Category: Schools

School Committee Public Hearing on Potential Student Assignment Changes – April 25th

The School Committee will hold a public hearing on potential student assignment changes on Wednesday, April 25th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street.  See agenda. Additional info:

City Council Committee Meetings Week of December 17th

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:

Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet TONIGHT at 6:45 p.m. in Room 205 to discuss the following:  request for an extension of time to exercise a special permit to demolish a 2 story building and construct a 3-story multi-family structure with 13 units at 429 Cherry Street; request to withdraw a special permit request to relocate an existing dwelling, add a unit to the rear of the building and construct two additional single family dwellings in an MR-1 District at 336 Newtonville Avenue, request for a Consistency Ruling for the Austin Street project (see Planning Memo) and 15 Class 2 Auto Dealer License Renewals.  The agenda and supporting information (including the Austin Street Council Order) can be found here.

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:  reappointment of the Comptroller, Sue Dzikowski; a request authorization to accept a $50,000 grant from the Massachusetts Preservation Project Fund for the East Parish Burying Ground project; a request for an ordinance amendment requiring seasonal water users not eligible for an outdoor water meter to pay a surcharge for the use of sewerage works in proportion to water consumption; and request for authorization to settle a claim against the Newton Public Schools for $10,000 to be taken from the School Department Budget.  The agenda can be found here.

Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of December 17th

The following City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:

Parks and Recreation Commission:  The Parks and Recreation Commission is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  Commissioner reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance,  proposal for renaming the Waban Hill Reservoir, and Committee Reports on the following:  Community Preservation Committee, Farm Commission, Cabot Redesign Committee, Commonwealth Golf Course, Off-Leash Area Working Group, Crystal Lake Working Group, Athletic Fields Working Group, and the Nahanton Park Committee.  The agenda can be found here.

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, December 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria – located in the Basement of Newton City Hall and is expected to discuss the following:  The Jackson Road/Haywood House Senior Housing proposal request for $2,500,000 in CPA off-cycle funding,  A public hearing on proposed revisions for funding guidelines (including: percentage of funding targeted for each CPA-eligible resource (affordable
housing, historic resources, open space/outdoor recreation land); principles for prioritizing projects that are CPA-appropriate as well as CPA eligible; expectations for matching, non-CPA funds in different project categories),  originally announced for the December 14th meeting , has been rescheduled.  But, you can still submit comments or questions to aingerson@newtonma.gov.  The agenda can be found here.

Council on Aging:  The Council on Aging is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, December 19th at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street and is expected to discuss the following:  Chair/Director’s report on Conversations with Mayor Elect Fuller and the transition team; submission of paper on Goals; changes in the administration; the Needham Street Visioning Committee and the Council on Aging Structure moving forward.  In addition, the COA will its usual reports from membership, Springwell, Senior Citizens Report Fund, Working Groups (Housing – including safety check list, Newton Centre Housing meeting, recommendation for senior housing, new member to housing group), Transportation, Engagement, Legislative Report and an update on the Jackson Road/Haywood Housing Development proposal.  The agenda can be found here.

Licensing Commission:  The Board of Licensing Commission will meet on Tuesday, December 19th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.  Of note:  continued discussion of the Lodging House Regulations and a new Common Victualler License for  Eleven Eleven Health Bar located at 87 Union Street.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Free Library Board of Trustees:  The Newton Free Library Board of Trustees are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, December 20th at 9:00 a.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Board of Assessors:  The Newton Board of Assessors are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, December 20th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108. The agenda can be found here.

Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, December 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department Conference Room – B10 and is expected to review the following requests for sign permits:

  • 47 Lincoln Street – Aer Nailbar
  • 60 Needham Street – Burn Boot Camp
  • 1507 Washington Street – Learning Prep School
  • 67 Crafts Street – Hearty Teriyaki
  • 42-44 Langley Road – Yosemite Eyewear
  • 141 Needham Street – AAA
  • Piccadilly Square – Comprehensive Sign Package

The agenda can be found here.

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, December 21st at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to replace 20 windows at 32 Acacia Avenue, request for approval of existing utility boxes at 100 Suffolk Road, review of 2nd story railing system design and request for approval of vent pipes, mounted speakers and changes to window location on left elevation of rear bump-out at 46 Woodman Road, and a request to build a two-car and one-car garage at 152 Suffolk Road. The agenda can be found here.

Conservation Commission:  The Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, December 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  Notice of Intent and request for infrastructure improvements to support the development of 8 single-family lots on a new and improved driveway at Carlson Road, informal discussion of possibility of installing benches at Ware’s Cove, and a Notice of Intent regarding demolition of Single Family Home to construct a duplex with drainage, landscaping, grading and a 12″ culvert to create a hydraulic connection between mitigation storage area and the Cold Spring Park Wetland Complex at 73 Beaconwood Road.  The agenda can be found here.Packet documents can be found here.

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, December 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following requests for demolition of houses:  96 East Side Parkway, 106 Pine Ridge Road (National Register Property), 24 Morseland Avenue, 42 Greenough Street, 69 Charles Street, and 11 David Road.  There is also a request to replace a front porch and add a rear addition to property located at 133 Park Street ( a National Register property).  The agenda can be found here. Staff memo can be found here and packet documents can be found here.

Waban Area Council:  The Waban Area Council will hold its December meeting on Thursday, December 21st at 8:30 p.m. in the Waban Library.  The Notice of the Meeting can be found here.

Traffic Council Actions – December 13th Meeting

The Traffic Council met on Wednesday, December 13th and approved the following:  creation of a no parking zone anytime on Oak Hill Street between Brookline Street and Puddingstone Lane, addition of a stop sign on Trowbridge Street at Norwood Avenue in the westbound direction, extension of a no parking zone on both sides of Norwood Avenue – creating a no parking zone around the bend and reduce the length of the two-hour parking zone on the south side of the street, the addition of a school zone on Crescent Avenue in front of the Newton Montessori School, the addition of language to current signage adding a 6:00 a.m. to an 8:00 a.m. element to the existing two-hour time limit regulations along Crescent Avenue, and the election of David Koses as Chair of the Traffic Council.  The following items were denied:  request for a four-way stop sign at the intersection of Gibbs Street and Sumner Street to address safety concerns.  The following items were voted No Action Necessary:  request the addition of 30 feet of no parking opposite the church parking lot entrance on Norwood Avenue, request a 3 car parking prohibition across from #44 Norwood Avenue in the 6 existing unrestricted parking area, and a request for a change in the direction of traffic flow on Bram Way in order to accommodate reconstruction of the Austin Street parking lot. Please note:  that an item requesting the allowance of flexibility in terms of the location, duration, and pricing of public parking spaces as well as potential changes to traffic circulation within and proximate to the Austin Street parking lot, in order to provide for the reconstruction of the Austin Street parking lot was held with a trial instituted that will provide the flexibility requested that will impact spaces in the Austin Street lot, on Bram Way, on Austin Street between Walnut and Lowell, and within any portion of the Star Market Lot that is under the City’s control.

The report can be found here.