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.

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.
 

Somerville Public Library Announces 2019 “Somerville Reads” Book Selection

Thursday, August 15, 2019

The Somerville Public Library is excited to announce the title of its tenth annual Somerville Reads campaign, The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. Copies will be available at all three Somerville Public Library locations as of September 3, 2019.  Somerville Reads is a citywide reading initiative that encourages all Somerville residents to read and discuss the same book to promote literacy and community engagement.

Annual Hydrant Testing Takes Place August 19-31; Rusty Water May Result Briefly

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Somerville Fire Department will begin the annual inspection of all fire hydrants on Monday, August 19, 2019, and conclude on Saturday, August 31, 2019. This procedure requires the flushing of water from the hydrants as well as a check of the mechanical operation of the hydrant. The inspection/testing program will take approximately two weeks to complete. 

Somerville Seeking Residents to Serve on Newly Formed Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The City of Somerville is accepting applications to fill 10 seats on the newly formed Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee. The committee’s input will support and guide city policies and plans to make improvements for public transit riders and pedestrians. Committee members will promote riding transit and walking and will work to create a more comfortable, safe, and enjoyable built environment for doing so. Community members committed to advocating for a robust multimodal transportation system are encouraged to apply to serve on the committee as members.

Somerville Public Library and St. Mark Community Education Program to host Citizenship Interview Preparation Class

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

The Somerville Public Library and St. Mark Community Education Program will host a free, 12-part Citizenship Interview Preparation Class on Saturdays this fall in partnership with Project Citizenship. The class is designed to prepare participants for all parts of their citizenship test, from literacy to U.S. history and government while improving English speaking and listening skills.  

Prospective students must have a basic level understanding of English and must hold a legal permanent resident card for five years, or three years if married to an American citizen.

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