Smoke This Rib Fest 2014

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


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, 617-876-4444, or visit us online at


East End House Back Pack Drive

Published on August 6, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

back pack drive

At East End House, we want every child to be prepared for school.

We help students develop the academic skills, healthy lifestyles and social-emotional competencies that are essential for classroom learning, but sometimes one’s ability to succeed depends on simple, physical items like backpacks, pencils and notebooks.

Thanks to generous support from individuals like you and organizations like Alexandria Real Estate Equities, CambridgeSide Galleria and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, we are working to ensure that every East End House student will receive a backpack full of school supplies this fall.

Backpack Drive donations will also be collected at East End House‘s Annual Summer Block Party on August 13th.




Summer In The City – East Cambridge Movie Night

Published on July 18, 2014, by in Uncategorized.


Join us on Thursday August 14th
at the East Cambridge Savings Bank
292 Cambridge St

Performance by Jenny the Juggler at 7pm

Followed by a movie

Free Popcorn, Free Movie
A Summer In The City event produced by the Cambridge Arts Council

sponsored by
ECBA and


BOOMTOWN – Free Summer Concert Series

Published on July 15, 2014, by in Uncategorized.


The Multicultural Arts Center presents BOOMTOWN, a FREE Music Concert Series this summer, every evening from Monday July 28 – Thursday July 31.

Monday, July 28, 7 PM – Sol Y Canto
Since 1994, Sol y Canto has brought audiences to their feet from the Kennedy Center to the White House. The ensemble, led by Puerto Rican/Argentine singer/ bongo player Rosi Amador and New Mexican guitarist/composer Brian Amador, features Rosi’s crystalline voice and Brian’s lush Spanish guitar and creative arrangements. Rosi and Brian will be joined by bassist Keala Kaumeheiwa and special guest Alisa Amador.

Tuesday, July 29, 7 PM – Lisa Thorson
Known for her heartfelt renditions of standards and originals, vocalist Thorson brings a “grand…sassy and seductive” style to her music.” (Boston Globe) She’s appeared internationally at festivals, clubs and concerts with her duo, quartet and quintet. The popularity of her quartet – composed of acclaimed performing and recording artists – can be attributed to their spirited kinship over 25+ years of working together. They share the writing duties with her, creating music and arrangements that draw on the rich lexicon of jazz, giving a nod to the past and a look to the future.

Wednesday, July 30, 7 PM – Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
Led by saxophonist Ken Field, Revolutionary Snake Ensemble (RSE) is a costumed funk/street beat improvisational brass band performing a unique blend of original and traditional music. Spreading the gospel of groove far and near and using the raucous rhythms of the New Orleans brass tradition as a launching pad, the Boston band has forged a volatile and unbridled sound that’s captured in all of its expressive glory on its third album, Live Snakes (Accurate Records).

Thursday, July 31, 7 PM – Jetro Da Silva Group
Jetro da Silva, jazz pianist, music director, and producer, will join forces with singer extraordinaire Nimma Xiomara (Xiomara Barbosa) for a concert that showcases her talent as an interpreter of the music of Cabo Verde, Brazil, the US, and da Silva’s skills and his experiences as a soloist and vocal accompanist. The concert will be filled with improvisational musical ideas, with a repertoire that will include many musical influences and traditions from several African countries, Europe, Brazil, Cabo Cape Verde and the US.

All events are FREE and open to the public and will take place at:

Multicultural Arts Center
41 Second Street
East Cambridge, MA 02141

Learn More:


State Park – This Just In!

Published on July 14, 2014, by in Uncategorized.
Lots going on at State Park in One Kendall Square:
Now open for LUNCH!  TuesdayFriday from 11:30am through close, so come early or stop by for a mid-afternoon drink and snack!  For full hours and menu visit our website:
Also did you know we have LIVE bluegrass music every Sunday night?  Never a cover, starts at 8:30.
Saturdays and Sundays from 5-6:30 we have a special promo called “Carrots, Cocktails, & Coloring Pages” … Ever want to bring your kids to a bar?  Now’s your chance!   Check it out here:
And our patio is open.  Come sit at our picnic tables and enjoy a beer and a chili slaw dog and your pet dogs are welcome, too.

Pops On The Lawn – Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

Published on June 23, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra
Cynthia Woods, Music Director



Sunday June 29, 2014 at 3:00 PM
Sennott Park
(Tremont St at Broadway)
Cambridge, MA 02139

This free full-orchestra concert is an excellent event for families with children and for adults of all ages, and even gives kids in the audience a chance to try conducting the orchestra. The program will include a variety of songs from Broadway shows and the movies, patriotic songs and marches, and family-friendly classical repertoire.

This concert is FREE and open to the public!

This program is supported in part by a grant from MetLife and the Cambridge Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra · 617-576-1819 ·

Please check our website for the Rain Location.


2014 FIFA World Cup USA vs PORTUGAL -Sunday

Published on June 20, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

King Open School, Human Services Dept. and the
East Cambridge Business Association Present:


2014 FIFA World Cup USA vs PORTUGAL

 Sunday June 22, 2014

 4:30 – 6:00 PM: King Open Playground – Field games by Playworks, Linguica by Atasca, Hot dogs by Atwoods

 6:00 – 8:00 PM: Live Streaming of USA/Portugal – big screen King Open Auditorium. Kids soccer-themed movie – inflatable big screen in the King Open gym


The City of Cambridge announces grant funding to remove architectural barriers.

Published on June 19, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

Storefronts-For-All in Cambridge. Photo by Bob Coe

Photo By Bob Coe

June 18, 2014, CAMBRIDGE, MA  – Today a celebration and groundbreaking occurred with the first project to take advantage of increased grant funding for removal of architectural barriers at the Boston Bed Company on 625 Cambridge Street.  This East Cambridge retailer hosted the event to showcase the services available to independent businesses and property owners.  Mayor David P. Maher and City Manager Richard C. Rossi were on hand to explain the increased reimbursement available to small businesses for the purpose of making their location more accessible.  Businesses can now receive an unprecedented 90% reimbursement, up to $20,000, in addition to the existing matching grant for façade improvements.  The City believes this higher level of funding will spur more property owners and businesses to make enhancements that were previously financially out of reach.


Since 2003, the City of Cambridge has encouraged commercial property owners to improve the visual appearance and accessibility of retail storefronts with a matching grant that has spurred investment to create a pedestrian-friendly environment.  The City of Cambridge recognizes that a greater effort is needed to remove architectural barriers so Cambridge retailers can serve the growing population whose enjoyment of street-level retail businesses is hindered by architectural barriers, such as steps, heavy doors, etc.

Additionally, research by City staff have noted that people with disabilities and those baby boomers who may also have difficulty with architectural barriers have a major economic impact in the U.S.:

·        $175 billion in discretionary spending power;

·        75% of people with disabilities eat out at restaurants at least once a week;

·        Baby boomers have more discretionary income than any other age group.

“Cambridge is dedicated to making local businesses successful in our neighborhoods and this program is just another demonstration of how our city provides opportunities for businesses here to prosper,” said Mayor David P. Maher. “We are very proud of the work that we are doing to improve our storefronts and to offer the support that many need to make their small businesses accessible and attractive.”


The Storefronts-For-All Program is a prime example of the City’s commitment to creating public-private partnerships to assist local businesses,” said Richard C. Rossi, City Manager. “This program will expand not only the customer base for local businesses, but also shopping and dining out opportunities for persons with disabilities.  This is a win-win program for Cambridge.”


“The storefront accessibility program accelerates our efforts to improve access to Cambridge businesses.  As the baby boomer population gets older, the demand for accessible retail stores and service establishments will continue to increase, and this program allows us to address that demand,” said Michael Muehe, Executive Director of the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities.


“The bricked up front and small windows of this East Cambridge building felt like a fortress. From the time we signed the lease, we’ve talked about enlarging the windows to let people see into our showroom.  This partnership with the city lets us open up the whole front of the store and reach out to the street and our neighbors and makes us more inviting.  We are pleased that by offering improved access to the store we can better serve the needs of all our customers in Cambridge and the surrounding communities.”
~ Andrew Rosenblatt, Chief of Sleep, Boston Bed Company


The Storefront Improvement Program provides technical and financial assistance to property owners or tenants seeking to renovate or restore commercial building exterior facades. The Program removes architectural barriers at the storefront entrance, improves the physical appearance of independent businesses and enhances the commercial districts of Cambridge.  This program provides:

·        90% matching grant up to $20,000 for exterior improvements that comply with the American with Disabilities Act and the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board guidelines, including ramps, lifts, door hardware, automatic openers, accessible parking, and signage.

·        50% matching grant up to $15,000 for other façade improvements, including better windows, paneling, architectural details and restoration of historic features.

·        50% matching grant up to $2,500 for signage, lighting and awning improvements.

·        An architectural consultant retained by the City is available to provide assistance to applicants through the conceptual design stage at no cost to the applicants.


Run N Ride @ Cambridgeside: Free Kids Event – Register Now

Published on June 19, 2014, by in Uncategorized.


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