MBTA plans to replace D line tracks in Newton

Newton residents near the Green Line:

In Mid-September, the MBTA is beginning a 30 month long track and signal replacement project along the entire length of the Green Line D Branch across the City of Newton.  In order to replace portions of old track and signals, the project will involve noisy construction activities during the overnight hours and during the day on weekends.  The MBTA will make a presentation on the project to the Newton City Council on Monday, June 25th at 6pm in the Council chambers.  All are invited to attend the presentation.

Mayor Fuller has met with the MBTA and advocated for significant sound mitigation measures and continuous public outreach/communication on the project. She has also asked the T to conduct more of the noisiest work activities on the weekends or earlier in the evening hours.  In response, the T added a communications consultant to their team to keep in close contact with neighbors and city officials.  But, they say it is not possible to reduce or avoid the overnight construction periods. The MBTA’s project team believes there will be noisy overnight construction directly behind many Green Line neighboring homes for up to 5 to 7 nights during the project.

If you are unable to attend the Monday presentation, the City will put a copy of it on the “City News” section of Newton City website homepage.  Still have questions?  Reach out to the Mayor’s Office Citizen Assistance Officer at 617-796-1102.

Jonathan Yeo

Chief Operating Officer

City of Newton

jyeo@newtonma.gov

 

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Waste Collection and Recycling in Newton

Neighbors, please be aware:

(1) The ctiy of Newton will collect Christmas trees for composting between January 2nd, and January 12.

(2) Plastic bags are not recyclable in your green bins and recyclables should not be bagged in the bins, but loose. The DPW reports that plastic bags mixed into the recycling stream is still the number one problmen in Newton’s recycling stream. Read more about it here. 

(3) During the winter season, please do not leave your trash barrells and recycling carts buried in the snow or atop snow bank. Place them in a cleared area curbside to the trucks can access them on pick up days.

Read more tips and guidelines from Newton’s DPW here. 

 

Save the Date, if you want to learn more about the proposed changes at the Street

The proposed changes at “The Street” in Chestnut Hill will be considered at two upcoming meetings:

On December 1,  The Street will be on the agenda of Newton’s conservation comission. The meeting starts at 7:00pm.

On December 6, Newton’s Land Use committee will hold a public hearing for “The Street” at 7:00pm in City Hall.

Newton Community Farm accepting applications for 2016 summer produce shares

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Newton Community Farm (303 Nahanton Street) is accepting applications from Newton residents until February 28 for available shares in our summer 2016 Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.  Eat fresh, locally-grown produce from June through October for a  cost per share of $625 for weekly pick-up or $338 for alternate week pick-up. NCF will randomly allocate remaining shares by lottery for applications received at the farm by the due date.  All applicants must be a Friend of the Farm (FOF) to be considered in the process.  Go to www.newtoncommunityfarm.org for more information about the program or to download the application.

Share your vision for Newton with Newton-in-Motion

All are encouraged to visit the “Newton-in-Motion” open studio, and take part in visioning the City’s future. This free event, held at 275 Needham Street (Marshall’s plaza) on February 4, 5 and 6, will be fun and interactive and will offer opportunities to discuss goals and priorities for the City’s Transportation Strategy. Activities include a games table, a giant map of the City for sharing ideas, transportation questions, and a chance to talk to City staff and consulting planners, Nelson\Nygaard. Kids are welcome and encouraged to participate! For those unable to attend, the project website will offer the same activities and opportunity for input both during and after the event.

Our mobile team will also be out and about around the City during the February 4th – 6th workshop and we encourage those who come across them to tell them about their transportation vision for Newton.

The Waban Hill Reservoir Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Saturday, November 21st

You are invited to….
The Waban Hill Reservoir Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
with Mayor Warren
Saturday, November 21st at 11:00 AM