Over-ride meeting at Ward School

On Sunday, February 10th at 1:00 PM Mayor Setti Warren will be presenting to the Ward 7 community his Override Presentation. This is our opportunity to come together to learn and question about his various Proposition Tax Override and Debt Exclusion packages concerning public safety, education and infrastructure. The Special Election will be held March 12th where we will be asked to vote on three different ballot initiatives.

Please join members of the Chestnut Hill Association and other Ward 7 neighbors at this important neighborhood forum.

Read Mayor Warren’s Letter to Newton here

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Recycle your electronics this weekend, December 8th and 9th

Ethical Electronics Recycling Benefit Event

Saturday & Sunday, December 8 & 9, 2012
1 p.m. to 4 p.m., RAIN OR SNOW OR SHINE!

Waban Library Center

1608 Beacon Street

Newton, MA 02468

PLEASE DO BRING: (almost) anything with a battery or a plug, including: TVs, CRTs, monitors, computers, telephones, laptops, keyboards, drives, cables, cords, any computer peripherals, all kinds of marine electronics, e-readers like Kindle and Nook, copiers, printers, fax machines, scanners, laptops, stereo equipment, speakers, CD & DVD players, iPods, iPads, iPhones, MP3 players, remotes, VCR’s, projectors, all kinds of still and video cameras, PDAs, radios and radio equipment, answering machines, camcorders, typewriters, game systems, games, pagers, fans, vacuums, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, air conditioners, microwave ovens, toasters, blenders, small “dorm-room style” refrigerators, power tools, ink cartridges, toner cartridges, USB media, CDs, DVDs, cassette tapes, 8-track tapes, Zip Disks, video tapes, audio tapes, floppy diskettes, and household batteries.

Filing cabinets and office furniture are okay, too.

Cell phones will accepted at no charge.h

PLEASE DON’T BRING: hazardous materials of any kind.

RECYCLING FEE: Incoming materials will be weighed, and attendees will be charged an Ethical Recycling Fee of $1.00 per pound, payable by cash or check. (Special discounts for Seniors, canned food donors, Waban Improvement Society Members, and Newton Food Pantry Volunteers.)

Newton forming advisory group for Manet Hill Reservoir

Following the recent meeting concerning possible future uses of the  Manet Hill Reservoir, Newton City staff are looking for interested citizens to be part of an advisory group that thinks about the future of the Manet Hill Reservoir. The deadline is Dec. 8th to submit a submission of interest.

If you wish to be considered as a member of an advisory group to study this site,  please forward a brief letter of interest explaining why you would like to participate and how you think you can contribute to the discussion.  As I mentioned in the recent meeting, the charge of the group is to consider a range of possible future land uses and within 90 days, to make recommendations to the Board of Aldermen and the Mayor.  Whether you are an interested neighbor with a good view of the neighborhood or an individual with expertise in landscape architecture, real estate finance, historic preservation, recreation, architecture, planning, land use or some other related field, your involvement is welcome.  12-14 individuals will be selected to serve, and meetings will be open to the public, so all will have an opportunity to listen to the discussion and stay involved once the group begins its work.  Please forward your letter of interest and/or resumee to Candace Havens at chavens@newtonma.gov by December 8th; members will be announced within two weeks.  The first kick-off meeting is tentatively planned for the first week of January.  Feel free to contact Candace Havens (chavens@newtonma.gov)  if you have any questions.

Public Meeting on the MBTA Station at Boston College: Nov. 27, 6 pm

Public Meeting on the MBTA Station at Boston College. Originally scheduled for the night that Hurricane Sandy struck will now be held on:

Tuesday, Nov. 27th
6 pm
Newton City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Room 222

Green Line – Boston College Station
Location: Chestnut Hill, MA
Consultant: Jacobs Engineering
MBTA Project Manager: Curtis Nikitas

This project is part of the Light Rail Accessibility Project. A new center-side platform station will be built on Commonwealth Avenue to provide a higher level of accessibility to all passengers. The station will include a full canopy over the Inbound platform, track relocation, installation of a diamond crossover, a mini-high and two portable lifts, and upgrades to all power, signal and communications systems. The new station will provide for more efficient train operations because the trains will cross the Lake Street intersection and move into and out of the yard with less frequency and the new diamond crossover provides for greater operational flexibility. In addition, the safety of our patrons will significantly improve as they cross Commonwealth Ave. and Lake Street via updated, accessible crosswalks and new traffic signals. Vehicular movements at the intersection will also benefit as a result of less train movements.

Hammond Pond Floating Walkway Update

DCR has filed an Appeal of the Newton Conservation Committee’s Denial of the Rudyak Family Floating Walkway.  The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be reviewing the Appeal and will have representatives at Hammond Pond later this month do a site visit to review the DCR/Rudyak’s Plan and it’s environmental impact.  The CHA will keep you updated as to any developments in this regard.

Waban Hill Reservoir? Its in Chestnut Hill and there’s going to be meeting about it.

The Waban Hill Reservoir will be the subject of a Public Meeting on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at Newton City Hall in Room 209.

The “A” marks the Waban Hill Reserior. Image from google maps.

Despite it’s somewhat misleading name, the Waban Hill Reservoir sits in Chestnut Hill, just off of Commonwealth Ave., Ward Street and Manet Rd. Like the nearby Chestnut Hill Reservoir, it is owned by the MWRA and hasn’t been an active component of the water system for a long time. The MWRA has notified the City of Newton they are going to declare it “surplus” and will be turned over to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and likely be sold.  The City of Newton may opt to purchase it and use if for passive and/or active recreational uses.  Please attend if you have any interest.

For more information, view the Waban Hill Reservior Invitation for 11-14 .