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11/25/14 Assessor’s Property Tax Classification Hearing

Posted by a 6:29 pm on November 24, 2014

The material is technical, but shows the continuing difference in size between the residential tax base and the commercial tax base in Somerville. The residential tax base is a much higher percentage of the total tax base than the commercial tax base is. The larger the commercial tax base, the less burden there is on residents. More…


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11/19/14, 11/20/14 Assessor Mobile Office Meetings

Posted by a 8:16 pm on November 18, 2014

The city’s tax assessment is where the city’s fiscal situation impacts citizens most directly — the next being the quality of city services, such as street maintenance and garbage collection. Come and find out what your share is. More…


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Somerville Neighborhood News #25

Posted by a 2:02 pm on October 24, 2014

Oct. 21, 2014 – Visit the Kiley Barrel site, march with the Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, learn how Tufts is trying to improve its treatment of victims of sexual abuse, see what’s up with…


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10/20/14 Union Square Improvements Meeting

Posted by a 8:14 pm on October 19, 2014

Good transportation and streetscape of Union Square are crucial to the success of the neighborhood. Come and see what the city is proposing. More…


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Watch the latest Somerville Neighborhood News

Posted by a 8:53 am on October 8, 2014

Oct. 7, 2014 – Hear what health and school officials have to say about the dozens of kids who recently arrived here from Central America, hit the streets to learn what Somerville residents think about…


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10/8/14 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 10:38 pm on October 6, 2014

(10/6/14) No agenda published on City web site. More…


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Watch Somerville Neighborhood News eps. 22

Posted by a 4:01 pm on September 10, 2014

What to expect in the latest edition of Somerville Neighborhood News: Did you know that one million workers don’t get paid sick time in the state but Somervillians are fighting back. Are all City of…


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Aug. 12, 2014 Somerville Neighborhood News

Posted by a 9:20 pm on August 13, 2014

Aug. 12, 2014 – Meet the director of the city’s Market Basket, go to a meeting with Union Square residents to discuss public space in the neighborhood, check out the dogs and dog-lovers who also…


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NEW HOME HELPS VETS GET ON TRACK

Posted by a 10:01 pm on August 3, 2014

Somerville, MA, July 29 – “It was really hard to come back,” the veteran explained, quietly. “My whole family was telling me that I was someone different, someone that basically


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Latest Somerville Neighborhood News

Posted by a 9:24 pm on July 30, 2014

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What’s the latest on the McGrath grounding? Are bikers obeying the…


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US2 SAYS IT’S READY TO LISTEN

Posted by a 3:16 pm on July 17, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News is a production of Somerville Community Access Television, made by professional journalists, volunteers and staff. The half-hour news show has as its mission to provide a lively, informative newscast focusing on the events, issues…


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Help Set the Direction of Anti-Poverty Work for Somerville

Posted by a 9:26 pm on July 14, 2014

Do you want to help set the direction for Somerville’s anti-poverty agency? The Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) is seeking candidates for its Board elections, coming up in September.
“We’re at a critical time…


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An open letter on zoning from the Somerville Arts Council advisory board

Posted by a 11:26 am on July 8, 2014

Mayor Curtatone, esteemed Alders, and members of the Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development,


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S’Ville Neighborhood News is new!

Posted by a 10:02 am on June 17, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News is a community service production of SCATV. Here is what tonight’s newscast will bring you: Somerville Neighborhood News reporter Justin Page looked into the ban on styrofoam take-out

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Somerville Neighborhood News Episode # 15

Posted by a 10:06 pm on May 21, 2014

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May 20, 2014 — More biking and bikers is great, but maybe more education and enforcement is needed? Join Somerville High students on the Mystic River. What’s the latest on the union square

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Union Square on SNN and WGBH!

Posted by a 11:10 am on May 14, 2014

There has been a decent amount of coverage in the media with regards and scrutiny to Union Square and its future redevelopment. In case you missed them, here are two recent news segments, one piece…


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5/14/14 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 9:14 pm on May 12, 2014

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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Somerville Neighborhood News Eps. 12

Posted by a 9:58 am on April 10, 2014

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April 8, 2014 – Attend the Deanna Cremin memorial and hear from her sister, learn how Somerville is fighting against the overdose epidemic, visit the Irish Film Festival, learn about air pollution near Route…


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4/16/14 Central Broadway Streetscape Improvements Meeting

Posted by a 8:09 pm on April 6, 2014

The Central Broadway/Winter Hill Streetscape Project will study existing conditions, issues, and opportunities and prepare an urban streetscape design that improves the safety and functionality of the corridor for all modes of transportation. Come and make your views known. More…


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4/9/14 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 8:05 pm on

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Housing Authority (SHA). No online agenda. 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

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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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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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3/20/14 Public Hearing on HUD One-Year Action Plan

Posted by a 6:31 am on March 10, 2014

HUD programs provide millions of dollars for Somerville residential development. Its use is important to all Somervillians. More…


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SNN Eps #9–SHS Quiz Team, Mystic Fashion Show, Affordable Housing & more!

Posted by a 4:58 pm on February 27, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News is produced by the volunteers, interns and staff of SCATV. It is the only independent TV newscast created for Somervillens. We are trying to continuously raise awareness about this community resource and…


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Beat Report: 2/20/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 9:13 pm on February 23, 2014

2/20/14 meeting not being held because not properly posted. Only scheduling next meeting. Did not post announcement online, only at City Hall cork board. Violated open meeting law. Propose replacement meeting next Thurs 2/27 @6:15. Tentative schedule for developer presentations: Mar. 4, 5, 6 4:00 – 6:00 PM Aldermanic chambers. More…


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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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Somerville Neighborhood News looks at real estate prices

Posted by a 2:07 pm on January 29, 2014

January 28, 2014 — How do “new kids” from foreign lands fare at Somerville High School? Davis Square business owners fear they’ll be priced out of town. Check out Somerville Neighborhood News #7 (Jan. 28…


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Somerville Neighborhood News #6 – Jan. 14 2014

Posted by a 10:19 pm on January 23, 2014

January 14, 2014 — Inauguration of the mayor, aldermen and school committee, homework at the high school, raising the first American flag, a program that promises good, local jobs during the Green Line extension (rerun) and homelessness (rerun). These stories and more…


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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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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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Beat Report: 12/12/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 9:04 pm on December 12, 2013

City not getting cooperation from casino developer (WIN) and may have to apply itself for designation as affected community in 10 days after WIN files 12/31/13. Partners Healthcare is coming with 4500 jobs and 700K s.f. of office space. Aggressive schedule (2016). No R&D yet. City wants to look at rest of site (>60 acres). FRIT has gone live with a jobs web site with all the jobs in Assembly Row. They are being very cooperative. The City is contracting with a local agency for job training. City has an RFQ for a Master Developer for Union Square. Response is due Jan. 31, hope to decide by April 1. 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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11/18/13 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting Notes

Posted by a 6:25 pm on November 24, 2013

The streets, sidewalks and ground floor retail on the four mixed use blocks will have their grand opening Memorial Day 2014. The new Orange Line T-stop is slated to open in July or so. According to Federal Realty, a grocery store at the IKEA site is not off the table. More…


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11/18/13 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:07 pm on November 4, 2013

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


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11/14/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 6:03 pm on

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


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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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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

Posted by a 5:00 pm on

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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9/19/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 6:46 pm on September 15, 2013

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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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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8/22/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 9:27 pm on August 18, 2013

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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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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7/17/13 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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7/1/13 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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6/25/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 8:24 pm on June 23, 2013

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


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6/20/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 8:11 pm on June 16, 2013

Note change of location to VNA. Agenda includes a large number of residential developments, which does not improve Somerville’s fiscal situation. More…


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Washington Street: Greed or Neighbor

Posted by a 10:48 am on June 15, 2013

From democracy to greed: corrupting the public dialog on housing.


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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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5/30/13 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

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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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5/16/13 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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5/8/13 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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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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4/4/13 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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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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3/5/13 Beacon Street Public Meeting

Posted by a 8:11 pm on March 3, 2013

This project is controversial because the proposed cycle track could remove parking spaces. 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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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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12/12/12 Public Hearing on 2013 Somerville Housing Authority Annual Plan

Posted by a 8:29 pm on December 9, 2012

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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12/4/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

Posted by a 5:48 pm on December 2, 2012

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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11/15/12 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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11/5/12 Peer-to-Peer Politics: Moving Beyond Left and Right

Posted by a 1:55 pm on October 28, 2012

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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10/18/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 3:49 pm on October 14, 2012

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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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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10/4/12 HUD Consolidated Annual Performance Report

Posted by a 6:09 pm on September 30, 2012

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

Posted by a 5:39 pm on September 9, 2012

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

Posted by a 12:50 pm on August 25, 2012

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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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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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

Posted by a 4:47 pm on

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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Union Square Neighbors Rally for Affordable Housing

Posted by a 6:01 pm on July 12, 2012

A crowd of 80 Union Square residents and other Somerville supporters gathered last night to proclaim Union Square as the heart of diversity with their message: “We support an affordable, diverse Somerville: Let’s keep Union Square a place for everyone!”


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6/25/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

Posted by a 4:58 pm on June 24, 2012

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


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6/14/12 Affordable Housing Trust Fund Meeting

Posted by a 3:37 pm on June 10, 2012

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

Posted by a 2:33 pm on

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


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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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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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5/17/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:29 pm on May 13, 2012

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


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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

Posted by a 2:41 pm on

Agenda includes the FY 2012 budget.


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

Posted by a 9:23 pm on April 29, 2012

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


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

Posted by a 8:36 pm on

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


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4/24/12 Ward 1 Resistat Meeting

Posted by a 5:56 pm on April 22, 2012

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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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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4/19/12 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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4/4/12 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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4/16/12 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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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

Posted by a 4:42 pm on

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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3/15/12 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

Posted by a 2:50 pm on

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

Posted by a 2:42 pm on

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


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Are City’s Senior Centers Accessible?: RESISTAT Responds

Posted by a 12:16 pm on March 10, 2012

The letter to resistat previously posted on SV is copied below. The response (which follows)  was posted on the resistat blog within 72 hours of the letter’s submission.…


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

Posted by a 2:54 pm on March 4, 2012

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

Posted by a 2:51 pm on

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

Posted by a 2:48 pm on

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


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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

Posted by a 12:55 pm on

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

Posted by a 12:51 pm on

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


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Get Help Heating Your Home at CAAS

Posted by a 4:14 pm on February 22, 2012

Fuel Assistance is available based on the total annual income of all members of a household who are eighteen years or older. This year, to be eligible, a household size of 1 must be making less than $31,218 annually while a household of 4 can be making up to $60,035 annually.


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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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1/18/12 Somerville Housing Authority

Posted by a 7:58 pm on January 15, 2012

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

Posted by a 7:43 pm on

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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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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1/4/12 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 2:28 pm on January 1, 2012

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


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Somerville’s latest route around our rights

Posted by a 5:18 pm on December 15, 2011

The City of Somerville submitted a variance application on December 2, 2011 that stated that a “proposed secondary stair case” was being considered for the west sidewalks of Lowell St. Bridge into the future Max’sGreen. Since there’s already a staircase less than 200 feet away, why does the City want to waste 109K of public funds on that second staircase?


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Chandler Travis’ Christmas Cavalcade December 15th at Johnny D’s

Posted by a 10:11 pm on December 6, 2011

Hope you will all join us for a great evening of music featuring Liv Taylor, Jennifer Kimball, the Upper Crust, The Darlings, the Chandler Travis Philharmonic and many more great musicians. All proceeds benefit the…


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

Posted by a 6:43 pm on December 4, 2011

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


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12/1/11 Board of Assessors Meeting

Posted by a 10:51 pm on November 29, 2011

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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SCC’s Build Boston Charrette re: 181 Washington St., Union Square

Posted by a 12:47 pm on November 13, 2011

Although there appears to be  a lot of neighborly opposition to SCC’s 181 Washington Street proposed development at this time, the Boston Society of Architects is calling it an “active project.” Below, information about the…


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Proposed Rights-of-Way Federal Guidelines Comment Period

Posted by a 7:15 pm on November 6, 2011

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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FOI Request: Somerville’s Inclusionary Housing Units, 1991- present

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

October, 2011:  The Somerville Community Corporation is organizing strategy sessions to get more affordable housing in Somerville by “strengthening our city’s inclusionary zoning ordinance.”

The Community Access Project has placed a FOI request to the…


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10/26/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:57 pm on October 23, 2011

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


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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

Posted by a 6:32 pm on

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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9/19/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:18 am on September 19, 2011

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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FOIA to OSPCD: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing?

Posted by a 6:34 pm on September 16, 2011

Disabled residents of Somerville experience disproportionate poverty, substandard housing conditions, and face pervasive exclusion, even in the city’s inclusionary and affordable housing opportunity programs. Today, a FOIA request was lodged to learn how four influential nonprofits guide the City to step up to its obligations to affirmatively further Fair Housing for economically disadvantaged residents.


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Arts at the Armory Still Inaccessible To Thousands

Posted by a 6:49 pm on September 15, 2011

Although the City of Somerville is well aware that the Armory facility is still inaccessible at the entrance ramp, the Mayor continues to hold important events and meetings here. At the same time, the Architect and Owner continue to claim that various City Departments are refusing to accept an accessible design. Who’s benefitting from this back-and-forth?


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9/18/11 Walking Tour of Union Square

Posted by a 5:44 pm on September 11, 2011

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

Posted by a 11:02 pm on August 29, 2011

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


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9/1/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 11:00 pm on

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


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Dilboy Tot Lot IS Deplorable. Thank You, Ward 7 Candidate Puglia!

Posted by a 1:10 pm on August 24, 2011

Ward 7 Alderperson Candidate Joan Whitney Puglia is proving to have a keen awareness of conditions around town.  Her mention of Dilboy Field‘s tot lot and baseball field has the Community Access Project members…


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Joan Whitney Puglia Proposes Community Preservation Act Referendum

Posted by a 10:14 am on August 23, 2011

Saying, “the Community Preservation Act (CPA) could generate millions of dollars for affordable family housing, open space and historic preservation”, Ward 7 alderman candidate Joan Whitney Puglia has announced her support for a city-wide referendum seeking adoption of the Act.…


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378-382 Somerville Avenue: Plug Ugly!

Posted by a 9:17 pm on August 13, 2011

So far—and rightfully so—Somerville activists have framed proposed development of 378-382 Somerville Avenue as a displacement issue. As predicted, the advent of the Green Line to Union Square would mean gentrification; 378-382 Somerville Avenue, site of proposed luxury condos, is the first incursion.…


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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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FOIA: Affordable Housing Waiting Lists for Somerville, MA

Posted by a 12:48 pm on

Rising rents, increased privately-funded housing development, excessive rental burdens, and physically inadequate subsidized housing stock are contributing to Somerville’s transformation into an less diverse, more expensive place to live.


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Union Square: The test

Posted by a 1:38 pm on July 16, 2011

Collaboration beats what we see in Congress, and…in…the Planning Board’s “solution” to Union Square affordable housing.


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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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6/20/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee

Posted by a 7:17 pm on June 19, 2011

The agenda includes annotating city maps with possible locations of transformational districts, neighborhood infill districts, and other land use categories.


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6/23/11 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 2:09 pm on June 12, 2011

The agenda includes a (continued) public hearing for final approval of the PUD for Assembly Square Block 10 and also a hearing for constructing a restaurant in Assembly Square.


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6/22/11 Somerville Zoning Board of Appeals Meeting

Posted by a 2:05 pm on

Among other business, the agenda includes converting an auto parts warehouse business to personal trainer and artist studios.


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Home Modification Loan Program

Posted by a 4:43 pm on June 1, 2011

The MRC recently redesigned their brochure for the Home Modification Loan Program (HMLP). This is a well-funded state low-interest loan program for projects to allow elders, adults with disAbilities, and families with children with disAbilities to keep living independently. Information for Somerville residents included in this post.


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5/24/11 Porter Square Visioning Community Meeting

Posted by a 4:20 pm on May 22, 2011

Potential zoning changes include architectural design, height, uses, setbacks, dimensional configuration, and parking for each of the key gateways: Wilson Square, Somerville Avenue, White Street, Elm Street, and Mossland Street, as well as the MBTA Air Rights.


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5/19/11 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:42 pm on May 8, 2011

The agenda includes expanding an existing restaurant use on Washington Street.


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Should You Apply for Fuel Assistance?

Posted by a 2:36 pm on March 30, 2011

Do you worry about being able to heat your home during the winter?  If you meet income guidelines, you may be eligible for fuel assistance.

Fuel assistance is a government program to


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“An Evening of Music” Concert to Benefit Somerville Homeless Coalition

Posted by a 9:45 pm on March 8, 2011

Calling all music lovers! Four Boston area musicians will be hosting a benefit concert for the Somerville Homeless Coalition, aptly-titled “An Evening of Music, Bach & Bolling.”…


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1/24/11 Design Review Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:00 pm on February 22, 2011

Among other business, this meeting will deal with the proposed self-storage facility at 50 Middlesex Ave. in Assembly Square, and with changes to the design of 100 Temple St. (St. Polycarp Redevelopment).


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3/11 SomerVision Conversation on Comprehensive Plan

Posted by a 2:39 pm on February 20, 2011

These meetings provide an important opportunity to weigh in on the direction Somerville is setting for its future.


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Best Rate Insurance & Arbella Insurance Group Help Fund Somerville Homeless Coalition Through Arbella Insurance Matching Donation Program

Posted by a 10:42 am on February 16, 2011

SOMERVILLE – 02/15/2011 — Best Rate Insurance today announced that it has donated $500 to the Somerville Homeless Coalition. As part of the Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation’s “Let’s Drive Out Hunger” program, Arbella matched the donation two-to-one, resulting in a total contribution of $1,500 to the Somerville Homeless Coalition.…


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5/10/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:49 pm on February 13, 2011

At this meeting the group will continue to build maps showing future development districts in Somerville.


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4/12/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:46 pm on

At this meeting the group will continue to build maps showing future development districts in Somerville.


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3/16/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:43 pm on

At this meeting the group will continue to build maps showing future development districts in Somerville.


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2/9/11 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:15 pm on January 23, 2011

This is the meeting to get to! The group will begin a city-wide land use map showing the proposed development areas and their categorizations.


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Campaign sets Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 6:00 PM to plan next steps to win jobs at MaxPac

Posted by a 12:15 pm on January 3, 2011

Union members and community activists concerned about jobs at the future MaxPac development on Clyde Street held a meeting on Jan 4th.


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12/16/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 5:26 pm on December 12, 2010

Cases include revision to a special permit for 199 residential units at 56-61 Clyde Street and review of six ZBA cases.


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Picket line and rally for Somerville jobs

Posted by a 4:07 pm on November 28, 2010

Residents of Somerville concerned about the development of the old MaxPak paper factory where 199 units of new housing are being built will picket and rally for jobs at the entrance to the site (56-61 Clyde Street) in Somerville, MA on Thursday, Dec 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 AM.…


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11/15/10 Ward 6 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 4:49 pm on November 14, 2010

This meeting gives citizens a chance to provide feedback to the City on how things are going in their neighborhoods.


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11/4/10 Joint Public Hearing by Planning Board and BOA Land Use Committee — Beat Report

Posted by a 2:56 pm on November 7, 2010

Large Retail Cluster Parking: Proposal is to double the parking requirement for large retail (> 25,000 s.f.). Staff believes that because Somerville has little parking available, the effect will be to discourage suburban format in Somerville. Developers would have to build parking garages, which is expensive.


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11/15/10 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 3:15 pm on November 3, 2010

The joint subcommittee meetings will address conflicts between worthy goals. For instance, increasing tax revenue by commercial development may conflict with increasing affordable housing and maintaining neighborhood character.


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12/8/10 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 3:10 pm on

At this meeting, the group will review the draft Comprehensive Plan. Somerville’s citywide development for the next twenty years will be shaped by the comprehensive plan. This is a public meeting; any citizen is entitled to observe.


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10/18/10 BOA Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 12:37 pm on October 17, 2010

The e-mailed agenda includes the following:

* MBTA Green Line Maintenance Facility, including air rights and a possible stadium.
* Support for Green Line Extension to Route 16
* Impacts of Green Line track layout around Brickbottom
* Traffic redesign for Union Square


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2nd Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon to Honor Past and Present Community Service

Posted by a 5:14 pm on October 13, 2010

The Somerville Homeless Coalition is hosting the 2nd Annual Tina DeLellis Luncheon on October 29 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., at The Highland Kitchen. The luncheon is held in memory of Tina DeLellis…


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Rally for Homes for the Homeless 10/14

Posted by a 7:30 pm on October 8, 2010

Please come to a Sleeping Bag Rally (bring your sleeping bag & pillows to show that everyone needs a place to sleep)

Thurs, Oct 14, 6-7:30 PM

Outside City Hall

On Sept…


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Watch Two Great Interviews About Affordable Housing and Prospect Hill Academy Charter School

Posted by a 10:28 pm on October 6, 2010

First, James Madden with the Campaign to Protect Affordable Housing discusses campaign initiatives, November’s ballot Question 2 concerning 40B affordable housing, and whether or not it should be repealed. In the previous episode, Joe and KyAnn interview Jed Lippard, Head of School at Prospect Hill Academy Charter School. Only on Greater Somerville


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10/13/10 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 7:29 pm on October 4, 2010

This is the regular planning meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. At this meeting, the group will finish reviewing the policies and actions.

Somerville’s citywide development for the next twenty years will be shaped by the comprehensive plan. This is a public meeting; any citizen is entitled to observe.


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Somerville Homeless Coalition Gets 15th Annual 5K Road Race Up and Running

Posted by a 10:57 pm on September 27, 2010

Lace up those sneakers and get ready to run. The Somerville Homeless Coalition is holding their 15th Annual 5K Road Race October 2nd, starting in Davis Square.…


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9/13/10 Public Hearing on Assembly Square Chapter 91 License

Posted by a 6:04 pm on September 12, 2010

Public input is needed on accessibility, waterfront and water activities design, and pedestrian and bicycle access along Foley Street.


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9/21/10 HUD Grant Review Public Hearing

Posted by a 1:28 pm on

The HUD grants are applied to the problems of homelessness, affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and parks and open space. Citizen input is helpful in setting priorities.


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9/2/10 Planning Board Meeting — Beat Report

Posted by a 12:08 pm on

299 Broadway (Ocean State Job Lot): Denied. Assembly Square PUD (Assembly Square Drive subdivision): Approved. 90 Union Square: Continued. 425 Broadway (wireless equipment): Approved, on to ZBA. 221 Morrison Ave. (historic B&B): Approved, on to ZBA. 25 Hamlet St. (barn replaced with duplex): Approved, on to ZBA. 42-44 Boston Ave. (deck and stairs): Approved, on to ZBA. 270 Cedar St. (9 residences, parking space count variance): Special Permit withdrawn, variance approved, on to ZBA. Staff not available to do minutes, CD recording available on request.


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Making Your Home Work for the Long Run

Posted by a 10:09 pm on September 9, 2010

A program and workshop on adapting your home to support your needs as you get older.

Wednesday, September 29th, 5:30-7:30

167 Holland St., 2nd floor, wheelchair accessible

If you or someone you…


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9/16/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 1:22 pm on September 5, 2010

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Planning Board. The Planning Board holds public hearings and grants permits for special districts, such as Planned Unit Developments. This meeting deals with ongoing and sometimes controversial Somerville developments.


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8/24/10 Planning Board Meeting — Beat Report (Part 3: Other Cases)

Posted by a 10:19 pm on August 29, 2010

(Part 3) 61 Medford Street. Liquid Nitrogen tank at Biogen, safety concerns, approved. 13A Beacon. Expand windows, replace other windows. Approved. 26 Wheatland St. Condo construction without permit, halt order. Triple permit fee charged. 24 Fairmount. Permit to rectify a basement apartment, never legal. Accepted staff recommendation. 162 Highland. Vote to reaffirm previous rate.


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8/24/10 Planning Board Meeting — Beat Report (Part 2: 299 Broadway)

Posted by a 8:32 pm on August 28, 2010

(Part 2) Public hearing on Ocean State Job Lot at 299 Broadway. Four in favor, twelve against. One report of possible grocery store. Written testimony accepted until noon Friday, August 27. Discussion to resume Thursday, Sept. 2, at 6 PM.


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8/24/10 Planning Board Meeting — Beat Report (Part 1: One Benton Road)

Posted by a 12:18 am on August 27, 2010

(Part 1) The Planning Board voted 5-0 to DENY the special permit to subdivide One Benton Road to add a second condo development for the reason that no conditions could assuage the issues of public safety, devaluation of neighbors’ property, previous character of the site, and scale. [COMMENT: The city evidently expects litigation as a result of this decision.]


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Swing into Action for the 8th Annual Somerville Homeless Coalition Golf Tournament

Posted by a 1:14 pm on August 25, 2010

This year’s tournament will be held at the Wayland Country Club in Wayland, Mass, September 10th. … All proceeds will benefit the non-profit organization and the programs and services it provides to the homeless and near-homeless in Somerville and the Greater Boston area.


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Keeping affordability and diversity in Somerville

Posted by a 1:10 pm on

Seven new Green Line train stations are planned to open in 2015, impacting existing Somerville residents and housing in many ways. Community Corridor Planning (CCP) is a grassroots coalition made up of people who want to preserve and expand diversity and affordable housing in Somerville.…


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9/2/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 8:20 pm on August 22, 2010

This is the regular meeting of the Somerville Planning Board. This meeting will deal with an ongoing and sometimes controversial Somerville development, Ocean State Job Lot at 299 Broadway. The Planning Board holds public hearings and grants permits for special districts, such as Planned Unit Developments.


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8/24/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 2:48 pm on August 7, 2010

This is a rescheduled meeting of the Somerville Planning Board. The original meeting was scheduled 8/19. This meeting deals with ongoing and sometimes controversial Somerville developments: One Benton Road and Ocean State Job Lots at 299 Broadway.


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8/10/10 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 1:40 pm on

Currently the Steering Committee is working on policies and actions to implement the plan. Somerville’s citywide development for the next twenty years will be shaped by the comprehensive plan.


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Cross Mass Trek Press Release

Posted by a 7:44 pm on August 1, 2010

Starting this Friday (August 6), four rising seniors from Somerville High’s Track and Cross Country teams will “trek” from a spot near the Quabbin Reservoir to the Aquarium Wharf (approximately 80 miles) to raise funds to support the Somerville Homeless Coalition.…


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7/15/10 Planning Board Meeting — Beat Report

Posted by a 12:40 pm on July 20, 2010

299 Broadway (Ocean State Job Lot): Case postponed. 90 Hudson Street: Granted unanimously. One Benton Road: Heard testimony of traffic study, hearing to be reopened, Executive Session to be scheduled to deal with litigation strategy. 67 Florence St.: 2/3 variances denied. 16 Browning Road: Variance allowed unanimously. Historic Group C Designation: Approved with understanding that a person who wants out should say so and BOA is to investigate the case and decide.


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7/6/10 Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Public Hearing – Beat Report

Posted by a 10:09 pm on July 11, 2010

At issue was consolidating an undesignated historic property at 221 Morrison Avenue (near Davis Square) with two previously designated properties on Morrison (222 and 197) to form the Morrison Avenue Historic District. The two owners of 221 Morrison Ave. were present to testify in favor. Passed after discussion. Question addressed of why designate single buildings? Answer: easier to execute than a whole street.


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7/13/10 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 9:10 pm on

At this meeting we will be discussing the policies and actions derived from the comprehensive plan goals. This meeting is important because Somerville’s citywide development for the next twenty years will be shaped by the comprehensive plan.


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7/15/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 9:03 pm on July 5, 2010

This meeting is important because it deals with ongoing and sometimes controversial Somerville developments. At this meeting, the Planning Board is scheduled to hear testimony on the Ocean State Job Lots special permit (a Large Format Retail use at 299 Broadway) and may address the 1 Benton Road special permit.


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7/6/10 Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Public Hearing

Posted by a 6:37 pm on July 4, 2010

This meeting is important because historic districts on the one hand preserve historic properties for later generations, and on the other hand can prove expensive and inconvenient for property owners in the district.


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Davis Square Visioning Meeting

Posted by a 5:59 pm on May 31, 2010

This meeting is important because it provides an early opportunity to influence future plans for Davis Square.


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6/14/10 Ward 6 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 9:44 pm on May 23, 2010

This meeting is important because it gives citizens a chance to provide feedback to the City on how things are going in their neighborhoods.


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 9:29 pm on

This meeting is important because Somerville’s citywide development for the next twenty years will be shaped by the comprehensive plan. This meeting is open to the public.


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BOA Legislative Matters Committee Meeting as a Whole

Posted by a 9:03 pm on

This meeting is important because charter amendments are always important, and adopting the Stretch Energy Code will reduce environmental impact throughout Somerville.


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Ward 2 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 5:40 pm on May 18, 2010

This meeting is important because it gives citizens a chance to provide feedback to the City on how things are going in their neighborhoods.


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5/20/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 7:40 pm on May 16, 2010

This meeting includes a continuation of the 1 Benton Road case, which has proved controversial.


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SUNDAY: 7th Annual Save Our Homes Walk

Posted by a 12:46 pm on May 11, 2010

The 7th annual Save Our Homes Walk will be held on Sunday, May 16 at 2:00pm with registration beginning at 1:30pm.  The Walk begins and ends at Somerville High School’s Atrium and all are welcome…


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6/2/10 Green Line Community Corridor Station Design Workshop Part 3

Posted by a 7:51 am on

At this meeting, citizens will evaluate professional designs and documentation for the Green stations in your neighborhood.


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Green Line Community Corridor Station Design Workshop Part 2

Posted by a 7:46 am on

This meeting is important because it begins work on sustainable station designs for the Green Line Extension.


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Green Line Community Corridor Station Design Workshop Part 1

Posted by a 7:43 am on

This meeting is important because it provides background information on sustainable station designs for the Green Line Extension.


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5/17/10 BOA Committee on Housing and Community Development

Posted by a 8:11 pm on May 9, 2010

This meeting is important because it relates to Green Line Extension economic development around Magoun Square.


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The Curse of Tsongas

Posted by a 6:39 pm on

“I hope you all get some power someday, so you’ll know what it’s like to have to satisfy your constituents’ demands with a limited budget.”


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 7:35 pm on April 25, 2010

This meeting is important because Somerville’s citywide development for the next twenty years will be shaped by the comprehensive plan. This is a public meeting; any citizen is entitled to observe.


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Somerville Homeless Coalition 25th Anniversary Dinner April 24th

Posted by a 11:31 pm on April 18, 2010

The Somerville Homeless Coalition will hold its annual dinner April 24th at the Center for the Arts at the Armory in Somerville beginning at 6:00 pm.  The dinner will recognize three people important to the…


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Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing

Posted by a 10:19 am on April 12, 2010

Zoning Board of Appeals Hearing

Wed. Apr. 14, 6:00 PM

Aldermanic Chamber
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda Not Available (4/11/10)

This is…


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4/15/10 Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 10:18 am on

Planning Board Meeting

Thurs. Apr. 15, 6:00 PM

Aldermanic Chamber
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda Not Available (4/11/10)

This is the regular…


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4/8/10 2010-2011 HUD Action Plan Public Hearing

Posted by a 9:41 pm on April 4, 2010

2010-2011 HUD Action Plan Public Hearing

Thurs. Apr. 8 6:30 PM

Ralph and Jenny Center
9 New Washington St.
Somerville MA

[Facility is near the corner of Inner Belt Rd…


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 9:39 pm on

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Tues. Apr. 6 6:30 PM

Upper Hall
Greek Orthodox Church
29 Central St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the third planning meeting…


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“Empty Shoes” and “Unto the East”: Poetry Reading, Author Chat, and Fundraiser

Posted by a 10:34 pm on March 21, 2010

Patrick T. Randolph, editor of Empty Shoes, and Mary ElizaBeth Peters, author of Unto the East, will host a shared reading and author discussion of their poetry works at Calvary Methodist Church in Arlington next…


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Demand for Affordable Family Housing is 4 Times Greater than Senior/Disabled Housing in the City

Posted by a 12:01 am on

Through a question to the ResiStat blog, I recently learned this fact which makes one wonder why Mayor Curtatone has been pushing so hard for a new Senior Housing Ordinance


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 9:21 pm on March 7, 2010

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Tues., Mar. 9, 6:30 PM

Upper Hall
Greek Orthodox Church
29 Central St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the second phase 3…


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Save the Date: Under the Roof

Posted by a 3:33 pm on March 3, 2010

Under the Roof, an event recognizing 25 years of support, housing and community by the Somerville Homeless Coalition and honoring Karen LaFrazia, one of our founding board members and now executive director of the St…


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Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 9:10 am on February 22, 2010

Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Mon. Feb. 22 6:00 PM

Somerville City Hall
2nd Fl. Comm. Rm.
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the regular…


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Letter Against the Senior Housing Zoning Ordinance

Posted by a 9:44 pm on February 16, 2010

I believe that both the premise for the Ordinance and the approach that it takes are wrong.


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Public Hearing for 2010-2011 HUD Action Plan

Posted by a 9:45 am on February 12, 2010

This hearing is important because it is a key step toward getting Federal money for improving Somerville.


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Comment Period on Amendment to MPO Public Participation Plan

Posted by a 10:09 pm on February 8, 2010

Comment Period on Amendment to MPO Public Participation Plan

Starts: Mon. Feb. 8
Ends: Thurs. Mar. 25

Amendment (PDF)

This is the beginning of the 45-day comment…


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Petition to Oppose the Senior Housing Zoning Amendment

Posted by a 4:45 pm on February 7, 2010


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Volunteers Needed! Foreclosure Canvassing

Posted by a 10:00 pm on February 1, 2010

Our neighbors are being evicted and our community destabilized by the foreclosure crisis! The Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) in collaboration with Cambridge & Somerville Legal Services (CASLS) has initiated a foreclosure outreach and organizing campaign in Somerville.


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Posted by a 7:16 pm on January 31, 2010

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Planning Meeting

Tues., Feb. 16, 6:30 PM

Upper Hall
Greek Orthodox Church
29 Central St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the rescheduling of the…


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Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 7:31 pm on January 24, 2010

Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Mon. Jan. 25 7:00 PM

2nd Floor Comm. Room
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

Agenda (PDF)


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Visioning Meeting

Posted by a 3:03 pm on January 18, 2010

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Visioning Meeting

Tues., Jan. 26, 6:30 PM

Upper Hall
Greek Orthodox Church
29 Central St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the last Visioning meeting…


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Why Commissions Can Improve Our Community

Posted by a 3:01 pm on

Why Commissions Can Improve Our Community

Sat. Jan. 30 1:30 PM

Somerville Library
79 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is a workshop from the “How to”…


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Somerville Housing Authority Promises Use Of Land For Community Garden At Clarendon Hill Public Housing Development

Posted by a 4:30 pm on January 6, 2010

Paul Mackey, the Deputy Director of the Somerville Housing Authority, stands with Clarendon Hill Garden Committee members Cliff Pitts, Jocelyn Scott, and Bing Wei, on the land designated for the resident community garden…


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Visioning Meeting

Posted by a 9:52 pm on January 4, 2010

This is the second Visioning meeting of the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. At this meeting, the group will review the citizen inputs from the earlier SomerVision meetings and pull them together into the beginning of a vision statement.


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Assembly on the Mystic 2nd Annual Holiday Drive

Posted by a 9:34 am on December 15, 2009

Assembly on the Mystic 2nd Annual Holiday Drive

Sat. Dec. 19, All Day

Assembly Square Marketplace
Somerville MA (map)

Flier (PDF)

To benefit the…


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House Bill No. 1747 is a danger to tenants

Posted by a 10:45 am on December 8, 2009

House Bill No. 1747  at the State Legislature plans to give “housing rights” to alleged victims of domestic violence, would endanger the neighboring tenants and  place huge burdens on small landlords. The bill would block…


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Public Meeting on Green Line Extension Maintenance Facility Alternatives

Posted by a 10:03 pm on December 6, 2009

Public Meeting on Green Line Extension Maintenance Facility Alternatives

Wed. Dec. 16 6:00 PM

Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center
41 2nd St.
Cambridge MA (map)

Submit written comments…


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Ward 7 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 10:02 pm on

Ward 7 ResiStat Meeting

Thurs. Dec. 10, 5:30 PM

Tufts Admin. Building (TAB)
167 Holland St.
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting, sponsored by Mayor Curtatone and Ward 7…


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Deckerman and Morse-Kelley Playground Renovations

Posted by a 10:01 pm on

Deckerman and Morse-Kelley Playground Renovations

Wed. Dec. 9 7:00 PM

Library
John F. Kennedy School
5 Cherry St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is a public community meeting to…


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Help CAAS stop foreclosures and evictions in Somerville

Posted by a 5:29 pm on December 1, 2009

Our neighbors are being evicted and our community destabilized by the foreclosure crisis.


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Community Members Set Priorities for Green Line Extension

Posted by a 2:15 pm on

Community ratifies set of 11 principles for land use planning along the Green Line extension.


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Planning Board and Land Use Committee Meetings

Posted by a 5:50 pm on November 29, 2009

Planning Board and Land Use Committee Meetings

Thurs. Dec. 3
6:00 PM – Planning Board
7:00 PM – Joint Meeting

3rd Floor Community Room
Visiting Nurses Association
259 Lowell St.
Somerville…


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Public Meeting re: Senior Housing Zoning Amendment

Posted by a 6:42 pm on November 27, 2009

From SOMERVILLE, MA City website: There will be a joint public hearing by the Board of Alderman Land Use Committee and the Somerville Planning Board regarding proposed amendments to the Somerville Zoning Ordinance to define senior housing types, add design guidelines, establish Senior Housing Zoning and Dimensional Requirements and incorporate relevant parking requirements. WHEN: Thursday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm


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Thanks Giving

Posted by a 10:31 pm on November 25, 2009

It’s a bit of an awkward holiday for Somerville Homeless Coalition this year.  Hard times have gobbled up all the resources, the gravy train (state aid) crashed, people are mashed and squashed into emergency housing like never before, and SHC is cran-buried in new requests for help with food and shelter.  But you can help for mere beans!…


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Ward 5 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 8:38 pm on

Ward 5 ResiStat Meeting

Tues. Dec. 1, 7:00 PM

Cafeterium
John F. Kennedy School
5 Cherry St.
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting, sponsored by Mayor Curtatone and Ward…


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Ward 2 ResiStat Meeting

Posted by a 8:37 pm on

Ward 2 ResiStat Meeting

Mon. Nov. 30, 7:30 PM

Argenziano School
290 Washington Street
Somerville MA (map)

This meeting, sponsored by Mayor Curtatone and Ward 2 Alderman Heuston…


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Green Roofs Forum

Posted by a 11:21 am on November 13, 2009

Please Join Alderman Rebekah Gewirtz, Somerville Climate Action and Transition Somerville for a Forum on Green Roofs: Installing green roofs in Somerville Wednesday, November 18, 2009 7:00pm to 9:00pm Visiting Nurses’ Association Community Room, 259 Lowell Street One hour presentation followed by one hour discussion


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BOA Committee on Housing and Community Development

Posted by a 10:11 pm on November 1, 2009

BOA Committee on Housing and Community Development

Thurs. Nov. 5, 7:00 PM

2nd Floor Conference Room
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville MA (map)

This is meeting…


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 8:22 pm on October 23, 2009

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Tues. Oct. 27, 6:30 PM

Community Room
Visiting Nurses Association
259 Lowell St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the second October meeting of…


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Som. Green Homes Open House 10/3

Posted by a 9:00 am on September 30, 2009

Three Somerville Climate Action members are opening their homes to show what they have done to reduce their carbon footprint, create green jobs, make their homes more comfortable, and save money.


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 3:25 pm on September 27, 2009

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Tues. Sep. 29, 6:30 PM

3rd Floor Community Room
Visiting Nurses Association
259 Lowell St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the second September…


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Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Posted by a 10:12 pm on September 13, 2009

Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee Meeting

Tues. Sep. 15, 6:30 PM

Community Room
Visiting Nurses Association
259 Lowell St.
Somerville MA (map)

This is the kickoff meeting for the…


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Housing Trends in Somerville

Posted by a 10:00 pm on

Housing Trends in Somerville

Mon. Sep. 14, 6:30 PM

Cafeteria
Capuano Early Childhood Center
150 Glen St.
Somerville MA (map)

This important meeting, sponsored by the City of…


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Somerville Homeless Coalition 5K Road Race

Posted by a 11:09 am on September 7, 2009


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Housing Trends in Somerville

Posted by a 8:35 pm on August 23, 2009

Housing Trends in Somerville

Tues. Aug. 25, 6:30 PM

Tufts Admin. Building (TAB)
167 Holland St.
Somerville MA (map)

This important meeting, sponsored by the City of Somerville…


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Lively Election Picks Tenant Executive Board

Posted by a 10:02 am on August 11, 2009

Election Day in July?  Yes, for residents of Clarendon Hill Public Housing Development.

This summer, the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) helped the Clarendon Hill Tenant Association (CHTA) to hold elections. …


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Pig Pickin’ for Somerville Homeless Coalition

Posted by a 3:12 pm on August 7, 2009

Pig out and enjoy a cool drink and cooler music to benefit SHC!


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First official Somerville Weatherization Barnraising!

Posted by a 3:07 pm on

Take action on climate change, learn skills, and build community! · Help to weatherize a Somerville house · Learn skills you can take back to your own home · Decrease carbon-emissions · Make new friends. … Here’s your chance to make a difference and learn something in the process…


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Somerville Housing and Land Use Joint Committee Meeting

Posted by a 10:07 pm on July 26, 2009

Somerville Housing and Land Use Joint Committee Meeting

Wed. July 29, 7 PM

Aldermanic Chamber
Somerville City Hall
93 Highland Ave.
Somerville  MA (map)

Agenda (MS


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Metropolitan Area Planning Council Data Day Conference

Posted by a 5:36 pm on July 12, 2009

sponsored by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to provide information on what planning information is provided by the Commonwealth and how to access it. * Data sources for public health effects of VOCs in I-93 and McGrath corridors. * Data sources for economic development along Green Line.* Data sources for transportation development impact equity.


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A Foreclosure Map of Somerville

Posted by a 10:11 pm on June 8, 2009

Here’s a link to a map that shows 99 foreclosed properties in our city. Are we surprised that they are concentrated in the east and northeast?

Here’s a link to a somewhat shorter list without a map.


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Supply Drive for Somerville Homeless Coalition

Posted by a 8:38 pm on June 5, 2009

Drop off from 9 to noon, 1:00 to 5:00 – see list of items needed


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Forum on Gentrification and Displacement

Posted by a 8:09 pm on May 12, 2009

Forum on Gentrification and Displacement!
Thursday, May 14th, 6 PM
Elizabeth Peabody House
277 Broadway (at Broadway & Grant Street) Somerville, MA


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Tufts’ Experiment in Philanthropy Helps Tenants, CAAS

Posted by a 12:31 pm on

Thanks to Jessica, a senior in the Tufts class entitled “Experimenting with Philanthropy,” CAAS will receive $1,800 to hire youth interpreters to help the residents of Clarendon Hill build a stronger tenants’ association.


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6th annual Save Our Homes walk

Posted by a 9:23 pm on April 14, 2009

Walk to raise funds for emergency assistance to individuals and families teetering on the brink of homelessness.


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SHC fundraiser “Under the Roof”

Posted by a 8:58 pm on

Rock out and chow down to keep our neighbors off the streets!


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Walk to Save Our Homes in Somerville

Posted by a 11:02 pm on April 10, 2009

I’m inviting you to please either become involved, or send a pledge to me, to support the 6th annual Walk to Save Our Homes.  This is an effort to raise money that will be used to keep Somerville families and individuals from homelessness.  This 5K walk is on Sunday April 26, registration at 1:30 in front of the Somerville High School Atrium, with the walk itself starting at 2:00. You can support this effort in any one of four ways.…


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Support the Proposed Condo Conversion Ordinance – Speak Out Now

Posted by a 3:01 am on February 23, 2009

On March 3rd, the Somerville Board of Aldermen will hold its hearing on the proposed Condo Conversion Ordinance. If you are a Somerville homeowner, you know that the Libertarian, Cambridge-based Small Property Owners Association (SPOA) — which mailed letters to every Somerville homeowner — is seeking to derail that legislation by disseminating inflammatory and baseless claims about how passage will result in plummeting property values and escalating property taxes.


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Radical Community Discussion on the Economic Crisis with Steve Meacham

Posted by a 10:07 am on February 20, 2009

What is going on with our economy? How is the economic crisis affecting local issues? What can we do? This Sunday, February 22 at 7pm, come to the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) in…


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Radical Community Discussion on the Economic Crisis with Steve Meacham

Posted by a 9:58 am on

What is going on with our economy? How is the economic crisis affecting local issues? What can we do? This Sunday, February 22 at 7pm, come to the Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) in the heart of Union Square (in the old police building above Precinct 116) to participate in a discussion about the economic crisis and how it is affecting affordable housing. …


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Union Square Hearing–6:30 on Thursday at City Hall

Posted by a 3:49 pm on December 1, 2008

Please join the Affordable Housing Organizing Committee (AHOC) and Save Our Somerville (SOS) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for the hearing of the Union Square Zoning Ordinance at City Hall. We are very concerned that the proposed Union Square zoning does little to protect affordability in the area.


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Get Up, Stand Up After the Election

Posted by a 6:57 pm on November 10, 2008

One week ago, Somerville went overwhelmingly for Obama-Biden. To keep the promises made by the Obama campaign, the Obama Administration will need all the help it can get. We in Somerville should do our part to help–and to keep the politicians honest.

Here is a very partial and incomplete list of campaign promises that I think Obama should keep:


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An attack on condo conversion control

Posted by a 1:03 pm on October 31, 2008

I just got a robo-call from the “Small Property Owners Association” telling me that I should email my alderman and demand that all condo conversion controls be eliminated. It also urged me to attend the BOA meeting on November 18. We’ve had some discussion on this site about gentrification. Well, I can’t think of a better way to promote gentrification than to wipe out large numbers of rental units via condo conversion.


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Get Healthy for the Holidays: Amethyst Center Hosts Holistic Health Open House/Fundraiser for Somerville Homeless Coalition

Posted by a 9:33 am on October 27, 2008

As cold autumn weather approaches, Davis Square’s Amethyst Center announced today that it is hosting a “Get Healthy for the Holidays” open house offering refreshments and holistic health treatments. The short treatments—available in exchange for a suggested $10 donation to the Somerville Homeless Coalition—include: acupuncture; shiatsu; massage; craniosacral therapy; naturopathy consultations; reiki and other energy balancing sessions. Participants are also encouraged to bring gently-used or new blankets to donate to the Coalition.


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CAAS seeks Executive Director

Posted by a 9:55 am on September 3, 2008

The Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) is seeking an Executive Director to start January 1, 2009. Please refer to our website for more information: www.caasomerville.org.


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Hamilton Retires, Was CAAS Director Over 25 Years

Posted by a 12:40 pm on August 14, 2008

When Jack Hamilton began serving as the Executive Director of CAAS (the Community Action Agency of Somerville), Ronald Reagan was President, postage stamps cost 20 cents, IBM had just introduced the first personal computer running on MS-DOS, and PacMan-mania was sweeping the country. After more than a quarter-century of service to Somerville’s low-income residents, Hamilton has announced he will retire as the head of Somerville’s anti-poverty agency at the end of 2008.


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Matt McLaughlin of SOS on Union Square rezoning: Don’t let residents be forced out.

Posted by a 9:05 pm on July 21, 2008

Note: We’re planning to run a range of views on the rezoning of Union Square.
This one is from Matt McLaughlin, president of Save Our Somerville.

The Green Line is coming through, which is a great step forward for Somerville. I look forward to jumping on the Green Line and going into Boston. But where am I going to live? ……


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Sustainability Scavenger Hunt at ArtBeat

Posted by a 7:43 am on July 4, 2008

Sustainable Somerville — a nascent network of community organizations working to make/keep Somerville a great place to live, work, and play — is sponsoring a Sustainability Scavenger Hunt at ArtBeat (Saturday, July 19th in Davis Square), to show how the common thread of sustainability connects the work of the


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National Council on DisAbility Seeks Your Input

Posted by a 11:12 pm on June 26, 2008

The National Council on Disability (NCD) is gathering public input for a study of emerging issues and trends affecting the lives of people with disabilities. Information gathered will be used in the development of NCD’s next annual progress report to the President and Congress, “National Disability Policy: A Progress Report,” which is required by Section 401(b) of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.


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AHOC meeting

Posted by a 1:45 pm on June 10, 2008

Please join us for this important AHOC meeting as we discuss our leadership, prepare for the Union Square meeting Zoning on June 24th, plan for a busy summer in the green line corridor and get updates on the Condo ordinance!


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CAAS to Elect Board: Candidates Wanted

Posted by a 11:07 pm on April 22, 2008

Do you want to help set the direction for Somerville’s anti-poverty agency? The Community Action Agency of Somerville (CAAS) is seeking candidates—and voters—for its Board elections, coming up the week of May 19th at two locations in Somerville.


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April 27 Walk to Prevent Homelessness

Posted by a 9:47 pm on April 9, 2008

Come one, Come all. On April 27 afternoon (1:30pm registration), the 5th Annual Walk to Prevent Homelessness in Somerville will again take off from the Somerville High School.…


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Auction to Benefit the Somerville Homeless Coalition

Posted by a 5:59 pm on April 6, 2008

Thalia Tringo is looking for items for a silent auction at the Somerville Homeless Coalition fundraiser on April 26, 2008. Each auction item will have a value of $250 or higher, but some of them will be combined packages (e.g, a night-out-on-the-town item consisting of a gift certificate for $100 to a Boston restaurant and…


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Gentrification: another look

Posted by a 1:18 pm on April 4, 2008

I’m frequently seeing the word “gentrification” employed to describe the demographic change taking place in Somerville since the late 1990s. We’re certainly seeing changes, but I question how much of it is gentrification.

When the term came into general use it described a revival of old and run-down neighborhoods by well-to-do…


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A Guide To Tax Breaks

Posted by a 10:30 pm on April 2, 2008

Many residents are eligible for a property tax break. Are you? Find out.…


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Gentrification in Somerville

Posted by a 9:55 pm on March 20, 2008

Gentrification—when wealthy people push less wealthy people out of a neighborhood. It’s about to get worse when the Green Line arrives. Here’s a provocative film about it.…


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