Friday, July 12, 2024

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


The sale of tobacco products in Somerville. such as at this city 7-Eleven store, draws discussion Thursday. (Photo: Marc Levy)

Pollinator plan group updates

Somerville Pollinator Action Plan Advisory Committee, 4 p.m. Monday. The Pollinator Action Plan Advisory Committee, created in response to the declining pollinator population in New England, has its monthly meeting. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Americans with Disabilities Act

Americans with Disabilities Act discussion, 7 p.m. Monday. Local author Laura Beretsky (“Seizing Control”) and Somerville Commission for Persons with Disabilities members Harriotte Ranvig and Holly Simione talk about employment protections for people with invisible and perceptible disabilities. The discussion takes place at the Somerville Public Library West Branch, 40 College Ave., near Davis Square. RSVP required.

Job creation and retention

Somerville Job Creation and Retention Trust, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Discussion of investment priorities, updates from Mental Health and Good Municipal Jobs Training subcommittees and more. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Five-year plan and disabilities

Somerville Commission for Persons With Disabilities, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Discussion of the city’s five-year plan as it applies to people with disabilities and 2024 events and training. The meeting will be held at City Hall Annex, 50 Evergreen Ave., Winter Hill. A Zoom option is also available.

Taylor Street project permit

Neighborhood meeting on 9-15 Taylor St., 6 p.m. Wednesday. Ward Four city councilor Jesse Clingan and a developer host discussion of 9-15 Taylor St., Ten Hills, where a special permit is sought for relief on 10 parking spaces at a by-right residential building project. The meeting will be held via Zoom.

Arts Council community check-in

Somerville Arts Council Board, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. The council holds a community check-in and brainstorms a Cultural Capacity Plan rollout in the first-floor conference room of the City Hall Annex, 50 Evergreen Ave., Winter Hill.

Harvard students on displacement

Somerville Anti-Displacement Task Force Presents: Uplifting Youth Experiences, 4 p.m. Thursday. Students from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Department of Racial and Social Justice’s Youth League share perspectives on avoiding displacement and gentrification and research on the topic, including a school study on mitigating local small-business displacement, with Q&A sessions for each. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing.

Hearing on sale of tobacco

Board of Health Public hearing, 6 p.m. Thursday. Review of potential changes to a regulation restricting the sale of tobacco products and smoke accessories. A draft of the proposed changes is on the city’s website. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing

Zoning amendments hearing

Land Use Committee joint session with the Planning Board, 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Public comment is wanted on zoning amendments. Watchable by Zoom videoconferencing; registration is required.