[personal profile] ron_newman
Friday 9/8: Boston Bike Party, Cambridge/Somerville edition. Meet at Alewife station at 7 pm, start rolling at 7:30, eventually ends up at Assembly Row.

Saturday 9/9: Walking tour and celebration of the Somerville Community Preservation Act, starting in East Somerville at 12:30 pm, continuing through Union Square, ending at the Prospect Hill Tower at 2:30 pm.

Saturday 9/9 (with some activities on Friday and Sunday): Assembly Row Riverfest, including fireworks over the Mystic River Saturday night.

Friday-Sunday, 9/8-10: Greek Food and Music Festival at Dormition Church, 29 Central Street.

Friday-Sunday, 9/8-10: Italian Festival of the Healing Saints Cosmas and Damian, on Warren Street at the Cambridge-Somerville line, near Twin City Plaza.

Sunday 9/10: Rock & Roll Yard Sale in Union Square.

Sunday 9/10: Cambridge Caribbean Carnival, parade followed by festival in Kendall Square.

Sunday 9/10: Somerville Dog Festival at Trum Field.
[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
Davis Square Neighborhood Planning Meetings
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Our third Davis Square neighborhood planning meeting is tonight, March 21st at the Somerville Baptist Church, 31 College Avenue, starting at 6 pm.

We will have an engaged and interactive workshop, discussing the character and aesthetics of Davis Square. We want to hear from you and hope to see you there!

More Information on this meeting series here. Let us know if you have any questions.

Traducción Española: http://tinyurl.com/hgfrcu2

Tradução em português: http://tinyurl.com/z26vm35

Kreyòl ayisyen tradiksyon: http://tinyurl.com/hnhewhv

[identity profile] aislingk15.livejournal.com
It appears that Somerville finally has their new system up for sending street sweeping/trash alerts by email, phone, text etc. I set mine up by going to http://www.somervillema.gov/trash finding my address under "My Schedule" and then choosing "Sign up for reminders". So far I have been getting emails with trash pickup, and the system knows things like to send a delayed message on weeks when there is a holiday. You also have control over what time the messages are sent. Supposedly this will also be sending reminders about street sweeping, though I can't vouch for that in February.

From the main Somerville page under "Residents" I see that there is a pull-down menu option for "Sign Up for Alerts", but as that's not the way I signed up for mine, I can't say whether you end up at the same place.
[identity profile] lisa mayer

Come to an interactive and fun way to meet other families and try to answer this important question: How can our city (its housing, open space, transportation systems, and community organizations) help Somerville children and families achieve health and happiness?

When: Sunday, March 5, 2pm-5pm
Where: Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Avenue, Somerville, MA 02143

Adults, teens, tweens, toddlers, and in between will have ways to express their thoughts. We will have interactive ways for attendees to learn about the challenges different residents face in Somerville, as well as to gain ideas on help to the environment.

Come, meet a friend, and share a thought about our city's future. There will be pizza for kids and drinks for adults.

About Stephanie Hirsch

Stephanie wants to make sure government runs well and meets everyone’s needs. She will work to preserve and create livable and inclusive neighborhoods and to reduce financial burdens on our households. Local government is a great place to test solutions to our country’s biggest challenges – and Stephanie wants to take on them all.

Stephanie will also work to build a strong community, across our different backgrounds. When we share stories and friendship, we can tackle the hardest responsibilities together.

Since 2004, Stephanie has helped the Mayor and Superintendent improve our city by starting programs like ResiStat and 311. These efforts have made our city more efficient and responsive. She has also volunteered in the schools and community and advocated for residents’ needs. She lives with her family and neighbors in Union Square.

Learn more about Stephanie Hirsch's campaign for Alderman at Large at: www.stephanieforsomerville.com/

[personal profile] ron_newman
According to [livejournal.com profile] lancedavisward6, Garden Remedies will host a second public meeting on Wednesday Feb. 8th at 6:30 at Community Baptist Church to discuss the revised plans that they submitted to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Garden Remedies is proposing to convert part of 245 Elm Street, the former Family Dollar, into a medical marijuana dispensary, while subleasing the remainder of the space to another unspecified tenant. More info in this earlier DSLJ post.

(I'm adding a "marijuana" tag to DSLJ, as I expect this to become a popular discussion topic.)
[identity profile] lancedavisward6.livejournal.com
(EDIT 1-30-17: BOTH dispensary applications have been continued to the Februrary 15th ZBA meeting)

Update on medical marijuana dispensary proposals for Davis Square (one would be in the Family Dollar site, the other would be on the basement level of the bfresh building):
BOTH proposals are scheduled to be heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday, February 1, 6:00 at City Hall (Aldermanic Chambers), though stay tuned because there’s a chance one or both will be continued to a later meeting date.  These are Public Hearings so anyone wishing to speak in favor of, or opposition to, either proposal (details below, with links to all plans) will have that opportunity.
Read more... )
[personal profile] ron_newman
Mayor Joe Curtatone and the Somerville Democratic City Committee are meeting tonight (Wednesday, November 30) from 7:30-9 pm at Somerville High School Auditorium "to discuss Somerville's status as a Sanctuary City in light of the recent presidential elections."

RSVP here

The Mayor and Welcome Project director Ben Echevarria issued this joint statement last week: Somerville Will Stand With You
[identity profile] nomacmac.livejournal.com
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Ward 6 Alderman Lance Davis Invite all interested neighbors and community members to a meeting which will give an overall project update on the West Branch Library Renovation

West Branch Library Community Meeting
Monday, November 14th 2016 @ 6:30pm
at 31 College Ave,  Somerville Community Baptist Church

City officials, Somerville Public Library, designLAB architects and Design Technique, Inc. would like you to come support your local library and help us with continued community input on key design features at the West Branch Library.

Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

For more information: Capital Projects and Planning Department at 617-625-6600 ext. 5120.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Betsy Allen, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or BAllen@somervillema.gov.
[personal profile] ron_newman

Early voting in all Massachusetts municipalities ends this Friday. Hours vary.

  • Somerville: City Hall, Thursday 8:30 am - 7:30 pm, Friday 8:30 am - 12:30pm.
  • Cambridge: 5 locations, close at 6 pm both days. Election Commission office opens at 8:30 am, other locations at 9 am.
  • Medford: City Hall, Thursday 8:30 am- 4:30 pm, Friday 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.
  • Arlington: Town Hall, Thursday 8 am - 7 pm, Friday 8 am - noon.
  • For other towns and cities, visit this page.

[personal profile] ron_newman
According to email I just received from Kristen Stelljes <kstelljes@somervillema.gov>, the Prospect Hill Tower opening event is postponed to tomorrow at 5:30 pm, due to forecast of thunderstorms tonight.
[personal profile] ron_newman

EDIT 9/19 10:30 am: This event will be postponed to Tuesday, September 20 at 5:30 pm, because of forecasted thunderstorms tonight.

an e-mail I got from the city:

Come celebrate the completion of the first Somerville CPA project- Prospect Hill Tower!

Join Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 3 Alderman Robert J. McWatters, the Community Preservation Committee and CPA project implementers to celebrate the opening of Prospect Hill Tower on Monday, September 19 at 6:00 pm Tuesday, September 20 at 5:30pm. Learn about the lesser known history of Prospect Hill and get a chance to see the view from the top!

Light refreshments will be served.

The City will be providing virtual, real-time tours on smart devices during the event for those who cannot climb the stairs. Use a device the City will provide during the event, bring your own, or call in from home. Individuals who are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity should contact Betsy Allen, the City's ADA Coordinator at 617-625-6600 x2323 or ballen@somervillema.gov . (This event was originally scheduled for May 23, but was postponed because of a forecast of rain and thunderstorms. The postponement also gave the city time to arrange the "virtual, real-time tours" mentioned in the announcement above.)

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[personal profile] cos
On Thursday 5:30-7:30pm at City Hall:


    After Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone denied a request from a city police union to remove a Black Lives Matter banner from City Hall, the union announced it will hold a rally to protest the banner's "disrespectful" message, according to a release from the Somerville Police Employee's Association.

Personally I think their doing this will make lots of people trust them less, fear them more, and increase danger for everyone, including police. I wish they'd call it off.

Worth noting that the chief of police supports the mayor putting up the banner, and the union is initiating this protest, not the police department leadership, as far as I can tell.
[identity profile] mem-winterhill.livejournal.com
Press release from the city: http://www.somervillema.gov/news/new-somerville-data-farm-gives-real-time-look-city-operations

SOMERVILLE - Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone is excited to announce a new home for the City's data sets, which gives Somerville residents easy access to the same data he uses to make decisions. Now you can take a trip to the Data Farm to follow data trends in the City and use the data for your own analysis.

Somerville's Data Farm (www.somervillema.gov/datafarm) is home to "locally sourced and handpicked food for thought," which includes three portals of data visualizations as well as a fourth portal with the "data seeds" (the raw data) used to "grow" the other portals: [portals over there]

I have always appreciated the data that this city uses to make decisions about where to aim resources. I think it's very shrewd.

They went all out with puns: "Locally sourced & handpicked food for thought", "Artisanal" data, and more.

Direct link to the main dashboard: http://www.somervillema.gov/dashboard
[identity profile] jbcampbe.livejournal.com
Greetings Davisonians!

You may have heard rumors about the proposed West Branch Library Renovation Project and the tree and garden destruction it would involve. Here’s an overview of what’s going on:

The West Branch of the Somerville Public Library is in drastic need of renovation. All agree on that. However, the current project design also calls for the paving over of the gardens presently surrounding the building, replacing them with a “low-maintenance plaza space,” and the construction of a meeting room extension onto the existing building. Here is a link to the design plans:


The plans for the present garden areas are disturbing. Over the decades, the Somerville Garden Club (which is not associated in any way with this opposition) has designed and maintained lovely gardens around the library and has planted several significant trees, including Somerville’s only Dawn Redwood, two Columnar Beeches, and a Fernleaf Beech, among others. All are rare and mature and are great landscape features.

The current design plan would remove all of these trees.

The proposed plan also raises a number of other issues:

First: it flies in the face of the City of Somerville’s policy of maintaining and acquiring new open green spaces. The past 20–30 years have been significant in the history of the city. The advocacy for green spaces, street trees, and gardening under Mike Capuano’s and Joe Curtatone’s terms as progressive mayors who actively encouraged the development of public green spaces and private gardens, has been a glorious period of renewal. Their advocacy of gardening contests and awards and their hiring of a city Senior Planner/Landscape Developer to help implement green plans and acquire new green areas have been tremendously revitalizing throughout the city.

All of these changes—including the development of the West and Main Branches of the Library—are as valuable a part of Somerville’s history as are the historical monuments and homes. These sites deserve preservation, and not an opportunistic “update” of a site which is a monument to the best changes brought about during the past years of Somerville history. The West Branch Library building was designed by McLean and Wright of Boston, and was built in 1906–09 with funding from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and the city. It is the city’s best example of Classical Revival architecture, also exhibiting Beaux Arts details that were then in fashion. It was the first branch library in Somerville .

Second: the projected concrete plaza area would not be low maintenance, as claimed, but would, rather, be much higher maintenance than the gardens have been. There are mulberry trees on adjacent lots that would cause considerable mess. And most of the garden maintenance is done by SGC members, aside from occasional mowing.

Third: the projected plaza would be redundant, since there is already a nicely paved plaza area across the street from the Rite Aid on Highland Ave.

Fourth: the tax burden ($6–8 million) would be substantial, especially at a time when the Green Line Extension and Somerville High School projects are placing additional tax stress on residents.

Fifth: the addition of a meeting/performance space intended to accommodate a hundred people would mean that dozens of people at once would need parking in the Davis Square area. Yes, the Red Line is right there, but many people don’t use the T and/or would be coming from other directions. Traffic and parking problems are already severe in the Davis area—we don’t need more.

Members of the Somerville and Davis Square communities in general and the library property abutters in particular are all opposed to the current design. All parties are in favor of renovations to the existing building—and would be happy to see additional funding granted to upgrade the library’s services. But we oppose any other alterations, except insofar as are needed to make the existing building ADA compliant.

We do appreciate the need for more meeting and performance space in Somerville. But the proposed addition wouldn’t even be good for these, since they would be squeezed into a site not fit for the purpose. Further cramming of the small library lot, increased parking demand, and a considerable tax burden on the residents of Somerville (just at the time when we’re about to be whacked with Green Line and High School project expenses)—all for a project of dubious value that the people don’t really want—all seem like a no-go.

The City Aldermen have received a great many emails and phone calls on this subject, and a community meeting has been scheduled for:

Wednesday June 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm
TAB Building – 169 Holland Street. Second Floor

This meeting will review and discuss the renovation and scope of library program services in the historic structure. There will be discussion of the community’s preferred landscape alternative. The meeting will discuss the scale and viability of the proposed community room addition. The ultimate objective is a project that meets the goals outlined by the community and garners the support of direct project abutters.

Additionally, people who are interested in this issue should:

1. Make sure they’re on Steve Vitello’s (the Project Manager’s) email list (by calling or emailing him at svitello@somervillema.gov 617-625-6600 x5124).

2. Join the Facebook page created by Janet Campbell on this issue. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/120522718357131/)

3. Join the Google Group moderated by Ulysses Lateiner and Janet Campbell. (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/somerville-west-branch-library-renovation).

We’ll make sure you’re up to date on what’s going on!
[identity profile] courtney
The LGBTQ Advisory Committee to the Somerville Council on Aging Proudly Presents…
Pride Month Kick-Off Party at the Holiday Inn!

Dinner | DJ | Dancing | Dessert

Friday June 10, 2016
Holiday Inn (30 Washington Street / Somerville)
6:00 to 10:00 P.M.
$15.00 per person
R.S.V.P via phone at (617) 625-6600 Extension: 2300
Attention: Connie or Cindy
[personal profile] ron_newman
I got email from Kristen Stelljes <kstelljes@somervillema.gov> saying that the Prospect Hill Tower opening ceremony, originally scheduled for tomorrow evening, is postponed due to a forecast of rain and scattered thunderstorms. They haven't yet announced a new date.
[personal profile] ron_newman
EDIT 5/23: This event has been postponed due to a forecast of rain on Tuesday. The city has not yet announced a rescheduled date.

according to an alert on the city's web site.
Join Somerville Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 3 Alderman Robert McWatters, the Community Preservation Committee and Community Preservation Act (CPA) project implementers on Tuesday, May 24, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for a celebration to mark the reopening of Prospect Hill Tower. The stabilization of Prospect Hill Tower is the first project to be completed with Somerville CPA funds. Attendees will gather at 5:30 p.m. at the Prospect Hill Tower for a short speaking program followed by the opportunity to climb Prospect Hill Tower on a guided tour led by local historian Larry Willwerth, who will share the lesser known history of Prospect Hill. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn about other ongoing Community Preservation Act projects from project implementers who will share information about their projects at tables around the Tower. Light refreshments will be served.
[personal profile] ron_newman
It's time once again for Somerville's semi-annual ResiStat meetings, where city officials make a short presentation and then take comments and questions from the assembled residents.

The Ward 6 meeting will be this Monday, May 16, at Somerville Community Baptist Church, 31 College Ave. Pizza and refreshments start at 6 pm, followed by the meeting from 6:30 to 8 pm.

See this link for a schedule of meetings in other wards. (Wards 1 and 7 have already had their meetings.)
[identity profile] pearlythebunny.livejournal.com
The city is removing 155 trees because of ash borers. There's a public hearing about this issue on May 25 at the DPW building, 17 Franey Road, 5:30 PM.  I hope the city will replace the trees, but the person I talked to at 311 didn't know if this would occur.

Here's a list of trees slated for removal:

Here's information on what Cambridge is doing:

Now that I'm looking at this list of trees, I don't think it is complete. There is a tree at 268 Willow that is marked for removal, but it is not on the list.

Notice of Public Hearing )
[personal profile] ron_newman
Davis Square Somerville By Design Relaunch

April 27, 2016
6:00 pm
First Church Somerville UCC
89 College Avenue

We will be relaunching the Somerville by Design in Davis Square on April 27th, 2016. This is the kickoff meeting to review the major topics coming out of the open house: building heights, cooperative management, and the public realm. Gehl Architects, the same firm that helped Somerville conduct the world’s first city-wide Public Space Public Life survey, will be attending to review next steps in planning Davis Square’s public realm.

(I thought someone had already posted this, but I couldn't find it)


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