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Public hearing for two zoning amendments that discourage infill development

by on Sun, Mar 1, 2015

Somerville Development Watch has proposed two zoning amendments, both of which discourage infill development in residential neighborhoods. One amendment limits the gross floor area increase during condo conversions to 15% instead of 25%. The other…


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Union Square Development Update

by on Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Somerville, MA, Feb. 24, 2015 – Despite the freezing temperatures and mountains of snow, since early January residents have been trudging to meetings about the future of Union Square in the old Post Office.The gatherings are…


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reading at Somerville Library

by on Fri, Feb 27, 2015

Nan Levinson, author of War Is Not a Game
Wednesday, March 4th,
7:00 p.m., Central Library, 79 Highland Ave.

Join us as we welcome Nan Levinson, author of War Is Not a Game: the…


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Somerville Neighborhood News episode #34

by on Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Have time to catch up on the latest news headlines from Somerville Neighborhood News episode #34? Learn how the snow is effecting the city’s businesses,get the latest on the school roofs, check out the Somerville…


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Our Lives Matter: Art as Protest

by on Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Please join your neighbors at this free, public panel discussion: Our Lives Matter: Art as Protest
Thursday, March 5th, 7-8pm at SCATV (90 Union Square)

We will discuss how local artists, poets and performers…


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There’s no Business like Snow Business

by on Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Somerville, MA, Feb. 24, 2015 – After weeks of immense back-to-back snowstorms, Somerville has now been hit with an unprecedented record of snowfall of over 95 inches, and that’s taking its toll on locally owned businesses…


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Joe & KyAnn – Somerville Snowmaggedon Survivors (2.24.15)

by on Thu, Feb 26, 2015

Join hosts Joe Lynch and KyAnn Anderson as they commiserate about Somerville Snowmaggedon on their latest edition of Greater Somerville. Covering everything from how to identify and attack those ice damns, snow safety tips for exhaust vents and driving, and addressing the often heated topic of those familiar parking space savers on the streets, you’ll […]


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2/24/15 Union Square Civic Advisory Committee Public Meeting

by on Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Agenda on jobs and economic development includes City update, presentation by Jobs for Somerville, and presentation by Jones Lang LaSalle of US2. More…


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USMS Hires Esther Hanig as Executive Director

by on Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Union Square Main Streets is proud to announce Esther Hanig as its new Executive Director, following an extensive search and interview process. Esther brings a broad array of experience and skills to the position of Executive Director, most recently from … Continue reading


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Greater Somerville Receives “Best of Awards” at SCATV Annual Awards Ceremony

by on Fri, Feb 20, 2015

The SCATV studios were alive with excitement on January 29, 2015 for the Annual “Best of 2014″ Awards event. Once again, Greater Somerville’s creator and co-host, Joe Lynch, hosted the annual event and received the first award of the evening for “Best Political Show” and his interview with Democratic Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, Martha […]


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7/18/13 Somerville Land Use Committee Meeting

by on Sun, Jun 23, 2013

These are two scheduled meetings of the BOA Land Use Committee, one at 6 PM and another at 7 PM. Agenda at 6 PM includes discussing a zoning amendment to separate supermarkets from other retail in the zoning code, and another to add Medical Marijuana Treatment Facility to the table of land use categories. Agenda at 7 PM includes processing a zoning amendment, currently withdrawn, to permit a ground floor supermarket that exceeds the Ground Level Retail Size Cap in the Assembly Square Mixed-Use District. More…


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6/4/13, 6/5/13 Forums on Ethanol Trains through Cambridge and Somerville

by on Sun, Jun 2, 2013

The Cambridge legislative delegation is holding two public forums about a plan proposed by Global Partners to transport ethanol through Cambridge, Somerville, and Chelsea using the existing rail system. The ethanol trains may be a mile long and contain up to a million gallons of hot-burning, hard-to-extinguish ethanol. Far better to transport it by barge from Albany NY. More…


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Public TV and Walmart: WGBH Responds

by on Sun, Feb 24, 2013

When my membership renewal came due  I sent WGBH a letter explaining the dilemma I faced deciding whether to continue to support Boston’s non-commercial public television station. I had recently seen a promotional piece- a…


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What we can learn from the School Committee’s selection process

by on Wed, Feb 20, 2013

Last month the School Committee chose a replacement for their colleague, Maureen Bastardi, who had been appointed Ward 1 Alderman. They did so through an open process that involved soliciting interest from potential candidates and…


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2/6/13 Public Hearing on Ethanol Train Routes

by on Wed, Feb 6, 2013

Ethanol trains carrying large amounts of flammable liquid would pass through Somerville, including right by Brickbottom, East Broadway and Assembly Square. More…


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Why Should ‘Villens Consider Livestock Grazing (Ever)?

by on Sat, Jan 26, 2013

When a sober, soft-spoken, octogenarian with a Scottish accent delivers a somber warning about a six-degree temperature increase on our planet the impact is immediately warmly felt. So it was in the ASEAN Auditorium at…


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Why a new library?

by on Thu, Jan 17, 2013

Why build when we can use what we have so much better?


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Mayor @JoeCurtatone Misses Own Deadline for OpenData Initiative

by on Wed, Aug 1, 2012

In June, the City proudly announced that it would be posting lots of operational data in July online at data.somervillema.gov.  Well, it’s August 1st and that webpage hasn’t been set up yet. …


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Shea leaves legacy: human rights, schools, wit

by on Sat, Jul 28, 2012

Described “a force for good in the world,” William E. Shea was honored at a funeral Mass Friday, July 27, in St. Camillus Church, in Arlington, following his July 24 death at home. He had been president Ames Envelope and had been active in many ways in Somerville. See the full story at YourArlington.com…


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Assembling the Pieces

by on Fri, Jul 27, 2012

Construction is underway at Assembly Row, Somerville’s great hope for economic development. The path to this point has been winding.

What will the way forward bring?


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