Thursday, January 28, 2021
The City of Somerville has launched phone lines that residents can call to listen to recorded updates on COVID-19 vaccine information. Five lines, each with a different language, are available. Because vaccination information is changing rapidly, these lines will be updated frequently and will only provide the latest information. For additional vaccine information, sign up for City alerts and visit the websites listed below.
Wednesday, January 27, 2021
This is a message from the Somerville, MA Community Alert System.
Dear Community Members,
Here is the COVID-19 update for Wednesday, January 27. Please also check somervillema.gov/covid19 for information and resources that are updated frequently.
PLEASE NOTE THAT VACCINE INFORMATION IS CHANGING QUICKLY. THE INFORMATION BELOW IS THE LATEST NEWS AS OF WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 27.
Friday, January 22, 2021
Somerville’s 100 Homes program is now accepting applications to be added to its affordable housing waitlist. Eligible applicants include people facing displacement, Section 8 voucher holders, and households earning between 80% and 100% of the area median income.
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.
Friday, January 8, 2021
A new playground is now open for some of Somerville’s youngest residents near Union Square. The Allen Street Garden and Pocket Park, which officially opened last month with a COVID-compliant ribbon-cutting ceremony, now features imaginative and engaging play structures for kids aged 2 through 5, as well as renovated community garden facilities.
Thursday, January 7, 2021
With high numbers of new COVID-19 cases, Somerville will remain in a modified Phase 2, Step 2 of business reopenings until further notice. Somerville rolled back to this earlier phase of reopening on December 17.
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.
Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Open Positions: Eight positions available
Term: 12 months (anticipated)
The City of Somerville is seeking community members to serve on a Charter Review Committee and the deadline to apply has been extended to January 19.
Monday, January 4, 2021
In its third and largest round of COVID-19 business relief to date, the City of Somerville has made an additional $5 million available for small businesses affected by the pandemic.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
"Our neighbors and our local businesses need us to donate generously and shop with intention. This year our holiday spirit needs to be filled with community spirit. We need a season of unity." -Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone
Thursday, December 3, 2020
The City of Somerville is seeking community members interested in taking action on the climate crisis to apply for the 2021 Climate Forward Ambassador Program. The program will begin January 2021, and meetings will be held virtually over Zoom.
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.