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.