Tuesday, March 9, 2010

ESMS Birthday Bash Showcases Rich History and Future of East Somerville

SOMERVILLE - Cafe Belo, 120 Washington St. map
East Somerville Main Streets

East Somerville Main Streets celebrated its third birthday with a big bash and a big crowd at Cafe Belo on Washington St. across from Buddy's Diner. ESMS has come a long way in three short years, to the benefit of the entire area. The group has worked tirelessly to connect the residents with municipal government, state government, local businesses, and each other. True to form, this birthday bash connected residents, businesses, law enforcement, and elected officials over good food and good conversation.

East Somerville residents enjoyed food and met their neighbors at Cafe Belo
*Photo credits to Renee Polcaro

ESMS wasn't the only birthday: lifelong Somerville resident and dedicated volunteer Fred Caruso also celebrated his 79th birthday. Ward 1 Alderman Bill Roche, and Aldermen-At-Large Dennis Sullivan, Bill White, and Jack Connolly were on hand to celebrate the evening and to present the "Mayor of East Somerville" with a resolution from the Board recognizing his hard work and dedication to East Somerville. Fred has been a great friend to me and to all of East Somerville over the years, and it was touching to see how humbly and graciously he received recognition from the Aldermen and from the crowd.

Fred Caruso receives a citation from the Board of Aldermen
(left to right: Alderman Connolly, Alderman White, Alderman Roche, Fred's son John Caruso, Alderman Sullivan, and myself)

Some of the highlights of the evening:

* Volunteers from the ESMS committees for some of the most popular community events in Somerville spoke on behalf of the work their committees have organized, including Renee Polcaro on First Tuesdays Neighborhood Afterhours, Matthew Martino on International Movie Nights, Christian Waeber on Cleanup Day, and Laura Vivenzio on the Savoring East Somerville Cookbook and Neighborhood Guide.

East Somerville resident and ESMS member Renee describes the First Tuesdays event

* A presentation from ESMS member Eric Barry on the first ever ESMS survey, commissioned to provide a snapshot of the neighborhood's visitors and residents as a starting point for the group's work. A followup will be done in ten years to provide insight into how the neighborhood has changed and gauge how closely ESMS goals have been met.

The assembled crowd of local residents, elected officials, business owners, and law enforcement watched on as the presenters described the ESMS projects.

* Acting police chief Michael Cabral spoke about the neighborhood policing efforts the police force has undertaken, especially since the introdcution of the East Somerville police substation.

Acting Somerville Police Chief Michael Cabral

* State Senator Patricia Jehlen spoke on the long history of neighborhood involvement and the successes she has seen over the years living in and representing Somerville.

State Senator Pat Jehlen offers up a history of successful community involvement in Somerville

* Monica Lamboy from the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development in Somerville spoke on behalf of Mayor Curtatone to describe some of the big changes coming soon, including upcoming construction on Washington St. and Assembly Sq.

* Dorie Clark, an East Somerville resident and communications expert, is stepping down this year as Vice President of the ESMS Board and was honored for her work. President Susan Fontano and Executive Director Carrie Dancy described how valuable she has been helping them get ESMS up and running.

Outgoing Vice President of the ESMS board Dorie Clark receives congratulations from board President Susan Fontano

From the size of the crowd and the energy of the people, it is clear the ESMS staff, board, volunteers, and neighbors have done a lot of groundwork to bring the organization to where it is now. East Somerville Main Streets has done excellent work engaging, connecting, and bringing out the best from the people of East Somerville.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Little League Tryouts: East Cambridge March 13th, Somerville March 21st

CAMBRIDGE - Frisoli Youth Center, 61 Willow St, Cambridge map
East Cambridge Little League Baseball

SOMERVILLE - Cousens Gym, 161 College Ave at Tufts, Somerville map
Somerville Little League Baseball

Baseball season is almost here! Don't miss the chance to get your kids on the field for tryouts this Saturday, March 13th at 9am in East Cambridge and Saturday, March 21st from 10am-4pm in Somerville.

Somerville Little League can be reached at 617.326.7333

From the East Cambridge little league website:

Registration 2010

Returning players, new players, and returning and new farm
league/t-ballers, are requested to pay the registration fee as soon as possible
for the Spring 2009 season. Little League - $60; TBall/Farm - $30.

At 9am, Saturday March 13th, registration will be accepted at the Frisoli Youth
Center (61 Willow St.) during Tryouts/Draft Day.

Please contact President Don "Ducky" Down by email: dfourdowns@msn.com or cell phone: (617.777.7314 ).

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Students Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday at the ESCS at Edgerly

SOMERVILLE - East Somerville Community School at Edgerly
8 Bonair St., Somerville map

For Paula Atwood's first grade class, there can never be too much Green Eggs and Ham on Dr. Seuss day. They started the day with green eggs in the cafeteria and finished it with Green Eggs and Ham in the classroom.

Dr. Seuss' children's books are a national treasure. The beautiful art and simple stories have a message of fairness, acceptance, and social justice. It is always an honor and a joy to get the opportunity to read along with a group as energetic and engaged as this class. Most of them read right along with me, sometimes before the page was turned!

Ms. Atwood's first grade class in hats they made themselves

East Cambridge Business Association Launches


East Cambridge Business Association Website
Cambridge Chronicle article: ECBA Hosts first networking event

The East Cambridge Business Association launched this past month with their first networking event on Feb 25th. The event was a big success and drew a crowd of 40 to the East Side Bar & Grill (yelp page) at 561 Cambridge St (right across the street from my office).

The ECBA intends to organize and unite the many varied businesses of East Cambridge. As their website puts it, their mission is:

"To promote and maintain sustainable commerce in East Cambridge; to be a single voice for its members; to promote activities that bond East Cambridge businesses with their neighborhood; and to preserve the historical integrity and importance of East Cambridge."
-ECBA Mission statement

There has already been a lot of interest in the ECBA thanks to a lot of hard work from the early members and organizers. The organization is a great idea and could help East Cambridge come together as a united front to preserve our historic community and face the upcoming economic challenges for local businesses.

The members already include a wide variety of services from familiar East Cambridge spots:
List current as of 3/10/10

ABG Realty 307 Cambridge St

Dental Services
Alegria Dental Group 1058 Cambridge Street

Dining / Bar
Arams No. 2 345 Cambridge St
Atwoods Tavern 877 Cambridge Street
Courtside Food and Spirits 291 Cambridge St
East Side Bar and Grille 561 Cambridge Street
Pugs Bar and Grill 635 Cambridge Street
Portugalia Restaurante 723 Cambridge Street

Boston Bed Company 616 Cambridge Street

Cambridge Art & Frame 101 1st Street

Cambridge Printing Company 47 Seventh Street

CPCU Credit Union 251 Hampshire St
Dimesworth 170 Gore St
East Cambridge Savings Bank 292 Cambridge Street

Community Services / Child Care
East End House 105 Spring Street

Groceries / Delis
Mayflower Poultry 621 Cambridge Street
New Deal Fish Market 622 Cambridge St

Law Services
Malis Law 30 Second St

Funeral Services
Rogers Funeral Home 380 Cambridge St

ECBA Contact information:
You can contact the ECBA at info@EastCambridgeBA.com
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East Cambridge Business Association
P.O. Box 410386
Cambridge, MA 02141