Cam­bridge Ro­tary to host an­nual Oys­ter Roast

Re­pairs needed due to van­dal­ism

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— The Cam­bridge Ro­tary Community Ser­vice Foun­da­tion will hold its 6th an­nual Oys­ter Roast Satur­day, March 25, at Long Wharf Park in Cam­bridge.

The Oys­ter Roast was started to help raise money for the re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the World War I Memorial Foun­tain at Long Wharf, and the area around the foun­tain.

This year, Cam­bridge Ro­tary will need to re­pair stones that have been re­moved by van­dals.

“It is very frus­trat­ing to work so hard to get the foun­tain up and run­ning again, to make the area beau­ti­ful again, to make it ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one, and then have van­dals come down and de­stroy things,” said Jeff Hub­bard, Cam­bridge Ro­tary Community Ser­vice Foun­da­tion pres­i­dent.

The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m., and will fea­ture oys­ters roasted, scalded and on the half shell. There also will be hot dogs and burg­ers. Mu­sic will be pro­vided by Bird Dog and the Road Kings.

Tick­ets are $25 and can be pur­chased from any Cam­bridge Ro­tary mem­ber or at the Dorch­ester Cham­ber of Com­merce, 703 Po­plar Street in down­town Cam­bridge.

The foun­tain was built in 1938 by the City of Cam­bridge and Dorch­ester County to honor the 38 men from Dorch­ester County that made the supreme sac­ri­fice in the World War. Cam­bridge Ro­tary Club re­paired the foun­tain in 1986 and again in 2012. The 2012 re­pair came nine years af­ter Hur­ri­cane Is­abel’s his­toric flood­ing left the foun­tain in­op­er­a­ble. At that time the elec­tric sys­tem was re­placed and a new pump was pur­chased; water valves were re­placed; the ex­te­rior was cleaned and re­fin­ished.

Funds raised from the Oys­ter Roast were used to re­place the side­walks with new hand­i­cap ac­ces­si­ble side­walks that en­cir­cle the foun­tain and a new plaza was built to and around the Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Cross Memorial. An ir­ri­ga­tion sys­tem was also in­stalled in the cir­cle. The flag­pole lo­cated in the mid­dle of the new plaza, that ac­tu­ally pre­dates the foun­tain by five years, was also re­painted through the ef­forts of the Cam­bridge Ro­tary Club.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO World War I Memorial Foun­tain at Long Wharf was built in 1938 by the City of Cam­bridge and Dorch­ester County to honor the 38 men from Dorch­ester County that made the supreme sac­ri­fice in the World War.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO World War I Memorial Foun­tain at Long Wharf will need re­pairs to stones that have been re­moved by van­dals.

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