Notable Events this Week – Mark your calendars!

Needham Street Area Vision Plan:  The Community Engagement Group will hold its final meeting on Monday, April 30th at 5:00 p.m. to review the engagement process.  In case you missed it, a public forum was held on April 23rd and these materials were handed out. Feedback was due midnight last night but I bet you can still send feedback via email to:  needhamstreet@newtonma.gov. Additional information this project can be found here.

MBTA Community Meeting:  The MBTA will be hosting a community meeting on Monday, April 30th at the Women’s Club of Newton Highlands, 72 Columbus Street, to discuss proposed pedestrian accessibility improvements to the Newton Highlands Green Line MBTA Station.  These improvements include:

  • reconstruction of existing ramps from Walnut Street and from Station Avenue
  • a new pedestrian ramp from Hyde Street to the “Inbound” Platform side of the tracks
  • reconstruction of both the inbound and outbound platforms to be raised to provide easier access to the Green Line cars
  • new lighting
  • new covered bike rack
  • new benches
  • new trash receptacles

More information can be found here.

Washington Street Vision Plan:  The Washington Street Vision Plan will be launched on Tuesday, May 1st, at 7:00 p.m. at the Second Church of Newton, 60 Highland Street, West Newton.  The night will focus on brainstorming, fact finding and identifying questions that need to be answered and problems that need to be solved in order to formulate a plan/vision for the Washington Street corridor.  Go here for more information.

Golda Meir Expansion Project:  A second Information Session/Neighborhood Meeting hosted by the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) will be held on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Temple Reyim, Offit Room, 1860 Washington Street, Auburndale to discuss Golda Meir’s expansion project.  In 2017, Golda Meir was designated by the City to develop the former water tower site to expand its current housing development with more affordable units and senior services and provide 9 – 12 units of housing for chronically homeless individuals. Additional information can be found here.

Celebrate Sidewalk Sam:  A special celebration for the late Newton resident/artist, Bob Guillemin – (a.k.a. Sidewalk Sam) will be held on Saturday, May 5th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Newton Center Green (intersection of Center Street and Langley Road).  A special commendation will be offered by the Mayor at 10:30 a.m. This event is part of the Festival of the arts celebration and is presented by Thinkfolk, whose goal is to connect audiences to inspiring stories of folk, street, vernacular and indigenous artists from all over the world.

Newton Asian Culture Festival:  Celebrate Asian Heritage Month at the Newton Asian Culture Festival which will be held on Saturday, May 5th, at Newton City Hall from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Chinese American Association of Newton, the Newton Chinese Language School and the New England Korean Language School, this year’s festival will traditional Asian folk dance and food.  More info can be found here.