Gilman Square Neighborhood Plan Virtual Meeting, June 2

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 1 Councilor Matthew McLaughlin, Ward 3 Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen, Ward 4 Councilor Jesse Clingan, and City staff invite you to the next virtual community meeting to discuss implementation of the Gilman Square Neighborhood Plan.

City of Somerville and Cambridge Health Alliance to Offer Walk-In Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

Wednesday, May 26, 2021
The City of Somerville Health and Human Services Department has announced plans to jointly hold mobile COVID-19 vaccination clinics with the Cambridge Health Alliance throughout the city. Mobile vaccination clinic dates will be released as sites are confirmed. Dates and locations will be listed on somervillema.gov/vaccine and will be announced via City vaccine alerts (by text, phone, and e-mail).

Section 8 Voucher Housing Search Workshop, June 3

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
The City of Somerville Office of Housing Stability is hosting a virtual workshop to assist Section 8 tenants looking for housing. This event is designed for Somerville Housing Authority Section 8 voucher holders or Section 8 applicants in the screening process, but all are welcome. Attendees will learn practical tips, advice, and strategies to make their Section 8 housing search more effective.  

Carnaval Returns to Kick Off SomerStreets 2021

Monday, May 24, 2021
The SomerStreets 2021 season will start in a modified format, featuring a series of smaller events on Saturday and Sunday, June 5 and 6 (rain dates June 12 and 13). Performances will be limited to 150 attendees, and most will require a ticket to attend. Tickets are free, but attendees will need to preregister through the Somerville Arts Council at somervilleartscouncil.org/somerstreets.  Here is this year’s lineup:   

Newly Renovated Somerville Public Library West Branch Opens for Curbside Service June 1

Thursday, May 20, 2021
The newly renovated Somerville Public Library West Branch at 40 College Avenue will open for curbside service starting Tuesday, June 1. Pickup will be at the building’s new front entrance weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Patrons will be able to select “Somerville/West” when placing holds online starting May 28. 

Somerville Will Join State’s Reopening Plan on May 29

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Somerville will join with the State in lifting remaining COVID-19 restrictions on Saturday, May 29. Please note, as of May 29, State guidelines will still require face coverings to be worn on public transit, in rideshares and taxis, in healthcare facilities, and in other settings hosting vulnerable populations, such as congregate care settings. Until May 29, face coverings remain mandatory in indoor public spaces and also outdoors when 6-foot social distancing is not possible.

Somerville Condominium Review Board Seeks One Member

Friday, May 14, 2021
The City of Somerville seeks to fill one vacancy on the City’s Condominium Review Board. This position is open to Somerville renters or homeowners who are age 62 or older, who have a disability, or who earn 80% of the Area Median Income ($70,750) or less. The Condominium Review Board is responsible for administering the City’s Condominium Conversion Ordinance, which governs proposed conversion of rental units to condominium units. The Board consists of five members who are appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.

Supervised Consumption Site Town Hall, 6/10

Friday, May 14, 2021
Join a community meeting on Thursday, June 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., to learn about supervised consumption sites (SCS) data and research. At the meeting you can learn more about how SCS work, see data from a recently conducted needs assessment and evaluation that includes input from potential clients of the SCS and other community members, and ask questions and share feedback. A draft version of the needs assessment and evaluation will be available at www.somervillema.gov/SCS by Tuesday, June 8. What is a supervised consumption site?

City Moves to Acquire Somerville Armory Building

Friday, May 14, 2021
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone submitted a $5 million proposal to the City Council to acquire the Somerville Armory building at 191 Highland Ave., which the Council approved by a unanimous vote at its May 13 meeting. The City would be acquiring the property via eminent domain and would preserve the facility for arts uses. It would be the first publicly owned arts and culture center in Somerville, a city known for its vibrant arts community. 

FCC Offering Emergency Broadband Benefits

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Starting today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is accepting applications for its Emergency Broadband Internet Program. The program is part of the American Rescue Plan Act passed earlier this year and will offer a credit of up to $50 a month for residential Internet connections and $100 toward the purchase of a computer or tablet. Only one monthly discount and one device discount is allowed per household.

Free Two-Day Virtual Training on Trauma Support, June 4 and 11

Tuesday, May 11, 2021
The City of Somerville Health and Human Services Department is partnering with Riverside Trauma Center to offer a free two-day virtual training in Psychological First Aid and Post-Traumatic Stress Management for individuals who live or work in Somerville.      

Somerville Annual Water System Flushing Program Begins 5/17/21

Monday, May 10, 2021
The City of Somerville Water and Sewer Department will begin its annual Unidirectional Flushing Program on Monday, May 17, 2021 and will continue through late October. Flushing will be done on Mondays and Thursdays between 6 pm and midnight to minimize disruptions to our customers. The flushing program is important to maintain a healthy water distribution system. Residents will be notified of flushing in your area through posting of signage on street corners of the neighborhoods being affected and our 311 system. 

Applicants Sought for Commission on Energy Use and Climate Change

Monday, May 10, 2021
Mayor Curtatone is seeking applications from Somerville residents to serve on the Mayor’s Commission on Energy Use and Climate Change (CEUCC). The CEUCC advises the City and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and Environment on climate change and energy policy issues and assists the City in program design and outreach related to these topics. 

Two Creative Arts Spaces Surveys Now Accepting Responses

Monday, May 10, 2021
The Somerville Arts Council and Metropolitan Area Planning Council are conducting two surveys to find out if Somerville artists have stable access to space for their work. There are two surveys: one for individuals and one for organizations.

Nine Metro North Communities, Cambridge Health Alliance & Tufts University to Launch Collaborative COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
The new Metro North COVID-19 Vaccination Partnership -- a consortium of nine cities, Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), and Tufts University -- announced today that it will open three joint vaccination sites to expand COVID-19 vaccine access in the metro north area. The regional partnership was recently approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as a part of its statewide network of vaccination locations.

Somerville Passes First-of-Its-Kind Native Planting Ordinance

Monday, May 3, 2021
Somerville has passed a Native Planting Ordinance that establishes minimum requirements for native plants and trees to be planted in City-owned parks, open spaces, and streets. The legislation, which applies to new plantings carried out by the City or on behalf of the City, grew out of discussions between the Administration, the City Council, and community advocates and passed unanimously in March. 

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