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Learn about a proposed health regulation at the Public Listening session

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 in early October. Learn more here:

October 3rd, 7:00 – 9:000 pm
City Council Chambers, Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue

Sign up for the NewtonSTEM newsletter publishes a weekly newsletter of announcements about Science/Tech/Engineering/Math relevant to Newton students, parents, teachers, and community volunteers.

Sign up for the weekly email here, and you can unsubscribe at any time. Now in its ninth year, NewtonSTEM is a clearinghouse for information about STEM achievements, events, opportunities, and resources, both in and outside of school, specifically relevant to Newton.

For more information — or to submit announcements — email

Free webinar about navigating insurance for mental health treatments

Families for Depression Awareness is releasing their free “What Families Need to Know About Mental Health and Insurance” webinar  In this webinar, you’ll learn ways to help your loved one navigate insurance and pay for mental health treatment. Family caregivers and expert presenters will discuss important considerations for choosing a health insurance plan, ways to overcome insurers’ barriers to care like prior authorization and inadequate networks, and what is need to appeal insurance decisions.

This program is designed for family caregivers and adults concerned about paying for a loved one’s treatment. Please share this email with anyone who may find the information helpful. Register today to receive the recorded webinar to be released October 23rd, 12:00 pm. After the webinar, complete an online evaluation to receive a copy of the “Coping with Stress” brochure!

Please do not hesitate to reach out to Arielle Cohen at 781-890-0220 or if you have any questions about this upcoming program.


Research Study on Stress, Depression, and the Teen Brain

Researchers at McLean Hospital are recruiting female teens between the ages of 14-18
who are currently feeling depressed or down as well as female teens who are not feeling
depressed/down. Your teen can earn up to $100.00 and receive a picture of her brain.

The research is investigating factors that make some teens better able to cope with stressful experiences and what makes some teens more vulnerable to experiencing depression. By participating, you and your child can help them better understand, prevent, and treat adolescent depression.

Teens will answer questions about their thoughts and feelings. Teens will also undergo an fMRI brain scan. Parent permission is required for teens under 18.

For more information, please contact Emily Belleau at 617-855-4245 or

Openings for September 2020 preschool

Newton South Preschool, a public preschool program, is currently accepting applications for September of 2020.

The preschool is a child development lab school and is part of the Family and Consumer Sciences Department at Newton South High School. In addition to providing high quality early education and care, the program serves as an internship site for high school students who are taking early childhood courses.

The program serves children 2.9-5 years old from 7:00 am-5:00 pm and follows the Newton Public Schools calendar. Full day and half day options are available.

The teachers hold M.Ed.’s in Early Childhood and are licensed by the MA Department of and Secondary Education. The program is accredited by NAEYC (the National Association for the Education of Young Children).

Please contact Kevin Lenane if you are interested in enrolling or would like a tour at or 617-559-6533. For more information, visit the website

8th Annual Ride For Food needs our support

Grab your gear and join the 8th Annual Ride For Food in Dedham! The Centre Street Food Pantry is recruiting cyclists, fundraisers and volunteers to help meet their goal to raise over $25,000.00. Don’t miss out on this fun and rewarding event. Join the team today to help provide supplemental food to our neighbors who need it most.

Contact Katherine Ballas at or visit for more information.

Newton Child Assault Prevention (CAP) Program Seeking Volunteers

Do you have two-three mornings a month free during the school year? Are you looking for a meaningful and fun way to make a difference in children’s lives? If so, then join this dynamic team of trained CAP volunteers who are committed to using guided discussions and role plays to teach elementary age children in the Newton Schools that they have the right to be Safe, Strong and Free with their friends and peers, when they meet adult strangers, and with those who are trusted to take care of them.

The program is now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. The next training begins on October 20th. For more information or an application, please visit the website at or contact Gail Sommer at 617-969-5906, ext. 143 or

Newton’s One-to-One Program

Newton’s One-to-One Program, our very own “Big Brother/Sister Program” has been matching wonderful high schoolers with children in grades one through five for over 30 years.

If you think your elementary aged child would benefit from a mentor in their life and you can you commit 2.5 hours each week to have your child meet with a high school mentor from November to May – Please contact Rebecca Young, Program Coordinator, at or 617-315-8733.

Next Meeting of GN School Connections September 12th

Green Newton School Connections provides a forum for parents, students and educators to promote sustainability in the classroom and beyond. All are welcome to participate to share experiences and ideas that support the implementation of green initiatives in our schools.

Recent initiatives:

  • GN School Connections petitioned the Newton School Committee about the need to improve recycling in Newton’s schools, and the committee adopted a new school recycling policy in the spring of 2019.
  • Advocacy that was instrumental in getting the city to consider environmental practices and waste reduction in schools with the selection of a new food service vendor, Whitsons. Representatives will participate in discussions with the City to improve food quality and sustainability in school cafeterias.
  • GN School Connections worked with city leaders to submit a state grant application to support the expansion of the school recycling program and is also advocating for the city’s approval to set up textile recycling collection containers outside of each school building.

For more information contact or visit the GN School Connections website.

Next meetings are September 12th and October 10th, 3:45 – 5:00 pm in the third-floor arc area of the Newton Free Library, 330 Homer Street

Planning for Arts & Culture in Newton – Please take a brief survey

The City of Newton is currently undertaking a 7-month planning process to create a Comprehensive Arts & Cultural Plan for the City.

The plan, entitled Create Newton, will identify all of Newton’s arts and cultural assets – from our buildings and non-profits, to the events and festivals we host, to the local traditions and initiatives in our villages and neighborhoods. We will explore how arts and cultural goals and interests are aligned with our businesses, recreational opportunities, and commercial districts, and identify goals, set out recommendations, and seek opportunities to collaborate and expand our pool of funding.

Input from parents, and children 12 years and older, who enjoy Newton’s arts and cultural events is greatly valued.

If you haven’t already, please take 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey to assist in the planning process:

Please note that the survey is best taken on your computer and not on your smart phone or smaller device. Thank you for your time and input!

Newton’s Community Design for Arts & Culture Committee