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CORRECTED POST: November 6th Election: Understanding the Cannibis/Marijuana Vote on the Municipal Ballot

There are two questions on the Municipal Ballot for this November’s election.  Yes, early voting already began, but if you haven’t already voted, here’s what the two questions are about.

Question 1:

Shall the City of Newton adopt the following zoning ordinance:

The number of recreational marijuana retail establishments
allowed to operate shall be not fewer than two (2)
nor more than four (4) establishments set by a general
ordinance adopted by the City Council.

Question 2:

Shall the City of Newton adopt the following general ordinance: All recreational marijuana retail establishments shall be prohibited from operating in the City of Newton.

The Elections Commission sent out the following instructions to voters:

INSTRUCTIONS TO VOTERS In order to pass, a ballot question must receive more “YES” votes than “NO” votes cast on that ballot question. It is possible that both Questions may pass. The City Council has asked the Election Commission to put the following Instructions to Voters on the ballot: The Questions are separate questions. You may vote for or against each question independently. If more than one question passes, the question with the highest number of “YES” votes will prevail.

Both of these questions are advisory. That means, despite the vote of the electorate, the City Council is not required to implement any of the actions voted upon by the electorate.

If you are opposed to BANNING recreational retail marijuana establishments in the City of Newton than you should vote NO.

If you are opposed to having the City Council limit the number of retail recreational establishments in the City of Newton than you should vote NO.

If you are in favor of banning recreational retail marijuana establishments in the City of Newton than you should vote YES.

If you are in favor of having the City Council limit the number of retail recreational establishments in the City of Newton from no fewer than 2 and no more than 4 than you should vote YES.

Notable Events

Last Farmer’s Market

There will be HALLOWEEN PARTY ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 23RD, the last day of the market from 2 – 4 pm with trick-or-treating and a Halloween Costume Parade at 4.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Please rsvp for planning purposes by clicking HERE.

Go here for more information.

Blue Ribbon Commission on Elected Official Compensation:

The City Council passed a resolution asking that the City Council President appoint a Blue Ribbon Commission to examine the salaries and benefits that Newton’s elected officials (the Mayor and members of the City Council and the School Committee) receive for their service and to make recommendations for future changes to those salaries and benefits.

In order to carry out the City Council’s resolution, President Laredo will be appointing a new Blue Ribbon Commission of between 9-15 members of the Newton community. The Commission will begin its work in January 2019, with the goal of having a report to the City Council by June 2019. It will meet once or twice a month, with meetings likely to be in the evenings.

For more information and instructions on how to be considered for appointment to this Commission, please click HERE.

Last Day to Register to Vote is Wednesday, October 17th!!  Go here to check your registration and register to vote.

Early Voting is available for both Elections – State and Municipal 

Newton City Hall – 1000 Commonwealth Avenue
October 22 – 25, 2018, 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.
October 26, 2018, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
October 29 – November 1, 2018, 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
November 2, 2018, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Newton North High School – 457 Walnut Street
October 27 & 28, 2018, Noon  to 5:00 pm

Newton South High School – 140 Brandeis Road
October 27 & 28, 2018, Noon to 5:00 pm

Golda Meir House – 160 Stanton Avenue (Limited Parking)
October 24, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lasell Village – 120 Seminary Avenue
October 25, 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Coleman House – 677 Winchester Street
October 29, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Evans Park – 430 Centre Street
October 30, 2018, 9:00 am – Noon

Absentee Ballot Information Click Here

Polling Locations Click Here

Job Opportunities with the City of NewtonHere are some current employment opportunities with the City of Newton.  Here are current employment opportunities with the Newton Public Schools.

Notable Events and Announcements

Birthday:  It’s my birthday today! YAY!!

Blue Ribbon Commission on Elected Official Compensation:

The City Council passed a resolution asking that the City Council President appoint a Blue Ribbon Commission to examine the salaries and benefits that Newton’s elected officials (the Mayor and members of the City Council and the School Committee) receive for their service and to make recommendations for future changes to those salaries and benefits.

In order to carry out the City Council’s resolution, President Laredo will be appointing a new Blue Ribbon Commission of between 9-15 members of the Newton community. The Commission will begin its work in January 2019, with the goal of having a report to the City Council by June 2019. It will meet once or twice a month, with meetings likely to be in the evenings.

For more information and instructions on how to be considered for appointment to this Commission, please click HERE.

Last Day to Register to Vote is Wednesday, October 17th!!  Go here to check your registration and register to vote.

Poll Workers Wanted

The City of Newton is looking for individuals who are:

  • Enthusiastic & Energetic
  • Passionate about Civic Involvement
  • Registered to vote in Massachusetts
  • Available to work:
    • October 22 – November 2: Early Voting Period
    • November 6: State Election

To work at various polling locations throughout the city.

Available positions include: Wardens, Clerks and Inspectors

If you are interested in working as a poll worker, please contact Karen Fallon at (617) 796-1205 or by e-mail at kfallon@newtonma.gov

Download a PDF fillable Poll Worker Application here.

Early Voting is available for both Elections – State and Municipal 

Newton City Hall – 1000 Commonwealth Avenue
October 22 – 25, 2018, 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.
October 26, 2018, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
October 29 – November 1, 2018, 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
November 2, 2018, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Newton North High School – 457 Walnut Street
October 27 & 28, 2018, Noon  to 5:00 pm

Newton South High School – 140 Brandeis Road
October 27 & 28, 2018, Noon to 5:00 pm

Golda Meir House – 160 Stanton Avenue (Limited Parking)
October 24, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lasell Village – 120 Seminary Avenue
October 25, 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Coleman House – 677 Winchester Street
October 29, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Evans Park – 430 Centre Street
October 30, 2018, 9:00 am – Noon

Absentee Ballot Information Click Here

Polling Locations Click Here

Job Opportunities with the City of NewtonHere are some current employment opportunities with the City of Newton.  Here are current employment opportunities with the Newton Public Schools.

Notable Events – Week of October 7th

Family Birthday Wishes – Happy 93rd birthday to my mom, Yuriko Mah (October 8th – TODAY!) and to my husband, John (October 11th)!

Harvest Fair:  Newton Community Pride will be hosting Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 13th and Sunday, October 14th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Newton Center Green.  More information can be found here.

 

Things to Note and Notable Events

Things to Note:  The City recently sent out a notice to residents alerting them that beginning this week, there will be curbside inspections of residential recycling carts. This is a result of the City being charged $6,120 in fines last month and a total of $65,611 in fines for 2018 for having 18% contamination in the City’s recycling.  Our City contract requires the City of have less than 10% contamination. Contaminated carts will receive a warning with feedback on what issues were found. After the first warning and if continued contamination exists, the recycling will NOT be collected that week. See letter from Waneta Trabert, Director of Sustainable Materials Management.

Farmers’ Market:  Elm Street/West Newton: The Elm Street Market will end the season on October 6th and will include a Dolan Pond tour led by the Newton Conservators and the Return of New City Ice Cream Microcreamery.

The Cold Spring Park Market will showcase an Art Exhibit and Expo on Tuesday, October 2nd featuring Felix Fu of the Paper Mouse.

Notable Events

Riverside Community Meeting – September 27th – 7:00 p.m. Newton North HIgh School – Presentation by Mark Development.  See attached flyer and Lower Falls Improvement Association Riverside Committee Mission Statement 2018.

Farmers’ Market:  Only 2 more Saturday Farmers Market in West Newton.  Cold Spring continues with these vendors this Tuesday, September 25th and will feature an art exhibit and water color demonstration by artist Felix Fu of the Paper Mouse.

 

Notable Events

NewCAL – Planning for Newton Center of Active Living is underway including two listening sessions:

  • September 17 – Listening Session – 7:00 PM
    Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium
  • September 28 – Dialogue with Director/Listening Session – 12:00 PM
    Newton Senior Center – Newtonville

More information on NewCAL can be found here.

Multi-Use Trail Proposal, September 17th, 7:30 PM – There will be a meeting on Monday, September 17th, 7:30 PM at the Auburndale Community LIbrary to learn more about a proposal for a multi-use trail connecting Lyons field through the edge of Riverside and on to Wellesley.  This is being coordinated by the Riverside Greenway Working Group (RGWG).

 

Notable Events

9-11 Commemoration:  The 9-11 Commemoration will take place on Wednesday, September 12th at 6:00 p.m. on the Front Lawn of the Newton Centre Fire Department Headquarters , 1164 Centre Street. The flyer/info can be found here.

Drive Electric Week:  MassDEP, City of Newton and Eversource are teaming up with the Sierra Club to highlight programs that support electrification of the state’s transportation network and increase consumer awareness of all-electric vehicles.

When:  Thursday, September 13th at 12 noon

Where:  Newton City Hall

More information can be found here.