Category: Events

General Recycling Information

From the City of Newton’s Recycle at the Curb Webpage:

What can you put in your Green Carts?

Paper & Cardboard 

  • White & colored paper (staples, paper clips, spirals OK)
  • Cardboard (flatten & fold boxes)
  • Paperboard (paper towel rolls, cereal, tissue boxes)
  • Phone books & junk mail
  • Magazines & catalogs
  • Newspapers & inserts
  • Paper bags
  • Pizza boxes (empty, minor oil stains OK)
  • Books (rip off hard covers)


  • Aluminum cans, trays & foil
  • Stiff plastic containers such as bottles, jugs, and tubs
  • Glass bottles & jars

Don’t put the following in your green cart (Please go here to learn how to properly and environmentally dispose of these items)

  • Plastic Bags, Plastic films, or plastic wraps
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Bulky plastics (chairs, toys, buckets, storage containers)
  • Flower pots & garden plastics
  • Food or beverage cartons
  • Black plastic (i.e. take out trays)
  • Small plastic bottles
  • Dishes, ceramics & pyrex
  • Clothing, bedding & other textiles – Ripped and stained
  • Paper coffee cup
  • Shredded Paper
  • Styrofoam
  • Paper plates, napkins, paper towels, tissues
  • Light bulbs
  • Metal pots, pans, hangers, other scrap metals



There are so many Cultural and Community Events this month – check out the Newton Calendar of Arts for a more detailed listing. But here are a few highlights:

The Final Weekend of the Piano Summit will take place on Saturday, May 18th from 1 – 3 p.m. at the United Parish Church in Auburndale, 64 Hancock Street.  Featured artists:  Leo Genovese and Wes Wirth Global Ensemble.  The event is free.

The Commonwealth Lyric Theater will present Carmen by Bizet at Newton City Hall, War Memorial on Friday, May 17th and Saturday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

The New Philharmonia Orchestra will perform on Saturday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, May 19th at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 848 Beacon Street.  The program, Classics III: American Fete is dedicated to the memory of Linda Plaut. Tickets can be purchased here.

Celebrate Waban Village Day on Sunday, May 19th beginning at 10 a.m. with a Family Fun Run. More information can be found here.

Historic Newton will host its annual Newton House Tour on Sunday, May 19th from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance; $40 on the day of the tour. Begin at Durant-Kendrick House and Grounds at 286 Waverly Avenue to pick up a map for the self-guided tour. More information can be found here.

Mayor Selects Two Marijuana Retailers for Provisional Host Community Agreements

The Mayor sent a letter to the City Council announcing that she intends to sign two provisional Host Community Agreements (HCA) with two marijuana retailers, Cypress Tree Managements, LLC (24-26 Ellliot Street) and Ascend Mass, LLC (58 Cross Street – also known as 1089 Washington Street, the former Beacon Hill Athletic Club – (CEO is former Suffolk County District Attorney, former Suffolk County Sheriff and former Executive Secretary of Public Safety and Security, Andrea Cabral). Two other applicants were rejected:  Ikanik Farms – 1081 Washington Street and CNA Stores, Inc. – 747 Beacon Street.

The Mayor created a Marijuana Host Community Agreement Advisory Group (Advisory Group) consisting of representatives from Planning and Development, Law, Police, Health and Human Services, Transportation and the Mayor’s office to meet with applicants and provide a recommendation on whether to grant a provisional Host Community Agreement. See Mayor’s HCA Review Process. The HCA is provisional until the completion of the City Council’s special permit process. Cypress Tree Management has already filed a special permit application with the City Council which was approved by the Land Use Committee (see Report) and will be voted by the City Council TONIGHT.

Mayor appoints Gino Lucchetti as New Fire Chief

Assistant Chief Gino Lucchetti, who has been with the City of Newton’s Fire Department since 1986, has been appointed by the Mayor as Acting Fire Chief and will become permanent Chief after a vote of the City Council.  Acting Chief Lucchetti will replace Chief Bruce Proia who is retiring after 41 years of service. Congratulations to all.

Events and Notices

Gann Academy Presentation:  Fernald School:  The Metro Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council of the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services will host a presentation by 11th grade US History Students about the community of people who lived in the Fernald School and understand how we can be a more inclusive society. The presentation will be held TONIGHT, Monday, April 29th at the Price Center, 27 Christina Street, Newton Highlands at 7:00 p.m. More information on this presentation can be found here.

WestMetro HOME Consortium Meeting:  The WestMetro HOME Consortium will meet on Thursday, May 2nd at 9:30 a.m. in Room B17. The agenda includes the following:

  • HOME Budget Update
  • Consortium Monitoring
  • Lead Based Paint Discussion
  • HUD Monitoring Update
  • Fair Housing/Analysis of Impediments
  • FY2021-FY2025 Consolidated Plan

Notice of Sheriff’s Sale:  A public auction will be held on Thursday, May 2nd at 10:00 a.m. at the Sheriff’s Office at 271 Cambridge Street. The land and associated buildings to be auctioned are located at 33 Chandler Street. Notice of the Sheriff’s Sale can be found here.

MassDevelopment Public Hearing:  MassDevelopment will hold a public hearing on Thursday, May 2nd at 9:30 a.m. at it’s offices located at 99 High Street in Boston.  The subject of the hearing is a proposed loan to Partners Healthcare of up to $14,000,000. Detailed information can be found here.

Newton Arts Calendar:  Check out the amazing cultural events this week here.

Notable Events

Happy Earth Day!  Green Newton will host an Earth Day presentation, TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in the Druker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library –  ‘Food Recovery: Why is it important?’

Americans waste as much as 40% of the food produced each day – enough to fill the Rose Bowl Stadium. Yet, one in seven Americans are food insecure. Wasted food expends precious resources and contributes to climate change. The Town of Wellesley is developing partnerships and programs to address the food waste problem.

Ellen Korpi, previously the Chair, and then Vice Chair, of the Sustainable Energy Committee in the town of Wellesley, and Marybeth Martello, Wellesley’s Sustainable Energy Administrator, will present on food waste diversion and food rescue programs involving Wellesley residents and schools, area colleges, the Wellesley Food Pantry, and the Cambridge-based non-profit, Food For Free.

Former Newton City Councilor, Amy Mah Sangiolo, (hey – that’s me!) will also present and describe exploratory efforts to develop a similar program in Newton. The goal is to work with the Newton Public Schools and its food service vendor, and other non-profits, to expand food recovery networks throughout the Greater Boston Area.

Riverside Development:  Newton Lower Falls Improvement Association will present:  “RightSize Riverside” – their perspective of the proposed development at the Riverside MBTA Station on Tuesday, April 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library.  More information can be found here.

“Is Newton becoming a community for the very rich?” – Ward 6 Democratic City Committee will host a housing forum focused on tear downs and their effects on neighborhoods, the city and the population on Thursday, April 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Women’s Workshop in Newton Highlands, 72 Columbus Street.

NewtonServes 2019:  It’s that time of year again, when the Newton community comes together for a day of community service.  NewtonServes 2019 will be held on Sunday, April 28th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Rain or Shine. Go here to register online.  A list of projects can be found here.

Last chance to catch “Colder than Here” – Newton Nomadic Theater Production, Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th at 7:30 p.m. at the Siegel/St. John home – 160 Allen Avenue and on Sunday, at 4:00 p.m. at Dunn Gaherin’s Pub and Restaurant, 344 Elliot Street. More information and tickets can be found here.

Mayor will veto Charter Subcommittee’s Recommendations if City Council insists on Special Counsel provision

Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Yeo, sent this memo to the City Council regarding the City Council’s Charter Subcommittee’s Recommendations which includes a separate legal counsel provision.

“The Administration, including the City Solicitor’s Office, have repeatedly testified against this separate counsel provision, with a clear statement that the Mayor will veto the package with such a change and not bring it forward for home rule provision support to the State Legislature. Notably, home rule petitions can only move forward with the approval of the Mayor.”

Here are the reasons listed in the memo:

  1. They believe separate counsel provision is unnecessary – City’s Solicitor’s office will continue to represent the views and interests of the Council
  2. Separate counsel may be a “recipe for divisive government for the City of Newton” – “Setting up a system of for councilors to bring in outside attorneys to oppose the City Solicitor with dueling opinions is likely to create division both within the Council and with the Law Department and City Administration.”
  3. They believe separate funding may lead to one City Councilor to ask for its use when the City’s Solicitor supports the views of another City Councilor.

Happy Marathon Monday and Patriot’s Day

It’s Marathon Monday and that means there will not only be thousands of runners to cheer on but lots of road closures too.  Here’s what to expect:

Road closures along the route beginning on Monday morning as early as 8 a.m.

  • Washington Street at the Wellesley Line to Beacon Street will close at 8:30 am.
  • Beacon Street at Washington Street to Washington Street at Commonwealth Avenue will close at 8 am.
  • Washington Street at Commonwealth Avenue to the Boston line will close at 8 am.

Parking Restrictions will be in place along the Marathon route on Commonwealth Avenue. In addition, carriage lanes along Commonwealth Avenue and parts of streets that feed into the main Marathon route along Comm. Ave will be closed.

Roads are expected to re-open at 6 pm.

Residents who live on Homer St between Commonwealth Ave and Walnut St, Walnut St between Commonwealth Ave and Homer St, Cummings Rd and North St should be advised that this will be a Police Security Zone and therefore will be open to abutters only from 9am-6pm.

Specific information from the Boston Athletic Association can be found here.

Want to track a runner?  Go here.

Good luck to all of the runners!!!