Category Archives: neighborhood happenings

Newton Reads…The Beginning of Everything

The ACL is excited about the citywide Newton Reads program being sponsored by the Newton Free Library in October.  The goal of Newton Reads is to promote good mental health through community connection, shared information, and discussion.  The Newton Free Library has a terrific array of events listed for the program on their Newton Reads webpageand we encourage you to attend any that you can!

Children’s Book Sale Friends of the Newton Free Library

A special sale of gently-used and previously-adored children’s books will occur in Druker Auditorium at the Newton Free Library on Saturday, October 25 from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm.

Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge Wrap Up: Saturday September 6th at the Newton Free Library

Mark your calendars for the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge Wrap Up and celebrate your reading with an ice cream treat plus other fun surprises. Saturday, September 6 from 2 – 4 pm at the Newton Free Library.

The Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge 

The ACL is pleased to participate at a partner in Mayor Warren’s Summer Reading Challenge.  Summer reading helps kids and teens maintain their reading skills and return to school in September ready to learn.  And, it’s fun!  This summer, Mayor Warren is partnering with local organizations and businesses to get all Newton students reading – from preschoolers through high school.  Together, Newton can make the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge a real success.

Keep track of the time you spend reading this summer and celebrate it with exciting rewards and events by clicking here for more information:

There will be a Summer Reading Challenge wrap-up event on Saturday September 6th at the Newton Free Library…stay tuned for details!

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 –
Alderman Jay Harney –
Alderman Lenny Gentile –
Alderman Amy Sangiolo –

For the most recent map:

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!