What’s Up in Newton this Week – COVID-19 Cases hold steady – no new deaths; Police Reform Task Force formed; Former Newton Police Chief, Howard Mintz to take over until new Police Chief is hired; Neighborhood Clubhouse under consideration in Land Use, and more……

COVID-19 Update: The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is at 770 and number of deaths has held steady. The State is expected to announce Phase 3 re-opening which would include casinos, gyms, and movie theaters.

Police Reform Task Force: 12 members of the community have been selected to serve on the Police Reform Task Force – formed in response to public concern and a call to review police procedures, and reallocated responsibilities, and duties to other resources (see Defund NPD). Task Force member biographies can be found here.

Speaking of the NPD…..Former Chief Howard Mintz will be stepping in to fill in for Chief David MacDonald who recently announced his retirement from force. The Patch’s story can be found here.

Neighborhood Clubhouse? The Land Use Committee will meet virtually this Tuesday and hold public hearings on various requests for Special Permit/Site Plan Approvals. Among the petitions is a request for a “neighborhood clubhouse” at 25 Paul Street. See Land Use Committee agenda and Planning Department Memo.

Farmers’ Market – Now at Newton South High School – The Farmers’ Market has moved to Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road. The hours of operation are Tuesdays: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. All shoppers are required to wear a mask. No dogs are allowed and they are recommending children remain at home for their safety. More info can be found here.

What Parks and Recreational Facilities are Open or Closed in Newton? All basketball courts are open. These tennis courts are open. Gath Pool and Crystal Lake remain closed due to COVID-19 but Crystal Lake is also closed because of high bacteria levels – see here. Playgrounds remain closed.

City Hall open to public by appointment until July 6th? – The City’s website suggests that City Hall is open to the public by appointment only until July 6th. Maybe it will open to the public without an appointment after July 6th? Stay tuned.

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