Congratulations to the Class of 2019 from Newton North and Newton South and the kids who are rising from elementary school to middle school and middle school to the high schools. Wishing you and your families all the best!! And congratulations to my son, Joseph Sangiolo!
On Sunday, June 9thgrab your shopping list, skip the grocery store, and head to Newton City Hall for a food extravaganza featuring fifty local farms, restaurants, and food entrepreneurs. The Newton Farmers’ Market kicks off its 40th season early with Food, Fun & Farmers, featuring a full market, food tastings, product raffles, music, and an opportunity to meet this season’s bumper crop of vendors. Stock up on seasonal produce, pick up dinner, and dance to Newton’s own Border Street Band. 1 – 4 pm, rain or shine, at Newton City Hall’s War Memorial. Free Admission. SNAP & HIP accepted. See full list of participating vendors at: https://www.facebook.com/NewtonFarmersMarket/
Newton Celebrates Pride: David Gaita will be the special guest of honor as Newton celebrates Pride on Tuesday, June 4th from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. on the South Lawn of Newton City Hall.
Newton Highlands Village Day: Newton Highlands Village Day will be held Sunday June 9! That’s just a week from this Sunday. The day starts at 8:30 am with check-in/registration for the Highlands Village Day 5K which starts at 10 am. Register for the race online or same day in front of the Hyde Center on Lincoln St. There will be live music, activities, craft vendors, and outdoor food options. Details including music schedule can be found here.
Gas Leaf Blowers are prohibited from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Only 1 electric blower or battery powered blower is permitted per lot between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Gas powered leaf blowers, regardless of decibel levels are prohibited during the summer. More information can be found here.
Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Tuesday, June 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The agenda is focused on Riverside Zoning – with several requests:
Lower Falls Improvement Association Riverside Committee and the Ward 4 City Councilors requesting to amend Chapter 30, City of Newton Ordinance, Section 4.2 and 7.3.5 pertaining to the Mixed Use 3/Transit Oriented Zoning District – See LFIA Report of Proposed Zoning Amendments of MU-3
Mark Development 399 Grove Owner, LLC/Ramirez Concord,LLC/BH Normandy Riverside, LLC/Mass Bay Transportation Authority petition for a change of zone to Mixed Use 3/Transit Oriented District for portions of land located at 355 Grove Street (currently zoned BU-2) and 399 Grove Street (currently zoned BU-5)
Mark Development 399 Grove Owner, LLC/Ramirez Concord, LLC/BH Normandy Riverside, LLC/Mass Bay Transportation Authority petition for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 10 building, mixed-use, transit-oriented development ….
Programs and Services Committee: The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The agenda includes the following:
Re-appointment of Seth Bai as the Veteran’s Services Officer for a term to expire May 18, 2020
Request for an amendments to the City of Newton Ordinances, Chapters 3,7,10,13, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, and 30 to rename the Department of Parks and Recreation to the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture
Request for a resolution to the Mayor and the School Committee to require the City and School Departments to change all references on City and School documents and calendars from “Columbus Day” to “Indigenous People’s Day”
Request for Home Rule Legislation to allow Fire Chief Bruce Proia to continue employment as the Fire Chief of the City beyond the mandatory retirement age
Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 5th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:
Design Review Commission petition pursuant to 5-58, for schematic design and site approval at 687 Watertown Street for the interior renovation of the former Horace Mann school to accommodate the Newton Early Childhood Program and proposed site design that includes a new entry plaza, removal of the existing modular structures to provide an access drive, a school transportation van loading area and emergency access, and landscaping improvements. Additional site improvements include parking improvements and an accessible ramp to new play structures located in the adjacent area north of the building.
Petition for a grant of location to install a small cell wireless facility on an existing city-owned streetlight pole located in the right-of-way in the vicinity of 140 Commonwealth Avenue
Request to acquire by purchase the West Newton Armory building and land located at 1135 Washington Street for affordable housing and further requesting that the sum of one dollar ($1) by appropriated from the Municipal Building Maintenance/Building Improvements Account to fund all costs associated with the acquisition of such property
Request to appropriate and expend $2 million from Free Cash to develop 25% conceptual design of the Washington Street corridor for improvements to the corridor eligible for the State’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) funding
Public Safety and Transportation Committee: The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:
Request for triennial renewal of the two Needham Shuttle Bus Licenses for the 128 Business Council
Request annual renewal of the two Boston College Bus Licenses
Boston College Law School Routes
Boston College Main Campus to Boston Route
Request for annual renewal of one bus license for seven vehicles for Medical Academic and Scientific Community Organization, Inc.
Submission of reports of semi-annual taxi license/public auto inspections for review
Request to amend the City Ordinances to create a short-term rental ordinance with fees that would require registration of short-term rentals with the City’s Inspectional Services Department and fire inspections to protect public health and safety (NOTE: the Chair will entertain a Motion of No Action Necessary) – See Planning Memo
Request for Home Rule Legislation to allow Fire Chief Bruce Proia to continue employment as the Fire Chief of the City of Newton beyond the mandatory retirement age
The Full City Council will meet on Monday, June 3rd at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chamber. The Reports Docket can be found here, the New Docket can be found here, and the Docket Addendum can be found here.
Planning and Development Board: The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, June 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204. The agenda includes the following:
Approve Minutes – May 6, 2019
Presentation and Vote on the Gateway Center Light Waiver
Northland Discussion – Deliberation of Zoning Change Request
The agenda also includes a list of upcoming meetings.
UMass Amherst at Mt. Ida Neighborhood Council: The UMass Amherst at Mt. Ida Neighborhood Council will meet on Tuesday, June 4th at 8:00 a.m. at UMass Amherst at Mt. Ida, Shaw Hall. The agenda includes the following:
UMass Amherst updates
Future Agenda items
Community Preservation Committee: The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 5th at 6:00 p.m. in Room B15. The agenda will focus on Webster Woods. According to the agenda, the Chair will request to go into Executive Session. More info on the Webster Woods proposal can be found here.
Newtonville Local Historic District Commission: The Newtonville Local Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, June 6th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205. The agenda includes the following:
Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace a front walkway, rear patio and driveway with pavers, and replace window well retainers at 70 Page Road
The Staff Memo can be found here and the Packet Info can be found here.
Come to Newton PorchFest 2019, Saturday, June 1st, 12:00 – 6:00 (Raindate Sunday, June 2nd)Come enjoy PorchFest! Newton PorchFest is an afternoon of free music performances on porches, front lawns and driveways around the city on Saturday, June 1st. PorchFest 2019 will include the villages of Auburndale, Lower Falls and Waban where over 100 musical acts will be performing from Noon to 6PM.
Gather family and friends, grab a blanket or chair and stroll the neighborhoods enjoying a wide variety of musical styles. There will be Jazz, Pop, Rock, Funk, R&B, Classical, Barbershop and more! Check out the schedule (https://newton.porchfest.info/ ) to plan your route – maybe ride a bike to cover more ground! To make planning easier the schedule is arranged by village.
Don’t miss this free event – fun for all the family!