Northland Change of Zone and Special Permit Application: The long awaited Northland development project is scheduled to be voted by the Full City Council this evening. The Land Use Committee voted both the Change of Zone Request and the Special Permit/Site Plan Approval request last week – See Report. The Draft Council Order regarding the Rezoning can be found here (exhibit can be found here) and the Draft Council Order regarding the Special Permit/Site Plan Approval can be found here.
Riverside Compromise Zoning Amendments: The Riverside compromise zoning amendments were voted on at the Zoning and Planning Committee meeting on November 7th. The Draft MU3 Zoning Text Amendments can be found here. The Zoning and Planning Report is not currently available online but this item is on the Reports Docket to be voted on TONIGHT.
Washington Street Vision Plan: The Washington Street Vision Plan was approved by the Zoning and Planning Committee at its meeting on November 7th, and is scheduled for a vote TONIGHT at the Full Council Meeting. The Zoning and Planning Report is not currently available online.
Got lots of big, bulky trash? Increase in Bulky Waste/White Goods Fees before the City Council TONIGHT: Both the Public Facilities Committee and the Finance Committee approved an increase in the Bulky Waste/White Goods fee and the item is scheduled to be voted on TONIGHT. The fee would increase to $25 per item. Free drop-off will be maintained except for TVs and computer monitors. The Draft Ordinance can be found at the end of the November 18th Finance Report found here.
Tax Classification Hearing TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m., Council Chambers: Yup, it’s that time of year where the City Council will determine the FY2020 Municipal Property Tax Levy imposed on residential, open space, commercial, and industrial classes of real property. The agenda can be found here and the FY2020 Tax Classification Booklet can be found here.
Congratulations to Ward 2 School Committee Member, Margaret Albright: The Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC/MASS) has awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to Ward 2 School Committee Member Margaret Albright.
“Lifetime Achievement is a designation established to honor individuals who, through their service to their community and their local school committee, have exhibited the best characteristics of public service.” More information about this award can be found here.
The Centre at 1294: The former Newton Centre Branch Library has been returned to the community after many years of advocating to get it back. The Centre at 1294 is a historic building in the heart of Newton Centre. The Parks and Recreation is in charge of programming and there are classes open to everyone in Newton and seniors from all communities. To register visit www.newtonmarec.com. Join the mailing list: The Centre at 1294 or the FB page to find out more information.
NewCAL Community Meeting: The 4th of 5 Community Meetings on the NewCAL project will be held on Thursday, November 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 111 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street. Info on the NewCAL project can be found here.
Recount for the Ward 6 City Councilor-at-Large seat set for Saturday, November 23rd: The Recount for the Ward 6 City Councilor-at-Large seat has been set for this Saturday, November 23rd. As you will recall, the difference between Alicia Bowman and incumbent, Greg Schwartz was 30 votes. The recount will be held at the Cabot Elementary School’s cafeteria beginning at 10:00 a.m. – though there will be other items to attend to: moving ballots from City Hall to Cabot School and blocking the ballots (sorting the ballots into groups of 50) prior to the official start of the recount.
Some of you may recall that I won my former seat on the Board of Aldermen/City Council in 1997 on a recount. I had originally been informed that the difference between me and then incumbent, Eric MacLeish, was 52 votes. I petitioned for a recount and won by 12 votes and served for 20 years on the City Council (and am so far (I think), the longest Asian American to have served in elected office in Massachusetts)!
6th Annual Turkey Trot is this Saturday! The Turkey Trot will be held on Saturday, November 23rd – Kids 1 mile fun run will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K race will begin at 9:00 a.m. Online registration closes on November 18th . Go here for more information and to register.
Robotics Competition this Saturday, at Newton North: According to the NewtonStem website: “The LigerBots will host the Newton Qualifier, a FIRST LEGO League robotics competition for 400 Massachusetts students in Grades 4-8 on Saturday, November 23, 8AM-4PM, at Newton North HS. It’s free and open to the public. The theme of this year’s competition is City Shaper (see video). Thirty-six teams will compete using LEGO robots they have designed, built, and programmed to perform complex tasks. The public may also view the teams’ displays of their solutions to real-world problems related to the urban-design theme. There will also be hands-on STEM activities for kids, and the LigerBots’ First Robotics Competition robot will be on display.” FYI: This is an extremely exciting event. My kids used to participate and I loved it! If I wasn’t participating in the recount, I would stop by to cheer on all of the teams!
Annual Turkey Shoot: No actual shooting of turkeys but a chance to win a turkey and Thanksgiving fixins’! The Turkey Shoot, hosted by the John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton, will be held on Saturday, November 23rd from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the American Legion Post 440, 295 California Street. More information can be found here.
New Phil Concert on Saturday: The New Philharmonia Orchestra will perform Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major featuring Bruce Falby, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 on Saturday, November 23rd at 7:30 p.m at the First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street and again on Sunday, November 24th at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street. More information and ticket purchasing can be found here.
Want to run the Boston Marathon? The John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton is an official charity of the Boston Athletic Association! Learn how to be an official registered runner and raise support the Club. More information can be found here.
Green Newton Open House: Green Newton is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, November 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the War Memorial at Newton City Hall. If you are you interested in doing something about the climate crisis but not sure what you can do, Green Newton welcomes you to an open meeting to meet and chat with like-minded people and learn about Green Newton’s new initiatives–Home Energy Efficiency, Electric Vehicles, Greening Your Kitchen, Consume Less Stuff, Composting, Green Building, or your idea! Refreshments will be served. Please R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special added bonus: I’ll be there for a very brief presentation on Food and Climate Action! Hope you can attend!
Special Thanksgiving Farmers’ Market: A Special Thanksgiving Farmers’ Market will be held on Tuesday, November 26th from 1 – 5 p.m. at the War Memorial at Newton City Hall. You can pre-order from your favorite farmers’ market vendors and pick them up at City Hall on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving! More information about the market and participating vendors can be found here. Thank you Village Bank for your support!
This Week’s Road Construction Schedule: The Weekly Road Construction Schedule can be found here.