Update on Tufts Partnership Agreement Negotiations Community Meeting, October 30

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and members of the Tufts Partnership Negotiating Committee invite residents to a community meeting on Wednesday, October 30, for an update on the current status of negotiations with Tufts University about a new Partnership Agreement between the City and the University. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the TAB Building, 167 Holland St. The previous Partnership Agreement expired on June 30, 2018.

“Monster Mashed-Up” at SomerStreets on Somerville Ave. Sunday, October 20

Friday, October 11, 2019

Join us at the last SomerStreets festival of the year, the spooky and fun “Monster Mashed-up” on Sunday, October 20, from 2 to 6 p.m. (rain date Oct 27) on Somerville Ave. between Union Square and Park St. SomerStreets is the City of Somerville’s take on the internationally-renowned Open Streets concept, closing busy city streets to vehicles, and opening them up for cycling, walking, dancing, running, and other modes of activity.

ArtFarm Community Meeting, October 21

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Ward 2 City Councilor J.T. Scott invite you to a community meeting to talk about ArtFarm – a former waste transfer site on Poplar St. being transformed into a home for arts, culture, community, and urban agriculture. The meeting is on Monday, October 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Brickbottom Gallery, 1 Fitchburg St. You can learn more about ArtFarm at www.somervillema.gov/artfarm.

“Haunted Hall” Halloween Event Returns to City Hall Concourse on October 24

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Join the City of Somerville on Thursday, October 24, for the annual “Haunted Hall” event on the City Hall concourse from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature costumed safe Trick-or-Treating, giant pumpkin decorating, games, and activities, refreshments, and more. Due to construction at Somerville High School, the haunted pathway element of the event will be replaced this year with painting giant pumpkins as well as children’s games, sponsored by the Somerville Recreation Department.
 

Kennedy Pool Re-Opening October 10th Following Renovation

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

The Kennedy Pool has been undergoing a needed renovation project. The pool will re-open October 10th with Adult Lap Swim & Family Swim at 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please see the online calendar for the Kennedy pool schedule. We thank everyone for their patience with our endeavor to provide the best possible aquatic environment.

Meeting on Local Flooding Issues on Richdale Ave., October 29

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Join the City’s Engineering Department to discuss flooding issues on Richdale Ave. at a community meeting on Tuesday, October 29. Residents are invited to share their observations and concerns about flooding on their streets and learn about flood mitigation the City is working on. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Somerville High School auditorium, 81 Highland Ave.

 

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.
 

Polling Place Workers Sought for Nov. 5 Election

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The City of Somerville Elections Department is seeking polling place workers for the Tuesday, November 5 municipal election. To be eligible to work in a polling place you must be a registered Massachusetts voter. Inspectors are paid $165 for the day and work from 6:30 a.m. until shortly after the polls close at 8 p.m. with a two-hour break. For more information, please contact Maria Pierotti at 617-625-6600 ext. 4200 or [email protected].

 

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.

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