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West Nile Virus detected in Newton mosquitoes

August 10, 2017 

West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in Newton mosquitoes, the City’s Health & Human Services Department announced today. There have been no reports of human infection in Massachusetts so far this year.

Mosquitoes carrying the virus have been trapped in Newton and surrounding areas, so residents should take precautions regardless of which part of Newton they live in.

“West Nile Virus mosquitoes are something we expect to see every summer and fall in this area,” said Deborah Youngblood, Health and Human Services Commissioner. “I urge everyone to take steps to prevent disease by using mosquito repellent, avoiding peak mosquito times outside, and emptying standing water around their homes.”

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Hydrant Inspection/Flushing Information

July 17, 2017 

Beginning April 27, 2017 and continuing through Fall 2017 between the hours of 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Thursday, fire department personnel will be conducting fire hydrant inspection and flushing throughout the city, weather permitting.

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Seasonal Leaf Blower Restrictions

July 7, 2017 

The seasonal ban on the use of gas-powered leaf blowers went into effect on Memorial Day and will last until Labor Day. One electric or battery-powered leaf blower of 65 decibels or less is allowed to be used per lot during this time period. There has been a substantial increase in the number of calls related to leaf blowers since this ordinance was passed by the City Council. Please click here to short flyer to summarize the new law for residents and landscapers (link). To read the ordinance in its entirety, go to section 13 paragraph h.

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Wireless Weakspots

June 20, 2017 

If you are aware of problem areas for cell and wireless service in Newton, please share your findings using this two question survey.

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