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Apply to Serve on Somerville’s ARPA Advisory Committee

Open Positions: 15Term: August 17 through September 14, 2022  Mayor Katjana Ballantyne is building an ARPA Advisory Committee, and all Somerville residents are invited to apply. The ARPA Advisory Committee will be a diverse group of 15 constituents who will work with Mayor Ballantyne to co-create broad funding guidelines for Somerville's American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) program. These guidelines will be used by: ARPA staff, to solicit and judge applications; the public, to have a transparent…

View the Somermoviefest 2022 Lineup (Free Films Starting at Dusk)

The City of Somerville’s annual SomerMovie Fest returns this year with a series of six family-friendly films being shown in parks around Somerville.  Screenings begin at dusk and the schedule is as follows:   SomerMovieFest 2022 Lineup Ghostbusters: Afterlife July 14 Lincoln Park (Argenziano School) Sing 2 July 21 Lincoln Park (Argenziano School) Encanto July 28 Lincoln Park (Argenziano School) Jumanji: The Next Level August 4 Seven Hills Park West Side Story August 11 Seven Hills Park…

Help Stop Black Swallow-Wort in Somerville This Summer

The City of Somerville is partnering with community groups again this year to raise awareness about black swallow-wort (BSW), a very aggressive and invasive, non-native weed that can be found throughout Somerville. BSW displaces native plants and habitats, threatens butterflies and songbirds, and is toxic to deer and livestock. It is especially harmful to the monarch butterfly population because it resembles milkweed, where monarchs lay their eggs, and once the monarch larvae hatch, they die…

SomerStreets: Carnaval Shakes Up East Somerville on June 5

SomerStreets: Carnaval returns to East Somerville on Sunday, June 5, from 2 to 6 p.m. (rain date: Sunday, June 12). Enjoy interactive games and activities, three stages of live music and dancing, food from around the world, and local craft vendors, plus a dunk tank to soak your neighbors and elected officials. Programming will extend along East Broadway between Kensington and Pennsylvania avenues. The festival begins at 2 p.m. with an opening parade led by Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, starting on…

Karin Carroll Hired as Somerville Director of Health & Human Services

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne today announced Karin Carroll, MPH, has been hired as the City of Somerville’s Director of Health and Human Services. In addition to overseeing the ongoing work of the department, Carroll will be charged with expanding and reorganizing services to best serve the community and advance the Ballantyne administration’s focus on equity.  Carroll is a dedicated public health advocate with nearly 30 years of experience serving communities in Massachusetts and internationally.…

City of Somerville FY 2023 Budget Public Hearing

All interested community members are invited to attend and speak at the Budget Public Hearing before the Somerville City Council’s Committee on Finance on Monday, June 6, at 6 p.m. for public input on the proposed FY 2023 municipal budget. This meeting will be conducted via remote participation online in a webinar hosted on GoToWebinar. There are two ways to participate: Join online: To attend and be heard, go to somervillema.gov/fy23budget and follow the link to register for the public hearing…

Mayor Ballantyne Releases First Budget: Foundations for Progress

On Tuesday, May 31, Mayor Katjana Ballantyne submitted Somerville’s FY23 budget proposal, a $309 million budget that makes key investments in public education, affordable housing, environmental sustainability, and quality of life issues in line with this year’s budget theme of “A Foundation for Progress.”  “This budget is the result of deep community engagement, collaboration with the City Council, and innovative thinking by City staff,” said Mayor Ballantyne. “Equity is the cornerstone of this…

Somerville Water and Sewer Department Conducting Its Annual Hydrant Flushing Program

The City of Somerville’s annual Water System Flushing Program will begin the week of May 9 and conclude in late October. This annual program flushes pipes at high velocities to clean water mains and maintain the highest possible water quality. Flushing will be done on Mondays and Thursdays between 6 p.m. and midnight to minimize disruptions to water service. In most cases, residents will not notice any changes to their water service. However, some homes may experience a temporary, slight drop…

Celebrate Pride with Somerville’s Annual Flag Raising & Big Gay Dance Party

First, please join Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the Somerville Public School Gender and Sexuality Alliances (GSAs) on Wednesday, June 1, at 3 p.m. to raise the Pride flag in honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month and LGBTQ+ Youth Pride. The ceremony will take place on the City Hall concourse, 93 Highland Avenue. Mayor Ballantyne, Somerville LGBTQ Liaison Jack Treanor, and student representatives from GSA will speak at the event. Following the raising of the flag, the Mayor invites attendees to join her in…

Somerville Police Investigating BB Gun Shooting Incident

On Monday, May 23, Somerville Police responded to 101 Highland Avenue for a report of a fight. When police arrived they were informed that two juvenile males were on the sidewalk after dismissal of nearby Somerville High School when they were approached by a group of other juveniles.   In what was described as an unprovoked attack, it was reported that one of the juvenile suspects pulled out what appeared to be a gun and began shooting at them, striking two victims. It was later determined that…

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