Important Election Info: 5 Relocated Polling Places, Vote by Mail, Ballot Tracking, Early Voting, & Deadlines

Thursday, August 13, 2020
Five of Somerville’s polling places have been relocated for the September 1 and November 3 elections. Four were moved into locations where COVID-19 safety measures could be better put in place and a fifth - formerly at the Kennedy School - was moved in response to resident feedback. If you plan to vote in person on either of the upcoming election days don’t forget to double-check your polling location.

Paid Opportunity for Somerville Teens: Use Photography to Raise Awareness of Problem Gambling

Wednesday, August 12, 2020
Somerville Prevention Services, in partnership with Cambridge Health Alliance, seeks up to 12 Somerville teens and their caregivers to participate in a photovoice project to raise awareness about the risks of problem gambling. Over the course of 8 to 12 weeks, teen participants will attend online workshops to learn about youth gambling and build skills in advocacy, leadership, and photography. Participants will take photos to convey educational messages and present their images at a final virtual showcase for state and local leaders in the fall. 

Somerville Prevention Services Hosting Weekly Series on Substance Abuse Prevention

Tuesday, August 11, 2020
This summer, Somerville Prevention Services is hosting a series of free virtual presentations about a range of substance use prevention topics as one way to continue to educate and support community members during the coronavirus pandemic. Session themes include tobacco/nicotine, marijuana, problem gambling, anger management in recovery, and alcohol. Upcoming presentations will be held on August 13, August 20, and August 27 at 6 p.m. on Zoom.

City of Somerville Seeking Members for Boards and Commissions

Thursday, August 6, 2020
The City of Somerville is seeking to fill vacancies on essential boards and commissions appointed by the Mayor and coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development. All new board and commission members must be approved by the City Council. Boards and commissions offer an opportunity for community members with a range of experience, skills, expertise, and perspectives to share their talents and insights with their community. Applications for open positions will be accepted through 7 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2020.

Next Phase of Shared Streets to Be Rolled Out Starting July 31

Monday, July 27, 2020
Somerville’s Shared Streets initiative will roll out new routes starting Friday, July 31. Shared Streets open up low-volume or residential side-streets to pedestrians, cyclists, and other users while still allowing vehicle access for residents who live on the street or who need to use the street to get to their homes, their guests, and service vehicles such as first responders, delivery drivers, sanitation trucks, and street sweepers.

Somerville’s Cambridge Health Alliance Testing Site Moved to Assembly Square

Monday, July 20, 2020
As of Monday, July 20, the COVID-19 testing site previously located at the Somerville Hospital has moved to 133 Middlesex Avenue (near the former Kmart site) in Assembly Square. The testing site is part of a larger COVID-19 mitigation strategy by the City of Somerville in partnership with Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA). Patients can arrive at the site via vehicle, walking, or bicycle, and testing procedures will be the same as at the previous location:

Phase 3 Business Reopening in Somerville Pushed to August 3 -- At Earliest

Friday, July 17, 2020
Somerville’s planned Phase 3 Step 1 business reopening is now on hold until at least Monday, August 3, as local officials grow increasingly concerned about potential impacts amid rising new case averages in the metro area and growing concerns about the efficacy of the State’s contact tracing program.

Memorialization Committee Seeks Two Resident Members

Monday, July 6, 2020
The City of Somerville’s newly formed Memorialization Committee, which will name public assets like buildings, streets, and parks, is accepting applications for two resident positions. The Committee will also develop policies and procedures to follow when choosing names. The committee will meet when needed to name a public asset. Appointees will serve a two-year term and must be confirmed by the City Council. If you are interested in applying, please send a statement of interest to [email protected] by Friday, August 7.

Somerville Public Library to Offer Contactless Pickup Starting July 6

Tuesday, June 30, 2020
The Somerville Public Library will be offering contactless pickup for library patrons starting Monday, July 6. Patrons can request Somerville library materials online using their Minuteman account. Library staff will then notify patrons by either email or phone when their items are ready to be picked up.

Somerville to Host Town Hall Discussion and Small Group Listening Sessions as Part of Ongoing Conversations on Systemic Racism

Thursday, June 25, 2020
As part of a continuing conversation on systemic racism in Somerville, the City of Somerville is holding a virtual Town Hall Discussion on Race and Equity in Policing and launching a series of small group listening sessions for residents. Tackling systemic racism in Somerville requires input from diverse voices in our community, and both the Town Hall and listening sessions are meant to be ways for the City to get feedback, ideas, and suggestions from the community on how we move forward as well as to answer related questions.