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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

Below are examples of meeting topics:
September 2008
•    Traffic Safety on Oxford and Sacramento Streets
•    Results from ABC’s Electrical Power Outage Survey
October 2008
•    Neighborhood Safety Report with Cambridge Police Sergeant Oppedisano
•    Community discussion of the proposed new home of the Art Institute of Boston
•    Lesley University’s campus plan
•    Lesley University’s application to rezone its properties in Porter Square
November 2008
•    Fall events at Porter Books
•    Update on Agassiz Baldwin Children’s Programs with Program Director Jacy Edelman
•    Update on Lesley University’s Zoning Proposal and of the community’s response to survey about Lesley development in the neighborhood
•    Harvard’s Re-design of the Fire Command Center at Hammond/Museum Streets
•    Discussion of ABC Board’s intention to update bylaws
•    Neighborhood discussion of streets and sidewalks

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.

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