Category: Events

Fun Things to Do in Newton this week

Newton Farmers’ Markets: The Farmers’ Markets continue as we move into the Fall season on Tuesdays at Cold Springs Park from 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays on Elm Street in West Newton from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Stop by and pick up fresh veggies, meat, fish, and prepared foods. Go here to see all the vendors coming to the markets and to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Farmers’ Markets be sure to subscribe to their newsletter here.

25th Silver Anniversary Gala for the New Philharmonia Orchestra: The New Phil will open it’s season with a gala celebrating it’s 25th anniversary. Led by Francisco Noya, Music Director, the celebration will begin with a special concert followed by a reception on Saturday, September 21st at 7:00 PM at the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre. The Silver Anniversary Gala will honor the contributions of Massachusetts’ State Representative Kay Khan, a long time New Phil board member who has been a tremendous advocate for arts and culture across the Commonwealth. Tickets are $25 – $250 and may be purchased online at: http://newphil.org/concerts/season-at-a-glance/special-events/

Newtonville Village Day: The annual Newtonville Village Day will be held this Sunday, September 22nd from 12 – 5 p.m. on Walnut Street. There will be live music and performances, a train ride and bounce house for the kids, food, caricature artists, and a variety of vendor booths! This is a FREE day of music, art and fun, sponsored by the Newtonville Area Council. Vendor information can be found here.

Ward 5 City Council Election – GO VOTE on Tuesday, September 10th

The preliminary election for the Ward 5 City Councilor seat to narrow the field from 3 to 2 (I know, don’t get me started!) will take place this Tuesday, September 10th. Polls are open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. ONLY Ward 5 residents are eligible to vote. Ward 5 polling locations:

  • 5 1 Emerson Community Center 51 Pettee Street
  • 5 2 Hyde Community Center 90 Lincoln Street
  • 5 3 Waban Library Center 1608 Beacon Street
  • 5 4 Waban Library Center 1608 Beacon Street

The Candidates are (in ballot order):

The sample ballot can be found here.

Things to Do in Newton this Week

9/11 Commemoration: The Newton 9/11 Committee and the City of Newton will commemorate on Wednesday, September 11th at 6:00 p.m. at 1164 Centre Street in front of the memorial. More information can be found here.

Newton Farmers’ Markets: The Farmers’ Markets continue as we move into the Fall season on Tuesdays at Cold Springs Park from 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays on Elm Street in West Newton from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Stop by and pick up fresh veggies, meat, fish, and prepared foods. Go here to see all the vendors coming to the markets and to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Farmers’ Markets be sure to subscribe to their newsletter here.

Things to Do in Newton this Week

Farmers’ Market – Don’t forget to stop by the Farmers’ Markets on Tuesdays at Cold Springs Park from 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays on Elm Street in West Newton from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Stop by and pick up some good eats for dinner and also breakfast! Fresh veggies, meat, fish, and prepared foods. Go here to see all the vendors coming to the markets and to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Farmers’ Markets be sure to subscribe to their newsletter here.

Ready for School? School starts Tuesday, September 3rd. Go here to make sure you have what you need to be prepared for a smooth start!

Road Construction: Check out this week’s road construction schedule.

Two Chapter 40B Development proposals coming to Newton

Two affordable housing development proposals have been filed with the City.

The first was filed by Mark Development – Dunstan East located on 2.98 acres of land on Washington Street, Dunstan Street, and Kempton Place in West Newton. The proposed the project will consist of three separate buildings with a total of 243 units of rental housing (61 affordable to households earning up to 80% of area median income; 182 market rate) and 12,521 square feet of ground floor retail space facing Washington Street.

The second was filed by Criterion Development Partners – Riverdale located just off California Street in Nonantum between Los Angeles Street and Riverdale Avenue. The proposed project will consist of 17,782 square feet of of office/innovation space and 4,600 square-feet of retail space and 204 units of rental housing (51 affordable to households earning up to 80% of area median income; 153 market rate). Some of you may remember that a demographic study was commissioned and that study looked at four anticipated development proposals that were in the pipeline – Chestnut Hill Square – (100 units of housing), Northland Development (822 units of housing), Riverside Development – (663 units of housing), and this project – Riverdale (200 units of housing).

Chapter 40B is a state statute, which enables local Zoning Boards of Appeals to approve affordable housing developments under flexible rules if at least 20-25% of the units have long-term affordability restrictions. There are several ways a community can deny or condition a comprehensive permit application (See Commonwealth of Massachusetts Chapter 40B: “Safe Harbor Through Production”):

  • if the municipality’s subsidized housing inventory eligible units is greater than 10% of its housing stock – housing unit minimum
  • if the municipality’s subsidized housing inventory eligible units land area comprises more than 1.5% of the total land area zoned for residential, commercial, or industrial use – general land area minimum
  • if the municipality’s construction of low to moderate income housing on sites is greater than 0.3% of land area or 10 acres
  • if the municipality is in compliance with the goals of an approved Housing Production Plan
  • where a municipality has a total number of 7500 or more housing units and the project is equal to or more than 300 units – Large Scale Projects
  • if there has been less than 12 months since the filing, pendency, final disposition, or withdrawal of an application for any approval related to construction on the same land of a prior project (non-residential or less than 10% subsidized housing inventory eligible units)

According to a memo from the City’s Law Department, although the City previously calculated its land area percentage of affordable housing at 1.47%, due to new method of calculation (in accordance to the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)’s guidelines), the City (as of February 2019) is at 1.27% and a housing percentage of 8.3% – subsidized housing inventory eligible units.

With a number of development projects currently in the pipeline, stay tuned…..

Things to do in Newton this week:

Flash Mob: Humpty Dumpty Returns to Cabot School: That’s right – Humpty Dumpty is coming home to Cabot Elementary School. Everyone is invited to join in a Flash Mob to welcome him home on Tuesday, August 20th at 10:00 a.m. at the Cabot Elementary School, 229 Cabot Street. More information can be found here.

Farmers’ Markets: Don’t forget to stop by the Farmers’ Markets on Tuesdays at Cold Springs Park from 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and on Saturdays on Elm Street in West Newton from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Stop by and pick up some fresh veggies, eggs, meat, fish and prepared foods – all locally grown. Go here to see all the vendors coming to our markets and to stay up-to-date on what’s happening at the Farmers’ Markets be sure to subscribe to their newsletter here.

2019 Summer in the Highlands continues this week (see Events Calendar):

  • Friday, August 23rd – 6:00 p.m. Concert: Dueling Piano Show with Justin Klosek and Chris Kennan followed by the movie: Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse

Crystal Lake – reopened – August 15th

Crystal Lake was closed for about a week after concerns were raised about the algae levels. However, the Lake was re-opened for regular activities on August 15th after a second round of testing showed that the bacteria levels were below Mass Department of Public Health Guideline levels.

Questions about this may be directed to the Newton Health and Human Services Department at 617-796-1420.

Transit News – $5 Million awarded by the MBTA for Commuter Rail upgrades and Transit Matters Presentation – now available

The MBTA Fiscal and Management Control Board voted to approve $5 Million to fund a full design for accessibility upgrades to our commuter rail stations in Auburndale, West Newton, and Newtonville and to fund a conceptual design study and cost estimate to potentially add a double-sided platform at one of the three commuter rail stations. While this is certainly good news, there is still the matter of funding construction – which has a price tag of about $46 million dollars. Stay tuned.

And, if you missed the Transit Matters Presentation at the Newton Free Library, hosted by Ward 2 Councilor Emily Norton last Thursday – you can view the presentation here.

Things to Do in Newton this Week

Farmers’ Markets: This week is National Farmers’ Market Week. What better way to celebrate than visiting one (or both) of Newton’s Farmers’ Markets! The Newton Farmers’ Market is one of the oldest markets in the state and 2019 marks its 40th year. Stop by and visit local farmers and vendors this Tuesday at Cold Springs Park from 1:30 p.m. 00 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday at Elm and Washington Street from 9:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Last week, I picked up a nice bunch of Kale from Wally’s Vegetables and made Pasta with Lentils and Kale, enjoyed fresh baked whole wheat bread from Clear Flour Bakery with cheese from the Seacoast Cheese Maven and beet spread from Samira’s Homemade, sipped on some Stormalong Cider and Westport Winery’s Farmer’s Fizz and enjoyed delicious baklava for dessert from Fournos.

The Farmers’ Markets are a great place to meet your friends and neighbors, support the local economy, meet candidates for local office, and learn more about local issues (teachers and the status of contract negotiations!)

National Night Out: Chief McDonald and the Newton Police Department invite the community to celebrate National Night Out – to strengthen neighborhood and police relations, heighten crime prevention awareness and meet your neighbors – on Tuesday, August 6th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Captain John Ryan Park located next to the Police Station on Washington and Cherry Street. There will be food vendors, music and fun! More info can be found here.

Transit Matters Presentation: On Thursday, August 8th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Free Library, Josh Fairchild and Jarred Johnson from Transit Matters (a transportation advocacy group) will present a vision of a modern regional rail system and the benefits to communities like Newton.

Summer in the Highlands 2019: The Summer Series continues on Friday, August 9th with:

  • 6:00 p.m. Concert – Featuring the Spicolis
  • Followed by the movie, “The Goonies”