Somerville OSPCD Transportation and Infrastructure Division 93 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA02143 Whether you drive, bike, use the MBTA or walk, this division is working to make it easier and safer for you to move…More about the city. They oversee transit projects such as the Green Line extension and the proposed extension of the Community Path. Their Safe-Start and Shape Up Somerville programs place particular emphasis on pedestrian and cyclist needs, including improving sidewalk curb cuts and pedestrian crossings as well as adding bike lanes to City roadways.
Friends of the Community Path is a local group dedicated to the extension of mixed-use paths through Somerville to…More the Charles River. The group is advocating for the current path, reaching from Davis Square to Cedar Street, to be extended 2.5 miles east, thus linking the Alewife Linear Park, and the 13-mile long Minuteman Bikeway to the 17-mile long Charles River Paths by way of Somerville.
In conjunction with the City and several other local organizations, such as STEP, the Somerville Bicycle Committee, and Shape-Up Somerville, Friends of the Community Path helps to raise funds and awareness of the project, gathers local feedback and communicates with government and transportation leaders to try to move the path extension forward.
The Friends of the Community Path see "the possibility of synergy between the bike path and public transit" according to Spokeswoman Lynn Weissman, and hope for the construction to be included in the State's plans for the Green Line Extension.
Lil Vinny's Ristorante 525 Medford St, Somerville, MA02145 Open since 2000, this quiet Italian eatery offers quality, up-market Italian to the Somerville community. With…More only 16 tables, Lil Vinny's retains an intimate atmosphere. Its L-shaped corner bar is demure and focuses on wine and liqueurs. White tablecloths, candles and wooden chairs are illuminated in soft light. Unique items like veal, New Zealand rack of lamb and beef bracciola feature prominently, but Executive Chef Vincent maintains that the chicken parmesan is the most popular item.
Conway Park Somerville Ave & Central St, Somerville, MA02143
The city's flagship park, this cheery outdoor space boasts two basketball courts, an outdoor street hockey rink, two…More lush baseball fields also used for soccer and football, and an extra-large tot lot featuring the city's only super-high slide. But wait there's more. A water play area, plenty of picnic tables and shaded seating as well as a fascinating outdoor museum that serves up city facts and history on colorful, giant lollipop-shaped signs round out the fun. You'd never know the beautiful 4.5-acre site was a former brownfield that the city reclaimed after a smelting company spent 50 years polluting it.
Other highlights include a park house with bathrooms, a state-run DCR indoor skating rink in the center of the property, and a free parking lot (on Bleachery Court). And no resident should miss out on the fun facts on the storytelling path. Did you know, for instance, that Mary of "Mary Had a Little Lamb" lived in Somerville?
Name any development, economic initiative or city improvement project, and the Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning…More and Community Development (OSPCD) is sure to be involved in it. The Green Line Extension, Assembly Square and Shape Up Somerville are just a few of the initiatives and programs they play a central role in. In short, the over five dozen full- and part-time City employees who work in OSPCD's seven divisions are continually working to improve our City. The Department's divisions include:
Director's Office/Finance and Administration: They run the show, develop long-range plans for the city, plan the budget and oversee major projects.
Economic Development Division
Inspectional Services Division
Planning and Zoning
Transportation and Infrastructure
Parks and Open Space
Royal White Laundry 181 Cedar St, Somerville, MA02145 Founded in 1926 and currently located in a barn-shaped building that used to be a Dairy Queen, Royal White is a huge…More facility and its unique building is a Cedar Street institution. Inside, feisty young employees joke with costumers, but this gigantic family owned enterprise takes its business seriously, specializing in pick-up and delivery service from customers' homes or offices. It services a huge geographic area inside Route 28 and handles large commercial loads. There are several other Royal White locations.
This department works on over a dozen different critical fronts to keep residents safe and healthy. Vaccine…More distribution, emergency preparedness (including for bioterrorism disasters) and public health education are just a few of their responsibilities. They address these issues partly through the work of programs and commissions. They include:
Public Health Nursing: Coordinates flu vaccine clinics and disease investigations, assists in Emergency Preparedness planning, and runs the Medical Reserve Corps, which trains volunteers to assist with health emergencies and disaster response.
School Health Services: Coordinates school nurse services including health care, health education and health screening for students.
Shape Up Somerville: Works to improve resident's health and eating habits through education, changes to school food service and food access, and city improvements, such as improved crosswalks that make walking safer.
Tobacco Control Program: Works to prevent youth smoking and overall second-hand smoke exposure through educational outreach, community organizing and regulation and monitoring of tobacco sales and use.
Trauma Response Network: Trains professionals who work with youths, as well as city volunteers, in proper techniques for responding to traumas affecting youths.
LGBT Liaison: Conducts outreach to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Human Rights Commission: Works to promote and protect human and civil rights of all residents via educational outreach and through investigation of discrimination or harassment complaints, which may be filed via their web page.
Multicultural Affairs Commission: Examines and addresses interracial and multicultural issues in the city and works to ensure all groups are equally represented and have equal access to City resources.
Women's Commission: Addresses a broad range of issues affecting women including violence against women and work inequalities, and seeks to empower women residents via educational programs.