Somerville’s FabVille Advisory Board Seeks Members

Friday, July 16, 2021
The City of Somerville and Somerville Public School Career in Technical Education is seeking applicants to serve on the FabVille Advisory Board. The advisory board will help guide the strategic development and growth of FabVille, Somerville’s digital fabrication lab that will relaunch this fall in the new Somerville High School. FabVille aims to complement the collection of professional, semi-professional, and artist-focused spaces already available in and around Somerville.

Join a Celebration of Immigrant Communities with the City of Somerville and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, 7/23

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
The SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs and the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) will be hosting an event to celebrate and recognize the contributions of immigrants in our community on Friday, July 23, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the East Somerville Community School, 50 Cross Street. There will be a special focus on the ways in which immigrant workers and families have played a vital role on the front lines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery process.

West Branch Library Opens for Indoor Services July 13

Tuesday, July 13, 2021
The newly renovated and restored Somerville Public Library West Branch at 40 College Avenue will open for indoor services Tuesday, July 13, welcoming visitors into the historic site for the first time since it closed for construction in early 2019. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration will be held at a later date.

Share Your Ideas for the Future of Union Square’s Public Spaces at a Pop-Up This Summer

Monday, July 12, 2021
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 2 City Councilor J.T. Scott, Ward 3 City Councilor Ben Ewen-Campen, and the Union Square Community Design Team invite you to participate in a series of community engagement pop-ups to inform the future of Union Square’s public spaces. The Community Design Team is a diverse group of 11 Somerville residents leading the research and engagement effort for the Union Square Plaza and Streetscape Redesign project. This team is using participatory action research (PAR) to engage community members to imagine and share new ideas for Union Square. 

West Branch Library Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, In-Person Services Postponed

Friday, July 9, 2021
The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Somerville Public Library West Branch planned for Monday, July 12, has been postponed. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.  The Central and East branches will open for in-person visits on July 12, and the West will continue to offer curbside services until further notice. We look forward to celebrating with you soon!

Somerville Arts Council's ArtBeat Returns July 10

Monday, July 5, 2021
Somerville Arts Council's ArtBeat is back in person this summer to celebrate pop art! This year's theme is “Pop!” so expect to see pops of color, eyepopping art installations, and a whole lot of surprises popping up all over Davis Square. This year's event will be held on Saturday, July 10 (rain date July 11) from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout Davis Square, with a kickoff parade featuring the School of HONK starting at 10:30 a.m. ArtBeat is free, but with a suggested donation of $3 you will get an ArtBeat dog tag.

Get Vaccinated at Somerville’s Vaccine Day, 7/11

Friday, July 2, 2021
Sunday, July 11, is Somerville Vaccine Day. Three mobile clinics will be set up around the city to provide COVID-19 vaccines to anyone 12 or older. Clinics will be held at Holy Bible Baptist Church, 64 College Ave.; St. Anthony’s Parish, 12 Properzi Way; Brazilian Presbyterian Church, 212 School St.  The clinics will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at all three locations, allowing people to get a free vaccine, while enjoying free food, music, and a gift.

Somerville Veterans’ Commission on Monuments, Memorials, and Dedications Committee Seeks Five Members

Friday, July 2, 2021
The City of Somerville’s Veterans’ Commission on Monuments, Memorials, and Dedications Committee is accepting applications for five positions - three to be filled by veterans. The commission will have charge and control of the construction of any memorial for a veteran and will have custody and care of the memorial after its construction. The commission, which will also develop policies and procedures to follow for dedicating memorials, will meet when needed to name these assets. Meetings are expected to begin in the fall of 2021.  

Public Event License Applications Due July 2 for Summertime Events in Somerville

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Planning an event in Somerville this summer? Take note: Public Event license applications for events before Labor Day must be submitted online by Friday, July 2. Doing so ensures adequate processing time for the application to be submitted to the City Council before its summer recess begins at the conclusion of its meeting on July 8.

Cooling Center Opened at 167 Holland Street, Somerville; Heat Advisory and Safety Tips

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
A heat advisory for the Boston metro region remains in effect through Wednesday evening, June 30, and community members are urged to take precautions. Temperatures of 98-99 degrees are forecast through Wednesday but will feel like 100 to 103 degrees. The National Weather Service warns that due to the high heat and humidity that heat-related illness is possible. To stay safe, we urge community members to review all of the following heat safety tips and ways to stay cool in Somerville.

City of Somerville’s Mobile Farmers Market Begins 2021 Season on July 9

Monday, June 28, 2021
The Somerville Mobile Farmers Market will begin its 2021 season on July 9. On Fridays and Saturdays until October 16, customers can buy fresh, local produce in neighborhoods around Somerville. The Mobile Market offers a 50% discount for any customers that need it and accepts cash, debit, credit, SNAP, P-EBT, WIC farmers market coupons, and senior farmers market coupons for payment. Any customers who shop and pay full price help the Mobile Market offer the discount to those who need it. Here’s where you can find the Mobile Market this summer and fall:

Virtual Meeting to Discuss Somerville Junction Park Expansion & Renovation, July 7

Thursday, June 24, 2021
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 5 City Councilor Mark Niedergang, and City staff invite you to a virtual community meeting to discuss the proposed expansion and renovation of Somerville Junction Park. City staff will give an overview of existing conditions, present conceptual ideas for potential future uses, and gather feedback from attendees. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, July 7, at 7 p.m. Register to attend at somervillema.gov/JunctionParkMtg1.    

Changes to Somerville’s Textile Recycling Program Start July 1

Monday, June 21, 2021
The City of Somerville and its contractor, Simple Recycling, are making several changes to Somerville’s curbside textile recycling service to improve the program for residents and the environment.    Each year, only 15 percent of all unwanted clothing in the United States is donated or recycled, while approximately 14.3 million tons of clothing (or about 80 pounds per person) ends up in landfills. These process adjustments will make recycling textiles even easier and make the “pink bag” program even greener.   

City of Somerville Residential Eviction Moratorium Extended to September 15

Friday, June 18, 2021
The Somerville Board of Health (BOH) approved a proposal at its June 17 meeting that revises and extends the City’s current residential eviction moratorium for 90 days, until September 15. The BOH also approved ending the commercial eviction moratorium and allowing landlords and their agents to enter residential units for non-emergency reasons, with 48 hours advance written notice to tenants, an opportunity to reschedule where necessary, and provided that COVID protocols are followed. The City’s emergency declaration will remain in effect throughout this 90-day period.

Dedicated Bus Lane Pilot Program on Mystic Ave. (Rt. 38) Begins Mon., 6/21

Thursday, June 17, 2021
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and the Cities of Medford and Somerville announce the implementation of a municipal dedicated bus lane pilot between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. on weekdays on  Mystic Avenue (Route 38). Painting and signage along the entire stretch – from Main Street in Medford to Wheatland Street in Somerville – has been completed and the dedicated bus lane will officially become operational on Monday morning, June 21, 2021.

Coming Soon to a Park Near You: SomerMovie Fest

Thursday, June 17, 2021
The City of Somerville’s annual SomerMovie Fest returns this year with a series of seven family-friendly films being shown in parks around Somerville. Learn more at www.somervillema.gov/SomerMovieFest

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