Chestnut Hill Association Meeting May 3rd

Please come to the next

Chestnut Hill Association Meeting

Tuesday, May 3

6:30 pm

Church of the Redeemer

379 Hammond St.  

 Representatives from Boston College will be presenting regarding developments in and around our neighborhood.

 

 

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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.

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)

Chestnut Hill Historic District looking for volunteers

Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission has a number of vacancies and is looking for Newton residents who would be committed to managing change in this historically important district to help preserve its unique characteristics and qualities. The Commission meets monthly to review applications from owners and residents in the district. Ideally, the applicants would be lawyers or architects, but committed Newton residents are also welcome to apply.

Anyone interested in volunteering can apply online at  http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/featured/boards.asp. The City website has information about the Chestnut Hill Historic District http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/planning/histpres/districts/chesthill.asp

Barbara Kurze, Newton’s Senior Preservation Planner, can answer any questions and can be contacted at bkurze@newtonma.gov or 617-796-1129. People are always welcome to sit in on the Commission meetings.

Boston College announces plan to build $200 million athletic complex.

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Boston College recently announced plans to build a new athletic complex on its Chestnut Hill campus. The recreational center will be a 240,000 square-foot facility  located at the site of Edmonds Hall on Thomas More Drive, to replace the existing Flynn Recreation Complex.

The University also plans to approach Boston city officials regarding construction of an athletics field house located adjacent to Alumni Stadium.

More details are available here, on the Boston college website, which is also the source of the sketch pictured above.

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Upcoming talk on the history of Chestnut Hill

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