Somerville to Host Youth-Led Photovoice Exhibition on Problem Gambling

Thursday, January 14, 2021
The City of Somerville’s Prevention Services Division, in partnership with Cambridge Health Alliance, will host a virtual photovoice exhibition facilitated by Somerville youth to raise awareness about underage problem gambling. Photovoice is a method of exploring social issues that empowers individuals to tell a story through photography. The event will be held on Thursday, January 28, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Zoom. Visit somervillema.gov/ProblemGambling at that time for a link to attend.

Somerville Public Schools Reopening Town Hall, 1/19

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
The Somerville Public Schools and the City of Somerville will jointly host their next online Schools Reopening Town Hall on Tuesday, January 19, at 6:30 p.m. The presentation will provide updates on local efforts related to the 2020/2021 school year amid the coronavirus pandemic, including information on building ventilation and COVID-19 testing plans. Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole interpretation will be available. Participate in the Town Hall online or by phone:

Statement from Mayor Joe Curtatone, City Council President Matt McLaughlin, School Committee Chair Andre Green, and Superintendent Mary Skipper

Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Like everyone else, we are watching events unfold on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. To say that it is disheartening would be a gross understatement. It is an assault on our beliefs and our values as a nation. While this shameful chapter in our national history takes place, we are grateful for our own community's civic strength and want to assure our residents, workers, families, and students, that we are being vigilant at the local level to make sure that no one here imitates the violence we are seeing in our capital. We are committed to the safety of our residents.  

"I Spy Somerville": Take Part in the Historic Holiday Cheer Challenge!

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Last week, we challenged folks to share the decorations that they felt best captured seasonal merriment, people’s humanity, or much needed humor during this clearly historic year.  Since then, we have received several fantastic entries from Somervillians all around the City!  However, the season is not over yet, so to maximize holiday cheer, we've decided to extend the deadline for entries to Tuesday, December 29th!

Somerville Police Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Suspect in Unarmed Bank Robbery

Monday, December 28, 2020
The Somerville Police Department is seeking any information about a suspect in an unarmed bank robbery that took place on Monday, December 28, at around 10:45 a.m., at the East Cambridge Savings Bank at 285 Highland Ave. The suspect is described as a white male and was seen wearing mirrored style glasses, a multi-colored face mask, a blue/green hooded sweatshirt, and white sneakers. He was last seen heading east on Highland Avenue.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Station Officer at 617-625-1600 ext. 7254 or ext. 7250.  

Somerville’s First Flag Raising Celebration Going Virtual in 2021

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
This year, instead of gathering on Prospect Hill on New Year’s Day to reenact the raising of the Grand Union Flag (considered to be the first flag of the nation), you can tune in to a virtual celebration of this historical event. Beginning Friday, January 1, a pre-recorded ceremony will air on City Cable (RCN channel 13 and Comcast channel 22) and the City’s YouTube channel here https://www.youtube.com/SomervilleCityTV.

Somerville Police Ask for Public’s Help to Identify Vehicle Involved in 12/22 Crash

Tuesday, December 22, 2020
The Somerville Police Department is seeking any information about a vehicle involved in a Tuesday, December 22, crash. At around 7:52 a.m. a 9-year-old boy was struck at Broadway and Walnut Street while walking his dog. He sustained minor injuries. The driver did not remain on the scene and police are looking for information that will help identify them. The vehicle allegedly involved in the crash is described as a gold-colored passenger car and it was seen heading east on Broadway. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Teves at 617-625-1600 ext.

Somerville Rolls Back COVID-19 Reopenings to a Modified Version of Phase II, Step 2

Monday, December 14, 2020
Due to the accelerating spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts and CDC warnings that the United States has entered a dangerous and record-breaking phase of high-level transmission for the virus, Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Somerville Board of Health are rolling back the City of Somerville to a modified version of Phase II, Step 2 of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ reopening plan effective end of day Wednesday, December 16, at 11:59 p.m. and will be in effect for at least three weeks. 

For Winter 2020/21, Park EVEN During Snow Emergencies

Monday, November 30, 2020
As snow season approaches, the City of Somerville reminds all residents that because this winter season begins in an even year, snow emergency parking is allowed on the even side. The City’s snow removal policy for public streets requires that residents park only on one designated side of the street during snow emergencies (unless otherwise posted). One-sided parking is needed to allow plows to push snow to the other side of the street to ensure safe passage for emergency vehicles and others. Any exceptions for designated streets will be posted with official roadside signage.

City Announces $500,000 in Emergency Housing Funds for Covid-19 Rental/Mortgage Assistance

Monday, November 23, 2020
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone announced today that $500,000 in federal Covid-19 Cares Act Relief funds is being dedicated to the Flex-CV Fund to support residents behind in housing payments due to impacts of the pandemic. The FLEX-CV program is an emergency temporary rental and mortgage assistance program for Somerville residents who have had an income loss, or an increase in expenses, caused by or exacerbated by Covid-19.

City Honors Lives Lost to COVID-19 with Photo Memorial

Thursday, November 19, 2020
With the United States crossing 250,000 lives lost to COVID-19, the Somerville Arts Council has put together www.somervilleremembers.org, a website that features pictures from local photographers that mark the passing of Somerville residents due to this pandemic. The photos use empty chairs displayed in Somerville locations, each to represent a person who has succumbed to this virus. The project was undertaken when the city’s confirmed fatalities stood at 42 people. Sadly, the number continues to rise and now stands at 47.

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