April 2010 Events


April 24, 2010 – Cambridge Science Festival Opening Ceremonies 

The 4th annual Cambridge Science Festival hosted by the M.I.T. Museum held its opening ceremony at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin Field House on Saturday April 24th, 2010. Hundreds gathered for a kickoff and amazing laser show. Mayor Maher addressed the audience “I am happy to see so many young people here today and am thrilled at their participation in this event. The jobs of the 21st century will be more and more connected to math and science than ever before and to be interested in science at a young age is crucial to maintaining Cambridge’s leadership in innovation” said the Mayor. After the opening ceremony Mayor Maher toured the exhibits and demonstrations outside the field house which previewed the events that will take place over the next nine days. The Science Festival will conclude on May 2nd and will draw over 30,000 people to the city of Cambridge. 

April 24, 2010 – 11th Annual Charles River Watershed Association Cleanup 

The Charles River Watershed Association hosted the 11th annual Charles River Earth Day cleanup on Saturday, April 24, 2010. The kickoff event took place on the banks of the Charles River near the Hatch Shell. Over 500 volunteers turned out in the beautiful spring weather to pick up trash along the river from Boston to Milford and almost every town between. Mayor David P. Maher attended and was introduced at the event along with other elected officials from the area. “The City of Cambridge has a vested interest in keeping the Charles clean. Our residents use it for boating and recreation and I’m proud to see so many Cambridge residents turn out today to keep our community clean and our river safe” said Mayor Maher. 

April 22, 2010 – Solar Energy Workshop 

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and to educate the people of Cambridge on the importance of renewable sources of energy, Mayor David P. Maher attended a Solar Energy Workshop on Thursday April 22nd, 2010 at the recently opened Cambridge Public Library. The event taught people how to install solar panels on their own homes to offset the cost of electricity and increase the use of renewable, clean energy in Cambridge. Mayor Maher said, “I want to applaud you as homeowners for taking the initiative to seek out alternative energy sources. Solar is one of many intelligent solutions for improving our energy efficiency, and I hope this will be informative for all of you…While it’s important that the City serve as a model, it is our citizens who will lead the effort”. The event attracted over 80 people to learn about the opportunities to make their homes more energy efficient. 

April 20, 2010 – Coffee and Conversation with the Mayor 

Mayor David P. Maher hosted the first in a series of “senior coffees” at all senior housing buildings in the City of Cambridge on Tuesday April 20th, 2010. This event took place at the Daniel F. Burns Apartment Building on Churchill Avenue in North Cambridge and gave the Mayor an opportunity to meet with residents of the building and heat their questions and concerns about life in the city. “It was a pleasure to meet and have a conversation with the residents of the Burns Apartment today. I want them to know that we are here to help and my staff and I are eager to be of service throughout my term” said Mayor Maher.

April 19, 2010 – Patriots Day Celebration on Cambridge Common 

Patriots’ Day in the City of Cambridge was celebrated on Cambridge Common on Monday, April 19th, 2010. The event featured patriotic music, remarks by public officials and a reenactment on the midnight ride of William Dawes on horseback. Mayor David P. Maher addressed the crowd, “While those early colonists would not recognize this city today, we share a common thread with them. Cambridge is still a place where we are constantly evolving and changing and always striving to be a better community for all. We are a city rich in history but more importantly we are a city that continues making history”. 

The event was hosted by the Veterans’ Services Department and emceed by James Gray, the President of the Cambridge Veterans Organization. 

April 14, 2010 – M.I.T. Biotech Leaders Reception 

On Wednesday April 14, 2010 Mayor David P. Maher welcomed a group of over 150 biotech and pharmaceutical industry executives to the City of Cambridge at a reception hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum Life Sciences Innovation Series. The event which featured guest speakers from California and the United Kingdom gave the Mayor Maher an opportunity to highlight the importance of the biotech industry in the city “Cambridge is the best place to be for biotech and pharmaceutical companies. The wealth of talent in this city is second to none, our universities continue to educate the next generation of researchers and innovators and prepare them for a career with one of the many biotech companies that call Cambridge home” said the Mayor. The event took place in the British Consulate on Broadway, Kendall Square.  

April 12, 2010 – King Open School Peace Group speaks before City Council meeting 

The Peace Group at the King Open School on Cambridge Street hosted a “read-a-thon” to raise money for Heifer International, an organization that fights hunger across the globe. Mayor Maher authored a resolution to honor their work and the students spoke before the City Council meeting to share their goals for the project. Before the meeting, the Mayor met with the group to personally congratulate them for their endeavors. 

April 8, 2010 – Consul General of France in Boston, Christophe Guilhou visits Cambridge 

On Thursday April 8th, 2010 Mayor David P. Maher and City Manager Robert W. Healy met with the Consul General of France, Christophe Guilhou. The Mayor and City Manager welcomed Mr. Guilhou to the city of Cambridge and discussed all the resources our great city has to offer. The three also discussed the upcoming Medal of Honor of France ceremony taking place at the State House on May 20th which Mayor Maher will attend. 

April 5, 2010 – Cambridge Public Health Week Gallery Tour 

Public Health week in the City of Cambridge featured a photo and art gallery of the cities response to the H1N1 flu. Mayor David P. Maher toured the gallery in the lobby of City Hall and met with Cambridge Public Health Department employees Claude-Alix Jacob and Louise Rice to thank them for their efforts to educate the public about the importance of fighting the flu and getting an H1N1 vaccine.

April 1, 2010 – Sustainable Business Leader Program 

Mayor David P. Maher addressed the Sustainable Business Leader Program awards ceremony on Thursday April 1st, 2010 at the City Hall Annex. This event hosted by the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Boston trains small and local business to reduce their energy and water consumption as well as increasing their level of recycling. On this day, 11 local, Cambridge businesses were recognized for their achievements in reducing their carbon footprint and being leaders in environmental sustainability. This event also highlights the Mayor’s goal of promoting local business and shop at Cambridge businesses first, Mayor Maher stated, “When you patronize Cambridge businesses, not only do you support local storeowners and workers but also reduce your carbon footprint because you can walk or bike to these businesses”.

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