Safety Improvements Coming to Powder House Circle in August

Friday, July 30, 2021
Improvements to Powder House Circle will be officially underway in mid-August as the City of Somerville makes a series of safety upgrades to benefit all road users. Powder House Circle is a high-crash intersection with an antiquated design. The City will convert the high-speed, chaotic rotary into a modern roundabout intersection using low-cost “quick-build” materials including pavement markings, signage, and flex posts.

Somerville’s First Ever 'Yart' Sale Planned for August 14

Thursday, July 29, 2021
Did your children make tons of macaroni artwork during quarantine? Did you find the postcard collections from your great-, great-, great-grandparents in your basement? Or are you an artist making lots of artwork and need to sell or exhibit? Yart Sale is an opportunity for you to showcase or sell artwork from the comfort of your yards, driveways, and porches and for art lovers to browse new work and maybe pick up a new piece or two. Think of it as a yard sale for art. 

Three Opportunities to Get Vaccinated in Somerville on 8/1

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
On Sunday, August 1, three mobile clinics will be set up around the city to provide Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 12 or older. Clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following three locations: Holy Bible Baptist Church, 64 College Ave. St. Anthony’s Parish, 12 Properzi Way Brazilian Presbyterian Church, 212 School St.  Free food and a gift will be offered to anyone who gets a first or second dose at the clinics.  

Register to Vote in the September 14 Preliminary Election by August 25; Three Somerville Polling Locations Relocated

Wednesday, July 28, 2021
The deadline to register to vote or update your party affiliation or address for the September 14 preliminary election is Wednesday, August 25, at 8 p.m. Massachusetts voters have the option to register online or via a paper form. To register by mail you can call (617) 625-6600 ext. 4200 and request a form be mailed to you, or you can download one from the Elections website.

Deadline to Apply Extended: City of Somerville Seeks Four Community Members for the Police Chief Selection Committee

Tuesday, July 20, 2021
The City of Somerville is seeking four community members to serve on a selection committee for the next Chief of Police of the Somerville Police Department (SPD). The next Chief will lead the department through an important moment in policing in Somerville, as the work of the reimagining policing process – led by the Racial and Social Justice (RSJ) Office under the leadership of RSJ Director Denise Molina Capers – will be in full swing.  The Police Chief Selection Committee (PCSC) will be responsible for: 

City of Somerville Seeks Applicants for Fair Housing and Anti-Displacement Task Force

Friday, July 16, 2021
The City of Somerville is currently seeking applicants for a newly created Fair Housing and Anti-Displacement Task Force to explore whether, and how, to incorporate principals of federal, state, and local fair housing and anti-discrimination laws into Somerville’s Zoning Code. This is a volunteer effort, and the aim of this initiative would be to determine whether zoning changes might help to mitigate the displacement of persons of color, immigrants, low- and moderate-income residents, persons with disabilities, and members of other protected classes that may result from new development.

Somerville’s FabVille Advisory Board Seeks Members

Friday, July 16, 2021
The City of Somerville and Somerville Public School Career in Technical Education is seeking applicants to serve on the FabVille Advisory Board. The advisory board will help guide the strategic development and growth of FabVille, Somerville’s digital fabrication lab that will relaunch this fall in the new Somerville High School. FabVille aims to complement the collection of professional, semi-professional, and artist-focused spaces already available in and around Somerville.

Join a Celebration of Immigrant Communities with the City of Somerville and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, 7/23

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
The SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) will be hosting an event to celebrate and recognize the contributions of immigrants in our community on Friday, July 23, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross Street. There will be a special focus on the ways in which immigrant workers and families have played a vital role on the front lines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery process.

West Branch Library Opens for Indoor Services July 13

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
The newly renovated and restored Somerville Public Library West Branch at 40 College Avenue will open for indoor services Tuesday, July 13, welcoming visitors into the historic site for the first time since it closed for construction in early 2019. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration will be held at a later date.

Share Your Ideas for the Future of Union Square’s Public Spaces at a Pop-Up This Summer

Monday, July 12, 2021
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 2 City Councilor J.T. Scott, Ward 3 City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen, and the Union Square Community Design Team invite you to participate in a series of community engagement pop-ups to inform the future of Union Square’s public spaces. The Community Design Team is a diverse group of 11 Somerville residents leading the research and engagement effort for the Union Square Plaza and Streetscape Redesign project. This team is using participatory action research (PAR) to engage community members to imagine and share new ideas for Union Square. 

West Branch Library Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, In-Person Services Postponed

Friday, July 9, 2021
The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Somerville Public Library West Branch planned for Monday, July 12, has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.  The Central and East branches will open for in-person visits on July 12, and the West will continue to offer curbside services until further notice. We look forward to celebrating with you soon!

Somerville Arts Council's ArtBeat Returns July 10

Monday, July 5, 2021
Somerville Arts Council's ArtBeat is back in person this summer to celebrate pop art! This year's theme is “Pop!” so expect to see pops of color, eyepopping art installations, and a whole lot of surprises popping up all over Davis Square. This year's event will be held on Saturday, July 10 (rain date July 11) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout Davis Square, with a kickoff parade featuring the School of HONK starting at 10:30 a.m. ArtBeat is free, but with a suggested donation of $3 you will get an ArtBeat dog tag.

Get Vaccinated at Somerville’s Vaccine Day, 7/11

Friday, July 2, 2021
Sunday, July 11, is Somerville Vaccine Day. Three mobile clinics will be set up around the city to provide COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 12 or older. Clinics will be held at Holy Bible Baptist Church, 64 College Ave.; St. Anthony’s Parish, 12 Properzi Way; Brazilian Presbyterian Church, 212 School St.  The clinics will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all three locations, allowing people to get a free vaccine, while enjoying free food, music, and a gift.

Somerville Veterans’ Commission on Monuments, Memorials, and Dedications Committee Seeks Five Members

Friday, July 2, 2021
The City of Somerville’s Veterans’ Commission on Monuments, Memorials, and Dedications Committee is accepting applications for five positions - three to be filled by veterans. The commission will have charge and control of the construction of any memorial for a veteran and will have custody and care of the memorial after its construction. The commission, which will also develop policies and procedures to follow for dedicating memorials, will meet when needed to name these assets. Meetings are expected to begin in the fall of 2021.  

Public Event License Applications Due July 2 for Summertime Events in Somerville

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Planning an event in Somerville this summer? Take note: Public Event license applications for events before Labor Day must be submitted online by Friday, July 2. Doing so ensures adequate processing time for the application to be submitted to the City Council before its summer recess begins at the conclusion of its meeting on July 8.

Cooling Center Opened at 167 Holland Street, Somerville; Heat Advisory and Safety Tips

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
A heat advisory for the Boston metro region remains in effect through Wednesday evening, June 30, and community members are urged to take precautions. Temperatures of 98-99 degrees are forecast through Wednesday but will feel like 100 to 103 degrees. The National Weather Service warns that due to the high heat and humidity that heat-related illness is possible. To stay safe, we urge community members to review all of the following heat safety tips and ways to stay cool in Somerville.

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