Sunday, July 14, 2024

These are just some of the municipal meetings and civic events for the coming week. More are on the City Calendar and in the city’s Open Meetings Portal.

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Veterans Day events

The Civil War Monument on Cambridge Common. (Photo: Richard Howe via Flickr)

Veterans Day Observance, 11 a.m. to noon Saturday. Honor veterans on Cambridge Common by the Civil War monument bordered by Massachusetts Avenue and Garden and Waterhouse streets near Harvard Square. An informal gathering and free lunch follows until 4 p.m. at the neighboring Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 Garden St. The Department of Veterans Services has an appreciation week planned at the Life and Recreation Center next to the second-floor Veterans Services Office, 51 Inman St., Mid-Cambridge, with events and free food available for vets each day from noon to 4 p.m. 


Central Square City Lots Study

City Council roundtable,3 to 5 p.m. Monday. Following up on advisory committee input and open houses, councillors will hear from city staff about a Central Square City Lots Study on a baker’s dozen of unused, overused and empty lots and buildings – including parking lots where city councillors have called repeatedly for affordable housing to be built. The council meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.


Linear Park redesign plan

Neighborhood & Long Term Planning, Public Facilities, Arts & Celebration Committee, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councillor Dennis Carlone hears a presentation and discusses the city’s proposed redesign of its part of the Linear Park stretching from the Alewife MBTA station to Somerville’s Davis Square. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Public input from new charter

Charter Review Committee, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. This group charged with suggesting updates to the city’s 80-year-old governing document considers from the legislative and executive perspectives a form of government with a strong mayor backed by a chief administrative and financial officer. It also mulls language about getting public input on budget priorities and finding diverse members for “multiple-member bodies.” Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Primary and high school math

School Committee roundtable, 6 p.m. Tuesday. With the removal of eighth-grade algebra dominating talk and elections over the past months, members talk primary and secondary school math with community partners and district staff. The committee meets in the Dr. Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing. (Update on Nov. 13, 2023: This meeting has been canceled and rescheduled for Nov. 28.)


Updates on unarmed responders

Public Safety Committee, 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councillor Quinton Zondervan gets updates about unarmed crisis response from the city’s Community Safety Department and citizen-led Holistic Emergency Alternative Response Team, which has yet to get funding as the city and Heart blame each other for the holdup. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.