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


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