by Local favorites The Atwood’s Monday Night Bluegrass Band and more

Participating restaurants include Abigail’s, ARTBAR, Atwood’s Tavern, Bambara, Cambridge Brewing Co., Champions, Commonwealth, East by Northeast, East Side Bar & Grille, Filarmonica Santo Antonio, Lone Star, Lord Hobo, Ole Mexican Grill, PF Chang’s China Bistro, Portugalia, Puritan & Co., Ridge Vocational Culinary Arts Students, State Park, and Tupelo. And welcoming special guests: The Cambridge Police Department Pitmasters and The Cambridge Fire Department Pitmasters

Rib Fest is a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the local fare in and near East Cambridge and is produced by The East Cambridge Business Association and sponsored by Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Naveo Credit Union, East Cambridge Savings Bank, EF, Avalon Bay Communities, Beacon Capital, Forest City, HYM Investments, Leggat McCall, McKinnon Co., Mount Vernon Group, Boston Properties, Cambridge Savings Bank, Consigli Construction, Cushman & Wakefield, Geek Offices, Graffito SP, Linear Retail, MIT, Turner Construction, Urban Spaces LLC, Veolia, and Vinfen. Rib Fest is also made possible by our friends at Atwood’s Tavern, Blossom Floral Design, Cambridge Printing, Cambridgeside Galleria, CCTV, East End House, Gentle Giant, Kroner Design, The Loyal Nine, and the Royal Sonesta Hotel.

 

The mission of the East Cambridge Business Association is to promote and maintain sustainable commerce in East Cambridge; to be a single voice for its members; to promote activities that bond East Cambridge businesses with their neighborhood; to preserve the historical integrity and importance of East Cambridge; and to promote an active stewardship of our neighborhood. We believe, that by working together with the community and by working toward improving our businesses we hope to make East Cambridge a better place to live and work.

 

 

 

EEH Sumer Block Party

Published on August 6, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

BlockParty 2014

Families, friends, and neighbors are invited to this free community celebration! The party will feature a BBQ, ice cream sundaes, face painting, a magician, balloon animals, games, a moon bounce, live music and more!

With support provided by All-Brand New England, the Biogen Idec Blues Band, Cambridge Energy Alliance, Cambridge Fire Department, Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Public Health Department’s Men’s Health League, CambridgeSide Galleria, East Cambridge Business Association, East Cambridge Planning Team, J.P. Licks, and the Kennedy Neighborhood Council and Community School.

For more information contact Tim Severyn, Senior Director of Community Programs, at timothy@eastendhouse.org, 617-876-4444, or visit us online at www.eastendhouse.org

 
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