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Newton Mosquito Update

September 13, 2019 

Newton’s risk level for West Nile Virus (WNV) has been raised from low to moderate due to a human case of WNV disease in Middlesex County. Newton’s risk level for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) remains at low. The Newton Health and Human Services Department’s recommendations for protecting against mosquito carried illness remain largely unchanged.

The primary change is to always take precautions when outdoors, not just from dusk to dawn. The recommendations include:

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Fire Hydrant Testing June 24 - September 27

June 20, 2019 

Beginning June 24, 2019 and continuing through September 27, 2019 between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, Department of Public Works and Fire Department personnel will be conducting fire hydrant inspection and flushing throughout the city weather permitting.

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Memorial Day Parade this Sunday at 3:00pm

May 20, 2019 

All are invited to join us for the annual Memorial Day Parade this Sunday, May 26th beginning at 3:00pm at Newton North High School. The parade will head north on Walnut Street, and turn right on Watertown Street before ending at Colletti-Magni Park. Please click here for more info.

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Public Health Advisory: Measles

May 7, 2019 

City health officials are advising Newton employees and residents to proactively review their measles vaccination status. While there are no current Newton measles cases, the Newton Health and Human Services Department encourages individuals to check their vaccination history because measles outbreaks are occurring throughout the United States and abroad.

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Are You Ready to Run?

April 30, 2019 

Nomination papers for candidates running for City Council and School Committee will be available in the City Clerk's Office beginning May 1, 2019.

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Newton Power Choice Program

April 16, 2019 

The City of Newton is developing a plan for a new electricity program called Newton Power Choice, which will provide an opportunity for Newton to significantly increase the amount of renewable energy in the community’s electricity supply.

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Enhanced Online Bill Pay Services

April 16, 2019 

Announcing Enhanced Online Bill Pay Services - Newton Treasury’s Online Bill Pay Service has new features that will make paying and viewing your tax and utility bills online with City of Newton more convenient. More

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Stay Away From Downed Wires!

February 25, 2019 

Due to high winds the Newton Fire Department is responding to several downed powerlines at locations throughout the City. You should assume all downed power lines are live.

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Wondering about Weed?

November 13, 2018 

November 28th 6:30-8pm, The Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst (Campus Center, 777 Dedham St., Newton)

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will introduce local experts Kevin Hill, MD and Nicole Danforth, MD who will enlighten us with myths and facts about marijuana science, health risks & benefits, adolescents & the developing brain and adult recreational and medical marijuana use.

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Poll Workers Wanted

July 13, 2018 

The 2018 Election Season will be starting in September, and the City Clerk's Office is looking for Newton residents who would be willing to be Poll Workers on September 4, 2018 and November 6, 2018.

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April 9, 2018 

MassBio® Announces New BioReady® Communities Well-Positioned to Support Life Sciences Growth in Massachusetts Ashland, Everett and Newton Upgraded to Gold; Norton and Auburn Join List March 27, 2018 (CAMBRIDGE, MA) – The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio®) has upgraded Ashland, Everett and Newton to Gold BioReady® Communities, and has added Norton and Auburn to its list of esteemed BioReady Communities, announced at the MassBio Annual Meeting last week.

To learn more, visit MassBio’s BioReady Communities web page

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Newton Initiates Strategy to Remediate Lead

March 20, 2018 

Because of national health concerns about lead in drinking water, the Mayor and City departments took the unprecedented step to identify public drinking water sources and water systems, to test for lead, and to remediate problems identified in the last three months.

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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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Blood Drive

May 9, 2017 

June 6th

The Dana Farber Cancer Institute/ Brigham and Women’s Hospital Blood Mobile will be at Newton City Hall (1000 Commonwealth Ave.) in the War Memorial Circle for a blood drive.

Appointments: (appointments are recommended, walk-ins will be taken as time allows).

Questions about eligibility, please email: or call 617-632-3206.

*All blood collected benefits patients at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR NEW DONORS

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2017 City Census - Last Call to Respond

May 8, 2017 

The City Clerk’s Office announces Last Call for the 2017 City Census. The majority of Newton’s residents have returned their 2017 Census forms, but if you have been procrastinating in getting your form returned to the Clerk’s Office, and you have no changes on the form, you can now respond to the census on-line.

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Highs and Lows Community Event April 25

March 16, 2017 

Join us April 25 for a judgment-free conversation among teens and adults about the risks and realities of drug and alcohol use. All are welcome in the Newton South Cafeteria from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call the Health and Human Services Department at 617-796-1420.

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Flu Vaccine Still Available

January 5, 2017 

Reports of influenza cases are increasing, as expected for this time of year. And so far, the main type of flu that's making people sick this season is in the vaccine. If you haven't gotten your flu shot yet this year, it's not too late! Call the public health nurse at 617-796-1420 to choose a time to stop by City Hall for your shot.

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Winter Snow Parking Restrictions

November 16, 2016 

November 15th through April 15th, drivers are not allowed to park on any City of Newton street for longer than one hour between the hours of 2 am-6am. Please visit NPD, 25 Chestnut St, to apply for a free overnight permit to park in a municipal lot.

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Highland Ave Bridge Demolition

November 2, 2016 

This weekend, 11/4-11/6, Highland Ave over I-95 will be detoured to allow the demolition of the existing bridge, creating significant traffic delays in the area.

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Labor Day Trash Pickup Delay

September 2, 2016 

Trash pick up will be delayed one day City wide due to Labor Day. Please put your trash and recycling bins curbside one day after your regular pick up day.

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Drugs and the Developing Teen Brain on May 4 at Newton South

April 27, 2016 

Experts Susan Swick and Nicole Danforth of Newton-Wellesley Hospital will discuss:

  • How to separate fact from fiction when it comes to marijuana, opiates and other drugs
  • How to keep lines of communication open between parents and teens
  • What we know about the adolescent brain and risks of substance use

Teens and parents invited to attend

Wednesday, May 4th, 6pm, Newton South Auditorium

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Masquerade Ball

April 27, 2016 

Masquerade Ball Thursday, May 19th, 6:00-10:00 p.m. American Legion Post 440, 295 California Street. Enjoy a night of dinner and dancing. This event is 55+ and no partner is required. This event is co-sponsored by Senior Services and Parks & Recreation. Transportation available for Newton Seniors. Tickets are $30.

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No trash & recycling collections on Friday, January 1.

December 31, 2015 
Collections will be one-day delayed after January 1. Holiday tree pickups will occur weeks of January 4 & January 11.

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"Christmas & Klezmer" At City Hall

December 11, 2015 
Saturday, December 12, 7-9pm: songs from different holiday traditions & from different musical genres; Klezmer / Jewish & Hanukkah songs, & traditional American/English/Irish Christmas music.
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Holiday Lights Off At City Hall Tonight

December 11, 2015 
Due to minor infrastructure work near the fountain outside Newton City Hall, the holiday lights will be off in the evenings through Monday, December 14.

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Free Holiday Events December 5

December 2, 2015 
On Saturday at Newton City Hall, a craft fair from 10am-5pm, and then the Holiday Lighting at 5pm with Mayor Warren, refreshments, & a sing along.
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Enjoyable Thanksgiving At Senior Center

November 30, 2015 
Many of our valued senior citizens enjoyed a meal at the Senior Center on November 26. We appreciate all the volunteers who made the dinner possible. For more than 15 years, the City of Newton has offered a Thanksgiving Day dinner for seniors.

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Meeting For Grandparents

November 30, 2015 
On January 12, Newton Community Partnerships for Children and Families will host a meeting for grandparents on the joys and challenges of raising and caring for grandchildren.
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Best Wishes On His Retirement

November 23, 2015 
At the end of the month the people of Newton will be bidding farewell to Police Chief Howard Mintz.  Mayor Warren hosted a party at City Hall so colleagues could extend "best wishes" to the Chief.
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New Open Space In Newton

November 18, 2015 
Mayor Setti Warren will cut the ribbon Saturday at 11am to celebrate the City of Newton's newest public recreation and open space acquisition: the Waban Hill Reservoir.
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Newton's Veterans Day Ceremony

November 11, 2015 
Mayor Setti Warren and Congressman Joseph Kennedy honored veterans in speeches at the ceremony on Wednesday. To view photographs taken at the event, please visit the Facebook page for the "City of Newton MA."

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November 10: Austin Street Project Meeting

November 4, 2015 
The Board of Aldermen's Land Use Committee will hold a public meeting on November 10 on plans for a mixed-use project on what is now an underutilized municipal parking lot in Newtonville on Austin Street.

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Area Council Election Results Now Available

November 4, 2015 
The Results of the November 3, 2015 Newton Highlands, Newton Upper Falls and Waban Area Council Elections are now available on the City Clerk's Election webpage. You can access the results HERE

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Halloween Paintings Adorn Store Windows

October 31, 2015 
Diego and other students painted Halloween scenes on the windows of stores in some of the villages. More than 160 merchants participated in the event October 31. To see artwork, please visit the Facebook page for the City of Newton MA:

Newton South Tennis Courts

October 27, 2015 
Newton South High School Tennis Courts are being completely rebuilt. Construction has begun but cannot finish in the calendar year 2015, we will also have to wait on warmer temperatures to sealcoat and line the 12 courts, with that in mind the tentative reopening is in early July 2016.

Demographic Reports

September 29, 2015 
Demographic data are driving planning as the City of Newton prepares to meet the needs of our residents now and in the future.
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Absentee Ballots Now Available for Preliminary Election

September 1, 2015 
Absentee Ballots for the September 17, 2015 Preliminary Election are now available at the City Clerk's Office. For information on applying for an Absentee Ballot please visit the City Clerk's webpage:

Newton SouthEast Little League Game Watch - 10:00 a.m.

August 10, 2015 
Come by City Hall today for a Newton SouthEast Little League Game Watch in the City Café, located in the basement of Newton City Hall. Newton SouthEast will take on Cranston Western Little League from Cranston, Rhode Island in the New England Regional Tournament in Bristol, Connecticut beginning at 10:00a.m. Come by for a few innings or the whole game.

Newton SouthEast Little League Send-Off Celebration

August 5, 2015 
Send-off the State Champion Newton SouthEast Little League this Saturday, August 8th as they travel to Bristol, Connecticut to play in the New England Regional Tournament. The send-off celebration begins at 8:00 a.m. on the front steps of Newton City Hall. refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there.


July 7, 2015 
Effective Monday, July 13.
As part of Mayor Warren’s vision to make Newton a 21st century city, customers doing business with City Clerk or Treasury will be able to pay for their transactions with either credit or debit cards.
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Flag Day

June 12, 2015 
Newton Flag Day Ceremony Sunday June 14th, 1:00pm
Newton War Memorial behind City Hall
All are welcome! Flags may be dropped off for proper disposal.
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Pride Flag Raising

June 12, 2015 
Celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month with the second annual pride flag raising on Monday, June 15th, in the Rotunda of Newton City Hall, 5:30 -7:00 p.m. Event will be held rain or shine.
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2015 Dog Licenses & Off-Leash Permits Now Available

February 19, 2015 
Dog Licenses and Off-Leash Dog Park Permits for 2015 are available in the City Clerk's Office at Newton City Hall. Licenses are required by April 1 for all Dogs residing in Newton. For more information, visit the City Clerk's webpages.

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New Fire Dept News Items

January 14, 2015 
The Fire Dept proudly announces the release of our new News Module to broadcast information to the general public from our home page. Please return often for more details.
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Fire Hydrant Snow Removal

January 14, 2015 
Residents having fire hydrants close to their home should remove the snow on and around it. This will make it easier to find the hydrants, which may save a life or your home.

Fire Department Issues Cold Weather Fire Safety Warning

January 14, 2015 
Fire officials issued a fire safety warning as we enter the first period of extremely cold weather this winter. "Sub-freezing temperatures dip this week will tax our heating and electrical systems as we try to stay warm, so a little caution can help you make you it safely through the extreme weather," said Fire Chief Bruce Proia.
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Second Water Meter option for Residents

December 15, 2014 
The City of Newton will now permit residents to obtain a second meter that allows for separate metering of outdoor water use. Any resident wishing to obtain a second water meter and qualify for this year's new rate structure must register with the Utilities Division by April 10, 2015.
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Newton Veterans Day 2014

November 4, 2014 
Tuesday November 11,2014
10:00am - 12:00 pm
American Legion Post 440
295 California Street, Newton
Veterans Day Flyer

Honoring Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino

November 3, 2014 
To honor former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino after his passing last week, there will be a book in the rotunda at Newton City Hall for residents and staff to sign notes to the Menino family. It will be sent to his family and will be available this Tuesday, Nov. 4th - Friday, Nov. 7th from 8:30am-5pm.

Nominations now being accepted for 3rd Annual Newton Business Excellence Awards

August 12, 2014 
For more information on the Business Excellence Awards and to submit a nomination for consideration, please click here.

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Red Sox Night Friday, July 25

July 16, 2014 
Watch the game on the big screen and see the 2004 World Series Trophy at the Newton North High School Auditorium! Doors open at 6:30 pm, first pitch at 7:10pm. The World Series Trophy will be on display from 6:30-8:30 p.m. See Flyer for more details

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LGBT Pride Celebration - 10 Years of Marriage Equality

June 20, 2014 
Wednesday, June 25th, 5:30 pm
South Lawn, Newton City Hall

Please join Mayor Setti Warren for a celebration of LGBT Pride Month and the 10th Anniversary of the Marriage Equality Act. More info.

Envisioning the Austin Street Municipal Parking Lot, Input Session

June 19, 2014 
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Newton North High School Cafeteria
The City of Newton invites you on Tuesday, June 24th from 8:00-9:30 p.m. to help envision the Austin Street Parking Lot’s revitalization and meet Austin Street Partners, the recently selected development team. More Info

Newton's Annual Flag Day Observance

June 9, 2014 
All are welcome - Thursday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Newton War Memorial, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue (City Hall). Event moved INSIDE War Memorial due to weather.

If you have a retired flag, worn/tattered/otherwise, please bring it to this ceremony for proper disposal. More information.

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Memorial Day Wreath Laying Ceremony

May 23, 2014 
On Sunday, May 25 at 12:30 pm there will be a wreath laying ceremony for our Veterans at the Newton Cemetery See Flyer

Mayor Warren's Budget Message

April 22, 2014 
Please Click Here for a message on the FY15 budget from Mayor Setti Warren. FY15 budget info here

Aldermanic Meetings Scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 2014 have been postponed to Wednesday, January 22, 2014

January 21, 2014 
Due to the Weather, the Aldermanic Meetings Scheduled for Tuesday, January 21, 2014 have been postponed to Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

Annual City Census Now in Progress

January 13, 2014 
The Annual City Census has been mailed to each Newton household. The census form should be completed and returned to the City Clerk's Office/Election Commission as soon as possible.
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Newton Cares for Soldiers

December 20, 2013 
At our Open House on December 31 and the Inauguration on January 1 please consider donating to our Veterans and Troops. Click here for more information

Get The App! New 311 App for Smartphones and Iphones released

November 14, 2013 

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Domestic Violence Awareness Event October 30

October 24, 2013 
Join Mayor Setti Warren, The Second Step, BARCC, Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Journey to Safety and Reach as we enter Domestic Violence Awareness month. Details and RSVP here

Don't Forget to Protect Yourself from the Flu

September 25, 2013 
Flu season will be coming soon, and now is the time to get your annual flu vaccine. The Health & Human Services Department has vaccine to give for FREE to students, city employees, and community members. For further information,
visit or call 617-796-1426.

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Newton Memorial Veterans Parade Sunday, May 19, 2013 (The Sunday BEFORE Memorial Day)

May 3, 2013 
Mayor Setti Warren and WWII Veteran and Grand Marshall Frank Dippo invite you to the Newton Memorial Veterans Parade. See the Shriners, Newton Youth League, Newton and Watertown Police Departments and more! See Details here.

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A Week of Community Service

April 3, 2013 
Mayor Setti D. Warren announces NewtonServes / Service Week 2013 beginning Sunday, April 28, 2013. This will be a week of service that will bring the 13 villages together as one community. If you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities for Service Week 2013 please visit
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Register to Vote

October 17, 2012 
The last day to register to vote in this election is Wednesday, October 17 (office closes at 8pm). Election: Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Poll Hours: 7am-8pm

April 9, 2012 Finance Committee Public Hearing

March 20, 2012 
The Finance Committee of the Board of Aldermen will hold a Public Hearing on April 9, 2012 at 7 p.m. in Room 222 regarding the Mayor's proposal to establish a Financial Information Systems Department.
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