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, 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.
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!
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 will be available online until 1 hour before the show, they will then be available at the door.
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Thursday, May 1, 2014
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.
City of Cambridge – Department of Human Service Programs –
Community Schools Division
Kennedy Neighborhood Council and Community School
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
Touch Art Gallery, May 19-June 16, 2014
The show will include works in oils and acrylics and
sculptures that are cast in bronze, steel and non-metallic media.
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Artist Reception: Friday June 6, 6-8 pm
Touch Art Gallery
281 Concord Avenue, Cambridge 02133
ACKS Arts Gateway Photo Exhibit
April 9, 2014
215 First St
The opening will be followed by a cheese and wine reception
For more information about the ACKS Arts Gateway, visit our Public Art Initiative blog