Next Steps for the Austin Street Proposal: Topic Meeting

Please join us
January 14, 2015: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
West Suburban YMCA, 276 Church St., Newton 02458
Open to the public, but space is limited

The plans to create new housing and commercial space at the Austin Street parking lot in Newtonville have their origins in the City’s Comprehensive Planning process from the mid-2000’s.  The Mayor, City staff, Board of Aldermen, and several citizen groups all advised on or passed ordinances on the project.  However, the project has been paused for citizen input since the selection of a development partner last spring.

Austin Street partners will present an update on the project based on input from the community and further discussions from the City.  They are ready to share these with the public.

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Funding Newton’s Educational Technology: Topic Meeting

Please join us
Wed, Dec 10, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
NewTV, 23 Needham St., Newton

Brown-bag lunches welcome

Technology and computers play a greater and greater role in Newton’s classrooms, just as they do in professional and everyday life.  Newton’s schools have faced challenges providing and paying for these tools, and the parent community has historically been called upon to raise funds to make up the difference.

Does this policy create inherent disparity in the quality of technology and teaching across Newton’s schools?  What plans does the School Department have to address purchases of hardware, of software, and for ensuring that faculty members are appropriately trained?  What do other municipalities do to ensure that these needs are met? [Read more…]

Stormwater Plan, Water & Stormwater Rates Make Progress

by Priscilla M. Leith

Newton administration officials and aldermen have worked hard over the summer investigating options for revising the city’s water rates and laying out a strategic plan for much needed capital improvements to our stormwater system. Newton CFO Maureen Lemieux and DPW Commissioner David Turocy presented detail at October 1 and November 5 meetings of the aldermanic Public Facilities Committee. [Read more…]

Women in Politics

Join the League of Women Voters of Wellesley to hear Victoria Budson, Executive Director of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government discuss Women in Politics, including reflections on the recent elections. [Read more…]

Affordable Housing: Topic Meeting

Bring your brown-bag lunch, or NEW! join us by teleconference!
Wed, Nov 12, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
NewTV, 23 Needham St., Newton

NOTE: For this meeting, we will be attempting to offer the ability to join via teleconference as well.  Please contact us if you like to try joining and need details!

The term “Affordable Housing” is used frequently, and all are aware of increasing price of housing in the City.  But most of us have questions.  Join to us to hear Eve Tapper and James Freas of Newton’s Planning Department answer questions such as:

  • What does the term really mean?
  • What is the actual state of housing in the City?
  • How do we compare with other communities and where we want to be?
  • What can City Government and others do to ensure that there is an adequate supply of affordable housing options?

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