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:

USvsPORT

GOOOOOOOOOOOOALLLL!!
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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Storefronts-For-All in Cambridge, starting with Boston Bed Company

Published on June 2, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

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The City of Cambridge announces grant funding to remove architectural barriers with the Storefront Improvement Program.

Come join the City of Cambridge as we have a groundbreaking ceremony for Boston Bed Company, the first Cambridge retailer to receive a 90% reimbursement for removing architectural barriers and making their Storefronts-For-All.  This East Cambridge retailer will host the event to showcase the services available to independent businesses and property owners through the Storefront Improvement Program.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Speaking program begins promptly at 9:15 AM and includes:

  • David P. Maher, Mayor of Cambridge
  • Andrew Rosenblatt, President of Boston Bed Company
  • Richard Rossi, Cambridge City Manager

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 improvements to entrance that complies with the American with Disabilities Act and the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board guidelines, including ramps, lifts, doors hardware and 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.
 

Cambridge Conversations – Citywide Master Plan

Published on June 2, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

Cambridge Conversations, a series of listening sessions to be held in different neighborhoods across the city during June 2014.   These conversations will help shape the master plan process as we move from listening to working together to develop a shared framework, and from there to a plan and action.  Here is your opportunity to share your ideas about what is working well, what could work better, and what kind of city we want – today and in the future.

Cambridge Conversations will kick off with a series of three community meetings.  Join us at a location and time that works for you.

  • Tuesday, June 10, 6:30-8:30 PM:  Tobin School Gym, 197 Vassal Lane
  • Wednesday, June 11, 6:30-8:30 PM:  Kennedy School Cafeteria, 158 Spring Street
  • Saturday, June 14, 10:00 AM-12:00 noon:  Cambridge College, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, 1st floor

Additionally, informal drop-in sessions are being scheduled in multiple locations around Cambridge.  Stop by and see us.

  • Monday, June 16, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM:  Windsor Street Health Center Lobby, 119 Windsor St
  • Thursday, June 26, 4:00-7:00 PM:  Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave

We will also be available at several community events and public meetings over the summer so look for the Community Conversations table at

  • Fresh Pond Day:  Saturday, May 31, 11:00-3:00 PM              
  • Eastern Cambridge Kendall Square Open Space Study/Connect Kendall Square Public Meeting: Tuesday, June 3, 5:30-7:30 PM – Kendall Marriot Hotel, 50 Broadway
  • Cambridge Bicycle Network Plan Open House: Thursday, June 12, 5:00 PM-8:30 PM – Cambridge Main Library, 449 Broadway
  • Kendall Square Farmers Market: Wednesday, June 18, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM – Main Street sidewalk at Kendall Station
  • Alewife Public Meeting (City Council Transportation & Public Utilities Committee): Thursday, June 19, 6:00-8:00 PM — Tobin School Lobby, 197 Vassal Lane

* Please feel free to forward this notice to others who might be interested.

 

Art Mind & Body Art Gallery: WAKAYA Closing Reception Saturday 5pm

Published on May 16, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

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ECBA Freedom Run 2014

Published on May 5, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

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Its time for the second annual ECBA Freedom Run!

Freedom Run is a patriotic summer “kick off” race through East Cambridge that’s hosted by the East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA), sponsored by the CambridgeSide Galleria  and produced by Cambridge 5k

Registration includes a great shirt + post-race party in Canal Park that features free food, craft beer, great music + an epic costume contest & dance off!

Sign Up Now!

 

Live Bird @ Multicultural Arts Center

Published on April 28, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

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Live Bird

May 2 & 3, 2014 at 8 PM

Live Bird is a one-man play celebrating the life and music of the legendary jazz saxophonist Charlie “Bird” Parker which is written, directed, and performed by Jeff Robinson. The play is set in a bar in NYC in the summer of 1947 and is an intimate floor stage play that allows you to really experience what it was like to be in the room with Parker himself.

$20 General Seating / $15 students (with ID), seniors (65+), JazzBoston members.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

 

 

Tickets will be available online until 1 hour before the show, they will then be available at the door.

 

Film Screening: Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story

Published on April 28, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

Disobedience: The Sousa Mendes Story

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Thursday, May 1, 2014

Location:
Main Library
449 Broadway
Lecture Hall
Cambridge

Celebrate what historian Yehuda Bauer describes as “the greatest act of rescue by a single individual during the Holocaust” with this fictionalized film that portrays the courageous story of Portuguese diplomat Aristides de Sousa Mendes.

Sousa-Mendes

 

Spring Fling – Saturday May 3

Published on April 28, 2014, by in Uncategorized.

Spring Fling

City of Cambridge – Department of Human Service Programs –
Community Schools Division

Kennedy Neighborhood Council and Community School
Present the

5th Annual Spring Fling

 

Kennedy Longfellow School – 158 Spring Street – Cambridge

Saturday, May 3rd 11am to 2pm

(rain date – May 17th)

Please join us for this family and child oriented festival.

Entertainment by Davey the Clown – Face Painting – Arts and Crafts – Raffles

Moon Bounce – Food – Snow Cones –Popcorn and More

Sponsored by the East Cambridge Savings Bank

with participation from the Agenda For Children, ECBA, Cambridge Police Dept., Cambridge Fire Dept, East End House, East Cambridge Families Group, Kayem

 
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