Annual Domestic Violence Vigil to be Held Wednesday, October 2

Monday, September 23, 2019
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, the Somerville Commission for Women and RESPOND Inc. announce the annual Candlelight Vigil in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Wednesday, October 2, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Statue Park in Davis Square. The vigil is an annual event bringing the community together in remembrance of those who have lost their lives over the last year to domestic violence.   In addition to the vigil, attendees will be invited to view the Clothesline Project, a visual display that honors survivors as well as victims of intimate partner violence.

Somerville Prevention Conducts Annual “Compliance Checks” at Local Liquor Retailers

Monday, September 23, 2019
Somerville Prevention Services, a division of the Somerville Health and Human Services Department, announces its annual compliance checks for 2019-2020. The compliance checks, to be completed at all licensed Somerville liquor outlets, will take place from October 2019 through October 2020, conducted by the Somerville Police Department & Somerville Prevention Services.

Somerville Office of Housing Stability to Host Workshop on Searching for Housing with a Section 8 Voucher

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Join the City of Somerville’s Office of Housing Stability (OHS) on Thursday, September 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for a workshop on Section 8 housing searches, including advice and strategies to make your housing search more effective. The workshop will be held in the auditorium at the main branch of the Somerville Public Library, 73 Highland Ave. Interpretation will be provided.

Somerville to Host Community Meeting, Discussion on Road Safety Following Recent Pedestrian Crashes

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the City’s Mobility Division announce that a community meeting has been scheduled to discuss two fatal crashes along State Route 38 (Mystic Avenue) in Somerville and efforts underway to improve safety for all road users. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 1, in the auditorium of the East Somerville Community School at 50 Cross Street beginning at 7 p.m.

Somerville Marijuana Retail Host Community Agreements Announced

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Somerville City Council President Katjana Ballantyne, who is serving as Acting Mayor for the Host Community Agreement process for marijuana retail entities, announced today that she intends to sign Host Community Agreements (HCAs) with three adult-use marijuana retailers. The selected entities and their proposed locations are: Union Leaf, 71 Union Square; New England Select Harvest (NESH), 378-380 Highland Avenue; and East Coast Remedies (ECR) 76-82 Central Street.

Statement on Saturday Protests from Mayor Curtatone

Monday, September 16, 2019
*/ /*-->*/ 09/03/2019 No one wants to see another Charlottesville, which is why our officers were requested in Boston to help protect public safety at Saturday's protests. If any officer conduct is found to have violated that mission, it will be dealt with appropriately.

Public Hearing on Airplane Noise, 9/18

Sunday, September 8, 2019
(Please note: This hearing has been moved to the Somerville High School Auditorium at 81 Highland Ave.) The City of Somerville and the Somerville City Council Committee on Public Health Public Safety invite all interested community members to attend and speak at a co-hosted Public Hearing on Airplane Noise. The Hearing will take place on Wednesday, September 18, at 6 p.m., in the Somerville High School Auditorium (81 Highland Ave.).

Somerville’s New Bus Lanes Projected to Shorten More Than 8,000 Bus Trips per Day

Wednesday, September 4, 2019
As part of the City of Somerville’s Winter Hill in Motion project, new dedicated bus lanes, separated bike lanes, and more mobility upgrades are coming to Broadway. Work has already begun to install bright red “Bus Only” lanes along both sides of Broadway between McGrath Highway and Main Street, one of the city’s most congested commuting corridors. These dedicated travel lanes will enable the MBTA to provide more efficient, reliable bus service on routes 89 and 101, which support approximately 8,000 boardings per day.

Joint Public Hearing on Proposed Zoning Ordinance Thursday, 9/19

Friday, August 30, 2019
The Somerville City Council Committee on Land Use, and the Somerville Planning Board, invite all interested community members to attend and speak at a joint Public Hearing on the adoption of a new Somerville Zoning Ordinance. The Hearing will take place on Thursday, September 19, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 93 Highland Ave. The Land Use Committee of the Whole and the Planning Board will hear testimony on the proposed new ordinance. Written public comment will also be accepted as noted below.

Somerville City Council’s Revised Tree Ordinance in Effect

Friday, August 30, 2019
On June 27, 2019, the Somerville City Council passed a Tree Preservation Ordinance (Ord. #2019-15) with new requirements for the removal of trees on private property. The ordinance went into effect on August 1, 2019, and incorporates and updates the prior City of Somerville Tree Ordinance, which set requirements only for the removal of public trees.  

Task Force Releases Recommendations for Creating More Open Space in Somerville

Thursday, August 29, 2019
The City of Somerville Open Space Creation Task Force recently released a strategy memo with recommendations on new and innovative approaches for the creation of more open space in Somerville, the most densely populated city in New England. The 4.1 square mile city has been working to achieve its goal to create an additional 125 new acres of open space by 2030, with 105.1 acres left to go.

Community Meeting to Discuss Central Hill Campus Plan, September 23

Wednesday, August 28, 2019
Please join the Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development and Ward 3 Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen on Monday evening, September 23, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for a community meeting to discuss the plan for the Central Hill Campus (Phase I). The meeting will be held in the Somerville High School cafeteria, 81 Highland Ave.

Renovated East Somerville School Field Ribbon Cutting August 27

Friday, August 16, 2019
Join Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Ward 1 City Councilor Matthew McLaughlin on Tuesday, August 27, at 11 a.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the East Somerville School Field, located at 50 Cross St. The ceremony will celebrate the refurbishment of the existing synthetic turf field.  

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