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Donate to Local Holiday Gift Drives at City Buildings through Friday, Dec. 22

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne announces the City’s annual support of local holiday gift and toy donation drives. In the giving spirit of the season, the City is placing toy and gift donation boxes at City buildings, libraries, and firehouses through Friday, December 22. Donated gifts will support two community gift drives for families in need of presents for children and teens this holiday season.  If you are able and wish to donate, please bring toys and gifts for children of all ages and age-…

Celebrate the Holidays in Somerville

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the Somerville Arts Council (SAC) warmly invite the Somerville community to join in the City’s 2023 holiday celebrations. The City will illuminate City Hall concourse with festive tree and menorah lighting events that will include snacks, refreshments, entertainment and gifts for children.  The community is also invited to see the creativity and holiday spirit of their neighbors by embarking on either a self-guided or SAC-led Illuminations Tour. More details about…

Somerville Community Encouraged to Prepare Now for Upcoming Snow Season

The City of Somerville is encouraging the community to get ready now for potential snow storms this winter season by signing up for City alerts and reviewing protocols for snow emergencies in advance. Preparing now will help keep the community safe, and reduce ticketing or towing for snow emergency parking violations and ticketing for failure to follow sidewalk shoveling requirements. All information below can also be found by visiting  Alerts Snow emergencies are…

Somerville Community Plants First Miyawaki Forest

As communities nationwide look for innovative ways to address climate change, the City of Somerville recently took an outside-the-box approach by planting the community’s first Miyawaki forest. On Sunday, October 22, over 75 community members gathered behind Somerville High School to plant 410 native shrubs and trees. The generosity of the volunteers made it possible to transform 1,500 square feet of weedy, unused land into Somerville’s first Miyawaki forest – a method of planting that…

Ballantyne Administration Submits Rent Stabilization Home Rule Petition to City Council

After an intensive community process, the City of Somerville is taking the next step toward introducing rent stabilization aimed at keeping housing affordable. On November 9, Mayor Katjana Ballantyne will submit draft legislation to the City Council proposing a home rule petition to allow rent stabilization. The proposed petition aims to support housing affordability while also providing considerations for property owners.   The proposal was developed following months of community outreach,…

City of Somerville Announcing Ongoing Police Chief Search

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and Somerville’s Police Chief Search Committee are announcing that the City’s search for the next Chief of the Somerville Police Department (SPD) will continue.  After the initial round of interviews recently completed did not result in a successful hire, the process is reopening. The Police Chief Search Committee will continue working with GovHR– an industry-leading expert in executive recruitment – on a rigorous nationwide search for candidates. Acting SPD Chief…

Stay Warm for the Winter: Somerville Community Invited to Learn More About Financial Assistance Available for Home Heating Costs

Help with home heating costs is available for eligible persons. Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, the City of Somerville Health and Human Services (HHS) Department, and the Cambridge Fuel Assistance Program invite Somerville and Cambridge community members to learn more about financial assistance available to help with home heating costs this winter.  The program helps low-income residents in Cambridge and Somerville pay their winter heating bills between November 1 and April 30. Renters and homeowners…

11/7 Election: Unofficial Totals Now Available

View unofficial results from the November 7, 2023 municipal election at

Somerville Yard Waste Pickup Seasonal Deadline Approaching

The Somerville Department of Public Works (DPW) wishes to remind residents that the last day for yard waste collection this season is quickly approaching.  Yard Waste The last day for yard waste collection will be Friday, December 8, 2023. Yard waste can be left out for pickup by DPW on residents’ scheduled trash collection days. Please note: yard waste cannot be collected if it is put in plastic bags.  To learn more, please visit or call 311 (617-666-3311).    Persons…

Somerville Announcing Winning Ideas for City’s First-Ever Participatory Budgeting Cycle

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne is announcing the five winning city improvement projects selected by residents from Somerville’s first-ever Participatory Budgeting process. Over 3,500 votes were by the community cast to select which ideas they most wanted to see in-action in their neighborhoods.  “I am thrilled to share the winning ideas from our first-ever Participatory Budgeting cycle. The people of Somerville have made their voices heard, and their creativity and community spirit have shone through…

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