Thursday, May 23, 2024

The last musician left the EMF Building near Central Square closed in July 2018, but the structure that housed it could get historical landmark designation. (Photo: Dana Jay Bein)

Short agenda with little controversy 

City Council, 5:30 p.m. Monday. It’s election eve, and city councillors have a short agenda that will get them out of Sullivan Chamber in time for last-minute politicking or fingernail chewing. They will pick up a conversation about bicyclist education and riding rules that was set aside last week; set a date for a roundtable to talk about universal pre-kindergarten; and ask the city manager to get rolling on a “modern roundabout” at the Brattle-Sparks-Craigie intersection, while the city manager wants councillors to create a new funding source to pay for renewable energy. This should be a pretty fast meeting.

The council meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

Don’t just sit there, go cast 21 or so votes

Municipal election voting, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Surely no reminder is needed to head to the polls and help decide nine City Council seats and six School Committee seats. Changes this year: It’s the first time ranked voting is limited to 15 positions on the ballot; and voting places are the same save for in Ward 3, Precinct 1, now to be set up at the Valente Library, 826 Cambridge St., Wellington Harrington, instead of at the Frisoli Youth Center. When polls close, the ballot count begins.

Votes are counted at the Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

Harvard’s Sunstein looks at the impeachment process

Cass R. Sunstein discusses “Impeachment,” 1 to 2:30 p.m., Thursday. Harvard Law professor Sunstein (who served in the Obama administration as administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and as a member of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies) gives a free lunchtime talk. His looks at the impeachment process is intended to rise above politics and go beyond punditry.

The talk takes place at the Harvard Coop, 1400 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard Square.

EMF Building is back for landmarking decision

Historical Commission, 6 p.m. Thursday. The commission talks about a staff report – and what recommendation to make to the City Council – about potentially landmarking the EMF Building, 116-120 Brookline St., Cambridgeport, a 1920-21 brick structure that housed an electrical supply company before being turned into an arts building more than a decade ago. A landmarking would force the developer to keep the exterior intact without commission approval for changes.

The commission meets at the Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square.

Lesley opens Veterans’ Resource Center 

Veterans’ Resource Center and Lounge grand opening, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday. A space for military veteran students to relax, build community and get access to resources gets a grand opening, with Lesley College for the Adult Learner adviser Gene Ferraro explaining the inspiration for the project and words from university president Janet L. Steinmayer; Tom Graves, the registrar’s veterans’ representative; and student and veteran Steve Abrams.

The center and lounge is in Lesley University’s second floor University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., Porter Square.