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Somerville has seven wards, each represented by a Ward Alderman and a School Committee Member. Four Aldermen-at-Large also each represent the entire population of the city. Find contact information for your Ward and At-Large Aldermen and School Committee Member below. Presentations from recent ResiStat meetings held in your ward may also be found below.


Ward 1


Ward 1 Alderman

Maureen Bastardi
14 Virginia Street
Somerville, MA 02145
617-628-0784
aldermanbastardi@comcast.net


Committees
Confirmation of Appointments
Information Technology
Traffic and Parking
Youth Services, Chairperson
Ward 1 School Committee Member


Committees











Meetings
NEIGHBORHOOD POLICING: Your Ward 1 Neighborhood Police Officer is Nicholas Stiles. He can be reached at nstiles@police.somerville.ma.us.

NEIGHBORHOODS OF WARD 1: East Somerville, the Ward’s primary residential neighborhood, is located along Somerville’s border with the City of Boston and within walking distance of the Sullivan Square Orange Line MBTA station. McGrath Highway and I-93 are also very accessible. The neighborhood consists of a strong residential area with a commercial district along Broadway. Broadway is one of the city’s major thoroughfares. The commercial district consists of a variety of restaurants, specialty stores, and retail storefronts. East Somerville Main Streets has been working actively with local businesses to increase commercial activity in this corridor. Neighborhood residents can make use of Foss Park, one of the largest parks in the city, and they have access to the Mystic River waterfront. Assembly Square is a 145-acre commercial and industrial district located at the northeast corner of the city on the Boston City line, directly accessible from Interstate 93 and State Route 28. As discussed below, this property is the target of major redevelopment. The Inner Belt district is a manufacturing and warehouse district that was the former home of the McLean Hospital. In the 1950s, the area the “Inner Belt” highway was expected to be a boon to the area, but neighborhood protest stopped the highway construction. Today, warehouses, offices, distribution facilities, and light manufacturing are the primary uses for the district. Major businesses located in the area include the UPS distribution facilities, the MBTA commuter rail headquarters, MassEnvelope, Partner Health Care Systems, and the Holiday Inn. Due to its location near Boston and Cambridge, with excellent highway access, the Inner Belt will continue to be a strong economic development district for the City.


Ward 2



Ward 2 Alderman
Maryann M. Heuston
115 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA 02143
617-492-5331
mheuston@hotmail.com

Committees
Finance, Chairperson
Flooding, Chairperson
Licenses and Permits
Public Health and Public Safety
Youth Services

Ward 2 School Committee Member
M. Teresa Cardoso
9 Adrian Street
Somerville, MA 02143
617-666-3445
tcardoso@k12.somerville.ma.us






Committees
Finance and Facilities
Personnel, Chairperson


Meetings

NEIGHBORHOOD POLICING: Your Ward 2 Neighborhood Police Officer is Leo Martini. He can be reached at lmartini@police.somerville.ma.us.

NEIGHBORHOODS OF WARD 2: A number of loosely defined neighborhoods make up Ward 2. To the west of Union Square are the Lincoln and Perry Park neighborhoods. Narrow streets with small single families and two or three-family homes abut Lincoln and Perry Parks and stretch to Cambridge’s Inman Square. Tucked away between Dane Street and Beacon Street is another quiet neighborhood that’s home to Firefly Press and the recently rebuilt Palmacci Park. The residential artists’ community, Brickbottom, celebrates 20 years of occupying lofts in the otherwise industrial area. Finally, a narrow strip of land in Ward 2 in Somerville is just north of Beacon Street and stretches from the intersection of Beacon and Washington nearly to Porter Square.


Ward 3




Ward 3 Alderman
Thomas F. Taylor (Vice President)
32 Vinal Avenue
Somerville, MA 02143
617-776-1618
TFTAld32@aol.com

Committees
Environment and Energy
Land Use, Chairperson
Legislative Matters
Public Utilities and Public Works
Ward 3 School Committee Member
Adam Sweeting
44 Montrose Street
Somerville, MA 02143
asweeting@k12.somerville.ma.us

Committees
Educational Programs and Instruction
Rules Management, Chairperson








Meetings


NEIGHBORHOOD POLICING: Your Ward 3 Neighborhood Police Officer is Alan Monaco. He can be reached at amonaco@police.somerville.ma.us.

NEIGHBORHOODS OF WARD 3: Located on the western side of Ward 3, Spring Hill is a mainly residential district predominantly characterized by multi-family homes. Landmarks of Spring Hill include Somerville Hospital and the Round House. Close proximity to Somerville Ave and the streetcar line from Lechmere fueled population growth for Spring Hill in the early 20th century. Prospect Hill, which lies to the east of Spring Hill, is known best for the historically significant tower at the top of the hill. During the American Revolution, this hill was the site where the first flag of the American colonies was raised. Union Square is the main commercial neighborhood in an otherwise residential Ward 3, and is in fact one of the primary commercial districts in the entire city. Trademarks of Union Square include small, local shops, and bars. The Union Square area is very ethnically diverse, and many of the neighborhood stores cater to these different communities. The Square is in the midst of a new economic development plan in preparation for the arrival of a new Green Line T station.


Ward 4




Ward 4 Alderman
Tony LaFuente
137 Sycamore Street
Somerville, MA 02145
617-686-6397
tony@tonylafuente.com

Committees
Confirmation of Appointments
Finance
Housing and Community Development, Chairperson
Land Use

Ward 4 School Committee Member
Christine Theberge Rafal, Vice Chairperson
122 Heath Street
Somerville, MA 02145
617-335-0164
crafal@k12.somerville.ma.us

Committees
Finance and Facilities, Chairperson










Meetings

NEIGHBORHOOD POLICING: Your Ward 4 Neighborhood Police Officer is Chris Ward. He can be reached at cward@police.somerville.ma.us.

NEIGHBORHOODS OF WARD 4: Winter Hill, with its historic architecture, Broadway businesses, and famous (or sometimes infamous) history is a central part of Ward 4. Ten Hills was the home of Massachusetts' first governor, John Winthrop. Today, it is a secluded residential area with a half-mile of Mystic River shoreline. The Mystic View and Mystic River developments are two of Somerville's largest affordable housing developments. Fellsway West and adjacent streets are near Foss Park, which is one of the largest parks in the city.


Ward 5




Ward 5 Alderman

Courtney O'Keefe
1 Vinal Street
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 224-8328
CKOKeefe at gmail.com



Committees
Confirmation of Appointments
Public Utilities and Public Works, Chairperson
Traffic and Parking
Veterans and Public Services
Ward 5 School Committee Member
Mark Niedergang
29 Conwell Street
Somerville, MA 02143
617-629-8033
mniedergang@k12.somerville.ma.us


Committees
Finance and Facilities
Rules Management









Meetings

NEIGHBORHOODS OF WARD 5: Magoun Square, at the intersection of Broadway and Medford Street, is the central neighborhood in Ward 5. Magoun Square is home to many local businesses and restaurants that anchor this area as one of the most vibrant areas of the City. Ball Square, at the northwestern point of Ward 5, is also a community and commercial center of the Ward. Recently the “breakfast wars” have taken over Ball Square with the expansion and growing competition between several famous breakfast establishments in the area.


Ward 6



Ward 6 Alderman
Rebekah L. Gewirtz
36 College Avenue, #53
Somerville, MA 02144
617-718-0792

Committees
Environment and Energy, Chairperson
Housing and Community Development
Legislative Matters, Chairperson
Public Utilities and Public Works
Ward 6 School Committee Member
Paul Bockelman
64 Wallace Street
Somerville, MA 02144
617-623-8863
pbockelman@k12.somerville.ma.us

Committees
Educational Programs and Instruction, Chairman











Meetings

NEIGHBORHOOD POLICING: Your Ward 6 Neighborhood Police Officer is Neil Collins. He can be reached at ncollins@police.somerville.ma.us.

NEIGHBORHOODS OF WARD 6: Ward 6 is the transition between central and west Somerville. Ward 6 is home to Davis Square, one of two central business districts in the city. Davis Square is home to the only MBTA subway stop in Somerville, and many bus lines also converge in the square. Davis Square has been called "The Paris of Boston" in describing its bustling restaurants and cafés that draw patrons from miles around, thriving locally-owned retail shops, and a summer Farmer's Market. It also features large public gathering spaces. The brick patio in the Square and Seven Hills Park provide spaces for demonstrations, musical performances, and the Somerville Arts Council's annual ArtBeat celebration. The West Branch of the Somerville Public Library is also in Davis Square.

But Davis Square is not all there is to Ward 6. There is another business district along Broadway through Ball Square and the adjacent Powder House rotary, home to some of the best-known cafés and breakfast spots in the greater Boston area. Most of the Somerville half of Tufts University is in Ward 6 and many Tufts students and employees also reside in the Ward. The Somerville Community Path and Linear Park, built on the right-of-way of the former Lexington branch of the Boston and Lowell Railroad, cross the entire ward and pass through Davis Square. Finally, while Porter Square, with its large shopping center, subway, and commuter rail stop, is technically in Cambridge, the southern portion of Ward 6 is directly adjacent to that area.


Ward 7 Alderman 
Robert Trane
70 Hooker Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144
617-623-5767
RobertTrane@aol.com

Committees
Confirmation of Appointments
Finance
Information Technology
Licenses and Permits
Traffic and Parking, Chairperson
Traffic Commission





    Ward 7 School Committee Member
    Mary Jo Rossetti, Chairperson
    80 Electric Avenue
    Somerville, MA 02144
    617-623-0092






    Meetings

    NEIGHBORHOOD POLICING: Your Ward 7 Neighborhood Police Officer is Maryanne Manfra. She can be reached at mmanfra@police.somerville.ma.us.

    NEIGHBORHOODS OF WARD 7: Teele Square is Ward 7's primary business area, with cafes, restaurants, shops, and private businesses. While the Somerville half of Tufts University lies mainly in Ward 6, many Tufts students reside in Ward 7. Clarendon Hill hosts a major public housing development and a small MBTA lot that serves as terminus for three bus lines. Residents living near the state-owned Dilboy Field are close to one of the largest sports facilities in the city, as well as the large stretch of State parkland along the Alewife Brook and Mystic Valley Parkways. Finally, while Davis Square is in Ward 6, it is a significant enough business district and transit hub that many residents in the southern part of Ward 7 would likely say that they live in the Davis Square area.

    Aldermen At Large

    John M. Connolly
    17 Winslow Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144
    (617) 625-0781

    Bruce M. Desmond
    220A Summer Street, Somerville, MA 02143
    (617) 666-1757

    Dennis Michael Sullivan
    8 Florence Street, Somerville, MA 02145
    617) 628-1857

    William A. (Bill) White, Jr.
    16 Browning Road, Somerville, MA 02145
    (617) 625-9110