Extra! Extra! The CHA spring newsletter is here!

Our latest newsletter is jam-packed with news and local information.

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CHA Spring Newsletter 2017


Webster Woods walk on Sunday

Newton Conservators is offering this upcoming event:

Sunday, April 9 at 1:00 pm (Rain or Shine) 

The Hidden Life of Vernal Pools: Forest and

Vernal Pool Exploration at Webster Woods


Join us in Webster Woods, Newton’s largest conservation area, as we walk the woods and explore the large vernal pool found there.Vernal pools, because of periods of drying, do not support breeding populations of fish. Many organisms have evolved to use these temporary wetlands, where they are not eaten by fish.

Join us as we search obligate vernal pool species, including fairy shrimp, spotted salamanders and wood frogs. The amphibians are the stars of the show, but you will also watch for mammal tracks and learn about trees and other forest plants.

Sampling equipment will be provided; bring hand lenses if you have them.We will walk even in the rain, so dress accordingly.

Meet at the end of Warren Street on the western edge of Webster Conservation Area.

For anyone not up to a 1-mile hike (round-trip), you can meet up with the group at 2 pm in the back parking lot (far back) of the former Congregation Mishkan Tefila on Hammond Pond Road; the vernal pool is right there.


Trip Leader: Eric Olson 

Alert- car trespassing and theft

Several neighbors from all parts of Chestnut Hill have recently reported theft of items (rolls of quarters, a laptop, a wallet) from cars left unlocked overnight.  All took place in the wee hours of the night (midnight to 5 am). Items were removed and possessions riffled through. Please remember to lock your car at night and if you have something stolen, report to Newton police. It may be hard to take the time, but it will help them evaluate the scope of the problem.

Houghton Garden Clean up

Houghton Garden Clean up happens this Saturday, April 8, from 9 to 3.

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Save the Date, if you want to learn more about the proposed changes at the Street

The proposed changes at “The Street” in Chestnut Hill will be considered at two upcoming meetings:

On December 1,  The Street will be on the agenda of Newton’s conservation comission. The meeting starts at 7:00pm.

On December 6, Newton’s Land Use committee will hold a public hearing for “The Street” at 7:00pm in City Hall.

An open letter to Newton’s Land Use Committee from the CHA

Open Letter to Newton’s Land Use Committee

Please click the link or the image below to read the entire letter.