Category Archives: neighborhood happenings

Understanding Our Differences: Annual Family Book Event Tuesday Oct 20

Great minds don’t always think alike!  That’s the message of the children’s book, Fish In A Tree, to be featured at Understanding Our Differences’ 4th Annual Family Book Event with a disability theme.  Author Lynda Mullaly Hunt will talk about and sign her New York Times bestselling novel, about a girl with learning disabilities who discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label.

Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Time:  Program is 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Book signing follows.

Place:  Newton South High School Auditorium, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton Centre

Registration:  Required in advance at this link:

Admission:  Free for children and Newton Public Schools teachers and staff.  Requested donation at the door is $10 for adults.


Author Talk: NPR’s Scott Simon to Speak on Thursday Nov 5


One of the ACL’s volunteers has informed us about a special author event sponsored by another non profit organization in the Newton community. Scott Simon, host of NPR’s Weekend Edition, will be this year’s speaker for the Good Shepherd Community Care Institute’s annual dinner on November 5, at 6pm at the Westin in Waltham. Attendees will get to hear Scott talk about his newest book, Unforgettable, a memoir documenting his conversations with his mother during their last week together, and will also receive a free, signed copy of the book. Click here for more information about this event.

Good Shepherd Community Care was founded in 1978 in Newton as Hospice of the Good Shepherd and is the original Massachusetts hospice. Its annual dinner is part of a larger program designed to inform and support the often difficult conversations that help to insure quality at the end of life.

Calling Local Authors: Tour de Newton at the ACL Sunday, September 13th

The library is one of the stops along the route of the Tour de Newton, this coming Sunday September 13th.  We expect over 700 bikers from all over Newton and we are looking forward to hosting our visitors and sharing our neighborhood pride!

If you are a local author and would like to join us in this effort to showcase the library and our village by attending the event and/or providing information on your book for us to share with our visitors, we would love to hear from you prior to the event.  The ride begins at 9:30 and we will likely host visitors until 1:00 pm or so.  For more information, please contact Kathleen Maguire at

SAVE THE DATES Wednesday Evening Summer Programming at the ACL…

The ACL is once again planning expanded programming in the summer on many Wednesday evenings.  The pace is easier, the evenings are lovely for a summer stroll to visit us, and we enjoy hosting these special events to see our friends and neighbors.
More details forthcoming, but for now here’s what we’ve got in the works thus far:
Garden Art NightWednesday, July 15th7 pm
Back by popular demand!  See above for details.
Hey Dave Acoustic Evening Wednesday, July 22nd7 pm
Music at the ACL! Hey Dave, a band featuring Aubunrdale guys named Dave and former members of Opositive…an eclectic acoustic ensemble featuring original music and cover songs.
PJ Storytime & Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Wednesday. July 29th7 pm
Wear your PJ’s and bring your favorite stuffed animal.  After the stories are over, your stuffed animal will get to spend the night with the giant Curious George!

Dancing in the Parks Outdoor Concert Wednesday, Aug. 5th6:30 – 8 pm
Jumpin Juba–rock & roll, jazz, calypso, and Latin music.  Bring chairs, blankets and your dancing shoes.  Sponsored by our friends at The Village Bank.

Stay tuned for full details and more events to celebrate the summer season at the ACL.

Last Year’s Dancing In The Parks Concert Sponsored by The Village Bank

Leaf Blower Meeting at City Hall 6/10

The Programs and Services Committee of the Board of Aldermen will be holding a public comment session on the following:

Docket Item #31-15 PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE proposing an ordinance to limit the use of leafblowers. [01/26/15 @2:20PM]; and 
Docket Item #31-15(2) THE PROGRAMS & SERVICES COMMITTEE requesting to amend Chapter 20-13, Noise Control, relative to time restrictions on the use of yard, garden or grounds maintenance equipment. [03/19/15 @ 12:14PM
The session will take place on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 in the Aldermanic Chambers at Newton City Hall beginning at 7:00 p.m.
This will be an opportunity for the Programs and Services Committee and members of the Board of Aldermen to hear from all those interested or concerned with the proposed leaf blower ordinance.  A sign-up sheet for speakers will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m.
If you are not able to attend the meeting or prefer not to speak, please feel free to submit written comments and address them to Karyn Dean, the Programs and Services Committee clerk at  They will be distributed to the Board and become part of the official record as have all past correspondence.

Riverside Meeting 6/25: Save the Date!

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm at the Auburndale Community Library

The City, and developers of the Riverside MBTA Station site are prepared to hold a community meeting to discuss the proposed roadway modifications that are subject to approval by MassDOT and FHWA. Traffic engineers have completed their 25% design work.

Bill Renke
Chair, Riverside Station Neighborhood Coalition

Riverside Meeting: Save the Date!

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm, location to be determined

The City, and developers of the Riverside MBTA Station site are prepared to hold a community meeting to discuss the proposed roadway modifications that are subject to approval by MassDOT and FHWA. Traffic engineers have completed their 25% design work. I’ll post more information when I have it.

Thank you.
Bill Renke
Chair, Riverside Station Neighborhood Coalition