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Heat Advisory

June 28, 2018 
Please read for a few tips about how to stay cool & healthy in the hot weather, and information regarding power outages, and cooling centers.
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Spotlight on School Health

June 20, 2018 

Whether it’s a health screening or a lifesaving epinephrine injection, Newton’s school nurses are wrapping up a busy school year helping to meet the health needs of the students in our district. Working as part of the City’s Health and Human Services department, the nurses are located in every school building, caring for student’s needs and providing health education and support to students and staff alike.

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Summer Food for Families

May 31, 2018 

Click here to learn more about the options, including the FUEL Summer Backpacks Program, for Newton residents with children under 18 who need extra food to offset the loss of school breakfast and lunch programs during the summer months.

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Newton Cares offers Spring suicide prevention program on Monday

May 2, 2018 

As community members, family members, colleagues in a workplace, we often find ourselves engaging with people and learning about their well-being – and sometimes what we learn makes us worry. For those people not professionally trained in psychology fields, what to do with those worries can be unclear.

On the evening of Monday, May 7, in Newtonville, three mental health experts will talk about emotional well-being -- what’s expected, what’s not, and when to worry during the spring Newton Cares program – Never Worry Alone. The program will address markers of emotional well-being across the lifespan from young children through seniors.

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Notice of Initial Public Involvement Plan Site Meeting 4.25.18

April 18, 2018 

Chapelbridge Park Associates will convene a public meeting at Newton City Hall on Wednesday April 25 at 6:30 pm to present a draft Public Involvement Plan (PIP). The PIP will establish how interested parties are to be informed and can provide input on the investigation and potential remedial actions for the 80-90 Bridge Street Site in Newton. A draft PIP and background information for the Site will be provided at the meeting, which starts a 20-day public comment period for this document. Investigation at the 80-90 Bridge Street Site is being performed in accordance with the Massachusetts Contingency Plan, 310 CMR 40.0000.

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Newton Cares Presents: Never Worry Alone

April 12, 2018 

On Monday, May 7th, please join Newton Cares at our spring event, ‘Never Worry Alone’. Come listen to a panel of local mental health experts discuss the issues and challenges that can arise for our loved ones at any time across the lifespan. The emphasis will be placed on recognizing when and how to get help. Resource tables staffed by local mental health organizations will share information with attendees.

RSVP (requested, not required): surveymonkey.com/r/NeverWorryAlone

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Room for You, Me and The Stuff

April 11, 2018 

Join the Health and Human Services Department on Sat. April 28th from 10-11:30am in the City Hall War Memorial Auditorium for a presentation by experts Bec Belofsky Shuer and Lee Shuer of Mutual Support Consulting. The presentation will include personal insights and tools to help people create a less cluttered life. RSVP (requested, not required: www.surveymonkey.com/r/thestuff)

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Seasonal Allergies bothering you?

April 5, 2018 

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, the start of spring is a mix of excitement about warmer weather, and dread about the sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose to come. Here are some tips for managing seasonal allergies -- also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis -- so that you can better enjoy the beauty of spring.

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Small Choices, Big Impact

March 19, 2018 

Join us on April 10th at Newton South from 7-9pm, for a presentation by former New England Patriot Chris Sullivan and his wife Kathi. Listen as they share their own personal stories about addiction, mental health and making good choices. This talk is geared to parents and teens. RSVP is requested, not required at www.surveymonkey.com/r/sullivantalk . For more information visit www.newtonma.gov/newtonpath .

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Getting a Helping Hand through Health and Human Services

February 1, 2018 

A single mom who was recently laid off struggled to get by for several months, desperately trying to pay her bills on time so she could remain in her Newton apartment where her two children attend local schools. She couldn’t imagine moving, and eventually reached out to the city’s social services caseworker with her dilemma. The case manager helped her apply for food stamps, fuel assistance, a short-term fund to bring one of her utility bills up to date and referred her to the local food pantries and workforce development so she could find a new job.

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Newton Preschools Actively Enrolling!

January 31, 2018 

Newton preschools are now enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year. Click here to access our preschool page for a comprehensive guide to Newton preschools, financial aid information, and more!




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Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices

January 5, 2018 

Thursday, January 18, 5:00-7:30 p.m. at Newton North High School. Parents/guardians and teens: Mark your calendar for the Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo! Bring your middle or high school student for a night of healthy, educational fun.

This year, the Newton Health Department will present on e-cigarettes and the risk they pose to teens and their health. Did you know that, according to the 2016 Surgeon General's report, e-cigarette use has increased considerably in recent years, growing an astounding 900% among highschool students from 2011 to 2015? Join us at Just Think to learn more about the risks of e-cigarette use and how they impact you and your teens.

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Department of Environmental Protection Meeting

November 27, 2017 

The Department of Environmental Protection will be hosting a public meeting on the status of the TCE contamination of groundwater in Nonantum on November 28th at 7pm at the Post 440 on California Street in Nonantum. All interested parties are invited to attend.

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Gather for Hope

October 30, 2017 

Join us at Gather for Hope on November 16th from 6-8:30pm at the American Legion Post 440. This event is geared towards those who have loved ones suffering from addiction.

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Creating Successful Students

October 24, 2017 

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.

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Giving Young Residents a Strong Start

October 17, 2017 

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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Newton Preschool Fair

October 10, 2017 

Join us for a FREE Newton Preschool Fair! Staff from Newton preschools will be there to talk about their programs, there will be resources for parents, and fun activities for kids!

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Badges and Ball

October 10, 2017 

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!

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Flu Fact or Fiction?

September 22, 2017 

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.

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Engaging with the Health and Human Services Department

September 13, 2017 

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.

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10 Tips for a Healthy Summer

July 13, 2017 

Summer is here! And we’re offering 10 tips for a healthy summer to keep you safe from ticks, mosquitoes, sunburn and more.

  1. Always check the back seat: When you’re driving around with a pet or baby, leave something in the back such as a purse, backpack or phone that you’re going to need when you arrive. That way you’ll remember to retrieve your sleeping pet or baby, and prevent death due to a hot car. A closed car in the summer sun can go from 78°F to 100°F in 3 minutes and to 125°F in 6-8 minutes. Never leave pets or children in a parked car, even with the windows open.
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Newton’s Voices of Students of Color

June 21, 2017 

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.

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The Monologue Project: Voices of Color

June 21, 2017 

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.

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Substance Use Disorder Support and Resources Available

June 14, 2017 

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:

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Community Connections Initiative Informational Meeting

June 8, 2017 

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.

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New ways to stay in touch...

May 24, 2017 

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!

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Blood Drive

May 9, 2017 

June 6th
9am-3pm

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


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13 Reasons Why Newton Cares on Wed. 5/24

May 8, 2017 

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

6:30-8:30pm

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.

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Pride Flag Raising June 6 at 6:00pm

May 6, 2017 

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.

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Newton MRC Movie Night

March 22, 2017 

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.

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Community TCE Meeting set for April 12

March 16, 2017 

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.


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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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Newton Tax Deferral Workshop

March 2, 2017 

Want to learn how you may be eligible to defer all or part of your property taxes? A workshop for Newton older adults will be held on Friday, March 17, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center. RSVP to 617-796-1660.

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Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices

January 18, 2017 

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.

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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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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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2016 Camp Application

March 17, 2016 

Its time to renew your 2016 Summer Camp Application! Click on the link to access the 2016 Application.

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Suicide Prevention Resources

February 19, 2015 
Newton Cares is a community coalition for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health. Many local and national resources are listed on the website as well as an anonymous online mental health screening. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. Never worry alone, reach out.
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Faith Based Emergency Preparedness Initiative

February 10, 2015 
The City of Newton Health & Human Services Department is developing an initiative to strengthen partnerships with Faith Based Organizations (FBO) in our community. The driving force of the initiative will rely upon input from congregations. If you or your congregation would like to participate, please complete the following survey by February 23, 2015, which will allow for prioritization of projects.
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Rabies Caution for Dolan Pond Area, West Newton

September 16, 2014 
A raccoon captured on September 11, 2014 has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was found near the Auburndale Ave entrance of the Dolan Pond conservation area in West Newton. If you, or your pet, may have had an encounter with a raccoon in this area on or around the above date, please contact the Massachusetts Epidemiology Program at (617) 983-6800 or the Newton Health & Human Services Department at (617) 796-1420.
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National Public Health Week Scavenger Hunt

April 4, 2014 
The Health & Human Services Department is having a social media scavenger hunt in recognition of National Public Health Week. The scavenger hunt clues will be posted from Monday April 7 through Friday April 11. Read on for how to participate. There will be prizes!
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Duplicate Streets Meeting Held

March 31, 2014 
Duplicate Streets Meeting Held on March 25, 2014
Forty-three people signed the attendance sheets for this meeting representing 14 of the 22 duplicate streets. Posted here are the PowerPoint and checklist that were presented at the meeting.
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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 http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/health/public/h1n1.asp or call 617-796-1426.


Mayor Warren and Billy Starr - Pan-Mass Reception at Terry O'Reilly's on 7/31, 7pm - 9pm

July 23, 2013 
Join Mayor Warren, Pan-Mass coufounder Billy Starr at a reception at Terry O'Reilly's Details here

Mayor Warren and Johnny's Luncheonette present Wellcoin, July 27

July 23, 2013 
Saturday, July 27 Details here

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Summer Health Maintenance Clinics begin July 1

June 27, 2013 
Health Maintenance Clinics will be held at the Newton Free Library and at the Newton Senior Center in July and August.

This is a great opportunity for adults of all ages to get your blood pressure checked, ask questions about your medication and consult with a public health nurse. Transportation for seniors is available to the Senior Center by calling (617) 796-1660 for more info.

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Grand Opening of Veterans Service Center on May 7

April 23, 2013 
Mayor Setti Warren invites you to the historic grand opening of the Veterans Service Center at Newton Post 440, 295 California Street See All Details

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Veteran's Center Drop-In

April 5, 2013 
The City of Newton wants you! All veterans are invited to a new regional Veterans Service Center located at Newton’s American Legion Post 440, 295 California St.

Sat., April 6 Socializing & Drop –in Services 10 am to 2 pm
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Yoga for Your Health on April 4

March 27, 2013 
Yoga for Your Health is a free community yoga event going on in the War Memorial from 12-7. Times will vary throughout the day, please see www.newtonma.gov/yoga for more information.
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Mayor's Youth Summit Tonight

March 20, 2013 
The Mayor's Youth Summit II will be held tonight at Brown Middle School from 6 to 9 p.m.

Walk-in space remains available, so all interested participants are encouraged to come for this worthwhile event.

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Youth Summit II Action Groups

January 10, 2013 

Teens and adults are invited and encouraged to join action groups based on the October 2012 Newton Youth Summit. The first action group meetings will take place on January 15th & 17th at 5:30pm.

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Youth Summit

October 10, 2012 
Mayor Warren is hosting a Youth Summit to help parents and the larger community understand the challenges facing our teens, to have teens authentically express their experiences, and to coalesce as a community to support teens.

The Summit will be held from 6 to 9 P.M. on Thursday October 11, 2012 at Oak Hill Middle School, 130 Wheeler Road in Newton.

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Mosquito-Borne Illnesses Much in the News

August 17, 2012 
There has been a lot of publicity recently about mosquito-borne illnesses and spraying. Around the country, West Nile Virus (WNV) infection is on the increase this season, and in some cases the infection has been fatal. In Massachusetts Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) is the most feared mosquito-borne viral infection. While mosquito pools have tested positive for EEE, there have not been human cases in Massachusetts so far this year. Last week, the first human case of WNV infection was identified in a community not far from Newton.
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Newton North Students Create Melanoma Video

May 18, 2012 
Prom season is often a tempting time for students who might consider going to a tanning salon in preparation for prom. But as a group of Newton North High School students explains in a video they created about melanoma risks, it's just not worth it.

The students created the video for the school's health week in May, with guidance from School Nurse Rozanne Milner.

You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQOY69o1DGk
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