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Tufts Class Studies the Fringe Union Coworking Space

Posted by at 1:53 pm on August 22, 2014

USMS worked with Tufts Associate Professor Cathy Stanton this past winter as part of a semester long anthropology class. They focused their attention on 9 Olive Square and the Fringe Union collective of businesses. Cathy recently wrote a piece about … Continue reading


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Master Developer Hosts Kick Off Event on Union Square Plaza

Posted by at 11:52 am on August 14, 2014

From US2, the Master Developer Candidate for Union Square: On behalf of the US2 team I would like to formally invite you and the members of your organization to join Mayor Joseph Curtatone, Alderman MaryAnn Heuston and Alderman Robert McWatters … Continue reading


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Last in Series on Public Realm Tonight

Posted by at 11:14 am on August 7, 2014

The Space in Between: Art, Green Space and the Public Realm The last of three neighborhood-organized symposia features four speakers to share ideas that reimagine the public realm in Union Square. Union Square Neighbors (USN) in collaboration with Union Square Main … Continue reading


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Ignite Brings Food, Fire Spinners to Union Square

Posted by at 10:15 am on August 5, 2014

From the Somerville Arts Council: ​Ignite! A Fire and Street Food Festival This Saturday, August 9th, 6pm-10pm (Rain date: Sun., Aug. 10) on the Union Square Plaza We recognize Union Square is quickly becoming a mecca for foodies! So we present a food-lovers … Continue reading


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International Food Market Tours from the Arts Council

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From the Somerville Arts Council: Union Square International Market Tours The Somerville Arts Council is leading another food tour this Thursday, August 7th from 6:30pm – 8pm. Elyse Andrews of the Somerville Beat recently wrote an article about our tours. … Continue reading


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Fluff Festival Performers Announced

Posted by at 5:01 pm on July 28, 2014

The performers for this year’s Fluff Festival are ready to a hot line-up sure to work off your sugar rush. “What the Fluff?: A Tribute to Union Square Invention” honors the illustrious Fluff creator, Archibald Query, who concocted the gooey … Continue reading


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Open Air Circus Shows Coming to Conway Park

Posted by at 1:42 pm on July 24, 2014

The OpenAir Circus will be holding it’s 29th annual performances on August 1st-3rd at Conway Field. Come watch as our students (and teachers) showcase their skills in A Haunted Circus! Conway Field is at approximately 560 Somerville Ave, Somerville, across from Central St. … Continue reading


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Glovebox Brings Art to Unexpected Places

Posted by at 12:36 pm on July 21, 2014

  GLVBX – also known as Glovebox — is a volunteer run organization that brings together artists and the public to form a collaborative, educational community. They work to enable artists to exhibit their work in non-traditional spaces in the Boston area, … Continue reading


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Beadkreative, A Retail Shop and More on Somerville Ave

Posted by at 11:48 am on July 18, 2014

There’s sparking energy in the cluster of Union Square storefronts along Somerville Avenue past PA’s Lounge. Joining the cafe of Fortissimo and the recently opened bike shop of Somervelo is Beadkreative. Beadkreative has all the supplies you need to create … Continue reading


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Envisioning Public Spaces of Union Square

Posted by at 4:20 pm on July 17, 2014

By Shu Talun, Union Square Neighbors With all of the planning initiatives and development proposals underway in Union Square, the changes to come are on the minds of many. The long-awaited arrival of the Green Line and the City’s bold … Continue reading


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Annual Camp-Out Returns to Lincoln Park

Posted by at 1:12 pm on July 15, 2014

It’s our favorite annual event at Lincoln Park. Fluff your marshmallows and shake out your tent because the Great Urban Camp-Out returns July 25! Bring your tents and sleeping bags to Lincoln Park starting at noon on Friday, July 25, then spend … Continue reading


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Learn More on Broad Zoning Changes

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From the City of Somerville:   Upcoming Zoning Workshops, 7/24 & 7/31 Somerville is holding a series of workshops this summer about a major overhaul of the city’s zoning code. Read more about the workshops HERE. Each week, the workshops … Continue reading


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Grounding McGrath

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Get the latest updates about the grounding of the McGrath Highway and plans to create a ground-level boulevard with “complete streets” features, such as pedestrian and cyclist accommodations. Hosted by MassDOT. Thursday, July 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. … Continue reading


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Study Released of Somerville Permitting Process for Small Businesses

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Rosabella Alvarez-Calderon, an intern working with Union Square Main Streets, conducted a study on the experiences of small businesses opening active retail and food-based businesses in the city.  She interviewed business owners in Somerville who opened their business in the … Continue reading


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Workshops on Changes to Somerville Zoning

Posted by at 3:59 pm on July 1, 2014

 From the City of Somerville: On Thursday evenings in June, July, and August, members of the Zoning Advisory Committee and planners from the City will host an open house/workshop style public meeting to gather ideas, inform, and answer questions on … Continue reading


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Craft Market Presented by ArtsUnion

Posted by at 12:55 pm on June 24, 2014

Boston Handmade Marketplace Sunday, July 13 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM This select market of local artists, artisans and craftspeople features handmade jewlry, ceramics, fine art, textiles, papergoods, handspun yarn, and more! You can also experience the creative process of … Continue reading


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Fluff Festival 2014 Call for Vendors

Posted by at 2:45 pm on June 23, 2014

Applications are now being accepted for vendors at the 2014  What the Fluff? Festival. This year’s theme is “Steamfluff” and we’re looking for ways to mashup steampunk and steampunk culture with the magic of fluff and the What The Fluff … Continue reading


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What the Fluff? Festival Call for Graphic Designer

Posted by at 2:57 pm on June 19, 2014

What the Fluff? is a unique Somerville festival dedicated to food, invention and art that celebrates Archibald Query, Somerville resident and inventor of Marshmallow Fluff.  Each year the residents of Somerville collaborate on a huge festival that features activities, music, … Continue reading


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Seeking a Smarter Traffic Design

Posted by at 4:24 pm on June 10, 2014

Regular readers of this blog might remember the village of Poynton, a forward thinking community in the UK that removed all its curbs and traditional segmentation such as traffic lights, sidewalks and bike lanes.  The result was a slower but … Continue reading


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Say What? It’s What the Fluff

Posted by at 8:47 am on June 5, 2014

It’s that time of year again ! What the Fluff? is a unique Somerville festival dedicated to food, invention and art that celebrates Archibald Query, Somerville resident and inventor of Marshmallow Fluff.  Each year the residents of Somerville collaborate on … Continue reading


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El Potro Seeks 2 AM Liquor License, Hosts Community Meeting

Posted by at 2:25 pm on June 2, 2014

El Potro Mexican Grill is seeking to extend the hours of its liquor licence on weekends to 2 am.  On Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 7:00 p.m the management of the restaurant is hosting a community meeting at 61 Union Square … Continue reading


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Keep Our City Gritty

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From TEDX Somerville: Mimi Graney doesn’t think that tearing down industrial structures and replacing them with new housing is a necessary or healthy part of urban renewal. Old factories that many see as “gritty” or outdated can be turned into … Continue reading


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Zoning by Design

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From TEDX Somerville: Education and zoning both have detailed zoning regulations. What happens when they need to occur in the same business? As the Director of Planning City of Somerville’s, one of the most densely populated cities in the U.S., … Continue reading


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City Launches Micro Job Program to Support Local Youth

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From the City of Somerville: Are you a business, resident or organization that could use an extra set of hands? Consider hiring one of the 18-24 year olds participating in the Pocket Change jobs program. We’re looking for people to … Continue reading


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Play with Flowers

Posted by at 2:19 pm on May 23, 2014

Make a beautiful and inspiring centerpiece while learning expert floral tips and tricks to arrange and care for flowers at the upcoming Floral Workshop presented by Whim Events.  Moira Thompson and Natalie Pinney are the team behind Whim Events, a full service … Continue reading


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The Better Block to visit Union Square for Placemaking Experiment

Posted by at 11:10 am on May 20, 2014

Special to USMS by Dina Gjertsen Have you ever walked or driven through your neighborhood and wished you could just move that crosswalk, add a park bench or re- organize a public in a way that made more sense for … Continue reading


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Perhaps Farewell to Unique Local Property

Posted by at 3:06 pm on May 7, 2014

There’s a hearing May 20th on a demolition permit for 314-316 Somerville Avenue.  It had in recent years housed Fiesta Bakery and storage for International Market before a fire last year so severe that one fire fighter was sent to … Continue reading


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Honor for Former Ward Three Alderman Tom Taylor

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From the Somerville Times: At the Board of Aldermen’s meeting at 7 p.m. this Thursday, May 8, the BOA will honor former Ward 3 Alderman Tom Taylor for his many years of public service on the board, representing not just … Continue reading


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Job Posting for Special Events Coordinator

Posted by at 1:28 pm on May 6, 2014

The Special Events Coordinator fosters community involvement, assists in promotional and fundraising efforts, and recruits and coordinates vendors and performers.  The Special Events Coordinator is a key team member in two key events happening in Union Square in Somerville:: Better … Continue reading


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Commercial Lease Workshop for Small Business Owners

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Union Square Main Streets invites area business owners to a special workshop with attorney Jay S. Rudolph. Commercial Leases for Small Business Owners Date: Tuesday, May 13 at 11AM Location: SCATV, 90 Union Square, Somerville, MA (the old firehouse) This … Continue reading


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Kawaii-Me Boutique Hosted Fashion Event

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From contributor Sophia Chang A recent fashion event hosted by the Kawaii-Me boutique at The Uniun presented a unique backstage fashion show experience while also displaying a few of the hidden treasures at the heart of Somerville. In a reversal … Continue reading


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Business Town Meeting with Mayor Curtatone

Posted by at 4:28 pm on May 5, 2014

The Somerville Chamber of Commerce presents Business Town Meeting IX with Mayor Joseph Curtatone on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. 5:00 P.M. Davis Square Theatre opens 5:30 P.M. Business Town Meeting starts 7:00 P.M. After Hours reception at Saloon Tuesday, May … Continue reading


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When Music and Environmental Science Collide

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Bassist Jason Davis and Earthsound present an adventurous program of original music and improvisation with beautiful recorded environmental sound from Costa Rica, Antarctica, Borneo, and other locales. Earthsound is a unique ensemble that expands the concept of “world music” to … Continue reading


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Specialty Food in Union Square Taking a Tipsy Turn

Posted by at 9:18 pm on May 1, 2014

Pretty Things Brewery has maintained their offices here in Union Square. They’re lonely no more as production facilities for three new businesses are finding a home here in Union Square. Bantam Cider Company’s Tap Room and production facility are at … Continue reading


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Somerville Open Studios this Weekend

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Saturday + Sunday, May 3 + 4, 12-6pm Sneak preview Friday May 2, 6-9pm Over 400 artists in all media across Somerville are opening their doors for one weekend! Take a free trolley between studios, and use our mapbooks or mobile site to get around. Also this Thursday… … Continue reading


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USMS Annual Meeting at Casa B with Steve Miller of Livable Streets

Posted by at 5:25 pm on April 29, 2014

You care about Union Square and want to make a difference on in your neighborhood; spend an evening with others who also seek to make this area an even better place to live, work, and play. Please join the Union … Continue reading


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Somerville’s Own TV Station Welcomes You

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From Somerville Community Access Television: Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV) is hosting an Open House and PSA Day on May 5. SCATV has been the public access station in Somerville since 1983, and it is well known by long-time residents who remember the excitement … Continue reading


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Interviews with Master Developer Finalists

Posted by at 12:56 pm on April 28, 2014

Kyann Anderson is the host of Greater Somerville Special Edition interviews showcasing the four remaining development teams vying for the title of Master Developer of Union Square. The selection of the Master Developer is anticipated to be made by the … Continue reading


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Som|Dog Spring Fling Returns to Union Square

Posted by at 4:12 pm on April 24, 2014

Local nonprofit organization som|dog will bring its second annual “Spring Fling” event to Union Square on Sunday, May 18 from 10 am to 3 pm for a day of fun for canines and their companions. The event includes unique vendors, a Frisbee … Continue reading


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Local Is for Lovers Market at Brooklyn Boulders

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Somerville Local First hosts another Local is for Lovers market on Sunday, April 27, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Brooklyn Boulders (12A Tyler St.) The Local is for Lovers Mother’s Day Market  features 30 local vendors selling everything from jewelry and handmade soap to … Continue reading


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Taza Chocolate Hosts Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Food, Music

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Taza Chocolate hosts its third annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on Saturday, May 3. The roadway will be closed for an afternoon of food, drink, and music. Enjoy free samples from Spindrift Soda, NOLA’s FreshFoods, Slumbrew and Tortilleria La Nina … Continue reading


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Priorities for Community Preservation Act Funds Sought

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In 2012 Somerville voters approved the Community Preservation Act.  This enables the City of Somerville to collect 1.5% surcharge on net property taxes (the first $100,000 is exempt.)  These revenues, along with other possible additional contributions from other City sources … Continue reading


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Spring Cleaning

Posted by at 5:51 pm on April 17, 2014

The annual Somerville Spring Clean Up and SomerGreen Festival takes place on Saturday, April 26. Help spruce up the city after a tough winter. Union Square teams gather in front of 90 Union Square.  After some work, teams from across … Continue reading


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Metro Pedal Power Owner Wenzday Jane Featured in Documentary

Posted by at 2:13 pm on April 16, 2014

Metro Pedal Power has long been a fixture here in Union Square. The bike-powered delivery service has a home on Olive Square and the red cargo bikes are frequently seen on treks filled with vegetables, books, and other packages. The … Continue reading


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Union Square Farmers Market Celebrates Tenth Year, Season Opens May 17

Posted by at 3:39 pm on April 13, 2014

From the farms and fields, orchards and kitchens of Massachusetts, the Union Square Farmers Market returns for a tenth season in 2014. The Union Square plaza comes alive a little earlier this year with May 17 as opening day. Every … Continue reading


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Union Square Development – Master Developer

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The City of Somerville is seeking a master developer to enact the Union Square Redevelopment Plan. This developer would facilitate 2.3 million square feet of new development in seven  development blocks. The parcels are currently assessed at $26 million. A 20-member … Continue reading


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Special Classes at SCAT

Posted by at 2:53 pm on April 11, 2014

Acting for the Camera: Wednesday May 7, 14, 21, & 28 Improve your acting ability while gaining a better understanding of the differences between acting for the stage and acting for the camera. Participants will be guided through lessons and … Continue reading


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Tools for Preserving Locally Owned Businesses

Posted by at 4:48 pm on April 9, 2014

Special to Union Square Main Streets by Emily Tulman With the expansion of the MBTA’s Green Line into Union Square we can expect increased pedestrian activity and new development in the neighborhood. These changes offer opportunities and challenges for locally-0wned retailers. New … Continue reading


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Historic Murals at the Union Square Post Office Endangered

Posted by at 2:44 pm on April 1, 2014

The Union Square Post Office is up for sale and with it the murals painted as part of the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s.  Somerville Neighborhood News,  a project of SCAT, researches the history of the murals and what’s … Continue reading


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Support for Creative Businesses

Posted by at 1:25 pm on March 31, 2014

Accelerating Creative Industries @ District Hall Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM 75 Northern Ave Boston, MA 02210 Running a startup in the creative industries is a balance of risk and reward, learn from successful entrepreneurs … Continue reading


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MassChallenge Resources for Start-Up Businesses

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MassChallenge is a startup accelerator. Selected entrepreneurs take part in a four-month program including mentorship and training, free office space, access to funding, legal advice, and media attention. Over $1.5 million in cash grants and $10 million of in-kind benefits are … Continue reading


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Special Dining Events at Journeyman

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Journeyman Restaurant is a gem of a restaurant hidden on Sanborn Court.  Their award-winning fine dining is always memorable.  Tse-Wei and Diana host occasional special events and two upcoming gatherings highlight wine. Federal Wine & Spirits: Alto Adige Thursday, April 17, 2014 … Continue reading


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Job Opening at the Union Square Farmers Market

Posted by at 11:34 pm on March 26, 2014

Wanted: Market Assistant: Overview: Union Square Main Streets is a community economic development program in Somerville, MA that leverages local resources for the neighborhood’s advancement. The Market Assistant provides support to the Market Manager and facilitates the children’s program at … Continue reading


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Like a Crocus, Pop-Up Events in Union Square

Posted by at 10:44 pm on March 25, 2014

This weekend, over at Kitchen Inc on March 28th is a six course dinner and wine pairing from guest award winning chef from Rome (and Dublin, Ireland) Marco Roccasalvo. Saturday, March 28th the shared commercial kitchen will be home to a … Continue reading


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Bantam Cider Tap Room Now Open in Union Square

Posted by at 11:18 am on March 13, 2014

From Bantam Cider Bantam Cider Company’s Tap Room is now officially open for business. The Tap Room located at 40 Merriam Street in Union Square, Somerville will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm – 7pm and on Saturday from … Continue reading


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Fresh Gallery Show at Brickbottom

Posted by at 11:45 am on March 6, 2014

The pieces exhibited as part of”Figure Found”  are united by innovative approaches towards  figure/ground relationship.  Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and videos by eight emerging artists in this Brickbttom Gallery show present a striking diversity of expression and meaning. Full of … Continue reading


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Festival in Union Square by the Somerville Arts Council

Posted by at 5:09 pm on February 28, 2014

Fire & Ice: A Winter Festival in Union Square presented as part of the Somerville Arts Council’s ArtsUnion Saturday, March 1, 2014 – 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Fire spinners, ice sculpting, and family-fun activites abound! Tired of snow? Wishing … Continue reading


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With Sale of Post Office, Concerns on Preservation of Historic Murals

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From the City of Somerville Historic Preservation Commission:   There will be a public meeting concerning the proposed sale of the Somerville Main Post Office and the fate of the interior 1937 mural, ‘A Skirmish Between British and Colonists Near … Continue reading


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Leaps in Assessed Values Tell Varied Stories for Union Square Properties

Posted by at 5:22 pm on February 25, 2014

The City of Somerville recently data on the City’s Key Systems Indicators.  Most interesting for Union Square Main Streets was the change in assessed values for commercial properties in the neighborhood. The City explains, “This map shows the average growth … Continue reading


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Fashion Oriented Event Brings Together Business, Residents, Designers

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Have you stumbled upon Kawaii-me?  Likely not, as this Japanese-inspired women’s clothing boutique is hidden away on the second floor of 57 Union Square, over Master Printing and Pao de Acucar market. Out walking one evening, Union Square resident Shu … Continue reading


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Union Square Farmers Market Now Accepting Applications

Posted by at 12:09 pm on February 17, 2014

The Union Square Farmers Market is now accepting applications for the 2014 season. Our standard season runs every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, June 7 through November 22, and this year we’re excited to offer an extended season … Continue reading


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Business Training for those in the Food Industry

Posted by at 11:41 am on February 12, 2014

Starting a food-based business? Through a partnership of Jewish Vocational Services, Interise and Crop Circle Kitchen there’s a course to help those just starting out, both those already launched in a small scale as well as those just getting their … Continue reading


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El Potro Offers Authentic Dining Experience of Mexico, Central America

Posted by at 3:22 pm on February 10, 2014

At El Potro Mexican Bar and Grill you’ll experience authentic Mexican and Central American cuisine at its finest in an atmosphere that evokes the charm and color of Central America. Slide into one of the booths, hand carved and brightly … Continue reading


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Heating Up Winter

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From the Somerville Arts Council: Saturday, March 1 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Fire spinners, ice sculpting, and family-fun activites abound! Whether you’re tired of winter or wishing it never ends this event has a little something for everyone! Celebrate … Continue reading


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Secret Mexican Cooking Secrets Revealed

Posted by at 10:51 am on February 6, 2014

The Somerville Arts Council presents Tuesday, February 11 at 6:30 pm the Nibble Mole Making class. A native of Durango, Mexico, Estela Calzada will teach attendees to make mole, one of Mexico’s most famous dishes. To this day, Oaxaca and … Continue reading


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Fitness with a Female Focus

Posted by at 11:36 am on February 3, 2014

From Achieve Fitness: The Female Fitness Formula is a workshop to help women discover the secrets to true health, fitness, and confidence. Lauren Perreault, owner of Achieve Fitness in Somerville, and Artemis Scantalides, owner of Iron Body Studios in Needham, … Continue reading


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Union Square Redevelopment

Posted by at 2:26 pm on January 30, 2014

The City of Somerville is seeking a master developer to enact the Union Square Redevelopment Plan. This developer would facilitate 2.3 million square feet of new development in seven  development blocks. The parcels are currently assessed at $26 million. A 20-member … Continue reading


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Members of Union Square Community Advisory Committee

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The City of Somerville appointed these 20 people to serve for approximately two years on the Union Square Community Advisory Committee. The group is tasked with the selection of a master developer for the neighborhood. Wig Zamore, chair: An MIT-trained urban … Continue reading


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Live Jazz

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The Green Room in Union Square gathers jazz lovers on Saturday, February 8th at 3pm.  Come to hear an atmospheric interpretation of quintessential Americana from four talented musicians: Cheap Parlor Tricks Andrew Stern on guitar, Jordan Voelker on viola, Michael McLaughlin on piano and accordion, and Jef … Continue reading


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Info Sessions for Those Seeking Easing of Property Tax Bills

Posted by at 12:34 pm on January 17, 2014

While the City of Somerville’s tax rate has decreased homeowners, commercial property owners and businesses have seen their tax bills increase because of sometimes significant increases in assessed values. The City of Somerville and the Somerville Chamber of Commerce are … Continue reading


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Community Meetings on Green Line Construction

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From Mass DOT: On Wednesday, January 22, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM the Green Line Extension (GLX) is hosting a neighborhood public meeting to provide details about noise and retaining walls from Lowell Street to Broadway in Somerville (including the … Continue reading


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Affordable Care Act Info for Creative Businesses

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Learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for your creative business and employees in Massachusetts through a webinar targeted just for creative businesses like yours. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will usher in new changes … Continue reading


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Eclectic Martial Arts Studio Now Open on Joy Street

Posted by at 3:00 pm on January 10, 2014

The Massachusetts Martial Arts Alliance is an academy dedicated to promoting the teachings and benefits of martial arts. Opened in May of 2013, the studio offers classes in Kickboxing, Capoeira, Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and Wrestling. The program is … Continue reading


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Happy Birthday to Achieve Fitness

Posted by at 4:17 pm on January 6, 2014

Achieve Fitness is celebrating their one year anniversary by giving back. Gym owners Lauren Perreault and Jason Pak are hosting a one-year anniversary party at Achieve Fitness on Thursday, January 16. It’s a great opportunity to check out the gym, … Continue reading


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Matching Creative Folks with Creative Spaces

Posted by at 4:03 pm on December 16, 2013

From the Somerville Arts Council: The Somerville Arts Council, working with the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development, has created an initiative to help match your creative space needs (studio or live-work) with existing spaces available in Somerville and … Continue reading


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Could a Master Developer Operate Like a Land Pooler? What’s Land Pooling?

Posted by at 5:29 pm on December 6, 2013

With the conversation about the engagement of a master developer for Union Square, I’m reminded of the idea for Union Square that stalled — land pooling. Basically, it was a way for current property owners to be partners in a … Continue reading


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Redevelopment Takes a Leap Forward in Union Square with Call for Master Developer

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Redevelopment in Union Square and the City’s plans to engage a Master Developer as a partner in redevelopment of properties identified in the 2012 Revitalization Plan has been on everyone’s lips. There’s so many pieces of information to draw together … Continue reading


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Lecture at SCATV on Media Financing

Posted by at 12:46 pm on November 26, 2013

The Filmmakers Collaborative (FC) supports the independent media community by providing low cost fiscal sponsorship to independent media makers soliciting funds for their projects. They also offer educational and networking programs.  FC is coming to Somerville Community Access TV as part … Continue reading


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Shift Your Shopping This Holiday Season

Posted by at 1:28 pm on November 25, 2013

Shift your Shopping is a campaign to encourage you to choose local, independent retailers over big box stores and corporate on-line retailers.  Why?  Because research how shown that  48% of revenue at independent stores recirculates locally, compared to just 13.6% of … Continue reading


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December 7 offers Cornucopia of Holiday Markets in Somerville

Posted by at 5:03 pm on November 20, 2013

The Holiday season kicks off with a burst of energy the first weekend of December.  Stop by these spaces here in the ‘Ville where you’ll find original items for everyone on your shopping list. Union Square Winter Craft Market - Presented by … Continue reading


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Artisan’s Asylum Open Studios

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From the Artisan’s Asylum:   Artisan’s Asylum will hold its second annual Winter Open Studios on Saturday, December 7th, between 1 and 4pm. The event is free and open to the public, and families are welcome. More than twenty-five makers, engineers, jewelers, … Continue reading


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Somerville Winter Farmers Market seeking Parking Attendant

Posted by at 11:38 am on November 19, 2013

JOB POSTING Parking Attendant for Somerville Winter Farmers Market at the Armory on Highland Avenue Please send letter of interest and references to SomWinterMarket@gmail.com by Nov 22, 2013 DATES: Every Saturday Dec 7 2013 – March 29 2014 HOURS: 9:30am – 1:30pm COMPENSATION: $15/Hour RESPONSIBILITIES: … Continue reading


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Open Studios at Brickbottom and Joy Street Studios

Posted by at 1:29 pm on November 18, 2013

On November 23 and 24, 2013 Brickbottom Artists’ Building and Joy Street Studios will host their annual Open Studios from noon to 6 pm Over 60 artists at Brickbottom will open their live-work studios to the public, showingand selling work in a … Continue reading


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LIvable Streets Celebrates De-elevation Plans for McGrath Highway

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Just over three years MassDOT (Massachusetts Department of Transportation) was planning to spend millions repairing the McGrath Highway overpass at Washington St and Somerville Ave,  Why spend that money keeping up a roadway the community wanted taken down?  Livable Streets … Continue reading


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Survey of Creatives in Somerville

Posted by at 3:56 pm on November 12, 2013

The Somerville Arts Council is conducting a survey on the city’s creative community and they could use your help.  They’re even sweetening the deal — complete the survey and you’ll be entered to win one of four $50 Amazon gift cards. … Continue reading


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Union Square Winter Craft Market 2013

Posted by at 2:55 pm on November 8, 2013

Winter Craft Market in Somerville’s Union Square offers distinctive, handmade holiday gifts for everyone on your shopping list! WHEN: On Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 11 am to 4 pm WHERE: Inside Precinct at 66-70 Union Square,  with some vendors on … Continue reading


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ArtsUnion Seeks Producers for Winter Events

Posted by at 1:22 pm on November 7, 2013

From the Somerville Arts Council: Ever wish to produce your own cultural event — with funding? Here’s your opportunity! ArtsUnion is looking for creative individuals and Union Square business owners to create, produce and manage cultural events that will take place indoors (or … Continue reading


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School Committee Member Cardoso to Retire, Celebration Planned

Posted by at 12:51 pm on November 4, 2013

Teresa Cardoso, Ward 2 School Committee member, is retiring.  She’s Somerville’s longest serving School Committee Representative with 22 years of service. Come celebrate her dedication and hard work in helping the students, staff, and families in Somerville. Date: Thursday, December 5, 2013 … Continue reading


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A Previous Generation’s “Practical Progress”

Posted by at 5:12 pm on October 29, 2013

In this time of dramatic development change in Union Square it’s interesting to look back at other times of change in Somerville. Back in 1959 Mayor Donovan, in a campaign piece for his re-election, touted the improvements under his administration … Continue reading


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Milbrook Cold Storage Property to be Redeveloped

Posted by at 11:22 am on October 22, 2013

The cold storage facility property on Medford St., near Target is being considered for redevelopment. Alderman Maryann Heuston is hosting a neighborhood meeting to discuss the residential project for 9 Medford Street (the Millbrook Cold Storage Properties) on Monday, October 28, 2013 at the Public … Continue reading


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City Seeks Advisors for Visioning in Union and Gilman Squares

Posted by at 5:23 pm on October 21, 2013

From the City of Somerville: The City of Somerville is seeking residents, property owners, members of the business community and other community representatives to serve on two advisory committees for Union Square and Gilman Square that will advise the city … Continue reading


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Winners 2013 Fluff Festival Cooking Contest

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  Congratulations to all who took home trophies at this year’s What the Fluff Cooking Contest.  You proved once again that Marshmallow Fluff truly is the secret to culinary success !   Best Overall: Monica Ng for Archie’s Bromfield Road … Continue reading


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Blue and Orange Line Innovation Event

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From Helena Fruscio, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Creative Economy Industry Director Are you part of the innovation economy? Are you based in a community north of Boston? Are you interested in meeting creative and innovative colleagues who are building dynamic businesses along the … Continue reading


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Once in a Century Choice on Somerville Avenue

Posted by at 8:48 pm on October 16, 2013

According to SomerVision, Somerville’s Comprehensive Plan to guide the City to 2030, Union Square is an area where transformative development will take place. Six percent of SomerVision’s city-wide goals for housing and jobs are designated for this neighborhood.  This translates … Continue reading


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Brother Cleve’s Sake Cocktail Party at Ebi Sushi

Posted by at 1:01 pm on October 15, 2013

Nightlife aficionados from across the country all know Brother Cleve as the man who can whip up an extraordinary cocktail with one hand and spin some smooth trax with the other.  And food lovers know that Jose Garcia prepares the … Continue reading


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MIT Grad Students Study a Union Square Gateway

Posted by at 3:57 pm on October 11, 2013

From the City of Somerville: Last year, students from MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning produced a plan with community input for the future of Winter Hill andMagoun Square neighborhood. We were able to get a great level of … Continue reading


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Call for Vendors – Winter Craft Market in Union Square December 7

Posted by at 4:25 pm on October 10, 2013

Union Square Main Streets hosts again its Winter Craft Market on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 11 am to 4 pm. Vendors are invited to apply for a space in this annual market that continues the energy of our weekly … Continue reading


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Restat Meetings for Union Square Neighborhoods

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The City of Somerville will host Resistat meetings for Union Square’s neighborhoods. Meet with Mayor Joe Curtatone, Ward and At-Large Aldermen, members of the Somerville Police Department, and city staff to hear updates. Topics of discussion include crime and safety … Continue reading


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Monster Mashed Up Returns to Somerville Ave

Posted by at 2:18 pm on October 3, 2013

SomerStreets has wound its way across the City and returns October 20th to Somerville Ave.  We’re crossing our fingers for fine weather for all the fun starting at noon.  The main program ends at 4 pm but the Oktoberfest music … Continue reading


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Fluff Festival T-shirts Now On Sale On-Line

Posted by at 10:37 am on October 2, 2013

The gorilla themed t-shirts were a big hit.  We sold out completely during the festival so we’re printing another run of them in the men’s, ladies and kids styles.  What kid doesn’t love gorillas? We’ll ship the first round of … Continue reading


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Grant Program for Creative Entrepreneurs

Posted by at 11:45 am on October 1, 2013

The Assets for Artists’ fall 2013 grant cycle provides support for artist-entrepreneurs living or operating their creative business anywhere in Massachusetts. Eligible applicants include artists in all disciplines — visual artists, performers, designers, photographers, film-makers, artisans, etc. — whose practice … Continue reading


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2013 Fluff Festival Cooking Contest Winners

Posted by at 2:36 pm on September 30, 2013

Much thanks to our judges Liz Bomze, Editor at Cook’s Illustrated, Juliana Lyman of Savenor’s Market, Suzanne Mermelstein of Mariposa Bakery and Eric Parkes of Somerville Chocolate CSA.  Our captain for this year’s contest was Karen Light. They tasted and conferred and sampled some … Continue reading


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Press Release: What the Fluff, Festival in Union Square, 2013

Posted by at 3:35 pm on September 26, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: What the Fluff?: A Tribute to Union Square Invention Annual Fluff Festival to Take Place Saturday, September 28, 2013, 3 to 7 pm (raindate Sunday, September 29th)   Contact: Mimi Graney, Union Square Main Streets 617-955-0080 — … Continue reading


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Maps and Schedules for 2013 Fluff Festival

Posted by at 5:23 pm on September 25, 2013

Wanna know what’s happening where this Saturday at the 2013 Fluff Festival? Here’s the map showing all the stages and vendors. Thinking a free pedicab ride is in your future?  Here’s the route the free pedicabs will be traveling for … Continue reading


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Map of the Fluff Festival 2013 Just Released

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Wanna know what’s happening where this Saturday at the 2013 Fluff Festival? Here’s the map showing all the stages and vendors. Thinking a free pedicab ride is in your future?  Here’s the route the free pedicabs will be traveling for … Continue reading


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MBTA Bus Rerouting for Fluff Festival

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Fluff Festival Union Square, Somerville Saturday, September 28, 2013 (Rain Date: Sunday 9/29/2013) 12:00pm-8:00pm Routes 86, 87 & 91 No service to Union Square   Route 86 Outbound: Connections can be made @ Kingman Rd and Washington St Inbound: Connections can be … Continue reading


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Cooking Contest Schedule

Posted by at 1:23 pm on September 24, 2013

 2:45 PM Registration Opens 3:15 PM Registration Closes 3:30 PM Judging Begins – stop by to watch them deliberate ! Oooh and Ahh over the entries ! 5:40 PM Winners of Cooking Contest Announced 6:00 PM Bake Sale Opens 6:00 … Continue reading


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Fluff Festival Held September 28, 2013

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The eighth annual “What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention” roars in to Union Square, Somerville, MA this Saturday and we’re gonna have a monster of a time. What the Fluff?: A Tribute to Union Square Invention honors … Continue reading


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Short Term Action, Long Term Change

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From CNU New England:  (USMS is a partner in this event) Tactical Urbanism Salon Boston: This is a Test Innovation District, Boston Friday October 18, 2013 starting at 3 pm, and Saturday, October 19, 2013, Salon at District Hall is 9 am … Continue reading


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Shenanigans Stage Schedule

Posted by at 9:36 pm on September 23, 2013

3:00 PM Marshmallow Toss 3:20 PM Fluff Jousting 3:40 PM Blind Man’s Fluff 4:00 PM Wheels N Motion BMX Stunt Team 4:20 PM Fluff Musical Chairs 4:40 PM Fluff Lick Off 5:00 PM Blind Man’s Fluff 5:20 PM Fluff Lick … Continue reading


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2013 Fluff Festival Performance Stage Schedule

Posted by at 12:06 pm on September 18, 2013

3:00 PM The Ward Eights 4:15 PM Vilari’s Self Defense Center 4:30 PM Marc Pinansky and Bored of Health 5:00 PM Meet the Candidates for the Fabulous Pharaoh of Fluff 5:15 PM More from the Marc Pinansky and Bored of … Continue reading


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Who Are You Wearing?

Posted by at 12:18 pm on September 17, 2013

You might have encountered Danielle Festa on Union Square Plaza back last May when she set up a red carpet and camera to capture casual passersby.  She’s taken those and other photographs and created a series of original mixed oil … Continue reading


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Historic Walking Tour Looks “From Bow Street to Brickbottom”

Posted by at 3:39 pm on September 16, 2013

Somerville’s Historic Preservation Commission has organized another of their popular and information historic working tours of Union Square.  Edward Gordon, President of the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society of America will explore the architecture and share the stories … Continue reading


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Dust off Your Fairy Wings

Posted by at 12:26 pm on September 12, 2013

From the Community Growing Center: A Gathering of Fairies will take place at the Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave., Somerville (near Union Square) on Saturday September 28 from 1-3 pm (rain ` The Gathering is garden celebration for … Continue reading


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Press Release: 2013 What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention

Posted by at 12:52 pm on September 11, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: What the Fluff?: A Tribute to Union Square Invention Annual Fluff Festival to Take Place Saturday, September 28, 2013, 3 to 7 pm (raindate Sunday, September 28th) Contact: Mimi Graney, Union Square Main Streets 617-955-0080 — usms@unionsquaremain.org … Continue reading


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Board of Aldermen to Vote on Key Union Square Zoning Districts

Posted by at 12:04 pm on September 5, 2013

A Public Hearing is scheduled for the City of Somerville Planning Board and Board of Aldermen’s Land Use Committee to hear comments on changing the CCD-55  zoning code to CCD-45 in the Union Square area and along McGrath Hwy (Ward … Continue reading


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Ward 3 Candidate Forum

Posted by at 7:49 pm on September 3, 2013

Union Square Main Streets hosted a Ward 3 Candidates Forum on Thursday, September 12, 2013.  The forum was recorded before a live studio audience and then cablecast on Somerville Community Access TV. All four candidates appearing on the ballot – … Continue reading


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Transportation Studies for Union Square

Posted by at 4:10 pm on August 15, 2013

Two summer fellows from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design spent the summer of 2013  with Union Square Main Streets  investigating transportation related issues, with particular attention to the impact of the future Greenline and new development. Along with the blog … Continue reading


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Inspiration for a Union Square Transit Hub

Posted by at 5:56 pm on July 31, 2013

Special for Union Square Main Streets by Adrienne Mathews Perhaps you’ve heard? The Green Line is coming to Union Square! After some delay, we expect its arrival in 2016. The land has been purchased, station designs prepared, and rail track … Continue reading


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Summer Fellows Present Research on Union Square

Posted by at 5:59 pm on July 25, 2013

Presentation on Urban Design Strategies for Union Square Thursday, August 15, 2013 6 pm Union Square Main Streets, 66-70 Union Square All are invited to attend this presentation by Tim Czerwienski and Adrienne Mathews. These students from Harvard’s Graduate School of … Continue reading


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The Score for Union Square on Transit

Posted by at 6:10 pm on July 23, 2013

Special for Union Square Main Streets by Tim Czerwienski The City of Somerville’s plans for Union Square envision a dense, pedestrian-friendly downtown, enabled in no small part by the arrival of the Green Line extension. The focus is on transit-oriented developments … Continue reading


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Big Top Show Cavalia Seeks to Partner with Somerville Businesses

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Attention Somerville businesses! Cavalia and their performance of Odysseo is coming to Assembly Square next month and they are seeking to partner with Somerville’s shops and restaurants, linking your business to the show’s more than 50,000 expected visitors. They are … Continue reading


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Alleys Hold Potential for Urban Transformation

Posted by at 12:30 pm on July 15, 2013

Special to Union Square Main Streets by Adrienne Mathews   Alleys and side yards are places we use tend to use frequently but just for short visits like cigarette breaks, taking out the trash and, of course, for parking and … Continue reading


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Future Boston Accepting Application for Creative Accelorator

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From Helena Fruscio, Creative Economy Industry Director for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Do you have an idea for starting a business? Future Boston has just started accepting applications for a second business accelerator program. Here is a link to the application with detailed … Continue reading


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Shared Parking a Key Strategy for a Walker Friendly Union Square

Posted by at 3:36 pm on July 10, 2013

Special to USMS by Tim Czerwienski with Mimi Graney Sharing isn’t a new concept, but it’s a practice that communities across the country are coming to recognize with fresh energy as a way to make neighborhoods richer not just in social … Continue reading


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Super 8 Filmmaking Workshop at SCAT

Posted by at 11:15 am on July 8, 2013

Take a “DIY” approach to filmmaking with real black and white celluloid film and super-8 movie cameras. Editing will be performed using traditional cutting and splicing tools. We will also cover some “handmade” approaches to production, such as hand-painting, processing, and … Continue reading


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Lincoln Park July Fun

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This Friday night Lincoln Park is the site for the Fourth Annual Urban Camp Out. Gather by the campfire for songs, s’mores, and stories. Families and anyone else who likes to camp are welcome to come spend the night in … Continue reading


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ArtsUnion Festivals Light Up the Summer

Posted by at 10:20 am on June 28, 2013

From the Somerville Arts Council:   If you missed Bazaar Bizarre, our first ArtsUnion summer event, not to worry. Because on July 13th, there is another craft market that eschews the ordinary: Boston Handmade Market Place. Here you’ll find jewelery, ceramics, textiles, … Continue reading


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Arts Council Presents Cooking Classes to Celebrate Union Square’s Cultures

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From the Somerville Arts Council: Nibble started with a blog about food and culture in Union Square. The blog spawned a book, and now we are teaming up with Kitchen Inc., Union Square’s culinary incubator, for this Nibble cooking class … Continue reading


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Volunteers Sought for Data Collection

Posted by at 5:03 pm on June 27, 2013

As part of its Livability Program, the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) conducts ongoing bicycle and pedestrian planning activities that aim to increase biking and walking by improving access to safe, healthy, efficient, nonmotorized transportation options in the Boston region. … Continue reading


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ArtsUnion Summer Event Calendar 2013

Posted by at 10:58 am on June 21, 2013

Planning your summer? Here’s the quick line-up of ArtsUnion festivals in Union Square. Click here for complete details. Bazaar Bizarre Sunday, June 23 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Boston Handmade Marketplace Saturday, July 13 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Ignite! … Continue reading


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Orientation for Prospective Volunteers

Posted by at 1:01 pm on June 19, 2013

Want to get more involved in the work of Union Square Main Streets? We’re hosting an orientation for prospective volunteers. Meet the committee chairs seeking your talents for initiatives to enliven Union Square. Learn the background of the organization and … Continue reading


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Looking forward to the Fluff Festival September 28

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Business Support Sought for Annual Fluff Festival

Posted by at 6:11 pm on June 18, 2013

The “What the Fluff?” Festival is fast approaching on Saturday, September 28 and we welcome area businesses as part of the event.  Last year 10,000 sugar-hungry, fun-loving attendees, media and area businesses made the event a smashing success. Some ways … Continue reading


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Call for Vendors at Fluff Festival

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Applications are now being accepted for vendors at  this year’s What the Fluff? Festival. This year’s theme is “It’s a Fluff-Fluff-Fluffy World” and we’re looking for inventive ways that New England born Fluff mashes up with cultures from around the … Continue reading


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Why No Coffee at the Union Square Farmers Market?

Posted by at 5:30 pm on June 17, 2013

It’s a query we get a lot here at Union Square Main Streets. “I would love to be able to buy a decent cup of coffee at the market.  Can you bring in a coffee vendor to the Union Square … Continue reading


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Greenline Station Planning Meeting June 11

Posted by at 1:38 pm on June 3, 2013

MassDOT and the MBTA will host five public meetings over three weeks in June to provide the Cambridge, Somerville and Medford communities with updates on station designs for the Green Line Extension Project. The meeting for the Union Square and … Continue reading


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Special Kids Program this Weekend at the Union Square Farmers Market

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On June 8, 2013 at 10am we’re looking forward to a special presentation by Wild Tales.  They’ll be sharing their musical “What Makes a City Grow: a Tale of Two Cities” at the Union Sq Farmers Market.   The original show is … Continue reading


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Proposed Zoning Not Right Direction for Union Square Development

Posted by at 2:49 pm on May 28, 2013

The City of Somerville’s Planning Board and Board of Aldermen are reviewing a proposal that would rezone two areas on the edge of Union Square.  On Somerville Avenue between Church and Carlton, that is, the block that includes Market Basket, … Continue reading


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Poynton Roadway Scheme Still Looking Good

Posted by at 4:23 pm on May 21, 2013

It seems to have been more than an infatuation with the new fangled. The people of Poynton in the UK who got rid of their traffic signals and curbs for a shared roadway scheme are still in love. The businesses … Continue reading


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Grounding McGrath Study Presented to the Public

Posted by at 12:27 pm on May 14, 2013

Livable Streets has been hot on the issue of the de-elevation of McGrath. There’s some immediate repairs that need to be done to the overpass but in the long term advocates are clamoring for this barrier to East Somerville to come down. … Continue reading


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CreativeNext Resource Meeting Sessions

Posted by at 5:53 pm on May 1, 2013

Are you a creative business owner looking for support? Businesses working in the creative industries can sign up for sessions to access support and resources. Take advantage of this opportunity to connect to state and local business advisers during the … Continue reading


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Somerville Celebrates Preservation Month with Tours, Talks, Parade

Posted by at 12:05 pm on April 29, 2013

Throughout the month of May, the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission (SHPC) partners with other local organizations to host events honoring Somerville’s history and historic districts. All events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted. Jane’s Walk of … Continue reading


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SomerStreets 2013 Calendar

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SomerStreets is a series of events happening annually in Somerville where the vehicles are told to stay put and pedestrians, runners, cyclists and skateboarders take over a major artery in the City. SomerStreets builds on the Shape Up Somerville healthy … Continue reading


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Union Square Jane’s Walk May 3

Posted by at 3:58 pm on April 23, 2013

Jane Jacobs was an urban activist and writer who championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning. In her honor, people all over the world host on the first weekend of May, a Jane’s Walk. Here … Continue reading


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USMS Is Hiring

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Job Posting:  Program Assistant at Union Square Main Streets Union Square Main Streets is a community economic development program in Somerville, MA that leverages local resources for the neighborhood’s advancement. The Program Assistant works both at the Union Square Farmers … Continue reading


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Mayor’s Fitness Challenges Encourages Wellness City-Wide

Posted by at 12:29 pm on April 15, 2013

Everyone across Somerville is joining in on the Mayor’s Fitness Challenge. Through June 20 residents and staff in local businesses are eating more healthfully and becoming more active.  To help in the effort there’s special events and discounts in a … Continue reading


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Mayor’s Fitness Challenge Kicks Off April 13

Posted by at 11:38 am on April 11, 2013

The City of Somerville and Union Square Main Streets announce the 4th annual “Mayor’s Fitness Challenge,” which will kick off with a celebration and Fitness Fair on Saturday, April 13th at the Somerville High School Field House, 81 Highland Ave.  … Continue reading


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Saving the Golden Moment for Somerville’s Artists

Posted by at 6:28 pm on April 10, 2013

For decades Somerville’s underused industrial buildings have provided super cheap spaces for musicians, dancers, theatrical and circus performers, sculptors, painters, tinkerers and every manner of casually creative folk to practice, network and grow their craft in the urban landscape. In … Continue reading


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Manufacturing: An Old Idea is New Again

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While Somerville, Massachusetts never achieved the scale of industrial development that cities like Lowell, Lawrence and Waltham did, for a century and a half, its economic base was manufacturing. In the nineteenth century, Somerville boasted major employers in meat packing, … Continue reading


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You’re in Liberty Pole Square

Posted by at 1:12 pm on April 5, 2013

Reprinted with permission from the Somerville News By Bob (Monty) Doherty Most Somerville residents could quickly direct you to Union Square. If you asked the same individual how to get to Liberty Pole Square, however, chances are they would have … Continue reading


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Express Yourself on Transportation Funding for Massachusetts

Posted by at 6:59 pm on March 27, 2013

Legislators on Beacon Hill are making important decisions this week about how much to invest in our state’s transportation system. They need to hear that we want them to solve our transportation funding crisis for the long term and to … Continue reading


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How Are You Celebrating Neighbor Day?

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From Good Magazine: The American mythology of rugged individualism, self-reliance, and the pioneer spirit has traveled far and, like any good myth, picked up embellishments along the way. Emerson, Thoreau, and then later (in her own way) Ayn Rand all … Continue reading


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Community Meeting on Allocation of Federal Funds

Posted by at 2:45 pm on March 25, 2013

The City of Somerville receives each year federal money from HUD to meet local needs for community and economic development, parks and infrastructure, public services, and housing programs. As part of this process the  Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development creates the City’s 2013-2017 … Continue reading


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Call for Food Truck Vendors

Posted by at 4:03 pm on March 18, 2013

The Mayor’s Fitness Challenge, a project of the City of Somerville, is taking place at Somerville High School on Saturday, April 13th. This event kicks off a ten-week program to encourage Somerville residents towards their wellness goals. The organizing committee … Continue reading


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Who is Archibald Query? Fluff Makes the Quiz

Posted by at 4:19 pm on March 16, 2013

WGBH hosts a regular quiz show featuring teams from Massachusetts high schools.  Host   might have thought the kids from Chelmsford and Wellesley would be stumped but they ably knew Archibald Query’s famous Somerville invention.  Costa tells his audience that … Continue reading


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Motives of Makers in the Creative Community Make a Rich Stew

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From Make Magazine: “People become makers for lots of reasons. Weirdly, many of them seem to start with E: Entertainment: Making stuff is just plain fun.  When you’re done working, cleaning, and generally fending off entropy another day, making is … Continue reading


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Union Square Business Owner Meeting

Posted by at 1:10 pm on March 15, 2013

Somerville Local First organizes a regular schedule of weekday lunches to bring together Union Square business owners for a casual get together. The March event takes place Wednesday, March 27, 11 am to 1 pm, and will be hosted by  Cindy Larson … Continue reading


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Community Access TV Celebrates 30 Years

Posted by at 11:02 am on March 14, 2013

When SCATV (Somerville Community Access TV) launched thirty years ago in Somerville it was one of the first public access TV stations in the country, part of a growing movement to expand community access to mass media.  In the days … Continue reading


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Somerville By Design

Posted by at 2:54 pm on March 11, 2013

From the City of Somerville: In April 2012, the City adopted a new Comprehensive Plan for the City,streetscapes  called SomerVision.  The SomerVision plan includes six key implementation steps.  One of those steps involves the development of design-based plans for future Green … Continue reading


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Meet the Greenline Extension Construction Team

Posted by at 4:23 pm on February 28, 2013

On Thursday, March 14, 2013 the Green Line Extension (GLX) Project will hold a Public Meeting to introduce Barletta Heavy Division, Inc. to the community as they begin Phase 1 construction. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn … Continue reading


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Annual Boil Down Brings Sweet Rewards

Posted by at 10:31 am on February 22, 2013

Join Groundwork Somerville on March 9th at the Somerville Community Growing Centerfor the annual Somerville Maple Syrup Project Boil Down. Community members of all ages are invited to watch and learn as sap from local sugar maple trees is boiled down into pure … Continue reading


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Apply to Be a Vendor at the Union Square Farmers Market

Posted by at 2:22 pm on February 13, 2013

The Union Square Farmers Market is now accepting applications for the 2013 season.  Running every Saturday from 9 am to 1 pm, June 1 through November 23, the gathering of local food producers has become a vital and vibrant neighborhood tradition. … Continue reading


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Hot Brooklyn Band Coming to Union Square, the Brooklyn of Massachusetts

Posted by at 5:23 pm on February 12, 2013

Performing at Precinct this Monday !


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Shared Roadway IS Possible for High Traffic Centers

Posted by at 3:16 pm on February 11, 2013

Back when Union Square developed Washington Street and Somerville very much blurred.  There were no distinct sidewalks or roadways, just a big open space where wagons, cars, trolleys and pedestrians are moved through, sharing that common space. In the intervening … Continue reading


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Blizzard 2013

Posted by at 12:09 pm on February 10, 2013

Be sure to check out Union Square Main Streets’ facebook page for reports from the Snow Dance Party in the aftermath of the Blizzard of 2013. Special post by Union Square resident Sara Cohen My view does a lot to … Continue reading


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Visioning Meeting for 181-197 Washington Street

Posted by at 2:41 pm on February 7, 2013

From Somerville Community Corporation: Join SCC and Cathartes Private Investments, for an interactive workshop to re-imagine connectivity at the proposed new development on Washington Street. We invite neighbors to envision ways to make this development a vibrant resource for the community. Explore the site … Continue reading


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Hey, Wasn’t the Trash Transfer Station Supposed to be Closed by Now?

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From Chris Orchard at the Somerville Patch:   I recently got an email from a reader asking about the Waste Management transfer station in Brickbottom, off McGrath Highway. In the fall of 2011, the city sent a letter to Waste Management saying … Continue reading


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Flash Mob to Frolic in Snow in Union Square this Saturday

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From Gui Calvalcanti, Artisan’s Asylum Hello Somerville! This weekend, Boston will be rocked by the biggest snow storm to hit New England in years. It’s expected to howl away through Friday night and Saturday morning… leaving us Saturday afternoon to … Continue reading


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Entrepreneurship Class Starst Soon

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Have you launched your new business, or are you ready to? The CJP/JVS Entrepreneurship Program, presented  in partnership with Interise, Boston-based experts in small business development, is a highly affordable program that combines classroom instruction with case studies, research and one-on-one … Continue reading


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A Stronger Heart with Your Sweetheart

Posted by at 11:54 am on February 5, 2013

While an expression of love from your Valentine is often associated with chocolates and a rich, romantic dinner, Achieve Fitness in Union Square says that your partner should be equally viewed as your key to a healthier you. “Couples who … Continue reading


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City Meetings on Roadway Improvements

Posted by at 5:04 pm on January 31, 2013

From the City of Somerville: We are pleased to announce the next series of Somerville by Design: the Complete Streets series.  To achieve our SomerVision Comprehensive Plan goals, and to compliment the Green Line station area plans developed by the &#…


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Massachusetts Bill Considers Allowing Breweries at Farmers Markets

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The Massachusetts Senate and House are now considering a bill that would allow farmer-breweries to sell at farmers markets. State Representative Denise Provost has signed on in support of the legislation. This bill would update the farm-winery legislat…


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Shall We Dance Some More?

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Dance Union remains hot, hot, hot! Zumba with Jess celebrates one year with a party on February 2. After class the group will head downstairs to Cafe Tango at noon to toast a successful first year and best wishes for years to come. … Continue …


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Learn About Current Development Proposals

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Three upcoming community meetings on two different development proposals. Community Meeting on 70 Prospect Street called by Maryann Heuston Monday, February 4 6:30 at the Argenziano School  Public Safety Building,  220 Washington Street This is the t…


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Save 197 Washington Street: What Say You?

Posted by at 4:44 pm on January 30, 2013

Update:    SCC and Cathartes Private Investments to host Community Visioning Meeting February 23 Somerville Patch on community meeting with the developers.  Somerville Journal report.   As change comes to Union Square we’re called to …


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Somerville Arts Council’s Winter Series of Events

Posted by at 11:56 am on January 23, 2013

Save the Dates !  For more details and tickets see the Somerville Arts Council.         Sunday, January 27 Foods of the Americas cooking class.  3-7pm; $40; Kitchen Inc, 201 Somerville Ave   Monday, January 28 Ginger Explosio…


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Arts Council Launches Cooking Classes in Union Square

Posted by at 12:04 pm on January 22, 2013

Nibble started with a blog about food and culture in Union Square. The blog spawned a book, and now the Somerville Arts Council extends Nibble to include culinary classes as they teaming up with Home- made Modern Co. (formerly City … Continue rea…


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Quincy Street Park Ribbon Cutting January 24

Posted by at 10:22 am on January 10, 2013

The City of Somerville has renovated and is ready to open a new woodland open space on Quincy Street — that’s between Somerville Ave and Summer Street, just before School Street. Mayor Curtatone and Alderman Heuston invite you to join &#823…


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Mayor Curtatone Seeks to Connect with Residents through MIMBY

Posted by at 3:09 pm on January 7, 2013

USMS Director Mimi Graney served as host for the Somerville Community Access TV show “Talking about Somerville” where Mayor Joseph Curtatone talked about his new initiative, MIMBY (Mayor in My Back Yard). On the start of the mayor’s t…


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Small Business Workshops

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The Massachusetts Small Business Development Center  provides one-on-one business advising to entrepreneurs and small business owners. As part of their services check out these upcoming workshops :   · Getting Started in Business- January 29 at …


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Corpbasics Holds Fitness Jump Start Program for 2013

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Lots happening here in Union Square to get you fit in 2013! Corpbasics is hosting a Fitness Jump Start Program, with 6 weeks, 12 classes of your choice for $99. You can buy online or at the studio now through 1/31/13 … Continue reading →


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561 Windsor Street, Somerville’s Quietly Awesome Business Incubator

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  It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the brick building among the tangle of random streets in Boynton Yards across the tracks from Union Square is one of the most dynamic commercial buildings in the city, perhaps … Continu…


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New Gym Called Achieve Fitness Opens in Union Square

Posted by at 1:01 pm on December 26, 2012

From Achieve Fitness: There is a new gym in Union Square. Achieve Fitness is holding their grand opening located at 42 Merriam Street on January 17, 2013 from 6:00 -9:00 pm,  just in time to help fulfill your New Year’s resolutions. “We … …


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Report Shows Non-Car Customers are Better for Small Businesses

Posted by at 1:13 pm on December 18, 2012

Small business owners worry that without lots of parking spaces available immediately outside their business their sales will drop.  As the City of Somerville this past summer repurposed curbside parking spaces for bike corrals, some business owners m…


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Youth to Serenade Union Square this Wednesday

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From the Somerville News: Some of Argenziano School’s brightest voices will ring out Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 3:30 p.m. in Union Square where a group of about 25 youngsters, all members of the Argenziano School Chorus, will gather to perform … Con…


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Deliciously Diverse Union Square

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Somerville Patch posted this great video from Verissima Productions on just some of the restaurants in Union Square reflecting the diverse people and flavors found in this neighborhood.


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Bikes on Sidewalks Subject of Advocates

Posted by at 12:43 pm on December 14, 2012

Our recent post on possible changes to pedestrian signalization in Somerville attracted the attention of Greg Hill.  He shared this video, shot here in Union Square and in Davis. It shows bikes on the sidewalks in these busy commercial districts ̷…


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Culture Club Talks Food with Union Square Main Streets & Internationale Market

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Walk/Bike Tour of the Proposed Community Path Extension

Posted by at 12:28 pm on October 14, 2012

Friends of the Community Path lead two tours — one on bike, one on foot — on  Saturday, 10/20 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm.  Rain date isSunday 10/21. Meet at East Street and North Point Boulevard, Cambridge (across the street … Continue re…


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News from Alderman Heuston

Posted by at 2:46 pm on October 11, 2012

Alderman Maryann Heuston represents Ward 2, one half of Union Square. She’s recently sent out this update on Ward news.   Greetings to folks in WARD 2, As usual, Ward 2 continues to be an ever evolving area with many … Continue reading…


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3, 2, 1 – The Fluff Festival That Was

Posted by at 7:16 pm on October 10, 2012

Thanks everyone for making the 2012 What the Fluff Festival such a spectacular event. The most memorable part of this year’s festival was the inundation of marshmallow shooters, made possible by the Artisan’s Asylum with two grocery carts f…


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Farmers Market News

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From October 4, 2012 http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs042/1100632372640/archive/1111179327283.html


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The Latin Flavor in Union Square

Posted by at 11:26 am on October 5, 2012

Union Square’s Latino restaurant owners are serving up loroco pupusas, jalapeño margaritas and grilled guinea pig—they are firing up the local economy, as well. In the Somerville Arts Council’s blog Nibble, Rachel Strutt speaks to these fol…


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Fluff Festival 2012 Recipe: S’Moreland Street Treats

Posted by at 4:41 pm on October 4, 2012

Submitted by Monica Ng. This recipe took home Best Overall at the 2012 Festival For the cake: 1/2 cup unsalted butter 1 cup packed light muscavado sugar 1/4 cup oil 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix 4 large egg yolks … Continue reading →


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Fluff Festival Recipe: Archie’s $500 Sliders

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Recipe submitted by Amy Berry Fluff Slaw Mix together: 1/2 cup Marshmallow Fluff 1/4 cup rice vinegar 2 Tablespoons Liquid Aminos or soy sauce 1/4 teaspoon dry ginger 1 teaspoon sriracha hot chili sauce Toast in pan: 1 – 16 ounce … Continu…


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Fluff Festival 2012 Cooking Contest Winners

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Much thanks to all for the nearly two dozen entries in this year’s cooking contest.  And thanks too to our group of judges – Elyse Andrews of Somerville Beat, Patrick Gilmartin of Staff Meal, Aaron Cohen of Eat Boston, and James … C…


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ArtsUnion Seeks Producers for Winter Events and Public Art

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Ever wish to produce your own cultural event or create public art — with funding? Here’s your opportunity! ArtsUnion is looking for creative individuals and Union Square Business owners to create, produce and manage cultural events that will take p…


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How Many Marshmallows in the Jar?

Posted by at 1:55 pm on October 3, 2012

Regretfully, we don’t have a glamour shot of the jar filled container of marshmallows from the Fluff Fest, lovingly decorated by Anja Bresler.  Happily, however, we did remember to count the marshmallows before we emptied the container and stash…


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MBTA Bus Diversions for Fluff

Posted by at 10:15 am on September 29, 2012

Working on a map to assist but for now here’s the routes for tomorrow for the main bus lines through Union Square diverted for the Fluff Festival. Union Sq. Diversion - Saturday 9/29/12 1:00pm to 7:00pm   Route 86 Inbound: Regular … C…


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Amazing Things to Eat at 2012 Fluff Festival

Posted by at 6:36 pm on September 27, 2012

We’ve got a tasty, unique combination of foods coming this Saturday for the Fluff Festival. Area businesses are putting a decidedly Fluff spin on their typical fare.  Union Square Farmers Market vendor Hollis Hills Farm will be whipping their lo…


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Union Square Farmers Market News for September 29

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Remember! The market closes right at noon this week to make way for Fluff! After you put away your produce, walk right back to Union Sq for the 7th annual What the Fluff Festival! Summer produce has faded away (remember … Continue reading →


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Swirl and Slice Market Bids Farewell

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The Swirl and Slice market is closed for the season. A big thank you to all the vendors who were part of our experimental evening, specialty food market — your products were amazing and we enjoyed a chance to meet each of … Continue readi…


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We’re “Sticking” With Saturday for Fluff Fest

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We don’t wanna jinx it but we’re going to hold fast to our Saturday date for the Fluff Festival. Currently forecast says 50-50 chance of light showers.   Continue your prayers for fair skies to the higher power of your … Continue rea…


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Programs! Get ‘Yer Programs Here!

Posted by at 7:59 pm on September 26, 2012

You won’t know a Fluffernutter from a Flufferette, a S’more from a Marshmallow Shooter without your program! Download our program to get the complete schedule, map and all the scoop on what you can expect this Saturday. Click here for ̷…


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Leaders Discuss Ways to Meet Community Needs for Jobs, Equity, Investment

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Last week,  Mimi Graney, Executive Director of Union Square Main Streets, attended a two-day conference in Boston convened by the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). 250 corporate, civic and city leaders from across the U.S. participated …


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Mayor Calls for “Reboot” of Lincoln Park Planning Process

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From the City of Somerville: Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone announced today that he has directed the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) to appoint a design consultant to manage a new and more comprehensive planning process for pr…


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Candlelight Vigil to Highlight Domestic Violence Awareness

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From the City of Somerville: Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and the Somerville Commission for Women announce the Annual Candlelight Vigil in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month on Wednesday, October 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the Somerville Public Safety Bu…


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3, 2, 1.. Blast off! Fluff Festival Launches September 29

Posted by at 4:24 pm on September 21, 2012

Marshmallow Fluff is out of this world and lighter than air, so for this seventh annual “What the Fluff?” festival we explore Fluff in space! (Space…. Space….) Fluffernutters were served at the International Space Station (it…


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State Knocks Down Somerville Effort to Expand Liquor Licenses

Posted by at 6:35 am on September 15, 2012

The Massachusetts legislature denied the city of Somerville’s request to remove the cap on the number of liquor licenses that could be issued in the city.  This is a notable set back for small businesses seeking to open here and … Continue…


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Aldermen Consider Revitalization Plan, Affected Property Owners and Businesses to Meet

Posted by at 12:07 pm on September 13, 2012

The Mayor’s Office of the City of Somerville presented to the Board of Aldermen a revitalization plan for Union Square.  The document follows upon a memorandum of understanding signed by the City of Somerville and the Massachusetts Bay Transport…


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Fluff Festival 2012 Press Release

Posted by at 4:33 pm on September 10, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE What the Fluff?: A Tribute to Union Square Invention Annual Fluff Festival to Take Place Saturday, September 29, 2012, 3 to 7 pm (raindate Sunday, September 29th) Contact: Mimi Graney, Union Square Main Streets. 617-955-0080 R…


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Fluff Fest Needs You!

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September is here and that means it’s time for Fluff! September 29, 2012 is the 7th annual What the Fluff? A Tribute to Union Square Invention. Produced by Union Square Main Streets, “What the Fluff” celebrates the genius of Archibald …


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September Newsletter

Posted by at 1:00 pm on September 6, 2012

Didn’t catch it in your mailbox? Check out the latest newsletter from Union Square Main Streets here.


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Farmers Market News – Thursday Night Market

Posted by at 12:53 pm on August 30, 2012

Have you been to the Tasting Table  yet? Every week we partner with Terroir Studio to host an educational seated tasting event at Swirl & Slice on a range of topics related to local food and wine. For a small fee … Continue reading →


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Farmers Market News – Saturday Market

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September is here! Celebrate the cool early morning at the market, as summer produce keeps rolling in. The peaches and corn keep getting better and better each week. Find all the veggies and meats you need for Labor Day grilling … Continue readin…


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Seeking Jack (or Jill) of All Trades to Help with Fluff Festival Coordination

Posted by at 3:25 pm on August 29, 2012

Union Square Main Streets seeks  a part-time person to help with coordination of the Fluff Festival coming up in Union Square, Somerville. Exact days and times flexible but candidates must be available weekdays, 10 am to 6 pm. What the … Continu…


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Community Meeting on Design of Lincoln Park

Posted by at 1:03 pm on August 27, 2012

From the City of Somerville: The City of Somerville will be hosting further community discussion on Lincoln Park on September 12 at 5:30pm at the Argenziano School and September 24 at 6:30pm at the Argenziano School. Please note that rehabilitation p…


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Musicians Who Give Back Now Needing Our Help

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Just heard from a group of friends who are gathering to support a whole gaggle of musicians affected by a recent fire in Cambridge.  Taking bits and pieces from their reports…. On the morning of Thursday, August 23rd a fire … Continue read…


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City Proposed Revitalization Plan for Union Square

Posted by at 12:12 pm on August 17, 2012

It was only just released last night so we’re still absorbing the details; a fuller blog post will follow later this month. The Mayor’s Office of the City of Somerville presented to the Board of Aldermen last night, August 16, … Conti…


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Union Square In The Limelight

Posted by at 2:23 pm on August 16, 2012

Reprinted with permission from the Somerville News.  By Joseph A. Curtatone, Mayor of Somerville (The opinions and views expressed in the commentaries of The Somerville News belong solely to the authors of those commentaries and do not reflect the vie…


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It’s a Yarmstorm!

Posted by at 8:04 am on August 15, 2012

In a flurry (or is it furry?) of creativity, he needles of knitters and crocheters will  transform Perry Park with a public installation on  Saturday, August 25th.  Stop by between 9am-1pm to the Washington Street green space.  Perry Park is near…


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Animation Boot Camp

Posted by at 10:12 am on August 11, 2012

Instructor Gabriel Polonsky is a professional, Emmy nominated animation director, artist, and cartoonist. He has created projects for Cartoon Network, Discovery, and SyFy Channels, PBS, Miramax Feature Films, Nickelodeon, and more. He has taught childr…


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Creative Union Closing Sale

Posted by at 3:48 pm on August 9, 2012

The Creative Union Gallery at 29 Union Square is closing because of the lack of grant funding.  Run by the Walnut Street Center and Outside the Line Studio, the store has been a retail location for outside fine art and … Continue reading →


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Farmers Market News

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Swirl and Slice Market – Thursdays, 5 to 8 pm Have you heard? Food trucks are coming to Somerville! We’re very excited to be hosting Somerville’s first food truck starting next week at Swirl & Slice. Starting Thursday August 16,…


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Lefty’s Silver Cart to Be Part of Food Truck Pilot in Union Square

Posted by at 3:45 pm on August 8, 2012

Union Square Main Streets is working with the City of Somerville to pilot food truck businesses in the community.  USMS is inviting mobile food vendors to  the Swirl and Slice market on Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 pm. Already … Continue readi…


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Food Truck Pilot in Union Square Launches at Swirl and Slice Market

Posted by at 12:17 pm on August 7, 2012

As the City of Somerville considers municipal regulations for a food trucks in a pilot launches in Union Square to explore how such vending might work across the community. As part of the Thursday evening Swirl and Slice market in … Continue read…


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Hubway is Here

Posted by at 1:22 pm on August 3, 2012

Union Square has just received its own Hubway kiosk, joining the network across Boston, Cambridge and Somerville of shared bikes. Hubway provides short-term bike rentals at automated stations.  Launched in Boston last summer the program proved wildly …


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World Class Artists Mirror Back Somerville Flair

Posted by at 12:43 pm on August 2, 2012

Identical  twin brothersOtavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, better known as Os Gêmeos (Portuguese for The Twins), made a name for themselves on the streets of their native São Paulo, Brazil as graffiti artists.  Remaining true to their style they’…


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Bearded Pig Now Open

Posted by at 4:35 pm on July 31, 2012

The Bearded Pig brings their authentic Southern BBQ to Union Square.  The meat-loving restaurant opened Monday, July 30, 2012 on 445 Somerville Ave, across from Market Basket and, ironically enough, immediately beside the all vegetarian Dosa Temple. &…


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Hornography in Concert

Posted by at 1:26 pm on July 30, 2012

The Somerville Community Growing Center at 22 Vinal Ave has a whole slew of awesome happenings all summer long. To coincide with Swirl and Slice, they’ve been open each Thursday evening starting at 6 pm for picnicking and typically have … C…


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Sign in Need of More Love

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Thanks to Alan Kelly, working on behalf of the Independent, the sign at the end of the central parking lot is looking a lot better.  But that planter is still barren of life and could use a green thumb. Are … Continue reading →


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One Small Step for Fluff Kind: Call for Fluff Festival Sponsors, Vendors

Posted by at 5:50 pm on July 25, 2012

It’s Fluff Fest time again in Union Square!  For this year’s theme we’re going out of this world and focusing on the lighter than air quality of Fluff — so like we’re going into outer space! (space….space….) J…


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Now We’re Cookin’!

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At Union Square’s Thursday night market you’ll be able to pick up some great books that will make your cooking and heart sing! Nibble is the hot off the presses book by the Somerville Arts Council. This 132-page color book features ……


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Livable Streets Updates on McGrath De-Elevation

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From Livable Streets MassDOT has agreed that McGrath’s McCarthy Overpass over Washington Street will be removed! The hundreds of “Remove McGrath” postcards you signed, and your voice at the May 31 public meeting, made this victory p…


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Free Yoga in Union Square Parks

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Join the teachers of Be. in Union yoga studio as they host free yoga in the park classes this summer. July 28, Nunziato Field corner of Summer and Vinal Street, 1:00 -2:00 pm August 11,  Perry Park on Washington Street, … Continue reading →


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Massachusetts Farmers Market Week Declared for August 19-25

Posted by at 12:52 pm on July 24, 2012

Governor Deval Patrick has proclaimed August 19-25, 2012 Massachusetts Farmers’ Market Week.  Calling farmers’ markets “essential to the vitality of Massachusetts farms” Governor Patrick says “it is befitting for the citizens of Massachusett…


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More Ideas on Parkets

Posted by at 2:52 pm on July 19, 2012

Regular readers of this blog will likely remember the nifty article by Alexandra Reisman on parklets. In Union Square this past summer we’ve not seen any temporary patios just yet, although The Independent has an application pending for a summer …


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Swirl and Slice Adds Spice to Thursday Nights

Posted by at 10:07 am on July 18, 2012

Swirl and Slice is not your ordinary farmers’ market.  When others are dropping their tents, vendors  in Union Square are opening them for an evening market that celebrates refined local food, most importantly wine and cheese. Folks stroll among th…


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Meet the Vendor: Crystal Brook Farm

Posted by at 3:51 pm on July 17, 2012

Special for USMS by Cara Rubinsky, Swirl & Slice volunteer Ann Starbard was raised on a farm and chose to make farming her life long before “eat local” became a catchphrase, so it’s been gratifying for her to watch over … Co…


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Union Square Farmers Market News

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The market is in full swing! Our complete vendor lineup is here, the summer produce is rolling in, and the Union Square Plaza is the place to be on Saturday mornings. If you still haven’t tried our token system to … Continue reading →


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Somerville Computers Saves the Day for One Happy Resident

Posted by at 4:35 pm on July 16, 2012

Special from Janine Fay I rely on my PC laptop for business, so when it started to heat up alarmingly a day before I was leaving on a trip, I freaked. The tech help from work said it was probably … Continue reading →


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Loving the 80s!

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Break out your head bands, leg warmers and spandex!  Zumba with Jess and Debbie McMullen is holding an 80′s themed class on Saturday, July 28th at Dance Union. Spaces are already being filled, so if you haven’t already done so RSVP ……


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Docent Program Begins for Milk Row Cemetery

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Milk Row Cemetery, established in 1804, is usually closed to the public except for two annual events in May and October. The City hopes to open this significant historic site to the public for many more hours and is beginning … Continue reading &…


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Meet the Vendor: Alfalfa Farm Winery

Posted by at 9:57 am on July 5, 2012

by Cara Rubinsky, Swirl & Slice volunteer People love Alfalfa Farm Winery so much so that the owners rely on a dedicated corps of volunteers who show up several times a year to help with everything from harvesting the grapes … Continue readin…


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Recipe: Zoll Cellars’ Light House Sangria

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Zoll Cellars’ Light House Sangria 1 750ml Light House Blend Red Wine 4 ounces triple sec 4 ounces brandy 4 ounces simple syrup 1 pint ice 2 ripe peaches, stone removed and quartered 1 orange, sliced 1 apple, sliced 6 mint … Continue readin…


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Uncover What’s Next for the Creative Economy

Posted by at 3:48 pm on July 3, 2012

CreativeNEXT is a series of 21 state-wide events held by the , an advisory Council to the Legislature and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and a variety of local partners.  The MA Creative Economy Council is tasked to ……


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Outdoor Movies from the City of Somerville

Posted by at 5:02 pm on July 2, 2012

The City of Somerville’s annual SomerMovie Fest lineup has been announced for Summer 2012. Showings are scheduled every Thursday evening at dusk through August 30th beginning at dusk at Seven Hills Park with one in good ol’ Union Square,…


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And the winner is….

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We have our winner for the CSA from Drumlin Farm! Amy Titlebaum will receive every week this season, starting this Thursday, a share of fresh veggies from Drumlin Farm. Our consolation prize goes to Michelle Apigian.  She’ll receive a gallon …


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Community Meeting on 181 Washington Street

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Somerville Ward 3 Alderman Thomas F. Taylor has called a community meeting  for 6:30 p.m. July 11 at the Argenziano School at Lincoln Park to discuss the proposed redevelopment of 181 Washington Street. On the site of the former Boys … Continue …


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Design Changes Proposed for Lincoln Park

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Changes are coming to Lincoln Park. Lincoln Park is not only Union Square’s biggest park, but also Somerville’s biggest park. The city plans to make some upgrades including a possible redesign of the soccer field and basketball court nex…


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DanceFest to be Held July 27

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Zoe Dance presents Somerville Dance Fest featuring a dozen dance groups ranging in style from improvisation to dance theatre to step. The event is presented as part of the Somerville Arts Council’s ArtsUnion. Friday, July 27 7:00 PM – 10:00…


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Union Square Farmers Market News

Posted by at 2:50 pm on June 28, 2012

4th of July, oh my! Load up on everything you need for your celebrations at the Farmers’ Market this Saturday! Grill in good conscience, knowing you are supporting Massachusetts farmers and producers! Hollis Hills will have their full line o…


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Swirl and Slice News

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Swirl and Slice Market  Thursdays, 5 pm to 8 pm through September 20 Thanks to everyone who made it out last week in the sweltering heat! I hope you rewarded yourself with a popsicle from Ocean Ave Pops.   In … Continue reading →


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Market Recipes: Elderflower Power Cocktail

Posted by at 12:09 pm on June 21, 2012

Elderflower Power is an elderberry syrup from Bug Hill Farm, one of the vendors at Swirl and Slice. A wild-crafted farmmade product, Elderflower Power is similar to the well known St. Germain liqueur except it’s nonalcoholic. Try farmer Kate Keri…


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A Portrait of Ricky’s

Posted by at 11:14 am on June 20, 2012

One of the landmark businesses of Union Square is Ricky’s Flower Market.  This flowering of a former gas station is symbolic of the transformation of the neighborhood as a whole.  From spring flowers to Christmas trees, Ricky DiGiovani creates…


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SCATV Offers Super 8 Filmmaking Class

Posted by at 11:18 am on June 15, 2012

Kicking it old school, Somerville Community Access Television (SCATV) is offering a summertime Super-8 filmmaking workshop. Get a solid working knowledge of this approachable film medium. Instructor Tara Merenda Nelson is a working artist with an impre…


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Swirl and Slice, Specialty Foods Market, Opens in Union Square

Posted by at 12:48 pm on June 13, 2012

Special for USMS by Jenna Stark Something delicious is coming your way! Union Square Main Streets is launching the neighborhood’s first specialty food farmers market, called Swirl and Slice. The new market celebrates and showcases wine, cheese, and o…


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Farmers Market Raffle Allows You to Help a Neighbor

Posted by at 1:01 pm on June 12, 2012

At the Saturday Union Square Farmers Market customers who receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits can use their EBT card to purchase items at the market.  To encourage our low income neighbors to visit the market and to off…


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ArtsUnion Summer Events

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The calendar of the Somerville Arts Council’s ArtsUnion event for this summer is now available. Sunday, June 24, Bazaar Bizarre: Union Made. 12-6pm; No rain date Saturday, June 30, Boston Handmade Marketplace, 3-7pm; rain date: Sun., July 1…


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Second Chances Collection Drive at Growing Center

Posted by at 3:10 pm on June 11, 2012

Join Second Chances for a clothing and coin drive at the Somerville Community Growing Center on Wednesday, June 20th from 5 to 7 p.m. Support people in our community by donating clothing, shoes, accessories and loose change, meet Second Chances’ …


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Union Press Creates Hot Letterpress Poster for 2012 Farmers Market

Posted by at 6:26 pm on June 7, 2012

Eli and Kyle of Union Press at 440 Somerville Avenue for the past three years have created a unique limited edition letterpress poster to celebrate the Union Square Farmers Market.  This year’s edition we think is their best yet.  Their ……


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Growing Center Presents Free Happenings During Swirl and Slice Market

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In collaboration with the Union Square’s new Thursday evening speciality food market, the Somerville Community Growing Center, a gorgeous community garden nearby on Vinal Avenue, will be open most weeks from about 5:30-8:00 pm  and will present …


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Interview with the Owners of El Potro

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From the Somerville Arts Council’s food blog, Nibble! ¡Atención! In our upcoming Nibble book, there’s an article on the square’s Latino restaurant owners, written by Rachel Strutt. Here are some “outtakes” from Rachel’s interviews wit…


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Photos from Swirl and Slice Launch Event

Posted by at 12:26 pm on June 6, 2012

Linda Skurchak took some great photos that we’d like to share with you at the launch party for Swirl and Slice, the new specialty food market coming to Union Square Thursday nights this summer.  We recently held a party for … Continue read…


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Livable Streets Takes on the De-elevation of McGrath Highway

Posted by at 5:28 pm on May 29, 2012

LivableStreets Alliance is a non-profit organization that challenges people to think differently and to demand a system that balances transit, walking, and biking with automobiles. Their foundational principle is that urban transportation has the powe…


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Boston.Com Posts Gallery of Union Square

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From the 1975 layout of Union Square to the hidden away speakeasy of Backbar, the Boston Globe features a number of photos from over the years and a rather random overview of happenings in the neighborhood. http://www.boston.com/yourtown/somerville/gal…


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Back in Angled Parking Experiment Now in Progress

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Mark Chase of Livable Streets short a simple video documenting the changes on Bow Street before and after the installation of the new back-in angled parking. The goal was to make the road safer for cyclists and pedestrians, as well … Continue rea…


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Resistat Meeting for Ward 2

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Join Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Heuston, At-Large Aldermen, Somerville Police and City staff to discuss the latest issues affecting Ward 2. ((Union Square, Lincoln Park, Perry Park, Beacon St. area, Somerville Ave. area) Issues expected on the agenda i…


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Residential Energy Efficiency Program

Posted by at 2:18 pm on May 24, 2012

Save money and the environment!  The Residential Energy Efficiency Program is designed to benefit both owner-occupied and rental residential properties with  strategies and incentives to reduce energy consumption and costs. The program offers assista…


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Meeting on the Future of McGrath Highway Overpass

Posted by at 1:01 pm on May 21, 2012

From Somerville Community Equity Partnership Very Important MassDOT Public Meeting about future of McCarthy Overpass on McGrath Highway (between Washington Street & Somerville Avenue) hosted by Somerville Legislative Delegation and Mayor Curtatone …


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Call for Vendors, Performers

Posted by at 11:36 am on May 11, 2012

The City of Somerville is planning another action packed season of SomerStreets events across our fine municipality.  They’re putting the call out to performers and craft vendors to join in the festivities. SomerStreets ends its season on Somerv…


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Meeting to discuss McGrath Repairs

Posted by at 10:58 am on May 10, 2012

Announcement The Somerville State Legislative Delegation and Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone will host an upcoming public information meeting about the McCarthy Overpass repair project. The meeting will cover detailed information about construction plans and…


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Templeman Automation Builds Open Source Multi-Touch Table

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Greater Union Square’s own Templeman Automation has launched a new Playsurface multi-touch table Kickstarter. Playsurface is an inexpensive projection touch table that allows multiple users to interact intuitively with displayed graphics and act…


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Meeting on Green Line Retaining and Noise Walls

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Announcement from the MassDOT: On Tuesday, May 22, 2012, the Green Line Extension Project Team will hold a public meeting to review the latest design plans for Retaining Walls and Noise Walls along the corridor. As has been presented the construction…


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Neighbors Taking Care of Perry Park

Posted by at 4:40 pm on May 8, 2012

Last autumn’s Bulb Blitz brought out lots of volunteer energy as teams planted the annuals in parks across the city. Over at Perry Park, the residents are making the care of the park a year round effort.  Jennifer Kimball and … Continue re…


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Three Cheers for Farmers’ Markets

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Special to Union Square Main Streets by Alex Reisman The Union Square Farmers Market opens on June 2, which is (hooray!) fast approaching, to be followed on June 14 with the new Swirl and Slice, a specialty food market. This is … Continue readin…


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Guerrilla Art, Guerrilla Gardens, Guerrilla Education

Posted by at 12:59 pm on May 7, 2012

The take-charge creative and community oriented folks are Union Square take their talents to the streets in myriad ways. Back when the Somerville Avenue reconstruction was wrapping up, one artist, Kathe Gregory, decorated the barren median with colorfu…


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May is Preservation Month

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  Sunday, May 13th, 2:00-3:30PM. Historic Somerville Inc. is offering a talk about “The Menace of the Triple Decker.” Dr. Stuart Brorson will discuss the five different architectural features of the 3D and the era that this style represents. …


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Nibble ! Culinary Art—and Architecture—at Casa B

Posted by at 7:17 pm on May 3, 2012

 From the Somerville Arts Council’s Nibble Blog Nibble scribe Raleigh Strott chats with Alberto Cabré, co-owner and head chef of Casa B, about dessert, produce and the intersection of architecture and culinary arts. Photos by Rachel Blumenthal….


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Artists at Work Inside Backbar

Posted by at 2:45 pm on May 1, 2012

Boston Magazine dishes on the work of graffiti artists and shares the story behind the wall decor at Union Square’s Backbar.  


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Resistat Meetings with City of Somerville Scheduled for Spring

Posted by at 12:16 pm on April 30, 2012

The City of Somerville’s Resistat is a program that brings out to the residents the information collected on the work of various city departments. It’s a chance to give feedback on what’s working and what could use some help and ̷…


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Chamber Networking Event Features Green Business

Posted by at 8:15 am on April 27, 2012

The Somerville Chamber of Commerce hosts a monthly networking event. The May gathering is bigger than usual as it includes their annual Green Business trade gathering.   Business After Hours at the B2Green Expo & Networking event 4:00 – 7:00…


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Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Union Square

Posted by at 2:40 pm on April 25, 2012

Come celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, Saturday, May 5th, 2012 from 3pm – 9pm on the Union Square Plaza. Presented by Cantina La Mexicana and The Independent, come by for  music, food, drink and activities for kids. ̷…


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Bacon and Beer Team Up with Art For One-of-a-Kind Show

Posted by at 2:30 pm on April 23, 2012

Remember the advertising  tagline, “Two great tastes that taste great together?”  We’re not sure if they taste great together – all we know is that bacon is awesome and good stuff should be shared. In conjunction with Boston B…


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Investigating a Community Foundation for Somerville

Posted by at 4:52 pm on October 2, 2008

Over the years and from various corners there’s been discussion about the need for a community foundation for Somerville. Some people have gone so far as to do research towards the idea of a foundation but nothing concrete has yet emerged. Since the needs that inspire the idea of Community Foundation continue to emerge a group of people gathered this past summer to articulate those needs and what a Somerville Foundation might be.


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