The Zoning and Planning Committee agenda appears to be the big ticket item for policy wonks concerned about development. The latest edition of the Washington Street Vision Plan, proposal to suspend landmark nomination, Riverside Rezoning and short-term rentals (See also Councilor Baker’s memo #1 and memo #2) will be discussed at the Zoning and Planning Committee meeting this week.
While the Riverside Rezoning is also on the Zoning and Planning Committee’s agenda, there will be a training session held for residents interested in learning more about utilizing a referendum petition to potentially overturn a zoning ordinance.
The School Committee will convene a morning meeting on Tuesday at 8:00 a.m. with the Superintendent’s Assessment on the agenda.
Lots of events this week including the happening Farmers’ Market on Tuesday and Saturday, a Mayor’s welcome for new residents on Wednesday, and the St. Mary of Carmen’s Festival beginning on Wednesday and concluding on Sunday.
And of course, please don’t forget:
- Wednesday in the Village Free Concert Series – this week at the Auburndale Community Library this Wednesday, July 17th at 6:30 p.m. featuring Cross Street – See the Newton Community Pride – Summer Concert Flyer
- The Hyde Playground Friday Night Concert/Movie Series – this Friday, July 19th, beginning with a concert at 6:00 p.m. featuring the Stardust Band (rock music) and the Alfred Hitchcock movie: Rear Window – See Hyde Summer Schedule for more info and additional events
- Sunday Free Concert Series on the Newton Centre Green this Sunday, July 21st at 6:30 p.m. featuring the Love Dogs – See the Newton Community Pride – Summer Concert Flyer
And the Sunday concerts on the Newton Centre Green:
A city-wide referendum petition training session will be held at the Auburndale Community Library on Tuesday, July 16th at 7:00 p.m. led by Jim Fleming of JEF Associates. Residents apparently can overturn a city zoning ordinance through a city-wide referendum. Section 10-9 of the City Charter, which states in part that “any measure passed by the city council or the school committee, including a measure proposed by initiative procedures and passed by the city council or the school committee, may be protested and referred to the voters in accordance with this article.”
A Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that voters could veto a zoning amendment by a referendum – See Labranche v. AJ Lane & Co., Inc.
More information about the event can be found here.
If you haven’t visited the most happening place to be in the City on Tuesdays at Cold Springs Park from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m. or on Saturdays at Elm Street in West Newton from 9:30 – 12:30 p.m., then you are missing A LOT. The Tuesday market runs from July 9th through October 22nd and the Saturday market runs from June 22nd through October 5th. The markets are held rain or shine and are a must go destination.
If you are a local foodie, you will be dazzled by chef demonstrations, food talks, classical and jazz music at the Tuesday market and if you are an eclectic (like me – at least that’s what I aspire to be), you will be thrilled with the diverse offerings at the Saturday market in West Newton with craft beer tastings, flea markets, and a dog days of summer event (maybe if I’m brave, I’ll bring my pug, Frank, and my goldendoodle rescue – maybe some wolfhound? Aji (short for Agitata)!
Go here to see the latest Farmers Market newsletter and here to sign-up and get the latest info on what’s happening at the hottest place to be in the City!
It’s that time of year again to celebrate the St. Mary of Carmen Society Festival beginning on Wednesday, July 17th and ending on Sunday, July 21st. Enjoy great music, wonderful vendors, food, rides, and entertainment for kids and a wonderful and meaniful end to the festival with a full-day of events on Sunday, beginning with a Mass at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday; a procession at 2:00 p.m.; Seabreeze with Steven Savio at 6:00 p.m. and a candlelight procession to Our Lady’s Church and Flight of the Angel at 10:00 p.m. Additional information can be found at their website.
The Mayor will be hosting two events this summer to meet and welcome new residents to the City of Newton. The events will be held on Wednesday, July 17th from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. and on Tuesday, August 27th from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Mayor’s Office, 2nd floor at Newton City Hall. More information can be found here.
Potential shortening of the duration of the overnight parking ban. Yes – the City Council will be voting on this at their full council meeting TONIGHT – with the suggested dates of December 15th (instead of November 15) to April 1st (instead of April 15th). See Reports Docket
Banks at Washington Place? Yes – that is scheduled to be voted on TONIGHT – despite a condition to prohibit banks at the site when the original special permit was granted. See Reports Docket and Land Use Committee Report.
Zoning Amendment to change the Inclusionary Zoning requirements is scheduled to be voted on TONIGHT. See Reports Docket and the Zoning and Planning Committee Report.
New Ordinance regarding Short-Term Rentals is scheduled to be voted on TONIGHT. See Reports Docket and the Zoning and Planning Report.
Not sure what will happen with the Sidewalk Clearing Ordinance amendments with Finance failing to carry an approval vote yet two other committees- Public Facilities and the Public Safety and Transportation Committee voting in favor. See Reports Docket and the Finance Committee Report.
Newton Early Childhood Program (NECP) to move to 687 Watertown Street – Former Horace Mann Elementary School – as City Council will vote on the 5-58 and Site Plan Approval TONIGHT. See Reports Docket and the Public Facilities Committee Report.
Plastic Bag Ban Ordinance Amendments are scheduled to be voted on TONIGHT. The amendments include a new definition for “reusable bag” as well as a $0.10 fee on paper bags. See Reports Docket and Finance Committee Report.
Start your morning off at the Kids Morning at the Newton Centre Playground designed for kids ages 3 – 12 but everyone is welcome!. Events include the Grand Pet Parade (I brought my pug, Frank, last year, and he had a blast!), Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, Teddy Bear Parade, Foot Races, and Free Ice Cream courtesy of Cabot’s Ice Cream.
Then head over to the Albemarle Playground/Halloran Sports Complex for an afternoon/evening – 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for a crafts fair, local business vendors, food trucks, and children’s activities.
After a full afternoon, spread out a blanket, unfold your lawn chairs, unpack your picnic basket or get delicious food from the food trucks, and enjoy the evening with music and dancing with the Bo and Bill Winiker Band at 6:00 p.m. Thanks to Newton Community Pride and all of the generous sponsors!!
More information can be found here.
Fire Hydrant testing began on June 24th and will continue through September 27th, between the hours of 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Fire Department and the Department of Public Works will be flushing and conducting fire hydrant inspections throughout the City. Residents may experience discoloration in their drinking water due to the dislodging of iron deposits in the water main during the flushing process. According to the City’s website:
“This discoloration DOES NOT cause a health risk, however residents are encouraged to run your cold fix water through the lowest fixture in your home until the discolored water becomes clear. Also DO NOT wash laundry during this period of discolored water.”
Below are the dates residents can expect the flushing:
Monday: Newton Corner, Newtonville, Nonantum, Upper Falls, Newton Highlands, and Waban
Tuesday: Lower Falls, Auburndale, West Newton, and Newton Corner
Wednesday: Upper Falls, Waban, Newton Highlands, Oak Hill, Lower Falls, Auburndale, and West Newton
Thursday: Newton Center, and Chestnut Hill
More information can be found here.
On June 17th, the City’s Senior Services Department unveiled a new Senior Transportation service called NewMo. NewMo is an on-demand ride share service provided by Via, is available to all Newton residents 60 years and over in need of transportation to points in an around Newton and some points outside of Newton. Rider fees will range from $.50 to $5.00/ride. Please go here for more information.
Yesterday may have been the Memorial Day parade and wreath laying at Forte Park, but there are also two events scheduled today to honor those who served our country. There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the Newton Cemetery at 10:00 a.m. and a Memorial Day celebration to honor living veterans at City Hall at 11:30 a.m.