Category Archives: neighborhood happenings

Calling ACL 4th-6th graders! Cast a VOTE for your favorite book…Massachusetts Children’s Book Awards

If you have been reading books for the Massachusetts Children’s Book Awards (MCBA), now is your time to vote! Send in your pick for the best book from the MCBA list by emailing the title to The winning title will be announced in early April. See the full list of titles here:

Even if you’re not in the market to vote, the list is a terrific resource for some great reads!
​Did you love a particular book?  Let us know…

Community News

Turtle Lane Playhouse Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 10 at 7:00 pm at City Hall, Second Floor

The public hearing on Turtle Lane will be held on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:00 PM, second floor, NEWTON CITY HALL before the LAND USE COMMITTEE of the BOARD OF ALDERMEN and in the case of continued petition #480-14, a proposed change to the City’s zoning map, with the PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT BOARD for the purpose of hearing the following petitions at which time all parties interested in these items shall be heard: #480-14 STEPHEN VONA petition to rezone 283 MELROSE STREET, also known as Section 41, Block 14, Lot 10, from MULTI RESIDENCE 1 to a MIXED USE 4 DISTRICT.

Notice of Traffic Signal Improvements in Auburndale Meeting on Thursday, March 12 at 7:00 pm in City Hall Aldermanic Chambers

The City has initiated a project to implement specific transportation and traffic improvements in the Village of Auburndale. Although the primary goal of this project is to upgrade traffic signals at key intersections, it may be necessary to incorporate specific geometric improvements at intersections and driveways in order to improve overall vehicular and pedestrian safety.

Specific improvements may include traffic signal upgrades at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Lexington Street, Commonwealth Avenue and Melrose Avenue, Lexington Street and Wolcott Street; new traffic signals at the intersection of Lexington Street and Auburndale Avenue; geometric improvements at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Lexington Street, installation of new granite curb, minor stormwater improvements, driveway and sidewalk reconstruction and other miscellaneous items of work.

The City is eager to engage the community and present the project as part of a public workshop scheduled to be held at City Hall in the Aldermanic Chambers on March 12, 2015 beginning at 7:00pm.

Presenting…The Auburndale Library Garden Club Speaker Series

Our First Presentation: “Unified Garden” by Ashley Davidoff ~ Monday, February 9 at 7:30 pm 

The winter months are a wonderful time to learn and plan for the upcoming gardening season.  The Auburndale Community Library Garden Club SPEAKER SERIES will begin at the library (ACL) on February 9, with award winning Newton Gardener Ashley Davidoff. Davidoff, a radiologist, will share his concept of developing a Unified Garden.  Our garden, like our body, functions best as one… “units to unity”.

He will demonstrate, with a photo presentation, how he has achieved this result in his beautiful garden.

Our first speaker in the series: “Unified Garden” By Ashley Davidoff

Personal stories of Life and Gardening

We will look forward to bringing you a series of gardening speakers at the ACL over the upcoming months.  Stay tuned for more details!  Any questions about the series or the Auburndale Library Garden Club may be directed to Liz Noon at

Mayor’s Holiday Food Drive…Thank You For Your Donations

Our ACL patrons gave generously to the Mayor’s Holiday Food Drive.  Thank you so much!  Our volunteer delegation delivered and sorted the goodies at City Hall on New Year’s Eve day.  Many thanks to: Elise Brenner, the Burba family, the McCarthy family, the Mehrotra Family, and Doris Ann Sweet for representing the ACL.

ACL volunteers ringing in the New Year helping with the Food Drive

At the Waban Library Center: Hank Phillippi Ryan Author Talk December 17th at 7:30 pm

Our “sister” community library, the Waban Library Center, will have an author talk event on Wednesday, December 17th.
Come hear Hank Phillippi

Ryan, the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBS affiliate and Newton resident, speak aboutTruth Be Told, part of the Jane Ryland series. The book is a Library Journal BEST BOOK OF 2014,Library Journal Editor’s Pick and RT Book Reviews Top Pick, with starred reviews from Booklist and from Library Journal, which raves, “Drop everything and binge read!”

A $10 suggested donation helps the Waban Library Center stay open.  The Waban Library Center is loca

Community News: Proposed Rowe Street Development

Community News

The proposed Rowe Street Development will go before the Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers. The current iteration calls for 150 rental units in a four story building with commercial space on the first floor. For more information go to:

Auburndale Commuter Parking Update

The following is from Sgt. Babcock of the Newton Police Department:

Signs have been installed to implement the new Auburndale Commuter Parking Plan.  The police will not start enforcing until a 3 week transition period starting on November 5, 2014.  Only meters, HP, will be tagged. Placards will be free for residents for the remainder of 2014. They won’t be ready until November 5, 2014. The 2015 placards/stickers will be available in the middle of December 2014 for sale for $25.00.

For more information about the parking plan that goes into effect on November 4, 2014: