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



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