Budget Season in Full Swing … and More!
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Budget season in full swing
City Council Finance Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday. It’s week two of the council’s annual three-week marathon to review and revise the mayor’s proposed budget, and the Finance Committee led by councilor Jake Wilson holds hearings on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. The following budgets will be reviewed on Tuesday: Parking, Community Preservation, Strategic Planning and Community Development, Mobility, Planning and Zoning, Housing, Housing Stability, Economic Development, Redevelopment Authority, Public Space and Urban Forestry, Law, and Damages to Persons and Property. The public may attend in person at Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Ave.; televised and watchable by videoconferencing, and posted online after the meeting.
Budget talks continue
City Council Finance Committee, 6 p.m. Wednesday. Budgets under review tonight include Health and Human Services, Council on Aging, SomerPromise, Veterans, Libraries, Parks and Recreation, Kennedy Pool, Dilboy, Community Engagement, Constituent Services, SomerViva and PEG Access. The public may attend in person at Somerville City Hall, 93 Highland Ave.; televised and watchable by videoconferencing, and posted online after the meeting.
Specialized Energy Code Public Information Meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The Specialized Energy Code is a set of rules developed by the state’s Department of Energy Resources to regulate energy efficiency and renewable energy requirements for residential and commercial building projects, including new construction, alterations and renovations. Brookline, Cambridge, Watertown and Somerville will be the first communities to implement the updated code on July 1. The Office of Sustainability and Environment offers a virtual presentation on the new rules and how they may affect residential property owners. Watchable by Zoom video conferencing.
Somerville Budget Priorities for FY2024 [UPDATED]
Editor’s Note: In the April 19, 2023 Somerville Wire Roundup, we unintentionally omitted the link to Councilor Judy Pineda Neufeld’s budget priorities from the original version of this short. We regret the error and now republish this corrected version in the public interest.
Wondering what your City Councilors hope to prioritize in the upcoming budget? Click here for a repository of City Councilors’ budget priority letters. Or navigate by councilor below, then select the “attachment” once arriving at their page:
- Judy Pineda Neufeld
- Beatriz Gomez-Mouakad
- Jake Wilson
- Matthew McLaughlin
- Lance Davis
- J.T. Scott
- Kristen Strezo
- Jesse Clingan
- Ben Ewen-Campen
- Willie Burnley Jr
- Charlotte Kelly
The Somerville Arts Council, the Climate Coalition, and the Community Growing Center are calling all local artists and/or climate and earth advocates to attend a Climate-Arts Convening and Community Building event on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m.-noon at Somernova. The event will rally artists around climate issues and brainstorm projects to spur on community action.
East Somerville Carnaval 2023
After taking a rain check last weekend, East Somerville’s Carnaval returns this Sunday for a 77-degree, sunny day of live music, games, food, and activities—and a dunk tank. The event will stretch along Broadway from McGrath Highway to Franklin Street, kicking off at 2 p.m. and winding down at 6.
Learn more about the event, here.
Pride Dance in Davis Square, June 15
Come check out Boston’s hottest queer electronic artists at the Rockwell in Davis Square on Thursday, June 15, at 9 p.m., to dance to live electronic beats, constructed by Chelita (of Clear the Floor), Pink Navel (of Ruby Yacht), Chaia, Adrian Chabla, and Liam Beckley. Step into a world filled with surrealist projections, balloons, and magical cocktail concoctions.
All are welcome. There will also be a hang afterwards! Music starts promptly at 9 and ends promptly at 11. Purchase tickets here.
Open Air Circus Classes
For 38 years, children, teens and adults have learned circus skills from the OPENAIR Circus of Greater Somerville. Everyone is welcome to learn new skills and join the circus community.
Classes again this year include Baton Twirling*, Devil Sticks*, Diabolo*, Juggling*, Poi*, Stilting*, Unicycling and Yo-yo. New this year: Acro Yoga and Miming! Classes with asterisks are offered at beginning and intermediate levels.
Classes start June 18 and run through August 3. Wednesday afternoon classes are at Nunziato Field approximately 14 Vinal Ave, Somerville, near Union Sq) and on Thursdays at LouAnn David Park (1060 Broadway, Somerville, near Teele Sq) from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Each class is an hour.
Registration is free. A donation of $30 per child, $50 per family is suggested but not required and includes as many classes as the student wants.
For more information and to register, visit the website.
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