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7/31/14 SomerVision Zoning Workshop: Community Benefits

Posted by a 3:39 pm on July 27, 2014

Workshop sessions are held on Thurs. 6/12/14 – 8/28/14. This session focuses on the community benefits proposed in the new ordinance.


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Open Air Circus Shows Coming to Conway Park

Posted by a 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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Annual Camp-Out Returns to Lincoln Park

Posted by a 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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7/17/14 McGrath Highway/McCarthy Boulevard Meeting

Posted by a 10:45 pm on July 14, 2014

Agenda includes the design work and environmental review required for the short-term improvements and the long-term conversion into a “complete streets” boulevard. More…


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7/9/14 Union Square Civic Advisory Committee Public Meeting

Posted by a 7:31 pm on July 8, 2014

The Advisory Committee will meet with US2, the Union Square Master Developer Designee, to begin the planning process around the Union Square T-Stop. More…


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7/10/14 ADA Hearing on Equivalent Facilitation Request for GLX

Posted by a 8:41 pm on July 7, 2014

The Equivalent Facilitation Request summarizes how ADA requirements are to be addressed by the GLX project, along with variances requested mostly caused by the existing rail corridor geography. More…


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7/10/14 Joint Somerville Planning Board and Land Use Committee Hearing

Posted by a 9:40 pm on June 30, 2014

Agenda includes approval of Partners Healthcare site and building design, which erases four city blocks with a suburban industrial campus, and an amendment to Section 7.13.A to require a special permit for ground floor office uses in corridor commerical and transit oriented district. Please come and make your views known. More…


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Craft Market Presented by ArtsUnion

Posted by a 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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6/26/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 8:39 pm on June 23, 2014

Agenda includes a discussion of the CAC report on the Union Square Master Developer candidates and a vote to select one of the candidates. More…


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SNN: Styrofoam ban, war on rats & more!

Posted by a 12:18 pm on June 18, 2014

June 17, 2014 — Did you know that the ban on the use of take-out styrofoam containers is being largely ignored? Want to go to the state’s Democratic convention? Hit the “Carnaval” and check out…


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WHAT IS COOKING AT SOMERVILLE HIGH?

Posted by a 6:37 pm on June 9, 2014

http://youtu.be/kY8p0fmmEmg
Somerville, MA, June 3, 2014 – Every year, some 50 future chefs learn to chop, baste, mince and sauté in the Somerville High School Culinary Arts program.

“The Culinary Arts program started in 1981,”…


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5/21/14 – 6/20/14 Comment Period on Assembly Square Mixed Use Project Change

Posted by a 4:26 pm on May 26, 2014

Current design sets that end of complex in suburban mold. Design chops off view of Boston skyline from river and amputates Assembly Row street grid. More…


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5/29/14 Design Review Committee Meeting

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Agenda includes review of Partners HealthCare building design. Current design sets that end of complex in suburban mold. Design chops off view of Boston skyline from river and amputates Assembly Row street grid. More…


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5/22/14 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted by a 5:43 pm on May 19, 2014

Partners Healthcare is building 700,000 s.f. of first-phase office space in Assembly Square near the Orange Line T-Stop. This development will provide at least 4,500 jobs and can trigger nearby R&D development, providing more jobs and more tax base for Somerville. More…


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5/14/14 GLX Community Path Design Meeting

Posted by a 9:38 pm on May 13, 2014

Now that spring has sprung, it’s time the Community Path moved forward. Come, listen, and help out with your insights. More…


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5/15/14 Pedestrian Accessibility Study Feedback Meeting

Posted by a 9:18 pm on May 12, 2014

Measures to ease pedestrian access for persons with disabilities help everyone who lives long enough. Come, listen, and respond. More…


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Housing and the Increasing Wealth Gap in Somerville

Posted by a 3:15 pm on May 9, 2014

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnRKoTLYTdk

Somerville, MA, May 7, 2014 – To cap his series on affordable housing, Somerville Neighborhood News reporter Peter Balonon-Rosen, a senior at Tufts University, sat down with Professor Emeritus Reebee Garofalo.

Garofalo, who…


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Gay-Straight Alliance & the Day of Silence @ SHS!

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Somerville, MA, May 7, 2014 – On April 11th, over 200 Somerville High School (SHS) students kept their mouths shut all day – no easy task for teenagers. Up until the last bell…


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5/8/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 8:03 pm on May 6, 2014

This is a special meeting of the Somerville Redevelopment Authority.

Note change in location to Argenziano School.

Agenda includes a discussion and vote on the short list of Union Square Master Developers and an update on Assembly Square, which was scheduled to open around Memorial Day. More…


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Kawaii-Me Boutique Hosted Fashion Event

Posted by a 10:32 am on

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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When Music and Environmental Science Collide

Posted by a 10:23 am on May 5, 2014

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

Posted by a 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

Posted by a 11:43 am on

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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Som|Dog Spring Fling Returns to Union Square

Posted by a 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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4/30/14 Davis Square Streetscape Improvements Open House

Posted by a 9:42 pm on April 20, 2014

Streetscape changes can help and hinder residents and business owners in the Davis Square area. Those concerned should attend, listen, and make their views known. More…


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4/30/14 MBTA Public Hearing on FY15 Fare Increase

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Everyone who uses the T should understand why the MBTA needs to increase fares by 5% and what the alternatives to a fare increase are. More…


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4/25/14 Screening: Wenzday Jane and the Culture of Change

Posted by a 9:36 pm on

We need innovative solutions to the problems of transportation and infrastructure in today’s environmentally-stressed society. Come and view one solution. More…


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4/22/14 MBTA Public Hearing on FY15 Fare Increase

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Everyone who uses the T should understand why the MBTA needs to increase fares by 5% and what the alternatives to a fare increase are. More…


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Spring Cleaning

Posted by a 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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4/17/14 Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:04 pm on April 14, 2014

Agenda includes approval of a Complete Streets Ordinance to insure equal access for all users of the public ways. More…


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4/14/14 Lowell Street Station Area Plan Comment Period

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The Lowell Street area plan gives a preview of how the Lowell Street area might change over the next 15 years. Check it out and make your views known. More…


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Special Classes at SCAT

Posted by a 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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4/23/14 Assembly Row Grand Opening Job Fair

Posted by a 9:42 pm on April 9, 2014

Federal Realty is sponsoring a Grand Opening job fair for some of the retailers opening this summer. The Assembly Row Grand Opening is in May. Representatives of retailers and restaurants will be there to accept applications. More…


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4/12/14 Somerville Sneak Peek: Assembly Row Open House

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Assembly Row is having its Grand Opening in May. Come and check it out. More…


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The Rise of Somerville Homeless Youth

Posted by a 10:49 pm on April 1, 2014

The Rise of Somerville Homeless Youth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLoFyRgrTeiKjjT0QWCrA8dSg_ZxDk_V1M&feature=player_embedded&v=6ZTS9fMrNo8

by Somerville Neighborhood News


Youth homelessness is on the rise; at least…


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3/31/14 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:29 pm on March 30, 2014

Agenda includes discussing a proposed revision to SomerVision plan affordable housing goals, and a motion requesting SPCD to provide SomerVision updates twice a year showing progress in residential, affordable units, jobs, development in transformative areas, and other goals. More…


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Like a Crocus, Pop-Up Events in Union Square

Posted by a 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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4/8/14 Union Square Civic Advisory Committee Public Meeting

Posted by a 9:07 pm on March 23, 2014

It is important that all concerned citizens provide input to the Union Square CAC and observe and understand the basis for their decisions. More…


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4/3/14 Joint Hearing of Planning Board and Land Use Committee

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The Somerville Planning Board and the BOA Land Use Committee are holding a joint hearing on an amendment to Section 5.2.5 of the Somerville Zoning Ordinance to require the following special permit findings: a) to avoid creating adverse impacts on the stock of existing affordable housing, and, b) to ensure compliance with the objectives of the SomerVision plan.

It is is everyone’s interest to see to it that affordable housing is maintained and the SomerVisionPlan is advanced. Come and speak your mind. More…


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4/2/14 Union Square Civic Advisory Committee Public Meeting

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It is important that all concerned citizens provide input to the Union Square CAC and observe and understand the basis for their decisions. More…


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SNN reports on TEDxSomerville

Posted by a 10:53 pm on March 13, 2014

TEDxSomerville: Causing a Ruckus at Brooklyn Boulders

On March 30th, Brooklyn Boulders will be transformed into a giant lecture and performance space by the volunteers involved with TEDxSomerville. “My hope is that we bring…


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Fresh Gallery Show at Brickbottom

Posted by a 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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3/10/14, 3/11/14, 3/13/14 Master Developer Presentations to Somerville Redevelopment Authority

Posted by a 9:15 pm on March 2, 2014

The SRA selects the Master Developer for Union Square. It is important to know what questions it chooses to ask. Besides technical qualifications, the proposed approach to be taken by each Master Developer is important to the residents of Union Square, who will be affected by the changes, both positively and negatively. More…


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3/8/14, 3/9/14 Assembly Row Job Fair

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3/8/14, 3/9/14 Assembly Row Job Fair Sat. Mar 8 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sun. Mar. 9 2:00 – 7:00 PM East Somerville Community School Cafeteria 50 Cross Street Somerville MA (map) This is the second of two Assembly Row Job Fairs, featujring some of the 30 retailers and restaurants opening at Assembly Row. If you are a resident of Somerville or surrounding communities and wish to work at Assembly Row, come to the Job Fair. The first Job Fair, Mar. 1 and 2, was exclusively for residents of Somerville. For more information, see Assembly More…


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3/5/14, 3/11/14, 3/18/14 Master Developer Presentations to Union Square Civic Advisory Committee

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The CAC recommends a Master Developer for Union Square to the Somerville Redevelopment Authority. It is important to know what questions it chooses to ask. Besides technical qualifications, the proposed approach to be taken by each Master Developer is important to the residents of Union Square, who will be affected by the changes, both positively and negatively. More…


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Festival in Union Square by the Somerville Arts Council

Posted by a 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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Somerville Neighborhood News Screening 2/25 at 7pm

Posted by a 9:23 pm on February 24, 2014

Greetings–my name is Erica Jones and I work at Somerville Community Access TV. Below you will find some  upcoming community events that will hopefully enlighten, inspire, engage and help foster a stronger sense of community

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2/27/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 9:31 pm on February 23, 2014

This is a special meeting of the Somerville Redevelopment Authority, called to replace the 2/20/14 meeting, which could not be held because the meeting was noticed only on the cork board at City Hall and not on the City web site, as required by the new Open Meeting law. Agenda includes an update on the Everett casino and and update on Union Square. Special meetings are scheduled 3/4/14, 3/5/14, 3/6/14 to hear presentations from development firms. More…


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Net Neutrality & Internet Access Panel @ Tufts

Posted by a 10:35 am on February 20, 2014

Do you know about Net Neutrality and do you care about the Future of Internet Access?

 
What does the future hold for Open

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Heating Up Winter

Posted by a 12:56 pm on February 10, 2014

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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2/19/14 Union Square Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted by a 8:57 pm on February 9, 2014

The City will present an executive summary of the ten master development proposals. This meeting is open to the public. More…


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2/10/14 Union Square Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

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The City will present an overview of the Union Square redevelopment issues, including the SomerVision comprehensive plan, the Union Square Revitalization Plan, and the Green Line extension. This meeting is open to the public. More…


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Somerville Public Library’s StoryCorps Kickoff Weekend

Posted by a 8:50 am on February 3, 2014

Share your story at the Somerville Central Library, 79 Highland Avenue (near City Hall) during the weekend of February 8 – 9, 2014- and be recorded by #StoryCorps!


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2/20/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 9:12 pm on February 2, 2014

Agenda likely includes an update on the Everett casino and possible presentations from one or more master developers for Union Square. There may need to be a special meeting to hear presentations from development firms. More…


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Live Jazz

Posted by a 12:16 pm on January 30, 2014

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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1/23/14, 1/27/14 Property Assessment Info Sessions

Posted by a 5:58 pm on January 19, 2014

The Somerville tax base is the most important source of city funds for maintaining the city streets, schools, and other facilities. It directly affects every resident and business and indirectly affects every tenant.

NOTE: The Jan. 21 session was rescheduled to Thu. Jan. 23 due to the snow emergency. More…


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1/14/14 – 2/5/14 Green Line Extension Project Meetings

Posted by a 9:40 pm on January 12, 2014

If you live within one of the areas being affected, you should attend the relevant meeting to learn what is proposed in your neighborhood. More…


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1/14/14 Transportation Equity Human Services & Equity in Transportation Forum

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Anticipated participants include representatives from transportation agencies and service providers, social service organizations, councils on aging, and other organizations. Members of the public are invited. More…


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2/17/14 (ends) Comment Period for DEIR for Wynn Everett Project

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The Wynn casino project in Everett can improve the tax base of Everett, but the planned 400 foot building will have substantial impact on Somerville traffic and cause glare across the river both day and night. More…


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12/16/13 Inner Belt/Brickbottom Planning Open House

Posted by a 9:57 pm on December 15, 2013

The Somerville Planning Department is sponsoring an Open House regarding changes to the Inner Belt/Brickbottom area. The Inner Belt/Brickbottom area is one of very few transformational areas left in Somerville. It is also very close to the Green Line tracks. More…


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12/12/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 10:46 pm on December 10, 2013

Agenda includes an update on the Everett Casino, Partners Health Care, local hiring efforts in Assembly Square, and the Union Square Master Developer. More…


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12/11/13 Somerville Housing Authority Five Year Plan Hearing

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A great deal of Federal funds is handled through the SHA, which is a requirement of Federal funds for housing for low and moderate income families, the elderly, and the disabled. More…


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Potluck & Lecture at SCATV on Media Financing & Distribution

Posted by a 10:20 pm on December 9, 2013

Somerville Community Access TV (SCATV) is hosting its 3rd Potluck & Media Lecture Series, our featured guests are the founders of Filmmakers Collaborative. FC is coming to SCATV as part of our Potluck and Lecture Series on Tuesday, December 10 from 7 to 9 pm at 90 Union Square.

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12/4/13 Somerville Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Meeting

Posted by a 8:57 pm on December 1, 2013

Hazard mitigation includes measures against flooding, hurricanes, and winter storms, as well as measures against chemical spills and biohazards. More…


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12/3/13 Somerville Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

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Agenda includes a Home Rule petition to change the method of filling BOA vacancies, and an ordinance regulating “pay-to-play” public contracting and campaign contributions for municipal elected office.


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December 7 offers Cornucopia of Holiday Markets in Somerville

Posted by a 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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11/12/13 Public Hearing on Filling BOA Vacancies

Posted by a 6:25 pm on November 4, 2013

Historically, Aldermen filled vacancies by personally selecting successor candidates with minimal public input. The proposals work to improve that.


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11/5/13 VOTE

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Voting is essential to self-government. Show up and make your opinion count.


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11/18/13 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

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ASPAC meetings provide a venue for communicating directly with the major developer of Assembly Square. More…


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11/18/13 Union Square Streetscape Project Kickoff Meeting

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Union Square is a key economic hub in Somerville, surrounded by residential neighborhoods that must coexist with it. More…


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11/14/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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Agenda includes Assembly Square update, Casino update, and Union Square master developer RFQ. More…


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11/13/13 MassDOT Meeting on McGrath Corridor Improvements

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The McGrath Corridor includes a flyover that cuts Somerville in pieces. It was originally a boulevard and should be a boulevard again. More…


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School Committee Member Cardoso to Retire, Celebration Planned

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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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Nourish Your Well Being

Posted by a 2:51 pm on October 27, 2013

Amethyst Center is again hosting a fundraiser for the Somerville Homeless Coalition, Saturday November 2, 10:00-5:00. “Nourish Your Well Being” will offer short treatments from its practitioners in exchange for a suggested $15 donation. This…


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10/21/13 Somerville Land Use Committee Meeting (Part 1 / Part 2)

Posted by a 8:24 pm on October 20, 2013

Agenda includes a public hearing on a zoning change for Prospect Hill and Somerville Avenue; discussion of increasing the linkage fee for new developments; and discussion of the planning board recommendation for an oversized grocery store in Assembly Square at the IKEA site. More…


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Brother Cleve’s Sake Cocktail Party at Ebi Sushi

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

Posted by a 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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10/10/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 5:02 pm on October 6, 2013

Agenda not available. Current issues include Union Square takings, major change to Assembly Square urban renewal plan. More…


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10/9/10 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

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Agenda includes no specific issues. General issues include communications, resident concerns, director’s report, committee reports, unfinished and new business. More…


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Monster Mashed Up Returns to Somerville Ave

Posted by a 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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Education Forum Thursday

Posted by a 10:03 pm on October 1, 2013

Join a conversation about education reform, “Look Before You Leap: Lessons for the Next Wave of Ed Reform from the Last Twenty Years,” on Thursday, October 3rd at 6pm at SCATV, 90 Union Square.…


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10/26/13 MVTF 2013 Annual Meeting Announcement

Posted by a 10:08 pm on September 29, 2013

Assembly Square is transforming. The new Baxter State Park along the Mystic between Route 38 and Draw 7 Park has opened. The Orange Line T-Stop is framed in, and Federal Realty and Avalon Bay have walls up on mixed-use developments on the river side of the site. More…


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9/29/13 Union Square Walking Tour

Posted by a 8:36 pm on September 22, 2013

The Historic Preservation Commission and ArtsUnion are sponsoring a free walking tour of historic Union Square from Bow Street to the Brickbottom Art Gallery. The tour is led by Edward Gordon, President of the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society of America. More…


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9/25/13 Somerville Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

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Agenda includes discussion of an ordinance regulating “pay-to-play” public contracting and campaign contributions, a Local Hiring Ordinance, and a Home Rule Petition for a Job Creation and Retention Trust. More…


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9/16/13 Casino Law Informational Meeting With Gaming Commission

Posted by a 6:48 pm on September 15, 2013

Gambling casinos have mixed effects upon the communities surrounding them, including increases in traffic, decreases in property values, and increases in gambling-related social problems. More…


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9/19/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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Agenda not available. According to state law, Redevelopment Authorities are empowered to buy and sell property, acquire property through eminent domain, and grant tax concessions. More…


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Dust off Your Fairy Wings

Posted by a 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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9/9/13, 9/10/13, 9/11/13 Somerville by Design: Davis Square Design Charrette

Posted by a 7:40 pm on September 8, 2013

The Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development is sponsoring a two-day intensive design charrette on the future of Davis Square. Participating in this design charrette is a way to influence how Davis Square develops and changes over the coming years. More…


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9/5/13 HUD Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) Public Hearing

Posted by a 9:03 pm on September 2, 2013

Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) is holding a public hearing to receive feedback on the City’s performance in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, and the HOME program. The HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville, yet few people attend these hearings. More…


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4th Annual Somerville Dogfest – September 15th 10am to 3pm

Posted by a 9:08 pm on August 28, 2013

The Somerville Foundation for Animals, a 501(c)3 organization, announces the 4th Annual Somerville Dog Festival. The festival will be held at Trum Field on Broadway. Food for the event will be provided by RedBones BBQ…


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8/29/13 Somerville Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:43 pm on August 25, 2013

Agenda not available. The Design Review Committee provides design criteria, guidance and recommendations to permit applicants. Its mandate is to maintain and enhance the natural, aesthetic, and cultural heritage of the City and to preserve the value of land and buildings. More…


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8/20/13 Somerville Bicycle Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:29 pm on August 18, 2013

Agenda includes an update on the Beacon Street reconstruction. More…


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8/22/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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Agenda includes an ordinance amending the zoning map to place additional land in Union Square and on Prospect Hill into the CCD-55 Zoning District. The Planning Board holds public hearings, provides recommendations to the Zoning Board of Appeals and Aldermanic committees, and grants permits for special districts, such as Planned Unit Developments. More…


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8/14/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 7:41 pm on August 11, 2013

Agenda includes no specific issues. General issues include communications, resident concerns, director’s report, committee reports, unfinished and new business. More…


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8/8/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:14 pm on August 4, 2013

Agenda includes an ordinance changing the zoning district of 9 Medford St. near the Twin Cities Plaza from Business-A to TOD100. More…


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7/31/13 Cedar Street/Hall Street Flood Mitigation Public Meeting

Posted by a 7:30 pm on July 28, 2013

Proposed work in the Cedar Street/Hall Street neighborhood includes water, wastewater, and stormwater upgrades, along with upgrades to streets, sidewalks, and bike accommodations. More…


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7/25/13 Boston Region MPO Meetings

Posted by a 9:40 pm on July 21, 2013

The Boston MPO is holding back-to-back meetings on the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and on Long Range-Transportation Plan (LRTP) Amendments. The UPWP and the LRTP cover all transportation funding opportunities in Massachusetts, short-term and long-term. If a project does not appear in the MPO transportation documents, it will not happen. More…


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7/17/13 Citizenship and Governance in Somerville

Posted by a 9:21 pm on July 14, 2013

The Somerville Public Library and the Welcome project are sponsoring a discussion with Tufts Professor Susan A. Ostrander about how “beneath current high levels of engagement by Somerville residents lies a struggle about who should be the city’s elected leaders and how they should conduct the city’s affairs.”


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7/17/13, 7/30/13 Somerville by Design: Davis Square

Posted by a 9:17 pm on

The Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development is holding two Visioning sessions on the future of East Somerville. More sessions will be held in September and October. Visioning sessions are an important means for Davis Square residents and other stakeholders to participate in the planning process. Come and make your views known. More…


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7/16/13, 7/29/13 Somerville by Design: East Somerville

Posted by a 9:15 pm on

The Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development is holding two Visioning sessions on the future of East Somerville. Visioning sessions are an important means for East Somerville residents and other stakeholders to participate in the planning process. Come and make your views known. More…


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7/10/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 6:16 pm on July 7, 2013

Agenda includes no specific issues. General issues include communications, resident concerns, director’s report, committee reports, unfinished and new business. More…


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7/10/13 Longfellow Bridge Rehabilitation Project Public Information Meeting

Posted by a 6:14 pm on

Both Cambridge and Somerville will be affected by the lane shifts and closures. If your commute requires traversing the bridge and the roads that feed into it, you should attend this meeting. More…


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7/1/13 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:59 pm on June 30, 2013

Agenda includes reports about real estate purchases by Somerville Redevelopment Authority (SRA); payments through SRA to Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT); applicability of Yard 21 covenants with IKEA; the Development Covenant with FRIT: and the resolution binding FRIT to ensure local hiring by tenants. More…


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7/18/13 Somerville Land Use Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:04 pm on June 23, 2013

These are two scheduled meetings of the BOA Land Use Committee, one at 6 PM and another at 7 PM. Agenda at 6 PM includes discussing a zoning amendment to separate supermarkets from other retail in the zoning code, and another to add Medical Marijuana Treatment Facility to the table of land use categories. Agenda at 7 PM includes processing a zoning amendment, currently withdrawn, to permit a ground floor supermarket that exceeds the Ground Level Retail Size Cap in the Assembly Square Mixed-Use District. More…


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6/25/13 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 8:40 pm on

Agenda includes evaluating the Planning Board drawings of the Assembly Square “Cavalia” horse circus show. More…


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6/25/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 8:24 pm on

Posted agenda for this weekday morning meeting includes reviewing and approving the operating budget for the SHA. More…


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6/25/13 Special Election for U.S. Senate

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Massachusetts is holding a special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by John Kerry. It is very important to all of us who is U.S. Senator from Massachusetts.


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ArtsUnion Summer Event Calendar 2013

Posted by a 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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6/25/13 Sullivan Square Disposition Study Meeting

Posted by a 8:52 pm on June 16, 2013

This is a public planning and visioning exercise to determine the character of new development and open space in Sullivan Square. Sullivan Square is an important area for Somerville citizens living just over the border. More…


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6/18/13, 6/20/13 Green Line Extension Station Design Updates

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These station designs should integrate well with your neighborhoods. Go and see that they do.


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6/20/13 Finance Committee of the Whole / Board of Aldermen Meeting

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This is a special meeting of the Finance Committee to discuss the FY2014 City Budget, followed by a special meeting of the Board of Aldermen to do likewise. The city budget determines what issues the city will address in 2014.


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6/18/13 Somerville Legislative Matters Committee Meeting

Posted by a 8:15 pm on

Agenda includes discussing alternative methods for choosing aldermen in case of a resignation before the end of term.


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Art Institute of Boston 18th MFA Visual Arts Program Graduate Exhibitions

Posted by a 6:26 pm on June 14, 2013

Fifteen members of the 18th graduating MFA class in Visual Arts at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University are hosting two exhibitions of their final graduate work.


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6/12/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 7:20 pm on June 9, 2013

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Housing Authority (SHA). Agenda not available. The SHA is a requirement of Federal funds for housing for low and moderate income families, the elderly, and the disabled. More…


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5/18/13 – 9/21/13 Saturday Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row

Posted by a 7:46 pm on June 2, 2013

Federal Realty and the Somerville arts community have started a market at Assembly Square. Check it out. More…


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6/6/13 MassDOT Design Meeting on McGrath Highway Bridge over Gilman Street

Posted by a 7:45 pm on

Proposal is to replace the existing three-span bridge with a one-span bridge. Two sidewalks are proposed, and a section of Gilman Street will be reconstructed. Acquisitions and easements may be required. More…


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6/6/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:43 pm on

Agenda includes a request for permission to hold in Assembly Square a six-month event described in the media as a horse circus. More…


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6/4/13, 6/5/13 Forums on Ethanol Trains through Cambridge and Somerville

Posted by a 7:41 pm on

The Cambridge legislative delegation is holding two public forums about a plan proposed by Global Partners to transport ethanol through Cambridge, Somerville, and Chelsea using the existing rail system. The ethanol trains may be a mile long and contain up to a million gallons of hot-burning, hard-to-extinguish ethanol. Far better to transport it by barge from Albany NY. More…


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5/30/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 9:02 pm on May 26, 2013

Agenda includes Urban Agriculture presentation, Assembly Square update, Union Square update, and more Union Square eminent domain votes. More…


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5/28/13 Somerville by Design – East Somerville

Posted by a 9:01 pm on

Broadway from Winter Hill to East Somerville initiative was presented last year. It is time to extend this initiative further into East Somerville. More…


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5/28 Public Hearing on the 2013-2014 School Budget

Posted by a 3:14 pm on May 25, 2013

There will be a public hearing on the FY 2014 Somerville Public Schools budget at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 28th in the Somerville High School library. Anyone who wishes to will have the opportunity to speak for a couple of minutes about the budget or related issues.


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Free Film “URBAN ROOTS” Wed 5/29

Posted by a 11:18 am on May 20, 2013

Somerville Climate Action Film Series Presents:
“URBAN ROOTS: When Everything Collapses Plant Your Field Of Dreams,” at the Armory facility, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville. Discussion of urban farming will follow.


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5/21/13 Somerville by Design – Davis Square

Posted by a 9:51 pm on May 19, 2013

Somerville prepared the Davis Square Action plan 30 years ago when the T came in to Davis Square. The results need to be updated.


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Herring Run and Paddle and Cycle 2013

Posted by a 5:11 pm on May 15, 2013


Hey folks–time to shake off the winter residues and head for the waterfront! This weekend the Herring Run and Paddle event will take place. I’d love to see more people…


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5/16/13 Joint Public Hearing of Planning Board and Land Use Committee

Posted by a 7:59 pm on May 6, 2013

The key issue is allowing a larger supermarket in Assembly Square at a location that should be dedicated to high-rise office and R&D space.More…


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5/9/13 Green Line Extension Open House

Posted by a 7:58 pm on

The Open House provides an opportunity to tour the new office, meet the GLX project team, get project updates, and provide feedback on the current state of the project. More…


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5/8/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 7:56 pm on

Agenda gives no specifics. There are committees on resident services, public safety, major projects, and finance. To find out the specifics, come and listen. More…


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5/7/13 Rules Committee Meeting as a Whole

Posted by a 10:53 pm on May 5, 2013

Agenda includes a rules change to make the replacement of Board members subject to time-limited community review. Selection of replacement by the previous Alderman has been controversial.


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SomerStreets 2013 Calendar

Posted by a 11:26 am on April 29, 2013

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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4/30/13 Special Primary Election for U.S. Senator

Posted by a 10:33 pm on April 28, 2013

Historically, primary elections have low turnout, which sometimes results in suboptimal candidates. Be sure to show up!


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Union Square Jane’s Walk May 3

Posted by a 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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4/27/13 Mayor’s Spring Clean Up

Posted by a 9:02 pm on April 21, 2013

Community cleanups provide the opportunity to help your community and meet other citizens over breakfast and barbeque. More…


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4/23/13 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 8:58 pm on

Agenda includes an update on the construction of the Riverfront park at Assembly Square. More…


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Mayor’s Fitness Challenges Encourages Wellness City-Wide

Posted by a 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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4/23/13 HUD One Year Action Plan Public Hearing

Posted by a 7:58 pm on April 14, 2013

The HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville, yet very few people attend these hearings. More…


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4/17/13 Meetings on Ward 5 Alderman Replacement

Posted by a 7:54 pm on

The Alderman’s meeting could result in a vote the same night. This is the second Aldermanic appointment in the last few months. It might be worthwhile to attend and find out what’s happening.


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4/8/13 – 4/11/13 Comment on Transportation Bond Bills

Posted by a 9:29 pm on April 7, 2013

The Green Line Extension and Assembly Square T-Stop may be at risk if inadequate funding is provided. Make your views known. More…


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(Free Movie) EMPOWERED: Power From the People

Posted by a 4:58 pm on April 3, 2013

Somerville Climate Action and Rep. Denise Provost present a free film,

Empowered: Power From the People

Tompkins County, NY is one of the cloudiest, least windy places in the country, and yet its residents…


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4/4/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 9:58 pm on April 1, 2013

Agenda includes four substantial residential projects and only a couple of small commercial projects. This is the wrong policy emphasis. More…


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How Are You Celebrating Neighbor Day?

Posted by a 10:10 am on March 27, 2013

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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The Library Grows – Up?

Posted by a 11:16 am on March 26, 2013

Somerville Library as a digital laboratory, community service, and creative resource to both city and national users.


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4/4/13 HUD One Year Action Plan Public Hearing

Posted by a 9:04 pm on March 24, 2013

The HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville. More…


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3/15/13 – 4/9/13 Comment Period for Union Square Urban Revitalization Plan ENF

Posted by a 8:55 pm on

Remediation of contaminated industrial areas in the Union Square area has been an issue. It may be in your interest to comment on the Environmental Notification Form. More…


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Free Movie: Mother Nature’s Child

Posted by a 1:24 pm on March 23, 2013

Somerville Climate Action, Rep. Denise Provost and The Growing Center present a free film:

MOTHER NATURE’S CHILD

Mother Nature’s Child explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and
development through the experience of…


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Free Teen Creative Writing Program at Somerville Public Library Begins Sunday March 24

Posted by a 9:01 pm on March 19, 2013

Are you a teen who likes to write stories about aliens, blogs, flash fiction, or poems? Are you interested in becoming a novelist, short story writer or poet?


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Historic St. Paddy’s Fundraiser

Posted by a 10:02 pm on March 14, 2013

A Benefit for the Somerville Museum and
A Celebration of the Emerald Isle

5:30-8:00PM
Friday, March 15th, 2013
1 Summer Street, Sancturary Unit
The Historic First Methodist Church, Union Square

Irish Music by…


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Community Access TV Celebrates 30 Years

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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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3/6: Bad Attitude and Bluegrass @ Rosebud

Posted by a 10:45 pm on March 4, 2013

This is not your grandmother’s literary event.

On Wednesday March 6, from 6 to 8pm, nonfiction writers Ethan Gilsdorf and Steve Macone and poets Janet Wondra and Ava Leavell Haymon perform their work and deliver a heathy dose of “bad attitude” — from the playful, irreverent, and transgressive to just plain bad-tempered work.…


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3/11/13 Ethanol Transport Draft Findings Public Informational Meeting

Posted by a 8:12 pm on March 3, 2013

Trains carrying large amounts of flammable alcohol would pass through Somerville, including Porter Square, Brickbottom, East Broadway, and Assembly Square. More…


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3/5/13 Beacon Street Public Meeting

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This project is controversial because the proposed cycle track could remove parking spaces. More…


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3/6/13 Transportation Finance Forum

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The state’s transportation infrastructure is long overdue for repairs and maintenance. Come to this forum to learn what options are on the table. More…


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Mark Niedergang’s Campaign Kickoff on March 3

Posted by a 4:33 pm on February 22, 2013

The Committee to Elect Mark Niedergang invites you to enjoy delicious free food from Redbones, Taco Loco, and Gauchão , fun entertainment, good company, and provocative discussion at a party and fundraiser to kick off Mark’s campaign for Ward 5 Alderman. Alex the Jester will entertain. State Representative Carl Sciortino (Somerville/Medford) will speak.


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Annual Boil Down Brings Sweet Rewards

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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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Flash Mob to Frolic in Snow in Union Square this Saturday

Posted by a 2:00 pm on February 7, 2013

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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1/31/13 Somerville Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:52 pm on January 30, 2013

Agenda includes two buildings on block 2 of Assembly Square. One is a food-service building and the other is a mixed-use building with retail and office uses. More…


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1/28/13 Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting #4

Posted by a 6:14 pm on January 27, 2013

Bicycle advocates turned out to the first meetings in support of a dedicated cycle track, which is opposed by neighborhood businesses More…


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Somerville Arts Council’s Winter Series of Events

Posted by a 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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Global Warming: Is Holistic Land Management the Key?

Posted by a 9:02 am on January 18, 2013

While governments posture and dither, a pragmatic practitioner and intellectual entrepreneur, Allan Savory, has been developing and demonstrating a powerful technique that can reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere immediately while reversing desertification and providing livelihoods and food for millions of people.


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1/31 : “Raising The Nave Porch Roof!” music fundraiser — PA’s Lounge

Posted by a 9:45 pm on January 17, 2013

The “Raising The Nave Porch Roof” fundraiser is being presented by several local area PorchFest bands (www.somervilleartscouncil.org/porchfest) who are fans of the Nave Gallery and thrilled about the opening of the Gallery’s new Nave Gallery Annex, a non-profit community space located right next door to Redbones at 53 Chester St. in Davis Sq.


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1/16: Climate Heroes: How Biodiversity Saves the Day!

Posted by a 11:16 pm on January 13, 2013

Watch several short videos about the power of natural systems and the scientists, ranchers, and farmers that are restoring biodiversity and reversing current climate changing trends.


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1/24/13 Joint Public Hearing by Planning Board and Land Use Committee

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If a grocery store is built at the IKEA site, it should be on the first floor of a multi-story, high-value R&D building, otherwise the location is underutilized.


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1/10/13 Assembly Square PAC Meeting

Posted by a 8:59 pm on January 6, 2013

Federal Realty has acquired the IKEA site and is considering placing a grocery there. We need to preserve upper-story R&D space at the site as well as choose a good grocer.


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1/14/13 Public Hearing on Solid Waste and Asbestos Abatement Procedures

Posted by a 8:19 pm on January 1, 2013

Many Somerville houses still have asbestos insulation and cladding. Inhaled asbestos can cause cancer. Streamlining procedures will make removing it less expensive.


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1/8/13 Station Area Planning Event #3: Plan Presentation

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Come, look, listen, and participate. Neighbors and other stakeholders should assert their interests early rather than late.


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1/3/13 Board of Assessors Meeting

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Agenda includes reviewing and signing the FY 2013 tax abatements and exemptions.


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Youth to Serenade Union Square this Wednesday

Posted by a 11:57 am on December 18, 2012

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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12/19/12 Conway Park Remediation Public Meeting

Posted by a 8:59 pm on December 16, 2012

The City is holding a public meeting to receive neighborhood input on the conclusion of remediating the Conway Park/15A Bleachery Court site. Soils at Conway Park were contaminated during construction of the new skating rink.


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12/11/12 Green Line Construction Kick-off!

Posted by a 8:38 pm on December 9, 2012

Governor Patrick, Secretary Davey, Congressman Capuano, Mayor Curtatone, and other state and local elected officials are holding a kickoff ceremony for construction of Phase I of Green Line extension. The shovels are going into the ground. The Green Line Extension is really happening!


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12/11/12 GLX Community Path Design Meeting

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Bicyclists, pedestrians, and other users of the Community Path should come to this meeting and ask that the CPX crossing over the Fitchburg Line be designed in.


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12/12/12 Public Hearing on 2013 Somerville Housing Authority Annual Plan

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The SHA Annual Plan is a requirement of Federal funds for housing for low and moderate income families, the elderly, and the disabled.


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12/13/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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Agenda includes a presentation of the FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council.


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12/6/12 Special Somerville Board of Assessors Public Hearing

Posted by a 6:11 pm on December 2, 2012

This public hearing will affect property tax percentages for fiscal year 2013, giving revenue implications of various rates. Every Somerville property owner will be affected by this hearing.


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12/6/12 Rutherford Ave. Redesign Community Meeting

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Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square are just over the Somerville line in Boston. Somervillians who use the Sullivan Square T-Stop should come to the meeting and participate.


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12/4/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

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Agenda gives no specific issues, but includes resident concerns, major projects, and finance.


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11/28/12, 11/29/12 Station Area Planning Event #2: Design Meetings

Posted by a 7:45 pm on November 25, 2012

Come, look, listen, and participate. Neighbors and other stakeholders should assert their interests early rather than late.


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11/27/12, 11/29/12 Future of Transportation in MA Public Meetings

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Come and participate. These meetings are part of developing a badly needed long-term financing plan for the state’s transportation system.


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11/27/12 Somerville Conservation Commission Hearing

Posted by a 6:49 pm on

Agenda includes a public hearing on an amendment to the Order of Conditions for the stormwater connections of block 2A of Assembly Row and a Notice of Intent for interim parking lots at blocks 5 and 6 of Assembly Row.


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11/20/12 Somerville Board of Assessors Public Hearing

Posted by a 8:56 pm on November 18, 2012

This public hearing will affect property tax percentages for fiscal year 2013, giving revenue implications of various rates. Every Somerville property owner will be affected by this hearing.


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11/19/12 Kenney Park Renovation Community Meeting

Posted by a 8:51 pm on

Davis Square neighbors should make their views known on the Kenney Park renovations.


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11/15/12 Ward 6 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 6:38 pm on November 11, 2012

Agenda likely includes discussing the Community Preservation Act, the coming Green Line Extension, the Davis Square Visioning process, and the Porter Square Visioning process.


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11/14/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 6:35 pm on

Agenda will likely include discussing the implications of the passage of the Community Preservation Act as well as citizen concerns about services and public safety.


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11/14/12 Historic Preservation Commission Working Group Meeting

Posted by a 6:32 pm on

Agenda likely includes discussing the implications of the passage of the Community Preservation Act on revisions to the Historic Preservation Commission Guidelines.


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11/13/12 Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting #3

Posted by a 6:27 pm on

Bicycle advocates have turned out to the first two meetings in support of a dedicated cycle track.


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Pizza + Bowling Benefit Night @ Flatbread! (TUE 11/20)

Posted by a 8:41 pm on November 7, 2012

Please join theMOVE (GetOutMA.org) out on Tuesday 11/20 for an incredible night of ridiculously-delicious (and locally/responsibly-sourced) pizza and candlepin bowling.…


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11/6/12 VOTE! Local, State, and National Elections

Posted by a 1:59 pm on October 28, 2012

VOTE! In addition to the Presidential and Senatorial elections we all know about, there are seven initiatives on the ballot.


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11/5/12 Peer-to-Peer Politics: Moving Beyond Left and Right

Posted by a 1:55 pm on

2012 election year rhetoric features “The market versus the state”, “Big capital versus big government”, and so on. What about creating a web of collaboration where no one is in charge because everyone is in charge?


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10/29/12 Sustainable Streets: New York City’s New Public Space Vision

Posted by a 1:49 pm on

Andy Wiley-Schwartz will join Visiting Scholar Aaron Naparstek to discuss a groundbreaking approach to urban planning and design that has led to the construction of more than 50 new plazas and 21 acres of new public space in New York.


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Free Inspirational Movie: “Shift Change”

Posted by a 11:01 pm on October 23, 2012

Please join us for the New England Premier of “Shift  Change”,

What: An inspirational new documentary by veteran filmmakers Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin about the real possibilities offered by worker cooperatives during this…


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10/23/12 Winter Hill/Magoun Square Neighborhood Plan Meeting

Posted by a 3:57 pm on October 14, 2012

Winter Hill/Magoun Square Neighborhood Plan Meeting

Tues. Oct. 23 6:30 – 8:30 PM

Winter Hill Community School
115 Sycamore St.
Somerville MA (map)

Flyer (PDF)


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10/18/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 3:49 pm on

Agenda includes the presentation to the Planning Board of the RA/RB Report, which recommends changes to make residential zoning more comprehensible and consistent with the Comprehensive Plan.


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Walk/Bike Tour of the Proposed Community Path Extension

Posted by a 12:28 pm on

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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10/15/12 Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting

Posted by a 5:17 pm on October 7, 2012

This meeting is intended to solicit input from the community on ideas for reconstructing Beacon Street. Changes to Beacon Street can affect people from Porter Square to Inman Square.


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10/17/12 Station Area Planning Event #1: Visioning Session

Posted by a 4:08 pm on

The first of three events focused on the future of Gilman Square, Lowell Street, and Ball Square. Come, listen, and participate. Neighbors and other stakeholders should assert their interests early rather than late.


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10/9/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 3:58 pm on

This is a special meeting of the Somerville Redevelopment Authority. The agenda is to approve the 2012 Union Square Revitalization Plan as amended by the BOA on Oct. 2, 2012.


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Magic For Smart People – Bob The Magic Guy

Posted by a 10:35 pm on October 6, 2012

Hello All,

Just wanted to let you know I will be doing two shows, Magic For Smart People, at the Somerville Theater in Davis Square on Saturday October 20 at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM…


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WALKING/BIKING TOUR OF THE PROPOSED COMMUNITY PATH EXTENSION

Posted by a 6:37 pm on October 5, 2012

Tour Date: Saturday, 10/20 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm.

Rain Date: Sunday  10/21, same time.

Tour info and weather-related updates:

http://www.facebook.com/events/536681823014262/

 

Meet at

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ArtsUnion Seeks Producers for Winter Events and Public Art

Posted by a 12:16 pm on October 4, 2012

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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The Ghosts of Somerville: Up Close and Intimate

Posted by a 4:28 pm on October 3, 2012

This ghostly gathering treats visitors to a guided tour of the grave sites open during the Somerstreets/MonsterMash Festival. Ghosts engage in conversation about their lives in centuries past. Learn Somerville history from those who lived…


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Milk Row Cemetery Open with Costumed Guides

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Go beyond the cemetery gates and explore the grounds established in 1804. Learn about the residents & their history through knowledgeable volunteers in period clothing. 400 Somerville Ave., next to Market Basket.

This venue…


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HONK! Festival 2012: with 34 activist street bands — Oct. 4-8

Posted by a 7:15 pm on September 30, 2012

7th Annual HONK! Festival 2012 www.HonkFest.org … events based in and near Davis Square, Somerville and Harvard Square, Cambridge. This year featuring the following bands:


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10/4/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 6:15 pm on

Agenda includes resolving two continued Special Permits for parking in Assembly Square.


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10/4/12 HUD Consolidated Annual Performance Report

Posted by a 6:09 pm on

Come and ask questions. The Federal HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville.


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10/2/12 Special Meeting of Somerville BOA on Union Square Revitalization Plan

Posted by a 6:03 pm on

This is a special meeting of the Somerville Board of Aldermen to discuss and vote on the revised Union Square Revitalization Plan. Come and observe. Citizen presence is the most important check and balance in governance.


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Edge of the City Bike Tour – Saturday, October 13

Posted by a 4:19 pm on September 26, 2012

On Saturday, October 13, the Somerville Bicycle Committee will lead the 20th annual Tour de Somerville.

This year’s theme is “Edge of the City”. We’ll ride as close as possible to the Somerville city…


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9/25/12 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 5:05 pm on September 23, 2012

Agenda includes a discussion and possible vote on the Union Square Revitalization Plan.


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Help Elect CAAS Board, October 1-5

Posted by a 5:30 pm on September 21, 2012

Are you a low-income resident of Somerville, or a Head Start parent in Somerville or Cambridge?  Starting October 1, you can help elect the Board

of Somerville’s anti-poverty agency.…


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Union Square Walking Tour Sunday, September 23rd

Posted by a 5:29 pm on

[Posted from an email via the historic preservation mailing list]

Union Square Walking Tour 
Sunday, September 23rd, 2012; 3 – 5:30pm

“Historic Somerville Its Civic Hilltop to the Wyatt Brickyards 


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9/18/12 Beacon Street Reconstruction Kickoff Meeting

Posted by a 6:00 pm on September 16, 2012

This meeting is called by the Somerville OSPCD to describe planned changes to Beacon Street. Changes to Beacon Street can affect people from Porter Square to Inman Square.


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9/20/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 5:40 pm on

Agenda will likely include parking lots in Assembly Square in addition to routine cases.


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9/24/12 Davis Square Streetscape Improvements Meeting

Posted by a 3:57 pm on

This is the fifth in a series of meetings on proposed changes to Davis Square. Participation is important for a satisfactory outcome.


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Jonathan Kozol talk at Memorial Church Sept. 19

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

Jonathan Kozol has spent many years in schools that serve children of poverty, writing a series of powerful books that began with Death At An Early Age about his experiences as a Boston teacher…


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10/10/12 MVTF 2012 Annual Meeting

Posted by a 7:37 pm on September 9, 2012

Key issues are responding to IKEA’s withdrawal from Assembly Square and monitoring the City’s progress with the Comprehensive Plan.


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9/19/12 Public Hearing on Union Square Revitalization Plan

Posted by a 5:39 pm on

Agenda includes a Public Hearing on the Union Square Revitalization Plan and discussion by the Board of Aldermen meeting as a whole.


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9/13/12 Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting as a Whole

Posted by a 5:30 pm on

Agenda includes committee approval of Union Square Revitalization Plan and possible rescheduling of Public Hearing.


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9/12/12 MassDOT and MBTA Board of Directors Meeting

Posted by a 5:22 pm on

The MBTA and the MassDOT are holding their board meeting in Somerville City Hall. Agenda likely includes the Green Line Extension and the Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop.


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Meet Me at the Mystic

Posted by a 8:46 pm on August 28, 2012

Paddling, Art and Music!

Join your friends and neighbors in an early morning cheer to the river and watershed – a resource that has brought so much enjoyment to our community.  Meet us…


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Celebrating the Mystic, 40 years of working in the right direction

Posted by a 9:49 pm on August 27, 2012

Recently I had a bit of a mental meltdown. I’ve been wanting to own a kayak for years, but have kept putting it off. I was renting them periodically, but I really wanted to paddle…


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Musicians Who Give Back Now Needing Our Help

Posted by a 12:00 pm on

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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9/18/12 MassDOT Public Transit Improvements Public Hearings

Posted by a 1:12 pm on August 25, 2012

The status of the Green Line Extension project, among others, will be presented.


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8/29/12 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 12:50 pm on

Agenda includes report on whether covenants with IKEA and FRIT apply to future purchasers of the IKEA site at Assembly Square. Approval of Union Square Revitalization Plan.


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Somerville Dog Festival – September 16 – Trum Field – 10am-3pm

Posted by a 10:30 am on

The Somerville Foundation for Animals proudly presents the 3rd annual Somerville Dog Festival! …


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8/21/12 Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 4:55 pm on August 19, 2012

Agenda includes routine modifications and demolitions, the proposed guidelines changes, and the Assembly Row Historic Enhancement Project.


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It’s a Yarmstorm!

Posted by a 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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8/23/12 Somerville Planning Board Hearing

Posted by a 4:23 pm on August 12, 2012

Agenda likely includes a Special Permit for parking lots in Assembly Square blocks 5 and 6 to serve retail in blocks 1, 3, 4.


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8/20/12 Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Working Group Meeting

Posted by a 4:10 pm on

Agenda includes discussing revisions to the Historic Preservation Commission Guidelines.


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8/13/12 East Broadway Streetscape Project Public Meeting

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Broadway is a key commercial corridor in Somerville. Its urban design can improve the commercial potential of the neighborhood as well as its livability.


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8/13/12 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

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Agenda includes the Assembly Square riverfront park along the Mystic between Rt. 28 and the Winter Hill Yacht Club.


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Creative Union Closing Sale

Posted by a 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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Animation Bootcamps with Emmy Nominated Instructor

Posted by a 5:54 pm on August 8, 2012

SCATV is pleased to host two workshops in cartoon animation with Instructor Gabriel Polonsky. Mr Polonsky is a professional, Emmy nominated animation director, artist, and cartoonist. He has created projects for Cartoon Network, Discovery, and…


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

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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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Hornography in Concert

Posted by a 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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Free Yoga in Union Square Parks

Posted by a 2:37 pm on July 25, 2012

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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Swirl and Slice Adds Spice to Thursday Nights

Posted by a 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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Loving the 80s!

Posted by a 2:38 pm on July 16, 2012

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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8/2/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 4:50 pm on July 15, 2012

Agenda includes changes to the Assembly Row Special Permits requesting more parking spaces for blocks 4, 5, 6.


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7/26/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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Agenda includes the Assembly Square 2002 Revitalization Plan authorization for a Minor Plan Change naming the IKEA parcel as an Acquisition Parcel and Disposition Parcel.


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2012-2015 TIP Amendment Two Comment Period and Meeting

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Plan includes money for extending the Somerville Community Path from Cedar Street to Lowell Street and money for the Green Line Extension to College Avenue and Union Square. To show support for these plans, send e-mail to publicinformation@ctps.org.


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Outdoor Movies from the City of Somerville

Posted by a 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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6/26, 7/17, 8/7 Davis Square Streetscape Improvements Public Meetings

Posted by a 5:02 pm on June 24, 2012

Public participation on city square improvements is essential to their success.


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6/25/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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Agenda includes the Assembly Square 2002 Revitalization Plan, the Union Square Revitalization Plan, and the proposed SRA website.


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6/21, 6/26, 7/17, 8/7/12 Davis Square Streetscape Improvements Public Meetings

Posted by a 4:52 pm on June 17, 2012

Public participation on city square improvements is essential to their success.


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6/21/12 Somerville Board of Aldermen Budget Hearing

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Where does the money come from and where does it go?


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

Posted by a 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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ArtsUnion Summer Events

Posted by a 11:48 am on June 12, 2012

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 a 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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6/19: Growthbusters – Film screening – How do we become a sustainable civilization? 7-9pm

Posted by a 10:15 pm on June 10, 2012

Presented by State Representative Denise Provost and Somerville Climate Action. Rather than dispensing facts about climate change; peak energy, food and water; and biodiversity loss, this film examines the cultural barriers that prevent us from acting rationally.


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6/12/12 Statewide Day of Action for Transit Justice

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Fare hikes and service cuts hurt economically depressed areas first. Somerville will only get its transportation needs met if the legislature adequately funds the MBTA and other mass transit.


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6/14/12 Affordable Housing Trust Fund Meeting

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Agenda not available. The Trust manages payments made in lieu of affordable housing units required by the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance, along with revenues from loans made by the Trust.


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6/13/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

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The agenda includes resident concerns and reports of the executive director and committees.


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Growing Center Presents Free Happenings During Swirl and Slice Market

Posted by a 3:05 pm on June 7, 2012

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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6/7/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 10:23 pm on June 4, 2012

Agenda includes ordinance changes to support urban agriculture in Somerville, including farming on municipal land.


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6/19/12 Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 5:19 pm on June 3, 2012

Public notice includes a proposed demolition of 336 Summer St., currently designated as historically “significant”.


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6/12/12 Boston Region MPO Public Meeting (Boston)

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The air quality determination governs whether the state is required to do all of the Green Line Extension or whether it can quit early.


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6/11/12 Transportation Summit

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Somerville will only get its transportation needs met if the legislature adequately funds the MBTA and other mass transit.

For more information, see MPO Transportation Im


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6/6/12 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

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Public notice includes a hearing on activities to remove the invasive water chestnut plant in the Mystic River.


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Bed Bug Experts to Address CAAS Summit, June 15th

Posted by a 4:40 pm on May 29, 2012

 

Are you itching for information about how to avoid bed bugs?  Bed bug experts from Somerville and around New England will address a Bed Bug Summit, June 15th, sponsored by the Community Action…


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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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5/29/12 Ward 6 Resistat Meeting

Posted by a 12:49 pm on May 28, 2012

Ward 6. which includes Davis Square and part of Porter Square, may be affected by the proposed zoning change for Elm Street and Somerville Avenue.


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Two community de-paving events in June

Posted by a 9:16 pm on May 27, 2012

Join Somerville Climate Action to DEPAVE the WAY!
We will be removing asphalt from yards — allowing the soil to return to health and productivity. Somerville is over 75% paved over, contributing to storm-water runoff and flooding. We can help reverse this – creating a safer and healthier city!…


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6/2 : Grand Opening of Teele Square’s 1st Private Fitness Studio

Posted by a 4:39 pm on May 26, 2012

soul.train. is located at 1180 Broadway, Somerville, MA and is a locally owned upscale co-ed fitness studio featuring personal training, small group training and group exercise classes. soul.train. offers highly customized fitness programs without the restraints of contracts and memberships required by traditional gyms.


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5/31/12 McCarthy Overpass Community Meeting

Posted by a 7:09 pm on May 20, 2012

Turning McGrath Highway back into a boulevard would relink parts of Somerville that have long been severed.


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5/30/12 Assembly Square PAC Meeting

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Assembly Row and Assembly Square T-Stop development has started. It’s time to move ahead with the Transportation Mitigation Plan.


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5/31 Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony

Posted by a 11:22 pm on May 19, 2012

A reception, with light refreshments, starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a ceremony to honor 12 Somerville owners for their award winning preservation work on the exterior of their properties. The properties include both historically designated homes and older houses in the City.…


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5/30 Researching the History of Your House and Your Family

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Find out how the Somerville Library can help you research the histories of your house and family. Mini tour of genealogy resources at the library and beyond, as well as tips for getting started.


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5/27 Memorial Day Parade

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Join the Historic Somerville contingent! For more information contact admin@historicsomerville.org

Rain or shine…


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5/20 Historic Bike Tour “Somerville Parks, Now and Then

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This year’s theme will take us from one end of the City to the other, learning about Somerville’s wealth of parks and what they used to be.


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5/21 Aldermen Address Accessibility Issues In Sidewalk Ramps and Brick Crosswalks, 6pm

Posted by a 9:57 am on May 18, 2012

From the agenda of the  upcoming meeting of the BOA Public Health and Public Safety Committee on Monday 5/21 in the 2nd floor Committee Room at City Hall:…


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5/17: A Milk Row Cemetery Tour 6-7pm

Posted by a 11:11 am on May 17, 2012

The Cemetery is a wonderful oasis in the midst of the hustle and bustle of our “downtown” Union Square, but due to the current fragility of certain areas, it is infrequently open to the public. This will be a good opportunity to learn more about who is buried there, why it is historically significant, and what enhancements have been recently completed, as well as planned if the Massachusetts Historical Commission awards us a new grant in June.


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5/17: Film Screening: There Once Was an Island

Posted by a 9:01 pm on May 13, 2012

Presented by State Representative Denise Provost and Somerville Climate Action: Three people in a unique Pacific Island community face the first devastating effects of climate change, including a terrifying flood. Will they decide to stay with their island home or move to a new and unfamiliar land, leaving their culture and language behind forever?


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5/23/12 Assembly Orange Line T-Stop Community Meeting

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Managing neighborhood impacts is necessary for the success of the Assembly Square T-Stop project.


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5/22/12 Public Meeting on Green Line Retaining/Noise Walls

Posted by a 7:32 pm on

Managing neighborhood impacts is necessary for the success of the Green Line Extension project.


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5/17/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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Public notice includes an ordinance amending the Somerville zoning code to encourage urban agriculture.


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Call for Vendors, Performers

Posted by a 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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Share a Laugh Comedy Benefit with Wendy Liebman & Friends

Posted by a 1:57 pm on May 9, 2012

Tomorrow night, Thursday, there will be a great comedy show at the Somerville Theater to raise money for over 30 fabulous local social justice organizations.


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‘Community Congress’ May 20 will look at practical ways to strengthen schools

Posted by a 10:48 am on

What should be the next big push by parents to improve Somerville schools?

Steps to improve communication between parents and teachers? More community volunteers in the classrooms? Academic program changes?

Parents and community…


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May is Preservation Month

Posted by a 12:20 pm on May 7, 2012

  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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5/8/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 2:46 pm on May 6, 2012

Agenda includes the acquisition of 258 Somerville Ave., the status of Assembly Square and Union Square, and the creation of a web page for the SRA.


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5/7/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

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Agenda includes the FY 2012 budget.


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“From Mansions to Mudflats” walking tour Sunday May 6

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Sorry for the late notice, but I just found out about this yesterday. On the terrific walk around the Magoun Square area to celebrate Jane Jacobs’ legacy, I was handed a flyer on…


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FREE Bed Bug Summit

Posted by a 2:24 pm on May 4, 2012

PRESENTED BY THE COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY OF SOMERVILLE (CAAS), WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CAMBRIDGE HEALTH ALLIANCE

Come learn about the growing bed bug issues in and around Somerville, and what we


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Resistat Meetings with City of Somerville Scheduled for Spring

Posted by a 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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5/15/12 Reclaiming neighborhoods: Better living with less traffic

Posted by a 9:26 pm on April 29, 2012

Turning McGrath Highway back into a boulevard would relink parts of Somerville that have long been severed.


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5/9/12 HUD One Year Action Plan Public Hearing (2 of 2)

Posted by a 9:23 pm on

The HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville.


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5/3/12 Boston MPO Meeting

Posted by a 9:18 pm on

Agenda includes expansion of South Station (may replace the Grand Union project), and changes to the Draft Long Range Plan (currently still includes the Rt. 16 Green Line stop).


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4/30/12 Assembly Row Groundbreaking Ceremony

Posted by a 9:12 pm on

Ceremony marks the start of retail/residential construction of Phase I of the Assembly Square mixed-use development.


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Chamber Networking Event Features Green Business

Posted by a 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 a 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 a 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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4/27/12 Public Meeting on Environmental Mediation at Conway Park

Posted by a 6:01 pm on April 22, 2012

Environmental mediation in a densely populated city like Somerville is important for public health.


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4/24/12 Ward 1 Resistat Meeting

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The ResiStat meetings provide an opportunity for citizens to hear what the city government is doing and for the city government to hear citizen’s concerns.


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Science in textbooks–a curious process

Posted by a 4:45 pm on April 21, 2012

A few years back in a race for Somerville School Committee, I was called from the phone bank of a candidate. I listened to the pitch, and then I said I had a question. The…


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4/25/12 HUD One Year Action Plan Public Hearing (1 of 2)

Posted by a 7:00 pm on April 15, 2012

The HUD block grants are a very important source of funding for affordable housing in Somerville.


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4/25/12 Design Public Hearing on Gilman Street Bridge (McGrath Highway)

Posted by a 6:55 pm on

The Gilman Street bridge design must be consistent with the Gilman Square Green Line T-Stop.


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4th Annual SOS Soccer Tournament

Posted by a 1:31 pm on April 13, 2012

Save Our Somerville is running a soccer tournament on Patriots’ Day Monday, April 16th (rain or shine). The tournament will be held at Glen Park (Glen St. next to the Capuano School). Middle School sign-ins will be…


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Free Film Showing Wed Apr 11 — “Bag It!”

Posted by a 1:47 pm on April 9, 2012

Somerville Climate Action, the Mystic River Watershed Association, and Rep. Denise Provost are proud to offer this free showing of the award-winning film, “Bag It!”

WHAT: Three showings of “Bag It”, an award-winning film…


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4/19/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 10:31 pm on April 8, 2012

Agenda includes adopting the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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4/12/12 Somerville Board of Aldermen Meeting

Posted by a 10:22 pm on

Agenda likely includes a resolution of support for the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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4/9/12 Somerville Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 10:20 pm on

Agenda includes Magoun Square, Union Square, and the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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4/9: HRC Agenda, 6:30pm @ TAB

Posted by a 10:07 pm on April 6, 2012

The monthly public meeting of the Human Rights Commission will be at 6:30pm on 4/9 at SCALE
in the TAB at 167 Holland Street (2nd floor, top of stair, straight ahead, small conference room). This is an accessible location.

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“Under the Roof” Benefit To Honor Boston Housing Developer, Help Somerville Homeless

Posted by a 5:01 pm on April 4, 2012

Somerville, Mass. (April 4, 2012) - Support affordable housing and community involvement and enjoy a lively event in Somerville, Apr. 21st. The Somerville Homeless Coalition’s (SHC) “Under the Roof” annual benefit dinner will be held once…


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Celebrate Holy Week at Christ Episcopal Church

Posted by a 3:36 pm on

Celebrate Easter Sunday at Christ Episcopal Church, Somerville! Christ Church welcomes and nurtures every individual who comes through its doors, and has recently affirmed this long-held commitment by registering as a “Believe Out Loud” parish…


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4/4/12 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 5:43 pm on April 1, 2012

Agenda includes five antenna proposals: 844 McGrath Hwy., 331-333 Broadway, 49 Davis Sq., 15 Weston Ave., 114 Highland Ave.


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4/4, 4/19, 4/25 Inner Belt Symposium

Posted by a 1:08 pm on

The Inner Belt struggle was the first time Boston-area neighborhoods stood up for their own interests with regard to transportation improvements.


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4/16/12 London || Tucson: The Art and Politics of Urban Transformation

Posted by a 9:10 pm on March 25, 2012

This session explores how progressive transportation and planning policies can strengthen a city’s economy, encourage exciting new urban development, and improve quality of life and long-term sustainability.


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4/9/12 Wikicity: How Web-Enabled, Citizen-Driven Planning and Design is Changing the City

Posted by a 9:03 pm on

This session explores how grassroots, Internet-empowered “tactical urbanism” concepts are changing the way we plan, design and program urban public space.


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3/26/12 Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:19 pm on

Agenda includes Magoun Square, Union Square, Somerville Avenue, planned bridge repairs by Mass DOT, and the Comprehensive Plan.


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Campaign Kickoff/Bread and Roses Musical Celebration Saturday 3/24

Posted by a 11:39 pm on March 20, 2012

Bring your whole family to a singing celebration of victory in the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike in Lawrence, the first large labor victory in America. 20,000 immigrant mill workers, largely women and children, struck…


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April 11 forum: “First they Came for the Immigrants…”

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In the aftermath of Sept 11, there have been dramatic and chilling changes in government practices toward immigrant communities. These changes have extended to surveillance of those expressing dissent or protesting US policies, and beyond. This forum will include testimonies from people whose rights have been jeopardized by the Homeland Security Surveillance State. It will also provide an overview of policy changes that are eroding basic constitutional rights, and the implications for us all.


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4/5/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 4:44 pm on March 18, 2012

Agenda includes Assembly Square Blocks 1 and 4 and small changes to the Assembly Square PUD. Adopting the Somerville Comprehensive Plan may be deferred.


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3/29/12 Somerville Joint Land Use/Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

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This is a joint meeting of the BOA Land Use and Housing and Community Development Committees. The agenda includes adopting the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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3/31 Duhamel Education Initiative 16th Annual Pancake Breakfast

Posted by a 10:06 am on March 16, 2012

The Annual Pancake Breakfast is a great way to see old friends and meet the DEI supporters, as well as financially support the work of drop-out-prevention programs in the Somerville Public Schools. (3/31 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in the parish hall of the First Congregational Church, 89 College Avenue)


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3/15/12 Somerville Joint BOA and Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 9:19 pm on March 12, 2012

Agenda includes evaluating whether the City should adopt the Somerville Comprehensive Plan.


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3/26/12 Become a Super Designer! Get Planning & Transportation, Save the City

Posted by a 2:54 pm on March 11, 2012

Progressive urban planning requires not only urban transformation, but also neighborhood enhancement and conservation.


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3/21/12 Green Line Extension Public Meeting: Ball Square and College Avenue

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Public participation in designing neighborhood T-stops is essential to their success. Come and make your views known.


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3/14/12 Rally at MBTA Board Meeting

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Join Mass Senior Action in telling the MBTA…”Bail Out the Riders, Build Massachusetts!”


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3/21/12 Somerville BOA Land Use Committee Meeting

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Agenda includes a change to the definition of pervious area that could bar completely paving new construction. (Note: Rescheduled from 3/13/12.)


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3/13/12 MAPC Panel Discussion: Transportation and the Economy

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Massachusetts public transit is grossly underfunded. How do we address this problem? (Note: Morning event.)


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3/17 Somerville Little League In-Person Registration and Tryouts

Posted by a 5:17 pm on March 10, 2012

2012 online Registration is now open, Register today at SomervilleLittleLeague.org


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3/7/12 T-Stop Design Workshop – Gilman Square & Lowell Street Stations

Posted by a 8:16 pm on March 5, 2012

Public participation in designing neighborhood T-stops is essential to their success. Come and make your views known.


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Are City’s Senior Centers Fully Accessible?

Posted by a 12:36 pm on

The following letter was submitted to the resistat blog on 3/5/2012 after its writer read David Dahlbacka’s announcement of upcoming HUD Plan hearing:…


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TEDx Somerville: A Stimulating Hodge Podge

Posted by a 10:13 pm on March 4, 2012

Well, I’m missing the after-party, but I wanted to share some tidbits from this event that raged all day at the Armory today.…


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3/22/12 HUD One Year Action Plan – Public Hearing

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Next to road repairs, community housing has the most immediate effect of all City programs on the day to day lives of Somerville residents. Come and make your views known.


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3/20/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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Agenda includes status reports on Assembly Square and the Green Line Extension, acquisition of 258 Somerville Ave.


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3/12/12 Somerville BOA Land Use Committee Meeting

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Agenda includes the proposed rezoning of Somerville Ave. and Elm St. between Porter and Wilson Squares, which is controversial.


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3/7/12 Grounding McGrath Working Group Meeting

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The McGrath overpass cuts Somerville in pieces. A boulevard would work better with the new Green Line T-Stop at Union Square.


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Somerville High School Contestants on WGBH Quiz Show

Posted by a 10:53 am on March 3, 2012

Somerville students face Rockport students for a spot in the High School Quiz Show quarterfinals Sunday March 4th @ 6:30 on WGBH TV. High School Quiz Show is a fairly new and quite…


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3/6 Screening of Oscar-nominated film, GASLAND

Posted by a 8:25 pm on March 2, 2012

State Representative Denise Provost and Somerville Climate Action present the Oscar-nominated film “GASLAND”. The billion dollar energy industry has a dirty little secret… Followed by a discussion. Free of charge.


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2/29/12 2012 Community-Wide Assembly

Posted by a 12:59 pm on February 26, 2012

Community corridor planning is essential to making the best use of the new Green Line T-Stops. Come and make your voices heard.


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2/29/12 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

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Agenda includes routine variances, such as 143-145 Cedar St. (10 unit residential), 11-15 Holland St. (fast-food restaurant), 39-43 Elmwood (3 buildings, 9 unit residential).


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2/28/12 Conservation Commission Meeting

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Agenda includes Assembly Square Order of Conditions (OOC) for changes to Block 3 and to Shore Drive in Ten Hills.


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Farm Share Fair 2012

Posted by a 9:10 pm on February 21, 2012

::  2012 FARM SHARE FAIR!  ::
Thursday March 1st @ 5:30-8PM  |  Free Admission
The Argenziano School in Union Sq @ 290 Washington St / Somerville

Come meet the folks who grow your…


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2/23/12 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:18 pm on February 20, 2012

Agenda not available (2/20/12). The Design Review Committee provides design criteria, guidance and recommendations to permit applicants. Its mandate is to maintain and enhance the natural, aesthetic, and cultural heritage of the City and to preserve the value of land and buildings.


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Creative, Sustainable, TEDxSomerville

Posted by a 8:59 pm on February 19, 2012

Do you ever play the “If-I-had-a-million-dollars” game? Whenever I play, I think of throwing intimate parties for brilliant, powerful people who will orchestrate the betterment of society before my eyes. Now that TEDx is coming to the Armory, I don’t have to hit the lottery to get a full day’s taste of the experience.…


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free movie “Pipe Dreams” Wed Feb 15 at Central Library

Posted by a 10:10 pm on February 13, 2012

~ Film Screening ~

State Representative Denise Provost
and Somerville Climate Action present
the Oscar-nominated film

PIPE DREAMS
The story of the greatest environmental battle in the U.S. today:


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2/28/12, 2/29/12 MBTA Fare and Service Proposal Meetings

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MBTA service cuts and fare hikes hit everyone in Somerville. Come and make your views known.


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2/16/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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Agenda includes a hearing for a small R & D use (230 Somerville Ave).


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2/15/12 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

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Agenda includes routine variances and, in executive session, a discussion of current litigation regarding 369-371 Beacon St.


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Dance Against Poverty, March 3, at Temple B’nai Brith

Posted by a 5:47 pm on February 8, 2012

Put on your dancing shoes for a good cause.  The Social Action Committee of Temple B’nai Brith invites you to a Benefit Dance for the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), Saturday, March 3…


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2/2/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 3:57 pm on January 29, 2012

Agenda includes further discussion and possible vote on the Porter Square/Wilson Square zoning change, which has proved controversial.


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State of the Union Watch Party on Tuesday Night, at Precinct, in Union Square

Posted by a 11:42 am on January 22, 2012

Cambridge-Somerville for Change, in conjunction with the Obama campaign, is holding a State of the Union Watch Party at Precinct in Union Square next Tuesday night.
We’re encouraging Democrats, progressives, and Independents

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Innovation Schools

Posted by a 10:26 am on

The School Committee voted to explore introducing Innovation Schools in Somerville. To learn more, we invited two experts who have direct experience with Innovation Schools.


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1/25/12 Green Line Extension Corridor-Wide Public Meeting

Posted by a 8:01 pm on January 15, 2012

Agenda includes the early bridge and demolition package, affecting the Medford Street Rail Bridge (Somerville), the Harvard Street Rail Bridge (Medford), and 21 Water Street (Cambridge).


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1/18/12 Somerville Housing Authority

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Agenda includes resident concerns and report of committees on Resident Services, Public Safety, Safety, Major Projects, and Finance.


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1/19/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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Agenda includes further discussion and possible vote on the Porter Square/Wilson Square zoning change, which has proved controversial.


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1/18/12 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 7:41 pm on

Agenda includes (16 Linden St.) a variance to add a 5-unit residence to a lot that already has a 3-unit structure and (485 Mystic Valley Pkwy.) convert the Mystic Water Works property into 60 affordable housing units.


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Jan 22 : Ward 3 Democratic Committee to Meet

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Agenda: Convention caucus, Replacing Scott Brown, Affordable housing at the Boys & Girls Club, Charter school politics, Green Line advocacy, and Energy services from the city. Rep. Provost will be a guest.


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Recession Sessions Benefit Concert to Give Voice to Economic Hardship

Posted by a 2:50 pm on January 11, 2012

Join The Bull and Bear, a “financial folk” band for a night of relevant and original music played live from the band’s most-recent album, Recession Sessions. The record highlights the major events of the current global financial crisis. …


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1/12/12 Somerville Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:18 pm on January 8, 2012

Agenda not available (1/1/12). The Design Review Committee provides design criteria, guidance and recommendations to permit applicants. Its mandate is to maintain and enhance the natural, aesthetic, and cultural heritage of the City and to preserve the value of land and buildings.


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Rep. Capuano to Address Democratic City Caucus Feb 13th

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Mayor Curtatone will introduce Candidate for US Congress in the newly created 7th (yes seventh) Congressional District, Congressman Michael Capuano. Candidates for US Senate have been invited to address the meeting.


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Rob Rudin’s Half-Jewish, with Naftule’s Dream, at Johnny D’s — January 24

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Rob Rudin’s Half-Jewish, double bill with Naftule’s Dream. Tuesday, January 24, 8:00 pm. $10 cash at door. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland Street, Davis Square, Somerville. For information call (617) 776-2004 or log onto www.johnnyds.com.


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1/10/12 Minuteman Bikeway Arlington Public Meeting

Posted by a 2:35 pm on January 1, 2012

This meeting will present five options for fixing the break in the Minuteman Trail at Mass Ave. and Rt. 60 in Arlington Center, which forces bicyclists onto the streets and sidewalks.


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1/5/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 2:31 pm on

Agenda includes the proposed zoning changes to Somerville Avenue from Wilson Square to Porter Square, White Street, and Elm Street from White Street to Wilson Square. “What’s in it for us?”


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1/4/12 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 2:28 pm on

Agenda includes converting the existing Mystic Water Works into a 25 unit affordable housing apartment building.


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The Longest Night Service

Posted by a 2:03 pm on December 20, 2011

We’ll gather on the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, for a spiritual-but-not-necessarily-religious event to acknowledge the shadow side of the season.


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12/15/11 – 1/31/12 Comment Period for Porter Square Zoning Change

Posted by a 10:09 pm on December 18, 2011

The City of Somerville is proposing zoning changes to Somerville Avenue from Wilson Square to Porter Square, White Street, and Elm Street from White Street to Wilson Square. While this zoning change can bring definite benefits to the city in tax revenue, some abutters are asking “What’s in it for us?”


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12/15/11 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 9:48 pm on December 11, 2011

According to state law, Redevelopment Authorities are empowered to buy and sell property, acquire property through eminent domain, and grant tax concessions. Agenda not available (12/11/11).


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12/15/11 Somerville Planning Board and Land Use Committee Joint Hearing

Posted by a 9:47 pm on

Agenda includes zoning changes to set minimum pervious area requirements and to modify zoning maps for Somerville Ave. from WIlson Square to Porter Square, White St., and Elm St.


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12/14/11 Green Line Extension Public Meeting

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Public participation in station designs is essential to making them work with the neighborhoods.


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12/14/11 MBTA Capital Investment Program Public Hearing

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The CIP includes the Green Line Extension and the Assembly Square T-Stop.


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12/14/11 MWRA Board of Directors Meeting

Posted by a 9:42 pm on

Agenda includes contract awards and (in executive session) watershed land acquisition approval and ratification of collective bargaining agreements with Steelworkers and Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers and Scientists.


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Trader Joe’s has Social Justice Problems

Posted by a 11:31 pm on December 8, 2011

Surely there are many Somervillians among the many patrons and fans of Traders Joe national (specialty) retail grocery stores. While of little comparison to the retail behemoth in the news these days, Trader Joe’s is not without its problems. The following notice may be of interest.…


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11/23/11 – 12/30/11 Comment Period for Mystic Valley Parkway Green Line Extension Visioning Report

Posted by a 10:23 pm on December 4, 2011

Continuing the Green Line Extension to Mystic Valley Parkway will complete the integration of West Somerville and Medford into the Green Line.


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12/8/11 Grand Junction Commuter Rail Feasibility Study Public Meeting

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Light rail mass transit is a good thing, but directing commuter rail trains, including diesel trains, through the middle of Cambridge is controversial.


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12/8/11 Somerville Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:45 pm on

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Design Review Committee. Agenda not available (12/4/11).


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12/7/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Public Hearing

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Agenda includes 343-351 Summer St., a controversial development that includes residential and a replacement for the existing VFW club.


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12/7/11 Green Line Extension Design Working Group

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Interactive Somerville is running a design competition for the area around the proposed Gilman Square station.


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12/7/11 Mystic River Watershed Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:40 pm on

This is the regular meeting of the Mystic River Watershed Steering Committee. This committee, sponsored by the Federal EPA, works to improve water quality and environmental conditions in the Mystic River watershed. Agenda not available (12/4/11).


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12/6/11 Mystic River Reservation Riverfront Park Improvements Public Meeting

Posted by a 6:38 pm on

The Mystic Riverfront Park upgrades are a big part of the improvements to Assembly Square resulting from the Assembly Square PUD.


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12/1/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 10:54 pm on November 29, 2011

Agenda contains 379 Somerville Ave., signage for a by-right restaurant.


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12/1/11 Board of Assessors Meeting

Posted by a 10:51 pm on

Agenda not available (11/29/11). This meeting will most likely discuss property tax percentages for fiscal year 2012.


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11/30/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 7:57 pm on November 27, 2011

Agenda includes 485 Mystic Valley Pkwy, a project converting the exising Mystic Water Works into 25 affordable units of housing and replacing an existing office building with 35 affordable units.


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11/28/11 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 4:51 pm on

Agenda includes the acquisition of 258 Somerville Ave. and updates on Assembly Square and Union Square. Note: the Somerville Redevelopment Authority does not have a web page.


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11/22/11 Somerville Board of Assessors Public Hearing

Posted by a 4:19 pm on November 20, 2011

This public hearing will affect property tax percentages for fiscal year 2012, giving revenue implications of various rates. Every Somerville property owner will be affected by this hearing.


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11/22/11 Conservation Commission Meeting

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Agenda includes an update on the Order of Conditions for Assembly Square and a new fence for the Bike Path Community Garden.


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11/22/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 4:14 pm on

Agenda includes 343-351 Summer St., a mixed-use building including a new VFW hall near Davis Square.


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11/14/11 Launch Party for interactivesomerville.org

Posted by a 5:11 pm on November 13, 2011

Attend the launch party for interactivesomeville.org, a new forum for discussions about the Green Line Extension and other events. Managing the GLX extension and its integration with the community requires public participation.


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11/21/11 Public Hearing on Community Path Design

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This is a first look at the proposed design for the Community Path. All concerned with the path and the Green Line Extension should show up and comment.


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11/17/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 4:11 pm on

Agenda includes an update on the Somerville Comprehensive Plan and a signage change at a restaurant at 379 Somerville Ave. Note change of venue.


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11/15/11 Assembly Square Station Project Meeting

Posted by a 7:59 pm on November 6, 2011

It is very important that the public catch up with the Assembly Square T-stop project progress and decisions.


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Proposed Rights-of-Way Federal Guidelines Comment Period

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The comment period ends 11/23/11. This is your chance to provide input to Federal guidelines on access by persons with disabilities.


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Fall Resistat Community Meetings

Posted by a 6:59 pm on

These meetings are an important way to make your needs known to Somerville government. Show up and make your voice heard.


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11/2/11 MBTA Community Meeting

Posted by a 10:31 pm on October 31, 2011

This meeting is called by the MBTA to discuss temporary changes in Red Line Service due to construction from Harvard to Alewife Station. The Red Line is a crucial connection between West Somerville and the rest of Boston. If you need it, find out what’s going on.


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Nourish Your Well Being

Posted by a 1:17 pm on October 24, 2011

Amethyst Center is again hosting a fundraiser for the Somerville Homeless Coalition, Saturday November 5, 1:00-5:00. “Nourish Your Well Being” will offer short…


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10/25/11 Conservation Commission Meeting

Posted by a 8:02 pm on October 23, 2011

Agenda includes Assembly Square Blocks 1 and 4 and sewer and drain work in Ten Hills. This work helps fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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10/25/11 Mystic River Watershed Association Annual Meeting

Posted by a 8:00 pm on

Melissa Hoffer of the Conservation Law Foundation will speak on the role of legal advocacy in environmental protection and restoration.


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10/26/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:57 pm on

The group will review the draft comprehensive plan document and discuss the stakeholder’s presentation.


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10/27/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:55 pm on

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Design Review Committee. Agenda not posted (10/23/11).


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11/2/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 7:53 pm on

Agenda includes 16 Linden St., constructing 5 dwelling units on a lot with 3 existing units for a total of 8.


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11/3/11 Planning Board Meeting

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Agenda includes a special permit for dry boat storage at 74 Foley Street in Assembly Square, possibly for boats from the Winter Hill Yacht Club.


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Ward 7 ResiStat Community Meeting

Posted by a 1:11 pm on October 19, 2011

Tuesday October 25, 6:30 pm to 8 pm

West Somerville Neighborhood School, [cafeteria] 177 Powder House Blvd, Somerville, MA

Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Trane and the ResiStat program invite you to…


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10/19/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 5:29 pm on October 16, 2011

Agenda includes 343-351 Summer St. for a special permit to develop a new two to three story mixed-use building consisting of a VFW hall and 31 residential units.


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10/20/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 5:27 pm on

Agenda includes Assembly Square Block 3, a Special Permit for two levels of retail and restaurant, including a 12-screen cinema, with residential above. This development helps fulfil the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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Alderman Candidate Forum at First Church Somerville

Posted by a 1:46 pm on October 15, 2011

Have you always wanted to know what your alderman really thinks about poverty, immigration, the environment? What if there was an Occupy.Somerville movement–would they support it, and how?

First Church Somerville UCC, a progressive…


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3rd Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon to Honor Past and Present Community Service

Posted by a 9:07 am on October 13, 2011

The Somerville Homeless Coalition is hosting the 3rd Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon on October 21st , from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at The Highland Kitchen in Somerville. The luncheon is held in memory of…


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11/2/11 Mystic Valley Parkway Green Line Extension Final Public Meeting

Posted by a 8:38 pm on October 9, 2011

Completing the Green Line Extension to Route 16 is essential to Somerville’s future. Make your voice heard.


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10/20/11 Green Line Extension Environmental Assessment and Public Comment Period

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This hearing is preceded at 6:00 by a Shovel Ready Rally and Mock Groundbreaking in front of Somerville High School to protest Green Line delays. It is essential that the Green Line Extension be carried out on time with responsible attention to environmental impacts.


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10/18/11 Charlestown Neighborhood Council Meeting

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The Surface Option presented accommodates traffic from the redevelopment of Assembly Square in Somerville (IKEA). We should support it.


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10/12/11 Green Line Public Workshop on Maintenance Facility

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The Maintenance Facility is currently located at Option L, as far as possible from Brickbottom. This is a good opportunity to weigh in on this design.


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10/11/11 Key Bus Route Improvement Program: Bus Route 77

Posted by a 8:27 pm on

Route 77 connects Porter Square, which adjoins Cambridge, with Harvard, Central, and Kendall Squares, along with Boston and Arlington. If you live near Porter Square, this can affect you directly.


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Comic Tony V to Entertain CAAS Annual Meeting October 25th

Posted by a 10:36 am on October 7, 2011

What’s so funny about Somerville?  Tony V knows.

When supporters of Somerville’s anti-poverty agency, the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), gather to celebrate another year of working to end poverty where we live…


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10/5/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 1:49 pm on October 1, 2011

Agenda includes 343-351 Summer St. developing a new two to three story mixed-use building consisting of a VFW hall and 31 residential units.


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19th Annual Tour de Somerville: “Arts in the ‘Ville”

Posted by a 9:13 am on September 29, 2011

The Somerville Bicycle Committee invites you to ride our 19th Annual Tour de Somerville.  This year’s theme is “Arts in the ‘Ville”.

We’ll meet at 10 am on Saturday, October 15 in Seven Hills…


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10/6/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 6:58 pm on September 25, 2011

Agenda includes public hearings on proposed developments at Blocks 1 and 4 of Assembly Square. These developments help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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9/29/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:34 pm on

Agenda likely includes Assembly Square mixed use buildings on Block 3, including a cinema. These proposals help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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9/26/11 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

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Agenda will likely include the Avalon Bay developments at Blocks, 1, 3, and 4 and may include prospects for further development.


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Come to the Progressive Massachusetts Kickoff on October 2nd!

Posted by a 9:00 pm on September 24, 2011

As we launch on October 2, we will: take positions on public policies through a democratic process; organize members to directly contact elected officials to support these policies; and help elect and support progressive candidates for public office.


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10/5/11 Mystic View Task Force Annual Meeting

Posted by a 7:21 am on September 19, 2011

We will present a summary of the City’s almost finished Comprehensive Plan, followed by discussion. The plan is the product of over two years of work by the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee.


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9/19/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

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The group will review the zoning change maps, begin to review the comprehensive plan draft document, and create a map describing future transportation improvements.


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Magic For Smart People – Bob The Magic Guy

Posted by a 10:22 pm on September 18, 2011

Magic For Smart People 
 
Somerville Theater, Davis Square
Saturday Sept 24

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9/22/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:54 pm on

Agenda likely includes Assembly Square mixed use buildings on Block 3, including a cinema. These proposals help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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9/22/11 Somerville Community Path Workshop

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Extending the Community Path along the proposed Green Line spur will encourage people to bike and walk through central Somerville.


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Oct 2nd, Tastes of Community Cooks @ Somerville Museum

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Community Cooks, a volunteer organization of neighbors feeding neighbors, is pleased to announce its first annual celebration. Tastes of Community Cooks, an exhibition of food and art, will take place on Sunday, October 2 from 4 – 7 pm at the Somerville Museum at 1 Westwood Road.


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CAAS Annual Meeting & Celebration, Tuesday, October 25

Posted by a 3:31 pm on September 13, 2011

Celebrate with the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS), the organization working to end poverty where we live.  Enjoy music, refreshments, a look back at the past year and a look ahead at how we are…


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9/21/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 5:51 pm on September 11, 2011

The agenda includes 149-151 Washington St. seeking a Special Permit with Design Review to establish a tattoo parlor.


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9/18/11 Walking Tour of Union Square

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Free walking tour highlighting American Tube Works complex, workers’ housing in Duck Village, and brick row houses along Summer Street with refreshments served at India Palace.


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9/22/11 Boston Region MPO Meeting – MPO vote on TIP and LRTP

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At this meeting the MPO will vote on whether to ignore the needs of Somerville and Medford residents and push back the Green Line Extension to 2018.


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9/20/11 Grounding McGrath: Public Information Meeting

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An important improvement to McGrath Highway would be to return it to its original concept, as a ground-level boulevard with predestrian crossings.


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9/8/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 8:05 pm on September 6, 2011

Agenda includes Assembly Square mixed use buildings on Blocks 1, 3, and 4, including a cinema. These proposals help fulfill the financial conditions needed for the success of the Assembly Square DIF and iCubed programs.


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9/13/11 DEP Public Meeting on Green Line Delay

Posted by a 9:41 pm on September 5, 2011

This is a critical meeting to give your comments on the Green Line extension delay. If you can’t attend either meeting, please send your comments by Sept 13.


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9/15/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 9:01 pm on

The agenda should include removing a loading area from the Block 10 restaurant at 133 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square.


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9/15/11 Walking Routes to the Mystic River

Posted by a 8:57 pm on

MAPC is working with neighboring communities to create a network of safe walking routes to connect neighborhoods with the lower Mystic River, Chelsea Creek, Mill Creek, and the Malden River. You can help.


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9/14/11 Porter Square Visioning – Community Meeting

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At this meeting, the city will present a proposed rezoning map depicting zoning changes that will allow for mixed-use development in the key gateways of the Porter and Wilson Square areas.


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9/14/11 Come Shape McGrath/O’Brien Redesign Goals

Posted by a 11:05 pm on August 29, 2011

It is important to reunite neighborhoods, lower traffic speeds, and add more trees to make McGrath Hwy a boulevard.


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9/6/11 and 9/7/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meetings

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The agenda includes upgrades to a building on 70 Inner Belt Road.


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9/1/11 Planning Board Meeting

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The agenda includes removing a loading area from the Block 10 restaurant at 133 Middlesex Avenue in Assembly Square.


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8/8/11 – 9/13/11 FY 2012-2015 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Comment Period

Posted by a 10:58 pm on

The Green Line Extension, a legal obligation of the Commonwealth, has been dropped from the 2012-2015 TIP and delayed until 2018. This not only deprives Somerville of long-needed transit access, it jeopardizes the state’s access to Federal transportation funding.


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8/17/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 2:15 pm on August 7, 2011

The agenda includes a continuance of the review of 343 – 351 Summer St. (site of the existing George Dilboy VFW Post #529) to August 24.


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8/10/11 Regional Transportation Advisory Council Meeting

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The agenda includes a staff update on transportation plans for the Boston region, and most likely includes postponing the Green Line Extension another 5 years.


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8/3/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 8:51 pm on July 24, 2011

The agenda includes 343 – 351 Summer St. (site of the existing George Dilboy VFW Post #529) to build a new two to three story mixed-use building consisting of a VFW hall and 31 residential units with parking lot.


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7/20/11 – 8/20/11 Comment Period on Assembly Square Riverfront Park Plans

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Check out the conceptual proposals and make your views known. Written comments submitted will be posted on the DCR website.


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7/20/11 Public Meeting on Improvements to Assembly Square Riverfront Park

Posted by a 8:17 pm on July 17, 2011

This is a good chance for Somerville residents to help improve our river frontage in Assembly Square.


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7/14/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 10:37 pm on July 1, 2011

The agenda includes a public hearing on another extension of the IKEA permits and a continuation of the 378-390 Somerville Avenue development, which is controversial.


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7/13/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 10:35 pm on

Among other business, extending a permit to replace a one-story commercial structure at 292 Beacon Street with a larger 2-1/2 story commercial and residential development.


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6/27/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:33 pm on June 26, 2011

The agenda includes a (continued) public hearing for final approval of the PUD for Assembly Square Block 10 and a hearing for constructing a restaurant on the site. The 378-390 Somerville Avenue hearing is being continued to July 14.


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Ward 6 Community Meeting/ResiStat Mon. June 27

Posted by a 10:58 am on June 22, 2011

Greetings all. Just a reminder about next week’s community meeting: On Monday, June 27, 6:30-8 p.m., please join Mayor Curtatone, Alderman Gewirtz, at-large aldermen, City officials…


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Johnny D’s/Loose Change Band End Homelessness Bash, June 29th!

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