Cambridge Civic Journal Forum

August 4, 2015

Campaign Finance – 2015 Cambridge City Council Candidates

Filed under: 2015 Election,Cambridge,campaign finance,elections — Tags: , , , — Robert Winters @ 8:32 pm

Vote!This year (2015) is a municipal election year and the roster of candidates is now final. Here is where the campaign accounts stand for incumbents and challengers for Cambridge City Council. This information will be updated as the year progresses.

It will be interesting to see how the new individual contribution limit of $1000/year (up from $500/year) affects campaign receipts and expenditures.

City Council Campaign Finance - 2015 (updated Aug 4)

Benzan, Dennis1-Jan-1531-Jul-15$8207.45$25500.00$19701.53$14005.93
Carlone, Dennis1-Jan-1531-Jul-15$4272.67$10167.96$550.00$13890.63$850 refunded donations subtracted
Cheung, Leland1-Jan-1531-Jul-15$6002.06$30597.90$13931.73$22668.23
Connolly, Mike16-Jul-1531-Jul-15$0.00$2952.90$27.25$2925.65
Courtney, Kim1-Jan-1531-Jul-15$0.00$1472.91$1260.03$212.88
Davidson, Mariko25-Jun-1531-Jul-15$0.00$1343.47$88.05$1255.42
DeGoes, Plineo16-Jun-1531-Jul-15$0.00$1450.00$1199.73$250.27
Devereux, Jan1-Jan-1531-Jul-15$0.00$31601.35$26505.88$5095.47$1000 refunded donation subtracted
Dietrich, Xavier13-Jul-1515-Jul-15$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00Has not yet opened depository account
Kelley, Craig1-Jan-1531-Jul-15$2601.58$2353.84$2159.38$2796.04
Levy, Ilan13-Jul-1513-Jul-15$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00Has not yet opened depository account
Maher, David1-Jan-1531-Jul-15$28741.21$5150.00$8206.90$25684.31
Mahoney, Paul F.2-Jul-1515-Jul-15$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00Has not yet opened depository account
Mazen, Nadeem1-Jan-1531-Jul-15$12273.54$3909.47$9820.88$6362.13$10,713.18 transferred to new account
subtracted from expenditures to
balance; late-May filed report incorrect,
$480 debits entered as receipts
McGovern, Marc1-Jan-1531-Jul-15$6098.45$37198.02$16406.25$26890.22$500 receipt/returned subtracted
Mello, Gary1-Jul-1515-Jul-15$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00no recent reports filed
Moree, Gregg1-Jul-1515-Jul-15-$46.46$0.00$0.00-$46.46account overdrawn
Phillips, Lesley R.2-Jul-1515-Jul-15$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00Has not yet opened depository account
Sanzone, John1-May-1531-Jul-15$0.00$607.85$472.15$135.70
Simmons, Denise1-Jan-1531-Jul-15$7447.29$25936.36$10568.84$22814.81
Toomey, Tim1-Jan-1531-Jul-15$18782.29$24550.49$17387.67$25945.11
vanBeuzekom, Minka 1-Jan-1531-Jul-15$7380.40$21761.87$11431.38$17710.89
Waite, Romaine2-Jul-1531-Jul-15$0.00$60.00$0.00$60.00
Williamson, James1-Jul-1531-Jul-15$0.00$0.00$0.00$0.00no reports filed

The table can be sorted by category in ascending or descending order by clicking on the category name in the top row.

You can also look up these periodic reports yourself at the OCPF website.

Cambridge Broadband Matters, Episode 1

Filed under: Cambridge — Tags: , — Robert Winters @ 4:59 pm

Cambridge Broadband Matters, Episode 1

CCTV logoCambridge Broadband Matters is scheduled to play on CCTV:

Saturday, August 8 on Channel 9 at noon [live stream]
Tuesday, August 11 on Channel 96 at 1:00pm [live stream]
Thursday, August 13 on Channel 96 at 9:00pm [live stream]
Friday, August 14 on Channel 9 at 7:00pm [live stream]

July 31, 2015

Cambridge Municipal Election Candidates – 2015

Cambridge City Council Candidates - 2015 (updated July 31, 5:00pm) - FINAL

LastFirstaddresszipbirthdateoccuppapersvalid signatures
BenzanDennis1 Pine St.021391/25/1972AttorneyJuly 186
CarloneDennis9 Washington Ave. #6021405/7/1947ArchitectJuly 263
CheungLeland157 Garden St.021382/11/1978July 176
ConnollyMike20 Harding St. #3021416/3/1980July 2467
CourtneyKim2 Ware St. #4010213812/6/1973AttorneyJuly 161
DavidsonMariko2 Ware St. #4110213811/20/1981July 171
DegoesPlinio99 Garden St.021382/10/1981TeacherJuly 184
DevereuxJan255 Lakeview Ave.021385/13/1959Writer/CommunicationsJuly 191
DietrichXavier2 Ware St. #4010213812/2/1961July 1354
KelleyCraig6 Saint Gerard Ter. #2021409/18/1962PoliticianJuly 191
LevyIlan148 Spring St.0214111/1/1967Software EngineerJuly 1364
MaherDavid120 Appleton St. #2021388/8/1958Non-profit Mgr.July 196
MahoneyPaul F.23 Lawn St.021385/8/1950July 257
MazenNadeem720 Mass. Ave. #4021399/20/1983EntrepreneurJuly 281
McGovernMarc15 Pleasant St. #20213912/21/1968Social WorkerJuly 192
MelloGary324 Franklin St. #2021395/24/1953ClerkJuly 164
MoreeGregg25 Fairfield St. #4021406/16/1957CarpenterJuly 175
PhillipsLesley R.1643 Cambridge St. #52021397/18/1945ClergyJuly 287
SanzoneJohn540 Memorial Dr. #3040213910/16/1988July 257
SimmonsE. Denise188 Harvard St. #4B0213910/2/1951Public OfficeJuly 184
ToomeyTimothy88 6th St.021416/7/1953CouncillorJuly 199
vanBeuzekomMinka20 Essex St. #1021397/24/1960GovernmentJuly 187
WaiteRomaine60 Lawn St. #5021386/7/1991July 273
WilliamsonJames1000 Jackson Pl. #45021401/13/1951July 162

50 valid signatures are needed to have candidate’s name placed on the municipal ballot.

John Summers, Lee Lynn Hershey, Santos Carrasquillo, and Doug Brown all pulled nomination papers but did not submit any signatures.

Cambridge School Committee Candidates - 2015 (updated July 31, 5:00pm) - FINAL

LastFirstaddresszipbirthdateoccuppapersvalid signatures
BowmanManikka134 Reed St.0214011/27/1979July 189
CisterninoPia62 Holworthy St. #1021388/28/1974speech-language pathologistJuly 267
CroninFran1 Kimball Ln.021402/14/1952School CommitteeJuly 184
CrutchfieldJake281 River St.021393/31/1987TeacherJuly 153
DexterEmily9 Fenno St.021383/16/1957Educational ResearcherJuly 1398
FantiniAlfred B.4 Canal Pk. #203021416/8/1949RetiredJuly 198
HardingRichard189 Windsor St. #10213910/16/1972AdministratorJuly 181
KadeteElechi10 Laurel St. #4021399/30/1989AccountantJuly 157
KellyKathleen17 Marie Ave. #1021393/8/1960Social WorkerJuly 192
NolanPatricia184 Huron Ave.021388/28/1957School CommitteeJuly 160
WeinsteinDavid45 S. Normandy Ave.0213812/10/1972Writer/CommunicationsJuly 164

50 valid signatures are needed to have candidate’s name placed on the municipal ballot.

July 21 – Mervan Osborne will not seek reelection to the Cambridge School Committee.

Vote!Cambridge Candidate Pages – 2015
(candidates are encouraged to send additional information)

2015 Calendar of Election-related Events
[ submit your events ]

Campaign Finance – 2015 Cambridge City Council Candidates

July 29, 2015

Work at the Polls on Election Day!

Filed under: 2015 Election,Cambridge,elections — Tags: , — Robert Winters @ 7:36 pm

Work at the Polls on Election Day!

Red Line

Election Workers

The City of Cambridge Board of Election Commissioners is seeking applications from individuals who are registered to vote in Massachusetts to work at polling locations throughout the city. On Election Day 200+ election workers are on hand to assist our citizens with a positive voting experience. Dedication, efficiency, patience and friendliness are assets.

  • Election workers are compensated at an hourly rate of $14.95- $16.95 depending the position assigned on Election Day.
  • All election workers will receive paid training. Training is mandatory!
  • Election workers should have reliable transportation, and be available to work on Election Day from 6:30am to 9:00pm.

To apply, go to or visit the Election Commission office at 51 Inman Street, Cambridge, MA.

Recruitment Session: Wednesday, August 5, 2015, 5:30–8:30pm.
Citywide Senior Center, Walter Milne Ballroom, 806 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA.

You must RSVP and submit your application by Monday, August 3, 2015 to attend the information session.

The recruitment session is unpaid. Attendance does not guarantee that you will be hired to work on Election Day.

City of Cambridge Election Commission

Red Line

51 Inman St
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-349-4361
Fax: 617-349-4366

Full Scale Flyer (with links)


July 25, 2015

Cambridge Jazz Festival – July 26th, 2015 from Noon to 6pm

Filed under: Central Square — Tags: , , , — Robert Winters @ 7:20 pm

Cambridge Jazz Festival – July 26th, 12-6pm

Cambridge Jazz Festival - July 26Enjoy a day of free jazz at the second annual Cambridge Jazz Festival on Sunday, July 26th from 12-6 at University Park at MIT (Sidney Street, down the street from Mass Ave. at University Park Common).

Featured Musicians:

Cambridge Native Nnenna Freelon is a singer, composer and arranger who has been nominated for six Grammy Awards and has performed with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Krall, and Herbie Hancock among others. She has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and the Kennedy Center and has been described as "a spell-binding professional, who rivets attention with her glorious, cultivated voice and canny stagecraft"

Drummer Ron Savage is the chair of the Ensemble Department at the Berklee College of Music, and is a Co-Founder of the Cambridge Jazz Festival. Ron and his trio will be collaborating with Nneena Freelon to perform a salute to Billie Holliday at this year’s Festival.

JoAnne Brackeen is consistently rated as one of the best jazz pianists in the world. She has “consistently defied convention, remaking herself and her art many times over” from her early roots in the Bebop scene of the 1950’s and is a “legendary player of immense stature.”

Eguie Castrillo is latin percussionist and Grammy Award winner who has performed and recorded with Tito Puente, Jennifer Lopez, Steve Winwood and toured with Arturo Sandoval. He will be appearing with his sizzling international band “The Latin Jazz Connection”.

Laszlo Gardony is a unique classically-trained ‘jazz architect’ who also has roots in progressive rock, blues, Appalachian and American folk music. He’s been praised by Dave Brubeck for his “fluid pianism”. All About Jazz put him “on par with Bill Evans”.

Jazz Festival 2015

Jazz Festival 2015

July 16, 2015

Cambridge Animal Commission Advises Precautionary Measures due to Rabid Raccoon Finding

Filed under: Cambridge,Fresh Pond — Tags: , — Robert Winters @ 12:00 pm

Cambridge Animal Commission Advises Precautionary Measures due to Rabid Raccoon Finding

raccoon and skunk (Wikipedia)July 16, 2015 — On Monday, July 13, Cambridge Animal Control Officers picked up a raccoon at Fresh Pond Reservation that has tested positive for rabies.

Earlier this month, a skunk and a fox found in Belmont tested positive for rabies, though they were not found in very close proximity to Fresh Pond. The skunk was found towards the center of Belmont and the fox was located in the area of Belmont Hills.

At this time, Cambridge Animal Commission has received no reports of any person or animal having contact with a rabid animal, but advises that people take precautionary measures, especially at Fresh Pond Reservation. Dog owners should maintain their pets in clear view and keep them from running in brush areas where they cannot see if something occurs.

Tips for Protecting Against Rabies

  • Avoid direct contact with wildlife, dead or alive. Never touch any wildlife with your bare hands.
  • If you find a sick or injured wild animal, call Cambridge Animal Commission at 617-349-4376.
  • Avoid animals displaying unnatural behavior. Wild animals that are unusually friendly or displaying other unnatural behaviors may have the rabies virus.
  • Discourage contact between pets and wildlife. Don’t let your pets roam or keep them in clear view.
  • If you are scratched or bitten by any animal, either wild or domestic, consult your physician immediately.
  • If your pet receives a suspected bite wound from an unknown animal or if your pet comes in direct contact with any wild animal, even if no wounds are evident, consult your veterinarian immediately. Your veterinarian may recommend a rabies booster.

Please notify the Cambridge Animal Commission if you see a potentially rabid animal or come in contact with one at 617-349-4376. If you get the voice mail, please try to convey the time and location of the siting and your contact number.

July 9, 2015

Who Votes in Cambridge?

Filed under: 2015 Election,elections — Tags: , — Robert Winters @ 6:58 pm

Who Votes in Cambridge?

There are 61,910 registered voters with identified birthdates (as of June 29, 2015). Their median age is 39.3. Here’s how their ages as of Election Day (Nov 3, 2015) are distributed:

Registered Voters 2015
Registered Voters – 2015

Of these currently registered voters, 31,789 voted in last year’s state election. Their median age is 50.7. Here’s how their ages are distributed:

Registered Voters 2015
Registered Voters Who Voted in the 2014 State Election

Of these currently registered voters, 16,773 voted in the 2013 municipal election. Their median age is 58.7. Here’s how their ages are distributed:

Registered Voters 2015
Registered Voters Who Voted in the 2013 Municipal Election

July 1, 2015

Current City of Cambridge Board and Commission Vacancies (July 1, 2015)

Filed under: Cambridge,Cambridge government — Tags: — Robert Winters @ 4:55 pm

Historic and Neighborhood Conservation District Commissions Seek New Members

City SealThe Cambridge City Manager is seeking to fill vacancies for members and alternate members on the Cambridge Historical Commission, Avon Hill Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) Commission, Half Crown-Marsh NCD Commission, and the Mid Cambridge NCD Commission. Nominations from interested Cambridge residents are welcome through August 14.

The Cambridge Historical Commission, a body of seven members and three alternates, establishes historic preservation policy for the city and administers two historic districts, the Harvard Square Conservation District, the citywide landmark and demolition ordinances, and the preservation grant program for rehabilitation assistance. The neighborhood conservation district commissions are made up of five members and three alternates, with most members being residents of the neighborhoods. Each of the four Commission generally meets monthly to review alterations to protected buildings.

The Cambridge Historical Commission, established in 1963, is the city’s historic preservation agency. It is managed by a professional staff that supports four Commissions made up of appointed volunteers.

The current vacancies are for one alternate on the Cambridge Historical Commission, one alternate on the Avon Hill and Half Crown-Marsh NCD Commissions, and one member, who must be a tenant in the neighborhood, in the Mid-Cambridge NCD. Alternates are expected to attend all meetings and participate fully in discussion, and are designated to vote as needed.

Applicants should have an interest in architecture, local history or historic preservation and be committed to protecting the historic resources and built environment of the City. Appointments to the Commission are made by the City Manager with regard to a diversity of viewpoints. Minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Individuals interested in being considered should send a letter of interest and a resume by Friday, August 14, 2015 to Charles Sullivan, Executive Director, Cambridge Historical Commission, 831 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139 or by e-mail to

Cambridge Conservation Commission Member Sought

City SealCity Manager Richard C. Rossi is seeking a Cambridge resident to fill a vacancy on the Cambridge Conservation Commission.

The Conservation Commission is responsible for administration of the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (WPA), a state law governing activities in and immediately adjacent to local wetlands, waterways and floodplains. The Commission holds two regularly scheduled public meetings each month to review permit applications under the WPA, issue permits and conduct other business related to the management of Cambridge’s natural resource areas.

The Conservation Commission consists of seven members appointed by the City Manager to serve three-year terms. Cambridge residents with expertise in landscape architecture, civil/environmental engineering, hydrology, ecology, or law are encouraged to apply.

Interested persons should send a letter of interest and/or resume via e-mail, mail or fax by July 31, 2015 to:
Jennifer Letourneau, Director, Conservation Commission
City of Cambridge
344 Broadway, 3rd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02139
Ph. 617-349-4680
Fax 617-349-4669

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