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Connor is an aspiring writer from Milford, Massachusetts. After studying English at Dean College in Franklin, he is currently pursuing a degree in creative writing at Lesley University in Cambridge. He is passionate about all things creative and is excited to bring his passion to NeighborMedia.

 

Stories by Connor Edwards

The Harvard Islamic Society organized a rally in Harvard Square on March 7 in protest of Donald Trump’s revised executive order on immigration. Braving the cold and rainy weather, protesters demonstrated near the Harvard T station, bearing signs emblazoned with rebellious expressions. “Ban racists not Muslims. Dump Trump. We will love and protect each other.” They then migrated to Cambridge Common, as the chant “No walls, no deportations, no Muslim registrations,” echoed into the distance. They shouted for all to hear, "What do want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!"

Love is love. No matter what happens in our world, love and art will always prosper. The creators involved in the “Coded” art gallery aim to send a message to those who try to show hatred and discrimination towards the LGBT community. Viewers can shine a blacklight flashlight on a nearly invisible, scrabble-esque poem entitled “Dear Future Boyfriend,” or they can don headphones and listen to distorted readings of a poem in the technologically impressive “Meg/Sydney/Alec Talkies.”

On the afternoon and evening of Dec. 3, a fire near the Kendell Square Cinema set off 10 alarms and destroyed a block of Berkshire Street in East Cambridge. Residents have opened both their hearts and their homes to the victims of the disaster, donating a total of $205,703 from 3,121 donors within 22 hours. The tragedy’s impact on the community could be felt in the comment section of the relief fund’s website. Food, clothing, and other various items were offered in great amounts at the War Memorial Recreation Center.

One of the essential ambitions a community should strive for is understanding its own strengths and weaknesses, as well as reflecting upon them to establish goals and strategies for the future.

In January, the city of Cambridge invested $3.3 million in a three-year study that that would help accomplish this objective. Envision Cambridge spent a year garnering feedback from community members in order to better determine the overall identity of the city in 2016.

On Monday night, the following results were presented to City Council.

Early voting in Cambridge for the 2016 election began on Oct. 24 and will continue through Nov. 4 before the primary on Nov. 8. A large turnout was expected by the Election Commission, and the community did not disappoint. With 2,240 ballots cast on the first day and a steady increase since then, early voting has undoubtedly been a success. It is projected that the high enthusiasm among voters will continue and that Super Tuesday will have a truly historic ballot rate. It was concluded that the Main Library and Election Commission garnered the highest turnouts.

The clear blue sky was reflected upon the water. A breeze blew heavily down the Charles River as crowds of excited spectators came pouring in to witness this incredible event, one that has occurred annually since 1965 and has always represented strength, diligence, and athletic spirit in the Cambridge community. Crews of all ages from different walks of life came together, rowing in unison past autumn foliage and under stone bridges, up and down the smooth, flowing waters of the iconic Boston river.

Local residents, avid cyclists and city officials alike mourned the loss of Bernard “Joe” Lavins in Porter Square on Oct. 5. With their heads bowed in memoriam, they began a familiar healing process from within, but simultaneously acknowledged the inevitable path ahead, moving forward as a community towards recovery. Residents have had enough.

On Oct. 17, a number of safety precautions regarding bike safety were unanimously passed by the City Council, including improved bike lanes and facilities as well as truck route restrictions.

Every new movement in music gives birth to a new rebellion, and no genre exemplifies rebellion more than punk rock. If genres were drinks, then punk rock would come in a shot glass. If the Grateful Dead and the Ramones played gigs on the same night, the Ramones would speed through their whole set long before the Dead were finished jamming. Steven Lee Beeber, clad in a leather jacket on his way to work as a professor at Lesley University, understands and appreciates the essence of punk rock, but also recognizes a vital aspect of the genre rarely explored in mainstream culture.

A male cyclist riding in Porter Square crashed with a tractor trailer at 1920 Massachusetts Avenue around 8:08 AM on Wednesday, Oct. 5. He was declared dead at the scene.

The incident occurred across from a Porter Square shopping center. The victim was riding toward Harvard Square.

The truck driver remained at the scene. Commuters were advised to seek alternate routes. Both sides of Massachusetts Avenue near the Porter Square Mall were closed. The male victim was unidentified. Authorities are currently investigating.

Members of the Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) went on strike after the university failed to negotiate a suitable agreement regarding their salary demands. 591 of 609 workers initially voted to strike and threatened to do so for several weeks, demanding a yearly salary of $35,000 for full-time employees. The university has offered a raise from $21.89 to $24.08 an hour, pay over summer break regardless of available shifts, $150 a week to workers employed for 5 to 20 years, and $250 a week to those serving for more than 20 years.