Houghton Garden Clean up on April 2nd

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Come and join the Houghton Garden Clean up on Saturday, April 2, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Lunch is provided for those that toil!

 

For more information about the history and significance of this neighborhood treasure, visit the Chestnut Hill Garden Club website, where you can download a garden guide and trail map.

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Newton Conservators spring events in Chestnut Hill

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Saturday, April 9, 10:00 am
Walk Around the Waban Hill Reservoir
Reservoir Drive and Woodlawn Drive intersection
Come take a short walk around the Waban Hill Reservoir site, the City’s newest open space, purchased this past spring using Community Preservation Act funds. Once a backup reservoir to the state’s water supply system, the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) deemed it unnecessary and disconnected it prior to the sale. This 5-acre parcel in Chestnut Hill now falls under the jurisdiction of the Newton Parks and Recreation Department while the Newton Conservators hold its conservation restriction, ensuring it remains a passive park in perpetuity. The reservoir’s dam is steep but its water is entirely fenced for public safety and the pedestrian entry on Manet Road is accessible, leading to a level 1/4 miles walk on grass. Leader is Carol Schein, City of Newton’s Open Space Coordinator (617-796-1507).
Sunday, May 22, 10:30 a.m.
Webster Woods Walk
Meet at the end of Warren Street
Come and hopefully see the beautiful Lady’s Slipper orchids during a 90 minute walk through the Newton Webster Conservation area, including the Vale and Bare Pond. Leader: BU Professor of Plant Ecology and life-long Newton resident Richard Primack (617-332-1684).
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Sunday, June 12, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Houghton Garden/Webster Invasives Pull
Meet opposite 210 Suffolk Road
We are tackling garlic mustard and black swallow-wort near the entrance of Houghton Garden where it borders the T Track crossing to Webster Woods and near the deer park. Help us keep these invatders out of Houghton Garden! Leader is Katherin Howard, 617-527-1796 (home) or 617-721-2571 (cell).
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Saturday, June 25, 11:00 a.m.
Houghton Garden Fern Walk
Meet at the intersection of Suffolk Road and Woodman Road
This garden remains from the Houghton Estate and is now owned by Newton. The garden, lightly managed now, retains a variety of flowering plans and a surprising diversity of ferns. We will see more than a dozen fern species and one club-moss. Leader: Don Lubin (617-254-8464)

Upcoming talk on the history of Chestnut Hill

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Public meetings on MBTA fare proposals

In January and February, MassDOT will be hosting meetings will be held to seek public comment regarding proposed MBTA fare increases and proposed changes to Commuter Rail Schedules. One Fare Increase Proposal meeting will take place in Newton, in the Bigelow Middle School Auditorium on Feb. 4th from 6 to 8 pm.

Upcoming event at the Waterworks Museum on October 28,

Dr. Steven C. Caton, Khalid Bin Abdullah Bin Abdulrahman Al Saud Professor of Contemporary Arab Studies in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University, will speak at the waterworks museum on Wednesday, October 28 at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Caton is a world expert on issues of water sustainability in the Arabian Peninsula. Beginning his career in anthropological linguistics, Dr. Caton has developed a deep understanding of regional cultures based on extensive fieldwork in the area. More recently, his interests have shifted to issues of the rise of modern urban centers and their impacts on human populations and the environment. His talk will explore the history of water sustainability, access, and economic change in modern Yemen. Meet at the Waterworks Museum Overlook Gallery at 7pm. The lecture is open to the public with no admission fee, but donations are welcome.

 

 

Parking restrictions on Saturday, October 24th

On October 24th, parking will be restricted in and around Chestnut Hill, due to the Wells Remy Crowther “Red Bandana” road 5K race.

View detailed list of traffic and parking restrictions here and here