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New State Covid Restrictions Start Friday, November 6

It’s been a tough year, and needing new COVID-19 rules may not be how we all hoped to spend fall. But winter is coming, the virus spreads better indoors, and COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are on the rise across the Commonwealth. We feel fortunate to be in a community where the vast majority have done all they can to help slow the spread. This week the Governor announced new measures to help flatten the curve of the new COVID-19 surge. We did this once, Somerville, and we ask everyone to…

Morning Peak-Hour Bus Lane Planned for Mystic Avenue This Fall

A new quick-build bus priority lane is scheduled to be added in late November to the eastbound section of Mystic Avenue (Route 38) between Main Street in Medford and Wheatland Street in Somerville. The project is a joint effort between the cities of Somerville and Medford and MassDOT,  designed to create shorter bus rides, better reliability, and more social distancing along the MBTA 95 bus route. Red bus priority lane markings will be painted on the roadway’s right-side lane headed eastbound…

Somerville Launches New Round of Small Business Relief

The City is making a new, $750,000 round of relief available to Somerville’s small businesses as part of an ongoing effort to preserve the local character of the city’s commercial establishments during the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and City Councilors also united to request that the City Licensing Commission and City Council waive more than $550,000 in annual licensing fees. This follows an earlier round of small business relief during the summer where the City distributed…

Somerville Residential Parking Enforcement to Resume December 1

Following months of suspended enforcement during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Somerville will resume residential parking enforcement December 1, 2020. City data indicates most residents have already renewed their expired permits in 2020 (thank you!). Those who still need to renew an expired permit or obtain a new permit are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. All City buildings, including the Parking Department, remain closed for the foreseeable future, but residents can renew or…

Tufts University, Medford and Somerville Launch Innovative COVID-19 Testing Program for PK-12 Schools

Tufts University and the Cities of Medford and Somerville today announced they have entered into a novel partnership that will bring COVID-19 surveillance testing to the cities’ public school systems, using a new, more efficient pooled testing method developed by Tufts in collaboration with Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. The new method could improve and expedite communities’ ability to return to and maintain in-person education. The program, developed and validated by Tufts, enables the…

Ballot Drop Boxes Will Be Locked at 5 p.m. on Halloween (Sat., Oct 31), Reopen Next Morning at 10 a.m.

Learn more at https://www.somervillema.gov/departments/elections/vote-by-mail

Alternate Halloween Activities: Howl-o-Ween, Spook-Tacular Stroll, and More

To help support the holiday spirit, the City of Somerville and the Somerville Arts Council are offering some fun ways to celebrate Halloween safely this year. The City is hosting a citywide Howl-o-Ween, inviting community members to don a face covering and then give their best Halloween growls, ghost boos, or to just politely holler out their COVID-19 woes and frustrations (keep it family friendly, please) from their doors and windows at 6:30 p.m. on Halloween, Saturday, October 31. The Arts…

Three Somerville Polling Places Have Been Relocated for the November 3 Election

Three of Somerville’s polling places have been relocated for the November 3 election to accommodate COVID-19 safety measures. All other polling locations will remain the same as they were for the September primary election. If you plan to vote in person on November 3, don’t forget to double-check your polling location. The new polling locations are as follows: Ward 2 Precinct 3 New Location: Argenziano School, 290 Washington St. Former Location: Fire station at 651 Somerville Ave. Ward 5…

Somerville Public Schools Reopening Town Hall, 10/29

The Somerville Public Schools and the City of Somerville will be jointly hosting a second online Schools Reopening Town Hall on local efforts related to the 2020/2021 school year amid the coronavirus pandemic, including updates on building ventilation efforts and COVID-19 testing plans. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 29, at 6 p.m. Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole interpretation will be available.         Participate in the Town Hall online or by phone: The meeting will…

APPLY BY NOV. 13: Somerville Seeking Resident to Serve on City’s Conservation Commission

Open Positions: One position available Term: 3 years Availability: Immediate   The City of Somerville is currently seeking applicants for one open position on the Somerville Conservation Commission. The Conservation Commission is devoted to preserving and protecting Somerville's natural environment with an emphasis on wetlands, open space, and community gardens. Members are charged with administering and enforcing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act and Rivers Protection…

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