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 A Message from the Public Information Office

Jul 3, 2008

PIO Update 7-3-08

City Buildings Closed for Fourth of July Holiday on Friday, July 4 & Monday, July 7.

Holiday Rubbish/Recycling/Street Cleaning Schedule

In observance of the Independence Day Holiday on Friday, July 4, there will be no rubbish/ recycling pickup or street cleaning in Cambridge.  Friday’s rubbish/ recycling route will be picked up on Saturday, July 5 this week.  Street cleaning of the odd-side C-district was completed in advance of the holiday.

Rubbish/ recycling pick up and street cleaning will proceed as scheduled on Monday, July 7 and operate on the normal schedule for that week.

City of Cambridge Fourth of July Events

The Department of Human Service Programs’ Recreation Division invites all youth ages 4-13 to participate in the annual races, doll carriage and bike parades on Friday, July 4, at 10 a.m., at Donnelly Field in East Cambridge, Glacken Field in West Cambridge and Hoyt Field in the Riverside community.   All youth participating in the races will receive a prize and all participants in the doll carriage and bike parade will receive a Cambridge Recreation T-shirt. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 617-349-6228.

Boston's Fourth of July Event at Esplanade Plus DCR Info. & Road Closures

Many Cambridge residents traditionally enjoy Boston's Fourth of July events, including music and fireworks, from the Cambridge side of the river.   Large speakers will be set up near the Mass. Ave. Bridge.  See more on this at: or

Note: Cooking or Grilling is Prohibited on Magazine Beach.

Fourth of July Street Closings:

DCR Closes Longfellow Bridge Sidewalk. Bridge Closed to Spectators Fourth of July

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has closed the sidewalk on the west side of the Longfellow Bridge until further notice, after a recent inspection discovered a support beam in need of immediate repair. Pedestrians will be detoured to the opposite sidewalk, which remains open. However, both sides of the sidewalk will be closed on Fourth of July for public safety reasons.   See more on this story at

DCR Establishes Truck Detours Around Longfellow Bridge

The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) has established alternate routes in Boston and Cambridge for large trucks that have been banned from the Longfellow Bridge. Electronic sign boards will be installed near each end of the bridge to alert truck drivers to the detours, and State Police details will be assigned at critical points along the detour routes to help maintain traffic flow. See more on this story at

Dept. of Human Services’ Summer Resource Guide

Arts in the Park Schedule

Arts in the Park (Senott Park Schedule Only   – Tuesdays & Thursdays in July)

Celebrate South Africa! Family Night with Award-Winning South African Authors
Sindiwe Magona & Elinor Sisulu! Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m.

Central Square Branch Library, 45 Pearl St, Cambridge.

Hear stories!  Learn about what it was like to grow up in South Africa!  Have a taste of some South African children’s books! Sindiwe Magona is an author, poet, playwright, storyteller and activist. Her books for children include The Best Meal Ever! and Life is a Hard but Beautiful Thing. Elinor Sisulu is an author and human rights activist.  Her books include the picture book The Day Gogo Went to Vote. For age 5 and up! A reception will follow the program and books will be available for purchase.

Summer Reading Programs for Kids

Museum Passes Available from Cambridge Public Library. Reserve Yours Today!

EZRide Shuttle Adjusted Route & Schedule/Additional Bus

Beginning Monday, July 14, the EZRide Shuttle will operate on an adjusted route and schedule.  An 8th bus will be added to the route, reducing wait times from 10 minutes to only 8 minutes between buses.  Also, the route will be modified to serve the North Point area as well as Lansdowne Street.  New schedule and route map information is available online at

City employees board the EZRide free of charge when they show an EZRide “member sticker” with their photo ID.  To get a member sticker, contact Stephanie Anderberg at  

Family Movie Nights in the Park Start July 16

Community Schools’ Summer Camp Programs

55 Affordable Homeownership Units are Available

The Community Development Department (CDD) is accepting applications for 55 affordable homeownership units developed under the City’s Housing Programs.  These units are located throughout the City and will be made available to income eligible first-time homebuyers with incomes up to 100% AM.  All units are subject to resale, limited equity and primary residency restrictions.   Preference will be given to Cambridge residents and families with children.  For more information or to request an application, call the Housing Division at 617-349-4622 or visit: 

Tobin Principal Appointment

Cambridge Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Fowler-Finn today announced the appointment of Seth Lewis Levin as Principal of the Tobin/Tobin Montessori School to be effective July 15, 2008. Mr. Lewis Levin has a broad range of teaching and administrative experience in the Cambridge and the New York City public schools. Currently Assistant Principal at the Kennedy-Longfellow School, he was previously Assistant Principal of the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Middle School in New York City, and served as Program Coordinator of the NYC Museum School where he also worked as a Math Coach and as a teacher. His additional experience includes Division Director of the Brooklyn Heights Montessori summer program, and positions in non-profit management.

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