Somerville PD Investigating Incident at Veterans Memorial Cemetery

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Statement from the Somerville Police Department

The Somerville Police Department is investigating the removal and defilement of American Flags planted in the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, and the desecration of the Veteran’s Monument to those who gave their lives in World War 2 in defense of their country.  

The SPD has identified the male party contained in the photo below as a person of interest. Anyone knowing the identity of the individual is asked to contact the Somerville Police Department at 617-625-1600 x7238.

City Seeking Members for Boards and Commissions

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville is seeking to fill vacancies on eight essential boards and commissions appointed by the Mayor and coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development. 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. The Mayor’s office will be accepting applications for the open positions through Monday, October 15, 2018.

Somerville Seeking Residents to Serve on City’s Urban Forestry Committee

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The City of Somerville is currently seeking applicants for seven members of the public to re-establish the Urban Forestry Committee. The Committee’s input is intended to support and guide policies and plans currently being reviewed and advanced by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development and the Department of Public Works. The Committee will advise the City on matters related to the management and maintenance of all existing and new trees and shrubs on public grounds and public ways.

Henry Hansen Park Redesign Final Community Meeting with Potential Tree Removal Discussion, 9/26

Monday, September 10, 2018

Join us Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 p.m., for the final community meeting on the redesign of Henry Hansen Park (located at the corner of Medford Street and Partridge Ave.). We will also be discussing the possibility of removing the large tree in the middle of the park. The meeting will take place at the Visiting Nurses Association, 259 Lowell Street., 3rd Floor Conference Room opposite the community room. It will be led by the Commissioner of Veterans’ Services, Bryan Bishop, and the project lead, D.J. Chagnon, from CBA Landscape Architects.

POW-MIA Flag Raising and Remembrance Ceremony: Fri., Sept. 21, 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Please join Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Veterans’ Commissioner Bryan Bishop as we raise the POW-MIA flag and remember those brave Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who served as Prisoners of War or are considered Missing In Action. The ceremony will take place at 12 p.m. on Friday, September 21, 2018 at the City Hall Concourse (93 Highland Ave.). This ceremony offers an opportunity to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of so many who have served our country.

GLX Community Meeting to Discuss Upcoming Bridge Closures, September 24

Friday, September 7, 2018

Although timelines are subject to change, current plans for construction of the Green Line Extension (GLX) call for the full closure of the Broadway Bridge, just east of Ball Square, for one full year beginning in January 2019. While the bridge is closed, detours will be in place for cars, bikes, pedestrians, and MBTA bus routes 80 and 89.

Suspect in Somerville Armed Robbery Arrested in Boston

Friday, September 7, 2018

Update: On Friday, September 7, members of the Boston Police Fugitive Unit with assistance from the Somerville Police Department and Massachusetts State Police arrested Lorne Harrison, 53, of Mattapan, on a warrant for Armed Robbery and other violations. Somerville Police have confirmed that Harrison is the suspect being sought this week following an armed robbery of Kay Jewelers at Assembly Row in Somerville on August 30, 2018. Harrison will be arraigned in U.S. Federal Court.

Somerville Arts Council Announces Local Cultural Council Grant Program for 2019

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Somerville Arts Council is pleased to announce the availability of its 2019 Local Cultural Council (LCC) grant program. Artists, community groups, and schools may apply for funding to the Council for projects and fellowships for 2019. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2018.

If you are interested in applying for funding for arts and cultural work in 2019, please review the Arts Council’s guidelines at, and plan to attend one of the following workshops:

Share Your Thoughts on the Future of Central Hill - Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
The City of Somerville is developing a campus plan for Central Hill, home to City Hall, Somerville High School, the Central Library, and Central Playground. Please join us on Tuesday, September 25, at 6 p.m. for a meeting in the High School cafeteria to help shape the plan. Our project consultants, SMMA, will present three ideas for the design of Central Hill for public input.

Winter Hill Community Innovation School Ribbon Cutting September 10

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Join Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Ward 4 Alderman Jesse Clingan, and Superintendent of Schools Mary Skipper on Monday, September 10, at 10 a.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Winter Hill Community Innovation School. The ribbon cutting will celebrate school improvements including roof, window and door replacement funded by the City and its partners at the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), as well as the second phase of renovations to the schoolyard. Schoolyard renovations include 3 new playgrounds, an outdoor classroom, and a new basketball court.

West Nile Virus Risk Elevated to High as Fourth Case Announced in Greater Boston

Monday, August 27, 2018

BOSTON (August 27, 2018) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today announced the fourth human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in the state this year. The person is a woman in her 50s from Middlesex County who was never hospitalized for her illness. Three other cases were reported on Friday.

Community Note: Annual 9/11 Vigil Walk Scheduled in Somerville

Friday, August 24, 2018

The City's annual vigil walk, in honor of the victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, will be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, at 6 p.m. The vigil will begin with a procession stepping off from the Cedar Street intersection of the Community Path, and will conclude with a short ceremony in Davis Square. The entire Somerville community is invited to participate. For more information, please call Jackie Rossetti at 617-625-6600, ext. 2614.


Somerville Seeks Members and Advisors for Vision Zero Task Force

Thursday, August 23, 2018
The City of Somerville is seeking applicants for a newly formed Vision Zero Task Force. In September 2017, the City announced the launch of Vision Zero Somerville, reaffirming Somerville’s commitment to multi-modal road safety. The initiative will take a multi-department, data-driven approach to improving safety for all road users, whether on bicycles or on foot, in vehicles, or aboard public transit. The Task Force will explore potential policy and infrastructure changes the City may include in the upcoming Somerville Vision Zero Action Plan.

Call to Light Up Somerville Purple for Overdose Awareness Day, 8/31

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) on August 31 and National Recovery Month in September, advocates and officials in Somerville have united in their call for Somervillians to observe both events in a few simple but powerful ways. From displaying purple lights and ribbons to attending vigils and events, residents can send a message of support and hope for recovery.

Emerald Ash Borer Beetle Detected in Somerville

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

State officials have confirmed the presence of emerald ash borer – an invasive beetle responsible for the destruction of millions of ash trees in the United States – in the City of Somerville. This is the first detection in Somerville, making it the 43rd Massachusetts community to confirm the presence of the pest. On August 10, the beetle was found during a routine inspection of ash borer traps and submitted to the State Department of Conservation and Recreation Forest Health Program, which confirmed the detection on Friday, August 17.

Local & International Artists to Create New Murals in Somerville this August

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
The City of Somerville will be getting three new murals this month, thanks to a mini mural festival produced by the Somerville Arts Council. The project was the idea of Mayor Joseph Curtatone who wanted to add to the city more bright colored murals. From August 21 through August 31, three internationally renowned artists will be painting murals in the East Somerville and Union Square neighborhoods of Somerville.