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5/9/16 MassDOT and Control Board Vote to Continue GLX with Conditions

by on Mon, May 9, 2016

After a 4-1/2 hour joint meeting, the Board of the Mass Department of Transportation and the Fiscal and Management Control Board of the MBTA voted unanimously to continue the Green Line Extension with conditions: Staff are to submit redesign and revised materials to the Federal Transit Authority. Staff are to prepare a revised finance plan suggesting how to make up the remaining $73M shortfall. Staff are to report to board: Strategy and progress for hiring a management team for the GLX project and for  addressing ongoing T management issues. Recommendations for advancing project while FTA More…


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Second Saturday Event – May 14

by on Mon, May 9, 2016

Second Saturday’s is an ongoing event series happening in Union Square. On the second Saturday of each month local businesses will offer specials & host activities at their locations. On May 14, Union Square businesses will work together in a fund raising … Continue reading


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5/9/16: MBTA Vote on GLX Funding

by on Sun, May 8, 2016

5/9/16: MBTA Vote on GLX Funding Mon. May 9 1:00 – 4:00 PM <= Check title link for final schedule! State Transportation Building Conf. Rms. 1, 2, 3 10 Park Plaza Boston MA (map) The Fiscal and Management Control Board of the MBTA is meeting to discuss, among other topics, the fate of the Green Line Extension. For the first 90 minutes of its meeting, it will listen to public comments on the Green Line Extension and Community Path. The Fiscal and Management Control Board plans to vote on Monday. This is your last chance to More…


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Jane’s Walk 2016

by on Tue, Apr 26, 2016

Join Union Square Main Streets for Our 2016 Jane’s Walk “Our Evolving Union Square” Be part of a great conversation. Jane’s Walk is a global movement of walking tours inspired by urbanist Jane Jacobs. For more info, see www.janejacobswalk.org. At this … Continue reading


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5/3/16, 5/5/16: LOCUS and SRA Union Square Meetings

by on Sun, Apr 24, 2016

5/3/16: LOCUS Union Square Meeting Tue. May. 3 6:00 – 8:00 PM Argenziano School Cafetorium 290 Washington Street Somerville MA (map) LOCUS is holding a meeting to discuss the current status of the Union Square neighborhood plan. 5/5/16: Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting Thu. May 5 5:00 – 7:00 PM        <= Note date and time! Somerville City Hall Aldermanic Chambers 93 Highland Ave. Somerville MA (map) The Somerville Redevelopment Authority is holding a meeting at which the Union Square Master Developer, US2, will present their updated neighborhood plan for Union Square. Come and find out where More…


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4/28/16 SRA: US2 Union Square Neighborhood Plan

by on Sun, Apr 24, 2016

4/28/16 SRA: US2 Union Square Neighborhood Plan MEETING CANCELLED Argenziano School Cafetorium 290 Washington Street Somerville MA (map) The Somerville Redevelopment Authority is holding a meeting at which the Union Square Master Developer, US2, will p…


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Help Needy Neighbors with SNAP Match

by on Mon, Apr 18, 2016

With spring comes the excitement of the widely anticipated opening of the Farmer’s Market on May 14. Yet for some families, their ability to purchase this fresh, local, healthy produce at our local market is very limited. By contributing to … Continue reading


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Help Save Our Green Line Extension!

by on Mon, Apr 18, 2016

Attend This Important Meeting on Monday, May 9 Public Comments will be taken at 1:00 PM At this critical meeting of the MassDOT and MBTA Boards will consider recommendations for GLX and the integrated Community Path (CPX) cost reductions, budget … Continue reading


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3/16/16 Union Square Neighborhood Plan Open House

by on Mon, Mar 14, 2016

3/16/16 Union Square Neighborhood Plan Open House Wed. Mar. 16 4:30 – 8:00 PM Somerville Public Safety Building Community Room 220 Washington St. Somerville MA (map) The Somerville Office of Housing and Community Development is sponsoring an Open House at the Union Square station community room. There will be poster displays and planners present to answer your questions. Come and find out where things are going! Current Projects City Calendar City Agendas City Mtg Portal SomNews Notices Env Monitor Livable Streets Calendar +


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3/16/16 MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board Meeting

by on Mon, Mar 14, 2016

3/16/16 MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board Meeting Wed. Mar. 16 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM State Transportation Building Conf. Rms. 1, 2, 3 10 Park Plaza Boston MA (map) The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board is meeting to hear testimony on the Green Line Extension to Somerville and Medford. Political figures from Somerville, Medford, and Cambridge will speak at 11:30 AM. Public comments will begin at 1:00 PM. Following the public comments there will be a GLX update to the Board of Directors of the MBTA. Come if you can! This period is More…


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5/6/15 Somerville Land Use Committee Meeting as a Whole

by on Sun, Apr 26, 2015

Agenda is to discuss and recommend action upon the proposed change to form-oriented zoning throughout Somerville. More…


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3/5/15 Joint Planning Board / Land Use Committee Hearing on New Zoning

by on Mon, Feb 16, 2015

Agenda consists of a hearing on the new, building-type oriented zoning ordinance to replace the current zoning ordinance. More…


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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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