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Newton CPC New Art Center Report and 300 Hammond Pond Parkway/Webster Woods Public Hearing

The Newton Community Preservation Committee will meet to hear a report on the New Art Center’s historic preservation plan and hold a public hearing and potential funding vote on $100,000 for professional services related to the preservation of open space at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway/Webster Woods.

The full agenda and pre-meeting materials are online from For assistance contact Alice Ingerson at or 617-796-1144.

September 13th, 7:00 pm, City Hall, Room 204
Please note the unusual day of the week

Kids’ free yoga class at Open House

Have your child try a yoga class during the upcoming open house.. Classes are tailored by age group and taught by well-known educator and yoga instructor, Tracy Affonso, former Newton Public School teacher.

Open House:  September 19th, see times below
Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown

Please sign up in advance at this link or call 617-393-3590.

Session is September 19th to December 19th, fee is $169.00 or a weekly drop-in is $15.00, space permitting.

K-Grade 2 (age 5-7),  Wednesdays, 3:30 – 4:15 pm
Grade 3-5 (age 8-10) – Wednesdays,  4:30 – 5:30 pm

Open House and free yoga class for Middle School students

Middle School students are invited to join a free yoga class during the upcoming open house. Specifically geared for busy middle schoolers, this class is a welcome respite and a space to learn how yoga can both build strength of body and mind in a supportive, fun environment. Class is taught by Amy Hrobak, a popular yoga instructor and an experienced middle school counselor (LICSW).

Open House: September 20th, 4:00 pm
Artemis Yoga, 639 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown  Please sign up in advance at this link or call 617-393-3590.

Session is September 20th to December 20th,  Grades 5 – 8 (age 11-14) on  Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, fee of $169.00 or a weekly drop-in for $15.00 is available space permitting.

Boy Scouts

Troop 182 invites all youth ages 10 to 17 to their annual Open House.

Troop 182, founded in 1913, has a proud heritage and is one of the longest serving troops in the country. They are sponsored by the Kiwanis Club in Wellesley and serve youth from Wellesley and surrounding communities including Newton.

Troop 182 is a very welcoming boy-led troop that is proud of its more than 120 Eagle Scouts.  They’ll have snacks and beverages, as well as a Q&A session, an introduction to the Troop and its members, and an overview of the activities they participate in at the Open House.

Attendees should RSVP to Paul Hurney at or Nicholas Hurney at

September 23rd, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Wellesley Hills Congregational Church, 207 Washington Street in Wellesley Hills, conveniently located near the intersection of Rt. 9 and Rt. 16.

Important information for voters

Here is some important information for voters from the League of Women Voters of Newton:

• The State Primary Election is on Tuesday, September 4th, which is the day after Labor Day

• If you need an absentee ballot (because there is no early voting in this September election), the deadline to file an application is on Friday, August 31st. This is the Friday before Labor Day.

• The League of Women Voters has worked with partner organizations to create several Candidates’ Forums for voters to learn more about the candidates and their positions:
o 4th Congressional District: Kennedy and Rucinski
o District 3 Governor’s Council (Carter-Devaney) and Middlesex County DA (Patalano-Ryan)

• Click here for the Online Voters’ Guide from the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts to read the responses from candidates for statewide office or go to

For other questions you might have, go to the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office at or to the Elections Office for the City of Newton at​

Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ)

Dear Newton Public School Families,

As part of our district’s commitment to creating welcoming, supportive, and safe communities for all, we have worked together over the past year with Families Organizing for Racial Justice (FORJ), a parent-led group in Newton. It is our hope to provide interested families with opportunities, information, and resources to become better equipped to address issues of race, culture, and identity with their children. Last year, the work was focused in our elementary schools and this year will expand to our middle and high schools.

To facilitate this effort, we are working with Amy Behrens, a FORJ Leader, diversity educator, and parent coach and Gloria Pascual, a seasoned community leader in Boston and Framingham, who will be the FORJ Co-Coordinators for 2018-2019. They, and a diverse set of parent leaders, will continue supporting parent volunteers from all Newton schools to help them:

  • Identify needs and action plans specific to their schools
  • Create opportunities, through events and activities, for face-to-face conversations and dialogue
  • Provide families with valuable information, tools, and resources

Amy and Gloria will work in concert with PTOs and existing school groups to develop personalized programs for each school community. The work will rely on volunteers interested in engaging their schools on issues of race, culture, and identity. Please sign up here OR email Amy at to be placed on the mailing list for information about upcoming meetings.

The first FORJ meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, October 2nd 7:30-9pm at the Angier Elementary School, 1697 Beacon St, Waban, MA 02468, accessible by the Waban T stop on the Green D Line.

We are eager to continue expanding this partnership with families this school year. I hope that you will consider getting involved.


David Fleishman

Newton Destination Imagination registration now open

Registration for Newton Destination Imagination (DI) is open! Click HERE to register.

Newton DI is an inclusive STEAM- based creative problem solving competition for students in grades K-12. Teams of up to 7 kids will choose to work on one of six challenges that will test their teamwork, project management and creativity skills.

To learn more about the program, please go to the website for FAQs and a short intro video. Questions? Please email