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Mary Holbrow

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I'm a retired journalist, mother of 5, grandmother, birdwatcher, garden lover. I live in Cambridgeport, work as a free-lance editor.

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A new approach to orchestral music has emerged in the Boston area with A Far Cry, a group of lively performers with an innovative style. Instead of the usual organization conducted by a baton-wielding figure on a podium, these musicians play standing in a semi-circle (except for cellos, who are seated), with members of the different sections taking turns leading. Orchestra members also serve as the announcers.

1 (left).  Tuesday, June 20:  Artist Bernard LaCasse assists restorers who started work the previous day on his "Beat the Belt" mural. LaCasse stands second from right, wearing a red cap. Beside him, wearing a blue-striped apron, is Cambridge Arts Council Director Rika Smith McNally. A  team from the organization assists.

Photo, left:  Sgt. Louis Cherubino discussed the opioid situation.  

Illustrations: 1) Gallery 263 at Pearl and Putnam.   2) Jenny Lai Olsen.    3) Leo Meullner.

A display of paintings by 22 area artists at Gallery 263 was a feature of Cambridge’s Open Studios program April 14-15. The street-level gallery takes its name from the address: 263 Pearl Street, on the corner of Putnam Avenue in Cambridgeport. A mural on the outer wall recalls the furniture shop located there at one time.

Photos: 1) CHS President Tod Beaty
2) Speakers Ed Childs (left), Shaun Nichols (right)
3) Novartis 2012 construction on Massachusetts Avenue

Photos, above: 1. Do marigolds deter rabbits?  2. Ladybugs help keep the aphid population down. 

The Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association met at the Central Square Library on Thursday, February 23. CNA President Cathie Zusy told some 30 attendees that the organization has about $40,000 in donations for park renovations at Magazine Beach. She announced that upcoming meetings will focus on the I-90 intersection design project, with 10 speakers from Allston, Boston, and Cambridge bringing us up to speed about the project (March 30), and Mass DOT (April 13). The next CNA meeting will be April 25. Ms.

A noontime visitor strolling in Magazine Beach Park this week will likely notice three or four different bird species. A bluejay yells vigorously from a maple tree; a redtailed hawk over near Memorial Drive keeps an eye on him. Canada geese, mallard ducks, and various gulls are busy in the Charles. The geese are too heavy for the thin ice so they are swimming, as shown below on the left. The ducks are light enough to stand on the ice while they watch for something edible to float by.


1) Top runners, l. to r.: Nick Jallat, Erik Antokal, Scott McArthur, Jeff Landherr, Joel Zayac

2) Starting line 

3) SuperHero dog

Photos: 1) On The Rise Board Chair Carol Goss  

2) Event Chairs Janna Murgia and Jack Hoppin

3) OTR Community Advocates with poet and speaker Alexandria Long (3rd from left, in black) 

4) Board members and supporters Norah Mann, Will and Alana Rusin, Josh Gerber, Lauren Barnes, Bela Bashar  

5) OTR Exec. Dir. Martha Sandler