Wed, Nov 25 - I walked through Central Square on my way to MIT this morning and finally reached the breaking point concerning the complete disregard of residents, business and property owners for the area. I removed posters (many outdated and some not) from most of the poles along the way - some many months old. If you operate a business or occupy offices in Central Square, would it be so much to ask for you to just give a shit about your surroundings? These are not things for which you should pass the buck to the Department of Public Works. Just clean up your act. You're adults. Try acting like it.
Maybe it's time for vigilante cleaning crews. From now on, whenever I have more than a few free moments, I will tear down every illegal poster I see anywhere in Central Square. If this means having one less person at your "Occupy Something" rally, then tough shit. You're a parasite and we don't need you. Maybe I'll give a grace period for Yard Sales but, seriously, is it so much to ask you to take down the posters that you put up after your event is over?
How about the proprietors of the Middle East (wonderful people by all accounts) taking responsibility to remove all the stickers from the poles within several hundred feet of their clubs put there from the fans and members of the various bands who play at their clubs? Do you think that maybe, just maybe, the people who operate The Dance Complex might hire somebody to remove the grafitti from their building? Don't get me going about Morris Nagger and his perpetual negligence of the properties he and his family own in Central Square. Thanks, Morris, for bringing H-Mart to Central Square (we love you for it), but could you now start removing the enormous amount of graffiti that has been growing unabated on your buildings over the last decade?
If anyone would like to sit down with me and help write the Code of Conduct and How-To Guide for Living, Working, and Owning Property in Central Square, I'll be accepting applications over the next few days. I'm not interested in waiting for others to do this. Email me at Robert@rwinters.com or call me at 617-661-9230. Once we're clear about this basic stuff, we'll take on some of the bigger issues. - Robert Winters
Tues, Nov 24 - It's looking like we won't be doing our weekly Cambridge InsideOut show on CCTV tonight at 5:30pm and 6:00pm due to my co-host Judy Nathans being out sick today. If you are reading this and might like to stand in as co-host tonight, give me a call right away at 617-661-9230. Otherwise, we'll be back next Tuesday. - Robert Winters
Notable Floatables on the Nov 23, 2015 Cambridge City Council agenda
These items have floated to the top of my barrel this week:
Manager's Agenda #1. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to the Coolidge Place Land Disposition Report, pursuant to Chapter 2.110 of the Cambridge Municipal Code.
Manager's Agenda #2. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to the Planning Board recommendation favoring the Coolidge Plan Land Disposition.
In a rational world, this would be a routine minor land disposition. This was a well-known component of the Mass&Main zoning package that was passed by the City Council last spring but, just like curb cut approvals, these can sometimes become opportunities for continued efforts to block projects or extract additional concessions. Honestly, this was all settled in May and the exchange of this passageway for a far better one (plus cash) should be a slam dunk. Perhaps we can get a player to be named later in the trade. The hearing starts at 7:00pm.
Manager's Agenda #3. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to a Planning Board recommendation to further study the Barrett, et al Zoning Petition.
This petition has already had one pass at the Planning Board (Oct 27) and at the Ordinance Committee (Nov 19). Parts of the proposal will likely be kicked down the road as part of the citywide planning exercises, but some could be acted upon sooner. At the heart of the petition is the basic concept of allowing residential property owners to make better use of existing, underutilized space in their buildings for additional rental housing. People already do this under the radar all over Cambridge.
Manager's Agenda #4. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to a Planning Board recommendation to adopt with changes the Carsharing Zoning Petition (refiled).
The Planning Board remains convinced that this is generally a good thing but that there should be a registration mechanism to allow the City to monitor how expanded carsharing on residential properties evolves and if any problems arise.
Manager's Agenda #5. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to the purchase of the premises numbered 0 Winter Street, Assessor's parcel #165-21-1, in the Town of Lincoln ("the Property") consisting of 54.35 acres of undeveloped land for the purposes of protecting the City's drinking water supply and for land conservation.
Watershed protection is one of those unseen and underappreciated things the City does. This is money well spent.
Manager's Agenda #7. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 15-85, regarding a report on the feasibility of having the City purchase the buildings on Harvard Street and Harding Street.
The short version is: No Deal.
Unfinished Business #6. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to proposed amendment to the Living Wage Ordinance. The question comes on passing to be ordained on or after Nov 16, 2015.
I'm not so sure this is ready to rock and roll, but that hasn't stopped this City Council in other votes during the last two years. Why let legal enforcibility or economic viability get in the way of a popular vote?
Communications #3. A communication was received from Kim Courtney, regarding Xavier Dietrich's Open Meeting Law Complaint against the Board of Zoning Appeal and Chair Constantine Alexander.
Communications & Reports from City Officers #1. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk, transmitting a response to the Open Meeting Law Complaint filed by Kim Courtney and Xavier Dietrich, 955 Massachusetts Avenue #259, Cambridge, regarding the Minutes of the City Council meeting of Aug 10, 2015.
Mosquitoes are annoying pests, but you have to at least respect their need for nutrition. I have yet to see any basis for respect for this not-so-dynamic duo of Courtney/Dietrich whose sole reason for being is to be an annoyance. Perhaps they should open a whine bar.
Order #1. That the City Manager is requested to report back on the feasibility of making a comprehensive housing plan an early action item of the pending citywide planning process. Councillor Carlone and Councillor Mazen
Sound great just as long as "comprehensive" doesn't translate into "build nothing that doesn't sit well with our political supporters."
Order #3. City Council support of the efforts of the Harvard Graduate Student Union and urging the Harvard administration to commit to refrain from legal or other action that would delay graduate employees' right to choose collective bargaining, to refrain from efforts to influence research assistants and teaching assistants in their decision to vote on HGSU-UAW, and to commit to commence good-faith negotiations for a contract immediately upon confirmation of a majority vote by research assistants and teaching assistance in favor of HGSU-UAW as their union. Councillor Toomey, Councillor McGovern, Councillor Simmons and Councillor Cheung
Like many others, I was once upon a time a graduate student upon whom many responsibilities were heaped for a fixed stipend - so much so that it interfered with my own studies. [Well, at least they gave me an award for all my good work!] That said, I can't completely get behind the idea that this should be the subject of collective bargaining in the same way that a long-term job might be. The bottom line is that graduate students should not be put in the position where their graduate studies are unreasonably extended due to underpaid commitments within their respective academic departments. This is a larger issue that has to be addressed at universities everywhere along with the often abysmal pay scales and heavy workloads for adjunct faculty (the dirty little secret of colleges across the USA, including some very prestigious ones). What we should really work toward is appropriate workloads for graduate students that enhance their ability to work in the future at full-time jobs - tenured or otherwise - at reasonable pay scales. Graduate school work is ultimately just temporary employment.
Order #7. That the City Manager is requested to confer with the Assistant City Manager of Community Development with the vision of including within the Master Plan and Alewife Study a plan for the relocation of the DPW facilities. Councillor Toomey
Let me guess - the semi-suburbans of West Cambridge will want to host a relocated DPW Yard at their end of town about as much as they would welcome the CASPAR wet shelter, a methadone clinic, or any of the many social service agencies now in the Central Square area. Where would you move the DPW Yard?
Order #14. That the City Manager is requested to coordinate with the Election Commission in order to operate at least 5 early polling locations, for the entire day, for the entirety of the 11 day early voting period and that the City Manager and Election Commission confer further as to the feasibility of operating a greater number of early polling locations, and issue a report detailing their findings. Councillor Mazen
This is a solution in search of a problem. Is it really a hardship when there is scheduled to be a 11 day early voting period in addition to normal Election Day voting? Councillor Mazen has concluded that the voters of Cambridge are so completely incapable of finding their way to Inman Street that there is the need to have "5 separate early polling locations, for the entire day, for the entirety of the 11 day early voting period". But that's not all – he also proposes that the Election Commission "confer further as to the feasibility of operating a greater number of early polling locations, and issue a report detailing their findings". This translates into staffing for a minimum of 440 hours (plus security considerations) for something that is almost certainly unnecessary. I could see perhaps having a 2nd location open for a portion of a few days as an added convenience, but the scale of this Order makes no sense whatsoever.
Committee Report #3. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk, transmitting a report from and Vice Mayor Dennis A. Benzan and Councillor Dennis J. Carlone, Co-Chairs of the Ordinance Committee, for a public hearing held on Nov 12, 2015 to discuss a petition by the Planning Board to amend Section 13.10 of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance so as to change the development controls applicable in the planned Unit Development at Kendall Square (PUD-KS) Overlay Zoning District. The majority of the PUD-KS District is occupied by the Volpe Transportation Systems Research Center operated by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
There's another Ordinance Committee hearing on this topic scheduled for Tues, Dec 1. The trend of late is to load up the proposed zoning with so many constraints (affordable housing, open space, etc.) that the only way for anything to be financially feasible would be to permit building heights on the order of twice the scale of anything currently in Cambridge. Then everyone will complain about the heights. - Robert Winters
Nov 23, 2015 – City Manager Richard C. Rossi is seeking Cambridge residents interested in volunteering to serve on the newly created Open Data Review Board. The Review Board will include three members from the public. The City Manager is seeking representatives from public, private, academic, or nonprofit sectors with expertise in or relevant experience with Open Data.
The Review Board will make recommendations to the City Manager on policies, rules, and standards related to Cambridge’s Open Data Program, including methods for determining the appropriate level of accessibility for new datasets and timelines for making new datasets available. The city’s Open Data Program makes government data easily available in useful formats, and is intended to increase transparency, foster engagement among residents, and create new opportunities for collaboration between Cambridge and the public.
The Review Board will help ensure that the program balances its goals of transparency and accessibility with the City’s obligation to protect private, confidential, and sensitive information.
Residents who wish to apply may email or send a letter of interest and resume by Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015, to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to:
Richard C. Rossi, City Manager
City of Cambridge
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
For more information, contact Josh Wolff at 617-349-9447 or email@example.com.
Nov 16, 2015 – Cambridge City Manager Richard C. Rossi is seeking persons interested in serving on the Community Advisory Board on the Living Wage. Made up of 9 members, which includes representatives of labor unions, community organizations and the business community, the Board meets as needed, typically 2-3 times per year.
The Board’s purpose is to review the effectiveness of the City Living Wage Ordinance (Chapter 2.121 of the Cambridge Municipal Code and City Council Order, 1999) at creating and retaining Living Wage jobs; to make recommendations to the City Manager regarding the granting of Waivers to Covered Employees; to review the implementation and enforcement of the Ordinance; and to make recommendations in connection to the Ordinance.
For more information, contact Sheila Keady Rawson, City of Cambridge Personnel Department, at 617-349-4341 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications including letters of interest and resume can be sent via mail, fax or e-mail by the deadline of Tuesday, Dec 15, 2015 to:
Richard C. Rossi, City Manager
City of Cambridge
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Nov 16, 2015 – 2016 Cambridge Resident and Visitor Parking Permits are now available. Although current permits do not expire until Jan. 31, 2016, residents are encouraged to renew online early to avoid delays. You must have an active 2015 residential parking permit to renew online.
Households without vehicles that have an active 2015 visitor permit may also be eligible to renew online. The new permit features the winning entry from the 2016 Resident Permit Photo Contest, which is the Robert W. Healy Public Safety Facility, submitted by Holly Donaldson.
The City is again offering the opportunity for residents to make a voluntary contribution that would be allocated to climate change initiatives. For more information, call 617-349-4700 or visit: www.cambridgema.gov/traffic.
|Final Official Election Results (Nov 13, 2015) - including all ballots|
City Council (in order of election)
Incumbent Dennis Benzan is defeated
School Committee (in order of election)
Incumbent Fran Cronin is defeated
|Unofficial Election Results (Nov 4, 2015) - including all auxiliary ballots|
City Council (in order of election)
Incumbent Dennis Benzan is defeated
School Committee (in order of election)
Incumbent Fran Cronin is defeated
|Full Unofficial Election Results (Nov 4, 2015) - City Council & School Committee|
|Preliminary Election Results (Nov 3, 2015) - not including auxiliary ballots|
City Council (in order of election)
Incumbent Dennis Benzan is defeated
School Committee (in order of election)
Incumbent Fran Cronin is defeated
|Full Preliminary Election Results (Nov 3, 2015) - City Council & School Committee|
Note 1: On Tuesday night, Nov 3, the Election Commission announced the preliminary winners in the order of election.
Note 2: On Wednesday, Nov 4, hundreds of additional "auxiliary ballots" were scrutinized for voter intent and then included with the Tuesday ballots to determine the "Unofficial Results". This produced the same winners, though in the City Council race the order in which candidates were elected changed.
Note 3: On Friday, Nov 13, the Final Results were determined when a small number of overseas absentee ballots and provisional ballots were examined. This resulted in an additional 8 ballots for each of the City Council and School Committee races. The margins in both the City Council and School Committee elections were such that there was no realistic possibility that the candidates elected would change, though the order in which Craig Kelley (6th) and Leland Cheung (7th) were elected was reversed.
It's Not Just About Medicine
Nov 13 - Speaking of Medical Marijuana Dispensaries, it's been entertaining to read elesewhere what people have to say about a current zoning petition that wants to locate one at 1001 Mass. Ave. which is not anywhere near the two zones that were previously established for this purpose. Some residents are opposed and others say things like: "I’m not trying to be obtuse; there is a lot of research about all of these things, and I’d be happy to post some links to facts and studies, but I’d like to understand better exactly what your concerns are so that I can provide some information that will allay your fears. No matter what though, I don’t think a medical facility will lead to greater substance abuse anywhere."
Allow me to explain. In another year or two there will be a statewide initiative petition on whether the use and sale of marijuana should be legalized outright with appropriate regulation. Those who wish to open "medical marijuana dispensaries" today are fully aware of the possibility that this inititaive petition may pass and become law. Any facilities that sell marijuana for medical purposes today will almost certainly become the initial locations for marijuana sales if and when this inititaive petition passes, and they will likely reap enormous profits when that day comes. So the real question is: "Do you want the 1001 Mass. Ave. location to be a prime location for general marijuana sales upon legalization?"
If you think this debate is just about making marijauna available for the treatment of illness, think again. - RW
After the Storm - Nov 9, 2015 Cambridge City Council Agenda
The election results from this past week are now known and the theories are flying about why some candidates fared well and why others will say farewell. Most of this pseudoanalysis is just for entertainment purposes, but there are some basic political truths that continue to be self-evident. Most of all, local elections continue to be won or lost not so much on big issues and big money but rather on old-fashioned hand-to-hand retail-level politics. In particular, in a PR election it's important to secure your political base whether that's based on the positions you take, the favors you perform, the neighborhood you come from, or what you look like. It also remains the case that voter turnout is what secures the margins that give victory to some candidates and defeat to others. While others exchange theories, I'm just sitting here waiting for information on how many people voted in each precinct and how that affected the #1 vote totals of particular candidates. Until then, I'll just allow myself to be entertained by the punditry of others.
The City Council returns on Monday with an agenda long on congratulations and short on substance. The real business took place last week. Here are a few items that may be of interest:
Applications & Petitions #1. A zoning petition has been received from Milford Medicinals, Inc., to amend the Cambridge Zoning Map to include 1001 Massachusetts Avenue in the MMD-1 Zoning Overlay.
The last 4 signatures on the petition were obviously done by the same person. Also, this proposal calls for a change to the existing zoning for a single address to permit a use that is inconsistent with the abutting district (at least in the sense that districts have already been established elsewhere for this proposed use). It may therefore be illegal spot zoning. More significantly, what exactly then was the purpose of the zoning change enacted on Dec 16, 2013 establishing zones where medical marijuana dispensaries may be located?
Order #1. That the City Manager is requested to update condo conversion numbers from 2010. Councillor Cheung
Is my triple-decker the last one left in Cambridge that hasn't been converted into overpriced condominiums? I'm thinking of digging a perimeter moat filled with alligators that feed on real estate agents.
Communications & Reports from City Officers #1. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk, transmitting modifications to the proposed MXD Zoning Petition and Kendall Square Urban Renewal Plan Amendment.
This is really the only agenda item that seems remotely interesting. It's a huge document (98 page PDF) that seems to promote all the right things, but you be the judge.
Communications & Reports from City Officers #2. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk, transmitting a response to the Subpoena Duces Tecum issued by the City Council on Oct 30, 2015 pursuant to Policy Order #27 adopted on Oct 19, 2015.
I pride myself on being well informed on most matters that come before the Cambridge City Council. This item may be the most cryptic agenda item I've ever seen. Honestly, I haven't got a clue what it means.
That's all for now, folks. I'm still just waiting patiently for those ward/precinct turnout and vote distribution numbers. I'm also eager to analyze the ballot data after the Final Election Results are determined this coming Friday the Thirteenth. - Robert Winters
Post-Election Observation #1: I have to say that after seeing many (probably most) of the Cambridge City Council personal aides playing leading roles in the election campaigns of their respective councillors, it is time we revisit the ethical foundation of the City Council aide positions. They are CLEARLY taxpayer-supported campaign workers. I don't have any personal issues with the individuals, but the positions should be eliminated and replaced by additional staff hired by the City Council office based on professional standards.
Cambridge School Committee 2015 Campaign Finance Summaries (updated Nov 1, 2015)
|Candidate||Start||Receipts||Expenditures||Balance||In-Kind||Cambridge $||% Cambridge||Notes|
|Kathleen Kelly||$1,754.85||$10,964.00||$5,498.78||$7,220.07||$0.00||$9,639.00||87.9%||$3,000 liab. to candidate|
|Emily Dexter||$0.00||$6,576.67||$2,789.21||$3,787.46||$0.00||$5,441.67||82.7%||$4416 liab. to candidate|
|Pia Cisternino||$0.00||$1,459.37||$1,185.36||$274.01||$0.00||$1,134.37||77.7%||$484.37 liab. to candidate|
|Fran Cronin||$1,560.03||$10,790.00||$5,341.77||$7,008.26||$0.00||$7,640.00||70.8%||$0 liabilities|
|Fred Fantini||$3,786.27||$5,650.00||$1,061.50||$8,374.77||$0.00||$2,950.00||52.2%||$14,396 liab. to candidate|
|David Weinstein||$0.00||$3,007.11||$2,043.49||$963.62||$106.25||$1,409.35||46.9%||$1,252.11 liab. to candidate|
|Patricia Nolan||$1,081.40||$4,715.00||$5,413.57||$382.83||$0.00||$1,510.00||32.0%||$8,850 liab. to candidate|
|Richard Harding||$0.00||-||-||-||-||-||-||Report not yet available
$6,595.54 liab. to candidate
|Elechi Kadete||$0.00||-||-||-||-||-||-||Report not yet available|
The Eve of Decision - Nov 2, 2015 Cambridge City Council agenda
The City Council meets this week on the eve of the November 3 municipal election. [Tune in to CCTV any time after 8:00pm Tuesday for the live Election Night broadcast hosted by Susana Segat and Robert Winters.] Here are a few items of interest that our nerve-wracked city councillors will be considering as their thoughts drift toward the following day:
Manager's Agenda #3. Transmitting communication from Richard C. Rossi, City Manager, relative to Awaiting Report Item Number 15-18, regarding a report on renaming the Area IV Youth Center as the “Dr. Robert and Janet Moses Youth Center.” [attachment]
It would be an even greater honor if "The Algebra Project" so closely associated with Dr. Robert Moses could be promoted and continue forevermore at the Youth Center soon to be renamed in honor of Dr. Robert and Janet Moses.
Applications & Petitions #3. A zoning petition has been received from the Friends of MAPOCO, to amend the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance by a new sub-district of the Massachusetts Avenue Overlay District along Massachusetts Avenue between Porter Square and Cambridge Common.
The delicious irony of this zoning petition filed on the eve of the municipal election is that one of the signers is Councillor Dennis “Not 'til there's a Master Plan” Carlone.
Applications & Petitions #4. An application was received from the Boston Ballet, 19 Clarendon Street, Boston, requesting permission to hang twenty-three temporary banners on electrical poles on in Harvard Square. These banners will promote the Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. The temporary banners will be hung from Nov 23 to Jan 4, 2016. Approval has been received from the Electrical Department.
One has to marvel at the plans of the Boston Ballet to hang "Nutcracker" banners directly in front of the Jose Mateo Ballet Theater in Cambridge which also stages its own annual performances of "The Nutcracker".
Resolution #7. Happy 100th Birthday wishes to Floyd Freeman. Councillor Simmons
Floyd Freeman was my favorite neighbor for a quarter century on our block of Broadway - until the night his house burned down and he was forced to move closer to his son and daughter. Many a day I headed down the street on the way to somewhere and never made it because it was just so much more interesting to talk with Floyd. On November 7 he will turn 100 years old and is still playing music and is as sharp as ever. I won't be able to make it to Detroit for his birthday celebration next weekend, but I plan to honor him in other ways. Happy birthday, Floyd. You really are the best.
Order #5. That the City Manager is requested to consult with the Community Development Department and other appropriate City departments to determine the feasibility of establishing an online database of “problematic landlords” modeled upon the databases of Chicago and New York, to determine what the criteria for establishing this designation would be, and to report back to the City Council on when such a database could be up and running in a timely manner. Councillor Simmons
Why stop there? Perhaps we should also draft a list of "problematic tenants" who nobody would ever want to live in their building. Shop owners could team up to draft a "problematic customer" list. It's not unreasonable to want to have such lists and I'm sure there are people who would be more than happy to gather the data and pass judgment. However, it may not be the wisest choice for a municipality to do this except in the most egregious cases.
Communications #15. A communication was received from Kim Courtney and Xavier Dietrich, regarding a package store with an invalid liquor license.
Order #8. That the City Clerk, in consultation with the City Solicitor, draft a response regarding the attached Open Meeting Law complaint for the City Council’s consideration, so that the draft response may be considered and voted on by the City Council at its next regular business meeting of Nov 9, 2015. Mayor Maher
Communications & Reports from City Officers #1. A communication was received from Donna P. Lopez, City Clerk, transmitting an Open Meeting Law Complaint filed by Kim Courtney and Xavier Dietrich, 955 Massachusetts Avenue #259, Cambridge, regarding the Minutes of the City Council meeting of Aug 10, 2015.
Perhaps it's time to present Cambridge's First Annual Dirty Diaper Award to this dynamic duo of litigious, misinformed, and thoroughly annoying wannabe City Council candidates. They can hang it on the wall of the wine bar they may one day open after their retirement from political life. - Robert Winters
Cambridge's new Superintendent of Schools
The Cambridge School Committee voted 6 (Cronin, Kelly, Fantini, Nolan, Osborne, Maher) - 1 (Harding) to appoint Dr. Kenneth Salim as the next Superintendent of Schools pending contract negotiations, tonight.
Dr. Salim is the current Superintendent in Weymouth, MA and previously work in the Boston Public Schools as Senior Director for the Chief Academic Office and Interim Assistant Superintendent for Professional Development.
|AMC Local Walks/Hikes - Come for a walk or hike with us.|
|Sun, Dec 6. Habitat Audubon Sanctuary, Belmont. Slow-paced nature walk through forests and fields and around pond focusing on plant ID of bare trees, naked shrubs and winter weeds. We'll also talk about fun and interesting natural history of the plants we see. 1:00-4:00pm. From Rte 2, Exit 59 go west on Rte 60/Pleasant St. 0.6miles. Right onto Clifton St, first left on Fletcher Rd, bear left at fork, next left on Juniper Rd. 0.2 miles to Sanctuary at #10 Juniper Rd. Steady rain or heavy snow cancels. $1 for non-members. Boot Boutwell is a freelance itinerant naturalist who teaches and leads nature walks for Mass. Audubon - Habitat, The New England Wild Flower Society, the Winchester Public Schools, the Friends of the Middlesex Fells, the AMC and other organizations. L Boot Boutwell.|
|Sun, Dec 6. Blue Hills Hike, Quincy. 10:00am-3:00pm. 7-mile Chickatawbut section hike in the wildest and most remote area of the Blue Hills Reservation. Joint with Friends of the Blue Hills. L Steve Olanoff.
Driving Directions: Meet at Shea Ice Rink, Willard St., Quincy. From SE Expressway Exit 8 in Quincy, go south 0.6 miles on Willard St. Or from I-93/Route 128 Exit 6 in Braintree, go north 0.7 miles. Or for public transit, take Bus 238 from Quincy Center T station.
|Sat, Dec 12. Little Blue Hill Nature Hike, Canton. 10:00am-12:00pm. 3-mile nature walk in this little-known section of the Blue Hills Reservation to look for signs of birds and animals in winter. Joint with Friends of the Blue Hills. L Steve Olanoff.
Driving Directions: From I-93/Route 128 Exit 2B, take Route 138 north to rear of the Park-&-Ride lot on left just after Dunkin Donuts.
|Sat, Dec 19. Holiday Wreaths & Green Boughs. Admire seasonal decorations in Boston's Back Bay & Beacon Hill. 9:30am-11:30am. Meet near Park Street T Station (Green Line) at the corner of Tremont and Park Streets. Bring snacks, water. Heavy rain/snow cancels. New members welcome. L Sharon Marshall.||Sun, Dec 20. Middlesex Fells, Winchester. Mod-stren. 7mi. hike. 9:00am-2:00pm. Bring lunch/water/snacks. From the north, take Rte. 93S to exit 35. At stop sign, go L under highway. Next stop sign go R. At first lights, R onto Rte. 28, R into Sheepfold entrance. From the south, take Rte. 93N to exit 33 (Route 28). Entrance on L (2 mi.). Rain cancels. L Nelson Caraballo.|
November and December Programs at Fresh Pond Reservation
These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.
|A Remembrance of Chip Norton, Watershed Manager for the Cambridge Water Department:
|Wake Up and Weed!
Dates: Thursdays, 10am to 12
Place: Meets at the volunteer trailer in the front parking lot.
Join our weed-warrior crew! We are Fresh Pond citizens dedicated to keeping invasive plants at bay for the benefit of wildlife, water and humans alike. No experience or long-term commitment necessary! All tools are provided; sturdy shoes, pants, long-sleeves and a water bottle are strongly recommended. Come drop by! Please contact Martine at 617-349-6489 or email@example.com for any RSVPs or questions!
|Last Chance (in 2015) Bird Walk
Date: Sunday, December 6th, 1 to 3pm
Meeting place given upon registering
The parade of migrating waterfowl at Fresh Pond continues into early winter. By December, the long-distance flyers such as canvasbacks and redheads have arrived, and all three merganser species may be present. We’ll use a telescope to identify birds on the water, and we’ll use binoculars to look at over-wintering songbirds in the trees. Dress warmly; it can be very cold and windy near the water! Beginners are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Led by Nancy Guppy. To register and for parking and meeting information, e-mail Catherine Pedemonti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Film Screening: An Original DUCKumentary
Date: Monday, December 7th, 7 to 8pm
Join us for a movie night on Monday to celebrate one of the most charismatic and recognizable animals to grace Fresh Pond with their presence - ducks! This PBS documentary showcases wood ducks, one of the most colorful North American duck species, and provides fascinating tidbits of information about other species as well. Highlights include footage of a duckling leaping from a tree in slow motion, annual migration, and some spectacular cinematography. Come gain some new insights into the lives of ducks to inform your strolls around the Pond! RSVP to Martine at email@example.com.
|Reviewing and Revisiting Fresh Pond’s Seasonal Phenomena
Date: Monday, December 14th, 6:30-8:00pm
Join us for an indoor review of Fresh Pond’s Natural and Cultural Happenings in 2015 and help make a calendar for the Ranger Station of 2016 of dates we’ll want to remember to look or listen for, including: ice moaning, owls calling to find a mate, ice tinkling against the shore, trees budding, soil warming, witch hazel blooming, coyotes mating, migrating birds returning, geese nesting, grasses greening, school groups visiting, Fresh Pond Day, families picnicking – you get the picture! This is a program for people 14 and up who will enjoy a little bit of quiet in a busy month. We’ll provide a template and markers. Photograph our creation to make a calendar for yourself. Contact Martine at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
|Third Friday Seasonal Walkabout
Date: Friday, December 18th, 12 noon to 1pm
Place: Meet at Maher parking lot
Join Ranger Jean for a Third Friday lunchtime Ranger walkabout around Fresh Pond. We will monitor wildlife by sign, track or presence, and make note of weather, state of plants, condition of water and other abiotic resources. On these monthly walks from December through June, help chart the seasonal changes of some of our most active wildlife spots, or simply come and enjoy the walk. Come dressed to be outdoors for the hour. Attend one or the series and develop your ability to take in more of the reservation. No dogs please! Extreme weather cancels. For more info, contact Ranger Jean at email@example.com or (508)-562-7605.
Unless otherwise specified, please contact Martine at 617-349-6489 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any RSVPs or questions!
Would you like to join Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation? Membership in Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation costs only $10 per year ($5 for seniors and students, $15 for families). To join, fill out a membership form available in the Ranger Station information racks, e-mail email@example.com, call 617-349-6489, or visit our website at www.friendsoffreshpond.org to download a form.
Keep up to date on events at the Pond. Visit the Friends group website at http://friendsoffreshpond.org to learn more about Friends group activities and the reservation and its inhabitants. Upcoming Programs
• The Fresh Pond Reservation Stewardship Program
• Grow Native Massachusetts is offering a series of free nature-related "Evenings with Experts" lectures at the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway. Details are at www.grownativemass.org and grownativemass.org/programs/eveningswithexperts in particular. First Wednesdays of the Month, 7:00-8:30pm.
• Sign up for the City of Cambridge's informative "Recycling and Composting Newsletter" by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon, Nov 30
6:30pm Watertown-Cambridge Greenway Project Public Meeting (The Atrium School, 69 Grove Street, Watertown)
This public meeting is hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the City of Cambridge.
Tues, Dec 1
10:00am The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss the proposed Community Benefits Ordinance. [View the proposed ordinance] (Sullivan Chamber)
5:30pm The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to continue discussion on a petition by the Planning Board to amend Section 13.10 of the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance so as to change the development controls applicable in the Planned Unit Development at Kendall Square (PUD-KS) Overlay Zoning District. The majority of the PUD-KS District is occupied by the Volpe Transportation Systems Research Center operated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. (Sullivan Chamber)
5:30pm Citizen's Committee on Civic Unity (Senior Center, 2nd floor floor classroom, 806 Mass. Ave.)
7:00pm Planning Board meeting (2nd Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)
1. Update from the Community Development Department
2. Adoption of Meeting Transcript(s)
3. PB#141, Cambridge Research Park, request for a determination of the Steinbones trailer as a Fast Order Food Establishment as appropriate pursuant to Section 13.42.5.
4. PB#302 & 303, NoMa & SoMa, Request to extend the date for the public hearing process and filing the final decisions.
7:00pm PB #305, 240 Green Street, Special Permit application by the Cambridge Housing Authority to revitalize the existing residential building. The requested special permit is to approve a maximum Floor Area Ratio exceeding 2.0 but not exceeding 3.0 in the Residence C-3 zoning district and Central Square Overlay District pursuant to Section 20.304.3.2. The application seeks to increase the FAR from 2.79 to 2.88 throughout the building to create additional laundry facilities, community spaces and patio space. The applicant also requests a waiver of the Planning Board application fee.
8:00pm PB #306, 136-138 Cushing Street, Special Permit application by Duncan MacArthur to construct two single family homes on a corner lot in Residence B district at 136-138 Cushing Street pursuant to Section 5.53, paragraph 2. The special permit would allow more than one structure containing a principal residence farther than 75 feet from the street line. The applicant is also requesting Board of Zoning Appeal dimensional relief for gross floor area.
5. Board of Zoning Appeals Cases
a. 8744-2015 – 32 Mill Street, Variance to construction additions and alterations in the front yard setbacks, distance between buildings and enlargement of a nonconforming building.
b. 8772-2015 – 345 Vassar Street, Variance to construction in the setbacks, increase the volume and add a new entry. Special Permit to install windows.
Wed, Dec 2
5:30-7:30pm Transit Advisory Committee meeting (Room 117, MIT building E25)
6:00-8:00pm Police Review and Advisory Board (51 Inman St., 2nd Floor Conference Room)
1. Public Comment
2. Review and Approval of Minutes from November 4, 2015
3. Report from Executive Secretary Brian Corr
4. Report from Deputy Superintendents Paul Ames
5. New Business
Thurs, Dec 3
4:00-6:00pm Lighting Ordinance Taskforce Meeting (4th Floor Conference Room at the City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)
5:30pm The City Council's Government Operations, Rules and Claims Committee will conduct a hearing to consider claims filed against the City. (Ackermann Room)
6:00pm Cambridge Historical Commission meeting (Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave.)
6:15-8:30pm Progress Report on the Cambridge Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment (Main Library Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway)
The meeting is being scheduled because the City has completed for now the modeling of storm surge risks associated with sea level rise. At this meeting there will be a recap of the vulnerability assessment, a presention of the results of the storm surge modeling, how with a limited number of assets we are completing the vulnerability assessment with the storm surge results, and discussion of next steps. The written report covering the storm surge results is expected in January. Related to this, MassDOT has released the Central Artery study of storm surge risks. This report covers the Central Artery area as well as the lower Charles River. The Mystic River/Alewife Brook results are not in the MassDOT report since it was outside the focus of that project. The City will show the Mystic/Alewife results at the December 3rd meeting. It’s the one titled MassDOT-FHWA Pilot Project Report. The City is also working on getting the scope in place for the preparedness and resilience plan and will be launching this process soon. The City is also launching the Citywide Plan process and both plans will be developed in parallel, with the preparedness plan feeding into the Citywide Plan.
Mon, Dec 7
5:30pm City Council meeting (Sullivan Chamber)
6:00pm Mid Cambridge Neighborhood Conservation District Commission meeting (City Hall Annex, 2nd Floor Conference Room)
Tues, Dec 8
5:00pm The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss a zoning petition filed by Kiril Stefan and Catherine Alexandrov, et al. to amend the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance to extend the Business BA-3 zone on Western Avenue currently in existence from Howard to Jay Streets onto the even number side of Western Avenue from #s 158-168 which is three houses from the corner of Kinnaird Street to Jay Street. [View the proposed ordinance] This hearing to be televised. (Sullivan Chamber)
Wed, Dec 9
8:00-9:30am Recycling Advisory Committee meeting (City Hall, Sullivan Chamber)
5:00pm The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss a zoning petition filed by the Friends of MAPOCO, to amend the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance by a new sub-district of the Massachusetts Avenue Overlay District along Massachusetts Avenue between Porter Square and Cambridge Common. [View the proposed ordinance] This hearing to be televised. (Sullivan Chamber)
5:30-7:30pm Joint Bicycle and Pedestrian Committees Meeting (City Hall Annex, 4th Floor Conference Room)
Thurs, Dec 10
1:30-3:30pm The City Council's Finance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss the financial aspects of Community Benefits. (Sullivan Chamber)
5:00pm The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss a zoning petition filed by Milford Medicinals, Inc., to amend the Cambridge Zoning Map to include 1001 Massachusetts Avenue in the MMD-1 Zoning Overlay. [View the proposed ordinance] This hearing to be televised. (Sullivan Chamber)
5:30-7:00pm Commission for Persons with Disabilities meeting (51 Inman St., 2nd Floor Conference Room)
Mon, Dec 14
10:00am The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to continue discussion on the proposed amendments to the Municipal Code Chapter 2.121 entitled "Living Wage Ordinance." (Sullivan Chamber)
5:30pm City Council Roundtable/Working Meeting to discuss Transportation Issues. No public comment. No votes will be taken. Meeting will not be televised. (Sullivan Chamber)
6:00pm Half Crown-Marsh Neighborhood Conservation District Commission meeting (Friends Meeting House, 5 Longfellow Park)
Tues, Dec 15
7:00pm Planning Board meeting (2nd Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)
Wed, Dec 16
4:00-6:00pm Affordable Housing Trust meeting (Ackermann Room, City Hall)
5:30pm Cambridge Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting (Police Station, 125 Sixth St., First Floor Conference Room)
Thurs, Dec 17
2:00pm The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss the proposed amendment to the Municipal Code entitled Exotic Animal Ordinance. [View the proposed ordinance] (Sullivan Chamber)
3:00pm Cambridge Biosafety Committee Meeting (Windsor Community Health Center, 119 Windsor St., large 2nd floor conference room)
4:00-6:00pm Affordable Housing Trust meeting (Ackermann Room)
5:00pm The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss the refiled Elizabeth M. Stern, et al. petition to amend the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance and Zoning Map by changing the current zoning designation of Lot 84 (2551 Massachusetts Avenue) and Lot 65 (7 Richard Avenue) on Assessing Block Map 186 from Business A-2 to Residence B and remove both from the MAOD and the NMAS, redraw the zoning district boundary lines so the two lots are in the Residence B zone and not in the MAOD or the NMAS and revise Article 20, Sections 100-111. This hearing to be televised. (Sullivan Chamber)
Mon, Dec 21
5:30pm City Council meeting (Sullivan Chamber)
5:30pm Avon Hill Neighborhood Conservation District Commission meeting (Lombardi Building, 831 Mass. Ave., Basement Conference Room)
There are 61,910 registered voters with identified birthdates (as of June 29, 2015). Their median age is 39.3. Here's how their ages as of Election Day (Nov 3, 2015) are distributed:
Registered Voters - 2015
Of these currently registered voters, 31,789 voted in last year's state election. Their median age is 50.7. Here's how their ages are distributed:
Registered Voters Who Voted in the 2014 State Election
Of these currently registered voters, 16,773 voted in the 2013 municipal election. Their median age is 58.7. Here's how their ages are distributed:
Registered Voters Who Voted in the 2013 Municipal Election
City Council Scoreboard: Jan 1, 2014 through June 22, 2015
Here's an update of the scoreboard of activity of the individual city councillors for the current term. Though there are other matters that occupy the time of these elected officials, the records of committee attendance and the number and type of City Council Orders and Resolutions introduced are two objective measures for which data is readily available. Here are the figures through June 22, 2015:
Year-by-year and current totals can be found on the City Council page. More detailed information on each City Council committee can be found on the City Council Committees page (including links to each committee report).
We are back on the air as of Tues, Oct 13, 2015. The show is broadcast live every Tuesday at 5:30pm and 6:00pm with producers/hosts Judy Nathans and Robert Winters. We plan to have other guest hosts as well.
[complete list of shows - with links to YouTube videos of each]
Oct 13, 2015 - The Return – Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 81 and 82
Aug 19, 2014 - Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 79 and 80 with Terry Smith
June 10 - Cambridge InsideOut Episodes 63 and 64 with Glenn Koocher
We had a great time doing these shows with the man who invented the original Cambridge InsideOut - Glenn Koocher.
Cambridge InsideOut on CCTV during 2013-2014 featured co-hosts Susana Segat and Robert Winters.
|MBTA Role in Jump-starting Development of the Cambridge Center Project Kendall Station Urban Initiatives Project, 1979-1989
By Thad Tercyak, Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, Associate Director, 1968-1990
A new report is estimating that the greater Boston area will need another 435,000 new housing units by 2040 to lure new workers and accommodate an aging population. [Reports available here]
Note: When comparing the peak population of Cambridge back in the 1950s (over 120,000) to what it is today (perhaps 107,000) it's important to keep in mind that families were typically much larger then. It's also the case that what people find acceptable in terms of living space and amenities has changed dramatically over six decades. This translates into considerably more "units" of housing (and higher density) in Cambridge if the population should rise to levels close to what they were in days of yore.
K2C2 Final Reports Released
The final reports for Kendall Square and Central Square are now available for download. Zoning discussions based on the recommendations of the K2 and C2 Advisory Committees, which are encapsulated in these reports, will continue in 2014.
Central Square Final Report 2013 Part 1, December 2013
Central Square Final Report 2013 Part 2, December 2013
Kendall Square Final Report 2013 Part 1, December 2013
Kendall Square Final Report 2013 Part 2, December 2013
This comprehensive planning effort guided by stakeholder advisory committees, City staff, and a team of multidisciplinary consultants led by Goody Clancy, developed a vision and master plan for Central Square, Kendall Square, and the area South of Main Street (including the Osborn Triangle) connecting the two squares. Both final reports are divided into two parts; in each case you will need to review both parts to read the entire report.
The Advent of PR in Cambridge
originally published in the Cambridge Civic Journal on Feb 12, 1998
April 2, 2015 - Another fun April Fool's Day
April 2, 2013 - Well, that was fun. Thanks to everyone for being such a sport on April Fool's Day.
Central Square Advisory Committee 2011/2012 Recommendations (Nov 28, 2012)
The Neverending Study of Central Square
Aug 11, 2012 - While preparing to write a series of essays on Central Square, I put together the following list of Central Square studies culled from a variety of sources. I have originals for most of these. If you know of any others, please let me know. - Robert Winters
June 1980 - CDD booklet entitled "Facade Improvements" with focus on Central Square
Apr 1983 - "Central Square Report" produced by City Council's Central Square Subcommittee (study began in 1980 or 1981)
1987 - A report produced in 1987 about a Subcommittee that allegedly built on the 1983 report (may be same as Central Square Action Plan)
Nov 1987 - Central Square Action Plan
May 1993 - Results of the "Mayor's Forum on Central Square"
Oct 1993 - Report by the Committee to Promote and Enhance Central Square Now!
Aug 1994 - A Study of the Visual Images and Signage of Central Square (CDD)
May 1995 - An Urban Design Plan for Central Square (executive summary)
May 2001 - Summary Notes from "A Conversation about Central Square"
Feb 2000 - The Gibbs Report, Central Square Commercial Market Study
Oct 2004 - Central Square, Cambridge - Rising Fortunes at a Regional Crossroads (Rekha Murthy)
Dec 2004 - Reviving a Traditional City - Central Square, Cambridge, gets a facelift (Rekha Murthy)
June 2005 - Street Media: Ambient Messages in an Urban Space - a photographic analysis of Central Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts (Rekha Murthy)
2013 - K2C2 Final Reports
THE TASTY DINER of HARVARD SQUARE - A film by Federico Muchnik (33½ minutes)
FYI - Current Rules and Goals: Cambridge City Council & Cambridge School Committee
City Council Rules 2014-2015 (adopted January 7, 2014, amended Feb 10, 2014 to reflect current Council committees)
City Council Goals - FY2012-2013 (adopted Dec 13, 2011)
City Council Committees (for the current term)
School Committee Rules (adopted January 7, 2008)
School Committee Goals (adopted October 7, 2008)
June 7, 2009 - Once upon a time there was a civic organization in Cambridge known as the Cambridge Civic Association (CCA). It was formed in 1945 out of several organizations that had been existed through the 1930s and that had lobbied the state legislature to create the Plan E Charter option (1938) which featured a city manager form of government and proportional representation elections for city council and school committee. These reforms were central to model charter reform movements active in the United States from the early 1900s. The central theme of the CCA in its early days was "good government" in the sense of being anti-patronage and for professionally managed local government. This changed with the introduction of rent control at the end of the 1960s after which the CCA shifted leftward and became permanently lashed to the mast of the rent control vessel. Though the CCA still exists on paper (I believe), it rapidly declined after the statewide abolition of rent control (late 1994) and essentially disappeared a decade later (early 2005).
I bring up the ghost of the CCA today only to point out that when it was created it had some very admirable goals. Here's the original Mission Statement of the CCA:
Purposes: This association is formed for the following purposes:
- 1. To promote businesslike, honest, and efficient conduct of local government, open to public scrutiny.
- 2. To induce residents to take an active interest in the affairs of the City of Cambridge.
- 3. To encourage and support the candidacy of men and women seeking election to public office and to support intelligent, wholesome leadership in public affairs.
- 4. To assure that the best qualified persons are appointed to positions in the City government after consideration of all qualified candidates.
- 5. To promote among the citizens of Cambridge equitable distribution and benefit of public services and equal opportunity for economic security, education, and social advancement.
These are pretty good founding principles for a civic organization and I'm tempted to say that some should be incorporated into the recently adopted City Council's Goals for FY2010 (adopted Feb 2, 2009). In fact, of the 22 current goals, the only one that comes close is: "An increased level of recruitment and opportunities for membership on boards and commissions." The current Council goals emphasize things like "fostering community" via block parties and such, though one has to wonder if the City should be promoting these activities or just getting out of the way so that people can foster community on their own. The goals also seem to put some emphasis on developing "successful nightlife campaigns" while mentioning nothing about promoting ordinary "daytime" economic activity that supports the everyday needs of residents.
One founding principle of the CCA that fell into disuse over the years is listed above as #3: To encourage and support the candidacy of men and women seeking election to public office and to support intelligent, wholesome leadership in public affairs. Indeed, I can personally testify to the fact that in its dying years the only reason the CCA made endorsements at all was because the CCA-endorsed incumbents wanted the benefit of having an advertised CCA slate of candidates that would help secure their reelection. There was precious little effort to recruit new candidates or to support them. Today, the benefits of incumbency are greater than ever. The cost of political campaigns have become absurdly high and most of the incumbents now have (City paid) staff who are inevitably political appointees who directly or indirectly assist in the reelection efforts of their bosses. The deck is increasingly stacked against challengers. Furthermore, the salary and benefits for elected councillors are now so sweet that it is unlikely that any of them would ever want to move on to another job.
With this background in mind, I would like to encourage all Cambridge residents to help level the playing field by finding out about this year's challengers for seats on the Cambridge City Council and the Cambridge School Committee. This is not meant as a dig against any particular incumbent as much as an appeal to support the challengers in what is a difficult and laudable effort. Please see the Cambridge Candidate Pages for the current list of expected candidates. Then use your own judgment - don't expect me or anyone else to do it for you.
Speaking of this year's municipal election, there are some activists who are now expending great effort to attack the City Manager and most of the current City Council. That is not nor has it ever been the intention of the Cambridge Civic Journal or its editor. Candidates are now being seduced by financial promises from one angry fellow with a Brattle Street address and a basketful of grudges. Former CCA Executive Board members from its darkest and most manipulative days are oozing up from the civic swamp trying to at last make good on their failed campaigns of the early 1990s to oust city manager Bob Healy.
It's entertaining to watch people who have primarily earned disrespect in their civic efforts try to capitalize on the recent Monteiro jury decision as a means of realizing their decades-old vendettas. Conveniently forgotten in their recent letters to Cambridge's "oldest weekly newspaper" are the many achievements of City Manager Bob Healy, the strong financial position of the City, and the recent 8-1 vote of confidence bestowed upon Mr. Healy in granting him a three year contract extension. Also missing in this testimony is the fact that virtually all affirmative action in the hiring of employees and department heads has taken place on Mr. Healy's watch. These letters also fail to divulge how long these writers have been carrying their jealousy and anger toward Mr. Healy for actually orchestrating progress in Cambridge while the best they could ever do is snipe from the sidelines. - Robert Winters
This Old Land of Cambridge - The true story of the geological history of Cambridge - by George Ehrenfried
Sadly, George passed away (Jan 5, 2010) at the age of 96. He led many a geology-themed hike with the AMC Local Walks/Hikes.
Selected City of Cambridge References:
Mass. General Laws Chapter 54A (governing Cambridge's PR elections)
Pen Portraits of Prominent People - by Henry J. Mahoney Editor, Cambridge Sentinel - 1923
This book was published c. 1923 and features very witty one-page “pen portraits” (with photo) of prominent Cantabrigians of the day. I'll be adding names alphabetically as time permits. There are 182 portraits in the book.
It comes to mind that there may be some value in expanding these profiles to other prominent Cantabrigians who arrived on the scene after 1923, including prominent Cantabrigians of today. With this in mind, I extend the invitation to any and all who may wish to contribute their own “pen portraits” of Cambridge people. Contributions do not necessarily have to be in the style of Mr. Mahoney. Inclusion is, as always, subject to the erratic discretion of the editor.
Special thanks to Karen Welch for sending me the book. - RW
Political History of Cambridge in the 20th Century
Which People's Republic
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Oliver Wendell Holmes – Morning Exercises of December 28, 1880
As recorded in the book 250th Anniversary of the Settlement of Cambridge (1881)
Robert Winters, Editor
Cambridge Civic Journal
(about me - updated!!)
The Cambridge Civic Journal is an independent newsletter of civic affairs in the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is published as a public service by Central Square Publications. All items are written by Robert Winters unless otherwise noted. [Of course, I do sometimes forget.]
Thoughts for these times:
''This is our fucking city, and nobody is gonna dictate our freedom. Stay strong.'' -- David Ortiz
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“The Number One thing I would emphasize is that journalists and bloggers would do well to see themselves as partners in the provision of information and that each can benefit greatly from the other. I’ve never seen this as a competition. It is especially true these days that local papers and young journalists are not very well-versed in the communities they serve. Much of the institutional memory has either died out or been bought out.” -- Robert Winters, mathematician and creator of the Cambridge Civic Journal, an online publication about Cambridge, MA (rwinters.com)
Jorkin: “Come, come, Mr. Fezziwig, we’re good friends besides good men of business. We’re men of vision and progress. Why don’t you sell out while the going’s good? You’ll never get a better offer. It’s the age of the machine, and the factory, and the vested interests. We small traders are ancient history, Mr. Fezziwig.”
Fezziwig: “It’s not just for money alone that one spends a lifetime building up a business, Mr. Jorkin…. It’s to preserve a way of life that one knew and loved. No, I can’t see my way to selling out to the new vested interests, Mr. Jorkin. I’ll have to be loyal to the old ways and die out with them if needs must.”
Scrooge: “I think I know what Mr. Fezziwig means, sir.”
Jorkin: “Oh, you hate progress and money, too, do you?”
Scrooge: “I don't hate them, sir, but perhaps the machines aren’t such a good thing for mankind, after all.”
Memorable scene in "A Christmas Carol"