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The Baldwin Neighborhood Council (BNC) 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.

In December 2021, the Council voted to change its name to the Baldwin Neighborhood Council in honor of educator Maria L. Baldwin, following on a community-wide process to rename the neighborhood. Learn more here.

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Monthly Meetings
Community members are invited to attend regular monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, 7:30 to 9:00 pm in from September through June (unless otherwise noted). Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, all meetings have been held virtually on Zoom. In 2023, we’ll be exploring returning to some in-person meetings.

2023-2024 Dates

Unless otherwise noted, all meetings occur on the second Tuesday of the month, 7:30-9:00 PM. Special meetings may be scheduled as needed with advance notice.

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2023
  • City Council Candidates’ Forum, Wednesday, October 18, 2023, 7:00-9:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2023
  • Tuesday, February 13, 2024
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2024
  • Tuesday, May 14^, 2024
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2024

^Annual Meeting

You can receive links to these Zoom meetings by RSVPing here. (Please be aware that you must RSVP by 12:00 noon on the day of the meeting you wish to attend. If you RSVP after 12:00 noon, we cannot guarantee that we’ll be able send you the link. Should you wish to change your status after signing up to attend, use this above link to do so.)

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).

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 quality-of-life
  • Neighborhood streets and sidewalks
  • Institutional development and its potential impact on the community
  • Trees and green space
  • Maintaining the character of Mass. Ave.
  • Supporting independent and local retail

Become a Member
Any person who lives in the Baldwin 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 Baldwin 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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