Its time for Houghton Garden clean up

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On Saturday, April 5th, 2014 starting at 9am, the annual Houghton Garden clean-up begins.

Bring gloves and whatever saws and pruners one may have.

Lunch and good camaraderie are provided free of charge.

This occurs rain or shine.

For any information, please contact Michele Hanss at 617-730-8122.

*photo from Newton Conservators*


DCR files for liscence to install floating walkway, hydro-raking at Hammond Pond

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The Massachussetts Department of Conservation and Recreation has filed with the Waterways Regulation Program for a liscence to (1) install a floating walkway on Hammond Pond and (2) perform hydro raking of aquatic vegetation in the pond.

View the liscence notification and more information here: Publc Notice of Waterways Liscense Application No. w14-4074

Newton Community Farm accepting intern applications

Newton Community Farm (303 Nahanton Street, Newton) is now accepting applications for our 2014 summer High School Intern program.  Summer internships are unpaid opportunities for high school students to learn about sustainable growing practices and community farming in a fun, friendly environment. No experience is necessary; just a desire to learn and work hard.   Minimum requirement for the internship is 8:00 AM to noon, three days per week for two, consecutive weeks.  After the trial period and with agreement of the Farm Manager, interns can increase the number of hours, days, and/or weeks at the farm.,

If you are interested or if you want more information, please go to NCF’s website at

Chesnut Hill Historic District seeks volunteers

The Chesnut Hill Historic District is looking for volunteers. They need lawyers, architects, builders, realtors and local citizens to review the appropriateness of proposed changes to exteriors of historic buildings in the district. Volunteers must be as passionate about historic architecture as they are about working with homeowners on their proposed projects.
 The Commission meet in the evening (Thursdays) once a month. If interested, please email a resume and letter of interest to Reenie Murphy at

Got a problem to report? go to Newton’s 311


Did you know? The city of Newton has a way for you to report potholes, traffic sign problems, broken streetlights or parking meters and more. On the city of Newton website, click on the tab “Newton 311” in the left sidebar. (Or just click here.) From there, you can pay bills, view upcoming Newton events, or reports problems to the city, under the “Make a request” title. Here’s hoping this system helps keep the city running smoothly.

Newton Trash and Recycling pick up delayed next week

Due to the New Year’s snow storm, trash and recycling pick up will be one day later the week of January 6th.  City holiday tree pick up also begins the week of January 6th, lasting until January 17th. Click here for more information.