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City to Host Public Meetings to Discuss Zoning Overhaul

by on Mon, Dec 21, 2015

Somerville’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development has been hard at work on a zoning overhaul. The City’s goal is to end up with a new zoning code that is easier to understand, consistent, and in line with resident’s … Continue reading


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12/17/15 Community Preservation Committee Meeting

by on Mon, Dec 14, 2015

Agenda not available.

The intent behind the CPA is to use the surcharge to add to green space, establish parks, increase affordable housing, and in general to preserve and improve the Somerville community. More…


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12/13/16 Slides for GLX Status Report and GLX Cost Report

by on Sun, Dec 13, 2015

As many of you know by know, the future of the Green Line Extension is in doubt due to a massive cost overrun reminiscent of the Big Dig. Current estimates are that the project will cost at least $1 billion more than originally estimated. News reports state that many, if not all, of the current contractors have been removed from the project. Three alternatives are being discussed: Continuing the project as is.  Unacceptable; the state doesn’t have the money. Canceling the project. Unacceptable; Somerville and Medford have waited over 40 years for this project. Cutting More…


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12/10/15 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

by on Sun, Dec 6, 2015

Agenda not available. Current issues are the Union Square and Assembly Square developments. More…


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12/9/15 Planning Board and Land Use Committee Special Public Hearing

by on Sun, Dec 6, 2015

If you are concerned with medical marijuana and with the affordable housing requirements in new developments, come to this meeting and make your voice heard. More…


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12/7/15 Zoning Overhaul Meeting: Arts and Creative Economy

by on Sun, Dec 6, 2015

If you are an artist or craftsperson, interested in maker space, fabrication districts, work/live arrangements, and creative space, come to this meeting and make your voice heard. More…


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12/2/15 Community Drop-In Session on Union Square Public Benefits

by on Tue, Dec 1, 2015

The Union Square developers stand to make a great deal of money from redeveloping Union Square. Let’s see to it that the neighbors whose lives will be changed will also benefit. More…


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12/1/15 Community Meeting on Redevelopment of Old Post Office

by on Tue, Dec 1, 2015

The old Union Square Post Office is an architectural landmark featuring Depression-era mural artwork. Come and participate in the discussion! More…


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2015 Union Square Holiday Stroll

by on Tue, Nov 24, 2015

Join your neighbors, family and friends for an afternoon of holiday cheer to enjoy food, holiday decorations, and special treats while also doing holiday shopping and/or buying your tree.  Participating business to date include:  Ricky’s Flower Market, Loyal Supply, Workbar … Continue reading


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Help Paint the New Union Square Kitchen Incubator!

by on Wed, Nov 11, 2015

Union Kitchen is Somerville’s one and only culinary business incubator and will serve as the home to Nibble classes, Pop-up events, and much of the culinary programming to support local culinary entrepreneurs. You can lend a hand making the outdoor … Continue reading


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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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Announcing the “Somerville Stock Exchange” community art project

by on Sun, May 6, 2012

Hi everyone!

I’m working on a new community art project– and I hope you’ll decide to participate!

It’s called “The Somerville Stock Exchange,” or SSE for short. Unlike our New…


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Mayor Curtatone’s ACE Webpage for Responsiveness Data Late Again

by on Sat, May 5, 2012

The City’s transparency initiative has again fallen into neglect.…


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Copy of e-mail to Nancy Busnach, Chair, Somerville Redevelopment Authority

by on Sun, Apr 29, 2012

Now that the Somerville Comprehensive Plan has been endorsed by the city and adopted by the Planning Board, I would like to pass along a suggestion.


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@SomervilleCity’s Retaliation Against Accessibility Whistleblower Casts Chilling Effect

by on Fri, Apr 6, 2012

Last week, Mayor @JoeCurtatone retaliated against Somerville accessibility rights advocate Eileen Feldman after she blew the whistle on the City’s attempt to have the U.S. Surgeon General’s March 23rd health grant event held at the then-inaccessible Armory…


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Somerville, MA: Civil Rights Discrimination in Motion, circa 2012

by on Thu, Mar 29, 2012

Ms. Renault-Caragianes’ letter is a cover-up on behalf of Mayor Curtatone and designed to distort the facts about why State officials had to quickly step in to relocate the U.S. Surgeon General’s visit to the Ville last Friday, March 23, 2012, for the official launch event of the Middlesex County’s health wellness and prevention initiative called “Mass in Motion.”


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Why @311Somerville Does Not Track Loose Utility Wire Calls

by on Sun, Mar 25, 2012

Here’s what I’ve learned so far via the following Twitter conversation (in chronological order):…


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Somerville’s Curtatone Prevented from Hosting U.S. Surgeon General at Inaccessible Armory

by on Thu, Mar 22, 2012

Somerville’s Mayor Curtatone, who announced on WGBH this week (Boston’s Growing Income Gap, hosted 3/20/11 by Kara Miller) that he is “advising the First Lady on the Let’s Move Initiative,” attempted to get the US Surgeon General’s launch of a major Public Health initiative at the inaccessible Somerville Armory this Friday (March 23, 2012).


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Somerville Labor Coalition Accuses Curtatone of Divide And Conquer Strategy on GIC

by on Fri, Mar 9, 2012

The following letter (circa Fall 2011) was recently obtained by Somerville Voices from Peter Blaikie with the Somerville Labor Coalition after a reference to the letter appeared in the 12/29/2011 SJ article Somerville unions form coalition against recent health care switch by Andy Metzger…


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