Central Hill Playgrounds to Close Friday, October 11, Through Approximately Fall 2021

Thursday, September 26, 2019
The Central Hill playgrounds on Highland Ave. are expected to close Friday, October 11, to advance construction of the new Somerville High School. A renovated version of the playgrounds, tentatively projected to open in the fall of 2021, will be established in front of Central Library as part of the Central Hill Campus Plan. Patrons are encouraged to use other nearby parks and playgrounds during the closure.

Municipal Election: Tuesday, November 5; Last Day to Register or Update Voter Info Is Oct. 16

Thursday, September 26, 2019
This fall, Somerville voters have the opportunity to cast ballots for Mayor, Ward City Councilor, City Councilors-at-Large, and School Committee members. A preliminary election for Mayor and Ward 3 School Committee, similar to a primary election, was held on Tuesday, September 10. Voters narrowed down the Mayoral candidates to two candidates (Joseph A. Curtatone and Marianne Walles) and the Ward 3 School Committee candidates to two candidates (Sarah Phillips and Mary Marshall). The general election will be on Tuesday, November 5.  

Get a Free Flu Vaccine Through Somerville’s Annual Flu Clinics Offered by Health and Human Services

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
With students back in school and the cooler temperatures approaching, it’s a reminder that cold and flu season is quickly approaching and it’s time for the annual flu vaccine clinics offered by the City of Somerville Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). All clinics offer free flu vaccines for Somerville residents ages three and older (children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). Clinics start on Thursday, October 17, and will be held at various times and locations in the community until the City’s supply of vaccine is exhausted.

2019 “Somerville Reads” Events and Program Schedule Announced

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
The Somerville Public Library announces the 2019 “Somerville Reads” events series. Somerville Read is a citywide reading initiative that encourages all Somerville residents to read and discuss the same book to promote literacy and community engagement. Throughout the month of October, the Somerville Public Library will host various intergenerational programs including discussions, book clubs, and more, all related to the themes found in “The Haunting of Hill House,” the 2019 Somerville Reads selection.

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.

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