Mayor Ballantyne Delivers on Ambitious Agenda in First 100 Days: Somerville Progress for All 100-Day Agenda Report Released

Thursday, April 14, 2022
$2 million to support addressing the wage gap for women $2.25 million for relief to pandemic-impacted businesses  Breakthrough agreements reached with large landlords to prevent evictions New housing voucher and flex fund programs to help keep residents in their homes Climate change goals raised from Carbon Neutral by 2030 to Carbon Negative Innovative rodent control technology deployed in city neighborhoods

Yard Waste Pickup Begins April 19

Thursday, April 7, 2022
Somerville’s yard waste pickup begins Tuesday, April 19. That week's collection is on a one-day delay due to the Patriots’ Day Holiday on Monday, April 18, so put all trash, recycling, and yard waste out one day later than you normally would. A full yard waste calendar is available at somervillema.gov/yardwaste and will be in the Environmental Service Guide, which will be mailed to all households later this month.

Somerville PD Officer Suffers Non-Life-Threatening Injury Due to Unintentional Discharge of Duty Weapon

Thursday, April 7, 2022
A Somerville Police Officer suffered a non-life-threatening injury via an unintentional discharge of the officer’s duty weapon causing injury.     The incident occurred at approximately 4 p.m. on April 6, 2022. The injured officer was transported to an area hospital where the Officer was treated and released. The officer is expected to make a full recovery.  No one else was injured. 

Patriots' Day Colonial Fair, Monday, April 18

Monday, April 4, 2022
On Monday, April 18, for the first time since 2017, the City of Somerville will be celebrating Patriots’ Day outdoors and in person at Foss Park on Broadway from 10 to 11:30 a.m.  This event will feature a reenactment of Paul Revere’s famous ride from Boston to Lexington — which happened to pass right through Somerville!

Apply for the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program

Friday, April 1, 2022
Calling all Somerville high school students! Apply for the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program starting Monday, April 4.   Through this annual program, the City of Somerville hires teenage participants to work in the Parks and Recreation Department, Somerville Public Libraries, and other City offices. As part of her First 100 Days Agenda, Mayor Katjana Ballantyne has expanded this year’s program to include jobs focused on climate justice for the first time, within the Department of Public Works.  

Street Sweeping Resumes April 1 in Somerville

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the Somerville Parking Department remind all residents that regular street sweeping schedules officially resume Friday, April 1, and continue through December 31, 2022. On designated street sweeping days, vehicles must be moved from the side of the street being swept, as noted on signs posted on each street. The penalty for not complying with street sweeping parking regulations is a $50 fine. Community members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the street sweeping schedule in areas where they park.

Somerville to Launch Mattress & Box Spring Recycling

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
Mayor Katjana Ballantyne announces that the City of Somerville is launching mattress and box spring recycling starting the week of April 4, 2022. This free service is available to all residential households that have City-managed trash collection. Residents will simply need to schedule a pickup and place their items on the curb on the pickup day. 

Somerville to Host Small-Group COVID-19 Listening Sessions as Part of Ongoing COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

Thursday, March 24, 2022
As part of Mayor Katjana Ballanytne’s First 100 Day Agenda and the City’s ongoing work to ensure an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, Mayor Ballantyne will be hosting small-group listening sessions with Somerville residents and workers disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to listen to community experiences and gather ideas and input on how the City can support the recovery. Listening sessions will be jointly facilitated by the Mayor and interested members of the community.

Somerville Housing Authority Board of Commissioners Seeks One Member

Wednesday, March 23, 2022
Open Positions: OneTerm: Five years The Somerville Housing Authority (SHA) Board of Commissioners seeks one new member, and all Somerville residents are invited to apply. This position does not have to be filled by an SHA resident, but SHA residents are encouraged to apply. Boards and commissions offer an opportunity for residents with a range of experience, skills, expertise, and perspectives to share their talents and insights with their community.

Spring Hill Construction Public Meeting, April 6

Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and Ward 3 City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen invite you to a virtual public meeting about upcoming construction in Spring Hill.  The Spring Hill Sewer Separation Project is one in a series of projects across the city that will mitigate flooding, reduce waterway pollution, and upgrade century-old infrastructure. The first phase of work will begin in earnest this spring and is expected to continue through 2023 on Summer Street (Belmont Street to Bow Street), Central Street (Highland Avenue to Summer Street), Westwood Road, Avon Street, and Carter Terrace. 

Meet the City's Racial and Social Justice Department and Learn About Its Work at a Virtual Forum, March 31

Monday, March 21, 2022
The City of Somerville’s Racial and Social Justice (RSJ) Department invites the community to a virtual forum to meet department staff, learn about their work, and find out how to get involved on Thursday, March 31, beginning at 6 p.m. Register online, or call 311 to get call-in information. Interpretation into Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole, Nepali, Mandarin, and American Sign Language will be provided. 

Council on Aging Board of Directors Seeks New Members

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Open Positions: Seven Term: Two years The City of Somerville Council on Aging Board of Directors seeks seven new members, and all Somerville residents are invited to apply. Boards and commissions offer an opportunity for residents with a range of experience, skills, expertise, and perspectives to share their talents and insights with their community.

Somerville Public Library Board of Trustees Seeks Three Members

Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Open Positions: Three Term: Three years The Somerville Public Library Board of Trustees seeks three new members, and all Somerville residents are invited to apply. Boards and commissions offer an opportunity for residents with a range of experience, skills, expertise, and perspectives to share their talents and insights with their community.

Somerville Tenants’ Rights Webinar, March 23

Monday, March 14, 2022
Please join Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, the City of Somerville Office of Housing Stability (OHS), and the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) for a webinar about tenants’ rights in Somerville, housing advocacy and rental assistance services, and community organizing to prevent eviction and displacement. Somerville’s local eviction moratorium, established in March 2020, currently remains in effect until Saturday, April 30, 2022. 

Maker Movement Huddle for Local Creators, March 24

Friday, March 11, 2022
Calling all entrepreneurs, makers, artisans, and designers: You’re invited to the Maker Movement Huddle, an informal gathering for local creators hosted by the City of Somerville Economic Development Division and Boynton Yards. This is an opportunity for creatives and makers to network, reconnect, and plug into the City’s initiatives and resources. Technical entrepreneurs and hobbyists alike are welcome. Light bites will be provided. 

Brown School Play Area Public Meeting, March 22

Thursday, March 10, 2022
Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and Ward 6 City Councilor Lance Davis invite you to a virtual informational meeting where City staff will share updates about the play area at the Benjamin Brown School.  The City is working to begin construction this summer on schoolyard improvements that will address safety concerns and expand play opportunities. This meeting will outline the plan and anticipated work schedule.

Somerville Community Preservation Plan Public Hearing, March 23

Wednesday, March 9, 2022
The Somerville Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is holding its annual Community Preservation Plan public hearing on Wednesday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m.  The CPC holds a public hearing each year to identify community needs and priorities for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds. Testimony from the hearing informs the CPC's annual Community Preservation Plan update, which establishes how the year’s CPA funds will be allocated across affordable housing, historic resources, and open space categories. 

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