Category Archives: Community Notes

Public Speaking for Middle Schoolers

Is your child the next Greta Thunberg? Interested in public speaking, debate, and civic engagement?

Debate Spaces is a Harvard-affiliated nonprofit providing best-in-class programming to middle school students by national award-winning former college debaters. Sign up for  spring programming now– pizza lunch included!

Please reach out to with any questions you may have!

Newton Girls Softball

Newton Girls Softball Rec League is for girls in kindergarten to 7th grade. Supportive coaches teach the fundamentals of softball and develop confidence, determination, and resiliency. Team sports can play a great role helping girls face challenges as they get older. There is a place for girls of all ability levels in Softball, in a different way from soccer, basketball, and lacrosse.

If your daughter is not yet playing a spring sport, please visit the website Also, Rec League Director James Alandydy would be happy to talk with you. Please contact him at

Newton Girls Soccer

New England’s largest all girls soccer program is right here in your city. Over 1,000 girls from K-9 play soccer each season with Newton Girls Soccer. Beyond the soccer, they are building confidence, learning teamwork and making friends across Newton.

Registration is open in February for the spring season that starts the week of March 30th Visit

Learn-to-Skate Lessons

Do you want to introduce your kids to ice skating or get them ready for hockey, recreational or figure skating and give them the opportunity to skate with other kids their age? Bay State Skating School is a non-profit organization that has for over 50 years dedicated itself to introducing kids to the joys of ice skating. Professional instructors teach Recreational, Figure and Hockey skating skills to children ages 4 – 18, from absolute beginners to experienced skaters.

Classes are held at the Newton/Brighton Daly Rink on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00 pm; at the Cleveland Circle Reilly Rink on Thursdays and Fridays at 4:00 pm and Sundays at 1:00 pm; West Roxbury Roche Arena on Sundays at 4:00 pm; and at the Waltham Veterans Rink on Saturday at 1:00 pm and Sundays at 4:00 pm.

For more information, check out the website and registration information at

Newton Theatre Kids

This summer, Newton Theatre Kids is excited to offer students entering grades 5-8 the opportunity to hone their theatrical abilities in a supportive and engaging environment. Each of the three intensives lasts for one week and focuses on a different genre of theater, allowing participants to develop meaningful new skills while increasing their confidence and versatility as performers. All experience levels welcome!

Week #1: Hey Little Songbird Cabaret Crew, July 6th – 10th

Week #2: Best Foot Forward Audition Bootcamp, July 13th – 17th

Week #3: Breaking Down the Bard Shakespeare Workshop, July 20th – 24th

For assistance with questions, email Intensive Series Director Abby Lass at or for more information and to register, visit


JCC Maccabi Games Are Here!

Not sure of your teen’s summer plans? Come learn about the JCC Maccabi Campus Games on February 12th at 6:30pm at the Leventhal-Sidman JCC. Each summer, Jewish teens (13-16) gather for a six-day, Olympics®-style competition. The 2020 Games will be held August 9th – 14th in Westchester, New York.

Teams participate in boys baseball, boys, ice hockey, girls volleyball, girls and boys basketball, girls and boys soccer, chess, dance, e-sports, swimming, table tennis and tennis. It’s the summer experience of a lifetime, and JCC Greater Boston is proud to send its own delegation to the games!

Families will receive a membership to JCC Greater Boston once their teen is registered for the games. Participants must be age 13 and must not have reached age 17 by by July 31st, 2020. For more information, contact 781-249-9567 or

What’s Happening at the West Suburban YMCA

Early Spring Registration is Open! Early Spring Session runs February 24th – April 19th. Sign up for swimming lessons, small fitness training classes, sports, or creative arts! Register and find out more information here.

Family Fun Night, February 11th, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Bring the whole family to the Y for some family fun time. Featuring arts & crafts, bouncy house, gym games and more! Free and open to all. Family Fun Nights occur on the second Tuesday of every month.

February Vacation Week Programming February Vacation Week is around the corner! They offer three childcare programs from February 18th – 21th. Out of School Time Vacation Programs are structured similarly to a day at camp, with a mix of activities such as fun games, creative projects, and free swim. Sports Vacation Clinics may include soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, and more. In addition, there are also new Creative Arts vacation programs! To learn more about vacation week programs, visit

Camp Registration is Now Open! Send your child to day camp at Camp Pikati or Camp Chickami, or try the overnight experience at Camp Frank A. Day. Learn more and register here:

Camp Info Sessions. Want to learn more about the summer camp offerings? Stop by the Y for one of these camp info sessions.

February 8th,  2:00 – 4:00 pm
February 26th, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
March 10th, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Work at the Y: The West Suburban YMCA is hiring for a variety of full-time and part-time positions in member services, childcare and youth development, aquatics, fitness and more. The Y offers generous benefits, free membership and professional development opportunities. Please contact Laura Snow, Director of Human Resources, at or visit

Financial Assistance is always available for Y Memberships and Programs. The West Suburban YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization and it is their mission to never turn anyone away due to their inability to pay. Please contact our Membership Department at 617-244-6050 ext. 3653 for financial assistance with membership or program participation.

It’s never too early to start thinking about summer camp!

Several New Hampshire summer camps have generously donated gift cards to the Bowen PTO, and they’re auctioning them off to the highest bidders. Your child gets an amazing camp experience, you save money on summer camp, and Bowen PTO gets additional funds to continue supporting the amazing staff and programs children enjoy!

To submit your bid, simply email by 11:59 pm on February 2nd with:

Your name
Your email address & phone number
Which camp you’re bidding on
Your bid amount

  • Camp Cody – Two Gift Cards, $1,750 each

Camp Cody welcomes boys and girls age 7-15. The gift cards can only be used by families attending the camp for the first time, and only for Session 1 (June 21st-July 4th, 2020) or Session 4 (August 2nd-15th, 2020). The winner is responsible for the difference in the cost, $2,200 and a $500 deposit is due at the time of sign-up. One gift card per family.

  • Camps Kenwood and Evergreen – One Gift Card for $1,000

Camps Kenwood and Evergreen welcome boys and girls age 8-15. The gift card can only be used by families attending the camp for the first time. The winner is responsible for the difference in cost, which will depend on the session selected.

Winners will be notified on February 3rd. If you have any questions, please email

Public Hearing on Housing Authority Acceptance of CAN-DO Affordable Housing

The Community Preservation Committee and Planning & Development Board will hold a joint public hearing on the Newton Housing Authority’s funding requests ($1,105,000 CPA, $1,200,000 CDBG) for accepting the portfolio of affordable rental housing developed throughout Newton by CAN-DO (Citizens for Affordable Housing in Newton Development Organization). The full proposal and supporting documents are available from the CPC website at

For assistance or with questions, contact Eamon Bencivengo at 617-796-1145 or

February 11th, 7:00 pm
Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street, Newtonville

You’re invited to a Climate Change Forum

The wildfires in Australia and the flooding of Indonesia and Venice are examples of tragic climate events that have raised alarm bells across the globe. Climate change is here in real time and will feed an increasing number of devastating, extreme weather events. Facing inaction on climate legislation at the federal level, state and local governments must pick up the slack.

Join the League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) together with the Leagues of Framingham, Needham, Wayland, Wellesley and Weston, when they co-host a community conversation you won’t want to miss! You’ll learn how Massachusetts can join other states and hundreds of cities across the country working to reduce carbon emissions which is  “Job One” if we are to avert the worst impacts of climate change.

Discussion topics will include:

  • The current state of client change science and the implications for society
  • The current status and importance of the regional transportation and climate initiative
  • The plan to help transition gas utilities to delivery of clean, safe, renewable energy and the importance of the FUTURE Act

To present this topic, they’ve assembled an outstanding panel that includes Craig Altemose, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Better Future Project; Jordan Stutt, Carbon Programs Director of the Acadia Center; and Audrey Schulman, Co-founder and Executive Director of HEET (Home Energy Efficiency Team) and/or Zeyneb Magavi (Director, HEET). State Senator Cynthia Creem, a sponsor of the FUTURE ACT, will be attending as well and providing remarks.

RSVPs to or on Facebook are appreciated!

Scandinavian Cultural Center
February. 26th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm