Somerville Sustainability Office open hours

Getting involved in city affairs seems like a quintessential civic act. Today, I dropped in on the City of Somerville Office of Suatainability and Environment (OSE) office hours, third Thursday of every month, in case you're wondering. I was mostly curious about the city's Commission on Energy Use an Climate Change, a citizen advisory council that … Continue reading Somerville Sustainability Office open hours

Boston Write-In

This Friday, Grub Street has organized a Write-In to surface stories from recent immigrants and refugees, and build empathy with marginalized populations. If you don't know Grub Street, they're a fantastic creative writing center in Boston. I'll let them explain what their Write-In is all about: Much like sit-ins, where people take up public space to … Continue reading Boston Write-In

Library funding

Federal funding for public libraries is inexplicably under threat, notably the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) programs. You can read more about them at the American Library Association website. My Senators, Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey, laudably support full funding for both programs in FY17 and FY18 -- except for … Continue reading Library funding

Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund anniversary

On May 18, Mass. Governor Charlie Baker will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Mass Cultural Council's Cultural Facilities Fund at the Seamen’s Bethel and Mariner’s Home in New Bedford. The MCC helps cultural organisations update their facilities, which is a critical role to help so many arts and cultural buildings maintain their historic significance. … Continue reading Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund anniversary