Dear Friends and Neighbors,
There is a lot happening in the city right now and I wanted to take this chance to give you an update. I apologize for the lack of a winter and spring newsletter this year. It has been unusually busy for me since I started a new full time job in January. I have continued working hard on the Board of Aldermen to advocate for issues important in the ward and beyond.
You may have noticed that renovations are underway at Kenney Park! (across from the Rite Aide on Highland Ave). And just this past Thursday night, the Board of Aldermen approved additional funds to support the Davis Sq Streetscape Project, which will break ground in the late spring/early summer of next year.
More below on some of the hot issues on the Board of Aldermen right now, including a comprehensive campaign finance bill we have been working on for over a year. I am chairing the committee that has deliberated over the bill and the first debate on it was this past Thursday (concluding in a 7-4 vote in support). More details in the Constituent Corner section about why one more vote is needed for it to pass and how you can get involved to help!
It is also a state election year this year. My friend and fellow member of the Progressive Democrats of Somerville, Christine Barber, is running for state representative to fill the seat vacated by Carl Sciortino. Carl's shoes are so big they are very hard to fill, but if anyone can do it, it's Christine. This is why I am actively supporting her campaign. I hope you'll join me. Here is a link to her website for more information.
On a more personal note, and in keeping with the title of this newsletter about changes brewing, my husband Andrew and I are expecting a baby in November (on Election Day, of all days). For the first time, I'll be voting absentee. It seems a better bet than risking a birth in the polling place. We are very excited!
As always, if you can't make it to monthly alderman meetings but you'd like to watch online, you can do so through the city portal by clicking here. Regular alderman meetings stream live on the web and are broadcast on local cable access.
If you have events or information you would like me to include in a future e-newsletter, please send me an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Happy summer... into the fall!
Rebekah Gewirtz has been the Ward 6 Alderman in Somerville since 2005, representing Davis Square, Ball Square, Porter Square and parts of Tufts University. Rebekah is an effective leader who brings people together and has strengthened our community. She knows that effective leadership means working hard and working with the community. It means recognizing our diversity as strength. A proven community leader, Rebekah is committed to our values and our concerns and will continue to work towards an open and accessible city government.
Rebekah has been a leader in Somerville advocating for:
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