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.


Flooding at Sacramento and Crescent streets in Cambridge’s Baldwin neighborhood on July 10, 2010. (Photo: City of Cambridge)

Memorial Drive changes coming

Conservation Commission, 7 to 8 p.m., Monday. Commissioners hear from state Department of Conservation and Recreation staff about plans for Memorial Drive along the Charles River, due for a “road diet” that will eliminate some car traffic lanes as discussed here. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Covid money and police budgets

Finance Committee, 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday. This committee run by city councillors Patty Nolan and Joan Pickett gets an update on the federal Covid-relief money known as American Rescue Plan Act funds, which are taking a long time to roll out and and have even been snatched back after awards; and discuss the Police Department budget for the next fiscal year before it is submitted to the city manager. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Schools budget proposal talks

School Committee special meeting, 6 to 8 p.m Tuesday. A workshop looks at the district budget proposed by superintendent Victoria Greer for the 2025 fiscal year. Watchable online, including by Zoom.

Fighting the floodwaters

Health & Environment Committee, noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday. This committee run by city councillor Patty Nolan talks about how the region will fight coastal flooding resulting from climate change. The committee meets at City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central Square. Televised and watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Envisioning Mass. Ave. of 2040

Massachusetts Avenue Planning Study community meeting, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The group continues to focus on the area south of Porter Square in creating a vision for what the avenue will look like in 2040 between Alewife Brook Parkway and Cambridge Common. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Celebrate the iftar holiday

Community iftar, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Iftar – the evening meal at which Muslims break their fast after sunset during the Holy month of Ramadan – is brought to the community by the city, Mayor E. Denise Simmons, councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, the NAACP Cambridge, Cambridge Public Schools and the Islamic Society of Boston. Free halal food will be served and all are welcome. Held at the Cambridge Street Upper School & Community Complex, 840 Cambridge St., Wellington-Harrington, Cambridge.