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Update on Winter Hill Group Home

Posted by a 10:23 pm on November 20, 2014

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

Posted by a 5:22 pm on September 9, 2012

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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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 »

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

Posted by a 10:30 am on August 25, 2012

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


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8/13/12 East Broadway Streetscape Project Public Meeting

Posted by a 4:06 pm on August 12, 2012

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


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Two Squares. One Ward.

Posted by a 3:37 pm on July 13, 2012

A look at the opposite realties of transit-oriented development facing two Somerville neighborhoods.


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INTERACTIVE MAP: Mass. DOT Still Targeting 2018-19 for Green Line Despite MBTA Budget Woes

Posted by a 8:00 am on April 23, 2012

The state and the MBTA “are doing everything possible to hit targeted dates” for the opening of the Green Line Extension in the face of deep MBTA financial issues, a Mass. Department of Transportation spokeswoman said.


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

Posted by a 10:20 pm on April 8, 2012

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


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3/26/12 Housing and Community Development Committee Meeting

Posted by a 6:19 pm on March 25, 2012

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


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12/14/11 MBTA Capital Investment Program Public Hearing

Posted by a 9:43 pm on December 11, 2011

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


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ResiStat Community Meetings Ward 2 and Ward 5

Posted by a 4:20 pm on December 5, 2011

Monday 12/5 is the Ward 2 ResiStat meeting.
Union Square, Brickbottom, Perry Park, Lincoln Park, Somerville Ave. corridor

Mayor Curtatone and Alderman Heuston invite you to a community meeting to discuss the latest city…


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Bicycle Public Safety Campaign Wimps Out

Posted by a 10:04 pm on October 26, 2011

On Thursday, 6 pm, November 3rd, at the VNA, 259 Lowell St., the Board of Aldermen’s Public Safety Committee will discuss the Administration’s disinclination to implement a promised Bicycle Safety Campaign for the city’s cyclists…


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Posted in Ball Square, Bicycles, Davis Square, East Somerville, Magoun Square, Pedestrians, Public Health & Safety, Seniors, Teele Square, Union Square | 1 Comment »

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

Posted by a 8:36 pm on October 9, 2011

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


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

Posted by a 3:44 pm on September 11, 2011

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


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

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

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


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MaxPac adds insult to injury by not hiring any local people

Posted by a 12:33 pm on July 25, 2011

Not hiring any local people (or making a good faith effort to do so) is an insult to our community. It should be unacceptable to the planning board, the Board of Alderman and all of our elected officials.


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4/20/11 BOA Housing and Community Development Committee

Posted by a 3:35 pm on April 17, 2011

Among other business, this meeting will address economic development in Magoun Square, possible use of the Massachusetts Economic Development Incentive Program, and the status of the Comprehensive Plan.


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4/5/11 Somerville Green Line Extension Advisory Committee

Posted by a 9:52 pm on April 3, 2011

Agenda includes current GLX status, Community Path status, new consultant team, and station designs.


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11/8/10 Green Line Design Working Group Meeting

Posted by a 12:52 pm on October 17, 2010

This is the November meeting of the Green Line Extension design working group.

The Design Working Group is a key means for addressing neighborhood concerns relating to the Green Line stops in Somerville and Medford.


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10/25/10 Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership Meeting

Posted by a 12:50 pm on

This is STEP’s regular monthly meeting. At this meeting STEP is likely to discuss:

* Current status of the Green Line Extension
* Current efforts to extend the Green Line to Route 16
* Current status of funding for the Assembly Square Orange Line T-Stop


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9/28/10 Green Line Extension Station Design Presentation

Posted by a 5:52 pm on September 26, 2010

These are two identical presentations on the Green Line Extension station design guidelines and requirements. The Tuesday presentation is in Somerville; the same presentation is being given on Wednesday in Medford.

The Green Line Extension stations are now being designed. If you want input into the design, attend one of these meetings and ask questions.


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7/23/10 End of Comment Period on Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) on Green Line Extension

Posted by a 8:54 pm on June 20, 2010

All citizens of Somerville and Medford should evaluate this document and give feedback, because this is one of the final steps before the project begins implementation. Written comments will be accepted until July 23.


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6/30/10 Public Meeting on Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) on Green Line Extension

Posted by a 8:48 pm on

All citizens of Somerville and Medford should evaluate this document and give feedback, because this is one of the final steps before the project begins implementation. Written comments will be accepted until July 23 at holly.s.johnson@state.ma.us.


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6/16/10 Start of Comment Period on Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) on Green Line Extension

Posted by a 8:33 pm on

All citizens of Somerville and Medford should evaluate this document and give feedback, because this is one of the final steps before the project begins implementation. There will be a public meeting on June 30. Written comments will be accepted until July 23 at holly.s.johnson@state.ma.us.


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6/3/10 BOA Committee on Housing and Community Development

Posted by a 6:05 pm on May 31, 2010

This meeting is important because it relates to the ongoing Green Line Extension.


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32 Restaurants Confirmed for Taste of Somerville on June 8

Posted by a 4:35 pm on May 25, 2010

Taste of Somerville Works to Go Green on June 8

With 400+ diners and 32 restaurants expected, more help needed with conservation and recycling.

Somerville, MA – May 24, 2010 – Door2Door…


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6/12/10 Green Line Extension Project Land Use Workshop and Comprehensive Plan Visioning Session

Posted by a 11:06 pm on May 16, 2010

This meeting is important because it relates to land use around the new Green Line stations in Somerville and to the forthcoming Comprehensive Plan for Somerville.


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

Posted by a 7:51 am on May 11, 2010

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


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Green Line Community Corridor Station Design Workshop Part 2

Posted by a 7:46 am on

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


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Green Line Community Corridor Station Design Workshop Part 1

Posted by a 7:43 am on

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


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

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

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


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My Plea For Magoun Square…

Posted by a 5:30 pm on April 9, 2010

The morning of April 5th marked the beginning of the much anticipated renewal of Magoun Square along with (finally) validating those obnoxious green signs at the beginning and in the heart of the square announcing the renovation. One would think that I, both a resident and daughter of a former Magoun Square business owner, would be relieved to see the State and City walk the walk after talking the talk for so long, but I must admit that I am worried. …


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