Thursday, December 15, 2011

I [heart} East Cambridge Tshirts - Just in time for the holidays

Looking for a last minute gift or stocking stuffer?  The oh so popular "I [heart] East Cambridge" Tshirts are here to save the day and save you some shopping time and stress

Very conveniently for sale at the Multicultural Arts Center at 41 Second St. for $15. It's the perfect gift.

Stop by the Multicultural Art Center and visit their bizarre on the first floor for a number of unique gifts for the holidays.

As always, your support goes a long way in helping the ECBA help East Cambridge.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Welcome to the new ECBA Board of Directors and Officers

November brings the yearly elections for ECBA and this year we had some changes in both the board and officer positions.  Firstly, the board, in an effort to foster more involvement from members voted to expand the number of board positions from 7 to 9.

Elected to the 2 new spots were Mark Rogers (3 year term) of Rogers Funeral Home and Stephen LaMaster (2 year term) of Vinfen.
Re-elected to the board for another 3 year term were Teodora Silva of Alegria Dental and Andrew Montone of Cambridge Art and Frame.
Diane Swierczynski was elected to finish the term of Bob Salines who has stepped down after the sale of Pug's Bar and Grill
Bob has played a significant role in establishing the ECBA and keeping things moving during the first three years.  Bob is also responsible for  the original Rib Fest, which was an annually June BBQ on Fulkerson Street. Bob was also the first to bring outdoor seating to Cambridge St. at Pug's Bar and Grill. A big thanks to Bob for the work that he has done with the ECBA and for always putting the East Cambridge neighborhood at the forefront of many business decisions.

Finally, Carl Fantasia of New Deal Fish Market has stepped down as president (don't worry, we made him the treasurer so he is still around).  The work that Carl has put into the ECBA has been immeasurable.  Carl has always recognized the positve impact the business communtiy can play in making a neighbohood great and the things we have accomplished working together has exceeded all expectation.
So thanks to Carl for his service, and ...
..c ongratualtion to Patrick Magee of Atwood's Tavern who has been elected to take over the reigns as president and is eager to keep ECBA moving in a positve direction.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Shop Inman by Moonlight

Thursday, December 8th ENJOY LOCAL holiday shopping for a change! Escape the malls and journey to Inman Square to buy holiday gifts from our unique and locally-owned shops. In addition, shoppers may see holiday carolers, live mannequins, take part in a scavenger hunt, experience art and music, or relax and enjoy a meal at one of the Square’s twenty-plus restaurants.
For event updates, visit or check out the event on Facebook:

Monday, November 28, 2011

Grand Junction Commuter Rail Feasibility Study -- Public Meeting

This is a notice from MassDOT on an upcoming public meeting regarding the Grand Junction Railroad.  The results of this study could have significant impact on the East Cambridge Community and Business Cooridor.  Hope to see you there. 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) is pleased to announce a community meeting to discuss progress on the Grand Junction Commuter Rail Feasibility Study.

This meeting will be held:
Thursday, December 8, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Kennedy-Longfellow School – Auditorium
158 Spring Street, Cambridge

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss an ongoing study of the potential use of the Grand Junction Railroad for supplemental MBTA Commuter Rail service to Cambridge and North Station. At this meeting, MassDOT staff members will discuss results of a ridership analysis and traffic impact analysis, as well as overall study findings, and next steps. This meeting follows up on a community meeting held last June. For more information on prior meetings, see out study website at:

All are welcome at the meeting, and please feel free to share this notice. For more information, or to request alternative language or other special accommodations, please contact Matthew Ciborowski at, or (617) 973-7180.

Please join us on December 8th!

Matthew Ciborowski | Office of Transportation Planning
Massachusetts Department of Transportation
10 Park Plaza, Room 4150, Boston, MA 02116
phone 617.973.7180 | email

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New East Cambridge Bike Parking on Cambridge St

Dear East Cambridge Business/Resident/Property Owner:

The City of Cambridge is planning for the installation of one or more bicycle racks on the public sidewalk in the vicinity of your building. You will notice white spray-paint markings on the pavement at each of the proposed locations. Here is a link to a google map with the proposed locations:

If you have any questions about proposed locations, or suggestions for new locations, please feel free to contact me. A version of this letter has been mailed to each abutting property owner and business or residential occupant.

The type of rack installed is the city standard “post and ring” rack (sample photo pasted below). The racks will be installed this fall.

The City of Cambridge Bicycle Parking Program provides bicycle racks throughout the city in order to support and encourage the use of bicycles as a mode of transportation. There are presently over 800 bicycle parking racks on the public right of way throughout the city, about 90% of which are located in commercial districts.

The number of cycling trips in Cambridge has increased by almost 150% between 2002 and 2010, accompanied by an increase in the demand for bicycle parking.

Over the past 5 years, over 350 new bicycle parking racks have been installed on public sidewalks, funded in part by an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, a component of the Federal Stimulus Package (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009). Funding for the racks themselves comes from the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality program, and is being administered by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.

More information, you can visit our webpage visit our webpage:

If you have any questions about these installations, please feel free to contact me.


Jeff Rosenblum
Transportation Planner

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Community Meeting for Police Update On Recent Street Robberies

You are invited to a
Community Meeting
hosted by
City Councillor Tim Toomey
and the
Cambridge Police Department

Wednesday November 2nd
The First Floor Community Room of the Police Station (125 Sixth Street)

In light of the recent armed robberies in the East Cambridge and Wellington Harrington area, Councillor Toomey and the Cambridge Police Department are hosting a community meeting to update residents on the incidents.

Please join us on Wednesday November 2nd @ 6pm in the First Floor Community Room at the Police Station.

Feel free to contact Tim at with any questions

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Rib Fest was Awesome ... Don't believe me? Check out this video!

The smoke has cleared and the champs have been crowned.
Congrats to East Side Bar and Grille who defended their title and took home the Peoples Choice Award.
Congrats to Bosphorus was awared the Best Ribs Award by our guest judges Tony Maws of Craigie On Main, Barry Maiden of Hungry Mother, and Nick Iverson of Americas Test Kitchen.

Thanks to all the restuarants who took time out of their schedules to help us create a great event for East Cambridge. Thanks to the volunteers who came out and supported the event, we couldnt have pulled it off without your help. Of course thanks to our sponsors for all your support.

Thanks to how2heroes for this awesome video.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Phillip Tang: Rib Fest Primer

Phillip Tang is the chef and owner of East By Northeast here in Cambridge and he is going to be preparing cured pork belly for his cooking demo at the how2heroes demo tent at Rib Fest this Sunday.

Take a look at the how2heroes video featuring Phil and his pork belly.  Consider your appetite ...wetted.

Crime Prevention Boat Cruise

The Cambridge Police Department and East End House invite you to a
Crime Prevention Boat Cruise

October 4th, 2011
6 pm
The boat will depart from the CambridgeSide Galleria.
Sponsored by the Charles Riverboat Company
Come meet your local police officers and neighbors and enjoy a lovely boat cruise! Sergeants Maureen Ford and Edward Frammartino will share information about recent crimes and crime prevention efforts. Strategies and trends will be discussed.
The cruise is provided free of charge.
Please contact East End House at 617-876-4444
with any questions.

We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sign Up for the New Cambridge Alert Network

Receive Emergency and Other Community Alerts via Email, Text and Phone

The City of Cambridge is excited to announce the launch of the Cambridge Alert Network, a new and improved notification system aimed at sharing information with community members in an effective and timely manner via phone, text and email.

“I strongly encourage our residents, businesses and all members of the community interested in receiving Cambridge alerts to sign up for this new notification system,” said City Manager Robert W. Healy.  “It will be extremely helpful in communicating information directly to the community during natural disasters, snow parking bans and other types of emergencies.”

The Cambridge Alert Network currently consists of three services: CodeRED, CitizenObserver and Cambridge E-Line.

CodeRED is an emergency notification system that allows the City to send emergency notifications to subscribers via email, text and phone calls.  Cambridge land lines will automatically receive emergency notifications by phone, but all are encouraged to sign up with their cell phone number and email addresses as well.  This service will be used in the event of emergencies affecting the City, such as snow emergencies, evacuations, large-scale water outages or other significant service disruptions. 

CitizenObserver is used by the Cambridge Police Department to send email and text alerts relating to crime.  All are encouraged to subscribe to receive neighborhood–specific alerts about emerging crime patterns, announcements about neighborhood meetings and crime-prevention tips.

Cambridge E-Line is a source for general information and communications from the City of Cambridge via email and text.  Anyone can sign up for street cleaning reminders, trash and recycling pickup, City news and departmental information.

Please visit and sign up today.  Questions, concerns or help with registration should be directed to 617-349-9490.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Spotlight on Sponsors: Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry

The Cambridge law firm of Clark, Hunt, Ahern & Embry has existed for over 25 years. Over the years, despite minor changes in the name of the firm, our commitment to providing personal service and fighting for favorable outcomes on behalf of our clients has remained constant.
As a full-service law firm, we represent clients' interests in a variety of forums, including state and federal courts, governmental and regulatory agency hearings, zoning boards of appeal, probate courts, and at mediation and arbitration. Our clients have the assurance that an experienced and attentive attorney is working on their behalf to achieve the best possible outcome.

A Reputation Built on Client Appreciation

We are large enough to provide sophisticated services while retaining the family atmosphere of a smaller firm. Many new clients come to us after hearing about our law firm from their friends, colleagues and neighbors. Our firm has been fortunate in being able to avoid advertising; referrals and recommendations from existing clients are largely responsible for our healthy and diverse client base.

Accomplished Attorneys

Our attorneys have received numerous awards and accolades, including selection for inclusion in Massachusetts Super Lawyers, the Multimillion Dollar Advocates Forum, the American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Society of Barristers. Several have received AV-peer ratings, the highest rating available through Martindale-Hubbell.* Others lecture, teach and publish articles on a wide range of legal topics. Each of our attorneys is active in both the profession and in the wider community as a whole.

Specialty Practice Areas

Although we provide legal services in a wide range of practice areas, from business law to residential real estate, our firm is known for its focus on several specialty practices. These include special education law and disability law. In fact, a number of our lawyers have related experience in these areas, providing our clients with a unique understanding of their issues. For example, prior to becoming an attorney, partner Janine Brown-Smith was COO of the Cotting School. Another partner of the firm, Henry Clark, served for thirteen years as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of Chapter 766 Approved Private Schools ("MAAPS"). It is this industry experience that sets CHA&E apart

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Spotlight on Sponsors: EF

EF stands for “Education First.” With a mission to break down barriers in language, culture and geography, EF has helped more than 15 million people of all ages and nationalities become citizens of the world. Cultural exchanges, educational travel, language training and degree programs — we put education first
EF was founded on the simple idea that to really learn, you need to experience. Immersion learning and cultural exchange are at the core of what we do. From bringing American teachers and their students to see Europe’s wonders, to bringing Chinese teens to London to learn English, to running a top-ranked MBA program in San Francisco, EF believes in the global classroom.

Go to for more info about EF

Spotlight on Sponsors: Forest City

In operation since 1984, Forest City Boston is committed to developing high-quality urban projects that — through careful consideration of architectural design, construction, and operating systems — provide enduring value and capital appreciation for our company and our partners. The buildings we create must enhance the urban environment, be respectful of historic context, and enliven the pedestrian experience. In addition, we strive to respect local community objectives, valuing and incorporating input from neighborhood groups and adjacent stakeholders.

Boston is home to Forest City’s University Park at MIT, an award-winning campus environment of 2.3 million square feet, just steps from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and minutes from the renowned research and academic institutions of Boston. A vibrant 27-acre development, the project successfully integrates 1.5 million square feet of scientific research facilities with more than 670 residential units, a hotel and conference center, retail amenities and more

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

City Hearings

We had a great suggestion by one of our members and we are going to do our best to use this blog to act on it.  Very frequently businesses in our neighborhood will have to head over to City Hall to get permission for this or that in their business. Following the Hearing Schedules is the best way to get the scoop on whats moving in ... but it can be a hassle to always be checking out.  When we come across something that we think might interest people we'll try to post it here.  IF ECBA has a stance we'll let you know.

Here are a few up coming License Hearings Sept 20

Application Pugliese Restaurant, Inc. d/b/a Pugs Bar and Grill, Robert Salines, Manager, holder of an all alcoholic beverages as a restaurant license at 635 Cambridge Street has applied for a change of manager from Robert Salines to Joshua Velazquez. Applicant is also applying for a change of d/b/a from Pugs Bar and Grill to Lizzy’s

 Pug's is in the process of being transfered to new owners

Application Kafofo Indistries, LLC d/b/a Kafofo, Rosangela Santiago, Manager, has applied for a common victualer license to be exercised at 594 Cambridge Street. Said license if granted would allow food and non-alcoholic beverages to be sold, served, and consumed on said premises with a seating capacity of 20. The hours of operation will be 7:00am to 7:00pm seven days per week.
Approval of Kafofo will being a much need coffee shop to Cambridge St in the old Nespresso space

Application Clover Fast Food, Inc., Ayr Muir, Manager, has applied for a common victualer license to be exercised at 302 Elm Street. Said license if granted would allow food and non-alcoholic beverages to be sold, served, and consumed on said premises with a seating capacity of 66. The proposed hours of operation are 6:00am to 11:00pm seven days per week.

ECBA worked with the owners to help bring Clover Food Labs to East Cambridge.  Hope to see them do well in the area.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Spotlight on Sponsors: Alexandria Real Estate Equities

The Smoke This Rib Fest would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.  These companies demonstrate a true commitment to not only the small business community, but to the East Cambridge community at large.  Spotlight on Sponsors, will introduce you to the companies that are making Rib Fest possible.
Landlord of Choice to the Life Science Industry®, Alexandria Real Estate Equities is the largest owner and preeminent real estate investment trust (“REIT”) focused principally on cluster development through the ownership, operation, management, selective redevelopment, development, and acquisition of properties containing life science laboratory space.  Alexandria is the leading provider of high-quality, environmentally sustainable real estate, technical infrastructure, and services to the broad and diverse life science industry. Client tenants include institutional (universities and independent not-for-profit institutions), pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, product, service, and translational entities, as well as government agencies. Alexandria’s operating platform is based on the principle of “clustering,” with assets and operations located in key life science markets
Alexandria Real Estate Equities has been a great partner with the ECBA, and has also shown a great commitment to the East Cambridge neighborhood.  ARE will soon start construction on new projects in the Kendall Square area, and as part of the build out East Cambridge will see a new 2.5 acre park.  ARE has also committed funds to an East Cambridge Open Space fund for future aquisition of open space opportunities within the neighborhood.  Thanks to ARE for their commitment to East Cambridge and helping ECBA fullfill our mission.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Smoke This: Jay Silva of Bambara

A new feature we are adding to Rib Fest this year is the how2heroes demonstration stage.  If you arent familiar with how2heroes its a great site that has instructional videos hosted by local chefs and food "heroes".

We will be featuring some of their best videos hosted by by our Rib Fest participants.

Hopefully this will help keep your appetite up for the big day ... Oct 9th

Spotlight on Sponsors: CPCU Credit Union

The Smoke This Rib Fest would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.  These companies demonstrate a true commitment to not only the small business community, but to the East Cambridge community at large.  Spotlight on Sponsors, will introduce you to the companies that are making Rib Fest possible.

With a motto of "Saving Together to Lend to Each Other," CPCU has had a rich history of helping its' members with financial needs and providing quick and easy access to a wide range of services.
CPCU Credit Union is an independent, cooperative financial institution owned by its members and oriented toward its members. CPCU provides a broad range of financial products and services to local communities. The membership is often made up of people who do not have access to quality financial services and products in an environment in which they are comfortable and can speak their language. The multi-lingual staff allows CPCU to provide such an environment for our members.CPCU Credit Union is committed to improving the communities they serve via strategic partnerships with local non-profits and organizations that bring value to the community. Their goal is to assist these organizations in achieving their community development objectives and therefore improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. CPCU's efforts have been recognized for two consecutive years by the Somerville News’ Reader’s Poll as the “Best Bank.”

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damien

This weekend is the 85th Annual Celebration of the Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damien.
The Feast is a great East Cambridge tradition that celebrates not only the Feast of the Twin Saints, but also celebrates the history and tradition of our neighbrohood.

EC was shaped by the many immigrant cultures that were welcomed  over many generations.  The Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damien is a celebration of the those who immigrated here from Gaeta and made East Cambridge their home.

This years celebration features Boby Rydell and Ayla Brown, who will perform on Cambridge St. on Saturday night.  Lots of food and fun and games for all. Be sure to come down to Warren Street and enjoy the festival this weekend.

For more information

Monday, September 5, 2011

Spotlight on Sponsors: East Cambridge Savings Bank

The Smoke This Rib Fest would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.  These companies demonstrate a true commitment to not only the small business community, but to the East Cambridge community at large.  Spotlight on Sponsors, will introduce you to the companies that are making Rib Fest possible.

East Cambridge Savings Bank is committed to being the bank of choice in its market area, recognized for exceptional service to individuals and small businesses and committed to the community.

Founded in 1854 on the principles of stability, security, and peace of mind,
East Cambridge Savings Bank will continue to focus on its core strengths and values to differentiate its business practices and to better serve the communities it calls home.

ECSB's involvement in community activities has grown almost too expansive to list but covers a wide range of human services, civic, and charitable endeavors. Through the East Cambridge Savings Charitable Foundation, they have provided support and encouragement to literally thousands of area residents. ECSB treasures this unique opportunity to give back to their community in such a meaningful way.

The ECSB has played a vital role with the ECBA since we offically formed.   It has been through ECSB's support that the ECBA has been able to make significant steps in establishing ourselves as Stewards of Cambridge Street.  Their early support gave us the ability to take on East Cambridge In Bloom and they provided support as we formulated the concept of the first Rib Fest.  ECSB is commited to making East Cambridge the best neigborhood in Cambridge.

The Taste Ticket

Taste Tickets are officially on sale.  Things have slightly changed this year, so we wanted to give a quick explaination on how things will work this year.

As of this posting, the event has expanded to include 19 restaurants from East Cambridge, Kendall Square and Inman Square.  Each Taste Ticket will ensure that you can try 10 samples of Ribs from the restaurant of your choice on a first come first serve basis.  So just like last year, the Taste Ticket gets you 10 samples, but this year you'll have to choose the 10 out of the 19 retaurants to try.  Each Restaurant has a limited number of samples, so if they run out, Ticket holders simply have to get a sample from a different participant.  Everyone will get their 10 samples, but come early to make sure you get to try the restaurants you have your heart set on.

Just like last year, The Taste Ticket doubles as the ballot for the People Choice Award.  try your 10 samples and let us know which restaurant you liked the best.  The People's Choice will be awarded at the end of the event along with a new Best Rib Award decided by a judged panel.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Smoke This Rib Fest 2011

The East Cambridge Business Association (ECBA) is proud to present The East Cambridge Business Association “Smoke This” Rib Fest 2011, on Sunday October 9, 2011 from 12:00 noon – 4:00pm. The Rib Fest and Street Fair will take place on Cambridge Street in East Cambridge, between Fulkerson Street and Fifth Street.

The Rib Fest is a culinary showdown pitting pit master against pit master for the title of the best ribs in town. The event is for all ages so come and enjoy some BBQ. There will be plenty of food and fun to be had, but for the best chance to sample a variety of ribs and to cast your vote, you’ll need a Taste Ticket which will get you 10 rib samples from the restaurants of your choice at a first come first serve basis.  Taste Tickets go on sale September 1st. Additionally, each restaurants will be selling a dish of their own, showcasing their own menu.

Join Abigail's, Area Four, ARTBAR, Atasca, Atwood's Tavern, Bambara, Bosphorus, CRLS Culinary School, East Side Bar and Grille, Lord Hobo, Midwest Grill, Muqueca, New Deal Fish Market, Portugalia, Lizzy’s, Redbones, Think Tank, Trina's Starlight Lounge, and Tupelo as they compete for their chance at BBQ glory!

Enjoy cooking demonstrations from local chefs, brought to you by how2heroes, while the kids enjoy fun and games with The East End House.  Local favorites Hayride, and The Atwood’s Monday Night Bluegrass Band will get you moving with their Bluegrass and Americana rhythms.

Rib Fest is a perfect opportunity to get a taste of the local fare in and near East Cambridge and
is sponsored by the East Cambridge Savings Bank, Alexandria Real Estate Equities,
Forest City, HYM Investments, Education First, Clark Hunt Ahern and Embry,
The Royal Sonesta, CPCU Credit Union, Gentle Giant, New England Tango Academy, McKinnon Company, Kroner Design, Royal Hospitality, M.I.T., City Retail, Vinfen, and SVNGR. See for further event and Taste Ticket info.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Hurricane Irene Hates East Cambridge Flower Baskets ... but Galleria Loves Them

Earlier this afternon we received a phone call from the DPW alerting us that they will be taking down the flower baskets in anticipation of the bad weather heading our way.  Its rather unfortunate, since the baskets are really looking great and have alot of life left to them, but understandable.  Last thing we want is for a flower basket to crash through someones store or car window.
Unfortunately DPW doesnt really have the capacity to store them, espcially since they are battening down the hatches of the entire City right now.  So it was looking like the flowers were going to be done for the year unless we could find someplace to keep them safe for the next week or so.

We sent out an email to our members to see if anyone had any suggestions. Within 20 minutes 2 of our members came up big.  Both the Galleria Mall and Mayflower Poulty offered some space.  So cross your fingers that we can work something out and get those pots back up after the storm passes.

Thanks to Galleria and Mayflower for stepping up and proving our theory: People Love Flowers.

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Tonight From 6-11 is the ever so popular Inman Under the Stars Movie Night
Starting at 6pm swing by to pick up your golden ticket which will guide you to many wonderous deals all in Inman Square!

Events in East Cambridge Savings Bank Parking Lot at Inman Square:
·         7:00 PM – A Visit from Brett Silvia’s Op the Cyclops!
·         7:30 PM – FREE Jungle Jim’s “Wild About Balloons Show”
·         8:15 PM – FREE Movie Extravaganza – Oompa Loompas are welcome!

Visit or for more information about Summer in the City Programs or Inman Square.  Assistance provided by Cambridge Community Development Department and Cambridge Department of Public Works.

·         1369 Coffee House -1369 Cambridge Street - -“Golden Ticket” Latte Special; FREE Iced Tea at Movie
·         Boutique Fabulous - 1309 Cambridge Street - - 10% OFF merchandise in store w/ Golden Ticket. (excludes furniture) - 6-10 PM - FREE Refreshments in Store
·         Bukowski Tavern - 1281 Cambridge Street - - $1 Hot Dog in Tavern w/ Golden Ticket
·         Cambridge Portuguese Credit Union - 251 Hampshire Street - - FREE Pretzels & Goldfish at Movie
·         Cambridge Savings Bank - 1378 Cambridge Street - - FREE Bottled Water and Glow-bands; Enter to win Gift Baskets at Movie
·         East Cambridge Savings Bank - 1310 Cambridge Street - - FREE popcorn at Movie
·         Inman Oasis - 243 Hampshire Street - - 10% OFF Gift Certs. w/ Golden Ticket
·         Ole Mexican Grill & Olecito - 11-12 Springfield Street - - FREE Churros and Hot Chocolate
at Movie
·         Taza Chocolate - - FREE Samples at Movie

and much more!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Community Meeting Tuesday August 16th @ 6pm - Police Station (125 Sixth St)

As a follow up to the last post:

Coucillor Toomey and the Cambridge Police Department are holding a community meeting this Tuesday August 16 at 6:00pm in the first floor community room of the Cambridge Police Station (125 Sixth St).

There will be an update on the recent uptick in housebreaks in the East Cambridge area as well as some tips to keeping your home safe.

ADVISORY: From the Cambridge Police Department

Housebreaks in East Cambridge
– The Cambridge Police Department has recently identified an uptick in residential burglaries in the East Cambridge neighborhood.
August 5, 2011 – The Cambridge Police Department has recently identified an uptick in residential burglaries in your neighborhood.
Housebreaks were one of the primary topics at the Cambridge Police Department BridgeStat meeting this week, and CPD will be deploying additional resources to help prevent this pattern.
Residents can find more detailed information in the next edition of BridgeStat, to be released later today at
To help combat these crimes, and to avoid becoming a victim, please

 Try "casing" your own home, at night and during the day. Attempt to gain access to your home when the doors and windows are locked and "secure." Make sure you have some identification on you in case your neighbors call the police. ALWAYS lock your doors and windows. Doors should be made from strong wood or metal and should be locked with a deadbolt. Install guards on windows that prevent them from being raised more than a few inches. Leave a light on (perhaps on a timer) when you go away, even for the evening. Leave a television or radio on as well. Install motion sensor lights outside your home and out of reach so burglars cannot unscrew the light. Also, buy variable light timers to activate lights in your home. NEVER prop open the door or let someone in behind you if you live in an apartment building. If the building has a main entryway, make sure that security is enforced at the main door. Report residents who do this to your landlord. Be vigilant. If you suspect suspicious activity around your home, your neighbors’ homes, or in your neighborhood, please report it to the police immediately by calling 617-349-3300. Document serial numbers of all electronics and take pictures of all valuables. Keep this in a safe place to provide to the police in the event you are burglarized.
Housebreaks were one of the primary topics at the Cambridge Police Department BridgeStat meeting this week, and CPD will be deploying additional resources to help prevent this pattern.
Residents can find more detailed information in the next edition of BridgeStat, to be released later today at

To help combat these crimes, and to avoid becoming a victim, please remember to follow these simple tips to protect your residence and your belongings:

Monday, August 8, 2011

Cambridge Discovery Days: Exploring East Cambridge

The Historic Cambridge Collaborative is hosting the 13th annual Cambridge Discovery Days is comeing to East Cambridge on Saturday August 13. This is your chance to discover new parts of East Cambridge history.  The tour begins at the History Station, corner of Cambridge and Third streets, by the Registry of Deeds at 10:00am.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, East Cambridge was virtually an island isolated from the rest of Cambridge, surrounded by salt marsh and the Charles River. Only after land speculator Andrew Craigie built a bridge (now the site of the Museum of Science) to Boston in 1809 and, in 1814, maneuvered to relocate the county courthouse from Harvard Square to East Cambridge did the area begin to develop. By 1880 most of the house lots were filled, and East Cambridge had become the industrial center of the city. The industries are now gone, but many 19th century houses remain. The tour will begin at Craigie’s courthouse complex and explore the area’s rich residential and industrial history

Guide: Susan Maycock, Architectural Historian, Cambridge Historical Commission
More information: Cambridge Historical Commission, 617 349 4683

East End House Annual Summer Block Party -FREE EVENT

Wednesday August 17
6:30 - 8:30 pm
in front of the East End House
105 Spring St

 All are welcome to attend this free community event!!

Join us for a BBQ, Ice Cream sundaes, games, face painting, balloon animals, live music, a moonbounce and more!

for more information visit or contact Katie Gerard at 617-876-4444 or

Wednesday, August 3, 2011


 Fun. Lunch. Music. Wellness.
Every Thursday in August, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Vellucci Plaza (intersection of Hampshire and Cambridge Streets in Inman Square)

Presented by the Inman Square Business Association in collaboration with the City of Cambridge, Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge Health Alliance, Cambridge Department of Public Works and Cambridge Community Development Department.

Treat yourself to a terrific mid-day break in Inman Square Thursdays in August from 12:00 – 2:00 at INMAN SQUARE FUNCH, a series of programs featuring great music, wellness activities and brown bag lunch specials from area restaurants. 

Tomorrow’s schedule includes:
·         Melodeego/pedal-powered soul and rock - group needs help from the audience to pedal the bicycle-powered sound system.
·         Personal training tips from Fitness Together (12:45 – 1:15 pm)

Music and wellness events are free.  Bring a co-worker, friend or family member – what better way to spend your lunch hour this summer!  For updates and the schedule of future Funch performances, visit

Stop by these Inman Square restaurants for brown bag lunch specials to take along with you to Vellucci Plaza each Thursday in August:

1369 Coffee House – 1369 Cambridge Street –
$9 for any sandwich, a piece of fruit, and a cookie (while supplies last).

City Girl CafĂ© – 204 Hampshire Street –
$10 for sandwich, chips, cookie and drink.

Olecito – 12 Springfield Street –
Free fountain soda with lunch purchase. (Must show coupon distributed at Vellucci Plaza during event.)

Inman Square Restaurants that wish to offer a take-out special for this musical series can send me their information or contact Renee Farster at 617-491-0176.

Activities will be cancelled in the event of rain.  

Let me know if you have any questions.

Friday, July 8, 2011


The full BOOMTOWN schedule has been released and its a great line up of fun activities and performances for the whole family.

Whether you are crafting an artsy hat to shade you from the summer sun, or soothing your soul with the music of Bob Marley, BOOMTOWN is fun for the whole family.

For two weeks in July the Centanni Court Yard (btwn Second and Third) is taken over by the Multicultural Arts Center and turned into a showcase for local artists and performers.

Check out their full schedule

EC Storywalk

Enjoy a stroll down Cambridge St. with your children and read the pages of a favorite children's book along the way.  Start at New Deal Fish and head towards Lechmere Square.

Participate on July 11 and 18  at 1:00pm and follow the pages to The Multicultural Arts Center for special kids events and book giveaways.  Check the BOOMTOWN schedule for more details.

Storywalk is a project of the Agenda For Children and Childrens Literacy Initiative

Thanks to New Deal Fish, Boston Bed, DM Inc, Tim Toomey, Threla, Foley Fiore Architecture, Cambridge Street Cleaners, Courthouse Seafood and Restaurant, Susan's Salon, Roger's Funeral Home, and East Cambridge Savings Bank  for participating.

First Street Garage Improvements on the Way

First Street is going to receive a bit of a face lift thanks to the City of Cambridge.  For a long time now, the ground floor of the First Street Garage has been a bit of an eyesore.

According to the City Manager the boarded up windows will soon be replaced with artistic murals. This will certainly be a nice improvement for the area and we look forward to the project

K-Lo Spring Fling

Congratulations to the Kennedy Longfellow Community School for once again hosting a very successful Spring Fling event.

The ECBA had a great presence there as well.  Thanks to Bob Salines of Pug's Bar and Grill for donating his popcorn and snow cone machines once again for the neighborhood event.

Hope to see even more ECBA members involved next year. Congrats to K-Lo Community School

Run and Ride @ Cambridgeside

On Sunday, July 31, 2011 children ages 5 to 15 years will be running and biking as part of Run & Ride @ CambridgeSide duathlon event.  Children are invited to compete in the second annual, kids only Cambridge duathlon taking place in and around CambridgeSide Galleria.

In February, Cambridge signed on to the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign, which aims to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.  Run & Ride at CambridgeSide promotes active health and fitness for children.  This event is an innovative community collaboration between CambridgeSide Galleria, City of Cambridge, Cambridge Public Health Department, Cambridge Police Department, Cambridge Fire Department, baystateparent magazine and Endurance Coaching. The event features prizes, race t-shirts, giveaways, entertainment and fun for the whole family.  The race is free for all participants.

For more information, please email or call 617.621.8668.