Representative Carl Sciortino to hold district coffee hours in Somerville on November 22nd and November 23rd


BOSTON — Representative Carl Sciortino will be available to meet with his constituents in the portions of Somerville he represents, Wards 4 and 7, by holding “district coffee hours.” These informal coffee hours give constituents an opportunity to speak one-on-one with Representative Sciortino about any issues or concerns they may have regarding local and state matters. Representative Sciortino is pleased to announce that interpreters will be available to assist constituents who speak Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole at his Ward 4 coffee hour on Saturday November 23rd.

The location of his district coffee hours are as follows:

WARD 7: Friday, November 22nd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Somerville Council on the Aging
Tufts Administration Building
169 Holland St. Somerville, MA 02144

WARD 4: Saturday, November 23rd
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Mystic Activity Center at the Mystic River Development
530 Mystic Ave, Somerville, MA 02145

If there is a need for an ASL interpreter or another accommodation, please contact Representative Sciortino’s office at 617-722-2013 or email

School Street/Evergreen Ave. Intersection Work – community note


Beginning on Monday, Nov. 18, City of Somerville contractors will be working on traffic mitigation efforts on School Street, which includes the installation of a traffic calming table, or raised crosswalk, at the intersection of School St. and Evergreen Ave.
Work in this area will be conducted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and may have some traffic impacts.
Future work may require the complete shutdown of a portion of School St. to through traffic to allow the structure to set.
Residents in affected areas will receive robo calls and other necessary information prior to any road shutdown.

If you have questions, please call the Engineering Department at 617-625-6600 ext. 5400.



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“Commuter Celebration” planned to honor City’s achievements in active transportation

SOMERVILLE – Join Mayor Joseph Curtatone, the Somerville Board of Aldermen and School Committee, Somerville Bicycle Committee City, Shape Up Somerville, and many others to celebrate walking, biking, and transit-riding into the fall, as well as two important milestones for Somerville. On Friday, Nov. 22 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the East Somerville Community School (Cross Street side), all residents and commuters are invited to join us for hot coffee or hot cider, and students who take part in the “active transportation” day may enter to win a free bike helmet.

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) recently welcomed Somerville as an affiliate member, including us in a prestigious group of the 30 most progressive cities in the country enhancing quality of life through sustainable, active transportation. Earlier this month, Somerville was also recognized by the League of American Cyclists with a Silver level Bicycle Friendly Community Award, recognizing a significant step up from Bronze in only two years. As we continue to improve walking, biking, transit, safe routes to schools, bike sharing, and much more – let’s enjoy a hot breakfast beverage together and toast to Somerville’s progress thus far! Continue reading CELEBRATE WALKING, BIKING AND TRANSIT-RIDING WITH CITY, BIKE COMMITTEE NOV. 22



Vacancies to be filled on Design Review, Historic Preservation, Affordable Housing and Fair Housing Commissions

SOMERVILLE – The City of Somerville is seeking to fill vacancies on four essential Boards that are appointed by the Mayor and coordinated by the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development. The Mayor’s office will be accepting applications for positions on these boards through November 25, 2013.

Each of these opportunities will allow for a Somerville resident to provide voluntary service to improve the city and guide policies, programs and the design of the Somerville community in forthcoming years.

There are four opportunities, as follows:

1. Design Review Committee Continue reading RESIDENTS SOUGHT FOR CITY BOARDS & COMMISSIONS

Somerville just joined a very exclusive club


The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) added us to its affiliate member list last week. Somerville is just one of 18 member cities and 12 affiliate members nationwide (other members include Boston, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.). In a press release, NACTO officials lauded Somerville for its “[commitment] to sustainable transportation initiatives, aiming to strengthen cities and improve quality of life through better street design and transportation policy.” No word, yet, on how to do the secret handshake.