Category: Events

Announcements – Week of December 9th

  • Yard Waste Collection has been extended through December 21st.  Residents can continue to place yard waste on the curb for pickup on their regular collection day.  More information can be found here.
  • Breakfast Food Drive – Food Pantries are in need of breakfast food items. Donations can be made from December 3rd – December 27th. Information on drop-off locations can be found here.
  • Phase 3 Solar Projects on City Property – Community Meetings:
    • December 11, 2018 (Tuesday), 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., City Hall in the War Memorial
      Auditorium, all 20 sites will be presented
    • December 12, 2018 (Wednesday), 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., City Hall in the War Memorial Auditorium, all 20 sites will be presented
    • December 18, 2018 (Tuesday), 6:30 to 9:00 p.m., Newton Free Library, Druker
      Auditorium, this meeting will focus only on the Library Solar Parking Canopy

Reminder: Newton Power Choice Survey – (Looks like it’s still up!)

Despite survey work that had been conducted by Green Newton volunteers earlier this year, the City is attempting to collect data from residents on how much more we are willing to pay for cleaner/greener electricity.  The survey, which requires you to enter your email address but not necessarily your home address to verify residency, can be found here.

An update on the Newton Power Choice Program can be found in the most recent Public Facilities Committee Report here.

Reminder: “Wondering About Weed?” event at Mt. Ida Campus of UMASS Amherst – November 28th – 6:30 p.m.

According to the description of this event, sponsored by the Newton Health and Human Services Department:  “Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will introduce local experts Kevin Hill, MD and Nicole Danforth, MD who will enlighten us with myths and facts about marijuana science, health risks & benefits, adolescents & the developing brain and adult recreational and medical marijuana use. Dr. Kevin Hill is an addiction psychiatrist, cannabis researcher and author at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Nicole Danforth is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Newton Wellesley Hospital. They’ll be joined by Elizabeth Booma, MD, to answer questions from the audience. Whether you’re an adult considering giving legal marijuana a try, a parent worried about preventing teen use, or just plain curious, this is the event for you! It’s free and open to the public.”

Newton Power Choice Survey

Despite survey work that had been conducted by Green Newton volunteers earlier this year, the City is attempting to collect data from residents on how much more we are willing to pay for cleaner/greener electricity.  The survey, which requires you to enter your email address but not necessarily your home address to verify residency, can be found here.

An update on the Newton Power Choice Program can be found in the most recent Public Facilities Committee Report here.

“Wondering About Weed?” event at Mt. Ida Campus of UMASS Amherst – November 28th – 6:30 p.m.

According to the description of this event, sponsored by the Newton Health and Human Services Department:  “Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will introduce local experts Kevin Hill, MD and Nicole Danforth, MD who will enlighten us with myths and facts about marijuana science, health risks & benefits, adolescents & the developing brain and adult recreational and medical marijuana use. Dr. Kevin Hill is an addiction psychiatrist, cannabis researcher and author at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. Dr. Nicole Danforth is a child and adolescent psychiatrist at Newton Wellesley Hospital. They’ll be joined by Elizabeth Booma, MD, to answer questions from the audience. Whether you’re an adult considering giving legal marijuana a try, a parent worried about preventing teen use, or just plain curious, this is the event for you! It’s free and open to the public.”

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.