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Public Health Advisory: Crystal Lake Update

July 6, 2020 

The E. coli and fecal coliform levels in Crystal Lake are within normal limits, according to the most recent test results collected on July 3, 2020.

A previous water sample taken Wednesday, July 1, exceeded acceptable bacteria levels at a freshwater beach. We test for E. coli and fecal coliform. The accepted level of E. coli for a single sample is 235 cfu/100 ml or below. The accepted level of fecal coliform is 200 cfu/100 ml or below. (CFU stands for colony-forming units, the unit of measure used for samples like this.)

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New COVID-19 FAQ

March 3, 2020 

Many of you have reached out this week with your questions and concerns about COVID-19.

The Newton Health and Human Services Department has developed a Frequently Asked Questions section on the COVID-19 webpage. It can be found by scrolling to the bottom here: www.newtonma.gov/covid19. It includes questions and answers about travel, what to do if you think you may have symptoms, and other Newton specific information. We plan to update this resource as we hear more from you about what information you need.

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Information on the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak

February 26, 2020 

The City of Newton continues to monitor the novel coronavirus outbreak – Covid-19. The risk in Massachusetts remains low and Mass had one confirmed case of Covid-19. This is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. The Newton Health and Human Services Department (HHS) is following public health guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). The city will continue to keep Newton residents informed, monitor the situation and implement CDC and MDPH guidance at the local level.

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Coronavirus update 2.4.2020

February 4, 2020 

Coronavirus Information for Newton Residents

February 4, 2020

The following is an update regarding novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The risk of 2019-nCoV infection remains low for people in our area.

The Newton Health and Human Services Department continues to monitor the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). This public health concern is evolving. The public can expect that recommendations may change, and that Newton HHS will provide updates as needed.

New interim public health guidance from CDC has been released: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html This interim guidance is effective as of February 3, 2020, and does not apply retrospectively to people who have been in China during the previous 14 days and are already in the United States, or those being managed as part of a contact investigation.

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Coronavirus Information for Newton Residents

January 28, 2020 

The Newton Health and Human Services (HHS) Department is sharing information to help keep the public informed about a respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus -- named “2019-nCoV” -- that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and continues to spread.

The department is monitoring the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). At this time, no special measures are recommended for local public health departments or schools. This situation is evolving, and if any specific instructions are provided, Newton HHS will communicate them to the community.

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New E-cigarette regulation takes effect Dec. 16, 2019

December 10, 2019 

Retailers: Are you confused by all the new laws and regulations about vaping and tobacco products?

Here’s a brief timeline of what’s allowed when.

December 16, 2019

Local City of Newton health regulation restricting the sale of e-cigarettes to the two Newton adult-only stores takes effect. All other stores that have a tobacco permit (convenience stores, liquor stores, gas, grocery, market, etc.) will NOT be allowed to sell e-cigarettes. This includes tobacco and menthol flavors of e-cigarettes. Example: JUUL, PHIX, juice, pods, etc. may NOT be sold in Newton convenience stores, liquor stores, gas stations, grocery stores, markets. This is a permanent local regulation so please note that even if sales of these products are allowed elsewhere in Massachusetts, they will not be allowed in Newton.

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Affordable Housing Information Session Nov. 14

October 25, 2019 

Interested in learning more about affordable rental housing? Don’t know how or where to start? Join us on Nov. 14th at 7pm at the American Legion Nonantum Post 440 for an interactive information session. Come learn about eligibility requirements, waitlists, lotteries, managing applications after you apply, area medium income and more! Hear from experts from Newton Housing Authority, Metrowest Collaborative Development, 2 Life Communities, Veterans Housing, and the City’s Planning and Health and Human Services Department. This event is FREE and open to all Newton residents! RSVP is requested but not required at bit.ly/newtonhousinginfo. Questions, please call 617-796-1420.

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E-cigarette Public Listening Session set for Oct. 3, 2019

September 30, 2019 

A public health regulation is proposed to restrict sales of electronic cigarettes to adult-only (21+) stores.

A public listening session regarding this draft regulation will be held Thursday October 3, 2019 from 7 to 9 p.m. in City Council Chambers at Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave. Newton, MA 02459.

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Vaping Product Ban in Massachusetts

September 25, 2019 

On Sept. 24th, Governor Baker declared a public health emergency in the Commonwealth due to severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products and the epidemic of e-cigarette use among youth. The Commissioner of Public Health has temporarily prohibited the sale and display of all vaping products and e-cigarettes until further notice.

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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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Summer Food Safety

July 25, 2019 

Summer promises sunshine, heat, and carefree gatherings with families and friends. It also coincides with an increase in food poisoning as warmer temperatures cause foodborne germs to thrive. When shopping for groceries or eating outside, make sure to refrigerate perishable food within 1 hour if it’s 90°F or warmer. Read on for more tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on keeping food safe this summer, whether you’re grilling, planning a party, or attending a fair or festival.

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Newton Creates- Community mosaic project

May 21, 2019 

Join us on June 4th at 6:30 at the Newton Free Library for a community art project to help raise awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. Place your piece in our mosaic, enjoy our music and food, enter to win free raffle prizes, and help support our community of caring.

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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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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens

April 8, 2019 

Join us on May 1, at the Newton South Lecture Hall for a presentation by Joani Geltman, local parent-teen relationship expert. The talk will cover everything from sexting, drugs, limit-setting, and more and provide parents with tools to use to better communicate with their teen. Sign up for a FREE ticket at tinyurl.com/parenting5119.

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Food for Families

September 19, 2018 

Food for Families, provides FREE bags of non-perishable breakfast and lunch essentials to families that may need a little extra help putting food on the table for their children.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

The dates are:
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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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