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ENVISIONING TOMORROW WITH THE AUDI URBAN FUTURE INITIATIVE

by on Sat, Dec 20, 2014

Somerville, MA, Dec. 17 – Somerville, as part of “Team Boston,” recently competed for, and lost, in a four-way bid for the Audio Urban Futures Award. But losing has still produced a win – the…


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MIT STUDENTS PITCH VISIONS IN BRICKBOTTOM

by on Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Somerville, MA, Dec. 17 – Earlier this month, a team of students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) gave their take on the revitalization of the Brickbottom neighborhood at a gathering of residents and…


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Somerville Says: “Black Lives Matter”

by on Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Somerville, MA, Dec. 17 – Somerville’s residents, students, agencies and even the Somerville Police Department have been taking part in the nationwide discussion about the recent grand jury decisions where white police officers were not…


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BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE ILLUMINATIONS TOUR IN SOMERVILLE

by on Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Somerville, MA, Dec. 17 – For the 18th year in a row, about 1,000 residents and visitors climbed aboard trollies to visit “illuminated” houses all over Somerville on December 13.
The families who “deck the…


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Envisioning Tomorrow with the Audi Urban Future Initiative

by on Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Somerville, MA, Dec. 17 – Somerville, as part of “Team Boston,” recently competed for, and lost, in a four-way bid for the Audio Urban Futures Award. But losing has still produced a win – the…


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How the Zoning Map Could Change in Union Square

by on Thu, Dec 18, 2014

Detail map zoning changes proposed December 2014 for Union Square pictured above. Current Union Square zoning, adopted in 2009, below.  


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Community Input Needed for Neighborhood Planning and Zoning

by on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Several strands of neighborhood and city-wide planning are coming together this winter and throughout 2015. The City of Somerville is dramatically revising the zoning code, Union Square is under going a detailed neighborhood plan that sets the stage for the … Continue reading


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$1 Billion for the Green Line Extension

by on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

The Federal Transit Administration announced it will provide nearly $1 billion in New Starts funding for the Green Line Extension. Service to Union Square, Washington Street is anticipated by the end of 2017 and now Gilman Square, Lowell Street, Ball Square … Continue reading


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Annual Flag Raising on Prospect Hill

by on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

It was a rainy Tuesday, January 1, 1776 when George Washington sent word. “Raise this flag on Prospect Hill!” he commanded his troops. So on a 76 foot schooner mast amidst the colonists’ encampment the “Grand Union” flag flew. A … Continue reading


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Dec STEP meeting

by on Mon, Dec 15, 2014

Monday, Dec 15, 7-9 pm
VNA Private Dining Room
259 Lowell St (map)


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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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