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Our Newest ACL Volunteer: Read to Oliver the Dog! 

Oliver the Golden Retriever will be at the Auburndale Community Library on various occasions to listen to young readers. Children can have a 10 – 15 minute one on one reading session with Oliver.  Bring the book of your choice, or choose one at the library.  (Oliver enjoys all types of books, not just books about dogs!)  This program is a great way for children to practice reading in a fun, non-judgmental environment where it is OK to make mistakes.

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Space is limited and registration is required.  To add your name to the sign-up list for Oliver’s future visits to the ACL, send an email to

Special thanks to the Pets & People Foundation for bringing Oliver and his humans to the ACL as a Certified Pet Therapy Team.

Newton Serves at the ACL: Call for Volunteers –Sunday April 27th

From our intrepid ACL Newton Serves Coordinator, Liz Noon:

It’s That Time of Year again!  NewtonSERVES 2014, is on Sunday, April 27th.  We will be gardening at the Auburndale Community Library from 12 noon until 3:30 PM. I do hope you will be able to join us to spread mulch, clean beds, and plant spring flowers, also visit with other gardeners and have some fun.  It is important to sign up on-line at the NewtonSERVES website in order to get on the list for a souvenir 2014 NewtonSERVES T SHIRT. Please register here:

Liz Noon, project manager
NewtonSERVES 2014
Auburndale Community Library
375 Auburn Street, Auburndale MA

(Please remember that we garden all spring and summer, and would really appreciate your help in making the ACL grounds really beautiful this year.)

Auburndale Parking Meeting: Thurs April 17th at 7:00 pm at City Hall

April 7, 2014

Dear Auburndale Resident,

Over many years, the Board of Alderman and Traffic Council have tried to respond to neighborhood requests for parking restrictions. The result has been a patchwork of parking restrictions throughout the area. When restrictions are placed on one street, the parking problems just move to the next street. Then 2 years ago, the Commuter Rail parking lot started to charge $4.00/day, and that exacerbated the parking problems on both sides of the Mass. Pike.

In order to try and improve the ability to park for residents, business customers and employees, over the past year and a half, City staff and elected officials have been working with a group of Auburndale residents and local merchants to develop a comprehensive parking plan for the Village of Auburndale and the surrounding streets. The goals were as follows:

  • Improve residents’ ability to park on their street.
  • Create areas for dedicated employee parking.
  • Rationalize parking restrictions.
  • Balance the desire to share and use the public streets.
  • Provide more consistency.
  • Easier enforcement.
  • Quick implementation.

The Auburndale Village Permit Program would do the following:

  • Allow residents to purchase a permit that would allow them to park longer than posted limits.
  • Allow Auburndale Village employers and employees to purchase permits to allow them to park in designated areas.
  • Would allow for short term parking closer to the Village, and have longer term parking further out and in the Melrose lot.

This program requires action by the Traffic Council, and will be taken up at the meeting on April 17th at 7:00 PM in Room 222 at City Hall. Please feel free to come to the meeting or if you can’t make it, send your comments, thoughts and suggestions to:

David Koses, Traffic Council Chair –
Alderman Jay Harney –
Alderman Lenny Gentile –
Alderman Amy Sangiolo –

For the most recent map:

Many Thanks To Our March ACL Shift Volunteers

These volunteers donated their time and talents at the ACL over the month of March.  Next time you see one of them around town, give them a big ol’ hearty THANKS!

AnnaMaria Abernathy, Debbie Bowen, Susan CassidyNancy Caulfield, Ellen Chu,Michele Davis, Barb Day, Joanne Dixon, Carol Gladden, Barry Goldstein, Dana Hanson, Rosemary Hinteregger, Jane Hobbs, Suruchi Kaul, Marilyn Kirby, Lenna Kutner, Celia Kwartler, Janet Linder, Louise McCarthy, Nancy Mazur, Carie Michael,Liz Miller, Deb Moore, Hussein Saouli, Suzanne Sax, Ned Schofield, Iqbal Shahzad, Allison Sharma, Junko Shibuya, Lynn Slobodin, Paula Spies, Ed Sugrue,Martha Sweet, Beth TierneyAlla Webster, Linda Winslow

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Want to be a part of the ultimate community Do-It-Yourself project ever to hit 02466?  We’d love to bolster our Auburndale Community Library volunteer ranks this spring.  Here’s how it works: you sign up for a shift when it’s convenient for you (maybe once or twice a month) and you help keep our little library going strong! for the link for volunteer signups and we’ll train you on the job–it’s an easy peasy gig.

Save the Date: Newton Serves — Sunday April 27th

The ACL will once again be a site for Newton Serves–much more to come in the upcoming months, but for now, mark those calendars for Sunday April 27th!

Save the Date: Newton Kitchen Tour — Sunday April 13th

The Newton Kitchen Tour is a self guided tour of fabulous kitchens–modern, traditional, big, small, something for everyone!  Selections from around the city, including some venues in Auburndale.  Proceeds from the Newton Kitchen Tour go to the Burr Elementary School Playground Fund.
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Save the Date: Newton Democratic City Committee “Conversation with the Candidate” Series

The NDCC in conjunction with Alderman Jay Harney is proud to announce a Conversation with the Candidate series of events designed to give Newton residents a more personal, closer look at the Democrats running for office this year.  This series will be held at the Auburndale Community Library.

  • Wednesday, April 2, 7:30 pm: Meet Deb Goldberg, candidate for Treasurer
  • Thursday, April April 3, 7:00 to 9:00 pm: Meet James Arena DeRosa (7 pm) candidate for Lt. Gov. and Senator Barry Finegold (8 pm) candidate for Treasurer
  • Thursday, April 10, 7:00 to 9:00 pm: Meet Maura Healey (7 pm) candidate for Attorney General and Mike Lake (8 pm) candidate for Lt. Governor
  • Thursday, April 24, 7:30 pm: Meet Steve Kerrigan, candidate for Lt. Governor
  • Tuesday, May 6, 7:00 to 9:00 pm: meet Tom Conroy (7 pm) candidate for Treasurer andMarian Ryan (8 pm) candidate for District Attorney

All are welcome to attend! These events are free and open to the public. Bring friends, family, whoever you like!

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Questions? Contact or (617) 997-257

MEOW…Help the Cats…Donate Supplies the ACL

Hi, my name is Gwen I’m a Junior Girl Scout and I’m trying to earn my bronze award.  I want to help cats at the MSPCA.  My goal is to help collect cat supplies to donate to the MSPCA. If you want to help the cats at the MSPCA please donate the supplies below:

  • Toys (jingle balls, wands, ping pong balls, catnip, play mice, etc.
  • Canned cat food
  • Clean towels and sheets (used are okay, as long as they are washed)
  • Feliway (calming scent release for cats)
  • Cozy cat beds
  • Cat carriers
  • Litter boxes
  • * Special Request!* The Refined Feline Cat Cloud Shelves

Please donate new supplies!  Your donations can be dropped off at the Auburndale Community Library anytime during regular hours!  You’ll be making a difference for the cats at the shelter thank you!

From the Book Corner: Our Signature ACL Book Displays

In addition to our new hot reads, did you know that the ACL has ever-changing, timely book displays?

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Book collections on display right now: Teen Award Winners ~ Irish and Irish American Writers ~ Books Recommended by Volunteer Liz ~ Celebrate Pi Day 3-14 ~ Explore the Cosmos


Super (Troop-er) Story Tellers! Saturday Storytime & Crafts from 10:30 – 11:30 in March

Come join us for a Saturday morning of drop-in storytelling and crafts! We are three Girl Scouts from troop 73000 working with the library to engage your preschooler or kindergartener in a love of reading! We will read picture books and provide a related craft on Saturday mornings through the month of March.  We’ll be on-hand from 10:30 – 11:30…drop in any time during the hour!

We request that you stay with your child for the duration of the program, as this is not a babysitting program. Hope to see you there on March 8, 15, 22, and 29!!

~ Maya, Catherine, and Kristina