Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pumpkin Avenue

SOMERVILLE – How many pumpkins would it take to turn Somerville Avenue into Pumpkinville Avenue? That is the exciting challenge that Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone is extending to residents of all ages in Somerville, asking them to collect enough carved or decorated pumpkins to stretch from one end of the city to the other along Somerville Avenue.

As part of the final SomerStreets event of 2010, scheduled for Sunday, October 24th from noon – 4:00 p.m., the event will include a pumpkin-lined Somerville Avenue, and a costume parade to kick off the afternoon. A full slate of entertainment, from live bands to family fun activities, will also be part of the festivities, and residents are invited to come in costume.

Decorated pumpkins can be dropped off at all Somerville Public Elementary Schools between October 20th and 22nd at student drop off and pick up times, and City Hall will be accepting pumpkins on the following dates and times:

• Wednesday, October 20th from 8:30-4:30 pm
• Thursday, October 21st from 8:30 am-7:30 pm
• Friday, October 22nd from 8:30am-4:30 pm
• Saturday, October 23rd from 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

SomerStreets is an extension of Shape Up Somerville that closes sections of roads within the City while promoting active living with programs for bicyclists, walkers and pedestrians of all ages. Programs have been held each throughout the summer and fall in different Somerville neighborhoods, including Magoun and Ball Squares, Lower Broadway, and Shore Drive.

For more information, please contact the City’s Director of Community Relations, Carlene Campbell, at, or 617-625-6600 ext. 2615.


  1. What are school drop of and pick-up times? I don't have kids and so don't know, but I would still like to participate.

  2. How will I get somewhere (by car) on Sunday off my one way street that dumps onto Somerville Ave?

  3. Who is going to help me pay my taxes when I can't do as much business on Sunday when customers can't get to my place by car?


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