Honoring Former Mayor Thomas Concannon

Former Mayor Thomas Concannon died on Saturday, July 28th. He served as Mayor of Newton from 1994 – 1997.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 3rd at 10:30 AM in Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, 573 Washington St., Newton, followed by interment in Newton Cemetery. Visiting hours Thursday from 4-8 PM in the Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, 1479 Washington St., West Newton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Newton Cultural Alliance at http://www.newtonculture.org/ or the Boys and Girls Club of Newton. https://www.newtonbgc.com/donate-1.

Notable Events

Farmer’s Market:  Be sure to visit the Farmer’s Market which is open on Tuesdays at Cold Spring Park (1:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.) and Saturdays (9:30 a.m.- 12:30p.m.)
Dancing in the Parks:  The Dancing in the Parks series continues on August 1st with The Jessie Liam Band at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street in Newtonville.
Summer in the Hyde:  The Hyde Community Center and the Newton Highlands Area Council will continue:
  • August 3 6:00 p.m. Concert: Soft Touch Dance Band (Big Band)
    Dusk Movie: Groundhog Day
  • August 5 7:00 p.m. Live Theater: Shakespeare in the Park (Commonwealth Shakespeare)

News and Notable – Food Trucks and Dockless Bikes

Food Trucks at Wells Avenue:  Food Trucks will be at Wells Avenue beginning on Monday, July 23rd from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. located between 2 and 60 Wells Avenue. There will be a rotation of 6 food trucks Monday through Friday offering a variety of American, Indian, Korean, Chinese and Mediterranean complimenting Goldberg’s Delis and cafeteria already located at 85 Wells Avenue.  For more information, please go to:  www.newtonma.gov/economicdevelopment/foodtrucks.

Dockless Bikes:  Mayor Fuller recently announced that dockless bikes are now available.  Lime Bikes can be seen across the city (Note:  Contract awaiting final signatures before official launch).  You can download the free Lime app from the app store on your smartphone and add a few dollars for your first ride – it’s $1 per half hour, or $29.95 a month for unlimited use.  When you tap the Ride icon on your phone, you can find where a bike is located.

Another bike company, Spin, will be adding bikes in August. Both companies will offer discounts to students, corporations, and low-income riders.
Farmer’s Market:  Be sure to visit the Farmer’s Market which is open on Tuesdays at Cold Spring Park (1:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.) and Saturdays (9:30 a.m.- 12:30p.m.)
Auburndale Community Library:  The ACL will host “Dancing in the Parks” outdoor concert on Wednesday, July 25th at 6:30 p.m.  sponsored by The Village Bank and Newton Pride.
The band will play R&B, New Orleans, Swing, Blues, Boogie Woodie, Ska, and Country.  With songs from Stevie Wonder, Santana, Robert Cray, Louis Jordan, Etta James, James Brown, Ray Charles, and more.
Summer in the Hyde:  The Hyde Community Center and the Newton Highlands Area Council will continue:
  • July 27 6:00 p.m. Concert: Black Velvet Band (Irish) Dusk Movie: Back to the Future 2
  • July 29 7:00p.m.   Shakespeare in the Park (Commonwealth Shakespeare)

Sunday Concerts on the Green:  Sunday concerts on the Newton Center Green began last night but there are still 3 more in this series.

  • July 29th – Lost Sugar Kings

Concerts begin at 6:30 and end at 8:00 p.m.  Be sure to stop at local businesses while you are in Newton Center!

Notable Events

Farmer’s Market:  The Tuesday (Cold Spring Park from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m.) and Saturday (West Newton from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) Farmer’s Markets are up and running. This Saturday, the Farmer’s Market, in collaboration with Paddy’s and Judith’s Kitchen, to host it’s first ever beer tasting event.  Samples will be available  from Jack’s Abby, Mighty Squirrel, Lord Hobo, & Willie’s Superbrew. Shop the market, taste the brews at Paddy’s, where you can also purchase full pours, & then purchase beer to take home from Judith’s Kitchen. Go here or here for more information on this and other exciting news from the Farmer’s Market. More information on the Crafts Beer Tasting can be found here.

Auburndale Community Library:  The Auburndale Community Library will host Summer Movie Night on Wednesday, July 18th – 7 pm featuring Black Panther (rated PG-13). Light nut-free refreshments will be served.

Summer in the Highlands:  The Hyde Community Center and the Newton Highlands Area Council will continue their summer series this Friday, July 20th at 6:00 p.m.  Concert: Stardust Band (Rock) Dusk Movie: Back to the Future

Sunday Concerts on the Green:  Sunday concerts on the Newton Center Green began last night but there are still 3 more in this series.

  • July 22nd – Classic Groove
  • July 29th – Lost Sugar Kings

Concerts begin at 6:30 and end at 8:00 p.m.  Be sure to stop at local businesses while you are in Newton Center!

Notable Events

Sunday Concerts on the Green:  Sunday concerts on the Newton Center Green began last night but there are still 3 more in this series.

  • July 15th – The Elton Experience
  • July 22nd – Classic Groove
  • July 29th – Lost Sugar Kings

Concerts begin at 6:30 and end at 8:00 p.m.  Be sure to stop at local businesses while you are in Newton Center!

Farmers Market:  The Farmers Market on Tuesdays at Cold Spring Parks begins this week!  Click here for more details and be sure to sign up for the newsletter!

St Mary of Carmen Society Festival:  Th3 83rd Annual Festival will run from July 11th – July 15th.  For more information, go here.

Auburndale Community Library:  The Auburndale Community Library is hosting a Stuffed Animal Sleepover on Wednesday, July 11th. Wear your PJs and bring your stuffed animal to the Library to hear fun stories and then say Goodnight.  Pick up will be between 3 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, and receive a photo of your animal’s adventures at the library!

Feast of the Falls:  The annual Feast of the Falls will be held this Sunday, July 15th at 5 p.m. at the Echo Bridge in Upper Falls. 400 guests will be seated at one very long table to a four course gourmet dinner served by volunteers and dignataries, including Mayor Fuller!  For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.

Summer in the Highlands:  The Hyde Center concert and movie series is in full swing.  This Friday, July 13th, the Gringo Kings and Despicable Me 3 will be featured.  Concerts begin at 6 and the movie begins at dusk.  For more information and a full calendar of events, go here.

Events and Announcements this Week

Families Belong Together Vigil –  Monday, July 2nd – 6:30 p.m. in front of Newton City Hall

The Newton Clergy Association along with the Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries and the Newton Human Rights Commission, are leading a Families Belong Together Prayer Vigil on Monday, July 2nd at 6:30 p.m. in front of Newton City Hall.

“We believe that faith is relevant to the soul of our nation. The separation of families is not a partisan issue. It’s a moral one. Along with the rallies being held in Boston and cities across the nation next weekend, we invite people of faith, or no faith, to come together, and lift your voices, in our various traditions, in prayer for our country, our leaders and those seeking refuge from the violence of their countries. Please bring an electric candle or the light on your cell phone to help us shine a light in the darkness.”

Fourth of July Celebration – Celebrate the 4th of July here in Newton!  Beginning at 10 a.m. at the Newton Centre Playground, there will be a Pet Parade, Teddy Bear Parade, Doll Carriage Promenade and Foot Races with a bonus scoop of ice cream provided by Cabot’s!

Then head over to Albemarle Playground from Noon – 9 p.m. for the Open Air Market, Amusement Rides and Music by the Bill Winiker Band.

And then the Grand Finale:  Fireworks!

Please note that these free events have been sponsored by the Newton Pride Committee.  Please consider donating to the Newton Pride Committee to keep these events free.  Information on donating can be found here.

Gath Pool Closure:  A water leak was discovered at the Gath Pool which is forcing closure of the pool from Thursday, July 5th until Sunday, July 8th.  Folks can still enjoy swimming at Crystal Lake during this hot spell.  Day pass information for Crystal Lake can be found here.