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Honoring Former Mayor Thomas Concannon

Former Mayor Thomas Concannon died on Saturday, July 28th. He served as Mayor of Newton from 1994 – 1997.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 3rd at 10:30 AM in Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, 573 Washington St., Newton, followed by interment in Newton Cemetery. Visiting hours Thursday from 4-8 PM in the Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, 1479 Washington St., West Newton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Newton Cultural Alliance at http://www.newtonculture.org/ or the Boys and Girls Club of Newton. https://www.newtonbgc.com/donate-1.

Notable Events

Farmer’s Market:  Be sure to visit the Farmer’s Market which is open on Tuesdays at Cold Spring Park (1:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.) and Saturdays (9:30 a.m.- 12:30p.m.)
Dancing in the Parks:  The Dancing in the Parks series continues on August 1st with The Jessie Liam Band at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street in Newtonville.
Summer in the Hyde:  The Hyde Community Center and the Newton Highlands Area Council will continue:
  • August 3 6:00 p.m. Concert: Soft Touch Dance Band (Big Band)
    Dusk Movie: Groundhog Day
  • August 5 7:00 p.m. Live Theater: Shakespeare in the Park (Commonwealth Shakespeare)

Zoning and Planning Committee to Meet Tonight, July 30th – 6:30 p.m. – Recreation Marijuana Zoning and Hello Washington Street on the agenda

The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205.  The agenda includes the following:

  • Re-appointment of Jay Walter to the Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission
  • Request to amend the Newton Zoning Ordinance to regulate the use of land, structures and buildings for the operation of retail marijuana establishments – zoning districts, conditions and minimum standards and criteria
  • Continued discussion of the Zoning Redesign Project and draft policy content outline
  • Request for discussion and adoption of the Needham Street Vision Plan
  • Request for discussion and monthly progress on the Washington Street Corridor Action Plan
  • Request for discussion and adoption of the Economic Development Strategy Plan

News and Notable – Food Trucks and Dockless Bikes

Food Trucks at Wells Avenue:  Food Trucks will be at Wells Avenue beginning on Monday, July 23rd from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. located between 2 and 60 Wells Avenue. There will be a rotation of 6 food trucks Monday through Friday offering a variety of American, Indian, Korean, Chinese and Mediterranean complimenting Goldberg’s Delis and cafeteria already located at 85 Wells Avenue.  For more information, please go to:  www.newtonma.gov/economicdevelopment/foodtrucks.

Dockless Bikes:  Mayor Fuller recently announced that dockless bikes are now available.  Lime Bikes can be seen across the city (Note:  Contract awaiting final signatures before official launch).  You can download the free Lime app from the app store on your smartphone and add a few dollars for your first ride – it’s $1 per half hour, or $29.95 a month for unlimited use.  When you tap the Ride icon on your phone, you can find where a bike is located.

Another bike company, Spin, will be adding bikes in August. Both companies will offer discounts to students, corporations, and low-income riders.
Farmer’s Market:  Be sure to visit the Farmer’s Market which is open on Tuesdays at Cold Spring Park (1:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.) and Saturdays (9:30 a.m.- 12:30p.m.)
Auburndale Community Library:  The ACL will host “Dancing in the Parks” outdoor concert on Wednesday, July 25th at 6:30 p.m.  sponsored by The Village Bank and Newton Pride.
The band will play R&B, New Orleans, Swing, Blues, Boogie Woodie, Ska, and Country.  With songs from Stevie Wonder, Santana, Robert Cray, Louis Jordan, Etta James, James Brown, Ray Charles, and more.
Summer in the Hyde:  The Hyde Community Center and the Newton Highlands Area Council will continue:
  • July 27 6:00 p.m. Concert: Black Velvet Band (Irish) Dusk Movie: Back to the Future 2
  • July 29 7:00p.m.   Shakespeare in the Park (Commonwealth Shakespeare)

Sunday Concerts on the Green:  Sunday concerts on the Newton Center Green began last night but there are still 3 more in this series.

  • July 29th – Lost Sugar Kings

Concerts begin at 6:30 and end at 8:00 p.m.  Be sure to stop at local businesses while you are in Newton Center!

City Board and Commission Meetings Week of July 22nd

Waban Area Council:  The Waban Area Council will meet on Monday, July 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Waban Library Center.  Ward 5 Councilors Andreae Downs and John Rice will be in attendance. The agenda can be found here.

Crescent Street Working Group:  The Crescent Street Working Group will meet on Tuesday, July 24th at 4 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes discussion of the Community Preservation Committee Memo and a revised development budget and operating pro forma.

Solid Waste Commission:  The Solid Waste Commission will meet on Tuesday, July 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 2G at the Newton Free Library.  The agenda includes review of the current trash and recycling contract and implementation and discussion of suggestions/timeline for new contract goals.

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees:  The Library Board of Trustees will meet on Wednesday, July 25th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Library. The agenda includes the following:

  • Report from David Li, JP Morgan Securities  regarding invested funds
  • Reports:
    • President
    • Treasurer
    • Library Director
    • Development – donor recognition for Teen Maker Space  and Planning for Fall 2018 city-wide mailing
    • Friends of the Newton Free Library
    • Committees:   Financial Reporting and Trustees/Friends coordination
  • Continued Discussion – Children’s Area Renovation and Policy on Conduct in the Library (tabled until September)
  • New Business – Landsberg donation proposal, Proposed Trustee’s Budget, CIP Planning
  • Visitors Discussion

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, July 26th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to move house closer to Chestnut Street and build additions at 128 Chestnut Street
  • Requests for Full Demolition – 11 Baker Place, 51 Hartman Road and 25, 31, 39, 40, 47, and 55 Moody Street
  • Requests for Partial Demolition – 32 Taft Avenue (removal of roof and south elevation), 85 Bigelow Road – National Register property – request to demolish garage and construct additions, 47 Rokeby Road – Request to construct attached garage, 108 Concord Street – Request to construct an addition
  • Request for Waiver Amendment – 44 Lombard Street – connect garage to house
  • Request for Waiver Review – 919 Walnut Street – Request to waive demolition delay

Staff memo can be found here and Packet Documents can be found here.

Traffic Council to Meet on Thursday, July 26th

Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, July 26th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:

  • Request for an accessible parking space in front of Waban Square Post Office located at 83 Wyman Street
  • Request for the removal of an accessible parking space at 58 and 60 Churchill Street
  • Request for a review of parking regulations on Gibbs Street between Centre and Sumner
  • Request for a stop sign at 1) the intersection of Cushing and Centre Street, and 2) intersection of Cushing Street and Allerton Road
  • Request for either a four-way stop sign or a full traffic light at the intersection of Austin Street and Lowell Avenue
  • Request of a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Hull Street and Lowell Avenue
  • Request consideration of parking restriction on Nevada Street north of California Street
  • Request to add the Blue Zone currently in place on Cypress Street into the TPR
  • Requesting to modify sections 176 and 205 of the TPR for the following streets: Beaumont Avenue, Bolton Road, Bonwood Street, Bullough Park, Calvin Road, Charlesden Park, Claflin Place, Craigie Terrace, Dexter Road, Elmwood Park, Fairfield Street, Forest Avenue, Frederick Street, Gay Street, Greylock Road, Grove Hill Avenue, Grove Hill Park, Highland Avenue, Highland Street, Lakeview Avenue, Leonard Avenue, Lowell Avenue, Mill Street, Oakwood Road, Otis Street, Prospect Avenue, Sheffield Road and Walden Street, to make the official parking regulations consistent with existing posted signage
  • Request to remove various streets from section (c) of TPR 205, the Newtonville Neighborhood Parking District including primarily private ways which maintain their own parking regulations: Briar Lane, Gibson Road, Otis Place, Otis Park, Phillips
    Lane, Prospect Park and Prospect Terrace
  • Request for a traffic analysis  of the area including Marshall, Summer, Everett, Gibb Streets and Chestnut Terrace with possible action to make street safer for pedestrians (Note the Chair intends to entertain a motion for No Action Necessary).

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Notable Events

Farmer’s Market:  The Tuesday (Cold Spring Park from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.) and Saturday (West Newton from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Farmer’s Markets are up and running. This Saturday, the Farmer’s Market, in collaboration with Paddy’s and Judith’s Kitchen, to host it’s first ever beer tasting event.  Samples will be available  from Jack’s Abby, Mighty Squirrel, Lord Hobo, & Willie’s Superbrew. Shop the market, taste the brews at Paddy’s, where you can also purchase full pours, & then purchase beer to take home from Judith’s Kitchen. Go here or here for more information on this and other exciting news from the Farmer’s Market. More information on the Crafts Beer Tasting can be found here.

Auburndale Community Library:  The Auburndale Community Library will host Summer Movie Night on Wednesday, July 18th – 7 pm featuring Black Panther (rated PG-13). Light nut-free refreshments will be served.

Summer in the Highlands:  The Hyde Community Center and the Newton Highlands Area Council will continue their summer series this Friday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m.  Concert: Stardust Band (Rock) Dusk Movie: Back to the Future

Sunday Concerts on the Green:  Sunday concerts on the Newton Center Green began last night but there are still 3 more in this series.

  • July 22nd – Classic Groove
  • July 29th – Lost Sugar Kings

Concerts begin at 6:30 and end at 8:00 p.m.  Be sure to stop at local businesses while you are in Newton Center!