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View Mayor Ballantyne’s Mid-Term State of the City Address (January 3, 2023)

Exactly one year ago, I stood right here and shared my vision for how we’d work together to translate our progressive values into progress for all. Tonight, I’ll outline how we put that mission into practice this past year (...) ―Mayor Katjana Ballantyne Good evening, everyone, and Happy New Year. President Ewen-Campen, Vice President Pineda Neufeld, Chair Green, and Vice Chair Krepchin, honorable members of the City Council, honorable members of the School Committee, and our State…

Somerville Youth Leaders Participate in Holiday Sticker Shock Campaign

This month, youth leaders as part of Somerville Positive Forces (SPF), a substance misuse prevention youth group that is part of the Somerville Cares About Prevention (SCAP) community-based coalition in Somerville’s Prevention Services division, took to their community to raise awareness about the risks associated with underage drinking. Nationally known as the Sticker Shock Campaign, youth gathered bags from alcohol stores and placed stickers on them reminding adults not to provide alcohol to…

Mayor Ballantyne Dedicates $2M in ARPA Funds to Help Close the Gender Wage Gap: City Seeking Nonprofit Proposals

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne announces that the City of Somerville is now seeking proposals that aim to address the gender wage gap, particularly for women of color who face the greatest pay disparity. Programs that create and maintain employment opportunities for low- and moderate-income women residing in the city are sought. The grants are made possible by the City’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, the Job Creation and Retention Trust, City funds, and funds generated from development…

Somerville Seeks Participants for Cultural Capacity Planning

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the Somerville Arts Council are inviting residents to participate in the City's cultural capacity planning process. The cultural planning process aims to explore ways to strengthen and improve access to Somerville’s cultural assets. Community members can participate in a variety of ways, including joining a community conversation, self-nominating to serve as an Ambassador to the City and representing your artistic or cultural community on the Advisory Committee, or…

Somerville Police Investigate An Armed Robbery

On Saturday, December 17, 2022, at approximately 10:20 a.m., Somerville Police responded to a business located in East Somerville for a report of an armed robbery and indecent assault, and battery.  Police met with a female store clerk who told police that she noticed the robbery suspect pacing back and forth while peering in the store window moments before entering the store where he displayed a handgun during the robbery.  The suspect received an undisclosed amount of cash from the clerk and…

Electricity Disclosure Label Now Available for Somerville Community Choice Electricity Program

Somerville’s Community Choice Electricity (CCE) program has posted the latest Electricity Disclosure Label, which describes the energy mix for all program options. The label can be found in the resources section on the program website CCE.SomervilleMA.gov.   Since its launch in July 2017, the CCE program has been a successful way for renters, businesses, and homeowners across Somerville to fight climate change at home. This shift to clean energy supply is key to supporting Somerville Climate…

Traffic Board Public Hearing on Jaywalking Regulations, December 20

The City of Somerville Traffic Board will hold a virtual public hearing on Tuesday, December 20, regarding the Somerville Traffic Regulations Article 12-1 (“Pedestrian crossing ways or roadways”).     Petitioners have requested that the Somerville Traffic Regulations omit the following text in bold from Article 12-1: “Pedestrians shall obey the directions of police officers directing traffic and whenever there is an officer directing traffic, a traffic control signal or a marked crosswalk…

Somerville Climate Forward Program Seeks Ambassadors to Join the Fight Against Climate Change

The City of Somerville is seeking community members aged 16 years or older to participate in the 2023 Climate Forward Ambassadors program. Potential members should be interested in learning more, as well as educating others, about climate change, environmental justice and equity, and Somerville’s Climate Forward Plan. Ambassadors do not need any prior knowledge about climate change to participate—in fact, the ideal group will have a range of knowledge and expertise. Participants will receive a…

Somerville Publishes Draft Bicycle Network Plan

After a year of community engagement, data analysis, and policy research, the City of Somerville has published a draft of Somerville’s first Bicycle Network Plan. The Bicycle Network Plan is a visioning document intended to guide the next few decades of work to improve and expand Somerville’s bicycle facilities.   The Plan proposes an 88-mile citywide network of connected streets and paths where people of all ages and abilities will be able to bike safely and comfortably. Compared to the…

School Street Bridge Reopens Saturday, December 10

Ahead of the Green Line Extension opening next week, the School Street bridge in Somerville’s Gilman Square is expected to reopen to all users this Saturday, December 10. The bridge has been closed since April 2020 to support GLX construction. When the bridge reopens, Montrose Street will revert to one-way westbound traffic. Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians should proceed with caution while navigating the new traffic pattern. Schedules are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen…

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