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Agassiz Neighborhood Council sealThe Agassiz Neighborhood Council (ANC) was established in the 1970s as part of Cambridge’s Community Schools program and is a forum for discussion and action with the goal of enhancing quality of life in our community.

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Monthly Meetings
Community members are invited to attend regular monthly meetings.  The meetings are held from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the Maud Morgan Arts Center’s second floor 2D Studio, usually on the second Tuesday of each month, from September to June.  The agenda of each month’s meeting is available on the first page of the previous month’s The Whistler newsletter and via email on our community notifications email list (to sign up, click the link located in the navigation bar to the right of this page). View our online calendar for meeting dates and times, or download the Agassiz Baldwin Community Calendar 2011-2012 for a handy reminder to place on your refrigerator.

The Council regularly invites representatives from Cambridge city departments to attend meetings, including Cambridge Police, the Department of Public Works, Traffic, Parking and Transportation, as well as institutional neighbors Harvard University and Lesley University.  Topic-specific committees are organized as necessary.  Frequently discussed topics include:
•    Neighborhood streets and sidewalks
•    Institutional development and its potential impact on the community
•    Safety and crime
•    Trees and green space
•    Maintaining the character of Mass. Ave.
•    Supporting independent and local retail

Become a Member
Any person who lives in the Agassiz neighborhood or whose children attend the Maria L. Baldwin School and/or are enrolled in Agassiz Baldwin Children’s Programs is eligible to become a member of the Agassiz Neighborhood Council.

To vote on issues presented at Council meetings, participants must have attended at least one meeting in the calendar year prior to voting.

Community Newsletter
The Whistler keeps residents and ABC program participants up to date on neighborhood news, programs, and events each month.

Below are examples of meeting topics:

November 2015

  • Discover coUrbanize Cambridge – a database of development and construction projects in the city
  • Nurtured Heart Approach Practitioner’s Panel: learn how Agassiz Baldwin Afterschool teachers use behavior guidance to help children thrive in an increasingly complex world

February 2016

  • Newport Road & Roseland St. sewer separation and surface restoration project with Eric Breen, Engineer; Melissa Miguel, PE Supervising Engineer; and Cambridge Public Works staff

March 2016

  • Project Update: Newport Road and Roseland Street Sewer Separation and Surface Restoration
  • Meet the owners of Honeycomb Creamery a new ice cream shop proposed for 1702 Mass. Ave.

April 2016

  • Brief intro to a new 20-unit residential development project at 1699 Mass. Ave.
  • Update on the Community Zoning Petition for Mass. Ave. (MaPoCo) – Cambridge Common to Porter Sq.
  • Should Agassiz adopt and become a Neighborhood Conservation District? A discussion with City Councillor Dennis Carlone
  • Sacramento Field Renovations & access: learn about the community consultation process with Cambridge Community Development

June 2016

  • Continuing the conversation about upcoming renovations to Sacramento Field
  • Discussion of the City’s Five Year Plan for Street and Sidewalk Reconstruction -talk with neighbors about what the Agassiz neighborhood wants and needs
  • Introducing Sunny Cambridge, a city-wide initiative to help residents get solar power for their homes

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