Applications Now Available for FY19 Somerville Community Preservation Act Funds

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
SOMERVILLE – Application materials for this year’s Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds as well as the FY19 Community Preservation Plan, which sets the funding allocations and priorities for the year, are now available.  An estimated $1.1 million is available for projects that preserve Somerville’s historic resources and expand and improve our parks and recreation land, including $210,000 earmarked for open space acquisition. This year marks the first year that the minimum funding allocations have changed since the program began in FY15. This year’s funding allocations are:

LGBTQ Pride Flag Raising on SHS Concourse June 5, 2:45 p.m.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Please join Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Somerville High School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) on Tuesday, June 5, at 2:45 p.m., to raise the Pride flag in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month and LGBTQ Youth Pride.

Somerville Awarded Tree City USA Growth Award

Thursday, May 24, 2018
  Somerville was named a 2017 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. The community also received a Tree City USA Growth Award for demonstrating environmental improvement and higher level of tree care. Somerville achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program 's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree-care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Members Appointed to the Mayor’s Appointments Advisory Committee

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Mayor Curtatone and President of the Board of Aldermen Katjana Ballantyne have announced their appointments to the Mayor’s Appointments Advisory Committee (AAC): Jennifer Blundell, Victor DoCouto, and William Durkin. The AAC will be tasked with making nonpartisan and informed recommendations for appointments to critical City boards and commissions. Members will review and select applicants based on relevant qualifications and skills and their ability and commitment to represent and serve the interests of the entire community.

Submit Comments on the Davis Square Neighborhood Plan by June 1

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Over the past five years residents and business owners have work with planners from the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development to envision the future of Davis Square. Now, there’s another opportunity to weigh in. The Davis Square Neighborhood Plan was recently released and is ready for review. If you are interested in submitting comments on the Davis Square Neighborhood Plan, please send them to by Friday, June 1.

ArtFarm Community Meeting May 8

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Join the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development and Ward 2 Alderman J.T. Scott on Tuesday, May 8, for a community meeting to discuss the City’s newest open space at ArtFarm. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Argenziano School cafeteria, 290 Washington St. ArtFarm is located on the site of the former waste transfer station at 10 Poplar St. For more information contact Luisa Oliveira at  

Henry Hansen Park Redesign Community Meeting #2, May 1

Friday, April 27, 2018
Please join Somerville Commissioner of Veterans’ Services Bryan Bishop and project design team CBA Landscape Architects on Tuesday, May 1, for the second community meeting to discuss the redesign of Henry Hansen Park. The community meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the third floor conference room of the Visiting Nurse Association, 259 Lowell Street. The design team will present several concepts for the park redesign.

Public Hearing to Discuss Tree Removal for Prospect Hill Park Project, May 2

Thursday, April 26, 2018
The City of Somerville Tree Warden invites all interested residents and community members to a public hearing on Wednesday, May 2, to discuss upcoming tree removal as part of the rehabilitation of Prospect Hill Park. The hearing will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Academy Room at the Public Safety Building, 220 Washington St. Any objections to their removal must be submitted in writing prior to or during the hearing.

Reminder: Bike Month Kickoff Event to be Held Sunday, April 29

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Join the Somerville Bicycle Advisory Committee (SBAC) on Sunday, April 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Aeronaut Brewery (14 Tyler St.) for a celebration to kick off Bay State Bike Week. The event will feature live music and a special presentation (at 2 p.m.) and book signing by the nationally renowned urban planner, safe streets advocate, and author of “Walkable Cities” Jeff Speck. Additionally, more than 20 bike advocacy organizations, businesses, and agencies will be in attendance, including representatives from MassDOT, MassBike, Boston Cyclists Union, and more. 

Union Square and Inman Square Neighborhood Transportation Forum, 4/24

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Alderman-at-Large Stephanie Hirsch, Ward 2 Alderman J.T. Scott, Ward 3 Alderman Ben Ewen-Campen, and the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development invite you to a forum on Tuesday, April 24 to discuss a potential rerouting of the MBTA #91 bus route in the Lincoln Park neighborhood as well as other transportation and traffic safety matters in the Union and Inman Square area. The forum will be broken down into five subject-specific segments, so you can drop in for a topic you’re most interested in or stick around for them all. The schedule will be: