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MVTF Annual Meeting Sat. 10/1 @2PM

by on Wed, Aug 31, 2016

The Mystic View Task Force will hold its 2015-2016 Annual Meeting Saturday, October 1, from 2:00 – 3:30 PM at the Community Assembly Room, 50 Middlesex Ave., Somerville, MA.  We will review the work of the past year, discuss plans for the coming year, elect the Board of Directors, and select the Officers from the Board of Directors. Members who are Somerville residents and who were current in their dues at the close of the fiscal year (August 31 2016) are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. Current Projects City Calendar City Agendas City More…

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Intern at USMS

by on Fri, Aug 12, 2016

Union Square Main Streets (USMS) is a nonprofit organization working collaboratively to actively support a vibrant neighborhood by preserving the character and advancing the economic strength of the Union Square business district and community. This is a particularly exciting time … Continue reading

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Fresh & Healthy Food at the Union Square Farmer’s Market

by on Wed, Aug 3, 2016

          Every Saturday you can buy fresh locally sourced food at the Union Square Farmer’s Market. The Market runs from 9 to 1 through Thanksgiving. In addition to healthy produce, enjoy live music and USMS’s 2nd … Continue reading

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Shop Local at 2nd Saturdays

by on Wed, Aug 3, 2016

      Farmer’s Market shoppers love shopping local at 2nd Saturdays. Join us Saturday September 10th for our fifth 2nd Saturday! There’s something for everyone at 2nd Saturday! Find us at our Union Square Farmer’s market community table to … Continue reading

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Fluff-enger Hunt!

by on Thu, Jul 28, 2016

    The Fluff Festival returns on Saturday September 24th (rain date September 25th), and this year’s theme is “Fluff U: A Sweet Education”. We challenge you to complete this Fluff Scavenger Hunt before the Festival! Here are the rules: … Continue reading

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Find Lil’ Fluff!

by on Fri, Jul 8, 2016

      The Fluff Festival (happening Saturday, September 24th, rain date the 25th) is fast approaching, and we want to introduce you to the newest member of our team, this year’s mascot, Lil’ Fluff! Starting Saturday, July 9th you … Continue reading

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Share the Local Love with Deals and Steals at 2nd Saturdays

by on Wed, Jun 29, 2016

Be part of one of the most exciting Union Square events of the summer! Join us July 9th for our next 2nd Saturday to take advantage of the enticing offers Union Square businesses have just for you. Visit our sign … Continue reading

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Union Lunch is Returning to Union Square

by on Mon, Jun 13, 2016

NOTICE: June 29’s Union Lunch is cancelled due to threat of thunderstorms. Union Lunches are back! Union Square Main Streets and Union Square Station Associates (US2), Somerville’s master developer partner for Union Square’s revitalization, are partnering to host “Union Lunch” … Continue reading

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Second Saturdays in Union Square

by on Sun, Jun 5, 2016

      USMS has launched an exciting series called “Second Saturdays,” where local businesses provide special offerings, giveaways or discounts on the second Saturday of each month. Join us on June 11 for our second Second Saturday event! This … Continue reading

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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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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  Well, it’s August 1st and that webpage hasn’t been set up yet. …

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