The Newton Public Schools Student Assignment Working Group (SAWG) requests your assistance

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The Newton Public Schools Student Assignment Working Group (SAWG) requests your assistance in continuing to get the word out about the student assignment policy recommendation that is currently before the Newton School Committee. After months of review and examination of multiple scenarios that ease overcrowding and take advantage of expanded capacity at the new Angier and Zervas schools, a student assignment recommendation was made to School Committee on June 15, 2015 and a public hearing was held on June 22, 2015.

At all stages of this process, there have been communications sent directly to stakeholders as well as online postings of all information concerning the student assignment review process. There was broad communication about the June 15 recommendation including a letter to all residents who live in areas of change associated with the student assignment recommendation. Another communication to affected residents is planned for July.

The Student Assignment Working Group has received excellent feedback from numerous stakeholders so far.  For those who have not yet had an opportunity to learn about the recommended changes or to participate in this process, feedback continues to be important and relevant.

Please feel welcome to use, and encourage others to use our feedback email to send comments to To get more information, the Student Assignment web page has comprehensive information including the full text of the recommendation, maps, as well as multiple presentations about the process that has been ongoing this past year.  Please visit

A brief presentation is attached, and reviews the main merits of the recommendation for student assignment changes and the expected impact on Newton Public Schools, Newton families and the community. The School Committee is expected to address the recommendation in September.

Ruth Goldman, School Committee from Ward 6 ( and Steve Siegel School Committee representative from Ward 5 ( are members of the Student Assignment Working Group and welcome any questions that you may have. Also, there is a School Committee meeting on July 20, 2015 where student assignment may be discussed and, as always, there will be a period for public comment.

Thank you very much for your assistance.

Sent on behalf of the Newton Public Schools Student Assignment Working Group (SAWG)

Click below and scroll to view presentation:

Reminder: Trash pick up on Thursday this week, due to Patriot’s Day holiday

Reminder: This week’s trash pick up in Chestnut Hill will be on Thursday, April 23rd, rather that the usual Wednesday, due to the Patriot’s Day hiloday.

The city’s list of official holidays appear below and online, here. Trash pick up will be delayed by one day following these official holidays.

The Official City Holidays in 2015
New Years’ Day Thursday – January 1
Martin Luther King Day Monday – January 19
Presidents’ Day Monday – February 16
Patriots’ Day Monday – April 20
Memorial Day Monday – May 25
Independence Day  City Offices closed Fri 7/3, no delay in collection schedule
Labor Day Monday – September 7
Columbus Day Monday – October 12
Veterans Day Wednesday– November 11
Thanksgiving Day Thursday – November 26
Christmas Friday- December 25
New Years’ Day 2016 Friday– Jan 1, 2016

Armed robbery reported at Star Market in Chestnut Hill

Newton Police have reported and armed robbery at Star Market in Chestnut Hill, on Wednesday March, 25, at approximately 5pm. For more details, click here.

Yard waste collection begins March 30th, single stream recycling guidelines


Yard Waste collections will resume the week of March 30th. Please place in paper yard waste bags or barrels and put to the curb prior to 7am on your collection day.  Plastic bags are NOT accepted.   Click here for more details.

Interested in composting at home?  The City sells low-cost bins and provides how-to tips, click here for more information!

single stream recycling guidlelines

Helpful Links 

Questions?  Need to make a service request?  Visit

Deadline to register for outdoor water meter is April 1st.

On December 15th, the Board of Aldermen voted to permit residents to purchase an “Outdoor Water Meter” that will allow for separate metering of outdoor water use effective July 1, 2015.  Any resident wishing to obtain a second meter to qualify for this summer’s new rate structure must register with the City of Newton Utilities Division by April 1, 2015.  The installation of this second meter can be done at any time; however, we are asking that you register your intent to install a second meter by this date so that we can account for these impacts when we review Water & Sewer rates in May 2015 for the FY 2016 budget.


A second meter would only measure outdoor water use, such as water that is used to wash cars, fill pools, or water lawns and gardens and would cost each household approximately $750-$1000 for installation.  The City has “estimated” that most residents who use at least 40 HCFs of water outdoors during the warmer weather months may want to consider investing in a second meter.


If you already have a second meter, you still must register with the Utilities Division by April 1, 2015 in order to quality for this summer’s new rate structure.  For more information on obtaining a second meter, to view your past water usage and billing history and to register with the Utilities Division for a second meter, please visit




Meaghan P. Maher

Director of Community Engagement

Office of Mayor Setti D. Warren



Solar Workshop with the Newton Solar Challenge on March 21

We are very happy to share the news that The Village Bank’s West Newton Branch will host a Solar Workshop with the Newton Solar Challenge on Saturday, March 21 @ 1:30 PM.

We invite members of the Chestnut Hill Association to come and learn more about how solar works, how it “looks” aesthetically and how solar performs as an investment.   The Village Bank will also discuss its new “solar loan” for Newton homeowners.