New East Cambridge Bike Parking on Cambridge St

Published on November 2, 2011, by in bikes, transportation.
Dear East Cambridge Business/Resident/Property Owner:
The City of Cambridge is planning for the installation of one or more bicycle racks on the public sidewalk in the vicinity of your building. You will notice white spray-paint markings on the pavement at each of the proposed locations. Here is a link to a google map with the proposed locations:
If you have any questions about proposed locations, or suggestions for new locations, please feel free to contact me. A version of this letter has been mailed to each abutting property owner and business or residential occupant.
The type of rack installed is the city standard “post and ring” rack (sample photo pasted below). The racks will be installed this fall.
The City of Cambridge Bicycle Parking Program provides bicycle racks throughout the city in order to support and encourage the use of bicycles as a mode of transportation. There are presently over 800 bicycle parking racks on the public right of way throughout the city, about 90% of which are located in commercial districts.
The number of cycling trips in Cambridge has increased by almost 150% between 2002 and 2010, accompanied by an increase in the demand for bicycle parking.
Over the past 5 years, over 350 new bicycle parking racks have been installed on public sidewalks, funded in part by an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, a component of the Federal Stimulus Package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009). Funding for the racks themselves comes from the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality program, and is being administered by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
More information, you can visit our webpage visit our webpage:
If you have any questions about these installations, please feel free to contact me.
Jeff Rosenblum
Transportation Planner

Community Meeting for Police Update On Recent Street Robberies

You are invited to a
Community Meeting
hosted by
City Councillor Tim Toomey
and the
Cambridge Police Department
Wednesday November 2nd
The First Floor Community Room of the Police Station (125 Sixth Street)
In light of the recent armed robberies in the East Cambridge and Wellington Harrington area, Councillor Toomey and the Cambridge Police Department are hosting a community meeting to update residents on the incidents.
Please join us on Wednesday November 2nd @ 6pm in the First Floor Community Room at the Police Station.
Feel free to contact Tim at with any questions

Green Line Extension Mock Groundbreaking

Mock Groundbreaking Flyer 3


Rib Fest was Awesome … Don’t believe me? Check out this video!

Published on October 17, 2011, by in how2heroes, Rib Fest.

The smoke has cleared and the champs have been crowned.
Congrats to East Side Bar and Grille who defended their title and took home the Peoples Choice Award.
Congrats to Bosphorus was awared the Best Ribs Award by our guest judges Tony Maws of Craigie On Main, Barry Maiden of Hungry Mother, and Nick Iverson of Americas Test Kitchen.

Thanks to all the restuarants who took time out of their schedules to help us create a great event for East Cambridge. Thanks to the volunteers who came out and supported the event, we couldnt have pulled it off without your help. Of course thanks to our sponsors for all your support.

Thanks to how2heroes for this awesome video.


Phillip Tang: Rib Fest Primer

Published on October 3, 2011, by in Rib Fest.

Phillip Tang is the chef and owner of East By Northeast here in Cambridge and he is going to be preparing cured pork belly for his cooking demo at the how2heroes demo tent at Rib Fest this Sunday.

Take a look at the how2heroes video featuring Phil and his pork belly.  Consider your appetite …wetted.


Crime Prevention Boat Cruise

The Cambridge Police Department and East End House invite you to a
Crime Prevention Boat Cruise

October 4th, 2011
6 pm
The boat will depart from the CambridgeSide Galleria.
Sponsored by the Charles Riverboat Company
Come meet your local police officers and neighbors and enjoy a lovely boat cruise! Sergeants Maureen Ford and Edward Frammartino will share information about recent crimes and crime prevention efforts. Strategies and trends will be discussed.
The cruise is provided free of charge.
Please contact East End House at 617-876-4444
with any questions.

We hope to see you there!


Sign Up for the New Cambridge Alert Network

Receive Emergency and Other Community Alerts via Email, Text and Phone

The City of Cambridge is excited to announce the launch of the Cambridge Alert Network, a new and improved notification system aimed at sharing information with community members in an effective and timely manner via phone, text and email.

“I strongly encourage our residents, businesses and all members of the community interested in receiving Cambridge alerts to sign up for this new notification system,” said City Manager Robert W. Healy.  “It will be extremely helpful in communicating information directly to the community during natural disasters, snow parking bans and other types of emergencies.”

The Cambridge Alert Network currently consists of three services: CodeRED, CitizenObserver and Cambridge E-Line.

CodeRED is an emergency notification system that allows the City to send emergency notifications to subscribers via email, text and phone calls.  Cambridge land lines will automatically receive emergency notifications by phone, but all are encouraged to sign up with their cell phone number and email addresses as well.  This service will be used in the event of emergencies affecting the City, such as snow emergencies, evacuations, large-scale water outages or other significant service disruptions. 

CitizenObserver is used by the Cambridge Police Department to send email and text alerts relating to crime.  All are encouraged to subscribe to receive neighborhood–specific alerts about emerging crime patterns, announcements about neighborhood meetings and crime-prevention tips.

Cambridge E-Line is a source for general information and communications from the City of Cambridge via email and text.  Anyone can sign up for street cleaning reminders, trash and recycling pickup, City news and departmental information.

Please visit and sign up today.  Questions, concerns or help with registration should be directed to 617-349-9490.


Spotlight on Sponsors: Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry

Published on September 16, 2011, by in Rib Fest.

The Cambridge law firm of Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry has existed for over 25 years. Over the years, despite minor changes in the name of the firm, our commitment to providing personal service and fighting for favorable outcomes on behalf of our clients has remained constant.
As a full-service law firm, we represent clients’ interests in a variety of forums, including state and federal courts, governmental and regulatory agency hearings, zoning boards of appeal, probate courts, and at mediation and arbitration. Our clients have the assurance that an experienced and attentive attorney is working on their behalf to achieve the best possible outcome.

A Reputation Built on Client Appreciation

We are large enough to provide sophisticated services while retaining the family atmosphere of a smaller firm. Many new clients come to us after hearing about our law firm from their friends, colleagues and neighbors. Our firm has been fortunate in being able to avoid advertising; referrals and recommendations from existing clients are largely responsible for our healthy and diverse client base.

Accomplished Attorneys

Our attorneys have received numerous awards and accolades, including selection for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers, the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Society of Barristers. Several have received AV-peer ratings, the highest rating available through Martindale-Hubbell.* Others lecture, teach and publish articles on a wide range of legal topics. Each of our attorneys is active in both the profession and in the wider community as a whole.

Specialty Practice Areas

Although we provide legal services in a wide range of practice areas, from business law to residential real estate, our firm is known for its focus on several specialty practices. These include special education law and disability law. In fact, a number of our lawyers have related experience in these areas, providing our clients with a unique understanding of their issues. For example, prior to becoming an attorney, partner Janine Brown-Smith was COO of the Cotting School. Another partner of the firm, Henry Clark, served for thirteen years as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Chapter 766 Approved Private Schools (“MAAPS”). It is this industry experience that sets CHA&E apart

Spotlight on Sponsors: EF

Published on September 15, 2011, by in Rib Fest.

EF stands for “Education First.” With a mission to break down barriers in language, culture and geography, EF has helped more than 15 million people of all ages and nationalities become citizens of the world. Cultural exchanges, educational travel, language training and degree programs — we put education first
EF was founded on the simple idea that to really learn, you need to experience. Immersion learning and cultural exchange are at the core of what we do. From bringing American teachers and their students to see Europe’s wonders, to bringing Chinese teens to London to learn English, to running a top-ranked MBA program in San Francisco, EF believes in the global classroom.

Go to for more info about EF


Spotlight on Sponsors: Forest City

Published on September 15, 2011, by in Rib Fest.

In operation since 1984, Forest City Boston is committed to developing high-quality urban projects that — through careful consideration of architectural design, construction, and operating systems — provide enduring value and capital appreciation for our company and our partners. The buildings we create must enhance the urban environment, be respectful of historic context, and enliven the pedestrian experience. In addition, we strive to respect local community objectives, valuing and incorporating input from neighborhood groups and adjacent stakeholders.

Boston is home to Forest City’s University Park at MIT, an award-winning campus environment of 2.3 million square feet, just steps from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and minutes from the renowned research and academic institutions of Boston. A vibrant 27-acre development, the project successfully integrates 1.5 million square feet of scientific research facilities with more than 670 residential units, a hotel and conference center, retail amenities and more

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