Category: Events

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 www.wpnewton.com

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,
Massachusetts.

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.

Tag Newton Gas Leaks – May 12th

Join Mothers Out Front members, families, and friends this Saturday, May 12th (front steps of Newton City Hall) at 1:00 p.m. (Raindate May 19th) to tag gas leaks across the city.

The event is co-sponsored by: 350 Mass Newton Node, Green Newton, Bike Newton, Newton Tree Conservancy, and League of Women Voters Newton.

City Planning related events – Week of May 6th

Walnut Street Enhancements Project: Discussion of the detailed design for the Newtonville streetscape will take place on Tuesday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Masonic Hall, 460 Newtonville Avenue, Newtonville.  Additional information can be found at:  www.newtonma.gov/walnutstreet.

Zoning Redesign: The last event in the series, “A New Zoning Map for Newton” will take place on Thursday, May 10th at 6:30 p.m. in the Druker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library – Druker Auditorium, 330 Homer Street. Additional information can be found at:  www.courbanize.com/newtonzoning.

Notable Events this Week – Mark your calendars!

Needham Street Area Vision Plan:  The Community Engagement Group will hold its final meeting on Monday, April 30th at 5:00 p.m. to review the engagement process.  In case you missed it, a public forum was held on April 23rd and these materials were handed out. Feedback was due midnight last night but I bet you can still send feedback via email to:  needhamstreet@newtonma.gov. Additional information this project can be found here.

MBTA Community Meeting:  The MBTA will be hosting a community meeting on Monday, April 30th at the Women’s Club of Newton Highlands, 72 Columbus Street, to discuss proposed pedestrian accessibility improvements to the Newton Highlands Green Line MBTA Station.  These improvements include:

  • reconstruction of existing ramps from Walnut Street and from Station Avenue
  • a new pedestrian ramp from Hyde Street to the “Inbound” Platform side of the tracks
  • reconstruction of both the inbound and outbound platforms to be raised to provide easier access to the Green Line cars
  • new lighting
  • new covered bike rack
  • new benches
  • new trash receptacles

More information can be found here.

Washington Street Vision Plan:  The Washington Street Vision Plan will be launched on Tuesday, May 1st, at 7:00 p.m. at the Second Church of Newton, 60 Highland Street, West Newton.  The night will focus on brainstorming, fact finding and identifying questions that need to be answered and problems that need to be solved in order to formulate a plan/vision for the Washington Street corridor.  Go here for more information.

Golda Meir Expansion Project:  A second Information Session/Neighborhood Meeting hosted by the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly (JCHE) will be held on Thursday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at the Temple Reyim, Offit Room, 1860 Washington Street, Auburndale to discuss Golda Meir’s expansion project.  In 2017, Golda Meir was designated by the City to develop the former water tower site to expand its current housing development with more affordable units and senior services and provide 9 – 12 units of housing for chronically homeless individuals. Additional information can be found here.

Celebrate Sidewalk Sam:  A special celebration for the late Newton resident/artist, Bob Guillemin – (a.k.a. Sidewalk Sam) will be held on Saturday, May 5th from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Newton Center Green (intersection of Center Street and Langley Road).  A special commendation will be offered by the Mayor at 10:30 a.m. This event is part of the Festival of the arts celebration and is presented by Thinkfolk, whose goal is to connect audiences to inspiring stories of folk, street, vernacular and indigenous artists from all over the world.

Newton Asian Culture Festival:  Celebrate Asian Heritage Month at the Newton Asian Culture Festival which will be held on Saturday, May 5th, at Newton City Hall from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Chinese American Association of Newton, the Newton Chinese Language School and the New England Korean Language School, this year’s festival will traditional Asian folk dance and food.  More info can be found here.

Notable Events – Week of April 22nd

Here are a few events you might find interesting:

  • Needham Street Vision Plan –  TONIGHT, April 23rd from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at 27 Christina Street.  After a short presentation, there will be an open house format with 6 stations (overall process, environmental health, transportation, land use, design, and implementation) for the public to visit and share their views.  More information can be found here.
  • Austin Street Design Competition:  There’s a design competition going on now until 4:00 p.m. on May 1,2018 for the garden at the Austin Street Development. If your ideas are used, you could win $100 gift certificate to the Craft Beer Cellar (for those who are 21 and up) or a $100 gift certificate to Cook, Aji, Brewer’s Coalition or Rox’s Diner.  Up to three winners may be selected.  Austin Street Partners is also hosting an event at the Paint Bar TONIGHT, April 23rd from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.to make dioramas of your favorite gardens.  More information can be found here and go here to sign up or enter your design.
  • Zoning Redesign Drop-in Session-Wednesday, April 25th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in Room 106 at Newton City Hall.

MBTA Community Meeting – Monday – April 30th – Proposed Newton Highlands Green Line Station Improvements

The MBTA will be hosting a community meeting on Monday, April 30th at the Women’s Club of Newton Highlands, 72 Columbus Street, to discuss proposed pedestrian accessibility improvements to the Newton Highlands Green Line MBTA Station.  These improvements include:

  • reconstruction of existing ramps from Walnut Street and from Station Avenue
  • a new pedestrian ramp from Hyde Street to the “Inbound” Platform side of the tracks
  • reconstruction of both the inbound and outbound platforms to be raised to provide easier access to the Green Line cars
  • new lighting
  • new covered bike rack
  • new benches
  • new trash receptacles

More information can be found here.