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 afranzen@somervillema.gov.  

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 nibblesomerville.com 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.  

Income-Restricted Rental Unit Available: 100 Fellsway West

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD), in collaboration with the Craig Corporation are pleased to announce the affordable rental opportunity for one (1) rental apartment at 100 Fellsway West, Somerville. The apartment is available for rent through the Inclusionary Housing Program via an application and lottery process for income-eligible households with a combined gross income that meets the income eligibility requirements detailed below.

Foss Park Community Meetings Scheduled for October 30, November 13

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Join Mayor Joe Curtatone, State Senator Pat Jehlen, State Representative Mike Connolly, and Ward 1 City Councilor Matt McLaughlin for a community meeting about community needs at Foss Park. Two meetings have been planned, but each will cover the same information. Meetings are scheduled as follows:

Community Preservation Committee Invites Public Comment on FY20 Applications for Community Preservation Act Funds

Thursday, October 17, 2019
As the City of Somerville prepares to award Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds for Fiscal Year 2020, the Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is holding a public hearing of the FY20 applications on Wednesday, October 23, at 6:30pm in the 3rd floor Community Room at the Visiting Nurse Association, 259 Lowell St. Come hear about the project proposals before the Community Preservation Committee and tell us which you think should be funded. The City received three applications under the open space category which include: 

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.  

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.