LWVN Holiday Party on December 9th, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Celebrate the holidays with your League friends!  Join us for a potluck holiday party at the Durant-Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue, Newton,  from 3:30 to 5:30 pm on Sunday, December 9th.  Bring your favorite holiday appetizer to share! RSVPs are appreciated…info@lwvnewton.org.

Newton Power Choice: Topic Meeting notes now available

Notes from LWVN Topic Meeting on Newton Power Choice
Date:  November 15, 2018 8:00 am
Location:  Durant-Kenrick House
Presenter:  Ann Berwick, Director of Sustainability for the City of Newton
Assisted by: Marcia Cooper, President, Green Newton
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Most Newton residents have their electricity delivered to them by Eversource.  Eversource procures its electricity from various suppliers in the marketplace and then charges its customers based on a “Basic Service” contract.  Rates under this contract fluctuate every six months depending on what is required by state law and from whom the electricity is purchased.

State law requires that a certain percentage of electricity sources come from renewable energy.  In 2018, that percentage is 13%.  In 2019, the percentage increases to 14%, and beginning in 2020, the percentage will increase by 2% annually.

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A celebration of Reverend Howard Haywood

Rev. Howard Haywood event

Join us for a Celebration of Reverend Howard Haywood

Our Beacon for Affordable Housing

December 16th, 4-6pm

Temple Shalom, 175 Temple St., Newton

Link to RSVP form

Zoning Redesign Ward Meetings–Dates and Times

This fall and winter Newton City Councilors are working with staff to organize Ward-by-Ward meetings where members of the community will be invited to review the first draft of the Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map, and provide comment.

From November 2018 – March 2019 we will hold one meeting in each of Newton’s eight wards. Each event will start with a short presentation about the framework of the first draft zoning ordinance and a brief history and purpose of the Zoning Redesign project. Attendees will be able to see the proposed zoning map for their ward up close and understand what the zoning could be for their property and other properties in the ward.

Finally, staff will meet with small groups to explain the proposed rules and building types for each zone, and answer questions about what these rules could mean for property owners and the neighborhoods themselves.

Everyone is invited and welcome to review the first draft Zoning Ordinance, first draft Map, and explanatory memo to City Council online ahead of their ward meeting.

Ward 5:  Thursday, November 29, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Angier School, 1697 Beacon St.

Ward 7:  Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.,The Church of the Redeemer, 379 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill

Ward-by-Ward Meetings in 2019

Locations to be announced; Specific times may change

  • Ward 1:   Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Ward 2:  Thursday, January 17, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Ward 3:  Thursday, January 24, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Ward 4:  To Be Announced
  • Ward 6:  Thursday, January 10, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Ward 8:  Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

 

Washington Street Vision Document is ready for comments!

From Marcia Johnson and Tamara Bliss, Washington Street Community Connectors:

Dear Community Friends & Neighbors,

Now that Standard Time is here, the days are getting shorter and temperatures are dropping, it’s a perfect opportunity to spend some time reading the Washington Street Vision Document which is now ready for review and comment.  We think you’ll find it quite interesting and informative!  The great part is that you can enter your own comments and read those of others.

To get started, just use the link Washington Street Vision Document.  Please be patient as these are large documents and can take a few moments to open

We have now started a month-long public comment period, which will close Sunday December 2nd, 2018.  Therefore it is critical for everyone to read and comment on as much of the content as possible before the comment period closes.

Thank you for your continued support for diverse housing and a smart approach to transportation that enables everyone to live, work, and play here in Newton and the surrounding communities.

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