Tuesday, July 16, 2024

These are just some of the municipal meetings and civic events for the coming week. More are on the City of Somerville website.


Traffic victims remembered

A ghost bike on Park Street in Somerville. (Photo: Ars Agassiz via Flickr)

Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Somerville commemorates the “World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in the U.S.,” a global event held on the third Sunday of November to honor those who have been affected by roadway crashes. According to organizers, “communities across the globe, including several dozen in the United States, will gather together to demand actions toward improving roadway safety and to uplift proven strategies, including redesigning dangerous roads, reducing speed limits and improving vehicle design.” Hosted by the Somerville City Council, Somerville Alliance for Safe Streets, Route 16 Traffic Calming Coalition, Everywhere Arlington Livable Streets and WalkMedford, the event will feature remarks from Mayor Katjana Ballantyne, city councilor Judy Pineda Neufeld, state Sen. Pat Jehlen and state Rep. Christine Barber at the Dilboy Tennis Courts, 110 Alewife Brook Parkway.

Transgender victims remembered

Transgender Day of Remembrance Ceremony, 5 p.m. Monday. Mayor Katjana Ballantyne and the Department of Health and Human Services host the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance ceremony in honor of community members killed by acts of anti-transgender violence. Founded in 1999 in response to the murder of three Black trans women in the Boston area, the day of remembrance is now recognized internationally. The ceremony will take place at the main entrance to Somerville High School, 81 Highland Ave. To protect vulnerable members of the community, masking is encouraged; free masks will be provided.

Broadway teardown

Historic Preservation Commission, 6:45 p.m. Tuesday. Somerville Gateway Development LLC seeks to demolish the building at 45 Broadway as part of its plan to build a six-story residential building at 45-51 Broadway in East Somerville. Currently 45 Broadway is a two-story industrial building housing Broadway Brake, and 51 Broadway is a triple-decker house built around 1900. Both are owned by CDA Realty Somerville LLC. The applicant seeks permission from the commission to demolish a building constructed at least 75 years ago; 45 Broadway was built 74 years ago, according to the Somerville assessors database. The developer will also need site plan approval and a special permit from the Planning Board. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Council caucuses

City Council caucus, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The council swears in two members and picks a president and vice president for the next session. After the caucus, the council holds a regular meeting at 7 p.m. The full agenda was not posted at press time, but one announced item is a public hearing to determine the fiscal year 2024 property tax rates. The council meets at 93 Highland Ave., with remote participation, watchable by videoconferencing and posted online after the meeting.