What’s Up in Newton this Week? COVID-19 Confirmed Cases and Deaths continue to rise, Mayor to present FY2021 Budget to City Council TONIGHT, School Committee to hold public hearing and vote on School Choice, review/discuss Distance Learning Surveys, and receive updates on Equity and other policies TONIGHT, City Council continues to review budgets this week, Public Comment period extended to May 18th on the Draft Open Space and Recreation Plan, and more……

COVID-19: Confirmed cases continue to rise in Newton as the number of cases has risen to 651 as of May 7th and deaths have risen to 86 as of May 5th. Newton, like other cities, reports COVID-19 information on its website. While Newton provides data on age, other cities and towns like Brookline and Cambridge provide data on race and ethnicity and zip code. Wellesley includes the number of cases in long-term facilities. To stay up-to-date on data and statistics on a state and national level, please check out Jack Prior’s COVDI-19 website – specifically his incredible app here.

FY2021 Budget: The Mayor is scheduled to virtually present the FY2021 Budget TONIGHT at the Full City Council Meeting – (probably right after the first call of reports). To view this meeting use this link at the above date and time: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/905404917 Meeting ID: 905 404 917 One tap mobile +13017158592,,905404917# US (Germantown) Land line +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 905 404 917 You may also: 1. Watch a live broadcast of the meeting on NewTV’s government channel (Comcast 9, RCN 13, 614(HD), Verizon 33). Sorry – there is no weblink to the Mayor’s Proposed FY2021 Budget but stay tuned….it should be posted soon after the presentation!

School Committee to hold public hearing and vote on School Choice, and hear updates re: Distance Learning Surveys, and Equity and other policies TONIGHT: The School Committee will meet virtually TONIGHT – beginning at 5:45 p.m. with an Executive Session but then will move to open session by 7:00 p.m. The agenda suggests that they will hold and vote on School Choice and discuss the Distance Learning Survey results (Family, Staff, and Student) as well as hear updates on various policies.

Extension of Public Comment Period: The Public Comment Period for the Draft Open Space and Recreation Plan has been extended to May 18th. Send comments to concom@newtonma.gov .

Weekly Construction Schedule: This Week’s Construction Schedule can be found here.