Category: Events

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.

Notable Events

Last Farmer’s Market

There will be HALLOWEEN PARTY ON TUESDAY OCTOBER 23RD, the last day of the market from 2 – 4 pm with trick-or-treating and a Halloween Costume Parade at 4.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Please rsvp for planning purposes by clicking HERE.

Go here for more information.

Blue Ribbon Commission on Elected Official Compensation:

The City Council passed a resolution asking that the City Council President appoint a Blue Ribbon Commission to examine the salaries and benefits that Newton’s elected officials (the Mayor and members of the City Council and the School Committee) receive for their service and to make recommendations for future changes to those salaries and benefits.

In order to carry out the City Council’s resolution, President Laredo will be appointing a new Blue Ribbon Commission of between 9-15 members of the Newton community. The Commission will begin its work in January 2019, with the goal of having a report to the City Council by June 2019. It will meet once or twice a month, with meetings likely to be in the evenings.

For more information and instructions on how to be considered for appointment to this Commission, please click HERE.

Last Day to Register to Vote is Wednesday, October 17th!!  Go here to check your registration and register to vote.

Early Voting is available for both Elections – State and Municipal 

Newton City Hall – 1000 Commonwealth Avenue
October 22 – 25, 2018, 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.
October 26, 2018, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
October 29 – November 1, 2018, 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
November 2, 2018, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Newton North High School – 457 Walnut Street
October 27 & 28, 2018, Noon  to 5:00 pm

Newton South High School – 140 Brandeis Road
October 27 & 28, 2018, Noon to 5:00 pm

Golda Meir House – 160 Stanton Avenue (Limited Parking)
October 24, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lasell Village – 120 Seminary Avenue
October 25, 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Coleman House – 677 Winchester Street
October 29, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Evans Park – 430 Centre Street
October 30, 2018, 9:00 am – Noon

Absentee Ballot Information Click Here

Polling Locations Click Here

Job Opportunities with the City of NewtonHere are some current employment opportunities with the City of Newton.  Here are current employment opportunities with the Newton Public Schools.

Notable Events and Announcements

Birthday:  It’s my birthday today! YAY!!

Blue Ribbon Commission on Elected Official Compensation:

The City Council passed a resolution asking that the City Council President appoint a Blue Ribbon Commission to examine the salaries and benefits that Newton’s elected officials (the Mayor and members of the City Council and the School Committee) receive for their service and to make recommendations for future changes to those salaries and benefits.

In order to carry out the City Council’s resolution, President Laredo will be appointing a new Blue Ribbon Commission of between 9-15 members of the Newton community. The Commission will begin its work in January 2019, with the goal of having a report to the City Council by June 2019. It will meet once or twice a month, with meetings likely to be in the evenings.

For more information and instructions on how to be considered for appointment to this Commission, please click HERE.

Last Day to Register to Vote is Wednesday, October 17th!!  Go here to check your registration and register to vote.

Poll Workers Wanted

The City of Newton is looking for individuals who are:

  • Enthusiastic & Energetic
  • Passionate about Civic Involvement
  • Registered to vote in Massachusetts
  • Available to work:
    • October 22 – November 2: Early Voting Period
    • November 6: State Election

To work at various polling locations throughout the city.

Available positions include: Wardens, Clerks and Inspectors

If you are interested in working as a poll worker, please contact Karen Fallon at (617) 796-1205 or by e-mail at kfallon@newtonma.gov

Download a PDF fillable Poll Worker Application here.

Early Voting is available for both Elections – State and Municipal 

Newton City Hall – 1000 Commonwealth Avenue
October 22 – 25, 2018, 8:30 am to 8:00 pm.
October 26, 2018, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
October 29 – November 1, 2018, 8:30 am – 8:00 pm
November 2, 2018, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Newton North High School – 457 Walnut Street
October 27 & 28, 2018, Noon  to 5:00 pm

Newton South High School – 140 Brandeis Road
October 27 & 28, 2018, Noon to 5:00 pm

Golda Meir House – 160 Stanton Avenue (Limited Parking)
October 24, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Lasell Village – 120 Seminary Avenue
October 25, 2018, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Coleman House – 677 Winchester Street
October 29, 2018, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Evans Park – 430 Centre Street
October 30, 2018, 9:00 am – Noon

Absentee Ballot Information Click Here

Polling Locations Click Here

Job Opportunities with the City of NewtonHere are some current employment opportunities with the City of Newton.  Here are current employment opportunities with the Newton Public Schools.