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
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
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.
A community meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 9th at 7 pm at the Williams School to discuss an Auburndale Commuter Parking Plan as proposed by the City’s Transportation Planner in conjunction with the Newton Police Department.
For the sixth consecutive year, The Village Bank will partner with the City of Newton Department of Health and Human Services for the annual Holiday Gift Drive, to help brighten the holidays for deserving Newton children.
The Bank and the City are encouraging local residents, businesses and organizations to play an active role in the Holiday Gift Drive through donations of gift certificates and new, unwrapped gifts for children ages newborn to 10.
The Village Bank’s Newton branches in Auburndale, Newtonville, Nonantum, Newton Highlands, Waban and West Newton will serve as Holiday Gift Drive collection sites. Donations will be accepted from November 25 through December 17.
Collections at Village Bank Newton Branches begins on Monday, November 25th
Suggested gifts include age-appropriate books, CDs and DVDs, clothing, games, sporting goods, and toys. The donation of gift certificates purchased from local merchants will also benefit businesses in the community.
Public Hearing Wednesday, November 13th – 7:00 p.m. Aldermanic Chambers
From Ald. Amy Sangiolo:
As you may have heard or read, the City voted for a moratorium on locating medical marijuana dispensaries for 3 months while the City determines the best zoning districts would be appropriate.
Whether people are in favor of these or not, the reality is that the State has authorized 35 of these dispensaries to be located throughout the state – only one in a municipality but up to 5 in a county. We know there is at least one application filed in the City but do not know what location that organization is looking at.
The State has its own requirements in terms of distance from schools, security, appearance of the building, etc. If we do not pass zoning, the State may use it’s own guidelines in terms of approving the locating one in a particular town or City without input from the municipality which is why it is critical we as a City, create our own zoning guidelines. So the issue is not whether we should allow these dispensaries in our community – it is where we should appropriately locate them.
In order to ensure that folks have the necessary information to formulate an opinion, I thought it might be useful to send some links to the discussions and material that have been shared with the Aldermen prior to the public hearing which will take place this Wednesday evening, at 7:00 p.m. in the Aldermanic Chambers. There are a few other items that the Zoning and Planning Committee will also hear, so the item will likely not be heard until after 8. Folks can always submit written comments and send them to email@example.com and ask that their comments be forwarded to the Full Board of Aldermen.
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The Auburndale Community Association, along with ACA board member Lynn Slobodin, has been working with Representative KayKhan for many years to try to bring an accessible commuter rail station to our village. We are pleased to forward the following message from Representative Khan about an important meeting to review the MBTA’s initial design for the new station.
As many of you know, I have been working with the MBTA for several years to make the three commuter rail stations in Newton, accessible for all. At my request, then Congressman Barney Frank was able to get over $2M earmarked for this endeavor and I recommended the commuter rail station in Auburndale as a starting point. The MBTA is in the planning stages to implement this and I am pleased to announce there will be a community meeting with the MBTA, Wednesday, July 10, 7:30 pm at the Village Bank in Auburndale Square for a presentation of a 30% design plan for an accessible commuter rail station in Auburndale.
I would like to thank Lynn Slobodin for working with the Village Bank and the MBTA to organize the space for the meeting, the Village Bank for their willingness to host the meeting and the Ward 4 Aldermen and city officials for their support.
From the Ward 4 Aldermen: Overview of Parking in Auburndale–Input Sought
Dear Ward 4 Residents,
We are writing to let you know that City Staff, led by Transportation Coordinator, David Koses, has completed an INITIAL DRAFT of a parking plan for the Auburndale area near the Auburndale Commuter Rail Station. This will be posted on the City’s webpage here:
We plan on having a community meeting to review the plan and listen to public comment and suggestions, and will get back to these list serves with a date and location shortly.
As mentioned, we are in the early planning stages and this is only an initial draft.
There are some streets that were not included that we believe should be included and there are some restrictions we feel may need to be amended when they move forward with a subsequent draft. Thus, it will be important for the public to weigh in on this plan.
Ward 4 Aldermen
Jay Harney, Lenny Gentile, Amy Sangiolo
Proudly presented by the Charles River Neighborhood Foundation, Two Who Dared: The Shaprs’ War tells the story of a Unitarian minister Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha, who just prior to the invasion of Czechoslovakia in February 1939, left their young children in MA to help save thousands being persecuted in Eastern Europe. Who were these American heroes and what drove them to undertake this dangerous mission, putting the well-being of strangers over family?
Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War
An Official selection of the 2013 Boston International Film Festival
Wednesday, April 3 at 7 pm at The Walker Center for Ecumenical Exchange
144 Hancock St, Auburndale
Discussion led by director Artemis Joukowsky III
Auburndale Ca$h Mob In front of Just Next Door
Show your support for Auburndale’s local retailers, restaurants and service providers by agreeing to spend $10 at an Auburndale business of your choice.
At 10 a.m. the Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce will be holding a press conference in front of Just Next Door (327 Auburn St.) with Mayor Setti Warren and other public officials to announce the kick-off of the a brand new Shop Local for the Holidays campaign. Immediately following the press conference all attendees are encouraged to engage in a “cash mob.” Similar to “flash mobs,” a cash mob is an event where a group of people gather together but instead of singing a song or doing a dance, they agree to spend some money.
This is a terrific community event open to the public. Newton’s Understanding Our Differences program is sponsoring a special reading and conversation with R.J. Palacio, author of Wonder
Newton South High School Auditorium
140 Brandeis Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459
RSVP Requested, Free Admission
Please visit the “Wonder” tab on the Understanding Our Differences website to register. Elementary school students and older are welcome with an adult. Understanding Our Differences, based in Newton MA since 1978, educates communities to value and accept people of all abilities through school-based, interactive disability awareness programs. Contact info@UnderstandingOurDifferences.org if accommodations are needed.