Important Events & Meetings In The Next Two Weeks by Mark Niedergang, Ward 5 Alderman

Saturday April 30, 2 PM, March to City Hall to support Fossil Fuel Divestment from Somerville’s pension fund – meet at Davis Square Plaza. RSVP and updates at:
Tuesday May 3, 6 PM, Come out to show support for 20% affordable housing in new developments at the Board of Aldermen’s Land Use Committee of the Whole meeting at City Hall in the Aldermen’s Chambers. (See my previous email updates at for more background info). The Affordable Housing Organizing Committee (AHOC) of the Somerville Community Corporation is organizing people to come to this meeting,
Saturday May 7, 10 AM, Jane’s Walk, Explore Magoun Square, Lowell Street and Highland Avenue (Magoun Square CVS Plaza – ends at the Armory). Learn Somerville history and about urban design issues in the heart of Ward 5. This is an informal tour, part of Jane’s Walk, an international event of neighborhood walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs, the urban renewal activist and author. The walk is sponsored by the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission. See

Monday, May 9, 1 PM, Critical Green Line (GLX) and Community Path Extension (CPX) meeting of the joint MassDOT (Dept of Transportation) Board and MBTA Fiscal Management and Control Board at the State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston. This meeting of the key decision makers may be the most important GLX/CPX meeting in over a decade. The proposed GLX (and CPX) re-design options, budget estimate, and finance options will be presented (by Interim GLX Project Manager Jack Wright) to the Boards. Your presence and comments could help ensure that the whole GLX and CPX projects are built. There will be a public comment period. For more info, see the Somerville Transportation Equity Partners (STEP) website, The meeting is scheduled for 1:00 – 4:00 pm now, but the meeting time often changes; check this web page that day
Wednesday, May 11, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, My spring fundraiser with special guest speaker State Senator Pat Jehlen, music by Country Hits, complimentary food and cash bar at Arts at the Armory Cafe, 191 Highland Ave . Please stop by, if you can, to celebrate Ward 5 and Somerville’s progress and contribute to our future together. The suggested minimum contribution is $50, but please come and give what you can. More info at

Mark Niedergang, Ward 5 Alderman 617 629-8033

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