SOMERVILLE SLATED FOR $18 MILLION GRANT FROM BOARD OF LIBRARY COMMISSIONERS

Monday, July 30, 2012

SOMERVILLE - Mayor Joseph A.
Curtatone and Director of Libraries, Maria Carpenter, announced today that the
City of Somerville has been approved by the Massachusetts Board of Library
Commissioners (MBLC) to be placed on a waiting list for an $18 million
construction grant to partially fund a new public library in the heart of Union
Square.  Fourteen other communities were listed,
but Somerville received the highest grant award in the state and placed first
in the second round of review.

FIRST HUBWAY BIKE-SHARING KIOSKS ARRIVING IN SOMERVILLE THIS MONTH

Monday, July 30, 2012

SOMERVILLE - Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Somerville
Director of Transportation and Infrastructure Hayes Morrison announced today
that kiosk installation was under way in Somerville for the popular
metro-Boston Hubway bike-sharing system. 
The first wave of kiosk setup would include locations at Union Square,
Beacon Street near its intersection with Washington Street and at the City Hall
Concourse.

Lincoln Park Renovations to be Discussed at Community Meetings

Monday, July 30, 2012

Mayor
Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston, and the Office of
Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) invite all interested
community members to a series of community meetings to discuss upcoming renovations
to Lincoln Park.  Presentations will be
made on Wednesday, August 1st and Monday, August6th at 6:30 p.m.,
and well be held at the Argenziano School, 290 Washington Street.

CITY HYDRANT FLUSHING PROGRAMS ONGOING THIS SUMMER

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
SOMERVILLE - In addition to the ongoing annual hydrant
flushing currently being conducted citywide by the Department of Public Works,
the Somerville Fire Department will begin their annual inspection of all fire
hydrants on Monday, August 6th, and conclude on Saturday, August 18th.  These procedures require flushing water from
all hydrants, as well as mechanical checks by the Fire Department. 

Hydrant flushing will be condu

‘SEIZE THE SUMMER’ AT SOMERSTREETS ON HIGHLAND AVE, 7/29

Monday, July 23, 2012

SOMERVILLE
- "Seize the Summer," the July installment of the City's seasonal SomerStreets
festival, will take place on Sunday, July 29th from noon to 4pm
between Walnut and Cedar Streets on Highland Ave.  It is the second of five SomerStreets
celebrations planned for 2012, with the first event having drawn more than
3,000 attendees in June along East Broadway. 
For this unique street fair, where "roads are closed to cars and open to
you," programming includes: a "Kidical Mass" bike ride to Davis Square;
Cambridge Health Alliance health &amp

EXCESSIVE HEAT WEATHER ALERT

Monday, July 16, 2012

SOMERVILLE – Due to today’s forecast of an unusually high heat and humidity index, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone has issued the following advisory:

CITY TO PROVIDE CONTRACT MEDIATION SERVICES FOR PROPOSED HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN UNION SQUARE

Monday, July 09, 2012

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone announced today that the Somerville Community Corporation (SCC) and representatives of the neighborhood organization Union Square Rising had accepted his invitation to participate in a mediation process to address issues arising from SCC’s proposal to construct a new mixed-use housing project at the site of the former Boys and Girls Club on Washington Street in Union Square.

CITY HOLDS THE LINE ON WATER RATES; NO INCREASE IN FY13

Thursday, June 28, 2012

 

SOMERVILLE - Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone announces that
water/sewer rates will remain unchanged in Fiscal Year 2013.  Although the City's assessments from the MWRA
increased by a combined 2.6%, the City will maintain rates at the FY12 rate
(please see below for breakdown of rates).  

 

CITY HALL GARDEN YIELDS FRESH PRODUCE; NEW BLOG AND FACEBOOK PAGE HELP CITY GROWERS SHARE IDEAS ABOUT URBAN AGRICULTURE

Monday, June 25, 2012

SOMERVILLE – Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone announced today that the new container garden installed on the steps of Somerville City Hall has been yielding a steady – and tasty – harvest of fresh produce.  The project was created this past spring to promote the City’s urban agriculture initiative and to serve as visible reminder to city hall visitors and workers alike of the ways that urban gardening can improve the diet and the overall health of Somerville residents.

2012 FITNESS CHALLENGE WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

SOMERVILLE - As announced at
the City's June 3rd "Carnaval @ SomerStreets" event on Broadway, the
winners of Mayor Curtatone's 2012 Fitness Challenge have been crowned,
including the Top 5 individual winners, and a winning overall team, comprised
of Somerville teachers from the Somerville High School Social Studies
department.  Winners
were presented with gift certificates at a brief ceremony in the Mayor's Office
last week.

 

North Street Playground Community Meeting 6/27

Monday, June 18, 2012

Mayor
Joseph A. Curtatone and Ward 7 Alderman Robert Trane invite all interested
residents and stakeholders to a community meeting on Wednesday, June 27th
to discuss final design plans for the North Street Playground.  The meeting will be held in the Clarendon
Housing Community Room, located at 268 Rear, Powderhouse Blvd.

SOMERVILLE BECOMES FIRST COMMUNITY IN NEW ENGLAND TO HOST DATA ON CLOUD-BASED SOCRATA PORTAL

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

SOMERVILLE - Mayor Joseph A.
Curtatone today announced that the City of Somerville has partnered with
Socrata, Inc to use the Seattle-based company's hosted OpenData service to
provide direct public access to large amounts of municipal data covering a
variety of departments.   With the
cloud-based service, the City of Somerville will be able to share data
collected through its 311 constituent service system directly with the general
public in an interactive format.  When
the new data portal site goes live sometime in July, the web address will be

SOMERVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNOUNCES WORKSHOP SERIES FOR JOB SEEKERS

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

SOMERVILLE - The Somerville Public
Library is pleased to announce two new workshops for job seekers.  These workshops will be presented by Gary
Gekow, a Senior Employment Specialist with 24 years of recruiting experience in
the Boston staffing industry.  Mr. Gekow
works closely with client companies in many industries and job seekers in
various specialties.  Dates and topics of
the workshops are listed below.  All
workshops will be held at the Central Branch Library, 79 Highland Avenue, as
follows:

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