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How the Zoning Map Could Change in Union Square

Posted by a 12:04 pm on December 18, 2014

Detail map zoning changes proposed December 2014 for Union Square pictured above. Current Union Square zoning, adopted in 2009, below.  


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Community Input Needed for Neighborhood Planning and Zoning

Posted by a 8:22 pm on December 16, 2014

Several strands of neighborhood and city-wide planning are coming together this winter and throughout 2015. The City of Somerville is dramatically revising the zoning code, Union Square is under going a detailed neighborhood plan that sets the stage for the … Continue reading


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$1 Billion for the Green Line Extension

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The Federal Transit Administration announced it will provide nearly $1 billion in New Starts funding for the Green Line Extension. Service to Union Square, Washington Street is anticipated by the end of 2017 and now Gilman Square, Lowell Street, Ball Square … Continue reading


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Annual Flag Raising on Prospect Hill

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It was a rainy Tuesday, January 1, 1776 when George Washington sent word. “Raise this flag on Prospect Hill!” he commanded his troops. So on a 76 foot schooner mast amidst the colonists’ encampment the “Grand Union” flag flew. A … Continue reading


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City of Somerville Signs Master Developer Agreement with US2

Posted by a 4:34 pm on December 11, 2014

The City of Somerville has signed a Master Developer agreement with US2 to execute a plan for the $1 billion redevelopment of seven designated blocks of properties in Union Square. The agreement can be read here.  This agreement speaks of … Continue reading


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Farewell from USMS Executive Director

Posted by a 6:40 pm on December 2, 2014

A letter from Union Square Main Streets Executive Director, Mimi Graney. After ten years with the organization she’ll be leaving the post at the end of this year.   So much has changed since I began with USMS ten years … Continue reading


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Holiday Markets in Union Square

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Pop-Up Holiday Market 20 + vendors offering a variety of handmade good from soap and candles to toys and hand bound journals, art prints and all manner of jewelry. Plus capes, tunics and other up-cycled clothing. Saturday and Sunday, December … Continue reading


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Stay Connected on Union Square Redevelopment

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The Community Advisory Committee appointed by the City of Somerville to respond to the issues of the Union Square Revitalization Plan and the engagement of a Master Developer for those disposition parcels has been hard at work.  The group has … Continue reading


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Feds Pledge $1B for Greenline Extension

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From the Boston Globe: The federal government Tuesday formally pledged to provide nearly $1 billion to finance 43 percent of the proposed expansion of the Green Line from Cambridge into Somerville and Medford. Beverly A. Scott, general manager of the … Continue reading


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Craft Market Presented by Argenziano School PTA

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The Argenziano School at Lincoln Park PTA presents the Argenziano Craft Fair on Friday, December 12, 2014 at 290 Washington St, Somerville from 6:30-9:30pm. Find handmade holiday gifts ranging from one-of-a-kind jewelry, ornaments, scarves, candies, soaps and more. Visitors can … Continue reading


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Lowell Street Speeding is an Issue

Posted by a 10:27 pm on November 20, 2014

Residents and city officials who gathered on Nov. 12 to discuss possible traffic calming and other improvements to safety on Lowell Street did not see eye to eye on the issue of cars speeding down…


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Update on Winter Hill Group Home

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As a result of the demands from neighbors about poor supervision at the group home at 155 Central Street, healthcare corporation Vinfen and the state’s Department of Mental Health (DMH) have made some changes, but…


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Special Event: Beer, Food and Science

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An intimate conversation with Ben Holmes, Dan Rassi & Ronn Friedlander, founders of Aeronaut Brewing Co on “Beer, Food and Science.” 7 PM, Wednesday December 10th at Creative Union 66-70 Union Square – Suite 103 The Creative Somerville Series highlights … Continue reading


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USMS Seeks New Executive Director

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The Board of Directors of Union Square Main Streets seeks an Executive Director to lead the organization through a new period of neighborhood change. Union Square Main Streets (USMS) was founded in 2005 when residents and business owners came together … Continue reading


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The Students Behind the Fluffernutters

Posted by a 3:18 pm on November 5, 2014

They’re everywhere at the annual Fluff Festival: students from the Somerville High School Music Department wandering through the crowd, hawking fluffernutters.  It’s a major fundraiser supporting their trips and the making of the fluffernutters has become a start-of-the-year bonding experience. … Continue reading


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Feliz Navidad for Fido

Posted by a 4:54 pm on November 3, 2014

Planning your holiday cards?  Your pet could be the star with some help from Riverdog! Photographer John Hensel is hosting a Holiday Card Portrait session on Saturday, November 8th from 10:00am to 3:00pm. Get package information and sign up for your time here.  … Continue reading


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City Seeks Green Tech Partners

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From the City of Somerville: The American flag. Marshmallow Fluff. Measuring a City’s happiness. What will come out of Somerville next? Green tech companies, Somerville wants your great idea to take root and grow in ‘The Innovation City,’ and is looking for … Continue reading


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UNION SQ. TOUR COMBINES OLD AND NEW

Posted by a 12:05 pm on October 30, 2014

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Somerville, MA, Oct. 21 – “You have to make it through the first part of the tour to get to the part that’s really cool and…


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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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Support for Green Tech

Posted by a 5:24 pm on October 15, 2014

From the City of Somerville:   The American flag. Marshmallow Fluff. Measuring a City’s happiness. What will come out of Somerville next? Green tech companies, Somerville wants your great idea to take root and grow in ‘The Innovation City,’ and is looking … Continue reading


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Mapping the Experience of Union Square

Posted by a 8:51 am on October 12, 2014

After the Mobility Revolution was a meeting convened by the Congress for New Urbanism New England and the US Audi Urban Future Team. In our american city and with less open space than any city in the Northeast, how will a … Continue reading


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US2 Convenes Business Roundtable

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US2, the anticipated master developer for Union Square’s disposition parcels, continues its community engagement effort with a Business Roundtable on Tuesday, October 21 from 8-9:30 AM at Greentown Labs in Union Square. They hope to engage current and future Union Square … Continue reading


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Get Your Drink On This Holiday

Posted by a 5:28 pm on October 10, 2014

The talented ladies of Booze Epoque know their way around a liquor cabinet so trust them to help you spice up your holiday. Join them on Thursday, November 20 at 6:30 PM for a two hour class to make your times … Continue reading


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Post Office Sale Finalized, Greenline Construction Begins

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Demolition and site preparation for the Greenline has begun along Prospect Street.  Over the next two months the businesses will complete their moves to other locations and the site will be cleared. Environmental remediation will then begin as station design … Continue reading


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Meeting on Roadway Planning for Union Square

Posted by a 2:39 pm on October 8, 2014

From the City of Somerville: Union Square Utility and Streetscape Improvements Study and Design You’re invited to join the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development for this continuing series of events that will plan for future utility and roadway … Continue reading


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Cooking Classes from ArtsUnion

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From the Somerville Arts Council and their ArtsUnion initiative, a series of cooking classes! Nepali Vegetarian Cooking Class Wednesday, Oct. 15, 6:30-9 Kitchen Inc, 201 Somerville Ave.; $40 Buy Tix Here The three generations of Laminchane women keep the traditions of … Continue reading


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Free Concert at Perry Park

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Live at Perry Park: Wolf Blitzer, Milk, Salem Wolves Saturday, October 18 3 pm-6 pm Perry Park, 355 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143 A fall afternoon with FREE awesome live music. If you’d like you’re encouraged bring and carve a pumpkin in … Continue reading


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Watch the latest Somerville Neighborhood News

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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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SomerStreets Returns to Somerville Avenue

Posted by a 11:57 am on October 7, 2014

From the City of Somerville: On Sunday, October 19, thousands of people will flock to Union Square and all along the stretch of Somerville Avenue west to Porter Square for the annual Monster Mashed-Up @ SomerStreets event, the final installment … Continue reading


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Journeyman Takes a New Approach to Dining Out

Posted by a 3:27 pm on October 6, 2014

Journeyman is taking a novel approach to delivering the food at their restaurant: tickets. They’d already gotten rid of the menus — arrive for dinner and you’ll be surprised with that evening’s creations.  Now, they’re saying goodbye to reservations too. … Continue reading


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A Cappella Concert at Prospect Hill

Posted by a 10:45 am on October 2, 2014

The Somerville Arts Council and the Eight Tracks present  A Taste of A Cappella on  Sunday, October 5, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Prospect Hill Monument. Enjoy an afternoon of singing and snacks at Somerville’s first outdoor a cappella concert … Continue reading


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10/2/14 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

Posted by a 9:12 pm on September 30, 2014

Agenda includes discussion of Assembly Row Block 6, one of the blocks remaining in Assembly Row that could be devoted to mixed use with high-value R&D. More…


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Fluffernutter Pie

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Recipe from Kiersten Dockerney. Winner FlufF Fest 2014 Best Overall Crust: 9 Graham Crackers 1/4 Cup butter Ganache: 4 oz semisweet chocolate chips 1/4 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup Marshmallow Fluff Filling: 1/2 cup peanut butter (the Fluff Festival says, … Continue reading


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Cooking Contest Winners 2014

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Here’s Kiersten Dockeney, the winner of Best Overall at this year’s Fluff Fest Cooking Contest.  She won for “Fluffernutter pie with Chocolate Marshmallow Ganache.” Originally from Virginia, she tells us, “I had many a Fluffernutter at the Boston Beanery restaurant.” … Continue reading


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10/1/14 Community Preservation Committee Meeting

Posted by a 10:27 pm on September 29, 2014

The Community Preservation Committee manages projects paid for by the Community Preservation Act tax surcharge. Agenda includes bonding for CPA projects and eligibility of project proposals submitted during September 2014. More…


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Brass Union Shows Fancy Side of Fluff

Posted by a 9:35 pm on September 26, 2014

From Brass Union (used to be Precinct) – their menu for Fluff Fest: Harpoon Brewery: Pumpkin UFO served with Fluff Coconut Foam Downeast Cider Co. : Downeast Cider topped with Fluff Coconut Foam Specialty Cocktail: Seriously Fluffed –Deep Eddy Vodka, … Continue reading


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Boston Magazine Celebrates Fluff Big Time

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Boston Magazine has been running a whole, wonderful series of articles about Marshmallow Fluff and the festival this week. First was a fabulous piece about Durkee Mower, the makers of Fluff.     This drool-worthy piece shows off some of … Continue reading


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Boston Magazine Celebrates Fluff Big Time

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Boston Magazine has been running a whole, wonderful series of articles about Marshmallow Fluff and the festival this week. First was a fabulous piece about Durkee Mower, the makers of Fluff.     This drool-worthy piece shows off some of … Continue reading


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MBTA Buses Rerouted for Fluff Fest – Connections and Temporary Stations

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Routes 86, 87 and 91 detoured around Union Square from 12:30 PM to 8:00 PM on Saturday September 27 due to The Fluff Festival in Union Square Somerville.     Route 86 No Service to Washington Street between McGrath Highway … Continue reading


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Backbar Brings Chic to Fluff Cocktails

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Proving the creativity of Union Square’s businesses when it comes to Marshmallow Fluff. From Sam Treadway, bartender extraordinaire at backbar.  they’ll be offering three drinks on Saturday for Fluff Festival, and opening at 3 pm to not leave you thirsty … Continue reading


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Help the Fluffernutter Bill Stuck in Committee

Posted by a 3:50 pm on September 25, 2014

It started back in 2006, the same year as the first Fluff Festival.  Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein of Revere submitted her bill to the Massachusetts legislature to declare the Fluffernutter the official state sandwich. She was inspired by the intense deliciousness … Continue reading


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Watch the latest Somerville Neighborhood News

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September 23, 2014 – Go Somervilleans to the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21, learn the latest on the Aldermen’s campaign finance reform law, on a new proposed ordinance that’s already leading landlords to evict…


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East Somerville Foodie Crawl News Video

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On September 16, crowds gathered in East Somerville to get a taste of the foods and drinks that can be found along Broadway.
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Sixteen restaurants set up booths or opened their doors and served…


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Docents Introduce You to Milk Row Cemetery

Posted by a 5:10 pm on September 23, 2014

Tuesday September 30, 2014 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm explore Milk Row Cemetery on Somerville Avenue.  Historic Somerville in collaboration with the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission kicks off a series of autumn events to allow you to explore this historic … Continue reading


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New Coworking Space Opening in Union Square

Posted by a 1:35 pm on September 22, 2014

Creative Union is a home for creatives, designers, and entrepreneurs in the heart of Union Square. The coworking space brings together professionals in technology, design, entrepreneurship, the arts and other creative fields who are eager to interact, exchange, learn and … Continue reading


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How SteamPunk Scrumptiously Meets Fluff

Posted by a 7:15 pm on September 21, 2014

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang perfectly mashes together the mad science of Steampunk and the sugar-crazed, family-fun of the Fluff Festival.


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Fluff Festival Returns to Union Square with SteamFluff

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The ninth annual “What the Fluff?” festival zaps back into Union Square as we honor the illustrious Fluff creator, Archibald Query, who concocted the gooey sticky spread right here in Union Square in 1917. On Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 3 … Continue reading


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Our Selfies, Our Selves

Posted by a 3:50 pm on September 17, 2014

From the Washington Street Art Center: See Art, Talk Art, Be Art: Interactive Artweek Event October 4, 12-PM at 321 Washington St Stop by the gallery at Washington Street to meet the studio residents for an assortment of visual stimulation. … Continue reading


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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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Film Screening & Discussion on Somerville Tap Water

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Where does your tap water come from? Is tap water better than bottled water?
There are many misconceptions about local tap water. We invite the community to attend this event to learn more about the quality…


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Campaign Launches to Maintain Gas Tax for State-wide Transit Repair/Improvement

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The new investment in Somerville comes in large part to the promise of public transit improvements in the form of the Green Line Extension and Orange Line station at Assembly Row. Ballot Question 1 would repeal indexing the gas tax … Continue reading


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9/10/14 Union Square Civic Advisory Committee Public Meeting

Posted by a 11:14 pm on September 9, 2014

The Advisory Committee will hear updates from the City and from US2, the Union Square Master Developer, about the planning process for the Union Square T-Stop. More…


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Walking Tour Examines Industry, Immigration, Innovation

Posted by a 10:08 pm on September 4, 2014

The Somerville“ Historic Preservation Commission, in partnership with the Somerville Arts Council’s ArtsUnion present a walking tour. “Union Square: An Intermixing of Industry, Immigration and Innovation” will focus on the history and architecture of this rich neighborhood on Sunday, September 21, 2014 … Continue reading


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Styrofoam Ban Goes Into Effect

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The City of Somerville has enacted a ban on styrofoam packaging.  These containers, typically used by food establishments, are not just bad for the environment.  A key ingredient in polystyrene has been identified as cancer causing. Starting October 1 all Somerville … Continue reading


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SCATV Hosts Special Workshop for Fluff Fest TV Crew

Posted by a 8:47 pm on September 2, 2014

So many ways to get involved in the Fluff Festival this September 27! Our friends at SCATV cover all the action. This year they’re hosting a special workshop so even a beginner can join the team. Learn how to organize … Continue reading


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After the Mobility Revolution: Rethinking the Future of our American City

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What will happen when cars no longer dictate the shape of our cities? In a community like Somerville, where more than one third of the land today is dedicated to roads and parking, and where we have less open space than any … Continue reading


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After the Mobility Revolution: Rethinking the Future of our American City

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What will happen when cars no longer dictate the shape of our cities? In a community like Somerville, where more than one third of the land today is dedicated to roads and parking, and where we have less open space than any … Continue reading


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ONCE Upon A Union Square

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Cuisine en Locale has made a name for themselves with themed dinners focused on local food. From their winter viking celebration that featured revelers donned with horned helmets to their honey dinner where part of the entertainment was a woman … Continue reading


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A Celebration of Locally Owned Businesses

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From Somerville Local First: Join Somerville Local First and local economy advocates far and wide on Saturday, October 18 for an afternoon or evening (or both!) of delicious food from  Somerville’s best local restaurants and local beer from some of … Continue reading


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Not Your Grandma’s Yard Sale

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It’s become a Somerville tradition. Chris and Jennifer Daltry of What Cheer? in Providence have been putting on their the Rock And Roll Yard Sale for almost 10 years now as part of the Somerville Arts Council’s ArtsUnion program. Local … Continue reading


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Screening: Tape Water 101

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From Somerville Community Access TV: There are a lot of misconceptions about tap water in Somerville. We know many of your community members spend their precious dollars on bottled water. SCATV is working with the Cambridge Health Alliance, ShapeUp Somerville, … Continue reading


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Fresh Plan for Lincoln Park

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From Alderman Maryann Heuston: Let’s get moving! An initial meeting has been scheduled to begin (again) the process of redesigning Lincoln Park. There have been many meetings in the past and lots of opinions from residents. At this point I … Continue reading


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Tufts Class Studies the Fringe Union Coworking Space

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

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


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Master Developer Hosts Kick Off Event on Union Square Plaza

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

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


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8/14/14 SomerVision Zoning Workshop: Zoning for Businesses

Posted by a 6:49 pm on August 10, 2014

Workshop sessions are held on Thurs. 6/12/14 – 8/28/14. This session focuses on zoning for businesses as reflected in the new ordinance. More…


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Last in Series on Public Realm Tonight

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

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


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Ignite Brings Food, Fire Spinners to Union Square

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

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


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International Food Market Tours from the Arts Council

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


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8/8/14 End of Comment Period on Wynn Everett Casino Final EIR

Posted by a 9:18 pm on August 4, 2014

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


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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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Fluff Festival Performers Announced

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

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


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7/31/14 SomerVision Zoning Workshop: Community Benefits

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

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


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Open Air Circus Shows Coming to Conway Park

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

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


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Glovebox Brings Art to Unexpected Places

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

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


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Beadkreative, A Retail Shop and More on Somerville Ave

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

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


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Envisioning Public Spaces of Union Square

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

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


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US2 SAYS IT’S READY TO LISTEN

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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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The Latest Somerville Neighborhood News show

Posted by a 11:48 am on July 16, 2014

Watch the Latest Newscast of Somerville Neighborhood News

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Somerville Neighborhood News is a community service production of SCATV.
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Annual Camp-Out Returns to Lincoln Park

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

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


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Learn More on Broad Zoning Changes

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


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Grounding McGrath

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


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Study Released of Somerville Permitting Process for Small Businesses

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


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7/17/14 McGrath Highway/McCarthy Boulevard Meeting

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

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


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Playing Field Challenges in Somerville

Posted by a 3:58 pm on July 9, 2014

Somerville, MA, July 1, 2014 - Some of the city’s 18 playing fields are in bad shape, and almost all of them need to be repaired or renovated in one way or another. Parents, athletes, and…


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

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

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


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

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


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World Cup Fever in Somerville by Justin Page

Posted by a 12:58 pm on July 6, 2014

Somerville, MA, July 1, 2014 – The 2014 World Cup might be in Brazil, but in some parts of Somerville, the fans are yelling in Portuguese and Spanish and other languages, rooting for their home countries’…


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What to do in Somerville this Summer… SNN has the latest!

Posted by a 12:10 pm on July 5, 2014

Somerville, MA, July 1, 2014 – “Somerville in the summertime can be tough because there’s no body of water,” Julia Wallerce said. But she loves “taking long walks on the community path.” Other residents, like listening…


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Somerville Neighborhood News #18

Posted by a 7:03 pm on July 2, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News #18, July 1, 2014 – Learn how and why some of the city’s recreation fields need serious work, when art is “Not Art,” and follow kids as they plant their seedlings, or “plantulas,”…


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Workshops on Changes to Somerville Zoning

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

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


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

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

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


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Craft Market Presented by ArtsUnion

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

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


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Fluff Festival 2014 Call for Vendors

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

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


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What the Fluff? Festival Call for Graphic Designer

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

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


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Community and Diversity at Carnaval 2014

Posted by a 5:38 pm on June 18, 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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SNN: Styrofoam ban, war on rats & more!

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


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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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Seeking a Smarter Traffic Design

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

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


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Secure Communities & Somerville

Posted by a 8:03 am on June 6, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News video segment
http://youtu.be/sVaOtKvQFsQ

Somerville, MA, June 3, 2014 –Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone’s decision to sign an executive order curtailing Somerville’s participation in the Secure Communities program has earned praise from some…


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Say What? It’s What the Fluff

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

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


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Somerville Neighborhood News #16!

Posted by a 11:51 am on June 4, 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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El Potro Seeks 2 AM Liquor License, Hosts Community Meeting

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

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


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Keep Our City Gritty

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


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Zoning by Design

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


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City Launches Micro Job Program to Support Local Youth

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


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

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

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


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5/29/14 Design Review Committee Meeting

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


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Play with Flowers

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

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


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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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The Better Block to visit Union Square for Placemaking Experiment

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

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


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5/22/14 Assembly Square Public Advisory Committee Meeting

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

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


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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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Two Tufts Student Protest Against Abuses

Posted by a 5:02 pm on May 9, 2014

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

Somerville, MA, May 7, 2014 – Despite being distracted by exams and end of year ceremonies and activities, Tufts University students twice recently took to the streets and the Quad to protest policies…


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Housing and the Increasing Wealth Gap in Somerville

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

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

Garofalo, who…


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

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QplkafI_wf8

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


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Perhaps Farewell to Unique Local Property

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

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


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Honor for Former Ward Three Alderman Tom Taylor

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


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5/8/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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

This is a special meeting of the Somerville Redevelopment Authority.

Note change in location to Argenziano School.

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


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Job Posting for Special Events Coordinator

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


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Commercial Lease Workshop for Small Business Owners

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


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Kawaii-Me Boutique Hosted Fashion Event

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


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Business Town Meeting with Mayor Curtatone

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

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


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When Music and Environmental Science Collide

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


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Specialty Food in Union Square Taking a Tipsy Turn

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

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


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Somerville Open Studios this Weekend

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


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

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

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


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Somerville’s Own TV Station Welcomes You

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


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Interviews with Master Developer Finalists

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

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


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National & Federal Realty Investment Trust Development Team – Union Square Master Developer Candidate (4.28.14)

Posted by a 10:21 pm on April 27, 2014

Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with National Development and Federal Realty Investment Trust, one of the four remaining development teams vying to become the Master Developer for Union Square. With seven large land parcels up for revitalization, the Somerville Redevelopment Authority prepares to make their final decision on who will oversee this development […]


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The Abbey Group Development Team – Union Square Master Developer Candidate (4.28.14)

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Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with The Abbey Group, one of the four remaining development teams vying to become the Master Developer for Union Square. With seven large land parcels up for revitalization, the Somerville Redevelopment Authority prepares to make their final decision on who will oversee this development well into the next […]


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US2 Associates Development Team – Union Square Master Developer Candidate (4.28.14)

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Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with US2 Associates, one of the four remaining development teams vying to become the Master Developer for Union Square. With seven large land parcels up for revitalization, the Somerville Redevelopment Authority prepares to make their final decision on who will oversee this development well into the next decade. […]


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Gerding Edlen Development Team – Union Square Master Developer Candidate (4.28.14)

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Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with Gerding Edlen, one of the four remaining development teams vying to become the Master Developer for Union Square. With seven large land parcels up for revitalization, the Somerville Redevelopment Authority prepares to make their final decision on who will oversee this development well into the next decade. […]


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UNION SQUARE CONCERNS

Posted by a 9:47 am on April 26, 2014

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SOMERVILLE, MA, April 24, 2014 – Concerned over the pace of the Union Square redevelopment process, organizations, residents and local businesses have been organizing: circulating talking points, a petition and lists of priorities.

Meetings…


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Som|Dog Spring Fling Returns to Union Square

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

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


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Local Is for Lovers Market at Brooklyn Boulders

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


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Taza Chocolate Hosts Cinco de Mayo Celebration with Food, Music

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


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Priorities for Community Preservation Act Funds Sought

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


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4/30/14 Davis Square Streetscape Improvements Open House

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

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


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Soil

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I want soil, anybody want to get rid of? I need to fill in small pit in my back yard. I will come with trash barrel and load it o my new rav4 and leave…


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Spring Cleaning

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

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


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Metro Pedal Power Owner Wenzday Jane Featured in Documentary

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

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


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

Posted by a 9:02 pm on April 14, 2014

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


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

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

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


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Union Square Development – Master Developer

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


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Special Classes at SCAT

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

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


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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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4/23/14 Assembly Row Grand Opening Job Fair

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

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


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

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


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Tools for Preserving Locally Owned Businesses

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


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Neighborhood News reports on Un. Sq.

Posted by a 10:47 pm on April 1, 2014

Union Square Redevelopment Authority’s meetings & Rep. Capuano comments on the Post Office

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fW3xmLSUy8s

When it comes to the sale of the Union Square Post Office, Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-MA) had two things to…


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Historic Murals at the Union Square Post Office Endangered

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


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Support for Creative Businesses

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

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


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MassChallenge Resources for Start-Up Businesses

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


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Special Dining Events at Journeyman

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


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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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Watch Somerville Neighborhood News online!

Posted by a 7:17 pm on March 27, 2014

Somerville Neighborhood News eps. 11
March 25, 2014

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB1YIUGilJc&feature=share&list=UUihzsbcApusRDw3PTTjwpHg

In SNN episode # 11, reporters bring you stories on a new program for young readers at Porter Square books, on a former child…


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Job Opening at the Union Square Farmers Market

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

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


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Like a Crocus, Pop-Up Events in Union Square

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

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


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4/8/14 Union Square Civic Advisory Committee Public Meeting

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

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


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

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

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


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

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


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SNN reports on TEDxSomerville

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

TEDxSomerville: Causing a Ruckus at Brooklyn Boulders

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


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Bantam Cider Tap Room Now Open in Union Square

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


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This Is East Cultural Block Parties

Posted by a 10:30 am on March 11, 2014

Recently, we sat down with Jenn Bliss, the coordinator for the cultural block party aspect of a larger scale project titled This Is East.  The project is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and is a community placemaking project that aims to both celebrate the cultural assets of East Somerville and increase the vibrancy of our public spaces through public events, workshops and public art projects that capture the stories of East Somerville residents. We asked Jenn a few questions to get some more specific information about how This Is East will be truly beneficial to the community.
                                                                                   

                                                                                                   Jenn Bliss working for ESMS
East Somerville Main Streets (ESMS): So Jenn, in your words, what exactly is This Is East?
Jenn Bliss (JB): [This Is East is] a series of block parties every third Thursday of the month beginning in April going through October. The mission is to bring neighbors together and share different cultural perspectives in a warm and inviting environment. Through the block parties we hope to unearth the voices that make up the fabric of East Somerville, and also have a blast while doing it! The block parties will incorporate local cultural traditions through music, dance, food, art and personal stories.

ESMS: Why are you excited to be working on this project and why should other people be excited?

JB: Because I’ve been working in East Somerville for five years now as a cultural events coordinator. […] And while [the neighborhood] is rapidly changing, it’s at the dawn of a new era. With the physical landscape changing as we speak, and so many other changes going on underneath the surface. But I’m excited because this is an opportunity to create a new feeling of community while preserving the vibrancy that is East Somerville.

ESMS: I know you work with East Somerville Main Streets each year to help organize ‘Carnaval’, how do you think This Is East builds off the success of that event?

JB: Truth be told I think nobody expected Carnaval in East Somerville to succeed. Through constant perseverance a skeleton crew of about five very dedicated people and a community that was willing to take a chance on a brand new experience, we have proven to Somerville that East is where it’s at. That being said, Canraval is just one day a year for four hours. The time is very limited and condensed, with the block parties we can highlight certain aspects of the Carnaval and give them more space and room to play! We hope to have performances and/or workshops by several of the participants (i.e. Prospect Hill Academy Step Team, Marcus Santos Afro-Brazil, El Sistema Somerville, On Stage Dance…..the list goes on and on)

ESMS: What impact do you think this will have on the neighborhood?

JB: Hopefully as the block parties evolve, more and more of the community will recognize this as an opportunity to gather together and share food, dance, and celebrate East Somerville. My hope is that the community feels safer, connected to their roots and curious about each other.

An image from our Carnaval festival

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St. Patrick’s Day in East Somerville

Posted by a 12:52 pm on March 10, 2014

       St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that has been celebrated for many years. The holiday has its roots in Catholicism, but over the years has become more of a cultural phenomenon celebrated by many different walks of life. One asp…


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Fresh Gallery Show at Brickbottom

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

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


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Wig Zamore – Citizens Advisory Committee Chair (3.4.14)

Posted by a 1:10 am on March 5, 2014

Join host KyAnn Anderson as she speaks with longtime community activist and newly appointed CAC Chair Wig Zamore about the upcoming development in Union Square. As the City of Somerville prepares for the completion of the Green Line Extension Station in Union Square in 2017, they are in search of a Master Developer who will […]


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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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Festival in Union Square by the Somerville Arts Council

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

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


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

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


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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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Community Preservation Act

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     In November of 2012, the Somerville voters passed the Community Preservation Act (CPA) by an astonishing margin of 76%. By approving a 1.5% property tax surcharge, a new funding source for affordable housing, historic preservation a…


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Leaps in Assessed Values Tell Varied Stories for Union Square Properties

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

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


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Fashion Oriented Event Brings Together Business, Residents, Designers

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


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Somerville Neighborhood News Screening 2/25 at 7pm

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

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

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2/27/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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

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


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Net Neutrality & Internet Access Panel @ Tufts

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

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

 
What does the future hold for Open

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Union Square Farmers Market Now Accepting Applications

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

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


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Neighbor of the Month: Kat Kaminski

Posted by a 9:46 am on February 14, 2014

   

East Somerville Main Streets thanks Kat Kaminski for Four Years of Service

     For Kat Kaminski, 2014 marks the end of a period of four years of great involvement and work on the Board of Directors of East Somerville Main Streets. Since 2010 Kat Kaminski has been diligently involved with the Board and its active role with East Somerville Main Streets. A resident of Somerville since 2000, and an employee of local Triumverate Environmental since 2004 Kat found herself seeking a way to become more involved in a community that she had been a part of for ten years. It was through her employment with Triumverate that led Kat to find out about and decide to take the position on the ESMS Board of Directors – a position which heavily involved her in the community and led her to become president of the Board of Directors. Her position on the Board of Directors is something she looks upon fondly and one enjoyed greatly; however, Kat has decided it is time for her to step down. Her departure from the Board is something she sees as a positive change and a chance to see what the talented members of the Board can do in her absence. ‘I’m excited to see where the organization is headed. And I’m excited to see it in such capable hands. There’s lots of talent and enthusiasm on the board.’

     For Kat, her time with ESMS has been highlighted by getting to know all the great businesses and their owners that the neighborhood has to offer. When asked what her favorite of these was, she said she couldn’t pick one because there are far too many to choose – a statement that speaks volumes to how much Kat has come to love the East Somerville neighborhood. When asked to comment about Kat’s role on the Board, ESMS Executive Director Carrie Dancy had only positive words to say: ‘Kat has been the biggest cheerleader possible for East Somerville Main Streets.  She has reached out to and involved countless new volunteers, board members and committee members through her contagious commitment and enthusiasm.  While she is stepping down as president, she is leaving a ripple of leadership and excitement behind her.’   Although she will be missed from the Board, she has left behind a model of leadership for all other Board Members to follow. 


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Some ‘Ting Nice: A True Caribbean Experience

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     Susan and Michael Puckerin are no strangers to the East Somerville neighborhood. Susan has owned Curlz & Cutz Unisex Salon for ten years, and has truly experienced how diverse the neighborhood of East Somerville truly is. As the Puckerins experienced the beauty and diversity of the East Somerville neighborhood, they realized they wanted to leave their own mark on the community. It was through this realization that led them to open Some ‘Ting Nice Caribbean Restaurant – which (much like how the East Somerville neighborhood is a celebration of the diversity of people) is a celebration of the diversity and flavor of Caribbean food, and according to the Puckerins is “something that was needed”.

     In framing the context of this restaurant, it is important to note that the employees of Some ‘Ting Nice aren’t just selling food, they’re “selling the Caribbean experience.” Across the Caribbean region you may have ten or so dishes all with different names; however when you put them side-by-side they turn out to all be the same dish. It is because of this that Some ‘Ting Nice has tried to consolidate these dishes and create a multi-Caribbean affair that encompasses all aspects of Caribbean cuisine and the “multi-cultural diaspora” that is the Caribbean. In creating their dishes, the Puckerins and their staff use recipes that have been handed down through generations, recipes with a beautiful backstory akin to that of East Somerville. When someone sits down at a table at Some ‘Ting Nice, they aren’t just sitting down to eat food – they’re sitting down to experience the history behind every dish they get. It is for this reason that the employees of Some ‘Ting Nice don’t hold back in their cooking style. They give you the pepper, they give you the flavor, and they give you the true Caribbean experience.

Pictured Above: Reggae Chicken Platter with Roasted Eggplant and White Rice
(photo courtesy of yelp.com)

     It is the Puckerin’s goal to have people leave their restaurant with the impression “oh my god, that is so good” and to have truly experienced the history of the Caribbean. Some ‘Ting Nice encapsulates the diversity and vibrancy present throughout the East Somerville neighborhood while also allowing patrons to have a unique experience each time they sit down for a meal. It is a restaurant to be experienced and enjoyed, and an excellent addition to the East Somerville neighborhood.


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Real Estate Taxes & MBTA updates on SNN!

Posted by a 11:56 am on February 12, 2014

On our most recent Somerville Neighborhood News, we covered news stories on issues impacting you, Somerville. Somerville Neighborhood News is produced by the volunteers, interns and staff of SCATV


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Business Training for those in the Food Industry

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


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Somerville Neighborhood News

Posted by a 1:12 pm on February 11, 2014

Find out the latest news stories happening in Somerville. Somerville Neighborhood News (SNN) brings the stories to the community through this comprehensive 30-minute TV news show.

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El Potro Offers Authentic Dining Experience of Mexico, Central America

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

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


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Heating Up Winter

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


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2/19/14 Union Square Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

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

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


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2/10/14 Union Square Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting

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


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Secret Mexican Cooking Secrets Revealed

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

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


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Fitness with a Female Focus

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

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


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Somerville Public Library’s StoryCorps Kickoff Weekend

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


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2/20/14 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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

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


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Union Square Redevelopment

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

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


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Members of Union Square Community Advisory Committee

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


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Live Jazz

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


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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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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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Info Sessions for Those Seeking Easing of Property Tax Bills

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

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


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Community Meetings on Green Line Construction

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


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Affordable Care Act Info for Creative Businesses

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


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

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

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


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

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


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Eclectic Martial Arts Studio Now Open on Joy Street

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

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


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Happy Birthday to Achieve Fitness

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

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


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Matching Creative Folks with Creative Spaces

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

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


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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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SomerServe Outreach: Youth Snow Shoveling Opportunities Plus Volunteer Opps 4 All

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Nancy Bacci, Director of SomerServe, sends a message to us all. Warm up the community with service! Opportunities for Youth to Shovel Snow and create safe pedestrian paths for everyone. Plus, contact info to learn about Volunteer opportunities for Somerville residents of all ages.


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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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Potluck & Lecture at SCATV on Media Financing & Distribution

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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Tufts University’s Tax Exemption, Silver Medal for Bikeability, High Schooler Gets ESPN’s Attention

Posted by a 1:24 pm on November 27, 2013

Somerville Neighborhood News – Nov. 26 episode now posted

Wonder how much Tufts would owe the City of Somerville if it had to pay real estate taxes? Curious…


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Lecture at SCATV on Media Financing

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

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


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Shift Your Shopping This Holiday Season

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

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


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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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December 7 offers Cornucopia of Holiday Markets in Somerville

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

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


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Artisan’s Asylum Open Studios

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


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Somerville Winter Farmers Market seeking Parking Attendant

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

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


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Open Studios at Brickbottom and Joy Street Studios

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

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


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LIvable Streets Celebrates De-elevation Plans for McGrath Highway

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


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Survey of Creatives in Somerville

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

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


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Union Square Winter Craft Market 2013

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

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


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ArtsUnion Seeks Producers for Winter Events

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

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


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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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11/18/13 Union Square Streetscape Project Kickoff Meeting

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


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11/14/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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


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School Committee Member Cardoso to Retire, Celebration Planned

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


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A Previous Generation’s “Practical Progress”

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

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


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Nourish Your Well Being

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

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


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Milbrook Cold Storage Property to be Redeveloped

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

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


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City Seeks Advisors for Visioning in Union and Gilman Squares

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

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


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Winners 2013 Fluff Festival Cooking Contest

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


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Blue and Orange Line Innovation Event

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


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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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Mark Niedergang endorsed for Ward 5 Alderman by 6 Local Elected Officials, 8 Organizations and Unions

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Mark Niedergang announced today that he has received endorsements from State Representative Carl Sciortino; Somerville Aldermen Rebekah Gewirtz and Tony Lafuente: and Somerville School Committee members Adam Sweeting, Christine Rafal and Paul Bockelman.  Niedergang is a candidate for Ward 5 Alderman and has represented Ward 5 on the Somerville School Committee for eight years.…


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Once in a Century Choice on Somerville Avenue

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

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


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Brother Cleve’s Sake Cocktail Party at Ebi Sushi

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

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


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MIT Grad Students Study a Union Square Gateway

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

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


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

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

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


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Restat Meetings for Union Square Neighborhoods

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


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10/10/13 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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

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


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10/9/10 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

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


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Monster Mashed Up Returns to Somerville Ave

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

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


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Fluff Festival T-shirts Now On Sale On-Line

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

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


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Grant Program for Creative Entrepreneurs

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

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


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2013 Fluff Festival Cooking Contest Winners

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

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


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10/26/13 MVTF 2013 Annual Meeting Announcement

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

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


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

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

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


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Maps and Schedules for 2013 Fluff Festival

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

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


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Map of the Fluff Festival 2013 Just Released

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


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MBTA Bus Rerouting for Fluff Festival

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


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Cooking Contest Schedule

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

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


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Fluff Festival Held September 28, 2013

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


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Short Term Action, Long Term Change

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


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Shenanigans Stage Schedule

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

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


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9/29/13 Union Square Walking Tour

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

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


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Stop Unsafe Bicycling, Walking, and Driving

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I will donate $100.00 to a charity of Alan Moore’s choice if a two-day bicycle traffic study by an objective third party finds that at all locations studied, fewer than half of bicyclists engaged in any of the unsafe behaviors described in paragraph 2.


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2013 Fluff Festival Performance Stage Schedule

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

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


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Who Are You Wearing?

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

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


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Historic Walking Tour Looks “From Bow Street to Brickbottom”

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

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


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Dust off Your Fairy Wings

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

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


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

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

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


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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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Board of Aldermen to Vote on Key Union Square Zoning Districts

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

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


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Ward 3 Candidate Forum

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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8/29/13 Somerville Design Review Committee Meeting

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

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


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8/20/13 Somerville Bicycle Committee Meeting

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

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


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8/22/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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


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Transportation Studies for Union Square

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

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


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Union Square Transportation Data- Do Performance Measures Include Accessibility, Economic factors?

Posted by a 2:19 pm on August 12, 2013

What kinds of performance measures were examined prior to the recent announcement about Union Square’s upcoming transportation improvements?


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8/14/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

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

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


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8/8/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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

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


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Inspiration for a Union Square Transit Hub

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

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


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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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Summer Fellows Present Research on Union Square

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

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


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The Score for Union Square on Transit

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

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


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Big Top Show Cavalia Seeks to Partner with Somerville Businesses

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


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7/25/13 Boston Region MPO Meetings

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

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


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Alleys Hold Potential for Urban Transformation

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

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


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Future Boston Accepting Application for Creative Accelorator

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


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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

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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

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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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Shared Parking a Key Strategy for a Walker Friendly Union Square

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

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


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Super 8 Filmmaking Workshop at SCAT

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

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


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Lincoln Park July Fun

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


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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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ArtsUnion Festivals Light Up the Summer

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

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


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

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


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Volunteers Sought for Data Collection

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

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


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7/18/13 Somerville Land Use Committee Meeting

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

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


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6/25/13 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

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


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6/25/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

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


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ArtsUnion Summer Event Calendar 2013

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

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


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Orientation for Prospective Volunteers

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

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


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Looking forward to the Fluff Festival September 28

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Business Support Sought for Annual Fluff Festival

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

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


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Call for Vendors at Fluff Festival

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


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Why No Coffee at the Union Square Farmers Market?

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

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


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6/25/13 Sullivan Square Disposition Study Meeting

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

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


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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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Greenline Station Planning Meeting June 11

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

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


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Special Kids Program this Weekend at the Union Square Farmers Market

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


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

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

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


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

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


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6/6/13 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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


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

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


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Proposed Zoning Not Right Direction for Union Square Development

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

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


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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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Poynton Roadway Scheme Still Looking Good

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

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


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5/21/13 Somerville by Design – Davis Square

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

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


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Herring Run and Paddle and Cycle 2013

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


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


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Grounding McGrath Study Presented to the Public

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

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


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It’s Tuesday Calendar of Events

Posted by a 1:30 pm on May 7, 2013

It’s TUESDAY! In East SomervilleMay 7 Workshop/ Concert with El Sistema            at East Somerville Community School 4pm-5:30         Pupusa jam after party at Maya Sol 5:30-7:30May 14&…


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

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

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


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5/9/13 Green Line Extension Open House

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


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5/8/13 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

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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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CreativeNext Resource Meeting Sessions

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

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


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Somerville Celebrates Preservation Month with Tours, Talks, Parade

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

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


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SomerStreets 2013 Calendar

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


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Union Square Jane’s Walk May 3

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

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


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USMS Is Hiring

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


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Neighbor of the Month: Dana Iacopucci

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ESMS is proud to announce Dana Iacopucci, ESMS Board Member and life-long East Somervillian, as our new neighbor of the month. Moving from long term volunteer to a leader on the Board of Directors, Dana demonstrates just how much one person can contribute to their neighborhood.


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4/27/13 Mayor’s Spring Clean Up

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

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


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4/23/13 Somerville Conservation Commission Meeting

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


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Mayor’s Fitness Challenges Encourages Wellness City-Wide

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

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


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Mayor’s Fitness Challenge Kicks Off April 13

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

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


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Saving the Golden Moment for Somerville’s Artists

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

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


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Manufacturing: An Old Idea is New Again

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


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

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

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


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You’re in Liberty Pole Square

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

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


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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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Express Yourself on Transportation Funding for Massachusetts

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

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


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How Are You Celebrating Neighbor Day?

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


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The Library Grows – Up?

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

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


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Community Meeting on Allocation of Federal Funds

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

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


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

Posted by a 8:55 pm on March 24, 2013

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


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Call for Food Truck Vendors

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

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


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Neighbor of the Month

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Alan Cheng at Lotus Xpress

ESMS is excited to announce Alan Chen as our March neighbor of the month.  As manager of the new Chinese and Japanese inspired eatery on Broadway, Lotus Xpress, he is a fresh face to the community, but has long felt right at home.

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Who is Archibald Query? Fluff Makes the Quiz

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

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


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Motives of Makers in the Creative Community Make a Rich Stew

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


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Union Square Business Owner Meeting

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

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


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Community Access TV Celebrates 30 Years

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

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


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Somerville By Design

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

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


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3/6: Bad Attitude and Bluegrass @ Rosebud

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

This is not your grandmother’s literary event.

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


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

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

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


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3/5/13 Beacon Street Public Meeting

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


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3/6/13 Transportation Finance Forum

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


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Meet the Greenline Extension Construction Team

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

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


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The Beacon Street Cycle Track: False Promises of Cycling Safety and a Burden on the Neighborhood

Posted by a 8:07 pm on February 24, 2013

Another public meeting for Beacon Street Reconstruction meeting is coming on up on Tuesday, March 5th at 6:00pm in the Argenziano School cafetorium (290 Washington Street). I strongly urge all with an interest in the…


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Mark Niedergang’s Campaign Kickoff on March 3

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

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


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Annual Boil Down Brings Sweet Rewards

Posted by a 10:31 am on

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


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Complete Street series details

Posted by a 11:33 am on February 14, 2013



The latest initiative of Somerville by Design is the Complete Street series. To achieve the SomerVision Comprehensive Plan goals, and to compliment the Green Line station area plans were put into action by the recent Somerville by Design meetings. The focus will now on our streets. 

Complete Streets design includes both an emphasis on encouraging sustainable modes like walking and biking as well as increased safety and efficiency for all users.  The series will feature livable transportation expert Ian Lockwood who will discuss how complete streets work and why they are a vital to Somerville’s future as a great place to live, work, play and raise a family. 

Attendees will have an opportunity to explore options and provide input, which will range from spot improvements to larger scale network visioning.


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Apply to Be a Vendor at the Union Square Farmers Market

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

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


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

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

Performing at Precinct this Monday !


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Shared Roadway IS Possible for High Traffic Centers

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

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


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Blizzard 2013

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

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


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Visioning Meeting for 181-197 Washington Street

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

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


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

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


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Flash Mob to Frolic in Snow in Union Square this Saturday

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


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Entrepreneurship Class Starst Soon

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


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A Stronger Heart with Your Sweetheart

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

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


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City Meetings on Roadway Improvements

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

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


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Massachusetts Bill Considers Allowing Breweries at Farmers Markets

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


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Shall We Dance Some More?

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


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Learn About Current Development Proposals

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


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1/31/13 Somerville Design Review Committee Meeting

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

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


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Save 197 Washington Street: What Say You?

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


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East Broadway renovations

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East Broadway is transforming right before our eyes. Check out the gallery of pics and the changes that are underway. From next door to East Somerville Main Streets office to further down next to Fasika restaurant, lots of renovations and construc…


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Streetscape Updates

Posted by a 3:41 pm on January 28, 2013

Updates1. Sub surface Sewer Main Instalation1600 drain line1300 1600 feet of sewer pipe lining 2. Removal of Sidewalks3. Installation of tight & Conduit basescompletion in “work zones”100-200 ft work zones3 week look aheadAs a result resi…


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Meet ESMS new Project Assistants

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Lauren VachonHello! My name is Lauren Vachon and I am one of the new Project Assistants here at East Somerville Main Streets. I have moved around throughout my life and now call the Back Bay my home. I recently just got back from Sevilla, Spain wh…


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Neighbor of the month

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ESMS is proud to announce Bill Riochette as our new neighbor of the month. If you attend community meetings, you don’t have to look too far to find Bill. Bill embodies a resident invested in his community, and Bill has taken it one step further. When trying to get creative about how to raise funds for the Boston Marathon, he of course figured out how to tie in East Broadway and East Somerville.

If there’s one thing that is evident when conversing with Bill, it is that he is a proud Somervillian. Having lived in Somerville for 15 years and East Somerville for 8, he is passionate about the community’s progress and recent transformation. He is also a strong supporter of East Somerville Main Streets and their initiative to help foster positive changes within East Somerville and the East Broadway Business District.

When asked about why he enjoyed living in East Somerville, Bill explained it’s because it reflects the values he identifies with; such as affordability and East Somerville exemplifying a big, little city that has a friendly neighborhood vibe. He also appreciates the unique culture and authenticity that exists within the community.

Whether it’s attending meetings or actively participating in a Somerville interest group, Bill genuinely cares about his community, so much in fact he was inspired to create a one-of-a-kind poster featuring special attributes from East Somerville.

This inspiration was fueled by his decision to compete in his very first Boston Marathon this upcoming April, and his efforts to raise money on behalf of the Boston Health Center for the Homeless, as he believes that what they do for the greater homeless population of Boston is both impressive and admirable. 

His goal is to raise five thousand dollars. To help him accomplish this he has creatively designed a poster that is a reflection of the East Somerville community. It is available to be purchased for a minimum donation of 25.00 by including the word “poster” and a mailing address in the comment section on his personal fundraising page.

During his free time, Bill enjoys spending time with his two rescue dogs and visiting the local parks within East Somerville.

ESMS would like to extend their well wishes to Bill in accomplishing his goal for such an incredible cause and would like to thank him for the support and pride he’s shown in East Somerville. Best of Luck!


Click here for more info and to show your support!


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Somerville Arts Council’s Winter Series of Events

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

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


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Arts Council Launches Cooking Classes in Union Square

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

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


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

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

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


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

Posted by a 8:16 pm on January 13, 2013

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


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Quincy Street Park Ribbon Cutting January 24

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

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


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Mayor Curtatone Seeks to Connect with Residents through MIMBY

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

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


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Small Business Workshops

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


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Corpbasics Holds Fitness Jump Start Program for 2013

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


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561 Windsor Street, Somerville’s Quietly Awesome Business Incubator

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


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1/10/13 Assembly Square PAC Meeting

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

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


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

Posted by a 7:48 pm on January 1, 2013

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


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1/3/13 Board of Assessors Meeting

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


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New Gym Called Achieve Fitness Opens in Union Square

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

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


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Ward 1 Residents: Would You Like To Serve On the School Committee?

Posted by a 3:41 pm on December 18, 2012

Reposted from the Somerville-4-Schools email list, a message from School Committee Chair Paul Bockelman about the process that the School Committee agreed to use to fill the Ward 1 School Committee seat. The seat is…


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Report Shows Non-Car Customers are Better for Small Businesses

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


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Youth to Serenade Union Square this Wednesday

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


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Deliciously Diverse Union Square

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


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12/19/12 Conway Park Remediation Public Meeting

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

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


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Bikes on Sidewalks Subject of Advocates

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

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


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

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2012 Accomplishments

Posted by a 4:58 pm on December 10, 2012

East Somerville Main Streets 

Accomplishments

Please donate any amount today to ensure the continuation of ESMS’ work into 2013 and beyond!

Business District Branding:  With the help of 60+ residents, city officials, community leaders and business owners, ESMS created a long term vision and brand for the East Broadway Business District.  To support this vision, the steering committee chose a brand logo (left) and tag line, “think outside the square,” that will help realign outdated perceptions of the East Broadway Business District with the positive reality of the area.


First Tuesdays:  ESMS brought the community a series of events including everything from an Ice Cream Social to a kite making workshop!  This year’s partners were Maya Sol, Louie’s Ice Cream, Vinny’s, Casey’s and Fasika!

East Broadway Foodie Crawl: On September 25th, over 700 participants attended the second annual Foodie Crawl to “eat outside the square.”  They explored the flavors of East Broadway in bite sized portions at 14+ restaurants while watching live music and magic shows. 

Carnaval @ SomerStreets: On June 3rd, ESMS partnered with the City of Somerville to bring you Carnaval @ SomerStreets, an event celebrating local culture and healthy lifestyles.  Over 5,000 people came to enjoy this event.

East Somerville Map: Over 5,000 maps of the neighborhood, which were designed by ESMS, have been distributed to the surrounding community.  This map highlight’s East Somerville’s assets, and is easy to use, allowing neighbors and visitors to get to know the area better.  The creation of this map was made possible by the support of many local businesses, whose information can be found on the map.

Other Accomplishments: s Two for Tuesdays, East Somerville Historic Walking Tour, Patriot’s Day Celebrations, East Somerville Neighborhood Clean up.

East Broadway Business District 

Accomplishments

Chuckie Harris Park: The City’s construction of Somerville’s newest and most innovative park is not underway on Cross Street East!  The park includes a community garden, water features, and a space to show outdoor films!

East Broadway Streetscape Redesign: Somerville’s Boldest Streetscape redesign project to date promises vibrant street life by increasing sidewalks by up to 8 feet on each side and creating large bump outs that provide space for community events. 

Assembly Square Redevelopment & Gateway Linkages:  East Somerville’s neighboring Assembly Square has broken ground.  Once complete the project will present a huge number of easily accessible resources for East Somerville residents. 

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

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

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


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12/11/12 GLX Community Path Design Meeting

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


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

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


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12/13/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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


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City Hall Drops the Ball–Yet Again!

Posted by a 8:02 pm on December 5, 2012

No, there hasn’t been a premature dropping of a local New Years Eve time-ball–City Hall has dropped the ball on long-promised bike enforcement and a companion public safety campaign—yet again…


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

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

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


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12/6/12 Rutherford Ave. Redesign Community Meeting

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


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12/4/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

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


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

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

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


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11/27/12 Somerville Conservation Commission Hearing

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


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11/20/12 Somerville Board of Assessors Public Hearing

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

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


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11/19/12 Kenney Park Renovation Community Meeting

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


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11/15/12 Ward 6 ResiStat Meeting

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

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


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11/14/12 Somerville Housing Authority Meeting

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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

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


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11/13/12 Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting #3

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


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

Posted by a 1:55 pm on

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


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

Posted by a 1:49 pm on

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


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Are Somerville and the New England Revolution Playing Ball?

Posted by a 12:00 pm on October 17, 2012

Interviews with Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone and Revolution President Brian Bilello, as well as reports from other media outlets, reveal that the Krafts and the City are talking about building a 20,000- to 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in As…


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

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

Winter Hill/Magoun Square Neighborhood Plan Meeting

Tues. Oct. 23 6:30 – 8:30 PM

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

Flyer (PDF)


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10/18/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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


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Walk/Bike Tour of the Proposed Community Path Extension

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


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News from Alderman Heuston

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

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


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3, 2, 1 – The Fluff Festival That Was

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

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


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Farmers Market News

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


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POLL: What Do You Think of the Proposed Union Square Revitalization Plan?

Posted by a 8:44 am on October 9, 2012

The city’s Union Square Revitalization Plan proposes several major changes to the Union Square neighborhood, and if approved, will allow the city to take six parcels of land by eminent domain.   Share this:


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10/15/12 Beacon Street Reconstruction Meeting

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

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


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

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


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10/9/12 Somerville Redevelopment Authority Meeting

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


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Magic For Smart People – Bob The Magic Guy

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

Hello All,

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


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WALKING/BIKING TOUR OF THE PROPOSED COMMUNITY PATH EXTENSION

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

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

Rain Date: Sunday  10/21, same time.

Tour info and weather-related updates:

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

 

Meet at

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The Latin Flavor in Union Square

Posted by a 11:26 am on

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


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Fluff Festival 2012 Recipe: S’Moreland Street Treats

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

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


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Fluff Festival Recipe: Archie’s $500 Sliders

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


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Fluff Festival 2012 Cooking Contest Winners

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


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ArtsUnion Seeks Producers for Winter Events and Public Art

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


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How Many Marshmallows in the Jar?

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

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


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

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

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


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10/4/12 Somerville Planning Board Meeting

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


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10/4/12 HUD Consolidated Annual Performance Report

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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

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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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MBTA Bus Diversions for Fluff

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

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


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Amazing Things to Eat at 2012 Fluff Festival

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

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


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Union Square Farmers Market News for September 29

Posted by a 11:13 am on

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


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Swirl and Slice Market Bids Farewell

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


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We’re “Sticking” With Saturday for Fluff Fest

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


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Programs! Get ‘Yer Programs Here!

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

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


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

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


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Mayor Calls for “Reboot” of Lincoln Park Planning Process

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


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Candlelight Vigil to Highlight Domestic Violence Awareness

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


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Somerville Residents, City Officials Discuss Union Square Revitalization at Public Hearing

Posted by a 12:19 pm on September 24, 2012

Little outright opposition was expressed to the city’s proposed Union Square redevelopment plan at a public hearing on the plan Sept. 19, though many Somerville residents urged city officials to tread lightly in implementing the long-range plan.


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

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

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


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Union Square Walking Tour Sunday, September 23rd

Posted by a 5:29 pm on September 21, 2012

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

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

“Historic Somerville Its Civic Hilltop to the Wyatt Brickyards 


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

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


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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

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


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9/24/12 Davis Square Streetscape Improvements Meeting

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


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State Knocks Down Somerville Effort to Expand Liquor Licenses

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

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


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

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

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


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Fluff Festival 2012 Press Release

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

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


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Fluff Fest Needs You!

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


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10/10/12 MVTF 2012 Annual Meeting

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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September Newsletter

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

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


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Maxwell’s Green Entrance Signs/Walls on Lowell Street are Blocking the Sightlines to/from Community Path, despite almost half a million dollars in state Transit Oriented Development funding

Posted by a 4:47 pm on September 5, 2012

The Friends of the Community Path sent this letter to the George Proakis and the Planning Board on August 17, with no reply so far:…


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Posted in Accessibility, Bicycles, Civic Action, Crime, Environment and Open Space, Green Line, Magoun Square, Neighborhoods and Squares, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Transportation, Transportation Projects, Ward 3, Ward 5 | No Comments »

More Paul Revere, less Whitey Bulger

Posted by a 8:10 pm on September 2, 2012

As a side-effect of my renewed interest in the Mystic River (see my previous post), I became really interested in learning more of the history of the region. I’ve lived here for a…


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Farmers Market News – Thursday Night Market

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

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


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Farmers Market News – Saturday Market

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


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

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

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


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Community Meeting on Design of Lincoln Park

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

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


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Musicians Who Give Back Now Needing Our Help

Posted by a 12:00 pm on

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


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9/18/12 MassDOT Public Transit Improvements Public Hearings

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

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


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

Posted by a 12:50 pm on

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


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

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


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8/21/12 Somerville Historic Preservation Commission Meeting

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

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


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City Proposed Revitalization Plan for Union Square

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

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


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Union Square In The Limelight

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

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


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It’s a Yarmstorm!

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

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


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IKEA’s Somerville Withdrawal Creates Opportunity and Risk

Posted by a 9:22 am on August 13, 2012

I’ve never met an IKEA representative I didn’t like. In negotiations they were honorable, and as companions they were enjoyable. But despite their many virtues, I’m glad they won’t be building a store in Somerville.


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8/23/12 Somerville Planning Board Hearing

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

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


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

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Agenda includes discussing revisions to the Historic Preservation Commission Guidelines.


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8/13/12 East Broadway Streetscape Project Public Meeting

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