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 by 3 p.m. on Wednesday March 8, 2017. To view the MLDA, please visit For more information, please visit or contact Emily Hedeman at 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

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: 

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

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