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The Dedication of Jack Tennis Square, Councillor Maher recognizes Police Officer and neighborhood advocate

Councillor David Maher dedicated the corner of Concord Avenue and Griswold Street in the Cambridge Highlands neighborhood as Jack Tennis Square. Jack was a Cambridge Police Officer, neighborhood activist and a lifelong resident of Cambridge. Under a beautiful late summer sky, well over 100 people, including several members of the Tennis family and many others who knew Jack personally, turned out for the dedication ceremony. “This is a great day for the Cambridge Highlands neighborhood as we celebrate Jack and his numerous contributions to this great area of our City” said Councillor Maher at the ceremony. Jack was born on Griswold Street in 1933 and served as a Cambridge Police Officer for nearly twenty years. Upon his retirement from the Police Department in 1981, Jack served as Co-President of the Cambridge Highlands Neighborhood Association along with his wife, Ann. During his tenure as Co-President of the Association, Jack was a tireless advocate for his neighborhood and was instrumental in preserving the character and charm of the Cambridge Highlands area. While reflecting on Jack Tennis’ many contributions to the neighborhood, Councillor Maher highlighted Jack’s lasting impact on Cambridge Highlands, “This has always been a tight-knit section of our great city. Because of Jack’s efforts, Cambridge Highlands is still a great place to live and to raise a family”.

By Tennis Square Dedication | September 15, 2013
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Councillor Maher dedicates Cremins Square in honor of seven Cambridge firefighters
 
By, ALLISON DEANGELIS
The Cambridge Chronicle
Published June 14, 2013
 
Cambridge —    
 
They came from every corner of the country — sons, daughters, nieces, nephews and grandchildren of seven brothers who dedicated their lives to public service and the Cambridge Fire Department.
 
Around 60 members of the Cremins family crowded onto the corner of Broadway and Quincy Street — down the street from the Fire Department where the brothers worked for five decades — to see the dedication of Cremins Square on June 1.
 
Thirty years have passed since the last of the brothers retired from the department, but their memory remains.
 
"The generation before me, if you asked them for one name of somebody that was recognizable as a part of the Fire Department, they'd say Cremins," said assistant fire chief Gerry Mahoney, who spoke at the ceremony.
 
“My own father was a police officer, and although I was a kid when [the brothers] served, I knew of the family,” said Councilor David Maher, who helped bring about the dedication. 
 
Six of the Cremins brothers served with the Cambridge Fire Department between 1932 and 1983, racking up a combined 262 years of experience; a seventh brother, Christopher, worked as a Fire Alarm Operator in the Electrical Department for 30 years.
 
“It’s an extraordinary situation and one that will probably never be repeated, not only in Cambridge but across the country,” said Maher.
 
Those who knew the brothers were quick to point out their professionalism and dedication to the job, which family friend Kevin Crane called the most dangerous peacetime occupation. 
 
“They were all very dedicated. The fire service, it wasn’t a job to them, it was a public service,” said Crane. 
 
All born and raised in Cambridge, the brothers followed the eldest, Patrick, into the fire service. “It was my uncle Pat that encouraged them to get on; he was the first one on and I think he encouraged the rest and they all just followed,” said Bill Cremins, son of former-Chief William Cremins.
 
The family was so well known and unique, according to Crane, that they received an offer to appear on the television show “What’s My Line?” 
 
The project was many years in the making; members of the Cremins family had talked about creating something in Cambridge to honor the brothers.
 
“Eventually, it was several years later from when I first mentioned it to [Crane] that it finally came about,” said Bill Cremins. “Sometimes I would wonder whether it would come to fruition or not. I was just grateful that it did.”
 
For Crane, who had known the family since 1961, the brothers deserved recognition of their work for the city. “I don’t think you’ll find any other family in the country, I would say, that would have that extent of service in the Fire Department,” said Crane. 
 
While none of the brothers lived to see what Maher called “a long-overdue recognition of selfless service to the city” –the last surviving brother, Leo, died in 2009—Bill Cremins thinks his father and uncles would have been very happy.
 
“They were good jakes,” said Crane. “The term ‘Jake’ is the highest compliment you can pay a firefighter. Within their culture, that term refers to someone who is just a real good firefighter. And that’s what the Cremins were.”
 
By The Cambridge Chronicle | June 14, 2013
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Councillor David Maher leads citywide effort to honor North Cambridge native, Speaker Tip O'Neill

By, EMILY CATANEO
GateHouse News Service

Published: December 12, 2012

Cambridge —

He was once one of the most powerful men in the country, but he still came back to Cambridge every weekend to have his shoes cobbled or his hair cut.

Thomas “Tip” O’Neill Jr., the longtime U.S. congressman and Speaker of the House and proud Cantabrigian who embodied the aphorism “all politics is local,” would have turned 100 on Sunday, Dec. 9. O’Neill entered the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1937, then was elected to Congress in 1952 and served until 1987 — the last 10 years as Speaker of the House.

To honor the storied speaker, the city unveiled a 35-foot mural at the Mildred A. O’Neill Branch Library on Sunday. The mural depicts stories, motifs and important moments from O’Neill’s life, from St. John the Evangelist Church on Massachusetts Avenue, where O’Neill was baptized to a Boston College mug, commemorating O’Neill’s alma mater; to his family; and to his mentor Sister Agatha, a nun who encouraged him to attend college.

O’Neill’s family, friends and other well-wishers at the mural on Sunday reminisced about O’Neill’s love for and commitment to Cambridge.

Cambridge Rep. Alice Wolf said she met O’Neill numerous times throughout their overlapping years as Cambridge politicians. She said he always took time to meet with local Cambridge groups—for example, meeting with representatives from the Cambridge Democratic City Committee in 1980 about a nuclear freeze — and said when he appeared at events in Cambridge, he always had a personal comment for everyone.

“As he went through the crowd, he’d ask, ‘How’s your Aunt Molly? How’s this and that?’ He knew every person in his constituency,” said Wolf. “No matter what level he was, he cared about his hometown. You’ve heard the famous line, ‘All politics is local.’ He practiced that to a tee.”

Sen. Sal DiDomenico said at the event that when he was growing up in East Cambridge, O’Neill would play with the children in the neighborhood when he visited his hometown.

“It was a big deal to see a guy who was on TV come to our neighborhood,” said DiDomenico, who added that O’Neill later inspired him to become involved in politics.

Tom O’Neill, Tip’s son, said his father always used the small business owners in the North Cambridge neighborhood as a sounding board for his policies. Tom O’Neill said his father would come home to Cambridge and get his hair cut by barber Frank Manelli, his shoes fixed by cobbler John Gimigiliano, his clothes laundered at a specific laundromat and his groceries at a specific store.

“The four of them [those business owners] were his bellwethers,” said Tom O’Neill, adding that Cambridge residents would tell those four business owners their opinions about politics, knowing that the business owners would pass them on to O’Neill.

One business owner, Leo Saidnawey, owner of Pemberton Market on Massachusetts Avenue, reminisced about how O’Neill used to see Saidnawey’s wife Marlene at the market, and how O’Neill and Marlene used to meet for breakfast near Fresh Pond to talk about the political situation in Belmont, where the Saidnaweys lived.

The mural unveiling comes at the end of a yearlong celebration of O’Neill’s life. Cambridge City Councilor David Maher, chair of the special committee to recognize O’Neill’s legacy, said events this year included three forums at the Cambridge Public Library, a story trade, a golf tournament, banners, and apple trees planted to commemorate O’Neill’s favorite song, “(I'll Be With You) In Apple Blossom Time.”

Mural artists Joshua Winer and David Fichter said they started research for the mural in August, interviewing O’Neill’s family and friends and visiting the archives at Boston College. Daughter Rosemary O’Neill also invited Winer and Fichter to Cape Cod to look through old family albums, where the two artists found much inspiration.

 Winer said his favorite component of the mural is an image that appears to the left of the desk on the mural, of a photograph of O’Neill and President Gerald Ford back-to-back.

“Of everything that’s here, this one shows his bipartisanship the most,” said Winer.

Fichter spoke about the artists’ choice to show O’Neill with his arms extended and his palms up, facing the viewer.

“That pose seemed to capture what we thought would reach future generations,” said Fichter.

O’Neill may have been a Cantabrigian through-and-through, but he also has international fans. Approximately 20 Irishmen and women attended Sunday’s event, including James Gill, the mayor of Buncrana, the town where O’Neill’s grandmother was born.

Caitlin Coghlan, a resident of County Donegal who attended Sunday’s event, said O’Neill is beloved in Ireland because of his role facilitating peace talks in North Ireland, and that the annual Tip O’Neill Donegal Diaspora Award honors Irishmen in O’Neill’s memory.        

Source: The Cambridge Chronicle: http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/archive/x1107421267/A-Tip-of-the-hat-Cambridge-honors-Speaker-ONeill-at-centennial-celebration

By The Cambridge Chronicle | December 12, 2012
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Candidate Profile David P. Maher

David MaherBy ALYZA J SEBENIUS,  Contributing Writer, Harvard Crimson
Published: Monday, October 31, 2011

Cambridge Mayor David P. Maher, who is up for reelection this term, lives just around the corner from where he grew up.

Maher, who has resided in Cambridge all his life, has extensive experience in City politics; he has served four terms on the School Committee and six terms on City Council, and is currently the chair of both.

Maher says he is committed to completing and expanding upon the projects he has undertaken during his time in office, while tempering the ideological with the practical when it comes to politics.

“It’s about taking a pragmatic approach to local government and to being able to understand the environment that we’re in, the challenges we face, and trying to address all of that,” he says.

Maher says his father, who was a police officer, encouraged his commitment to public service.

“He instilled this sense of giving back to the community and so I would definitely say he had a major impact on my getting into politics,” he says.

Another early source of inspiration was former President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated when Maher was five. “I think that sense of giving back to the community and people stepping up to be heard is something that I admired both as a young child and something that shaped me a little bit as a teen,” Maher says.

During his tenure, Maher has worked to improve the quality public education in Cambridge, both in terms of programs and facilities.

Maher recently worked to pass the Innovation Agenda to improve Cambridge public education, an initiative that will revamp public schools. The schools, which used to be K-8, will now be K-5, and Cambridge will see the advent of 6-8 schools. Roughly 80 children per grade will attend each of these 4 junior high school campuses. This change will be implemented in September 2012.

Maher calls the initiative “amazing,” adding that the end goal is to create more academically rigorous schools.

In addition, Maher has overseen the renovation of Cambridge Rindge and Latin, the city’s high school.

Coupled with four elementary schools that Maher will be rebuilding, the total construction price is over a quarter of a billion dollar investment in public education.

“We’ve go to get this right. We owe it to the kids that go here,” Maher says. “If there is any community that can do it right it is Cambridge,” adding that Cambridge spends more money per student than any other city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Ruby Pierce, a friend of Maher who worked at Cambridge Rindge and Latin for 34 years and the Cambridge NAACP Education Chair, emphasizes the importance of Maher’s work, noting the glaring discrepancy that currently exists between the quality levels at different public lower schools. She says that she can usually identify which school each high school student went to just by talking to them.

Pierce says that Maher brought together a divided school committee to pass this educational agenda. She said she believes that if Maher is not reelected to the city council it could be “detrimental” to the implementation of his plan.

“I hope David can continue this dream of ours. It is heartbreaking that not every kid is not treated equally,” she says.

But Virginia W. Childs, Cambridge public school parent, is critical of the educational plan. “I don’t think they really listened to the parents in favor of the K-8 model,” she says. She believes that the transition to new 6-8 schools will foster social angst that will detract from academic success. Furthermore, the middle school students will no longer serve as role models on campus for the younger students.

In addition to his work on education, Maher, who spent two decades as a the director of the nonprofit organization Development for Cambridge Family and Children’s Services, has been an public health and environmental advocate. He has launched a campaign to inform young people about the harmful effects of cigarettes and other tobacco products, and passed legislation to make all Cambridge work places smoke-free zones.

Maher also says he is committed to maintaining the quality and vibrancy of neighborhoods, noting the economic strain the community currently suffers. “I am painfully aware of the challenges people are facing right now,” Maher says of the economy.

He has worked to form neighborhood coalitions, revitalize Central Square, and expand outdoor spaces. Maher has also attempted to forge relationships among the city and its businesses and schools. One of his projects as Mayor is to develop a formalized relationship between Cambridge businesses, universities, and public schools. As First Chair of the City’s University Relations Committee, Maher was in charge of the negotiations that led to Harvard’s agreement to build and finance affordable housing and a new parking lot on Memorial Drive.

Maher has fought to promote affordable housing through a variety of initiatives such as the Community Preservation Act. This initiative ensures that Cambridge spends $11 million annually on affordable housing. His Silver Ribbon Commission works to assess the future needs of seniors.

Maher says he believes that young people are especially hard hit by the current job market. College graduates are increasingly living at home, entering low-paying jobs, or taking jobs that are not career-oriented or specific to their education.

“David believes in everyone,” says Pierce. “Everyone has an opportunity in Cambridge. He believes that no matter what background you come from, you deserve the same thing as everyone else.”

“This is probably the most challenging time for young people in a very long period of time,” Maher says. “My hope is that we are starting to see a recovery that offers more opportunities for young people. I just don’t want young people to feel like they are left behind.”

Attorney James J. Rafferty grew up with Maher in West Cambridge and served for a term with him on the Cambridge School Council. Rafferty says that throughout Maher’s long tenure in Cambridge politics, he has maintained the enthusiasm, committed work ethic, and energy with which he began his political career. And he cites Maher’s “impressive” mediating skills as a vital asset to the city.

“He cares immensely about Cambridge and all of its neighborhoods. You don’t get the sense that it is a stepping-stone,” he says. “He always wants to make this a better place.”

Source: The Harvard Crimson: http://www.thecrimson.com/article/2011/10/31/mayor-maher-cambridge-election/

By The Harvard Crimson | October 31, 2011
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Green Streets Initiative

Green Streets Initiative

David has been a strong supporter of the Green Streets Initiative’s aim to create safer, healthier and quieter streets and a more vibrant community for commuters. During his term as Mayor, David Maher’s office has provided printing and logistical support and recently, David Maher acquired the funding which the Green Streets Initiative will use to expand their operation and outreach throughout the entire Cambridge Community.

The Green Streets Initiative is an international grassroots organization based in Cambridge that celebrates and promotes the use of sustainable, active transportation. Through their signature monthly "Walk/Ride Days" and other community and educational efforts, they help people personally experience the ways that environmentally friendly and healthier modes of transportation can enhance their lives.

 

By Green Streets Initiative | October 30, 2011
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CitySprouts and CycleKids

During his term as Mayor, David Maher has worked not only to improve the academic experience of Cambridge School children, but also to expand opportunities for improving their well-being. Two opportunities that David supported and secured critical funding for are CitySprouts and CycleKids.

CitySprouts is a school and community program that integrates academic, health and environmental education in the public schools and in the neighborhood. Working closely with school administrators, teachers and families, CitySprouts creates school gardens and provides essential support to schools as they extend existing curricula to these outdoor classrooms.  CitySprouts program operates at all 12 elementary schools in Cambridge, serving every child in the city. 

This year, David Maher obtained the necessary funds to allow the CitySprouts’ Summer Internship to take place. This program provides young teens with an intensive month of growing and harvesting food in an urban garden, expanding their first-hand experience of preparing and eating healthy food and fostering a strong connection to their natural urban environment.

CycleKids mission is to get children on bicycles and engage them in a physical activity that addresses health and emotional issues facing today’s under-active, and, often, overweight children. Because of the funding that David secured, the CycleKids program will expand to every Cambridge elementary school this academic year.

By CitySprouts & CycleKids | October 28, 2011
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Biogen breaks ground on new Cambridge campus

BiogenBy Scott Wachtler,
Wicked Local Cambridge

October 27, 2011

Biogen Idec's return to Cambridge was celebrated with a groundbreaking in Kendall Square Thursday.

In spite of rain and cold weather, officials broke ground on two buildings for the company's headquarters. Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. managed to break ground on the first building at 225 Binney St. in its $500 million, 1.73 million-square-foot, 11-acre, Alexandria Center science and technology campus at Kendall Square. The second building at 17 Cambridge Center, run by Boston Properties, will be 190,000 square feet.

Both Biogen buildings will be ready by 2013.

Biogen will return with 530 employees, and make 225 Binney St. the home of its executive offices. In 2008, the company moved most of its offices out of Cambridge, but kept its research and development in the city. The building at Binney Street will be a six-story, 307,000 square foot facility and will incorporate two historic buildings.

Patrick praised Alexandria for creating a “platform for investment” and creating jobs through private investment. He said this strategy is working in the commonwealth, which is growing GDP three times that of the national growth rate and adding jobs faster than 44 other states.

“The innovation economy is Massachusetts’ global calling card and projects like the Alexandria Center confirm that our investments are paying off,” Patrick said. “Alexandria’s Kendall Square development will create new jobs for the region and strengthen our already robust innovative economy.”

Joel Marcus, chairman and CEO of Alexandria, called the groundbreaking “a historic day and a really big win for Massachusetts and Cambridge.”

He said Alexandria chose Cambridge for four critical assets – a world-class location, great science, great management and access to smart capital. 

Geore Scangos, CEO of Biogen Idec, called Kendall Square one of the word’s preeminent biotech clusters and at the epicenter of biotech research.

“The proximity to academic researchers, teaching hospitals and other biotech companies fosters the collaboration an exchange of scientific ideas that breeds innovation,” he said. “We’re looking forward to bringing all of our Massachusetts employees back together in this one location, and I believe it will help build the kind of culture and teamwork that is critical to our success as a company.”

Cambridge Mayor David Maher called the groundbreaking a great day for Cambridge. He said that although city is very supportive of having a strong business community, it is also important to balance the needs of the neighborhoods.

“It’s great to have Biogen back fully in Cambridge and being a good community partner,” he said. “We really looked into a long term plan to reinvigorate Kendall Square. To be able to bring shopping, dinning and housing into the square and connect it into the neighborhoods.”

Maher said the Alexandria Center will create more retail space and housing opportunities, in addition to the new lab and commercial space.

 

Source: http://www.wickedlocal.com/cambridge/features/x2063887628/Biogen-breaks-ground-on-new-Cambridge-campus#axzz1cP4OJ9pI

By Scott Wachtler | October 27, 2011
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Cambridge eyesore takes on a new face

FacesBy Brock Parker,
Globe Correspondent

October 20, 2011

The Faces discotheque sign, which outlasted disco, punk, and grunge music much to Cambridge’s chagrin, came down in a crunch of heavy metal yesterday just before noon.

The eyesore of a sign that greeted Route 2 commuters to the city for decades was razed and then crushed in what Criterion Development Partners said was the symbolic first step to tearing down the vacant old discotheque near Alewife T Station.

Jack Englert of Criterion, the new property owner, said demolition will begin in the next couple of weeks and an apartment building with 227 units will go up in its place.

More than 50 people, including city officials, developers, and neighbors, braved heavy rain to see the sign torn down. Some onlookers huddled under a tent.

“I thought I might cry I was so happy,’’ said Carolyn Mieth, 72, who lives in North Cambridge and said she has wanted the Faces sign and building down for years.

The nightclub has been vacant since 1990 and had been owned by the Martignetti family, which owns the neighboring Lanes and Games bowling alley and the Cambridge Gateway Inn.

Cambridge officials have been trying to get rid of the run-down building for years, but when City Manager Robert Healy inquired about the structural integrity of the building to see if the city could just tear it down, he learned that the building was still structurally sound.

Criterion Development Partners partnered with the McKinnon Co. and has been working to redevelop the property since 2006. A previous development proposal the group made derailed during the permit process.

But in March, Cambridge’s planning board approved the current development plan of one model unit and 227 apartment units, with about the same number of parking spaces and a pedestrian accessway to the nearby T stop.

Englert said Criterion Development Partners closed on the purchase of the property from the Martignetti family Monday.

In a short ceremony before the demolition of the sign, Mayor David Maher said that when he was in his 20s he spent many Friday and Saturday nights in Faces, and it was one of the best discotheques in the Boston area.

Others remembered the nightclub before it was known as Faces.

Lillian Orchard, 62, said she saw Ike and Tina Turner perform at the nightclub when it was the Empire Room in the early 1970s.

“We had a great time,’’ Orchard said. “They had the old crystal balls and they were live on stage and it was fantastic.’’

But Orchard, who is now an appraiser for the city of Cambridge, said the building condition has gotten worse over the years and she is not sorry to see it go.

Maher said the run-down sign and building had become an unsightly gateway to the city, and Cambridge residents often asked him what was going to happen next on the Faces site.

“Finally, today we are able to give an answer and a direction and a timeline and that is a very good thing for the community,’’ he said.

Englert said about a week of work has to be done inside before the old nightclub can be demolished.

The demolition work is expected to last about 30 days, and then construction on the apartment building is expected to take about two years.

But at least for yesterday, Englert knew that the main attraction to the property was seeing the symbolic start of the demolition.

“People were so excited to see the sign come down,’’ Englert said. “It was like the launching of a rocket. There’s just been so much pent-up interest in this site for 20 years.’’

 

Source: Boston.com  http://articles.boston.com/2011-10-20/yourtown/30302922_1_discotheque-nightclub-apartment-building

By Brock Parker | October 20, 2011
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The Boston Bruins Come to Harvard Square

David MaherMayor David Maher welcomed the World Champion Boston Bruins to Harvard Square on Sunday October 16, 2011 as hundreds of Cambridge residents gathered to show their support for the Stanley Cup Champions. Bruins players Johnny Boychuk, Andrew Ference, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin, and Shawn Thornton were paraded from the Harvard Lampoon building on Super Ducks Tour boats to the stage and crowds that awaited them. Mayor Maher welcomed the Bruins players to Cambridge and ceremonial crowned them “The Cambridge Bruins” acknowledging the teams large fan base in the city. “This is a great day in Cambridge. It is an honor for us to have the Boston Bruins with us today in Harvard Square and I know that all of us gathered here today were ecstatic when the Bruins brought the Stanley Cup back to Boston” said Mayor Maher.

The members of the Boston Bruins who were present and representing their team were happy to participate in the events of the day including performing in skits with the members of the Harvard Lampoon, the nation’s longest continually published humor magazine. Students from the Lampoon went on to declare the Boston Bruins “The Best Sports Team Ever” in honor of their dramatic Stanley Cup victory. To have the Bruins in Cambridge to hold a rally specifically for Cambridge residents was a thrill for all in attendance.

Cambridge has a proud history of sporting excellence including the numerous opportunities offered to students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin and to young people in all neighborhoods of the city. Mayor David Maher is a longtime supporter of youth sports and has worked to expand athletic opportunities for students, supported the renovation of the War Memorial Athletic Complex and he is a proud sponsor of Little League teams in both West and
North Cambridge.

By News | October 16, 2011
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Cambridge Marks the Tenth Anniversary of September 11th

911 RosesOn Sunday September 11, 2011, David Maher addressed the nearly one hundred members of thecommunity who gathered on the steps of Cambridge City Hall to pause and to remember the events of September 11. As the tenth anniversary of September 11 approached, Mayor Maher was committed to making sure that the City of Cambridge had a public gathering so that residents from across the city could mark this solemn occasion. The program began with Mayor Maher reflecting on the great personal loss that resulted from the events of a decade ago. “Our hope is that by gathering here today and honoring their lives and remembering the day that took them from us, these 2,977 of our fellow citizens were not lost in vain” said Mayor Maher. 
 
The morning’s program was solemn and focused on remembrance and reflection. Joining Mayor Maher was Brigadier General Charles Q. Brown of the United States Air Force who delivered keynote remarks, “This is an opportunity for all to look back and take into account the sacrifices our brave men and women in the military have made. It’s also a time to celebrate our resilience as a country and thank first responders for the brave work they do” said General Brown. In addition, students from Cambridge Rindge and Latin read poetry selections, the Early Bird Singers from the Peabody School sang musical selections, and bagpiper Edward O’Callaghan performed “Amazing Grace” at the conclusion of the program. To emphasize the importance of reflecting on the day, Mayor Maher organized nearly twenty houses of worship to toll their bells at 8:46am and 9:03am, the exact moments that American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 struck the World Trade Center. Bells across the city and atop City Hall rang for two minutes at those times as the audience marked two moments of silence. 
 
911 Color GaurdFirst responders also had a prominent place at Cambridge’s 9/11 ceremony. Members of the Cambridge Fire Department and the Cambridge Police Department Honor Guard’s were on hand to post the colors and remind the crowd of the sacrifices that first responders made on September 11 and the great work they do every day to keep us safe. The Cambridge Fire Department has the honor of being only one of thirty-two departments in the country that is rated Class 1 by the Insurance Services Office and the Cambridge Police Departments innovative and proactive approaches to public safety has resulted in the lowest crime rate in Cambridge in the past forty years. 
By News | September 11, 2011
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Climate Congress

City of Cambridge: Climate Protection PlanAs part of the Mayor’s commitment to the environment, David Maher, in the spring of 2010, reconvened members of the Cambridge Climate Congress along with city officials, members of the Climate Change Emergency Action Group, community partners, educators and researchers for the purpose of determining the next steps for achieving the 29 goals outlined in the 2009 Climate Congress report.  After meeting monthly in the Mayor’s Office, this group developed a cooperative plan of action to achieve these goals.   

This working group helped to establish a clear understanding of current ongoing city programs and plans that significantly address environmental issues.  It also was an opportunity to revise the list of priorities for action based on the clear remaining areas of need.    

To ensure that environmental concerns are given as much attention and focus as needed by the City Council,  David Maher separated what was previously known as the “Health and Environment Committee” into two separate bodies; the “Community Health Committee” and the “Environment and Sustainability Committee”.        

David continues to support the Climate Change Emergency Action Group in their publicity efforts and community events.  Annually, they host a week of events open to the community where people can become engaged and active in environmental issues and local responses. 

To learn more about the City of Cambridge’s efforts to combat climate change visit: http://www2.cambridgema.gov/cdd/et/climate/index.html

By News | August 31, 2011
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