In This Issue
Fantastic 43rd Annual Meeting!
Membership and T-Shirts
Ongoing Meetings
First-Time Homebuyer Seminar
Financial Literacy Class
Creating a Community Vision
Construction at Saint Polycarp Village!
Leadership Development Institute
Hirings & Promotions!
Development in Union Sq
Changes at Assembly Square
Pathways Program

Fantastic 43rd Annual Meeting!

SCC's 43rd Annual Dinner - "Everyone's Somerville": The perfect theme to capture the night's excitement. We were witness to inspiring stories, dynamic actions, and a generosity from members and funders that was truly humbling. Thank you to everyone who attended. Whether it was your fifth, or your first, we were honored by your presence. We hope you continue to stay involved by participating in upcoming events, classes, and our committees. 
SCC Membership and T-Shirts!

Become an SCC Member! SCC is an organization of relationships-people with a passion for social justice. When we are members together in an organization, we access collective power and have a greater impact in our community. When we work together, we get more accomplished. To become a member please contact Shannon at 617-776-5931 x238








Along with our renewed membership efforts we are happy to announce that new SCC T-Shirts are out and beginning to pop-up around Somerville at community meetings, membership activities, and other events around town. The SCC T-Shirts are a symbol of our united effort to maintain diversity and preserve affordability in Somerville. Get your T-Shirt today and wear it at important SCC community events! Suggested donation: $10 Contact: Shannon at

Ongoing Meetings
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As we recover from a fun night with all of our amazing members and supporters we are gearing up for an eventful month!


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Register Today: First-Time Homebuyer Seminar

Time is running out to sign up for SCC's First-Time Homebuyer Class in January 2013! The class will be conducted in English from 6 to 9:00 p.m. on February 19, 20, 26, and 27. The registration fee is $35 per participant. To register, please contact Thais DeMarco at 617-776-5931 ext 233 or Shannon Erb at 617-776-5931 x238 ASAP. more

New Financial Literacy Classes Offered!

We are excited to announce an upcoming financial education class at SCC! Participants will gain important information and skills to help them navigate their financial lives more successfully. The class will be held in English and meet on Thursday evenings from 6:15 to 9 p.m from 02/21-04/11. To register, please contact Thais DeMarco at (617) 776-5931 x233 or Shannon Erb at x238. more

Creating a Community Vision
Join SCC and Cathartes Private Investments, for an interactive workshop to re-imagine connectivity at the proposed new development on Washington Street. The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 23rd @ The Uniun (3 Sanborn Court in Union Square) from 1-5 pm. Please RSVP to Mashael Majid at 617-776-5931 x 228 or by February 21st. more

Back to the Future at Saint Polycarp Village

Join SCC, the Mayor, former students of the Saint Polycarp school, and other neighbors and project partners for an exciting event at Saint Polycarp Village on Monday, February 25th, at 2pm at 480 Mystic Ave, Somerville, MA 02145.  This is our official groundbreaking for phase 3 of Saint Polycarp Village and we will open the time capsule and take a peak at Somerville through the eyes of students in 1950! more
Leadership Development Institute Spring Course
LDI, taking place on Saturdays (3/30, 4/6, 4/20, 4/27), is a series of training sessions designed to help individuals gain the skills important to becoming strong leaders in the community.To request application, contact: Rene at 617-776-5931 x226. more
Staff Hirings and Promotions!

Completing a series of staff hirings and promotions over the past year, we hired Julia Prange Wallerce to be our new Manager of Communications and Marketing.  Julia is a graduate of the Tufts Urban and Environmental Policy masters program at Tufts University, and had worked in the Green Development Center for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) since 2010 until she began at SCC this week.  Julia and her husband, Chris, bought their first home in Union Square last year. SCC also moved Shannon Erb from her duties as Marketing & Communications Coordinator at SCC for the past 3 years to her new duties as Asset Building Specialist, as part of our efforts to grow our Financial Opportunity Center and Asset Building programs.   Finally, the SCC Board of Directors promoted Meridith Levy, SCC's Director of Community Organizing and Planning since 2003, to the new position of Deputy Director.  This move both recognizes Meridith's tremendous contributions to SCC over the last decade and provides a 2nd top level manger, working with SCC's Chief Executive Officer to guide the organization's overall work.  

Development in Union Square
SCC and Cathartes Private Investment co-hosted a community meeting on Tuesday 2/5 to roll out an exciting new project in Union Square. Last year, SCC announced plans to build 40 new affordable apartments at the site of the old Boys and Girls Club. Cathartes now plans to build 44 market-rate apartments next-door, 5 of which will be affordable due to inclusionary zoning. Both buildings will have commercial space on the first floor. more
More changes at Assembly Square
Jobs for Somerville has been actively following proposed changes to the zoning of the former IKEA site in Assembly Square. Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT), the developer for the rest of the new Assembly Square district, is looking to buy the property from IKEA. FRIT has requested a zoning change on the IKEA site, with plans to construct a 100,000-square foot single-story grocery store and a parking structure. more
Pathways Program jobs training
On Saturday, January 26, 10 Somerville residents attended an information session about the Building Trades Council's Pathways Program at SCC's office. Traditionally, the info sessions have been only in Boston, but this year members of SCC's Jobs for Somerville committee worked with the Pathways staff to organize an info session here. more
As always, we appreciate feedback.  We look forward to seeing and hearing from you soon! 

Daniel LeBlanc
Somerville Community Corporation