Category Archives: From The City of Newton

Teen Stress Survival Guide Workshop

Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library
December 14th 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

This workshop led by Families for Depression Awareness staff and a Licensed Mental Health Professional, will teach teens how to identify symptoms of stress and, identify strategies to manage it, as well as how to find help if things start to feel like “more than just stress”.
Register here: Stress Survival Guide Workshop Tickets

City of Newton Youth Services in partnership with Families for Depression
Awareness, The Newton Free Library and The Newton Youth Commission

Fuel Assistance Available

The City of Newton Social Services Division is now accepting appointments for Fuel Assistance applications. We recognize families will face increased financial stress due to their heating and utility costs this winter and we are here to help. Below are the eligibility guidelines for the Low Income Heating Assistance Program:

Families can complete our new intake form (Social Services Intake Form) or call us (617-796-1420). We will assist families in completing the applications and talk through other financial resources that may be available.

City of Newton Veteran’s Day Event

This year the City of Newton will hold a Veterans Day Observance to acknowledge our City’s Heroes. We invite you to attend a brief ceremony as we will be recognizing Newton Veterans. Veterans Day will be observed in Newton on Friday November 11th, 2022 with a ceremony beginning promptly at 11:00 AM at the American Legion, Post #440 at 295 California Street in Newton. Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has invited the boy and girl scouts to lead us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The National Anthem will be performed along with the presentation of the colors by our Newton Fire & Police Honor Guard. At 10:00 AM, prior to the ceremony, we will have a donation drive supporting the troops.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.

In Good Health,

Seth A. Bai, Director

USMC (Ret.)

Pumpkin Smash!

Bring your pumpkins to Newton’s annual Pumpkin Smash at City Hall on Nov. 5, the Saturday after Halloween, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Why put your pumpkin in with your yard waste when it’s much more fun to smash it?

This family friendly event takes our orange pumpkins and turns them “green.” All our smashed pumpkins will be composted by Black Earth Compost (our curbside composting partner), thus reducing waste and greenhouse gas emissions and creating a valuable amendment for our soils.

You can fling, toss and smash your pumpkin in all sorts of ways, including with smashing machines made by the Newton LigerBots, the high school robotics team. 

Pre-registration is encouraged but onsite registration will be available for the Pumpkin Smash which will be held rain or shine. 

All the information above is available at www.newtonma.gov/recycling

Albemarle Parking Party Thursday 4/21

Hi Albemarle Friends,

We wanted to let you know that we have rescheduled the Albemarle Parking Party to take place Thursday 4/21 from 7:00-10:00 AM on Albemarle Road near Gath Pool. (Rain date is Friday 4/22).

This will be an opportunity to learn more about the head out angled parking proposed in the Albemarle Traffic Calming and Bike Lane Project, and try it out in your own car! .  Please note we cannot provide a car for you to use, so please bring your own, or come with a friend!

Information on the parking party is attached. For more information on the project, please visit: https://www.newtonma.gov/government/planning/transportation-planning/projects/albemarle-traffic-calming-bike-lane

We hope to see you there. Please feel free to share the information with your friends.

Keep smiling,

Nicole Freedman

Director of Transportation Planning

City of Newton

(617) 879-8148

Albemarle Parking Party Thursday 4/21

Hi Albemarle Friends,

We wanted to let you know that we have rescheduled the Albemarle Parking Party to take place Thursday 4/21 from 7:00-10:00 AM on Albemarle Road near Gath Pool. (Rain date is Friday 4/22).

This will be an opportunity to learn more about the head out angled parking proposed in the Albemarle Traffic Calming and Bike Lane Project, and try it out in your own car! .  Please note we cannot provide a car for you to use, so please bring your own, or come with a friend!

Information on the parking party is attached. For more information on the project, please visit: https://www.newtonma.gov/government/planning/transportation-planning/projects/albemarle-traffic-calming-bike-lane

We hope to see you there. Please feel free to share the information with your friends.

Keep smiling,

Nicole Freedman

Director of Transportation Planning

City of Newton

(617) 879-8148

Newton’s Earth Day Festival – April 24th

Celebrate Earth Day with a festival on Sunday, April 24 from 1-4pm outside of City Hall! With electric vehicles and entertaining performances, bike rides and bees, ice cream and info on home energy improvements, we’ll have something for everyone to mark the day.

See a full list of activities at GreenNewton.org/EarthDay

Event will take place rain or shine. Newton’s Earth Day Festival is hosted by Green Newton, the City’s Climate Team, and Newton’s EV Task Force. 

Bike Rodeo event on May 1st

Hello Newton School Families,

Celebrate safe biking in Newton at the Bike Rodeo hosted by Newton Parks and Recreation.  MA Safe Routes to Schools instructors will teach and review bike riding skills.  Volunteers from Bike Newton will help teach fun stations including knowing signs and hand signals, how to care for your bike, and more. 

The Bike Rodeo event will be on Sunday May 1st at Newton South High School and space is currently available for children in grades 2 – 6.  The Bike Rodeo is for children who live in Newton or attend Newton Public Schools, have their own bike, and are comfortable riding independently.  Helmets must be worn and an adult must attend. 

Please check out the registration website at https://newtonma.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30165 for more information and to register. 

For questions, please contact Channon Ames at cames@newtonma.gov
When responding, please be aware that the Massachusetts Secretary of State has determined that most email is public record and therefore cannot be kept confidential.

Registration Available Now – Tim Mayotte Tennis Newton – Newton Parks, Recreation & Culture

Former world top ten player and Massachusetts native, Tim Mayotte, is overseeing Newton’s city-wide tennis-in-the-parks programs.

Registration is open for summer camp, after-school and weekend junior tennis programs. Beginners to advanced players – red, orange, green and yellow ball classes.

Schedules, registration: www.newtontmtennis.com.

Locations: Angier, Warren, Newton North, Newton South.

School Committee Resolution on FY23 Budget

On Thursday, March 31, 2022, the School Committee passed a resolution expressing our concern that the proposed FY23 budget, including 4 million dollars worth of cuts to balance the budget with the allocation of funding provided by the City, will have a serious negative impact on the students of Newton.  

The text of the resolution is as follows:

“Because this is a critical time in the lives of our Newton students as we are emerging from two pandemic years, the 4 million dollars worth of cuts in the proposed FY23 budget to reach the allocation are too deep and too painful.  We do not believe we can shift 4 million dollars of cuts from other areas of the budget that would make them less painful – shifting cuts would just cause different pain, but deep pain nonetheless.  Therefore, the School Committee resolves that the current budget allocation of $262,070,208 is not enough to run the schools without serious negative impacts on our kids.”

The resolution passed 8-0-1, with Mayor Fuller abstaining.

The School Committee is hosting office hours this Sunday, April 3, 2022 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Please login via Zoom using the following login information:Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 812 8329 4592
Passcode: 449186

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Please note that the entire School Committee will not be present and attending members may be limited in their responses given the constraints of Massachusetts Open Meeting Law.

If you wish to submit a question in advance, please use this form: School Committee Office Hours Registration and Questions Form

Please note that we will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, April 4th and all members of the public wishing to make a statement regarding the budget will be heard.  If you wish to speak at this public hearing, please fill out the form linked below with your name and address.  The form will close at 6:00 pm on April 4, 2022.

Form – Request to Speak at Public Hearing on the FY23 Budget

There will be an opportunity to sign up in “real time” during the meeting by using the “raise your hand” feature on Zoom. Speakers will be called in the order in which they signed up, first come-first speak, followed by those who raise their hand during the meeting, or at the discretion of the Chair.