Category Archives: neighborhood happenings

Thursday, June 12 at 7:00 pm: Turtle Lane Playhouse Community Meeting

The owners of 283 Melrose Street, the former Turtle Lane Playhouse, invite you to attend a community meeting where they will present their plans for the property.  This will be an opportunity to come see the plans, listen to the owners as they describe their vision for the project, make comments and suggestions, and give feedback to the owners.

Date:            Thursday, June 12th

Time:           7:00 PM

Location:    Turtle Lane Playhouse, 283 Melrose Street

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 – dkoses@newtonma.gov
Alderman Jay Harney – jayharney@rcn.com
Alderman Lenny Gentile – lennypmgi@aol.com
Alderman Amy Sangiolo – amysangiolo@gmail.com

For the most recent map:

http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/57021

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 newtondems@gmail.com 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!

Buy-One-Get-One-Free for Library Card Holders From Wheelock Family Theatre

Again this year discounted tickets are made available for Wheelock Family Theatre Friday evening performances through the Library Pass Program, sponsored by the Boston Parents’ Paper. With your Massachusetts Library Card (including one from the ACL!) you are offered one free ticket for each ticket you purchase at the regular price.  Reserve in advance and present your library card at the box office on the day of attendance. Call the Box Office at 617-879-2300 to reserve your tickets, and let them know you have a Library Card good for the evening performance BOGO (Buy One Get One).  http://www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org/

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon – April 11th – May 11th 2014
BOGO available on 4/11, 4/18, 5/2, and 5/9

“Starting Young” Parent Workshop Series At the Waban Library Center

The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, in collaboration with Newton Wellesley Hospital, the Newton Partnership and Vision of Hope, are excited to be able to offer The Starting Young Parent Workshops in Newton.  This series of four workshops have been proven effective in supporting parents in raising healthy and safe children.

This series will be facilitated by BARCC staff with over 15 years of combined experience in facilitating conversations – Melissa Gopnik and Lee Doyle. The workshops will cover topics such as:

  • What are appropriate boundaries between children and adults?  Between younger and older children?
  • How do I  talk to other adults whose behavior might worry me?
  • How do I talk to my children about boundaries?
  • What are developmentally expected sexual behaviors for children of different ages?
  • What should I do if I think a child is being harmed?
  • What can I do in my community to prevent child sexual abuse?

During each workshop, facilitators will lead conversations amongst participants and promote shared learning.

Through funding from the Vision of Hope Fund, BARCC is able to offer free childcare during these workshops.

The workshops will be on Thursday March 6,  March 13, March 20 and March 26 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Waban Public Library.  These workshops are designed to be a series of workshops and so parents are encouraged to attend all four sessions.

To reserve your spot in these workshops, or if you have additional questions,  please e-mail Lee or call 617.649.1259

Buy-One-Get-One-Free for Library Card Holders From Wheelock Family Theatre

Again this year discounted tickets are made available for Wheelock Family Theatre Friday evening performances through the Library Pass Program, sponsored by the Boston Parents’ Paper. With your Massachusetts Library Card (including one from the ACL!) you are offered one free ticket for each ticket you purchase at the regular price.  Reserve in advance and present your library card at the box office on the day of attendance. Call the Box Office at 617-879-2300 to reserve your tickets, and let them know you have a Library Card good for the evening performance BOGO (Buy One Get One).  http://www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org/

Hairspray – January 24th – February 23rd 2014
BOGO available on 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, and 2/21Where the Mountain Meets the Moon – April 11th – May 11th 2014
BOGO available on 4/11, 4/18, 5/2, and 5/9

Thank You!!! Donors & Volunteers from “The ‘Dale” Rocked…

We were thrilled to have such stellar participation at the ACL for the Newton Food Drive.  We received bags and bags full of donations and a sizable group of adults, teens, and kids from the ACL and the United Parish of Auburndale helped with the delivery and sorting of goodies at City Hall on New Year’s Eve.
The word on the street is that there might be another citywide drive in April…stay tuned for details.

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