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Please help with the 2015 Farmer’s Market SNAP Match

Union Square Main Streets needs your help to provide fresh, local food from the farmers market to Somerville’s lowest income residents.

How it Works

SNAP (formerly known as food stamp) recipients use their benefit cards to purchase farmers market tokens. Union Square Main Streets then matches every dollar up to $10 dollars, allowing SNAP customers to purchase $20 instead of $10 worth of healthy, fresh, local food.

Your contribution will help feed our neighbors. All donations are tax deductible. So please, give today.

Please join the campaign online at:

Why This is Important

Between 2000 and 2010, the poverty rate in Somerville grew from 12.5% to 18%. More than 13,000 Somerville residents live below the poverty line. And recent federal budget cuts have further reduced food benefits making healthy farmer’s market food inaccessible for most.

How You Can Help

Since 2010, Union Square Main Streets has spent $10,000 matching SNAP payments and helped hundreds of our neighbors eat good, fresh, locally grown food. Help us ensure that we can continue to provide access to healthy food for those in need. We need $4,500 to sustain the SNAP match for the 2015 Union Square Farmers Market season. The opening of the farmers market is just around the corner and we need your donation today.

Your contribution will help feed our neighbors. All donations are tax deductible. So please, give today.

Donations of any amount help!

Here is what your donation provides:

  • $10 = one SNAP match for one family
  • $40 = SNAP match benefits for one family for one month
  • $100 = one SNAP match for ten families
  • $200 = all the SNAP match funds for one Saturday farmer’s market

Understanding the Proposed New Zoning Plan

As part of Somerville’s planning process for the future, the city has proposed a new zoning plan that would make substantive changes to the current zoning code.  The Board of Alderman has until June 27 to vote on the changes and if plan is voted down, the city would have to re-start the process.  The Board of Alderman will next meet to discuss the plan on April 15.

The proposed zoning plan is 308 pages long.  For help in understanding the plan and learning more about it, you can read this recent article, “Everything you wanted to know about Somerville’s new zoning plan but were afraid to ask”,  or go to the city’s special website:

Come help clean up Union Square with old and new friends…

A great opportunity to work with your neighbors in cleaning up our Square while having some fun conversations…

Saturday, April 25th (Rain Date April 26th)
10 a.m.-noon is the Clean UP
Noon-2  p.m.  BBQ at the Blessing of the Bay Boat House

WARD 2:  Union Square Parking Lot @ SCAT Building
Albert F. Argenziano School @ Lincoln Park, 290 Washington Street
South Street Farm, 100 South Street

Tools and bags will be provided; just come and help clean up for two hours then join us for a community barbecue and SomerGreen Festival with music and family friendly activities immediately following the cleanup from noon to 2 p.m. at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse on Shore Drive.


Upcoming meetings on Union Square Planning

Somerville by Design Viewing – Old PO – 5 to 7 Thurs April 9th
Somerville by Design Viewing – Old PO – 10 to 12 Sat April 11th
US CAC – Transportation,Infrastructure  – Argenziano School – 6:30 Tues April 21st
US CAC  – Argenziano School – 6:30 Tues May 12th
Somerville by Design Open House – Old Union Square Post Office– Wed May 13th
US CAC – Putting it All Together – Argenziano School – 6:30 Wed May 20th

Union Square Streetscape Meeting Monday, April 13

6a00d8341c392053ef00e5520d2a5e8834-640wiCommunity Note: Union Square Streetscape Meeting Monday, April 13

Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone, Ward 2 Alderman Maryann Heuston, Ward 3 Alderman Robert McWatters, and the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development (OSPCD) invite all interested community members to the latest in a series of meetings and public forums to discuss future roadway and utility improvements for Union Sq. on Mon., April 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Argenziano School cafeteria at 290 Washington St., and will focus on progress of the design and implementation schedule for the interim traffic and utility improvements for Union Sq.

For more information, contact Jennifer Molina at 617-625-6600 ext. 2514, or Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Betsy Allen, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or

US2 Opening Union Square Headquarters & Co-working Space

31 Union SquareUnion Square Station Associates (US2), the City’s master developer partner for Union Square’s revitalization, will open a headquarters in Union Square at 31 Union Square, the former home of Elegant Furniture which closed last fall.

“We have been listening to the community and have heard loud and clear how important boosting commercial activity in the square is to Somerville’s future,” stated US2 President Greg Karczewski.  The headquarters will serve as a meeting space and a central hub for the recruitment of commercial tenants to fill space in the new development area and in the entire square and will be staffed by a full-time US2 representative who will be available to field questions and provide general information.  In addition US2 is also working with a strategic partner to create a co-working space that will fill a majority of the space.

Complete press release (3/30/15) can be found on US2’s website here: