Boys and Girls Club Family Festival on Route 9

Newton Boys and Girls Club is planning to hold their annual Family Festival at the old Omni site on Route 9 from June 9 to June 13.   According to David Sellers, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club, not one complaint was lodged during the five days of the festival last year, and this year’s festival will be the same size and scope of last year’s festival.  Dates and Times below…

Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (June 9-11) from 6 pm – 10 pm

Saturday, June 12 from 12 pm – 10 pm &

Sunday, June 13 from 12 pm – 8 pm.


Bay State Disaster Registration Deadline Extended to June 28

ANDOVER, Ma. – Disaster officials overseeing recovery operations in the Massachusetts record-setting Spring floods announced that the registration deadline for homeowners, renters and business owners to apply for disaster assistance has been extended until close- of-business, Monday, June 28, 2010.

The extension was agreed upon by Commonwealth and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials after reviewing the steady and consistent flow of new registrations throughout the last month. Since May 1, nearly 5,000 applications have been recorded by FEMA.

To date, more than 33,000 residents or people doing business in Bristol, Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk or Worcester counties have registered for some form of disaster assistance.

State and federal recovery officials said the steady volume of new applicants was not unusual for a flooding disaster. The original declaration anticipated a 60-day registration period ending May 28. However, severe storms and heavy rainfall continued to soak already drenched Central and Eastern Massachusetts counties through late April. Residents in designated counties with uninsured disaster-related damages occurring from March 12 through April 26 are eligible to request state-federal aid.

Officials said experience shows flooding damage often reveals itself over time as buildings settle or persistent problems with mold and mildew emerge in warmer weather. In addition many homeowners are finding that uninsured or underinsured repairs or remedies are more costly than imagined. Disaster assistance may be available after insurance claims are settled and some losses remain uncovered.

Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties may apply for assistance by registering online 24/7 at or by calling

800-621-FEMA (3362) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) for people with speech or hearing disabilities.

The toll-free telephone numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Multilingual assistance is available.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders and to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Special Meeting of the Chestnut Hill Association

Presentation by New england Development

Update on Chestnut Hill Square (Rte 9 Site of Former Omni Supermarket)

Tuesday, June 1 – 7:15 to 9:00 pm

Church of the Redeemer, 379 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill (in Parish hall behind the Church on the left)

Email Dick Tucker or Lauren Thill with questions

Bring Your Friends and Neighbors!

Email Addresses Needed

As noted earlier, we want to use email more frequently for member contact, sending quick notes about upcoming events, reminders about meetings, and other news. However, to be effective we need to collect those email addresses that we don’t have on file. Please send your email address to or mail us the form on the last page of this letter. We will not share your information with anyone else. Thank you for helping us to communicate better.

We welcome questions and ideas from our members. We can use help and volunteers for committees. Keep those cards and letters coming!   Thanks for reading, and thank you for your continuing support.

Boston College Master Plan Update

Boston College is moving ahead with the design for the new Stokes Hall (on College Road, between McElroy Commons and Lyons Hall, now a parking space). The project will actually be two buildings connected with a bridge. The 160,000 square foot structure will be comprised of six departments (all in the humanities) occupying 60% of the space. The balance of the space will be used for classrooms, meeting areas, and advising centers.

At the College Road level, it will be two or three stories. The buildings are set on an offset to College Road so there won’t be a “wall” of new construction at the edge of the roadway. They hope to finish the designs, get approvals from the City of Newton, and get bids in time to start construction in October 2010. If they begin on time, they expect to move into the building in the fall of 2012.

The Chestnut Hill Association will be very carefully vetting the design and any traffic issues (vehicular and pedestrian) through the construction and full occupancy periods. Let us know if you want to be involved in the review process. (FYI, Boston College does not foresee any changes to the McElroy student center in the next ten years.)

Chestnut Hill Square Development

The long awaited development on the former Omni Market site has not moved forward…yet. The recent downturn in real estate caused by the recession is likely to blame, but we have not heard anything new from New England Development recently. When we hear something more concrete, we’ll pass on the news. The developers indicated that their original plans have been scaled back significantly to reduce the scope of the project.