Cambridge InsideOut - May 31, 2016

Topics du jour:

0) Waverly Path Project Opening Celebration  (Today - May 31, 4:30-5:30pm, Waverly Path, between Erie and Pacific Streets)
and Thurs, June 9 - 4:00pm   Grand Opening of the first phase (Main Street to Broadway along Galileo Galilei Way) of the Grand Junction Pathway  (Corner of Main St. & Galileo Galilei Way)

1) Cambridge River Festival this weekend: Saturday, June 4 along Cambridge Parkway and Lechmere Canal.

2) Thursday night – Cambridge: Who We Are and How We Got Here - May 26, 6:30-9:00pm at Cambridge College, 1000 Mass. Ave.

3) Charles River's Edge: Cambridge-Charlestown-Boston walk - Sunday, May 29

4) Envision Cambridge update - next meetings June 29, Sept 28, Nov 16

5) Luis Vasquez interviews - Cambridge Chronicle [Interview with Acting Police Commissioner Chris Burke]

6) City Council goal-setting meeting scheduled for June 8 (Where? Format? Public invited?)

7) Updates on search process for next City Manager - next meeting on Thurs, June 2 at 5:00pm.

8) Updates on State Rep. and State Senate races

9) Recycling Advisory Committee letter recommending changes to the Polystyrene Ordinance to cover expanded polystyrene (EPS or "Styrofoam") only

10) Proposal to give preference to "certified artists" in Inclusionary Zoning housing units - amended to remove specific reference to "artists", Charter Right - Simmons

Substitute O-7     May 23, 2016  Charter Right - Simmons
ORDERED: That the Housing Committee hold a meeting to discuss the Inclusionary Zoning preferential point system to determine if there are certain occupations that should receive preferential points to prioritize their position on the Inclusionary Zoning list.

11) Memorial Day commemoration and parade cancelled due to threat of rain

12) Presidential primary - the latest miserable updates

MIT plan for Kendall Square transformation approved (Natalie Handy, Cambridge Chronicle, May 18, 2016)

Envision Cambridge feedback reflects need for housing solution (Cambridge Chronicle, May 18, 2016)

AMC Local WalksSun, May 29. Charles River's Edge: Cambridge-Charlestown-Boston. Approx. 5-6mi. walk via North Point Park, new North Bank Bridge, USS Constitution, and Charles River Dam. Meet at 10:00am at the gazebo at Cambridgeside Galleria Mall fountain. Bring lunch and desire to explore. We'll cover the past, present, and future plans for this historic area. Note: On Sundays, Cambridge parking meters are free and it's OK to park on streets marked for Resident Permit Parking. L Robert Winters.

Cambridge River Festival 2016

Riverfest message

Riverfest 1988

Riverfest 1988 detail


Tues, May 31

4:30-5:30pm   Waverly Path Project Opening Celebration  (Waverly Path, between Erie and Pacific Streets)

6:00pm   The City Council's Housing Committee will conduct a public hearing to continue discussion regarding the recently completed Inclusionary Housing Study with community feedback from the May 18, 2016 hearing being shared and discussed with consultant David Paul Rosen & Associates.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, June 1

5:30pm   Cambridge Election Commission meeting  (1st Floor Meeting Room, 51 Inman St.)



1. Executive Director’s Report

2. Assistant Director's Report

3. Commissioners' Reports



Old Business

1. Special State Election, May 10, 2016

New Business


Thurs, June 2

5:00pm   The City Council's Government Operations, Rules and Claims Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss and review a proposed list of community focus groups that the search firm will be conducting with various groups during the month of June and any other business that may properly come before the committee. This hearing to be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Sat, June 4

11:00am-6:00pm   Cambridge River Festival  (Lechmere Canal and Cambridge Parkway, East Cambridge)

Mon, June 6

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, June 8

8:00am   Recycling Advisory Committee  (Sullivan Chamber, City Hall)

5:30-7:30pm   Cambridge Bicycle Committee Meeting  (City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 4th Floor Conference Room)

Thurs, June 9

4:00pm   Grand Opening of the first phase (Main Street to Broadway along Galileo Galilei Way) of the Grand Junction Pathway  (Corner of Main St. & Galileo Galilei Way)

Sun, June 12

12:00pm-5:00pm   37th Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival  (by John W. Weeks Foot Bridge on the Charles River between JFK Avenue and Western Avenue)

Spectators will be able to watch brightly colored dragon boats, piloted by paddlers from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, South Carolina and Toronto Canada, as they race down the Charles River from Western Avenue Bridge. This year’s festival will feature 64 teams competing in categories designated with special races and medals for the Colleges including Chinese University Alumni, Financial Institutions, Health Care, Women’s, Club, Community and Recreational, and Cancer Survivors Divisions. This year, out of State teams include those from Rhode Island, Texas, New York, and Ontario Canada. While races start in the morning, cultural programs will begin at 12 Noon. All programs are free and family friendly for visitors. For more information on Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, please visit:

Mon, June 13

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, June 14

3:30pm   The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss a proposed amendment to the Municipal Code in Chapter 12.12 entitled “Street Excavations and Obstructions” by adding a new section 12.12.065 entitled ”Maintenance of Safe Passage – Proper Marking of Hazards and Trench Closure Required.”  (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, June 15

3:00pm   The City Council's Health and Environment Committee will conduct a public hearing to hear an update on the City’s climate planning and sustainability programs and to discuss events and community engagement efforts to help inform policies and goals as the City updates its Climate Change Plan and all other matters that may come before the committee related to the City’s climate change efforts.  (Sullivan Chamber)

5:00pm   The City Council's Government Operations, Rules and Claims Committee will conduct a hearing to consider claims filed against the City.  (Ackermann Room)

Mon, June 20

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

City of Cambridge Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity and the City of Cambridge Present
Cambridge: Who We Are and How We Got Here - May 26

City SealThe Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity and the City of Cambridge invite you to the event Cambridge: Who We Are and How We Got Here on Thursday, May 26, 6:30-9:00pm, at Cambridge College, Room 152, 1000 Massachusetts Avenue. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Families are welcome!

Join us for a special presentation by Charles Sullivan, Executive Director of Cambridge Historical Commission and Clifford Cook, Planning Information Manager for the City of Cambridge, on the dynamic demographics of Cambridge and how the diverse community we love came to be.

The presentation will examine the diversity of the City, including when and how different groups of residents came to Cambridge, how the City’s demographics have evolved over time, and some of the conditions that have fostered changes in the community. The presentation will be followed by facilitated group discussions and an opportunity to share your thoughts and questions.

This community event, which helps connect the City’s past with the present, is intended to lay the foundation to better understand the context of the current demographics in Cambridge, as well as to help identify and explore new opportunities to build community connections and conversations.

The present day Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity began meeting in early 2015 and builds on the history and work of Cambridge’s prior Civic Unity Committee, which existed until 1992 and was formed to address racial discrimination faced by returning World War II veterans.

The mission of the Citizens’ Committee on Civic Unity is to foster fairness, equity, unity, appreciation, and mutual understanding across all people and entities in Cambridge. The group aims to do this through recognition and awareness of historic, existing, and potential civic issues; providing opportunities for honest dialogue and engagement; and by building bridges across different communities.

Please visit for additional information and to RSVP for this event. [Flyer for event]

event flyer

Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities Vacancies

Cambridge City Manager Richard C. Rossi is seeking persons interested in serving on the Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities (CCPD) advisory board. Made up of 11 Members who serve three-year terms in a volunteer capacity, the CCPD board meets on the second Thursday of every month at 5:30pm.

CCPD seeks to build a membership that reflects the cultural and racial diversity of the City, is cross-disability in nature and representative of the different geographical areas of the community. Members must be current residents of Cambridge.

CCPD works dynamically to maximize access to all aspects of Cambridge community life for individuals with disabilities, and strives to raise awareness of disability matters, to eliminate discrimination, and to promote equal opportunity for people with all types of disabilities – physical, mental and sensory. CCPD members are expected to work with other members and CCPD staff to fulfill the goals and objectives of the CCPD Ordinance (CMC Chapter 2.96). CCPD members are expected to attend monthly meetings, participate in subcommittees, and work on various short and/or long-term projects, as needed.

City SealFor more information, contact Kate Thurman, Cambridge Commission for Persons with Disabilities at or 617-349-4692 (voice) or 617-492-0235 (TTY). Interested persons should submit a letter by Friday, June 17, 2016 describing their relevant experience and the kinds of disability-related issues or projects that interest them (along with a résumé if possible) to:
Richard C. Rossi, City Manager
City of Cambridge
795 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Fax: 617-349-4307

Rep. Tim Toomey Kicks Off Re-Election Campaign

Tim ToomeyState Representative Tim Toomey announced today that he has officially qualified for the Democratic Primary ballot on Thursday, September 8th for re-election to the 26th Middlesex District seat representing parts of Somerville & Cambridge. Toomey submitted nearly three times the required 150 certified signatures.

Rep. Toomey is hosting a Campaign Kick Off meeting at Atwood’s Tavern, 877 Cambridge St, Cambridge on Thursday, May 19th at 7 pm and has invited everyone interested in helping in the campaign to attend. Refreshments will be served.

“I’m grateful to all of the Somerville and Cambridge residents who have again placed their faith in me to serve as their State Representative,” said Toomey. “I’m very excited to be running this year and plan to continue to lead the way in our community for better public transit options, sustainable development, fair wages and equal pay for working families, and expanded affordable housing options.”

“I look forward to continuing my work at the State House because our neighborhoods deserve a progressive State Representative who also provides outstanding constituent services to the residents of Somerville and Cambridge,” said Toomey, a lifelong resident of the district.

During his time in office, Rep. Toomey has become a well-known progressive advocate and has consistently been a voice for progressive causes at the State House. In the past year, Toomey has been an outspoken leader for single payer health care, promoting solar energy and other renewable energy sources, instituting smart criminal justice reforms, and providing rental assistance programs to help struggling low income families and people with disabilities find long-term housing solutions. He has also worked to strengthen protections for survivors of domestic violence and rape, and has been a leading voice behind efforts to expand access to drug treatment and rein in the opioid crisis.

“A lot of important work is still ahead of us,” said Toomey. “I will continue to fight for passing the Fair Share Tax Amendment, making insurance coverage mandatory for a wider variety of contraceptives, passing the Equal Pay Act, adding protections for gender identity in public accommodations and increasing funding for low income and affordable housing.”

For more information about Representative Toomey’s re-election campaign, residents are encouraged to visit or contact Tim’s Campaign Manager, Jefferson Smith, at (978) 376-2143.

City Manager Seeks Members for a new Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship

City SealMay 9, 2016 – Cambridge City Manager Richard C. Rossi is seeking persons interested in serving on a Cambridge Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship. The Commission will consist of 11 volunteer members to be appointed by the City Manager. Commissioners are expected to be knowledgeable about immigrant rights and citizenship and must be residents of Cambridge. It is desirable for this Commission to be fully representative of the diverse Cambridge community.

Cambridge welcomes immigrants and wants to encourage their success and access to opportunity and advancement in this country. It will be a goal of this Commission to get the message of welcome out, through collaboration with organizations that already provide services and outreach to our immigrant community. The Commission will act as a centralizing organization in Cambridge, to address immigrant rights and citizenship issues. Through collaboration with other Commissions and service providers, outreach efforts to different cultural and language communities, and identification of existing resources, both in Cambridge and regionally, the Immigrant Rights and Citizenship Commission can assist in finding ways that existing services can better meet the identified needs of our immigrant population.

Commissioners are expected to work with other members of the Commission and staff to fulfill the goals and objectives of the Cambridge Commission on Immigrant Rights and Citizenship Ordinance (CMC Chapter 2.123).

Resumes and letters of interest should be sent by June 10 via email to or by mail to:
Richard C. Rossi, City Manager
City of Cambridge
795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Ph. 617-349-4300; Fax 617-349-4307

June Programs at Fresh Pond Reservation

These events are FREE and open to the public. Children are welcome in the company of an adult.

Dates: Thursdays 10am to noon
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. Please contact Martine at 617-349-6489 or for any RSVPs or questions!
Dates: Fridays 9 to 10am
Place: Register for parking and meeting information
    Join us for casual nature explorations, designed for young kids and their parents/caretakers, and play in our urban wild! Please come dressed ready for the weather (and in clothes that are OK to get a bit dirty). Register with Catherine Pedemonti at
Craft & Construction Night for Fresh Pond Day!
Date: Monday, June 6th, 6:00 to 7:30pm
Place: Meets at the Ranger Station at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway.
   Fresh Pond Day is around the corner, and we always have last-minute crafts and materials to prepare! Come lend a hand to give the event some extra flair. There’ll be artistic tasks such as mask and puppet preparation as well as general assembly of signs and nametags. We’ll be forever grateful – no experience necessary! IIf you are coming as a group, please contact Martine in advance at so we have the right amount of supplies.

A Walk on the Wild (Edibles) Side: Fresh Pond Edition with Russ Cohen
Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 5:30 to 7:30pm
Place: Meets outside the Ranger Station at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
   The area in and around Cambridge is home to over 50 species of edible wild plants, some of which are more nutritious and/or flavorful than their cultivated counterparts. Many of these species grow within the Fresh Pond Reservation. While gathering wild edibles is not permitted within the Reservation, it is a good place to learn about them. Many of these same species can readily be found elsewhere in Cambridge, perhaps even in your own backyard. Join Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of Wild Plants I Have Known...and Eaten, for a two-hour ramble at Fresh Pond to learn about at least 18 species of edible wild plants. Species expected to be encountered include Hazelnut, Black Walnut, Chicory, Burdock, Elderberry, Black Raspberry, Blackberry, Shagbark Hickory, and Staghorn Sumac. Russ will present information for each species on identification tips, edible portion(s), season(s) of availability and preparation methods, as well as general guidelines for safe and environmentally-responsible foraging. Please email to RSVP.

Ninth Annual Fresh Pond Day!
Date: Saturday, June 11th, 11am to 3pm
Place: Water Purification Facility, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
   Fresh Pond Reservation is truly Cambridge's green gem - an urban wild that protects Fresh Pond, Cambridge's in-city drinking water reservoir. Fresh Pond Day is the Cambridge Water Department's annual tribute to this unique Reservation that is a vital natural resource, an invaluable sanctuary for wildlife, and a beloved recreational escape in the City. So let's give Fresh Pond the celebration, jubilation and love it deserves; join in the festivities! Attendees will enjoy live wildlife presentations, a wildlife and bike parade, live music, facepainting, truck climb-aboards, tours, and more! Free and open to all, activities will take place in and around the Water Treatment Facility located at 250 Fresh Pond Parkway, Cambridge. Please note: rain or other inclement weather cancels this event. For parking information, full schedule, and more, please contact Martine at or visit
Nesting Bird Walk
Date: Sunday, June 12, 7:30 to 9:30am
Place: Register for meeting location Many birds choose to build their nests and raise their young at Fresh Pond Reservation, because there is an abundance of insect food and plenty of safe habitat. We may hear birds singing their territorial songs and see others gathering food for their hungry babies. Walk leader Nancy Guppy will help us look for Baltimore orioles, yellow warblers, warbling vireos, redwing blackbirds, and other migratory birds which spend the breeding season at the Pond. Beginning birders are welcome! If you don't have binoculars you may borrow a pair from us. Register with Catherine at
Walter J. Sullivan Water Purification Facility Tour
Date: Monday, June 13th, 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Meeting Place: Front door, 250 Fresh Pond Parkway
   Find out how water that falls as rain in the suburbs 10 miles west of Cambridge is transported to Fresh Pond, and then tested, treated, and delivered to the City’s residents and businesses! You’ll have the chance to speak with water treatment staff, see the equipment in action, and check out our water quality lab. Advance notice is appreciated if coming with a large group. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Martine at (617) 349-6489 or
Nature Journaling for Kids & Adults
Date: Saturday June 18th, 10-11am
Place: Register for meeting details
   Come and join us for a relaxed morning of sitting, seeing, and sketching the natural world at Fresh Pond Reservation. Please bring a favorite notebook and writing utensil. Absolutely no drawing experience is necessary. Kids and their caretakers are welcome! Please RSVP to Catherine Pedemonti at for meeting details.
Summer Solstice Bird Walk
Date: Monday, June 20, 6 to 8pm
Place: Register for meeting location
   If you can’t bear to get up at dawn to look at birds, this evening walk is for you. Just as people take advantage of the longest days of the year to continue their outdoor activities, so do birds: They spend the extra hours of daylight foraging for food for their hungry babies. Led by Nancy Guppy. Beginning birders are welcome. We have binoculars to lend and will show you how to use them. Register with Catherine at

Unless otherwise specified, please contact Martine at 617-349-6489 or 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, call 617-349-6489, or visit our website at to download a form.

Keep up to date on events at the Pond. Visit the Friends group website at to learn more about Friends group activities and the reservation and its inhabitants. Upcoming Programs