City Council plans for upcoming holidays

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Stan Trice, secretary-treasurer, and Dave Cannon, president of Care and Share, Inc., present a $1,000 check to Police Chief Dan Dvorak and Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley at the City Council meeting this week.

CAMBRIDGE — With planning underway for upcoming holidays, City Commissioners approved banners on Race Street through November to December. The first banner will announce the ever popular and beautiful Festival of Wreaths at Pleasant Day taking place on Dec. 3. The banner is a reminder and invitation to a major fundraiser for Pleasant Day, the facility for seniors which becomes a gorgeous gallery of wreaths for the occasion. As the Festival of Wreaths banner is removed, the council has approved the hoisting of another to keep you on your toes. This one announces the performance of “The Nutcracker” by the Cambridge Ballet Company on Dec. 19 and 20.

The council also approved a temporary noise variance for 30 days for DWR, a women’s group of dancers and drummers that practices three times a week, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 5 to 6 p.m. They used to practice in a certain building, but due to paperwork of liability and insurance, they are temporarily displaced and are practicing outside. They recognize the possible annoyance and want to do it with a variance in hand. Councilman Gage Thomas suggested drum pads, though he said, “You can’t put a muffler on a drum.” The women explained they can’t afford the additional cost of that equipment and Councilwoman Jackie Vickers very spontaneously offered a contribution.

The entire council was sympathetic and approved the 30-day variance. The six drummers (including a 4-year-old) and the two dozen dancers, the second dance group of the council session, walked off with a lighter step.

Mary Calloway, associate director of Economic Development released Arts and Entertainment graphics, the results of a grant used for new Cambridge artwork. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this artwork is worth a thousand dollars of Cambridge funds plus a thousand more from a grant. The attractively designed seals, as well as a colorful flyer, invite tourists and businesses to VISIT and JOIN US.

With Halloween two weeks away, the council set the hours between six and eight for Trick or Treating on Halloween night for youngsters 12 and under.

Dave Cannon, chairman of the group “Care and Share Fund Inc.,” presented a check totaling $1,037 to Chief Dan Dvorak. The check will cover the costs of a special camera and ID kits for children, a program initiated by the chief and recommended by the FBI. The kits provide parents with a fingerprint and recent photo of their child for the parents’ keeping. It provides an important aid to identify a child who is lost or missing. The kit is the kind of aid that you hope never to have to use, but so important if the unfortunate need arises.

The council also approved the following:

Renewal of Services and Facilities Agreement for the Maryland Small Business & Technology Development Center. Also, agreed to signing a letter of support for the license of medical marijuana, as recommended by Pat Escher of the Planning and Zoning Commission. Council also approved a request to apply for a Working Waterfront Grant from DNR, as presented by LaSara Kinser of Planning and Zoning.
During the Public Comments segment of the meeting, Dave Thatcher, a champion of neat neighborhoods, complained to council about grass clippings being swept into the street, giving some streets an unsightly look. He also pointed out that overgrown, overhanging branches impeded some traffic and he offered to chop down the offending branches himself. The council refused his generous gesture and Mr. Thatcher left the problems in their hands.

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