Important Dates and Deadlines for the November 2 Election

Thursday, September 30, 2021
On Tuesday, November 2, voters in Somerville will cast ballots for Mayor of Somerville; four City Councilor-at-Large seats; Ward City Councilor in Wards 2, 5, and 7; and School Committee Members in Wards 3 and 7. Below is information on upcoming deadlines related to the election as well as information about options for voting. Voter Registration Deadline Voters have until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13, to register to vote or update their voter information for the November 2 election.

Treasury Department Launches Online Self-Service Tool

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
The City of Somerville’s Treasury Department launched Citizen Self-Service (CSS), an online tool that allows residents to look up and access bill information. Residents can now view real estate tax bills, water and sewer bills, and personal property tax bills online, in real time, 24/7. CSS also allows residents to see official City records and check their payment history directly,  and it links to City Hall Systems, the City’s online payment vendor, enabling easy payment access that is safe, secure, and free of charge if a checking account is used as the payment method.

PorchFest and Ignite! Return October 2

Thursday, September 23, 2021
Two popular Somerville Arts Council events - PorchFest and the Ignite! Global Food and Fire Festival - are happening Saturday, October 2 (rain date Sunday, October 3).  PorchFest Musicians of most genres you have heard - and probably a few you haven’t - will be playing live music around the city on porches and in yards between noon and 6 p.m. Depending on their location in the city, musicians will be performing at the following times:

Healey Community Play Area Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Rescheduled to Oct. 7

Friday, September 17, 2021
Due to rain expected on September 28, the Healey Community Play Area ribbon cutting ceremony at 5 Meacham Street has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 7, at 1:45 p.m.   Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Ward 4 City Councilor Jesse Clingan invite you to a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly renovated Healey Community Play Area, 5 Meacham Street, on Tuesday, October 7, at 1:45 p.m.

REMINDER: Three Somerville Polling Locations Relocated in 2021, Five Polling Places That Moved in 2020 Remain at Same Locations

Tuesday, September 14, 2021
*/ /*-->*/ Thursday, August 19, 2021 As a reminder, three of Somerville’s polling places have been relocated as of the current 2021 election cycle. All other polling locations will remain in the same location as they were in 2020. Before voting in the September 14 preliminary election, don’t forget to double-check your polling location. This preliminary election will narrow the field for Mayor, Ward 5 City Councilor, and Ward 7 City Councilor.

City of Somerville Seeking to Extend Eviction Moratorium through November 30

Friday, September 3, 2021
The City of Somerville is seeking to extend its eviction moratorium through November 30, announced Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone today. With the current moratorium otherwise set to expire on September 15, the Somerville Board of Health will consider the City's extension proposal at its September 9 meeting. The administration’s request comes as COVID-19 cases rise and amid President Joseph R. Biden’s call for states and cities to enact local eviction moratoria after a Supreme Court ruling ended the federal moratorium. 

“Strike Up the Bands” at SomerStreets on Highland Avenue, Sunday, September 19

Friday, September 3, 2021
Come sing along at “Strike Up the Bands,” the September installment of Somerville’s SomerStreets festival, on Sunday, September 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Highland Avenue between Central Street and Lowell Street. SomerStreets is the City’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.

Reminder: Vote by Mail Applications Due September 8 for Preliminary Election

Thursday, September 2, 2021
If you would like to vote by mail in the September 14 preliminary election, your completed ballot application must be received (not postmarked) by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 8. Voters can download an application at somervillema.gov/VoteByMail or pick one up at the Elections Department in City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue. You can fill out and submit your application on the spot. Please remember that face coverings are required in all indoor public spaces in Somerville.

Somerville to Hold Annual 9/11 Procession and Memorial Ceremony

Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the City of Somerville’s Department of Veterans’ Services invite residents to join the annual procession and memorial ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Anyone interested in joining the procession should meet at the Cedar Street end of the Community Path at 9:30 a.m. At approximately 10 a.m. there will be a speaking program and the presentation and retiring of the colors by the Somerville Police and Somerville Fire Honor Guards at the 9/11 memorial in Davis Square. Participants are encouraged to wear face coverings for this event.

PorchFest Registration Now Open

Monday, August 30, 2021
Registration is open for musicians who want to participate in this year’s PorchFest on Saturday, October 2. Performers will be given a time to play based on where they are located: west of Willow Avenue performs from noon to 2 p.m., between Willow Avenue and Central Street performs from 2 to 4 p.m., and east of Central Street performs from 4 to 6 p.m.

Somerville Announces Vaccination Requirement for All City Staff

Sunday, August 29, 2021
All City staff must be fully vaccinated by November 1, 2021 Certain exemptions and accommodations will be allowed Somerville School Committee to review vaccination requirements for the Somerville Public Schools at Monday, August 30, meeting 

Early Voting Schedule Announced

Friday, August 27, 2021
Somerville voters will have the option to vote early in the September preliminary election. This preliminary election will narrow the field for Mayor, Ward 5 City Councilor, and Ward 7 City Councilor. Four days of in-person early voting will be held prior to election day on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 All early voting will take place in the City Council chambers at City Hall, 93 Highland Avenue. Please remember that face coverings are required in all City buildings. The schedule for early voting is as follows:

Somerville Seeks New Members for Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee

Wednesday, August 25, 2021
The City of Somerville is seeking resident volunteers to join the Somerville Pedestrian and Transit Advisory Committee (PTAC). Founded two years ago, PTAC provides input on policies, plans, and projects that impact public transit riders and pedestrians. The committee consists of transit and pedestrian commuters; persons with disabilities; seniors, youth, and students; business and institutional representatives; lower-income residents; and transit or pedestrian advocates. 

City of Somerville to Mark International Overdose Awareness Day, Recovery Month

Tuesday, August 24, 2021
In recognition of International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31, and Recovery Month in September, the City of Somerville will plant 14 purple flags on the lawn of City Hall in memory of the 14 Somerville residents who died of an opioid-related overdose in 2020. A larger flag will also be on display in recognition of all Somerville residents who have died of an overdose. City Hall will be lit with purple lights through September to bring awareness to Recovery Month.

Public Indoor Face Covering Mandate in Place in Somerville

Friday, August 20, 2021
The Somerville Board of Health (BOH) approved a face-covering mandate for all indoor public spaces at its August 19 meeting that is in effect as of Friday, August 20. The mandate applies to anyone two or older, and face coverings can be removed when people are actively eating or drinking. Masks should have a snug fit and cover the nose and mouth.

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