The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is working with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to address community concerns related to vapor intrusion in the Nonantum area of Newton voiced at the public meeting this past April.
Newton Youth Services invites you to join Dan Levine and Melissa Wilsonof Engaging Minds, an after school learning center with locations in Newton andWayland, for a workshop designed specifically for parents and students together. In this workshop participants will learn strategies to help your student better manage their nightly homework, planning and time management strategies for both short-term and long-term assignments – and for life, strategies to help your student get “unstuck” when they have trouble initiating tasks, organizational strategies to help your student keep track of their papers, assignments, and belongings, and more! This workshop is free and open to the public.
Do you have a child who will be 3 or 4 years old next fall? It’s time to start thinking about preschool. On October 28th, Newton’s Health and Human Services Department will be hosting a preschool fair from 10 AM – 12 PM at Newton South High School in the cafeteria. Come learn about preschool options in the community and ask questions all in one place.
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Please join Mayor Warren and Police Chief MacDonald On Friday, Oct. 13 for Newton’s 2nd Annual Badges and Ball. Promoting positive community engagement with Newton’s teens, public safety, and law enforcement, we invite you to join us for an afternoon of basketball and tennis games, free food donated by local businesses, performances by local teen bands and dancers, lawn games, touch-a-truck, and so much more!
It’s that time of year again - the air is crisp, the leaves are beginning to change, and you are being bombarded with messages to get your flu shot. With so much information, how can you tell fact from fiction? The City of Newton Health & Human Services (HHS) Department put together this guide to help! For questions and more information, call us at (617) 796-1420 or visit our website at www.newtonma.gov/flu.
As fall kicks off, we invite you to engage with Newton HHS and its numerous programs and services that support the department’s mission to protect, promote and sustain the health, harmony, and well-being of all Newton residents, in a culturally-sensitive, customer-friendly manner. Our focus is on prevention. Read on to find out how.
Summer is here! And we’re offering 10 tips for a healthy summer to keep you safe from ticks, mosquitoes, sunburn and more.
Race and racism are complicated subjects. Newton has recently needed to face some of that complexity as we grappled with community meetings on diversity boiling over with tension and emotion, racist incidents at our schools, questions about a sanctuary city status and more. Our high schools are microcosms of our larger community in many ways and issues of race are as complex for our young people as they are for adults.
Twelve Newton students of color recently shared their experiences of race and racism as part of “The Monologue Project: Voices of Color.” Their captivating stories were captured on video during an evening theater performance held earlier this month, and also preserved in a book. Both are now available on the Newton Youth Services website.
Worried about a substance use disorder in a loved one? There has been no shortage of recent discouraging data about opioids and other addiction. But there is help from a variety of sources for those struggling with substance use disorder. Here are a few options:
The City of Newton Health and Human Services (Newton HHS) Department is looking for engaged community members to assist in developing and implementing a new community outreach program. We are recruiting volunteers to help us create a cohort of HHS ambassadors who will be trained to promote dialogue and provide information to residents and leaders throughout the community with the goal of increasing knowledge of the resources and opportunities available through the department.
We’re your local public health department -- we do prevention in many ways through programs and education. We’re introducing new ways to stay in touch -- including this occasional column (published here and in the Newton Tab), a presence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and a regular HHS e-newsletter. To sign up, visit www.newtonma.gov/health We’ll keep you updated on everything from the latest restaurant inspection grades, tick and mosquito disease prevention, mental health programs and more. Be social with us!
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: tinyurl.com/NewtonJune2017 (appointments are recommended, walk-ins will be taken as time allows).
Questions about eligibility, please email: bloodDonor@partners.org 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
Join us for an important community conversation regarding the trending Netflix series '13 Reasons Why' and how to engage people of all ages in safe, positive discussions regarding suicide prevention & mental health.
Wednesday, May 24th
City Hall War Memorial
This event is intended for adults, especially: Parents, caregivers, educators, coaches, youth mentors, group leaders and any adult who cares about young people.
To RSVP (requested, not required), please click here.
Join Mayor Setti D. Warren for a flag raising in honor of Pride Month with guest of honor Bob Parlin. The event will be held on the south lawn of Newton City Hall on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 6:00-7:00pm. Sponsored by the Newton Human Rights Commission.
Monday, April 3rd, 6:00-8:30pm
Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St
Join the Newton Medical Reserve Corps for a free & fun National Public Health Week event open to all! We’re showing Contagion, followed by a brief discussion about the movie and public health led by Dr. Dori Zaleznik, infectious diseases specialist and former Newton HHS Commissioner.
Community meeting hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP): All are welcome to hear an update from DEP and a status report from Northrop Grumman regarding the Nonantum Trichloroethylene (TCE) groundwater investigation.
April 12th at 6:30 pm at the American Legion Post 440, 295 California St.
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.
The license application for 2017 Recreational Camps in Newton is now available. Applications are due May 19, 2017. Click here for more information on camps and camp licensing in general. For other questions, call 617-796-1420.
As you prepare for camp, please note that new camp regulations are being developed (Click here for draft regulations. See “Christian’s Law” and “Recreational Camps for Children”). Until they have been finalized, the current regulations are still in effect (See "Christian's Law" and “Recreational Camps for Children”).
Save the date for a fun, free EXPO at Newton North High School!
Monday, January 23, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Teens and adults are invited to the Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices expo for participative, informative exhibits; live music; free refreshments; and fun.
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.
Join us at the West Suburban YMCA for a FREE OPEN HOUSE filled with classes, programs, and activities geared towards older adults in Newton!
Please join District Attorney Marian Ryan for a presentation about the Opioid Crisis and File of Life for Seniors in Middlesex County on Tuesday, May 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Scandinavian Living Center, 206 Waltham St., West Newton.
Experts Susan Swick and Nicole Danforth of Newton-Wellesley Hospital will discuss:
Teens and parents invited to attend
Wednesday, May 4th, 6pm, Newton South Auditorium
The City of Newton Department of Health & Human Services is holding shingles vaccine clinics for Newton residents and retirees ages 60 and up. The clinics will be held April 6 at City Hall and May 4 and 25 at the Newton Senior Center. Check with your primary care provider about whether the shingles vaccine is right for you, and then call 617-796-1420 to make your appointment.
Its time to renew your 2016 Summer Camp Application! Click on the link to access the 2016 Application.