[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Somerville 6-5-46 as Ord. No. 372. Section 122-12 and Section 122-20 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
No person shall keep or maintain any gaming house, house of ill fame or disorderly house, or allow, suffer or permit any house, shop, store or other building owned or occupied by him to be used as a gaming house, house of ill fame or disorderly house or to be frequented or resorted to by riotous or disorderly persons, prostitutes, gamblers, vagrants or mendicants.
No person shall set up, keep or maintain, or allow, suffer or permit to be set up, kept or maintained, in any house, shop, store or other building or on any premises owned or occupied by him, any faro table, faro bank, roulette wheel or other wheel or other device or game of chance for the purpose of gaming, or any cockpit or other place for the exhibition of animals while engaged in fighting.
No person shall buy, sell or offer for sale what is commonly known as a "pool" or any interest or share in any such pool or make, take or offer to take what is commonly known as "book," upon the running, pacing or trotting, either within or without this state, of any horse, mare, gelding or other animal, or upon any game, race or contest or conduct or engage in the practice commonly known as "number-writing" or "picking up numbers," or have in his possession any ticket, slip or other evidence of an interest, share, bet or pledge in any pool, lottery, race, contest or other game, or keep, maintain or attend any place to which persons may resort for engaging in any such acts or practices or for betting upon the event of any race, game or contest, either within or without this state, or for gambling in any form, and no person shall aid, abet, assist or participate in any way in any of such acts or practices.
No person shall play for money or other valuable thing at cards, billiards, pool, bowling, shuffleboard, faro bank or other bank of like kind under any denomination whatever, roulette or other wheel, at dice or at any other game with one (1) or more die or dice or with any other instrument or device in the nature of dice; and no person shall deal, play or engage in faro, roulette or other wheel or other device or game of chance, whether as banker, player, dealer or otherwise, for the purpose of gaming.
No person shall play for money or other valuable thing with any slot machine or device in the nature of a slot machine or with any other instrument, engine, apparatus or device; and no person shall have or keep in his place of business or other premises any slot machine or device in the nature of a slot machine or any other instrument, engine, apparatus or device which may be used for the purpose of playing for money or other valuable thing.
No person shall engage in any riot, public disturbance or disorderly assemblage.
[Amended 3-16-64 by Ord. No. 601]
No person shall lounge or sleep in any street, sidewalk, curb, alley, highway, park or other public place, quasi-public place or place to which the public is invited, or utter loud and offensive or indecent language, or make offensive remarks to or about any person passing along, through or over any street, sidewalk, curb, alley, highway, park or other public place, quasi-public place or place to which the public is invited, or obstruct or interfere with any person lawfully being in or upon any street, sidewalk, curb, alley, highway, park or other public place, quasi-public place or place to which the public is invited.
[Added 3-16-64 by Ord. No. 601]
No person shall refuse a police officer's request to move on when such person stands around, moves slowly, idles, delays or congregates with others upon any street, sidewalk, curb, alley, highway, park or other public place, quasi-public place or place to which the public is invited, with an intention to provoke a breach of the peace or whereby a breach of the peace may be occasioned.
[Added 6-20-66 by Ord. No. 622]
It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to assemble in the streets, public places or public halls of the Borough of Somerville, or be upon the streets, sidewalks, steps or platforms of any store, business house, park, church or railroad station, bus or other conveyance or within or around any building, dwelling house, office, place of business, factory or private or public place within said borough, behaving in a disorderly manner by noisy, rude or indecent behavior, by using profane, vulgar or indecent language, by making insulting remarks or comments to others, by begging for alms, by fighting, by unnecessary congregating in groups upon any street, sidewalk, railroad station or other public place to the obstruction thereof or to the annoyance of other persons lawfully there being, or by unnecessarily doing or performing any other disorderly thing whatsoever that shall disturb the peace or quiet of any family, neighborhood or any of the inhabitants of the borough.
No person shall go about from door to door or place himself or herself in any street, highway, park or other public or quasi-public place to beg or gather alms, and no person shall conduct himself or herself in such manner as to be guilty of vagrancy.
No person shall appear in any street, highway, park or other public or quasi-public place in a drunken or intoxicated condition or in a state of nudity, or dressed in a manner designed or calculated to represent himself or herself as a member of the opposite sex, or in any indecent or lewd dress, or make any indecent exposure of his or her person, or be guilty of any lewd or indecent act or behavior, or exhibit, sell or offer to sell any indecent or lewd book, picture or thing, or exhibit or perform any indecent, immoral or lewd play or other representation.
No person shall throw any stone, stick or other hard or offensive substance, or shoot any revolver, pistol, gun, air gun, slingshot or other device, at, into or upon any street or other public or quasi-public place, or into any cars, vehicle or private property except in self-defense when threatened with deadly bodily harm or in defense of another's person when he is threatened with deadly bodily harm, or as expressly authorized in this chapter.
No person shall give or cause to be given any false alarm of fire.
No person shall make or cause to be made any bonfire between sundown and sunrise without having first obtained a permit therefor from the Chief of the Fire Department of the Borough of Somerville.
[Amended 12-16-2019 by Ord. No. 2597
No person shall ride a bicycle, skateboard, scooter or similar device upon any sidewalk in the Borough of Somerville or on Division Street located between W. Main Street and South Street.
This shall not apply to members of the Bicycle Patrol Unit of the Borough of Somerville Police Department, or other authorized safety officers.
This prohibition shall not apply to a person who walks a unicycle, bicycle, tricycle or motorized bicycle along or upon the sidewalks.
Riding tricycles and similar vehicles exempted. This section does not prohibit the riding of a tricycle and such similar vehicles upon the aforementioned sidewalks and municipally owned property.
No person shall injure or damage any lights, wires, poles or fixtures lawfully in or upon any street or other public place.
No person shall throw water, by the use of a hose or otherwise, upon any sidewalk on Main Street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
It shall be the duty of the police of the Borough of Somerville, and they are hereby authorized and empowered, to enter upon any premises wherein instruments or devices shall be used or employed in gaming contrary to any of the provisions of this chapter, and, except in the case of ball alleys, bowling alleys and billiard tables, to carry away and destroy such instruments or devices so employed or used in gaming.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit and pay a fine of not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500) or be imprisoned in the county jail for a term not exceeding ninety (90) days, or both, and the Judge of the Borough of Somerville before whom such person shall be convicted may impose such fine or imprisonment, or both, as he may see fit, but not exceeding the maximum herein fixed.