Spring 2019 ResiStat Meeting Schedule Announced

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the City Council invite residents to attend the first ResiStat Community Meetings of 2019. These meetings are held twice a year in each of Somerville’s seven Wards to share the latest City news, data, and neighborhood updates with residents and provide an opportunity for residents, elected officials, and City staff to talk with each other.

City of Somerville Seeking Climate Forward Ambassadors

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The City of Somerville is seeking community members looking for an opportunity to learn something new, get more involved in the community, and become local leaders as Climate Forward Ambassadors. The City's Office of Sustainability and Environment (OSE) is launching the new ambassador program to educate a diverse group of Somerville residents about climate change. The goal is to increase the Somerville community’s capacity to engage in climate action.

West Branch Library Renovation Groundbreaking, Thursday, April 25, 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 6 Councilor Lance Davis, and Somerville Library Director Cathy Piantigini invite you to celebrate the start of renovations to the West Branch Library at a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, April 25, at 11:30 a.m., at 40 College Avenue in Davis Square. Once work is completed, the West Branch will be accessible, will include community meeting space, and will be set up to meet modern library and community needs while preserving historic features.

Medford St. Bridge to Close Friday, May 17, 2019, Through Spring 2020

Monday, April 22, 2019

The Medford St. bridge, in Gilman Square behind Somerville High School (SHS), will close for construction starting Friday, May 17. It’s expected to remain closed through the spring of 2020. 

For the duration of this closure, all traffic will be detoured around the work zone via Pearl St. and McGrath Highway. Detour maps and directions are available on www.mass.gov/GLX in the Bridge Closures section.

Somerville Spring Cleanup Scheduled for Saturday, May 4

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Join the City of Somerville, Groundwork Somerville, and Comcast Cares for the annual Spring Cleanup, on Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to noon. All participants are invited to meet at the Blessing of the Bay Boat House on Shore Drive from 9 to 10 a.m. for breakfast, a short speaking programs, and information from local environmental organizations before heading out to cleanup sites.

Patriots’ Day Celebration, April 15 at Foss Park

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Celebrate Patriots’ Day at the City’s annual festivities at Foss Park on Mon., April 15. “Paul Revere” will stop by during a reenactment of his historic ride from Boston to Lexington. Attendees can also enjoy the Colonial Fair where they can play games and complete a “Colonial Passport.” There will be Colonial-era refreshments and music by the Somerville High School band. The Patriots’ Day Celebration will be from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and will be held rain or shine. For more information, contact Brandon Wilson at 617-625-6600 ext.

Community Update on City of Somerville - Tufts Partnership Agreement Negotiations 4/16

Thursday, April 4, 2019

The public is invited to a community update on the status of negotiations between the City and Tufts University for a new Partnership Agreement between the City and the university. Hosted by Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the members of the Mayor’s Tufts Partnership Negotiating Committee, the update will be held on Tuesday, April 16, at 7 p.m.

Public Hearing on Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Safety April 3 at 6 p.m.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Members of the public are invited to attend and speak at a Public Hearing on traffic safety, traffic calming, and the Traffic Calming Petition submitted by the Somerville Pedestrian and Transit Advocacy Group and signed by approximately 350 people. The hearing will take place on Wednesday, April 3, at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Upcoming Vision Zero Safe Streets Meetings and Public Hearing

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The City of Somerville has been working to produce a strategic plan to guide its safe streets work, using the global “Vision Zero” movement as a framework to eliminate traffic crashes that result in severe injuries and fatalities.  A series of community engagement opportunities have been scheduled for residents and stakeholders to discuss the City’s public policy framework around safe streets. Upcoming opportunties include: 

Mayors of Cambridge and Somerville Partner to Establish United Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants

Monday, March 18, 2019

Mayor Marc C. McGovern and Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone announced this morning the establishment of the United Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants, a partnership between the Mayors’ Offices and the Cambridge Community Foundation.

“By unifying efforts to raise funds for the most vulnerable families in our community, we can help valued neighbors and stabilize families impacted by the stress and uncertainty of ongoing shifts in TPS and DACA
status, and those seeking asylum.”

Joint Statement On New Zealand Mosque Attacks

Friday, March 15, 2019

In Somerville, we pride ourselves on being a city that is home to people from all around the world and of every religion. So, when an atrocity like the mosque attacks in New Zealand takes place, we feel it here. We want to state emphatically our revulsion over this type of prejudice-driven violence and our solidarity with the people in our local Muslim community.

Somerville Council Committee May Vote on Proposed Condominium Conversion and Short-Term Rental Ordinances on March 21

Friday, March 15, 2019

The Somerville City Council wishes to inform the community that two significant votes may take place on Thursday, March 21. At the 6 p.m. meeting of the Legislative Matters Committee of the Whole at City Hall, Committee Chair & Ward 5 Councilor Mark Niedergang believes that votes may be taken on the Proposed Condominium Conversion Ordinance as well as the Proposed Short-Term Rental Ordinance.

Somerville Community Preservation Committee To Hold Community Preservation Plan Hearing; Pre-Application Workshop

Friday, March 15, 2019

SOMERVILLE – The Community Preservation Committee (CPC) is holding their annual Community Preservation Plan public hearing on Wednesday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the 3rd floor Community Room at the Visiting Nurse Association, 259 Lowell St. The Community Preservation Plan establishes the annual funding priorities and allocations for the three categories that Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds can support. From fiscal years 2015 to 2018, the annual funding minimums were 45% for affordable housing, 15% for historic resources, and 15% for open space/recreation land.

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