Austin Street Project is Approved

On Tuesday night, the Board of Aldermen approved, by a vote of 17-6,  the proposal to build a 68-unit building on the site of Austin Street parking lot.  LWVN was a member of the Friends of Austin Street, a group advocating for the project because of the benefits it will bring:  an increase in the number of affordable housing units, an environmentally friendly construction method, and a transit-oriented development offering single-level living in one of our village centers.

LWVN thanks all the Aldermen for their thorough and thoughtful consideration of this project, and Mayor Warren for supporting this project all the way though to the vote on Tuesday.   We especially thank Alderman Marc Laredo for his leadership during the many public hearings, ensuring a fair and respectful process.  LWVN also thanks the members of Friends of Austin Street for their leadership, organization, and dedication on this issue.  We are proud to have participated in supporting this worthy project and look forward to its completion.

1st Public Hearing on the Charter on Thursday, December 17

The new Charter Commission will hold its first public hearing on Thursday, December 17, at 7 pm in the Aldermanic Chamber at City Hall.  Click here to link to the agenda for the meeting:  public hearing agenda

Charter Commission Observers and Notes

Help LWVN members stay up-to-date on the Charter Commission!  We need volunteers to observe the charter commission meetings and take notes to post on our website.  The Charter Commission will meet twice a month, the second and fourth Wednesdays after the first Monday of each month, and we’d like to have an observer each time.  If you can help, contact info@lwvnewton.org.

December Topic Meeting: Hunger in Newton

Discuss the current situation in Newton, learn about the services offered through the City and private sources, and examine ways to help our fellow citizens.

Thursday December 10, 2015
11:30-1:00 pm, NewTV Conference Room
Brown bag lunches welcome

Newton is an economically diverse municipality and struggles with ‘big city’ issues like poverty and hunger. Please join LWV Newton for a conversation with Amy Radin, Executive Director of the Centre Street Food Pantry in Newton Centre, and Rachel Nenner-Payton, MSW, LICSW, Community Social Worker for the City of Newton, as we explore the topic of Hunger in Newton. Your contribution of non-perishable food or toiletries is greatly appreciated.

Join Discussions about Lowell Ave, Crafts Street, Hammond Street and Braeland Avenue

TAG and the DPW will be holding a meeting to collect input on three streets that will be re-paved next summer, as well as for one street that will be re-paved in 2017.  These streets are:

  • Lowell Ave from Washington north to Walnut
  • Crafts Street
  • Hammond Street from Commonwealth to Ward
  • Braeland Avenue (in 2017)

The meeting is Thursday, December 3 at 7 pm in the City Hall Cafeteria.

The meeting will start with an overview of the goals, then break into tables to discuss the problems on these stretches. Finally, we will summarize common feedback on the safety profiles of each of these roads.

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