Category: Events

Busy week for City Council and School Committee

Riverside Special Permit Application has been filed. Land Use to take up traffic and transportation impact of Northland Development.

School Committee to vote on proposed FY20 Budget and Revised Equity Guidelines; additional information on High School Schedule changes, and Newton Early Childhood Program to move to 687 Watertown Street. Demographic information about school population to be presented to the Council.

Riverside Special Permit Application has been filed

Despite the fact that the City and the community are still going through a visioning process for the Riverside MBTA site, the Developer has formally filed an application for a special permit.  See below for links to the application:

And here is the Anticipated Special Permit Process.


Riverside Visioning Needs Your Comments NOW – Deadline – 11:59 p.m. April 12th!

The City’s Planning and Development Department, with the assistance of the planning consulting firm, Civic Moxie, is in the process of developing a vision plan for the Riverside Station site.

The most recent meeting was held on March 28th at Lasell College. The following were presented and made available to those in attendance:

Now with the filing of the Special Permit by Mark Development, it is even more important to ensure that your voice is heard to help shape the vision for this parcel. I’d say you only get one shot at this, but this is the actually the second actual special permit process for this parcel within the past 7 years.

Click Here to go to coUrbanize to comment on the Riverside Vision.  AGAIN:  Comments on the principles are due before April 12th at 11:59 p.m.

Tell Me the Truth: Exploring the Heart of Cross Racial Conversations – April 9th – Angier Elementary School

FORJ, Families Organizing for Racial Justice is sponsoring a cross-racial conversation between celebrated author of Waking Up White, Debby Irving and Shay Stewart-Bouley, blogger and Executive Director of Community Change Inc. as they share racism’s impact on their lives and how cross-racial conversation has been instrumental in their own understanding of 21st century racial dynamics.  The event will take place on Tuesday, April 9th at 7:30 p.m. at the Angier Elementary School.

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Dog Licenses:  Time to renew your dog licenses:  All dogs six months old and older must be licensed annually beginning April 1st of each year. More information can be found here.

Porchfest 2019Today, April 1st, is the last day to register for Porchfest 2019. PorchFest is an afternoon of free music performed outside of people’s homes. Newton now joins the 100+ other cities across the country who hold this every year. This year, Porchfest has been expanded to include not only Auburndale, but also, Lower Falls, and Waban.  More information can be found here.

Forum on Vaping:  The Superintendent is hosting a forum on the vaping epidemic among youth on Tuesday, April 2nd, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Newton South High School auditorium.  Attorney General Maura Healey will provide the keynote for the event and medical experts and NPS educators will provide information, insight, and education for families and community members. Mark your calendar and join this very important free event. Go here to RSVP.

Newton Open Studios:  Newton Open Studios will host a dessert reception on Wednesday, April 3rd, from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Newton Free Library. Dozens of artists will be on hand along with an array of some of the wonderful art and crafts that will be exhibited at the Newton Open Studios locations throughout the City next weekend – April 6-7.  More information about Newton Open Studios can be found here.

League of Women VotersDon’t Just Stand There …Run  – The League of Women Voters will host a workshop for potential candidates, campaign managers, campaign treasurers, and all interested citizens to provide information and advice about political campaigns. The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 4th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Newton City Hall in Room 211.

Newton Nomadic Theater:  Newton Nomadic Theater’s newest show, Colder Than Here, starts on April 5th.  More information about the performance, venues, and tickets can be found here.

John M. Barry Newton Boys and Girls Club Gala:  The John M. Barry Newton Boys and Girls Club will host it’s annual Gala, Reach for the Stars, this Saturday evening, April 6th at the Club, 675 Watertown Street, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. More information about the Gala and ticket information can be found here.


Riverside Visioning Process continues….March 28th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Lasell College, Winslow Academic Center

The City of Newton Planning Department and consultant, Civic Moxie, will continue the visioning process for the Riverside MBTA site on Thursday, March 28th from 6:30 – 8:30 Lasell College, Winslow Academic Center -80 Maple Street Auburndale.

A summary of comments from the first meeting, site analysis, and draft guiding principles can be found here.


Yard Waste Collections begins!!

Yes – Yard Waste Collection will begin on Monday, March 25th.

What’s acceptable?

  • Grass Clippings
  • Leaves
  • Tree and Shrub Prunings
  • Wood chips
  • Small vegetables and flower plants
  • Other vegetative matter
  • Twigs and branches less than 4 ft. long and 6 inches in diameter (please use twine to tie bundles of twigs and branches that are less than 4 feet in length and 3 inches in diameter)

What’s NOT Acceptable?

  • Plastic Bags
  • Dirt
  • Sand
  • Rocks
  • Asphalt
  • Brick
  • Concrete

Yard Waste in Plastic Bags will NOT be collected.


Sad news

On March 15th, former Ward 5 at-large City Councilor Brian Yates passed away. Brian was a a dedicated public servant and a kind, caring, and loyal friend. I will miss him deeply.

The wake will be held on Tuesday, from 4 – 8 p.m. at George E. Doherty & Sons Funeral Home at 1305 HIghland Avenue in Needham. The funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, at 10:30 a.m. at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes.

Blue Ribbon Commission Seeks Public Input

The Blue Commission, appointed by the City Council President, to study compensation for elected officials and make recommendations for possible future amendments to compensation, benefits is seeking public comment from the community.

The online questionnaire can be found here.

In addition, the commission will hold two sessions for public comment:

  1. Wednesday March 27, 7:00 p.m., Newton City Hall, room 204
  2. Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 p.m., Newton City Hall, room 205

You can also forward comments to:

Elected Official compensation was last reviewed in 2005. At that time, the recommendations was to raise salaries for all elected officials and provide a process for future increases. The City Council approved an increase in salary for the Mayor, but the Mayor did not accept it.

Additional information about the 2019 Blue Ribbon Commission for Salaries, including a list of commission members can be found here. Agendas, reports, and audio can be found here.

Mayor announces Delay in Delivery of Final Zoning Ordinance – Pushed back to 2020

In a letter addressed to the City Council, the Mayor, with the input of Planning Director, Barney Heath, Council President Marc Laredo, and Zoning and Planning Chair, Susan Albright, has decided to “extend the time of delivery of a final draft zoning ordinance to the City Council to the calendar year 2020.

“My decision was made for two reasons.  First, we recently concluded the 1st draft Zoning Redesign ward-by-ward meetings and listened carefully;we know we have considerable work to do on the second draft to ensure we have the right rules in place to direct the future development of our community. Second, we have a sizeable work load in our Planning Department for the rest of this calendar year. This includes important and time-sensitive planning work reviewing the Northland Special Permit application, a Vision Plan and anticipated special permit application for Riverside,updating our inclusionary zoning provisions, developing and presenting a Climate Action Plan, and completing work on the Vision Plan and associated zoning for Washington Street. I am confident the Planning Department can ably complete these initiatives in 2019 if we extend zoning redesign into 2020.”