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: http://www.newtonvillagesalliance.org/speakers-series.html <http://www.newtonvillagesalliance.org/speakers-series.html>


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 newtonfoodpantry@gmail.com.

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


CHA Newsletter: Holiday Edition!

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

Read it here first, or wait for your copy to arrive in the mail. Click on the blue link, or on the newsletter below to enlarge.

CHA Holiday Newsletter 2015

Land adjoining Webster Woods to be sold to Boston College

The congregation of Congregation Miskhan Tefila has voted to sell 24 acres adjoining Webster Conservation area to Boston College. Read the whole story on the Newton Tab. View Boston Globe coverage here. 


A message about tomorrow’s election from Alderman Lisle Baker

Dear friends:

I concur with what Ruthanne has recommended about the contested races for Aldermen and School Committee except that I would add current Alderman Jim Cote to the list from Ward 3. Also, for the Charter Commission, while there are many able candidates, I especially recommend Anne Larner, Brooke Lipsitt and George Mansfield because of their long experience with Newton government. Finally, while your Ward 7 aldermen are unopposed – (Ruthanne, Marc Laredo, and me at the end of the ballot) – we also welcome your support. In the meantime, thank you and best wishes,

Alderman Lisle Baker

Next Boston College home game on October 31st

On Saturday, October 31st at 12:30 pm the BC football team will play Virginia Tech. They will play NC State at home on the following Saturday, November 7, with the time TBD. You can keep track of the BC foot ball schedule on their website here.