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International Optical
311 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
Specializing in eye exams and eyeglasses, International Optical has been serving the Somerville community sinceMore 2005.  Eye exams can be conducted on-site and prescriptions can be brought in for grinding.  International also offers a wide variety of fashion frames from a number of designers.
Somerville Constituent Services
93 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

When inside the City limits, residents can simply dial 311 to connect to any City department orMore service. The City Hall office that answers the line is known as Constituent Services. Not only will they connect you to the person you need, they also track calls to be sure they are handled promptly. Their web page also links to the answers to many commonly asked resident questions from street sweeping regulations to how to apply for the City's pharmacy discount card.

The 311 line is open 24 hours per day 7 days per week for urgent calls. All other calls should be made during City Hall office hours so that the department needed will be open. During business hours, TTY service and operators that speak Haitian Creole, Spanish or Portuguese are available. 

Bright Future Educare Center
311b Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02144
Located in the back half of 311 Highland (enter from the parking lot), Bright Future provides a well-rounded childcareMore experience for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers with an average age of four. The center prides itself on encouraging socially, physically and cognitively engaging activities to stimulate children and plant the seeds for a more rewarding scholastic experience down the line. It's open all year round and the program director has been in the field for nearly two decades.
Somerville Communications Department
93 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

Feeling lonely? Sign up for the city's CTY Connect calls and the phone will start ringing again.

As just oneMore of many responsibilities, the Communications Department makes pre-recorded robocalls via CTY Connect to let residents know about emergencies, safety alerts, community events and road closures. These helpful calls will make sure you never miss the fireworks or get stuck behind a City road crew again. And for some, all those calls may make you feel like you've found a new friend.

In all seriousness though, a direct line from the City to residents to report criminal activity and other safety concerns (such as drinking water contamination) is something every resident should have. Sign up on their web page.

The department also manages the City's Educational Channel (Channel 15) and Government Channel (Channel 16), oversees the City's website content, handles city press relations and works to facilitate interdepartmental communication and major communications initiatives such as the City's 311 number.  

Somerville Animal Control Office
1 Franey Rd, Somerville, MA 02145

For any issues involving your pet or wildlife, the Animal Control Department is the place to turn. The departmentMore offers services, such as an annual rabies vaccination program for pets. But it is also a great informational resource, providing, for example, lists of approved animal shelters, low-cost spraying/neutering services and dog-friendly City parks.

Lost and found pet notices may be posted to their webpage. The department's Animal Adoption program also posts photos of pets in need of new homes. Dog bites should also be reported to Animal Control.

As for wild animals, their webpage offers tips on dealing with everything from bats to coyotes. Wildlife suspected of having rabies should also be reported to the department (do not approach a sick animal).

Report animal control problems any time, 24/7, by simply dialing "311", the City's constituent services line. The office is located in the DPW building.