Category Archives: neighborhood happenings

Riverside Visioning Community Open House, February 10th, 4:00, Williams School

This is the opportunity for you to give input on what gets developed at Riverside.  The City of Newton Planning department, and their consultant, Civic Moxie, invite you to attend an open house to create the future vision for the Riverside Station site.  Please see HERE for more information.  The intent of the vision plan is to assist the City in evaluating future development proposals as well as how to better integrate the site into the community.

Williams School Art Installation at the ACL

The ACL is Where the Wild Things Are this winter!  Artists in Kindergarten at Williams School have expressed their creativity in wild colors with great imagination in our latest library exhibit. Come to select your favorite painting and imagine your own as you view our four large exhibit frames in the Great Room, as well as the new “clothesline” art in the Children’s Room.

Williams Kindergarten artists created Wild Things, based on the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. While reading the book, the students discussed how they could create a wild thing – make large eyes, horns, claws, crazy hair, etc. The artists noticed how lines could be used to make visual textures for fur and scales. Using oil pastels, they drew the largest shapes first (body and head) and then added smaller details. They then added color with oil pastels and tempera cake paints.

Many thanks to Williams Art Teacher Kathleen McGill and ACL volunteer Liz Noon for bringing this exhibit to the library!

Holiday Gift Drive sponsored by The Village Bank

One of the ACL‘s most long-standing sponsors, The Village Bank, is once again sponsoring its Holiday Gift Drive.

For the 11th consecutive year, The Village Bank and the City of Newton will sponsor a Holiday Gift Drive to help ensure that the upcoming season will be bright for all of the City’s children.

Local residents, businesses, groups, and organizations are encouraged to play an active role again this year with a generous donation of 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 12 through December 10.

Suggested gifts include age-appropriate clothing, games, sporting goods, and toys. The donation of gift certificates purchased from local merchants will also benefit businesses in the community.

According to Joseph De Vito, president and CEO of The Village Bank, the annual Holiday Gift Drive has reached more than 200 income-eligible local families in recent years.

“The Holiday Gift Drive is always among the highlights of any given year for us,” said De Vito. “From the early planning stages to the final gifts distributed to local families in time for holiday celebrations, it’s a caring, sharing event that helps define us as a community. And, the bottom line may be that, for everyone involved in making it happen, it is also a holiday gift we give ourselves.”

Susan Paley, The Village Bank vice president and community relations officer, and Pamela Weissman, Newton’s director of social services, are managing the details of the Drive.

Stocking Stuffers! ACL Water Bottles and Re-Usable Totes Available at Just Next Door and the ACL

Looking for that perfect holiday gift?  All the local hipsters are sporting ACL gear…the must-have accessories of the season!

We know it can be a little tricky to make it to the ACL during our part-time hours of operation during the busy holiday season.  So we are thrilled to let you all know that we have partnered with our neighborhood gift shop, Just Next Door, to sell our wares for the holidays.  In addition to the totes ($5) and stainless steel water bottles ($10), Just Next Door has lots of other goodies for everyone on your holiday list…

Auburndale’s “It girl“, Amy from Just Next Door, modeling ACL accessories

Just Next Door is located at 327 Auburn Street, just steps away from the ACL.  Shop local, folks!

Village People, Riverside Project, Good Shepherd Institute

Community News

“The Village People” Meeting Monday Sept 24 at 7:30 pm at the ACL

Last spring the Mayor’s Office brought together a group of community-minded folks who enrich the city through village days, arts projects, and other creative endeavors.  The plan is to come together a few times a year to brainstorm, share best practices and generally cross-pollinate.  Join us if you love a good block party, a parade, or other fun stuff.  Questions?  Contact

Riverside Project Community Meeting September 27th at 7 pm at Newton North

There will be a public presentation hosted by Mark Development on the Riverside project on September 27th at Newton North.  This will be an opportunity to learn more about Riverside, meet the Mark Development team, ask questions, and share thoughts and ideas. If you’d like to connect in the meantime, please contact Brendan from Mark Development’s community engagement team at (781) 474-0149.

Good Shepherd Institute Dinner Thursday November 1st at 5:30 pm at the Newton Marriott

For the past 5 years, Good Shepherd Institute has been proud to offer the signature community-wide event on end-of-life issues. For our 40th Anniversary, we are thrilled to welcome back Dr. Atul Gawande and you can be a sponsor of this important event.

unnamedBestselling author, renowned surgeon and public health leader, Dr. Atul Gawande was recently named CEO of the newly formed not-for-profit healthcare initiative by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase. Dr. Gawande is also the founding Executive Director and Chairman of Ariadne Labs, a Professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, and one of the most sought-after speakers in medicine.

Don’t miss out! Get your tickets now.

Community News: Riverside Greenway Trails Meeting Sept 17 at the ACL

For anyone interested in the new multi-use trail connecting Lyons field through the edge of Riverside and on to Wellesley, there will be a public meeting at Auburndale Community Library on Monday September 17th at 7:30 p.m. The Riverside Greenway Working Group (“RGWG”) has already received grants from the DCR-Recreational Trails Program and the Solomon Foundation to study some options. We will discuss ideas for traveling along and across Commonwealth Ave., through the streets in Auburndale to the LaSalle Boat house, then to Riverside Station, and over the two abandoned railroad bridges spanning I-95 to Lower Falls. Please come to hear about, and to share any advice or concerns you might have about, the building of this trail.

Save the Date, Details Forthcoming: Riverside Project Community Meeting September 27th

There will be a public presentation on the Riverside project on September 27th at Newton North (more information to come).  

Mass Audubon’s Climate Cafe at the ACL: Wednesday, September 12 at 7 pm

Join us at our first ever “Mass Audubon’s Climate Café” being held at the ACL on Wednesday, September 12th from 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Learn about how climate change is affecting coral reefs. Dan Burdeno from the Coral Restoration Foundation in Key Largo, FL will give a presentation about his work to restore the coral reefs of the Florida Keys and how climate change has impacted the ocean. (If Dan’s name sounds familiar, it is because he grew up in Auburndale and is the son of ACL volunteer Barb Day!)

There will be time for people to talk together about climate change, connect with their friends and neighbors and socialize over snacks. Send questions and RSVP to Gail Yeo at Hope to see you there!