Category Archives: Community Notes

Missed your school’s flu clinic?

A family flu clinic will be held where anyone age 6 months and up may receive a flu shot. Teens may come on their own if a parental consent form is completed in advance. Forms available at www.newtonma.gov/flu High dose vaccine available to adults 65 and up. For questions please call 617-796-1420.

November 12th, 5:00 –  to 7:00 pm
Newton City Hall outside the Health Dept. in Room 107

Community Discussion with Sheriff Koutoujian

The League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) and co-sponsors League of Women Voters of Arlington, Norward, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston will host a community discussion led by Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. Sheriff Koutoujian will talk about the work of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, partnerships with local law enforcement and efforts to address the needs of justice-involved individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. He’ll also discuss innovative programs for incarcerated military veterans and young adult offenders.

RSVPs to info@lwvnewton.org are appreciated!

November 12th,  7:00 pm
Angier Elementary School, 1697 Beacon Street, Waban

More information: Peter J. Koutoujian has been Middlesex Sheriff since he was sworn in by former Governor Deval Patrick on January 21, 2011. In February of 2019, Koutoujian was elected as Vice President of Major County Sheriffs of America, representing sheriffs from the most populous counties in the country. Koutoujian currently serves as President of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association, and is a founding member of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration, a group committed to reducing rates of incarceration. He has also been recognized as a “Champion of Justice Reform” by the Coalition for Public Safety – a national bipartisan collective advancing criminal justice reform.

Prior to serving as sheriff, Koutoujian served as a state legislator holding several leadership positions, including Chairman of the Joint Committee on Financial Services and Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Health. Additionally, he chaired the Commonwealth’s OxyContin and Other Drug Abuse Commission created in 2004. A staunch public safety advocate, Koutoujian has also led efforts around victims’ rights and suicide prevention.

A lawyer by trade, Koutoujian served as a Middlesex County prosecutor before being elected to the Massachusetts Legislature. Koutoujian is a graduate of Bridgewater State University, the New England School of Law and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

 

Newton SEPAC meeting November 13th

Please join the Newton SEPAC for a meeting with Beth Fitzmaurice, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services.

Beth Fitzmaurice is responsible for special education across Newton Public Schools. Beth joined NPS in August 2019 and has spent her first couple of months on the job getting to know the schools, staff, and programs. We will have the opportunity to hear from Beth on her impressions of special education in Newton, her thoughts on current special education issues, and her priorities for this academic year and beyond. There will also be time for parents to ask questions.

Contact info@newtonpac.org with any questions.

November 13th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Ed Center Room 210, 100 Walnut Street

Take action against climate change

Take personal action against the Climate Crisis at Green Newton’s Open Meeting. Are you interested in doing something about the climate crisis but not sure what? Green Newton welcomes you to an open meeting to chat with like-minded people and take part in developing Green Newton’s new Green Action Teams, including –Home Efficiency & Heat Pumps; Transportation & Electric Vehicles; Food as Climate Action; Reduce, Reuse & Recycle; and Advocacy & Education. Get involved, and help combat climate change!
Refreshments will be served. RSVP to marcia@greennewton.org or just show up.

November 19th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
War Memorial Auditorium, Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Tickets on Sale Now for the Newton South Frosh Play! 

Come to this year’s South frosh production: Love Hurts and cheer on South Stage’s newest actors and techies as they showcase their talents and try out new skills during this evening of quirky and diverse 10-minute plays directed by Sundi Scott. Tickets cost $10.00 and can be purchased online at www.southstage.org

November 21st, 22nd and 23rd, 7:30 pm
The Lab Theatre

Gobble Gobble Give

Drop off a dish to help feed the Boston homeless on Thanksgiving.

Gobble Gobble Give is a national effort of volunteers who prepare and assemble individual containers of Thanksgiving meals to deliver to homeless people in 16 major cities throughout the country.

Boston is one of the newest cities, and they were able to feed 300 people last year. This year the goal is 500. Let’s help them exceed their goal! You can drop off a warm dish on Thanksgiving morning or stay and help assemble containers or deliver. If you would like to help but will not be around on Thursday, please email wrwoodruff@yahoo.com to arrange to drop off a donation on Tuesday or Wednesday (something like cookies, pumpkin bread, corn muffins, pie or anything that does not need to be refrigerated).

For more information, go to https://www.gobblegobblegive.org. Check the Gobble Gobble Give Boston Facebook page next week for more details about the drop-off location. The drop-off location will probably be near the entrance of the Newton Police Department on Washington Street. Check the Facebook page closer to Thanksgiving for this year’s times and confirmation of the location.

One Stop Holiday Food Shopping at City Hall

Pick up all the ingredients for your Thanksgiving feast at a special farmers’ market at Newton City Hall. Fifteen local farms and specialty vendors will set up shop at the War Memorial, with fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, pies, craft chocolates, knife-sharpening, hostess gifts, and pasture-raised turkeys. There will even be takeout food to serve your family during those busy days before Thanksgiving. Farmers’ market shopping has already begun, as most vendors are now accepting online orders and offering discounts for pre-orders.

Some items, like Copicut Farms’ turkeys, and cheeses from the Seacoast Cheese Maven, should be pre-ordered right away, because there’s limited quantity and high demand. With pre-ordering you can shop from home and then swing in and pick up your purchases. The Thanksgiving Market has its own website, www.allovernewton.com, with online shopping links to vendors’ sites.

If you prefer shopping in person, there will be plenty of items to buy at the market. Dick’s Market Gardens, known for its vast variety of local produce, is offering “you-fill” farm boxes. Pay just $25.00 and fill up a large ¾ bushel box (or free, sturdy farm bag) with your choice of fruits and vegetables. Other vendors, like Belmont-based Tick Tock Chocolates, find pre-orders helpful for production planning, but will bring extra products to the market for day-of shopping.

The Thanksgiving market, sponsored by the Newton Farmers’ Market and The Village Bank, is a fundraiser for the Newton Food Pantry and supports local food-aid organization, Community Servings. All vendors are donating their fees to the Food Pantry, and the market is a pie pick up site for Community Servings’ Pie in the Sky fundraiser.

Free Admission. HIP accepted by Dick’s Market Garden. More information, a complete vendor list, and ordering information available at: www.allovernewton.com

November 26th, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Newton City Hall’s War Memorial

Newton Girls Lacrosse

Newton Girls Lacrosse’s 2020 season registration is now open. CLICK HERE to register.

Newton Girls Lacrosse (NGL) is dedicated to providing Newton girls and their families a community based developmental lacrosse program. This year they celebrate their 20th season!

NGL is the only Newton girls lacrosse program with opportunities for all Newton girls in grades 1-8 to play lacrosse. They encourage girls at all ages, regardless of experience, to join the program and learn lacrosse while meeting new friends, being active and competing.

The program delivers a fun, safe and inclusive youth sport environment. Please visit the website at newtongirlslacrosse.com to register.

Teams: Last year there were about 200 girls in the program. The program offered 10 travel teams and 1 select team in the Founders Girls Lacrosse League.

Practices and games: All grade levels have practiced at Weeks Field in Newton Center on Mondays and Wednesdays the past few years starting in late March and ending in June. In addition, the program also uses both outdoor and indoor turf when the spring weather creates challenges.

Games are played on Sundays for all grade levels and Friday nights for the 5/6 and 7/8 select teams.

NGL – Come Play!

The Dreaded College Essay: A Solution

Kathryn Frorer, a Princeton University graduate, knows firsthand how stressful the college application process can be and she knows how to bring you to the other side with a peaceful semester, a strong essay, and a confident application.

“Who are you, and what do you care about?” is a challenging question for an adult to answer when the stakes are low. For a teenager facing college admissions, it can be paralyzing.  Master Mine, specializes in guiding students to write college essays that answer these difficult questions in honest, compelling, and meaningful ways.

They offer one-on-one online sessions personalized to the needs of each student. Starting from scratch, students complete powerful common app essays, written entirely in their own words, in about ten sessions.

To schedule a free, 30-minute consultation, call 215-796-4326 or email katiefrorer@gmail.com.

Equity Working Group to present Survey findings

The Equity Working Group will make a presentation on the findings from its Spring Community Survey to the School Committee.

School Committee meetings are broadcast live on NewTV at the time of the meeting and can be found on the following channels according to your cable provider:

Comcast – Ch.9
RCN – Ch.13
Verizon – Ch. 33

November 4th, 7:00 pm
The Ed Center, Room 210
100 Walnut Street, Newton