Category: Events

Upcoming Events – Week of June 10th

  • “Hello Washington Street” continues its week-long planning events on Monday, June 11th from 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. at 1239 Washington Street and then again on Tuesday, June 12th from 8:30 – 2:30 p.m.  There will also be “Chili Cook-off and Wrap-up” and Presentation and Conversation beginning at 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Former Aquinas School/150 Jackson Road.
  • Tour de Newton- June 17th – The 6th annual Tour de Newton is being transformed into something totally new – the Magical Mystery Tour de Newton.  There will be four 8 mile routes.  Along each of the routes, riders will encounter a series of “magical mysteries”. To sign up to ride or to volunteer – please go to
  • Rove the Cove, June 23rd – The race will be held on Saturday, June 23rd, starting and ending at the picnic area of The Cove in Auburndale.  All proceeds from the race will be donated to the Auburndale Community Library.


Upcoming Events

Flag Raising Ceremony:  Celebrate Newton Pride with the 5th Annual Flag Raising Ceremony on the South Lawn, Newton City Hall at 6:30 p.m.  with Guest Speaker Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley.

Newton Highlands Day:  Newton Highlands Day will be this Sunday, June 10th.  Information can be found here.

Upcoming Hyde Center Events:  The Hyde Center has just released it’s summer schedule.  Event list can be found here.


MJ (Marijuana) is the focus of 3 public hearings this week

Two public hearings are on the Land Use Committee Docket for Tuesday, June 5th – one is to permit Garden Remedies to expand it’s business from selling medical marijuana to retail sales of marijuana and the other is to permit a property on Elliott Street in Newton Upper Falls to sell medical marijuana.

The third public hearing will be held by the Programs and Services Committee on a Citizen’s Petition requesting the City Council to place a question on the November 6th ballot to prohibit sales of recreational marijuana in the City of Newton exempting any previously licensed or approved (prior to July 1, 2017) facilities.

Washington Place Update – Demolition to Restart – May 29th

According to an email update on the Washington Place Development, demolition will restart on Tuesday, May 29th beginning with Building #3.  Demolition will continue down Walnut Street towards Washington Street with the demolition of Buildings #4 and #1. 

The email continues stating:  “Due to the proximity of Buildings 4 and 1 to the street, pedestrians will be routed to a temporary walkway along the parking lane with traffic barrier protection. When the portions of the structures that are adjacent to the streets are taken down, pedestrians will be routed to the opposite side of the street.The traffic lanes most adjacent to the demolition work will be temporarily closed during the day. This portion of the work will begin on June 4th. The traffic management infrastructure, including barriers, cones, and signage will be installed prior to this work commencing. Lane closures on Walnut Street will require routing southbound traffic via Lowell Avenue.The 59 and 556 bus routes will be impacted during closures of Walnut Street southbound. We are coordinating with the MBTA on impacts to the bus routes.
Closures on Washington Street will maintain traffic in both directions, but it will be reduced to one lane in each direction. These intermitent lane closures will typically last 2-3 days while demolition work is in progress adjacent to Washington Street and Walnut Street.”

More information can be found at

Upcoming Events

Memorial Day Service:  The City will conduct its wreath laying ceremony beginning at 10:00 a.m. this morning at the Newton Cemetery.

PORCHFEST:  The first Newton Porchfest will be hosted in Auburndale.  There will be more than 60 groups performing.   General information about Porchfest can be found here, a map and band information can be found here and a block schedule can be found here.

Nonantum Village Day/Pop-Up Planning Event: The Planning Department staff will be on hand at the Nonantum Village Day, Sunday, June 3rd at Coletti-Magni Park from 10:30a.m. – 3:00p.m.,

Municipal Aggregation Hearing – May 16th – 2 p.m. at the Department of Public Utilities offices

The Department of Public Utilities will be holding a public hearing on a Municipal Aggregation Plan submitted by the City of Newton on Wednesday, May 16th at 2 p.m. at the Department’s offices located at  One South Station – 5th Floor, Boston,

Written comments can be forwarded as follows:

All written comments must be filed with Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110.

A copy of all written comments must also be sent to Sarah A. Smegal, Hearing Officer at the Department of Public Utilities. One copy of all written comments should also be sent to counsel for the City, Paul W. Gromer, Esq., 85 Merrimac Street, 3rd Floor Boston, Massachusetts 02110.