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Somerville vista. Photo by Jason Pramas. Copyright 2023 Jason Pramas.
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Monster Mash, New Schoolyard … and More!


Two former employees discuss Rosebud’s closing and overhaul


West Somerville Neighborhood Schoolyard Ribbon Cutting

Somerville Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, Ward 7 City Councilor Judy Pineda Neufeld, Somerville Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Rubén Carmona, and more to celebrate the official opening of the redesigned West Somerville Neighborhood Schoolyard. The ribbon cutting will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 24, from 12 to 1 p.m. at the West Somerville Neighborhood School, located at 177 Powder House Blvd.

To learn more, contact Arn Franzen, Senior Project Manager of Parks and Open Space by emailing or calling (617) 625-6600 x2545.

“Monster Mash” at SomerStreets

It’s the last SomerStreets festival of the year, the spooky and fun “Monster Mash” on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 2 to 6 p.m. (rain date Oct. 29) on Somerville Ave. between School Street and Warren Avenue. SomerStreets is the City of Somerville’s take on the internationally renowned Open Streets concept, closing busy city streets to vehicles. Through SomerStreets, the City and its community partners aim to promote and encourage reconnecting with neighborhoods and businesses and their unique cultural elements in a thriving urban environment. 

Final Segment of Somerville Community Path Extension Now Open for Public Use

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne is pleased to announce that the final segment of the Community Path Extension between School St. and the Gilman Square Green Line station entrance at Medford St is now open. While the full community path extension was officially opened in June, this section of the path remained closed due to a detour needed to complete construction of Somerville High School Reavis Field.  

Following this opening, City of Somerville Department of Public Works staff will remove temporary two-way protected bike lanes from Medford Street between Walnut Street and Pearl Street. This section of Medford St. (Walnut to Pearl) will then reopen to two-way vehicle traffic. Detour removal is expected to take place on Thursday, October 19, or soon after. Please proceed with caution while navigating the new traffic pattern. 

During the path segment closure, two-way protected bike lanes were installed nearby to provide a safe and accessible route that reconnected both eastbound and westbound users with the community path. In the interest of safety, the two-way bicycle lane on School Street will remain in place to provide a safe connection for people riding between the community path and Gilman Square.  For more information on the Community Path Extension visit

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