CHA Spring Newsletter is here!

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

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CHA Spring Newsletter 2016


Invitation to an event for Camp Kesem in Chestnut Hill

Neighbors, as member of the Chestnut Hill community, you are invited to  Make the Magic. This is an event in support for Camp Kesem Chestnut Hill (CKCH), and organization that holds a free summer camp for children who have been affected by a parent’s cancer. The  Event is meant to serve as a celebration of CKCH and their campers, as well as to raise funds required to send our kids to camp. The event will include food, drinks, mingling, and testimonials from several campers and camper parents about their experience with Camp Kesem. It will be on April 23rd from 6:30-9:30pm in Lexington, MA.

Chestnut Hill Association Meeting May 3rd

Please come to the next

Chestnut Hill Association Meeting

Tuesday, May 3

6:30 pm

Church of the Redeemer

379 Hammond St.  

 Representatives from Boston College will be presenting regarding developments in and around our neighborhood.



Chestnut Hill Historic District looking for volunteers

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission has a number of vacancies and is looking for Newton residents who would be committed to managing change in this historically important district to help preserve its unique characteristics and qualities. The Commission meets monthly to review applications from owners and residents in the district. Ideally, the applicants would be lawyers or architects, but committed Newton residents are also welcome to apply.

Anyone interested in volunteering can apply online at The City website has information about the Chestnut Hill Historic District

Barbara Kurze, Newton’s Senior Preservation Planner, can answer any questions and can be contacted at or 617-796-1129. People are always welcome to sit in on the Commission meetings.

NVA Speakers Series Takes On Development Issues

 The Newton Villages Alliance is pleased to announce “Setting Our Course in Newton”, a new speakers series featuring expert guests covering a range of topics of interest to those concerned about community and open space preservation.  The Spring 2016 inaugural series includes a forum on Chapter 40B in Newton; lessons from West Coast community preservationists about the impact of rapid high-density residential development on gentrification and displacement; an account of one community’s experience with HUD intervention into their local land use decision-making; and a talk about the economic and environmental benefits of preservation of historic houses and other buildings.  The series is free. All are welcome to attend, and to participate in Q&A sessions with our distinguished speakers.

Julia Malakie will be moderator for the first event, on Sunday, March 6, 1pm at the Windsor Club in Waban, on “Answering 40B: The Challenge of Housing Affordability & Neighborhood Context in Newton.” More information on the flyer and on the NVA website: <>

Newton food pantry needs volunteers

Dear Friends,

The Newton Food Pantry is in great need of additional volunteers on Monday mornings to help us unload and store food that is delivered to our pantry from the food bank.
The work only takes about an hour of time.  However, the exact time when we need volunteers at the pantry to do this work changes from week to week depending upon the food bank schedule.  Typically we need people for an hour, sometime between 9am and 11:30, and we send out an email a few days in advance advising volunteers of the time.

Unloading and storing inventory is crucial to our pantry operations and our core group on Mondays is small and desperate for help.

I’d greatly appreciate it if you would post this request for volunteers in your newsletters, and if you know of anyone who can help us, please have them contact me at

As you know, the Newton Food Pantry is an all volunteer non-profit that has been providing food for over 30 years to those in our community who experience food insecurity.  We presently provide a 5+ day supply of non-perishable and healthy fresh food to approximately 600 Newton residents each month.  But we need your help in order to continue to serve our neighbors in need.

Thank you so much for your support.


Tracie Longman