Gilman Square Neighborhood Plan: Community Meeting Scheduled for Monday, July 15

Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Join the City of Somerville, City Councilors Jesse Clingan, Ben Ewen-Campen, and Matt McLaughlin, and the Gilman Square Neighborhood Association for a community meeting on Monday, July 15, to discuss the implementation of the Gilman Square Neighborhood Plan. The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Winter Hill Community Innovation School, 115 Sycamore Street.

Healey Schoolyard Design Community Meeting Tuesday, July 9

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Please join the Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development and Ward 4 Alderman Jesse Clingan on Tuesday evening, July 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for the first community meeting with our landscape architecture team from Warner Larson Associates. The meeting will be held in the Healey School cafeteria at 5 Meacham St. Warner Larson will present their qualifications, review the criteria for the new schoolyard design, and discuss the layout possibilities.

Independence Day Fireworks June 27 and Related Detours

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
The Independence Day celebration will begin with free entertainment at 6:30 p.m., concluding with a 30-minute fireworks display at approximately 9:15 p.m. The following street closures and parking restrictions will be in effect on Thursday evening:

Removing Black Swallow-Wort and Spreading the Word About Invasive Plants

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
The City of Somerville is partnering with the Somerville Garden Club again in 2019 to raise awareness about black swallow-wort (BSW), a very aggressive and invasive, non-native weed that can be found throughout Somerville. It displaces native plants and habitats, threatens butterflies and songbirds, and is toxic to deer and livestock. BSW is especially harmful to the monarch butterfly population as BSW resembles milkweed, where monarchs lay their eggs, and once the monarch larvae hatch they die from eating the toxic BSW leaves.

Celebrate Somerville’s Haitian Community, July 6

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Join the City of Somerville’s SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs, the Somerville Arts Council, and local non-profit organization Haitians United in a celebration of Somerville’s Haitian community. Enjoy a night of art, music, dance, and food on Saturday, July 6, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.

Two Affordable Rental Units Available: 38 Day Street & 1119-1133 Broadway

Friday, June 7, 2019
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD), in collaboration with Shree Ganesh Realty Trust & Darin Associates announce Affordable rental opportunities for two (2) rental apartments, at 1119-1133 Broadway and 38 Day Street, respectively. The apartments are available through the Inclusionary Housing Program via an application and lottery process for eligible households with a combined gross income at or below 50% of the Area Median Income (“AMI”).

Eastbound Traffic on Somerville Ave. to be Restored Monday, June 10; New Daytime Detour Begins Late June

Friday, June 7, 2019
Somerville Ave. will reopen to eastbound traffic through Union Square starting Monday, June 10. A detour has been in place between Dane St. and the Somerville Ave./Washington St. intersection since February. Over the next few weeks, Barletta, the City’s contractor for the Somerville Ave. Utility and Streetscape Improvements Project, will gradually transition out of their current work zone and into the next phase of construction. They’ll move to Bow St. just west of Stone Ave. for approximately one month. Northbound traffic on Webster Ave.

Celebrate Arts, Culture, and Local Business in Ball Square on June 15

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Join the Somerville Arts Council and the Somerville Flea for a perfect summer day while supporting local businesses and artists in Ball Square. The annual Joe’s Jazz & Blue’s Festival will kick off the day from noon to 6 p.m., followed by the Somerville Arts Council’s Night Market from 5 to 10 p.m.

Book a Sunsetters Performance in Your Neighborhood this Summer!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
The Somerville Sunsetters are coming to a street near you! The Sunsetters, a traveling youth performance troupe that performs classic show tunes and modern musicals in Somerville neighborhoods throughout July and August, is now booking shows for the summer 2019 season. Residents interested in hosting a performance in your neighborhood should contact Jackie Rossetti at 617-625-6600 ext. 2614, or

Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Releases Revised Events Schedule for 2019

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
With the annual Historic Preservation Month (May) events behind us, the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission (SHPC) announced this week a revised schedule for spring events that were postponed due to inclement weather, as well as a revised schedule for Docent Tours of the Prospect Hill Tower, the Old Power House, and the Milk Row Cemetery. Rescheduled events will be held as follows:

SomerVision2040 to Host Forum for Local Artists on Thursday, June 13

Thursday, May 30, 2019
Are you a local artist? Join City of Somerville staff for a forum for local artists as part of SomerVision2040 on Thursday, June 13 beginning at 6 p.m. We’ll discuss your concerns and ideas about how the City can better support our arts and creative economy. The forum will be held at the Lowell St. VNA, 259 Lowell St. (park on Lowell St.).

Auditions for 2019 Somerville Sunsetters Set for May 28

Friday, May 24, 2019
Calling all Somerville youth! The Somerville Sunsetters, a singing and dancing youth group that performs throughout Somerville in July and August, is returning for Summer 2019! Auditions will be held for Somerville youth between the ages of 12 and 18 on Tuesday evening, May 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Argenziano School. All Somerville residents meeting the age eligibility may audition, and are asked to bring a song of your choice on your mobile device or on a CD to perform to.

Rhode Island Man Arrested for Armed Somerville Bank Robbery

Thursday, May 23, 2019
A Rhode Island man was arrested and charged today in federal court in Boston in connection with an armed bank robbery in Somerville on May 1, 2019, that resulted in shots fired.  Daniel Rosado, 32, of Providence, R.I., was charged with one count of armed bank robbery, one count of brandishing and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence, and one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Rosado will appear in federal court in Boston later today.

Public Meeting to Discuss Next Phase of Construction on Somerville Ave., June 4 (UPDATE: MEETING POSTPONED)

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Please note: This meeting has been postponed. More information will be provided when it’s been rescheduled. Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 2 City Councilor J.T. Scott, and Ward 3 City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen invite you to a public meeting for an update on the Somerville Ave. Utilities & Streetscape Improvements project and ongoing construction in the Union Square area. The meeting will be held Tuesday, June 4, at 6 p.m. in the Academy Room at the Somerville Public Safety Building, 220 Washington St.

Reminder: Medford St. Bridge Closes 5/17 Through Spring 2020 for GLX Work

Thursday, May 16, 2019
As part of the Green Line Extension project, the Medford St. bridge, behind Somerville High School, will close to all traffic starting Friday, May 17, at about 9 p.m. Crews will be onsite through about 2 a.m. Saturday setting up the closure. This bridge is expected to reopen in the spring of 2020. Work within the MBTA rail right-of-way is not subject to the City’s noise ordinance, but pile driving and demolition operations are contractually prohibited between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Night Market and Live Music Series Kicks Off in Union Square

Friday, May 3, 2019
Join the Somerville Arts Council and the Somerville Flea for a roaming series of three night markets that will take place throughout the city between May and July. The after-hours pop-up markets will feature live music as well as artisan and vintage vendors, and more, in Union Square, Ball Square, and Winter Hill.