The Full Circle Program

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I am heavily interested and invested in the new Full Circle Program, that is beginning at the Fletcher-Maynard Academy. This is a program that begins at age 3 and one that grew from the work of my good friend and colleague, Geoffrey Canada, with the Harlem Children’s Zone in New York.

I want to be re-elected so that I can help make universal Pre-K a reality for all Cambridge children. The Council and the School Committee discussed the possibility of Universal Pre-K at a roundtable earlier in October. I believe that in order to move forward as a city and as a community, we must invest in our youth. The time has come and I want to be its champion because I think this is an important step we can take.

The New Alice K. Wolf Center

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I am honored to have been a speaker at the opening of the newly minted Alice K. Wolf Center in September. I served as Alice’s first vice mayor when she was elected mayor and since then, we have had a very long and enduring relationship. The building is called the Alice K. Wolf Human Services Center and combines the Community Learning Center, the Housing Authority and the Cambridge Multi-service Center. It has been named for a devoted public servant and the honor is richly deserved.

The center will provide a myriad of services, including a place for residents to come and take courses in English as a second language, seek out pre-college courses if they are looking for higher education and take GED classes for certification.  I am so proud to have another community-driven addition to our city in Central Square.

Growth for Upward Bound

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Last year, Upward Bound completed its final year of federal funding and was in danger of having to close its doors. Through my leadership on the council, I secured a $400,000 grant to keep the program open for the 2012-2013 school year. Because of this funding the program has been able to enroll students again.

In June I attended the closing ceremonies (shown above) where 50 Cambridge students celebrated their connections and their academic successes. I am currently working with MIT and the city on securing three more years of funding, to compete their five year cycle. I am hopeful that in working with the new city manager Richard Rossi, a permanent source of funding can be identified.

Cheers to Another Successful Cambridge Carnival International

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On September 8th, we celebrated the annual Cambridge Carnival International, a cultural celebration that I founded 21 years ago. This year was an absolute success in its colorful explosion of music, food, dancing and community. A huge thanks to Gabe Mondon and Luis Cotto for their collective efforts in organizing the group for this year. A great time was had by all.