Attend meetings on $22 million in direct family support, a $787.9 million budget, municipal broadband, and more.

A Fresh Pond Beer Garden said to be set up by Apple Cinemas Cambridge will appear before the Licensing Commission for a hearing on Monday. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Opening of a Fresh Pond beer garden

licensing board11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday. A 3,750 square foot outdoor Fresh Pond Beer Garden that seats 188 people and holds 500 manholes for a license to 168 Alewife Creek Parkway, in the Cambridge Highlands car park by Apple Cinemas Cambridge. The beer garden with entertainment would be open from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. daily. The Comedy Studio is also on the agenda for its return to Harvard Square, occupying a 3,400-square-foot, 160-seat space in a soon-to-open mall as The Abbot. Watchable by Zoom video conference.

Budgeting, direct aid and Gaspereau

municipal Council5:30 p.m. Monday. Significant dollars are under discussion, including a request from the city manager for appropriations for the 2023 financial year which begins July 1 and its budget of $787.9 million, including $232.4 million for education (and $2.9 million to launch a Ministry of Community Safety for an unarmed response to certain emergency room). There is also a series of borrowing applications that the council must deal with, including $78.5 million for the improvement of sewers and rainwater; $37 million for work at the barracks of 491 Broadway, Mid-Cambridge (on top of $25 million in Budget 2019 appropriations, before staff realized a full rehabilitation was needed); and $15 million for the Linear Park and Grand Junction trails and one at Danehy Park and New Street.

The biggest news, however, is what looks like a relatively small payout in comparison: $23.1 million in Federal Covid Aid. In this case, that’s what Cambridge is doing with its standout American Rescue Plan Act, announced Wednesday during Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui’s State of the City address: allocating nearly $22 million to give $500 a month for about a year and a half to every Cambridge family making less than 200% of the federal poverty level.

There are also a multitude of commands around a construction moratorium for laboratories and offices in the Alewife area, which councilors propose to go into effect until there is actual zoning for the neighborhood. Councilors want to know how long it would take the Department of Community Development to arrive at this zoning, given his workload, and for CDD to provide language and changes at the proposed break; and know which properties will be affected and if some could be exempted.

The council meets at the town hall, 795 Massachusetts Ave., Central place. Televised and watchable by Zoom video conference.


Bike paths on Brattle Street

Brattle Street Bikeway Community Meetingfrom 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday. Hear about the goals, objectives and timeline of security improvements in Brattle Street between Mason and Mount Auburn streets which include separate bike lanes – and find out if it will be as controversial and divisive as similar plans. Watchable by Zoom videoconference.


Study municipal broadband

Transportation and Utilities CommitteeThursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This committee, led by Councilman Burhan Azeem, is asking for a progress report on a municipal broadband feasibility study and is “getting the public excited,” Azeem said. Watchable by Zoom videoconference.

Ideas to improve The Port…

The promenade in the port districtThursday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. City staff want to know what improvements are needed in this area. The exchange is expected to take place on a walking tour beginning at Clement Morgan Park, 60 Columbia Street

…and the future of Cambridge Street

Cambridge Street community pop-upsfrom 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. This ‘Our Cambridge Street’ project held an initial community workshop in January to develop a shared vision of what the corridor will become, and city staff continue to seek ideas and recommendations ‘big and small’ to shape the future of housing, public services. spaces, small businesses and economic development here. The Friday event will take place from 4-6 p.m. in front of the Cambridge Library Valente Branch, 826 Cambridge St., Wellington-Harrington, next to the King Open School; Saturdays are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Gold Star Mother’s Park, 123 Goré StreetEast Cambridge, one block from Cambridge Street.

Julio V. Miller