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SustainaVille Week Returns: Celebrate Climate Action in Somerville, April 22-29

Join Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City of Somerville Office of Sustainability and Environment for a series of free events, workshops, and interactive activities to celebrate SustainaVille Week, April 22-29, an annual celebration of sustainability and climate action in Somerville during the week of Earth Day.  “Whether it’s planting a pollinator garden, advocating to decarbonize new construction in our area, recycling, or investing in sustainability initiatives, every day the City and …

Somerville Publishes City’s First Bicycle Network Plan

After more than a year of engagement, research, and analysis, the City of Somerville has released Somerville’s first-ever citywide Bicycle Network Plan.    The Plan documents Somerville’s community-based vision for an 88-mile network of connected streets and paths where people of all ages and abilities will be able to bike safely and comfortably. Compared to the fragmented 30-mile network that exists today, the Bicycle Network Plan envisions a future with vastly more biking infrastructure and…

Applications Open for 18 Income-Restricted Rental Units at 346 Somerville Ave.

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the City of Somerville Housing Division are pleased to announce that applications are now open for 18 income-restricted rental units at Union 346 (346 Somerville Ave.) in Union Square, available through the City of Somerville’s Inclusionary Housing Program. Units are available to households making at or below 50%, 80%, and 110% of the Area Median Income. The lottery includes 15 studios and three 1-bedroom units.    About the Units: All units feature modern kitchens…

Somerville to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, April 22

The City of Somerville is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this month, hosting two collection events for residents to safely dispose of prescription medications.     Collection events will take place Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 220 Washington St. and 6 Newbury St. Staff from the City’s Community Outreach, Help, and Recovery (COHR) Department and the Prevention Services Division will be at both locations to collect unused or expired medications and used…

Somerville's Memorial Day Parade Returns This Year

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the Department of Veterans’ Services are pleased to announce Somerville’s Memorial Day parade will return this year on Sunday, May 28 (rain date: May 29). This year’s event will be the first time Somerville has hosted a parade on Memorial Day weekend since 2016. The City’s annual remembrance ceremony will immediately follow at Veterans Cemetery to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country. The parade will step off at noon from…

Somerville Workers and Small Employers Invited to Attend Employment-Based Residency Information Session Hosted by Pathways for Immigrant Workers and City of Somerville

The City of Somerville and Pathways for Immigrant Workers will host a free immigration legal information session for small employers and lower-wage workers on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the East Somerville Community School Cafeteria located at 50 Cross St.  The information session will share how small employers can sponsor lower-wage workers for employment-based permanent residency. Employers and workers will be invited to schedule an individual assessment with Pathways…

Deadline Extended: Somerville to Partner with Nationally Recognized Urban Peace Institute on Anti-Violence Initiative

The deadline to apply for the Anti-Violence Working Group has been extended to Friday, May 19. Applicants can fill out the online form at https://bit.ly/rsj_avwg.  Applications can also be emailed to rsj@somervillema.gov, or either hand-delivered or mailed to Somerville City Hall, Attn: RSJ Department, 93 Highland Ave., Somerville, MA 02143. Please reach out to the RSJ Department with any questions or for more information at rsj@somervillema.gov  or 781-808-8344. As part of Public…

Somerville Board of Elections Commissioners Seeks One New Member

The City of Somerville seeks one registered Republican to serve on the Board of Elections Commissioners. The Board consists of four people who represent each of the two leading political parties (Democrats and Republicans), as defined in Chapter 50, Section 1 of the Massachusetts General Laws.   The Board supports all functions of the Elections Department and assumes nearly all responsibilities relating to primaries and elections in Somerville. Commissioners supervise all official elections and…

Apply Today To Review Participatory Budgeting Ideas as a Budget Delegate Volunteer

The City of Somerville is now accepting applications from residents ages 17 and older to join the City’s Participatory Budgeting process as Budget Delegate Volunteers. This role will give residents hands-on experience working directly with City staff to review Participatory Budgeting idea submissions and determine which 20 ideas will be voted on by their fellow residents. No previous finance or budgeting experience is required; all residents will be given training and background as needed. The…

Somerville Hosting Community Conversations to Inform Cultural Capacity Planning

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne announces that the City and the Somerville Arts Council have launched the next phase of the Somerville Cultural Capacity Plan, consisting of nearly 20 community conversations open to the public and organized by interest (such as visual artists or event organizers).   “Arts and culture are at the center of what makes Somerville the wonderfully unique and innovative city that it is,” said Mayor Ballantyne. “These community conversations will inform our cultural capacity…

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