WBUR reports on a gubernatorial forum at Harvard.
Can you identify what’s going on in the picture? Extra points if you can name the approximate date and location. Hint: the location isn’t in Cambridge but the photo is important to Cambridge history. Double extra points if you can name the person pictured in the photo.
For a change, no train died on the Red Line. Instead, signal problems at Alewife are making life a living hell for riders.
The 7 a.m. train out of Franklin left this veil of tears in between stations.
Poster via Christine Wilson, who is getting to know the Red Line better than she wants.
Ancestry.com has recently made available for free several ethnic research guides to help genealogists navigate research barriers like destroyed records or records existing in other countries. Check them out below and start searching.
Don’t forget that the Cambridge Public Library offers free access to Ancestry.com at any of its branches.
In the sticky August heat, several dozen kindergarteners clad in bathing suits swarm the Outback picnic tables in pursuit of shaving cream. They pass around the slippery cans, squirt lopsided piles of foam along the wooden tabletops, and shape the cream into animals, vehicles and snowmen. In another few minutes, when the sculptures have lost their appeal, the counselors will bring out the hoses to clean everyone up and cool everyone down, and the afternoon will conclude with a friendly water fight. In the years to come, children and counselors alike will remember this afternoon as one in a glorious string of summer days spent at a place where summer never seems to end.
“The only complaint we get is that Outback doesn’t last longer,” says Outback counselor Christie Villaume. The program provides children with a beautiful backyard to play in, plenty of friends to play with, specialists in drawing, dance, ceramics, sports and science to guide the activities, and the freedom to design their own days. Students in 5th and 6th grade may sign up for afternoon art classes at Maud Morgan Arts. Outbackers will also savor the program’s many traditions, including field trips to local beaches, tie-dyed t-shirts (handmade by Agassiz Baldwin’s Director of Children’s Programs Maria Laine), and the weekly Beaver Cleaver, Beaver Cleaver Jr. and Wally Cleaver awards for outstanding growth and enthusiasm. Younger winners receive bags of frozen vegetables as the crowd chants “Eat Your Vegetables,” while the award-winning counselor-in-training challenges a staff member to a milk and Oreo cookie-eating contest.
As children revel in pursuits inspired by weekly themes such as “Outback Olympics,” “Celebrate the Earth,” “Time Travel,” and “Feasts,” they also have the opportunity to collaborate with children of different ages. According to Villaume, such interaction across grade levels doesn’t happen as often during the school year, and the experience is enriching, especially for kindergarteners who may be anxious about attending school with older children. But the best part of Outback, says Villaume, is that it “recreates that magic illusion of never-ending childhood for children and staff alike.”
Outback Summer Program runs from June 30th through August 22nd, 2014. Children may sign up for single weeks or for all eight weeks. Registration is available online or at 20 Sacramento Street in Cambridge.
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The Crimson reports somebody's had a stern talking-to by the people in charge of a powerful Harvard research computer network after managers noticed it was being used to "mine" or create dogecoins, a Bitcoin-ish "cryptocurrency."
How would Pete’s Weed on Wheels & Mobile Munchies look on the side of a food truck? Also, Greeneway is an AMAZING name for a marijuana dispensary. Read more about this story here.
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Cambridge Day reports the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority is miffed that changes to Google buildings in Kendall Square have dramatically strayed from the designs board members had earlier approved.
Born said Wednesday that designs for the two-story connector building have "strayed further from the initial rendering that the council and CRA approved every time we’ve seen it," with a grand staircase shrinking to a "piddly" size and the latest design including walls she deemed a “revolting mustard" color.
Wicked Local Cambridge reports a man who claims he lives at the Friend Street Hostel in Boston was arrested on charges that he responded to news that a Cambridge restaurant would not serve him because it was closed by repeatedly smacking the restaurant owner in the head with a guitar he happened to have with him.
A few months ago, we told you about a great new database of Boston area news footage: the Boston TV News Digital Library. Well, something similar is in the works with a nation-wide database of searchable TV news called the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, headed by WGBH and the Library of Congress. This new project’s first goal is to digitized and make available 40,000 hours of content from 100 different stations across the country. Pretty amazing!
In honor of this new digital news venture, the Atlantic is hosting a series of articles on the history of American news and the digitization efforts of the American Archive of Public Broadcasting. Read the first, short article in the series here and be sure to catch the only known footage of Anne Frank, which will soon be made freely available to researchers.
Reels of film from the WGBH Archive, courtesy of the Atlantic.
The Massachusetts Library System has created an eBook platform for the entire state of Massachusetts, the Mass eBook Project. Cambridge has been chosen as a pilot location so that patrons can test out this new website.
Included in this great new resource is Biblioboard, an ecosystem that allows libraries and cultural institutions around the world to be able to curate, share and interactively explore information. Biblioboard covers a wide range of topics, including Literature, Philosophy, History, Geography and Science. Browse interesting and rare materials, everything from comics to portions of the British Library’s collection. A search for Cambridge brought up all kinds of interesting results that you can see here.
In addition to Biblioboard, Cambridge Public Library patrons can search the Mass eBook Project to download books from:
Axis 360 from Baker and Taylor, the world’s largest distributor of books, digital content and entertainment products, provides materials that are completely ADA compliant and offers bestselling fiction and non-fiction reading material.
EBL: EBL offers content across all academic and professional subject areas and features nearly 350,000 titles from hundreds of academic publishers, including the Dummies series and kids books.
Search the entire Mass eBook Project here and start downloading books today!
We may be in the middle of another snow storm, but we here at Agassiz Baldwin are getting ready for summer! Registration for the Outback Summer Program is now open.
Outback provides a high-quality summer experience for families who value creativity, culture, and community. We specialize in building community through creative explorations for children entering Kindergarten-6th grade.
Our neighborhood location and large backyard are the perfect setting for children to build friendships and express their individuality, and our teachers strive to make every child feel welcome. Through daily activities in drama, sports, visual arts, science, dance, gardening, cooking, music, and more, we inspire children to let their imaginations guide them!
Agassiz Baldwin Community’s office and programs are closed today, Monday, February 18 in observance of Presidents’ Day.
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This is a FREE workshop put on by Cambridge Local First in collaboration with the City of Cambridge’s Community Development Department, sponsored by Cambridge Trust Company. There is a suggested donation of $20.
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MIT President L. Rafael Reif says he and MIT are standing behind students threatened by New Jersey with legal action if they don't turn over detailed information about a "proof of concept" project involving the online currency Bitcoin.
I want to make it clear that the students who created Tidbit have the full and enthusiastic support of MIT. Chancellor Cindy Barnhart and Provost Marty Schmidt met with the students yesterday. They and General Counsel Greg Morgan also spoke with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which is providing to the students, pro bono, the independent legal representation that they need. We will remain in close coordination with the students and the EFF to offer assistance in the legal proceedings.
Reif's complete message:
To the members of the MIT community:
I am writing to address a problem that a group of MIT students currently face but that concerns all of us, because it highlights issues central to sustaining the creative culture of MIT.
The students in question are the creators of Tidbit, a proof-of-concept code for a novel Bitcoin-harvesting strategy. After Tidbit won the "most innovative" award in a recent hackathon, the State Attorney General of New Jersey demanded that the students turn over a sweeping set of documents, code and information—a surprising and difficult turn of events for the Tidbit team.
I am grateful to all those who have written to me to express their concern about this situation, and I want to make it clear that the students who created Tidbit have the full and enthusiastic support of MIT. Chancellor Cindy Barnhart and Provost Marty Schmidt met with the students yesterday. They and General Counsel Greg Morgan also spoke with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), which is providing to the students, pro bono, the independent legal representation that they need. We will remain in close coordination with the students and the EFF to offer assistance in the legal proceedings.
Beyond this specific case, I believe we should provide our student inventors and entrepreneurs with a resource for independent legal advice, singularly devoted to their interests and rights. I have asked the Provost, Chancellor and General Counsel to develop and submit to me a specific proposal for creating such a resource, which will add an essential new strength to MIT's innovation ecosystem.
When the MIT community works together, we spot problems, analyze them and solve them. Let's solve this one together.
L. Rafael Reif
Ed Hatfield provides the context for the photo he took before the storm started near Harvard Square today:
The elderly gentleman was having a tough time walking on the ice when the woman walked past him. After a few steps she stopped, turned around and offered her help which he quickly accepted.
Copyright Ed Hatfield. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
Finally, a new Harvard Square business that we can actually get excited about! Cannoli anyone?
Learn more here.
The Cambridge Civic Journal has a look at how the area fell apart after LBJ moved the planned Kennedy Space Center to his home state and how the city and how the renovation of the Kendall Square T station helped make the area what it is today.