What’s up in Newton this week (combined with Fun Things to Do)

Remember the chickens that were lost due to predators at the Newton Community Farm? Well, TODAY is the final day of the Newton Community Farm fundraiser to upgrade their coop area to protect them from that happening again. The Farm is approximately $3,500 shy of their $10,000 goal – with 60 individuals and families already contributing to the cause. For more information and to donate, please go here.

Newton Farmers’ Markets: The Farmers’ Markets continue as we move into the Fall season on Tuesdays at Cold Springs Park from 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays on Elm Street in West Newton from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Stop by and pick up fresh veggies, meat, fish, and prepared foods. Go here to see all the vendors coming to the markets and to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Farmers’ Markets be sure to subscribe to their newsletter here.

Salary increase standoff: The Mayor announced that she has vetoed the proposed salary increases approved by the City Council – $155,000 for the Mayor’s salary, $15,500 for the City Council’s salary and $7,750 for the School Committee, claiming that the amount approved by the City Council is excessive and should have been in line with the Blue Ribbon Commission’s recommendation.



Board President Marc Laredo expects to override this veto at the Council’s next regularly scheduled meeting (see Newton TAB article here). Stay tuned.

NewCAL moving to Newton Center Triangle? Not quite. The latest on NewCAL is that the NewCAL Working Group has been directed (by the Mayor, some members of the Parks and Rec Commission, some members of the City Council to “re-explore some of the non-park sites, paying particular attention to the Newton Centre parking triangle, which had initially been set aside because it was too small”. Stay tuned.

Climate Action Plans: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet jointly with the Public Facilities Committee on Tuesday, October 1st to discuss potential adoption of “some” of the recommendations in the Climate Action Plan and the Citizen’s Climate Action Plan. See agenda.

Washington Street Vision Plan and Amendments to the Demolition Delay Ordinance and Landmarking Ordinance will also be discussed at the Zoning and Planning Committee at the Tuesday, October 1st meeting. See agenda. It is anticipated that there will be NO vote taken on the Washington Street Vision Plan that evening.

Neighborhood Developments: While much attention has been directed at the larger scale developments – Riverside and Northland as well as the Chapter 40B petitions – Dunstan Place and Riverdale, there are infill development projects proposed for our neighborhoods. The Land Use Committee will hold public hearings for a 24-unit development in Waban – (20 Kinmonth) and a four-unit development in Newton Center (145 Warren Street); and the Conservation Commission will discuss a 25-unit condominium development on Beacon Street (1114 Beacon Street)

Limiting Vape sales to adult only stores (21+ )– A Public Listening Session will be held on Thursday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The Newton Public Health Department is considering regulating the sale of e-cigarettes to only adult only stores. More information can be found here.

Weekly Road Construction Schedule: This week’s (September 30th – October 4th) Road Construction Schedule has been updated and can be found here.