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Weekend Events in and around Union Square

Somerville is the place to be this coming weekend, May 2-3.  Here are two great events:


2015 Jane’s Walk: Explore Hidden Assets of Union Square
Janes Walk Flyer 2015

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

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

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:

One point of view: Sharing the thoughts of two Union Square residents/activists

On Tuesday, Greater Somerville host KyAnn Anderson spoke with long-time community advocate and Somerville Times columnist Bill Shelton, and Union Square Neighbors chair and founding member Tim Talun, about US2 Associates recent development proposal for the D2 and D3 parcels in Union Square.

With Somerville in dire need of commercial tax base revenue, US2 Associate’s plan of 525 residential units targeted at the Millennial demographic, has received harsh criticism from both community groups as well as government officials. In this episode, they discuss the complexities of this project, how the Somerville Board of Aldermen are taking a stand against US2’s proposal, and the importance of the community voicing their opinions about this proposal to city hall while there’s still time.

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