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Meet Belmont - Thursday August 26th

Meet Belmont - Thursday August 26th

Meet Belmont  Have you just moved to Belmont?  Still finding your way about?

Even if you’ve lived in Belmont for years, you’ll want to stop by the 8th Annual Meet Belmont next Thursday.

From 6 to 8:30 representatives from town departments, local government, civic organizations and community groups will be available to answer questions and provide information about local amenities, organizations and services.

You can register to vote, get bus maps, find out about arts and recreation opportunities and more.

Free and open to the public.

Meet Belmont is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 26th, 2010 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chenery Middle School, 95 Washington Street, Belmont, MA

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Cambridge Discovery Days – Aug 7 & 14, 2010

Cambridge Discovery Days

Cambridge Discovery Days

The next two Saturdays are Cambridge Discovery Days on August 7, 2010 and August 14, 2010.

Each Saturday there are a variety of tours and talks about Cambridge history offered around Cambridge.

The theme of this year’s Discovery Days is Women’s Voices.


Some of the tours and talks include:

On Aug. 7th:

  • James Russell Lowell’s Brattle Street – 9:30 am
  • Culinary Cambridge: Our City’s Role in Shaping America’s Love of Fine Food – 1 pm
  • The Ladies of Tory Row – 3:30 pm
  • Margaret Fuller and the Writers of Cambridge – 5:30 pm

On Aug 14th:

  • Longfellow Homes on Brattle Street – 9:30 am
  • Women: Their Presence, Influence and Use of Fresh Pond – 1 pm
  • The Women of Central Square – 2 pm
  • William James in Cambridge – 3 pm

There will be tours of Mount Auburn (self guided) and the Longfellow House (admission charged) throughout the day.  From noon to 4 pm you are invited to bring old photos of Cambridge and Cantabridgians to be scanned at the Cambridge Historical Society – and get a free ice cream for doing so!

Most events are free of charge.  A few require advance registration.  The city of Cambridge website has the full details and a calendar of Cambridge Discovery Days events.

Cambridge Discovery Days 2010 – Women’s Voices – will take place on two Saturdays, August 7 and August 14, 2010.

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What’s Your Neighbor Reading?

Wondering what’s your neighbor reading?  

codIf your town has a “One Book” or a  “Community Reads” program you may be reading the same book.

Local libraries sponsor the programs and encourage townspeople to read the selected book.  Lectures and other events about the book’s subject are offered by the library and local groups.

Cambridge Reads has selected Cod: A Biography of the Fish That Changed the World.  Medford Reads also read Cod and had some excellent lectures related to the book.  Plans are in the works for a 2011 Medford Reads – keep an eye on the MPL website for details.

One Book One Watertown is reading March by Geraldine Brooks this Fall.  The novel explores the Civil War as seen through the imagined experiences of Mr. March, the absent father in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women.  There are a number of events planned for September and October focusing on Alcott and on the Civil War.

One Book One Belmont has also chosen a book with a local focus:  Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 will be the 2011 One Book One Belmont (OBOB).  Author Stephen Puleo will speak in Belmont on March 24, 2011 and other events will be scheduled for February and March.

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Cambridge Shred Day – Free Public Paper Shredding

Cambridge Shred Day - July 31, 2010

Cambridge Shred Day - July 31, 2010

Cambridge Shred Day – Free Shredding.   Worried about identity theft? Do you have file cabinets stuffed with papers you don’t need but are afraid to throw out? Old bills, bank statements, credit card applications?  I know I do.  And after spending hours with scissors destroying my old student loan papers (who knew my social security number appeared three times on every statement?!) the idea of free shredding is very appealing.

This Saturday, July 31, 2010 from 9 am to 1 pm the City of Cambridge will hold a Shred Day at the Central Square Post Office.  You can bring papers for shredding including bills, insurance info, bank statements, etc.

Cambridge Shred Day is free and open to the public.   For more information call the Cambridge Consumers’ Council at 617-349-6150.

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4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations Near Cambridge

4th of July in Cambridge and nearby

4th of July in Cambridge and nearby

If you’re looking for info about 4th of July fireworks in 2012 here’s the newest July 4th fireworks post with info for 2012.

4th of July Fireworks and Celebrations Near Cambridge Yes – those are fireworks you’re hearing even though it’s only July 1st.  Somerville celebrates early and their fireworks are tonight.

Here’s the scoop on firework displays and festivities scheduled for towns and cities within a few miles of Cambridge:

Somerville Fireworks

The fireworks in Somerville are tonight, July 1, 2010 in Trum Field. Trum Field is on Broadway between Magoun Square and Ball Square.  The half hour fireworks display starts at approx. 9:15 pm.

On the 4th of July Prospect Hill Park in Somerville is a great place to view the Boston fireworks.   Prospect Hill Park is at the intersection of Prospect Hill Avenue and Munroe Street in Somerville above Union Square

Lexington Fireworks

You’ve got another early bird special at the Lexington Lions Club Annual Fourth of July Carnival.  The Lexington fireworks are scheduled for Friday, July 2, 2010 at approx. 9:30 pm at Center Field.

The Lexington Carnival is open:

  • Thursday, July 1 – 6 pm to 11 pm
  • Friday, July 2 – 6 pm to 11 pm with fireworks at 9:30
  • Saturday, July 3 – noon to 11 pm
  • Sunday, July 4 – 1 pm to 11 pm
  • Monday, July 5 – 1 pm to 7 pm

Watch the Fireworks from Cambridge

Want to celebrate the 4th in Cambridge? Don’t want to brave the crowds in Boston?  There are plenty of places to see the fireworks from the Cambridge side of the river.  Many taller condo buildings or buildings with roof decks around Cambridge offer prime viewing spots for the Boston fireworks.  If you’re not so lucky to live in one of those buildings or want to be closer to the action, the banks of the Charles River between the Mass Ave Bridge and the Longfellow Bridge provide a front row seat.  The bridges are also popular, but crowded, places to view the fireworks.  There will be food concessions and restrooms along the Charles in Cambridge.

The 37th annual Boston Pops 4th of July concert and fireworks on the Esplanade in Boston begins at 8:30 pm.  The restricted area for seating opens at 9 am on the 4th. The fireworks begin at 10:30 pm and last until 11 pm.  The show is televised on WBZ, Channel 4 from 8 to 11 pm.

4th of July Celebration in Waltham Massachusetts

There’s a family-friendly party in Waltham on the 4th in Prospect Hill Park from 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday.  Free children’s rides, animal shows, food, drink, music and more.  Prospect Hill Park is at 314 Totten Pond Road in Waltham.

That evening, from 5:30 to 9:30 pm on July 4th there will be a concert with Profile at Leary Field off Bacon Street followed by fireworks.  Fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 pm.

4th of July Celebration and Fireworks in Newton

The party in Newton kicks off at the Newton Centre Playground with fun activities for kids from 10 am to noon on Sunday, July 4, 2010.  There’ll be a Pet Parade, a Teddy Bear Parade, a Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, Foot Races, and best of all – free ice cream!

The party continues at the Russel J. Halloran Field and Sports Complex at 250 Albemarle Road in Newtonville.  From 11 am to 10 pm there’ll be an open air market, amusement rides, crafts for sale, and food concessions.  The Bo Winiker Band comes on at 6 pm for dancing.  The Newton fireworks are scheduled for 9 pm.

Arlington Celebrates the 4th of July

Fourth of July festivities in Arlington MA will be held at Robbins Farm Park (aka Skyline Park) at 1 Eastern Avenue from 7 pm to 11 pm on July 4, 2010.  Enjoy refreshments, musical entertainment by the John Penny Band, and a chance to watch the Boston Pops Concert and fireworks on a giant screen.

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Asian Longhorned Beetle Presentation

Learn About Enemies of Your Favorite Trees at the Asian Longhorned Beetle Presentation

Asian Longhorned Beetle Presentation      All of the downed trees from Sunday’s wild storm remind me of how important urban trees are to our daily happiness.

It seems that the enemies of trees are growing in number – foes of longstanding like lightning and wind are joined by homeowners who don’t like to pick up branches or are afraid of the trees in their yard.  I cringe when I hear the sound of a saw in the neighborhood – fearing that another tree is about to be felled.

Add the Asian Longhorned Beetle to the list of things we tree huggers have to worry about.

On Wednesday night the Somerville Garden Club is sponsoring a presentation by horticulturist Debra Elson on the Asian Longhorned Beetle and other pests that damage or kill trees.

A video, “Lurking In the Trees”, about the devastation the beetle caused in Worcester will be shown.  Elson will also discuss the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, Winter Moth, Eastern Tent Caterpillar, and Gypsy Moth Caterpillar.

The Somerville Garden Club meeting and Asian Longhorned Beetle presentation is scheduled for

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 7 pm

At the Tufts Administration Building, 167 Holland St, Somerville (between Davis Square & Teele Square) on the 2nd floor

Free and open to the public

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Memorial Day Parades

Memorial Day Observances this weekend

Memorial Day Observances this weekend

Many people – including real estate agents! – leave town for the long holiday weekend. But if you’re sticking close to home and want to attend the Memorial Day observances – or just avoid the detours – here’s the scoop on local Memorial Day Parades.

Cambridge Memorial Day Parade

The Memorial Day parade in Cambridge will take place on Monday, May 31, 2010.  The parade starts with a cannon salute at the Cambridge Common at 9:30 am.  The parade then goes through Harvard Square, down Mount Auburn Street, and ends with a Memorial Day observance at the Cambridge Cemetery on Coolidge Avenue which starts at approximately 11 am.

Somerville Memorial Day Parade

The parade in Somerville leaves the City Hall – High School complex on Highland Avenue at 1 pm on Saturday, May 29, 2010.  It runs down Highland Ave and concludes at the Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Teele Square on Broadway.

Earlier in the day a ceremony begins at 8 am at the American Legion Post #19 at 124 Highland Ave.  There will be a short procession down Highland to the Central Library and wreaths will be laid at monuments along Central Hill Park.

Arlington Memorial Day Parade

The parade in Arlington begins at the Walgreen’s parking lot on Mass Ave on Monday, May 31, 2010 at 9:30 am. The parade proceeds to Monument Park in Arlington Center for a wreath laying and service and then continues to Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Watertown Memorial Day Parade

The parade in Watertown forms at the Tufts Health Care parking lot at Arlington and Grove Streets and begins at noon on Monday, May 31, 2010.  The parade runs down Mount Auburn Street to Main Street and ends at Saltonstall Park with a brief service.

Belmont Memorial Day Parade

The parade in Belmont will begin in Cushing Square at 11 am on Monday, May 31, 2010.  Participants will march to the Belmont Cemetery at the intersection of Huron Ave and Grove Street and then to the Belmont High School.

Medford Memorial Day Observance

There is no parade in Medford but there will be a Veterans Ceremony held at Oak Grove Cemetery on Monday, May 31, 2010.

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Congratulations Graduates!

Commencement Cupcake from the Danish Pastry House

Commencement Cupcake from the Danish Pastry House

Today was Harvard’s commencement and I couldn’t help but think of all the happy graduates – and their proud families – as I ate my commencement cupcake at the Danish Pastry Shop on Boston Ave in Medford.  So technically this is a Tufts cupcake – Tufts students graduated on Sunday, May 23rd.

Believe me, it’s been a tough week for driving around here – graduates and their guests were causing traffic jams left and right. You can’t help but share in the excitement though when you see the students and the faculty in their gowns.  Congratulations to all!

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