March 21 Newsletter

Fluff Turns 100

The celebration continues ... Marshmallow Fluff, invented in Somerville and celebrated every year with the What the Fluff? Festival, turns 100 this year.  WHDH and Boston Magazine were among the media outlets to do a story about the 100thanniversary of the invention of Fluff. The celebration has been highlighted by the release of Mimi Graney's book, Fluff, The Sticky Sweet Story of an American Icon.  More information about events where you can hear about Mimi's book can be found below under "Mark Your Calendars".

Visit Prospect Hill Tower on a Virtual Tour

During warm months, Prospect Hill Tower will have scheduled times when the public can take docent-led tours. But why wait? Check out this virtual tour of Prospect Hill Tower. You can see the stunning views and learn about the history of Prospect Hill from a local historian.

MLDA Vote Postponed as Somerville Residents Voice Concern

The Aldermanic Chambers at Somerville City Hall were packed full Tuesday night (March 7th), as an estimated 50 people shared their concerns about the most recent proposed zoning plan for Union Square. To read more about this meeting, go to the Wicked Local article.

Marijuana Revenues, Elections, Development Top City Meeting Agendas

In their regular meeting last week the Somerville Board of Aldermen discussed medical marijuana taxes and city elections. The Somerville licensing commission has already approved two licenses for medical marijuana dispensaries in Davis Square and is poised to issue a third for a dispensary in Union Square. To read this Somerville Times article, click here.

GLX News

Initial Request for Proposal released for Green Line Extension
The draft RFP includes Additive Options for platform canopies, additional elevators, public art, and community path.
The Green Line Extension Project Team has announced what it's looking for from companies hoping to design and build the project. You can read the entire Somerville Journal article here.

City News

A Very Somerville Birthday Party

March is an especially important month in marking Somerville's 175th birthday. It was in March of 1842 that Somerville officially separated from Charlestown and became its own city.


Join the celebration at an informal party on Broadway near the Charlestown line and then head to Mount Vernon Restaurant for appetizers and cake. There will also be a cash bar where Aeronaut Brewing Company is unveiling a special gluten free Somerville birthday brew: Municipal Freedom Gives National Strength.

When: Wednesday, March 29 at 5-7 PM

Where: Somerville/Charlestown line on Broadway, Mt. Vernon Restaurant, 14 Broadway Ave.

Rescheduled Neighborhood Traffic Changes Meeting

This is a rescheduled meeting from March 14 which was cancelled due to the weather.  Alderman Heuston has arranged for members of the community to talk to Somerville Traffic and Parking (T&P) about the changes coming to Inman Square. T&P will also provide an update to the planned Webster Avenue and Prospect Street two-way plan. Everyone is welcome. Be sure to  RSVP.

When: Monday, March 27, 6 PM

Where: 222 Washington St.

Public Hearing About Funding New High School

The Somerville Board of Aldermen's Finance Committee is holding a public hearing to discuss borrowing funds for construction of a new high school. In November, 72 percent of Somerville voters supported a ballot measure (Question 5) to move forward with funding the high school project. The estimated cost of the high school is about $256 million, with the Massachusetts School Building Authority expected to cover about 47 percent of the costs, around $120 million. Learn more about the high school project at somervillema.gov/highschool. The public hearing is a chance for members of the public to provide input.
When: Wednesday, March 22, at 6 PM

Where: Aldermanic Chambers of City Hall, 93 Highland Ave.


Is it Time to Change Somerville's Demolition Law?

Two upcoming meetings are planned to gather feedback on proposed changes to the City's Demolition Review Ordinance, which requires Historic Preservation Commission review before any building over 50 years old can be demolished.

The proposed new ordinance will be available on the City's website by Thurs., March 23, but some key changes include:

  • Extending the time frame for demolition review.
  • Clarifying what qualifies as demolition.
  • Setting up a more collaborative review process.

You can learn more about the proposed changes and provide your feedback at meetings being held Thurs., March 30, in the Somerville High School library, 81 Highland Ave.; or Thurs., April 6, at the Somerville Community Baptist Church, 31 College Ave. Both meetings start at 6 p.m.Comments and questions about the ordinance can also be submitted via email at historic@somervillema.gov.

Equity and Inclusion Conversation Series

Somerville is committed to making sure all residents feel safe and included. Toward this aim, it re-established in 2015 a conversation series. Among other things, these conversations have discussed matters of race and sexual orientation, and they provide residents with information about support services and strategies for moving forward. The Equity and Inclusion Conversation Series continues this March.


When: Wednesday, March 22, from 3 - 4:30 PM

Where: Somerville High School Highlander Cafe


These events are free and open to the public. To RSVP and make accommodation requests, contact Betsy Allen at 617-625-6600 ext. 2323or ballen@somervillema.gov.

Shaping The Future: Our Community Dialogue (Women's History Month)

Please join the Somerville Commission for Women on, for a special event in honor of Women's History Month, "Shaping the Future: Our Community Dialogue".


When: Tuesday, March 21, beginning at 6 PM

Where: The Highlander Café located in Somerville High School

Mark Your Calendars!

March Cafe Raqs

March may be in like a lion and out like a lamb, but the March Cafe Raqs will be fierce all night long! This will be a night of belly dance in a variety of styles including American cabaret, tribal, and fusion. The Cafe will be open and serving food and drinks, so it's the perfect excuse to get out of the house and celebrate the end of winter! For more information, go to the event page.

When: Sunday, March 26th, 7-9 PM

Where: Arts at the Armory Café, 191 Highland Ave.

1st Movies & Margaritas Night

Come enjoy the 1926 Buster Keaton classic, "The General," alongside live music by Kevin O'Neill to accompany this silent film. This is the first event of this monthly series and will showcase some of the best of the best public domain films. Space is limited. Please make sure to RSVP to Erica Jones at ejones@scatvsomerville.org.
When: Monday, March 27th from 7-9 PM
Where: Cantina la Mexicana, 247 Washington St.

Under The Roof
You can support the critical work of Somerville Homeless Coalition at their annual benefit dinner celebrating 32 years of providing support, housing and community to homeless, near-homeless and hungry families and individuals in our community -- and have a great time, too. The event will feature delicious Redbones BBQ (with a vegetarian option) and live music by the Loomers. There will be a Silent Auction with Red Sox Tickets, Celtics Playoff Tickets, Cape Cod getaway weekend, restaurant gift certificates and more! For more information, to reserve your seat, or become a sponsor, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Kathryn Benjamin at 617-623-6111 or kbenjamin@shcinc.org.


When:  Saturday, April 1st, 6 PM
Where: Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave.

Exhibition of International Super Short Films
Exhibition of International Super Shorts is a fast paced array of entertaining and thought provoking films from festivals from around the globe. Facebook event!


Featured festivals: The 100-Second Film Festival - Easton, Massachusetts (2016), The 10th International 100 Second Iranian Film Festival (2016), The 60 Second International Film Festival from Pakistan (2016) and the 10 Second International Animation Festival (2015, Korea). Co-sponsored by Somerville Media Center & Easton Community Access Television (ECAT)


When: Monday, April 3rd, 6:30-9 PM
Where: Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St.

Fluff: The Sticky, Sweet Story of an American Icon: Events
 

March 22: Learn about Fluff's sticky 100-year legacy from Mimi herself at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation for a book talk and signing at 6:30 PM.

March 26: Join Mimi in Fluff's hometown of Somerville for a book talk and signing at the Somerville Public Library at 3 PM

April 1: Chat about all things "Fluff" and snag yourself a signed copy at the charming and funky Somerville gift shop Davis Squared from 3 - 5 PM

For more information about these events, contact caitlin@unionparkpress.com

*** For the most up to date information about upcoming events or to submit an event, go to the calendar section on our website.

March 7 Newsletter

Visit Our Local Union Square Businesses for the March 2nd Saturday

Visiting Union Square this Saturday gives you the chance to see friends, do shopping and errands, have a great meal, save money and support our local businesses!


And an added feature this month will be businesses offering Arts of March. This includes Gracie's Ice Cream, featuring "That's What She Said - A Celebration of Women's Words" by Mandee Made. This show will display a few of Mandee Made's favorite quotations painted in her unique faux-neon style. The opening, where you can meet the artist, will take place at Gracie's from 4-6pm. Juliet will showcase work by Montreal-based artist Francois Vidal, who was introduced to Juliet owners by his daughter, Lisa, a Union Square resident and Juliet regular. Brass Union will be featuring Michael Robbins whose art will be on display indefinitely.

Click here for details about participating businesses and their special offers for 2nd Saturday.

Somerville Chamber of Commerce Holds Innovation Forum

This past Tuesday, February 28th, the Somerville Chamber of Commerce held a forum: The Next Innovation Center: Why Not Somerville? Over 130 people packed the Holiday Inn to hear industry experts explain what biotech companies are looking for and what Somerville needs to do to attract the next generation of companies. To read the entire article to find out what the panelists had to say about what the city needs to do to attract life science companies, click here.

GLX News

Three Design-Build Firms on Short List for Green Line Extension Project

The MBTA has narrowed down the number of firms eligible for the Green Line Extension Project's design-build contract to three after evaluating a series of Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) for the project. Under the contract, a single firm will be responsible for the design and construction of the GLX. 

"The strong interest in the project from these highly-regarded firms underscores that the project is being taken as seriously by the design build industry as it is by MassDOT and the MBTA," John Dalton, program manager, said in a statement. To read the rest of this Somerville Patcharticle, click here.

City News

Union Square Re-Zoning Meeting - Land Use Committee, Board of Alderman

Agenda includes discussion of proposed changes to Union Square zoning.

When: Tuesday, March 7, 6pm - 8pm
Where: Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Ave., City Hall, Aldermanic Chambers

Somerville Redevelopment Authority - Public Hearing on Master Land Disposition Agreement with US2
The Somerville Redevelopment Authority (SRA) invites the public to comment on the Master Land Disposition Agreement (MLDA) with Union Square Station Associates (US2) at a special SRA meeting and public hearing on Wednesday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. The MLDA between the Somerville Redevelopment Authority and Union Square Master Developer US2 was submitted to the SRA for review at their meeting on February 16. The SRA will hear comments at the March 8 meeting, and comments are also currently being accepted via email. All email comments must be submitted via email to Emily Hedeman at ehedeman@somervillema.gov by 3 p.m. on Wednesday March 8, 2017. To view the MLDA, please visit somervillema.gov/US2MLDA. For more information, please visit somervillema.gov/unionsquare or contact Emily Hedeman at ehedeman@somervillema.gov or (617) 625-6600 x25
When: Wed, March 8, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Ave., Aldermanic Chambers, 2nd Floor

Neighborhood Traffic Impacts due to Union and Inman Square Changes
Alderman Heuston has arranged for members of the community to talk to Somerville Traffic and Parking (T&P) Department's Brad Rawson about the changes coming to Inman Square. T&P will also provide an update to the planned Webster Avenue and Prospect Street two-way plan. Everyone is welcome. 
When: Tuesday, March 14, 6:00pm
Where: Academy Room in Somerville Police Station, 220 Washington St.

Somerville Turns 175

In honor of Somerville's 175th birthday, the City has begun a Storytelling Project, encouraging members of the community to share their Somerville experiences. If you are interested in learning how to collect oral histories as part of this project, you can register to take a free one-hour introduction that will get you started.

Immigration Resources
About one quarter of Somerville residents were born outside the United States, according to the U.S. Census. To help these newer residents, the Somerville Public Library has compiled a list of immigration resources. The list includes links to internet resources, immigration law organizations and local services, among other things.

 

Equity and Inclusion Conversation Series
Somerville is committed to making sure all residents feel safe and included. Toward this aim, it re-established in 2015 a conversation series. Among other things, these conversations have discussed matters of race and sexual orientation, and they provide residents with information about support services and strategies for moving forward. The Equity and Inclusion Conversation Series continues this March.

When: Thurs., March 9, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Welcome Project, 530 Mystic Ave.
These events are free and open to the public. To RSVP and make accommodation requests, contact Betsy Allen at 617-625-6600 ext. 2323 or ballen@somervillema.gov.

Mark Your Calendars!

A Salon in Support of Women

Juliet co-owner, Katrina Jazayeri, will be hosting a salon to discuss issues and ideas about women in business and hospitality, her commitment to building sustainable careers and communities, and her unlikely path to the food industry through her education and early work in social justice and community organizing. Free coffee (suggested donation of $2, 100% to Planned Parenthood) and 10% of the entire day's sales will go to Planned Parenthood.

For more info: www.julietsomerville.com 

When: Wednesday, March 8, 12pm-2pm (discussion), 
Where: Juliet, 257 Washington St.
Reservations: None needed, casual discussion

Breaking New Ground: Successful Women in Business
Join Creative Somerville Series & Workbar Union for an evening celebrating women's leadership and empowerment. The speakers work across a diverse array of industries including brewing, green technology, healthcare, and private investigation. Let's harness the power of intellect and celebrate the accomplishments of women shattering stereotypes. Come hear their stories and get inspired! For more info, click here.
When: Wednesday, March 8, 7:30pm-9pm
Where: Workbar Union, 31 Union Square

The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler
An Obie Award-winning whirlwind tour of a forbidden zone, The Vagina Monologues introduces a wildly divergent gathering of female voices, including a six-year-old girl, a septuagenarian New Yorker, a vagina workshop participant, a woman who witnesses the birth of her granddaughter, a Bosnian survivor of rape, and a feminist happy to have found a man who liked to look at it. Proceeds will benefit the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Click here for more information and to order tickets.
When: Friday, March 10 and Saturday, March 11, 7:30pm
Where: Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court

Maple Boil Down

Don't miss Somerville's annual Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival, where the sap from local sugar maple trees is boiled down into pure maple syrup over a warm fire! Community members of all ages are invited to stop by the Community Growing Center for syrup-tasting, kids' activities, demonstrations, and more! Pancakes, T-Shirts and Maple Syrup Project posters will be on sale! Join Groundworks for this unique outdoor festival to celebrate the dawn of spring and our local urban resources! Email Eli Bloch at eli@groundworksomerville with any questions!

When: Saturday, March 11, 10am-2pm
Where: Somerville Community Growing Center, 22 Vinal Ave.

Fluff: The Sticky, Sweet Story of an American Icon: Events

Our own Mimi Graney, the former director of Union Square Main Streets and creator of our fabulous Fluff Festival, released her new book, Fluff, The Sticky Sweet Story of an American Icon on Thursday, March 2nd at the Somerville Brewing Company. If you weren't able to attend the release, below are some other opportunities to learn more about the book:
March 10: Catch Mimi at Spindler Confections from 5 to 7 pm. Get your signed copy of "Fluff" and sample Spindler's tasty caramel swirls, made with-what else?-Marshmallow Fluff.

March 22: Learn about Fluff's sticky 100-year legacy from Mimi herself at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation for a book talk and signing at 6:30pm

March 26: Join Mimi in Fluff's hometown of Somerville for a book talk and signing at the Somerville Public Library at 3 pm.

April 1: Chat about all things "Fluff" and snag yourself a signed copy at the charming and funky Somerville gift shop Davis Squared from 3 to 5 pm.

For more information about these events, contact caitlin@unionparkpress.com
 

*** For the most up to date information about upcoming events or to submit an event, go to the calendar section on our website.

February 21 Newsletter

The Definitive Story of Fluff

Our own Mimi Graney, the former director of Union Square Main Streets and creator of our fabulous Fluff Festival, will be releasing her new book, Fluff, The Sticky Sweet Story of an American Icon on Thursday, March 2nd at the Somerville Brewing Company. To sign up for this event and get your own personal signed copy, click here.


While Mimi's book is about Fluff, it is also about far more.... In her book she brings to life the factory floor, and explores New England's forgotten candy industry, changing social roles for women, the supermarket revolution, and more. Ultimately, through the story of Fluff, the reader learns about the merits and pitfalls of adaptation and innovation. 

  
Also, the first official celebration of the 100th anniversary of the invention of Fluff will take place on March 4th at the Somerville Winter Farmers Market. There will be a 100th Birthday Party for Fluff, and customers who wear a Fluff Festival t-shirt (Don't yet have a Fluff Festival t-shirt? Click here to purchase one) or say "Archibald Query sent me" are eligible for special discounts. Some vendors will be selling Fluff inspired treats, and Mimi will be there selling and signing books. 

  
And, of course, it Is not too early to mark your calendars for the What the Fluff "FluffCentennial" Festival which will take place on September 23rd this year.Check out more Fluff, The Sticky Sweet Story of an American Iconrelated events under "Mark Your Calendars" below.

Snow Storm Brings the Boston Yeti to Union Square

Greater Boston's favorite urban legend resurfaced last week, sporting a snazzy beige sport coat. WGBH tracked the yeti's movements through Somerville's Union Square. To read more about the Boston Yeti and see a video of his visit to our Square, click here.

Union Square Farmers Market News

Planning for the 2017 Union Square Farmers Market is moving along. If you are or someone you know is interested in participating in the Farmers Market, please fill out an application and send it our way! We will be accepting applications for Season Vendors and Farm Wineries until Tuesday, February 28 - less than two weeks away. Don't wait until it is too late. For more information, please contact Tiffany Leung at tiffany@unionsquaremain.org

Supporting Artisans' Asylum

Late last year, Artisan's Asylum was recognized by the state of Massachusetts for the opportunity they provide for craftsmen, designers, engineers and makers and the positive impact they make on the economy. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Housing & Economic Development Jay Ash announced a $100,000 matching grant to the Artisan's Asylum through MassDevelopment. The grant has been earmarked for three areas:
- Upgrade of computer systems
- Acquiring a laser etching machine and building out digital fabrication
- Design and construction of an accessible and engaging entrance to the building

As you might guess, a matching grant means they need to raise $100,000 in additional matching funds to make the most of this grant. If you would like to help Artisans to match their grant to support their teaching, learning and practice of fabrication, click here to donate.

Canopy City Co-working Space Relocating to Tyler Street

Canopy City, a co-working space for startups, nonprofits, political candidates and all groups of community people, plans to relocate from Davis Square to 14 Tyler St, above Aeronaut Brewery. Co-founder Matt Hoey hopes to create a culture within Canopy City that is dedicated to giving back. He wants the startups, nonprofits and businesses working in the building to put themselves out into the community, fostering involvement. His goal is to have the work space reflect the diverse community in Somerville.

GLX News

'Real Momentum' on GLX, But Questions Remain

"On the brink of potential elimination a year ago, the Green Line Extension has steadily progressed to the point where design-build bids should go out by this spring and a finance plan should be submitted to federal overseers by March, according to the state's timeline."  Click hereto read the entire Somerville Journal article.  More GLX information is available on the Somerville STEP website.

City News

Union Square Land Disposition Agreement Submitted to SRA
The Master Land Disposition Agreement (MLDA) between the Somerville Redevelopment Authority (SRA) and Union Square Master Developer US2 was submitted to the SRA for review at their meeting on February 16 and is scheduled for consideration at a special meeting scheduled on Thursday, February 23. Individuals are encouraged to send public comments on the draft MLDA to: Emily E. Hedeman, Somerville Economic Development Assistance, 617-625-6600, x2546, ehedeman@somervillema.gov. Comments need to be submitted before February 23.

Somerville Redevelopment Authority Vote on Land Disposition Agreement

Agenda: The Union Square Master Land Development Agreement (MLDA) between the SRA and the master developer (US2) will be discussed. The SRA anticipates taking a vote on the MLDA. 
When: Thurs., Feb 23
(Location and time to be announced)

Nunziato Park & Stormwater Project - Construction Impacts
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone and Alderman Robert McWatters invite all interested community members to the next community meeting in a public meeting series to discuss construction updates and park design for the upcoming Nunziato Field Stormwater and Park reconstruction project. Nunziato Field and Off-Leash Recreation Area is the location of an important stormwater infrastructure project that will alleviate flooding in the surrounding neighborhood during severe rain. The renovation project will also include installation of a new grass field, dog park, and seating areas.
When: Wed, Feb 22, 6:00 PM
Where: Somerville High School Library, 81 Highland Ave

Somerville Turns 175
In honor of Somerville's 175th birthday, the City has begun a Storytelling Project, encouraging members of the community to share their Somerville experiences. An event was held at the Somerville Public Library (MA) to kick off the project. Click on this Somerville Neighborhood News link to watch the video!


Immigration Resources
About one quarter of Somerville residents were born outside the United States, according to the U.S. Census. To help these newer residents, the Somerville Public Library has compiled a list of immigration resources. It includes links to internet resources, immigration law organizations and local services, among other things.


Equity and Inclusion Conversation Series
Somerville is committed to making sure all residents feel safe and included. Toward this aim, it re-established in 2015 a conversation series. Among other things, these conversations have discussed matters of race and sexual orientation, and they provide residents with information about support services and strategies for moving forward. A new round of this Equity and Inclusion Conversation Series has been scheduled, and here are the dates: 


Feb. 27: 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Community Action Agency of Somerville, Inc., 66-70 Union Square
March 9: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Welcome Project, 530 Mystic Ave.
March 22: 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Somerville High School Highlander Cafe, 81 Highland Ave.

Each date will focus on a different topic; visit Somerville's Facebook pagefor updates. These events are free and open to the public. To RSVP and make accommodation requests, contact Betsy Allen at 617-625-6600 ext. 2323 or ballen@somervillema.gov.


Get City Alerts
Make sure you're signed up for City of Somerville alerts so you can keep updated about snow emergencies, public safety announcements, and other important stuff. You can sign up at somervillema.gov/alerts.

Mark Your Calendars!

The Union Square Neighborhood Council Working Group

The Union Square Neighborhood Council Working Group is a group of interested persons who are organizing around how to create a Union Square Neighborhood Council. The working group is developing a set of bylaws for the Neighborhood Council and is also organizing around current concerns of the Union Square neighborhood including zoning. Interested residents, business owners, representatives of non-profit organizations, and other area stakeholders are encouraged and welcome to attend.
When: Wed., Feb 22, 6:00 PM
Where: Public Safety Building, Cadet Training Room, 220 Washington Street

Boston Free Radio "Monday Mixdown"

Boston Free Radio and Brass Union are at it again, bringing you another night of local radio DJs, drinks, and dancing--and it's all 100% FREE. Bring friends for a game of shuffleboard, take on a stranger in tabletop Galaga, or try a specialty cocktail!
When:  February 27th, 8-11pm

Where:  Brass Union, 70 Union Square

Fat Tuesday Fundraiser for Artisan Grants
Join Artisan's Asylum for their first ever Fat Tuesday Fundraiser for the next round of Artisan Grants! Enjoy live performances by the Dirty Water Brass Band, bake sale treats and meeting Artisan members and Somerville community members. This event will be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the creativity and community made at Artisan's! More info here.  
When: Tuesday, February 28th, 6:00-9:00PM
Where: Artisan's Asylum Social Area, 10 Tyler St.

11th Rough Cut Media Screening

SCATV presents the 11th Rough Cut Media Screening at the Arts at the Armory Cafe on Tuesday, March 7th from7pm-9pm. This is a free quarterly community screening for video works in progress and completed videos looking for feedback. Or please come to just enjoy local videos, no submissions required. This event is co-sponsored by our friends at Women in Film and Video New England and RoleHat Filmmakers Club! Come show love for free speech, creative media and community building. Submit your work to be screened here!

When: Tuesday, March 7th from 7-9pm 

Where:  Arts at the Armory Cafe (191 Highland Ave)

Fluff: The Sticky, Sweet Story of an American Icon Events
 

March 10: Catch Mimi at Spindler Confections from 5 to 7 p.m. Get your signed copy of "Fluff" and sample Spindler's tasty caramel swirls, made with-what else?-Marshmallow Fluff.

March 22: Learn about Fluff's sticky 100-year legacy from Mimi herself at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation for a book talk and signing at 6:30 p.m.

March 26: Join Mimi in Fluff's hometown of Somerville for a book talk and signing at the Somerville Public Library at 3 p.m.

April 1: Chat about all things "Fluff" and snag yourself a signed copy at the charming and funky Somerville gift shop Davis Squared from 3 to 5 p.m.

For more information about these events, contact caitlin@unionparkpress.com

February 7 Newsletter

Union Square Main Streets Launches New Website!

Check out our new website!  We are really excited about our new look and the increased ease of finding information. The website just went live a week ago so we may have missed something. We welcome any suggestions about missing information or need for edits. 

One great new feature is our calendar where local events can be posted. To post an event, just go to News and Events, and click on Submit an Event under the Calendar section.  Looking forward to getting your submissions so we have all the information about happenings in Union Square.

Visit Our Union Square Businesses This Saturday

The February 2nd Saturday offers great opportunities for brunch, dinner, shopping this coming Saturday, 2/11.  Come to Union Square for a great deal on lunch, a free dessert, a free dance lesson, and much, much more. Discover all that quirky Union Square has to offer, even in winter! Visit our Facebook page or our new website for participating businesses, their offerings and your 2nd Saturday coupon, and look under Mark Your Calendar for info about the Union Square Semi-Formal.

Celebrate Valentine's Day in Union Square

Dessert at Casa B

Book your special night out for Valentine's Day in Union Square.  Our restaurants offer some of the best spots in Greater Boston to celebrate with your loved one, and spots are filling up quickly.  For a list of local restaurants in Union Square, click here.

Union Square Farmers Market News

Planning for the 2017 Union Square Farmers Market is underway. We are now accepting vendor applications for produce, cheese, fish, baked goods, pet treats - whatever it is, you name it! We are looking forward to another great season and seeing you at the Market this summer.  All things fresh and local will soon be at your fingertips. In addition,look forward to a great line-up of exciting live performances to enjoy. More updates to come in next few months. Stay connected through our social media:  Instagram: @unionsqmarket, Twitter: @UnionSquareFM

More Than 4,000 Turn Out for Somerville Sanctuary City Rally

The city's rally reaffirmed officials' support of the policy and celebrated 30 years of Somerville being a sanctuary city. You can read the entire Somerville Patch article here.

News on Greentown Labs

Greentown Labs is nearly tripling its presence in Somerville with a new 55,000-square-foot headquarters just steps from its current location. 
The $12 million construction project kicked off this fall and is about 25 percent complete, with a completion date estimated for September or October. Once completed, the space will be big enough for about 450 people, according to Peter Scanlon, an employee of Greentown Labs who is leading the construction project.

To read the article from the Boston Business Journal, click here.

GLX News

Governor Baker, a Republican, told the Globe in an interview that the Trump administration had recently circulated a list of priority infrastructure projects that included the Green Line expansion, planned for an extension into Somerville and Medford.  The entire article can be read here or visit the STEP website for this and other GLX information.

City News

Union Square Re-Zoning Meeting - Land Use Committee, Board of Aldermen

Tue, Feb 7, 6pm

City Hall, Aldermanic Chambers

93 Highland Ave
 

Agenda includes discussion of proposed changes to Union Square zoning.

Mayor says Somerville 'will not waver' despite President Trump's sanctuary city order 

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday intended to pull federal funding from so-called sanctuary cities.

But in a speech from City Hall, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone responded that, funding or not, his sanctuary city "will not waver."

To read the article, click here.

Somerville Turns 175

One way the City is celebrating Somerville's 175th birthday is by collecting stories from residents, businesses, visitors and folks who grew up in Somerville. All year the City will share these stories, photos and memories. It will culminate in an end-of-year storytelling gallery and gala. Read more at BostonGlobe.com, and check out the City of Somerville Archives Tumblr page.

If you're interested in learning how to collect oral histories, please RSVP to one of the upcoming training sessions.

Somerville Seeking Community Members to Fill a Range of Board, Commission Vacancies 

The Somerville Board of Health Licensing Commission, Traffic Commission, Traffic Board, and Conservation Commission are seeking community applicants to fill vacancies for various terms. More information is available here

Meet the Assessor, 2/8

Join the Council on Aging for a question-and-answer session with Somerville City Assessor Mark Levy. A light lunch will be served. Call 617-625-6600 ext. 2300 to RSVP.

When/where: Wed., Feb. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Holland Street Center, 167 Holland St.

Equity and Inclusion Conversation Series

The Equity and Inclusion Conversation Series continues this winter with several conversations scheduled in February and March. Stay tuned for more information on the topic of each conversation.

When: The first conversation in this part of the series is Thurs., Feb. 16, 2 to 3 p.m.

Where: Tufts Administration Building, 167 Holland St.
 

Free Marketing and Consulting Services

The City of Somerville is partnering with Good Egg Marketing to give growing businesses the expertise they need to succeed. Somerville is looking to work with three to five Stage II businesses to provide consulting related to business planning, bookkeeping and financial management, sales and marketing, and operations. Consulting may include a needs assessment, marketing audit, strategic plan, coaching, and implementation plan. A Stage II business is one with 10 or more employees and more than $1 million in annual revenue. However, any business expecting significant growth may apply to this program. To learn more and get an application, contact Ben Sommer at 617-625-6600 ext 2513 or bsommer@somervillema.gov. Also, visit the Economic Gardening page to learn more.

Nibble News

Somali Pancakes as a Form of Protest!

In case you missed it, the Somerville Arts Council's Nibble entrepreneurs were at the Sanctuary City rally this past Saturday, handing out free food to share their culture and convey diversity and inclusion. Read all about it in the latest Nibble blog post. Also of note: the new 2017 class of Nibble entrepreneurs includes participants from Ethiopia, Panama, El Salvador, Mexico, Spain, Switzerland and the Dominican Republic. Get ready for tasty global eats at upcoming festivals and farmers markets!

Mark Your Calendars!

Inman Square Intersection Improvements Community Meeting

The City of Cambridge is currently developing plans to improve the intersection of Hampshire St and Cambridge St in Inman Square. On Tuesday, February 7, Cambridge city staff will host a repeat community meeting due to the large turnout at the January 24th meeting. The format will be similar, with staff presenting the same presentation and design options.
When: Tue, Feb 7, 7pm
Where: Cambridge Public Library (Main Branch), Lower Level (L2)

Annual Somerville High School Musical: BRING IT ON

Bring It On: The Musical tells the story of the challenges and unexpected bonds formed through the thrill of competition. With a colorful crew of characters, an exciting fresh sound and explosive dance and great singing, this hilariously universal story is sure to be everything you hoped for and nothing like you expected. Musical in 2 Acts: Book - Jeff Whitty, inspired by the film, Bring It On; music and lyrics - Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton)


Price: Advanced Tickets: students and seniors: $10, adults $12, Day of performance: students and seniors $12, adults $15. For ticket info, please contact Rosemary Sears:rsears@k12.somerville.ma.us. Tickets available in the main office of Somerville High School, at the door and online: www.SHSMA.BOOKTIX.COM


When: FEBRUARY 9, 10, 11 at 7PM,  FEBRUARY 11 at 2PM

Where: CENTENNIAL AUDITORIUM, 81 HIGHLAND AVE. 

BarkHappy Mardi Gras Pawty to benefit Missing Dogs Massachusetts!

All dog lovers are invited the week before Mardi Gras for a fun, New Orleans style celebration at the amazing, dog-friendly event. Activities include a pawprint station, a photo-op, a doggie-parade, treat eating contest and more! Dogs in Mardi Gras costumes or Beads are welcome. Plus FREE cocktails! More info on the Barks and Beads Pawty Facebook page. 

When: Sunday, February 19th
Where: Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Court

Union Square Semi-Formal

The semi-formal. The highlight of any middle school year. Who doesn't have fond memories of middle school? Well, probably everyone. In any case, the Union Square Semi-Formal includes stops at 4 different businesses. Your ticket includes an ice cream from Gracie's, along with special drink selections at Juliet, The Independent, and Brass Union! Since it's a Semi-Formal, they will be playing your favorite music from middle school dances. And since it's a Semi-Formal, semi-formal attire is suggested. Go with a group of friends, or ask your sweetheart, this is the Semi-Formal and it doesn't matter who you go with, you just have to show up. Attendees will start at Gracie's and Juliet and then head over to The Indo and Brass Union. More details soon, and additional info on the Facebook event page. 

When: Saturday 2/11 from 3- 6 PM
Where: Gracie's Ice Cream, 22 Union Square.

Free Community Journalism 101 Workshop

Come join Somerville Neighborhood News for this free workshop! Learn about the importance of a free press, your rights as a reporter and what it means to be a part of community news. This introductory training will get you up to speed on the basics of being an SNN reporter and the ethics you should keep in mind along the way. To help you get started on your first piece we'll break down the steps of a good news story, workshop any ideas you may have and answer whatever questions come to mind. RSVP here to secure your spot. Spots are limited. 

When: Saturday, February 18th from 11am-1pm | Free
Where: 90 Union Square

February 11th – 2nd Saturday Offerings

Join us on Saturday, 2/11 to enjoy the offerings of our local Union Square participating businesses.  Visit one of our participating businesses for a great deal on lunch, to get your clothes altered, for a free dance lesson, and much, much more.

Print this coupon to receive the offers below!

 

Loyal Supply - 20% off purchases over $50; 21A Union Square

Brass Union  - With a purchase of hot cider, receive a free item such as hats, tshirts, etc. - 70 Union Square, 3-7 PM

Yuki Shabu - 10% off lunch - 16 Bow St.; 11:30 AM – 4 PM

El Potro Mexican Bar and Grill - With a purchase of a jalapeño margarita, $2 appetizer discount! - 61 Union Square

The Independent - Free cocktail glass with purchase of Special cocktail (always $10) - 75 Union Square

Gracies Ice Cream - Free ice cream cone with the purchase of two pints - 22 Union Square, Feb and March only

Neighborhood Bakery - Free large orange juice - 25 Bow St.

Cantina La Mexicana - Taco or Small Burro + soda – $8.00 + tax - 247 Washington St.

Casa B - Free individual dessert with your order of a Cuban Sandwich or the soup of the day - 253 Washington Street, 11 AM-2:30 PM

Juliet - Free bar snacks with purchase of any beverage - 257 Washington St.

Riverdog - 10% off dog toys and a free tote bag with a $50 purchase - 321 Somerville Ave.

Bantam Cider - Free empty growler with the purchase of a flight of cider - 40 Merriam St.

Dance Union/Tango Society of Boston - FREE class passes - 16 Bow St.

Nu Cafe - Free small coffee with any panini or wrap - 195 Washington St

Workbar - Sign up for a tour and receive FREE access to the space for 2 weeks. And FREE coffee! - 31 Union Square

Bloc Cafe - Free cookie, scone, or croissant with the purchase of any retail item excluding bagged coffees and teas - 11 Bow St.

Open Space Community Acupuncture - Intake fee waived for new patients - 70 Union Square #102

Ebi Sushi - 10% off

Union Square Catering - 10% off alterations

January 24 Newsletter

Explore and Discover Union Square

What better way to get a great sampling of what our local establishments have to offer than joining us on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Thankfully, even without the Farmers Market, this fun initiative will continue through the winter months.  Mark your calendars now for the February 2nd Saturday on 2/11.
Also, as you start to make your Valentine's Day plans, remember the great options for a delicious, lovely meal, music and gifts to be found in Union Square!

Parenting Journey Courses

The first Parenting Journey Group of 2017 starts today, and there are may still be some spots available. No matter where parents are from, no matter what their background, they are welcome at Parenting Journey. Parenting Journey works with mothers, fathers, and caregivers from all walks of life, raising children of all ages.

Their programs help mothers, fathers, and caregivers increase their confidence, capability, and resiliency - as individuals and as parents. While nurturing oneself and their children, each parent lays the groundwork for strong family relationships

In a Parenting Journey program, a small group of parents and caregivers meet for 2 hours a week for 12 or 14 weeks. The program includes activities, discussions, a family-style meal, and complimentary childcare. During the final session, family and friends are invited to attend a Graduation Ceremony. At this celebration, we honor the participation, accomplishments, and strengths of each program participant.

More information about the courses and the dates available here.

City News

Mayor Highlights Thriving Economy, Flourishing Schools, Safer Streets

"Our economy is growing and thriving. Our schools are among the best in the state. Our public safety teams are proving that low crime and urban living can go together." 

That's how Mayor Joseph Curtatone described Somerville in his Jan. 9 midterm address. The Mayor pointed to other marks of Somerville's success:
* In the past two years, Somerville has gained 250 new businesses.
* When its expansion is complete, Somerville's Greentown Labs will be the largest green tech incubator in the world.
* Somerville shares the lowest unemployment rate in the state.
* The city has the highest financial reserves in its history.
* Somerville remains the top urban school district in Massachusetts for student growth.
* In 2016, the overall crime rate fell 21 percent.

Priorities for ongoing work include increasing affordable housing and passing a modern zoning overhaul, according to the Mayor. Among other things, he addressed continuing work in connection to veterans, social inclusion, the arts and open space. "We must continue to serve as a beacon for civility, diversity and social progress," he said. You can find a transcript of the Mayor's full address at somervillema.gov. You can also watch a video of speeches made by the Mayor, Board of Aldermen President, and School Committee Chair on the City's website.


Somerville Celebrates its 175th Birthday 
Planning is underway and will be shared soon. In the meantime, the city is looking for your ideas on how to celebrate and your memories of Somerville. Visit #Somerville175 website to share.


Help Guide Funding of Community Projects
The Community Preservation Committee is considering 12 open space and historic preservation projects that have applied for Community Preservation Act (CPA) funding this year. The Committee is seeking residents' feedback to help guide how this year's funding is spent. A meeting took place on Jan. 11, and another is scheduled for Jan. 31. If you can't attend, you'll be able to watch videos of the meetings and read about the proposals online. Here are three links where you can learn more:
City of Somerville's press release
somervillema.gov/cpa
communitypreservation.org

This year, $880,415 in CPA funding is also available for affordable housing projects. The Affordable Housing Trust Fund will manage the application process for these funds.
Upcoming meeting: Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse Association, 259 Lowell St.

Mark Your Calendars!

Third Annual Chili Cook-Off
Experience the best chili around and help end domestic violence! Sample chili from many local restaurants and chefs and cast your vote for Crowd Favorite! Our friends at Just Add Cooking are sponsoring this year's Chili Cook-Off in a very special way! The Crowd Favorite Chili will be featured in a Just Add Cooking box this spring, and hundreds of home cooks around Boston will be making it in their kitchens. Plus, $1 from each box sold that week will go to RESPOND. Be there to cast your vote for Crowd Favorite!

Also enjoy avocado ice cream from JP Licks, prizes, Hot Sauce Taste Off and spicy margaritas at the cash bar. Join us for the fun!

Tickets at http://www.respondinc.org/chilitickets/


When: Thursday, January 26, 6:30PM

Where: Holiday Inn Boston-Bunker Hill
 

Maple Syrup Season with Groundworks

JANUARY 28TH - MAPLE TREE TAPPING

FEBRUARY 20TH - MAPLE BRUNCH

MARCH 4TH - MAPLE BOIL DOWN
The season will be kicked off with a Maple Tree Tapping at Tufts University from 3PM to 6PM. This is the first step in the maple syrup making process, and one of the most fun! After you've learned to tap, you can enjoy a tasty Maple Brunch at The Independent on Sunday, Februrary 20th at 10AM. YUM! But don't forget the main event -- Somerville's annual Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival! On March 4th from 10AM to 2PM, the sap from local sugar maple trees is boiled down into pure maple syrup over a warm fire.  
Email Eli Bloch at eli@groundworksomerville if you have questions about any of these events or if you'd like to volunteer!
 

Gracie's Ice Cream Events:

Jaju Pierogi Dinner 

Gracie's Ice Cream and Jaju Pierogi got together to put on a dinner a few months ago and it was such a blast, they are doing it again! Enjoy a plate of four savory handmade pierogi, followed by Gracie's homemade ice cream and two dessert pierogi. Pierogi + ice cream = the perfect union you never expected. Since it got pretty crowded last time around, they are pre-selling tickets for specific time slots. These are informal, and it's not the end of the world if you miss your slot, but it helps!

Tickets available in advance and at the door! Visit the Facebook page for more info about what a ticket buys for adults and kids and to purchase a ticket.

When: Saturday, 2/4 from 5-9 pm
 

Union Square Semi-Formal 

The semi-formal. The highlight of any middle school year. Who doesn't have fond memories of middle school? Well, probably everyone. In any case, the Union Square Semi-Formal includes stops at 4 different businesses. Your ticket includes an ice cream from Gracie's, along with special drink selections at Juliet, The Independent, and Brass Union! Since it's a Semi-Formal, they will be playing your favorite music from middle school dances. And since it's a Semi-Formal, semi-formal attire is suggested. Go with a group of friends, or ask your sweetheart, this is the Semi-Formal and it doesn't matter who you go with, you just have to show up. Attendees will start at Gracie's and Juliet and then head over to The Indo and Brass Union. More details soon, and additional info on the Facebook event page

When: Saturday 2/11 from 3- 6 PM

Gracie's is located at 22 Union Square.
 

✷ THE MAW ✷

Ambient Music for Space Station featuring an installation / sound art / live show.Visit the Maw Facebook page for more info.

When: Jan. 30, 8pm (7:30 doors) 

Where: Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Ct.  

January 10 Newsletter

2nd Saturdays Continue in the New Year

There was such a great response to our special Union Square business initiative with specials from local businesses the 2nd Saturday of every month that we are providing a special offering for the winter months! The 2017 Winter 2nd Saturdays have new and exciting offers that will be available this coming Saturday, 1/14. 

To see which businesses are participating and their special offers this Saturday, check out our website and/or our Facebook page. You can access the specials on Saturday either by presenting your 2nd Saturday coupon which can be downloaded and printed from the website or by mentioning 2nd Saturday.  

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Saturdays in February and March - 2/11, and 3/11

This Year's Fluff Festival Celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Invention of Fluff

Given this momentous milestone, we can't start thinking or planning for the Fluff Festival early enough! Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 23rd for this year's Festival.

Need Your Help Planning the 2017 Fluff Festival

Our fabulous Fluff Team has already started the planning for this year's Festival, but we could use more help!  If you are interested in being part of the planning process and taking a role on September 23rd in the staffing of Festival activities, please email your contact info with some information about your interests and talents to usms@unionsquaremain.org.

City News

Happy 175th Birthday Somerville! Another Momentous Milestone This Year!

In 1842, Somerville became its own city. Until that point it had been part of Charlestown. That means 2017 is Somerville's 175th birthday, and there will be events planned throughout the year. As 2017 progresses, visit somervillema.gov/somerville175 to learn about these events and programs and/or to share your stories, memories and photos of Somerville and propose ideas about how to celebrate. Happy birthday, Somerville!

Help Guide Funding of Community Projects

The Community Preservation Committee is considering 12 open space and historic preservation projects that have applied for Community Preservation Act (CPA) projects this year. The Committee is seeking residents' feedback to help guide how this year's funding is spent. There are a number of ways you can do this. You can comment in writing, in person at an upcoming meeting, or both. You will also be able to watch videos of the meetings and read about the proposals online. Here are three links where you can learn more:

City of Somerville's press release

somervillema.gov/cpa

communitypreservation.org

This year, $880,415 in CPA funding is also available for affordable housing projects. The Affordable Housing Trust Fund will manage the application process for these funds.

Three proposed projects near Union Square are among $2.9 million in funding requests to the Community Preservation Committee. They are ArtFarm, the Community Growing Center (rehab and renovation), and the Milk Row Cemetery (open space master plan and implementation). Somerville residents are encouraged to share their thoughts about this year's projects by attending public meetings and commenting in-person or in writing. 

Applicants will present their projects at one of two public meetings-one on Wednesday, January 11, at 7 p.m. and another on Tuesday, January 31, at 7 p.m. Written comments will be accepted through March 16. Submit comments to CPA Manager Kristen Stelljes by email to kstelljes@somervillema.gov.
 

Shoveling Assistance Program

Teenagers 13 and up can make some extra money when it snows through the City's Teen Shoveling Program, which matches shovelers with seniors or persons with disabilities who need help digging out. You can find more information about the program on the City's website. Seniors and persons with disabilities may also visit that site to learn how to join the program. Any youth interested in applying should email Christopher Hosman at chosman@somervillema.gov It's important to sign up early, especially for youth 18 or older and seniors, as they will need to complete a CORI check before being accepted.

Commission on Energy Use and Climate Change Seeks Applicants

The Mayor's Commission on Energy Use and Climate Change is seeking applicants. The commission has advised the City on things like the Residential Energy Efficiency Program, energy performance of City buildings, community choice aggregation of electricity, and residential solar. Learn more about these positions and how to apply here.

Property Revaluation Year

As mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue, 2017 is a property tax revaluation year in Somerville. As part of this process, a number of deadlines are coming up this fall and in early 2017, including deadlines for requesting a change to your property's valuation. We encourage you to visit the Somerville assessing website, where you can look up your valuation and find more information. Taxpayers may ask questions or request a change during the formal appeal period, which runs until Feb. 1. Find more information  here.

Mayor Curtatone's Annual State of the City Address

This past evening, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone delivered his State of the City Address. Read the Mayor's speech in its entirety is here.

Mark Your Calendars!

APOCALYPSO! - Improvisatory performance and dance party
Tabula Rasa Multidisciplinary Experiment, with help from the Somerville Arts Council and generous support by Warehouse XI, presents APOCALYPSO! - a Todd-Sargent-lit night of improvisatory performance AND JAM followed by PARTY to prepare us for whatever 2017 has in store for us. 
Inescapably moving sounds of the best musicians (Stan Strickland, Syd Smart, Giuseppe Paradiso, Bob Toade, Gabriela Martina, Scott Getchell, and so on), we dancers (Callie Chapman, Catherine Musinsky, Aaron Brando, Chien Hwe, Ilya Vidrin, Lani Nahele, and so on), artists (Tamar Ettingen, and friends), poets (Karen Klein) and performance lovers will weave an energetic net where music, movement, poetry and one another matter. Please join IN for the second half. Bring what or who matters to you. 
When: Fri, January 13, 8pm - 11pm
Where: Warehouse XI, 11 Sanborn Ct
Fee: $10. 

The Growing Center's Future: A Public Participation Meeting
Need a dash of hope? The Friends of the Community Growing Center want to share with the broader community what has been happening around redesign for this city greenspace. Hours of site mapping, community design meetings, and on-site education/planning days have all led to a vision for a sustainable future design. This planning should help expand the mission and reach of the Somerville Community Growing Center. Envisioning a richer green space is a key element, that can serve as home to a diversity of trees, host longer opening hours for visitors, more educational urban agricultural programs & more! 

Please see the website at http://www.thegrowingcenter.org/redesign for the results of Phase 1 of the Somerville Community Growing Center's Redesign process. Click here for the SCGC Redesign PDF Link! Please help to shape its future and come to the public meeting on January 20th. 

Contact: Lisa Brukilacchio, President, Friends of the Community Growing Center, 781-953-4826, https://www.facebook.com/events/1073308666131731/
The public is invited to learn more.

When: Friday, January 20th, 6-8pm
Where: Somerville Public Library at 79 Highland Ave

Support the Somerville High School Quiz Show team! 
Brilliant minds, bright lights, and basic instincts. Get your head in the game and sign up for free tickets to be a part of the High School Quiz Show audience. Visit the Facebook page for more information and to sign up for tickets.
Sunday, January 22. 
3:00pm Doors Open
3:45pm Doors Close

2016 Union Square Holiday Stroll!

2016 Union Square Holiday Stroll!

On Saturday, December 10th, Union Square Main Streets is once again partnering with our local businesses to bring you our second annual Union Square Holiday Stroll.

We will be building on the success of last year’s inaugural Holiday Stroll with great festive offerings from our local businesses, live music, a visit from Santa, a Holiday Display Contest and access to over 60 vendors from 11 AM – 4 PM.

Read More

November 12 – 2nd Saturday Offerings

Join us this coming Saturday, 11/12 to enjoy the offerings of our local Union Square participating businesses.  Come to the Market to buy your fresh local produce and then visit one of our participating businesses for a great deal on lunch, to get your clothes altered, for a free dance lesson, and much, much more:

Bantam Cider - $5 off Bantam Cider T-shirts

Bloc 11 - FREE Small Coffee with Purchase of Sandwich or Salad 9 AM -1PM

Brass Union - FREE T-Shirt with Purchase of Bloody Mary – 11am to 3pm

Cantina La Mexicana - Burro or Taco Plate with a soda for $8. (Chicken,Pork, Potato with Chorizo or Vegetarian Options)

Casa B - Select 1/2 Price Tapas – 11am to 3pm w/ Cocktail or Wine

Crossfit Somerville - Pet Our Chickens & Get a Coupon for a FREE Trial Class

East Boston Savings Bank - Enter to Win $20 Union Square Donuts Gift Card

El Potro Mexican Bar and Grill - 20% Off All Food & Non-Alcohol Purchases

Gracie’s Ice Cream - Free Upgrade to Fluff Cone

Juice Union - FREE Tote Bag For Your Farmers Market Treasures

Juliet - 1/2 Sandwich & Soup for $10 & Raffle for 3 Course Dinner for 1 w/ Any Purchase – 8am to 3pm

Loyal Supply - Free Fluff Taffy with $25+ Purchase

Neighborhood Bakery - FREE Large Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice w/ Purchase

Polished Mane Salon - New Clients Receive 20% off Your First Haircut

Reliable Market - 10% Off All Goods (Excluding Weekly Special Sales, Rice, Alcohol, Meat, Fish, and Tofu)

River Dogs - 10% Off All Dog and Cat Treats

Sally O’Briens - 1/2 Price Sandwiches and Burgers Until 4 PM

Slumbrew - Free Pretzel with Purchase of Beer Flight-11am-2pm.

Somervelo - FREE Air

Taza Chocolate - 10% Off In-Store Purchases

The Independent - FREE Donut Holes w/ Purchase of Any Brunch Item

Union Square Tailor - 15% Off Alterations

Workbar - FREE Two Weeks of Access

Yuki Shabu - FREE Crab Rangoon or Scallion Pancake Appetizer with Entrée

Jane’s Walk 2016

Join Union Square Main Streets for Our 2016 Jane’s Walk

“Our Evolving Union Square”

Be part of a great conversation. Jane’s Walk is a global movement of walking tours inspired by urbanist Jane Jacobs. For more info, see www.janejacobswalk.org. At this year’s Walk, hear from both longtime business owners and newer arrivals about their experiences and insights on Union Square, the changes they have seen, and their thoughts and hopes for the future. We look forward to hearing your stories and thoughts as well.

We will be joined by, among others, Gerry Amaral from PA’s Lounge, Josh Danoff from Union Square Donuts, and Jess Willis from The Independent and Brass Union who will share their experiences and insights on Union Square, the changes they have seen, and their thoughts and hopes for the future.

WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 1:30 PM

WHERE: Meet in front of East Boston Savings Bank (37 Union Square),  the intersection of Bow St. and Somerville Ave. 

The Walk will end with refreshments and more conversation at Brass Union.

Help Needy Neighbors with SNAP Match

With spring comes the excitement of the widely anticipated opening of
the Farmer’s Market on May 14. Yet for some families, their ability to purchase this fresh, local, healthy produce at our local market is very limited.

By contributing to the Union Square Main Streets SNAP match campaign, you will help to ensure that struggling families are able to double their purchasing power from $10 to $20 every Saturday of this year’s Market season.

To find out more about how your donation will help, how the SNAP match works, and to make your donation, click here.

Help Save Our Green Line Extension!

Attend This Important Meeting on Monday, May 9 - Public Comments will be taken at 1:00 PM

At this critical meeting of the MassDOT and MBTA Boards will consider recommendations for GLX and the integrated Community Path (CPX) cost reductions, budget and schedule.

Your presence, support and constructive comments are needed to ensure that the whole GLX project is built – both GLX branches (to Union Square and to Route 16) and completion of the CPX.

We need friends, relatives, supporters and neighbors to show up in large numbers with signs of any size.  

THIS MAY BE OUR MOST IMPORTANT TRANSPORTATION MEETING SINCE 2004!

Location: State Transportation Building, 10 Park Plaza, Boston

Check http://www.somervillestep.org/  for updates and more info.

Green Line Extension Public Meetings

In order to seek public ideas and input on the re-evaluation, MassDOT and the MBTA will be holding the following public meetings over the next two months:

Wednesday, March 2nd
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
Arts at the Armory
191 Highland Avenue – Somerville

Wednesday, March 23rd
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
Tufts University
51 Winthrop Street – Medford

Wednesday, April 13th
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
Argenziano School
290 Washington Street – Somerville

Wednesday, April 27th
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
St. Anthony’s Parish Hall
400 Cardinal Medeiros Avenue – Cambridge

Thursday, May 5th
5:30pm-6:30pm: Open House
6:30pm-8:00pm: Presentation and Q&A
St. Clement’s Parish Hall
579 Boston Avenue – Medford

Information about the meetings will also be posted to the Green Line Extension website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at info@glxinfo.com.