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 www.newtoncommunityfarm.org

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 rmurphy@newtonma.gov.

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.

A Message from the President of the CHA : Waban Hill Reservior

Dear Neighbors & Friends:

I want to bring to your attention something that may greatly enhance our open space needs in Chestnut Hill. The Waban Hill Reservoir (WHR) is a 5 acre site adjacent to Commonwealth Ave at the top of Heartbreak Hill along Manet Road or Woodlawn Drive.  This parcel of land was recently listed as surplus property by the MWRA and has long been a potential target for acquisition by the City.  The potential purchase of the WHR by the City of Newton is supported by Mayor Setti Warren and our Ward 7 Aldermen.  Presently, a piece of legislation, H.3669 authorizing the Commonwealth to convey this parcel to the City of Newton was voted favorably out of Committee and is presently before the House of Representative’s Committee on Ways & Means.  It is my understanding that this legislation will continue to be favorably moved through the MA Legislature and signed by the Governor.  As such, the issue of purchasing this parcel may be before the Board of Aldermen later this winter.

Given the scarcity of open space in Chestnut Hill, and the uniqueness of this parcel at one of the highest hills in Newton with spectacular views of sunrises and sunsets, I support the acquisition of this land by the City.  An Advisory Committee met for several months to study the passive and active recreational uses that this site could bring to the City of Newton and concluded that this unique natural resource could provide much enjoyment, open space and recreational needs to our neighborhood  and to all residents of Newton.

Last week,  a first meeting was held by a group now known as the “Friends of Waban Hill Reservoir”.  It was strongly suggested by Aldermen Baker and Laredo that residents demonstrate their support and commitment to the purchase of the WHR through “Letters of Support” and the “Collection of Pledges” to show a willingness to contribute to the project (defray costs of benches, trees, playground, etc).  NO money is being collected now. This is just a demonstration to our elected officials that a significant number of Newton residents care about the acquisition of this parcel for open space for future generations of Newton residents.

As such, if you would like to see this parcel of land preserved and purchased by the City, please join me and sign the attached  Waban Hill reservoir pledge letter, and return it to my attention at gavrislaw@comcast.net or mail to 21 Monadnock Road, Chestnut Hill 02467.

For more information, here is the link to the City of Newton site that has comprehensive information about the process and reports.    http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/planning/cpa/projects/waban_hill.asp

I hope you will join me in supporting this endeavor.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email or call me.

Thank you for your time and attention.
Gloria M. Gavris
President, CHA