Winter Hill Community Meeting on Vacant Star Market Site: Tuesday, December 17

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Join the City’s Economic Development team and Ward 4 City Councilor Jesse Clingan for a community meeting on Tuesday, December 17, to discuss the vacant site of the former Star Market on Broadway. The meeting, which will be an open house-style event, will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Healey School cafeteria, 5 Meacham St. Community members can drop in at any time to chat with city staff, talk to neighbors, and learn more about what an urban renewal plan could mean for the site.

WSNS Schoolyard Design Community Meeting Wednesday, December 11

Thursday, December 5, 2019
Please join the Somerville Department of Public Space and Urban Forestry, Ward 7 City Councilor Katjana Ballantyne, and the Somerville Public Schools on Wednesday evening, December 11, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for a community meeting to discuss layout and design options for the new West Somerville Neighborhood School schoolyard. The meeting will be held in the WSNS cafeteria, 177 Powder House Blvd.   For more information contact Arn Franzen at    

Somerville Parks & Recreation Announces New, Family-Friendly Field Trips

Thursday, December 5, 2019
The Somerville Parks and Recreation Department is launching a new program: family-friendly field trips to fun locations in and around the Boston area! Beginning in December 2019, Parks and Recreation will sponsor trips to places like the Stone Zoo, the Blue Man Group, Museum of Fine Arts, and more! Activities are appropriate for all ages, but children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A full list of dates, activities, and pricing is below and is also available at

Joint Public Hearing on Proposed Zoning Ordinance, 12/10

Tuesday, December 3, 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 Tuesday, December 10, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 93 Highland Ave. The Land Use Committee and the Planning Board will hear testimony on the proposed new ordinance. They will not be accepting written testimony.

Public Hearing: City Council Traffic and Parking Committee of the Whole & Traffic Commission Joint Public Hearing on Broadway Bus/Bicycle Lanes Monday, December 9, 6 p.m., City Council Chambers

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
The City Council Traffic and Parking Committee of the Whole and the Traffic Commission invite community members to a joint public hearing on Monday, December 9, at 6 p.m., to provide feedback on the design and implementation of the new traffic configuration on Broadway in Winter Hill, which features dedicated bus and bicycle lanes. The public hearing will be held in the City Council Chambers, 93 Highland Ave.

Save Money and Energy with Mass Save Program through City of Somerville this Winter

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
This winter, Somerville property owners can save big on utility bills with an energy-saving heating system thanks to an initiative by National Grid being offered through the City of Somerville. The City of Somerville’s Housing Division is participating in the National Grid Community Initiative for its third year. During the first two years of the program, Somerville residents completed more than 1,600 home energy assessments and 1,200 energy upgrades, saving $1.1 million.

Central Hill Parking Update Meeting, December 12

Monday, November 25, 2019
Join City staff on Thursday, December 12, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Winter Hill Community School cafeteria, 115 Sycamore St. (please enter via Medford St.), for a quarterly meeting on parking changes on the Central Hill Campus. There is also a form on where community members can submit questions, comments, or leave suggestions about parking around Central Hill.  

Celebrate the Holidays in Somerville with Christmas Tree Lighting, Menorah Lighting, Illuminations Tour in December

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Join Mayor Curtatone and City staff for Somerville’s 2019 holiday celebrations throughout the month of December!   We’ll kick off on Thursday, December 5, with the Christmas Tree Lighting on the City Hall Concourse, followed by a meet-and-greet with Santa Claus in the City Council Chambers. All children who attend will receive a special gift from Santa. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with live entertainment prior to the official tree lighting. Santa Claus will, as always, be escorted by the Somerville Fire and Police Departments.  

Deadline Extended for Property Award Nominations

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Do you own or know of any older (> 50 years) properties in Somerville that have recently undergone work to restore or maintain its original architectural quality? Nominate it for a 2020 Director's Award! You can find the very brief nomination form here, as well as more details about the awards program here. The deadline for nominations has been extended to shortly after Thanksgiving on Friday, December 6th, 2019. If not for your own property, explore your neighborhood and be sure to get a nomination in ASAP!

SPD After Action Report on "Straight Pride Parade" & Counterprotest Posted

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
On Thursday, November 14, the Somerville Police Department completed the After Action Report on the "Boston Straight Pride Parade" & Counter-Protest of August 31, 2019. The report is available online on the City's website at this link, and was formally submitted to the City Council on November 14, 2019.

Somerville Illuminations Tour: Saturday, Dec. 14

Monday, November 18, 2019
About the Event Tour guides lead trolleys past the city’s most spectacular residential displays of holiday pomp, sharing stories about the families that decorate and local historic trivia en route. The tours begin and end at Somerville City Hall, where refreshments are served. Entertainment at City Hall includes music by the Somerville Community Chorus and craft activities for children.

Somerville Fire Department Career Open House, 11/16

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Think you might want to become a firefighter? The Somerville Fire Department invites all interested persons to come learn about the benefits of a career in civil service at a Career Open House on Saturday, November 16, from 10 a.m. to noon. Held at Fire Headquarters at the Central Fire Station at 266 Broadway, the open house offers a chance to meet members of the Somerville Fire Department, learn about how to become a firefighter, and get information on this important public safety career option.

Conway Park Community Meeting RESCHEDULED to December 16

Thursday, November 14, 2019
The Conway Park Meeting previously announced for November 20, has been rescheduled. Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 2 Councilor J.T. Scott, and the City’s Public Space and Urban Forestry Division invite the community to discuss site remediation at Conway Park as well as its future design at a community meeting now scheduled for Monday, December 16. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Public Safety Building, 220 Washington Street.

Brown Schoolyard Design Community Meeting, November 18

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Join the Somerville Department of Public Space and Urban Forestry, Ward 6 City Councilor Lance Davis, and the design team from CBA Landscape Architects for a community meeting on Monday, November 18, to discuss the criteria for the new layout for the Brown Schoolyard. The meeting will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Kindergarten classroom B-08 on the lower level of the Brown School, 201 Willow Ave. For more information, please contact Arn Franzen at  

Somerville Arts Council and Mayor Curtatone present: Nibble Kitchen: Global Eats by Local Peeps Restaurant Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting, Dec. 3

Thursday, November 7, 2019
We are thrilled to announce a national first: a local arts council is opening a restaurant! The restaurant, located at Bow Market in Union Square, Somerville, will feature a wide-ranging international menu featuring chefs from Somerville’s rich immigrant communities. The menu will rotate day by day, and includes: Venezuelan arepas, Ethiopian wots, Brazilian street food, Bolivian cuisine and delicious Bengali fare. Only in Somerville will you find such an innovative concept and a menu so adventurous and diverse. Go to for much more information. 

Nominate Properties for 2020 Preservation Awards by Wednesday, November 20

Monday, October 28, 2019
The Somerville Historic Preservation Commission (SHPC) is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Preservation Awards Program. During its annual celebration in honor of Historic Preservation Month in May 2020, the Commission will honor Somerville owners who performed significant restoration or maintenance efforts on designated historic buildings, or on non-designated buildings erected before 1968. The nomination period is open through Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.