For the sixth consecutive year, The Village Bank will partner with the City of Newton Department of Health and Human Services for the annual Holiday Gift Drive, to help brighten the holidays for deserving Newton children.
The Bank and the City are encouraging local residents, businesses and organizations to play an active role in the Holiday Gift Drive through donations of gift certificates and new, unwrapped gifts for children ages newborn to 10.
The Village Bank’s Newton branches in Auburndale, Newtonville, Nonantum, Newton Highlands, Waban and West Newton will serve as Holiday Gift Drive collection sites. Donations will be accepted from November 25 through December 17.
Suggested gifts include age-appropriate books, CDs and DVDs, clothing, games, sporting goods, and toys. The donation of gift certificates purchased from local merchants will also benefit businesses in the community.
According to Kenneth C. Brennan, president and CEO of The Village Bank, last year’s Holiday Gift Drive touched more than 200 local families. “We are always happy to do what we can to help others,” said Brennan, “but it is the overwhelming support of the community that makes this particular campaign so rewarding each year. That really makes all the difference.”
Meghan Kennedy, community social worker for the City of Newton, said that every income-eligible family who applied last year was provided with age- and gender-appropriate gifts for the children in their family, thanks to the generosity of others.
Newton At Home (NAH) has had a fantastic turnout of volunteers for fall leaf raking for its members. School teams, church/synagogue groups, neighborhood families (moms, dads and kids) are busy these fall weekends all around Newton! The NAH members are so grateful to see this outpouring of help! More groups will be trooping out until all the member requests are filled.
Consider becoming a volunteer driver for Newton at Home – meet some interesting Seniors in our city – and ferry NAH members to appointments/shopping/events/Logan. If you are interested in becoming a part of “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” please be in touch with the volunteer coordinator: email@example.com, call the NAH office at 617-795-2560, or visit the NAH website: www.newtonathome.org
(NAH is a member of the Village to Village Network www.vtvnetwork.org) Thanks!!
To ensure that 500 local children in-need have the essentials to be safe and warm this winter, Mayor Setti Warren invites Newton community members to join in the Newton Community-wide Collection effort in support of Cradles to Crayons. Something as simple as cleaning out your closets can have an enormous impact. The coat that your daughter has outgrown or the pants that are now too short for your son can bring warmth to the life of a child.
From November 2nd – 17th, you can make a difference by dropping off new and like-new children’s items – clothing, winter coats, shoes, books, toys, and baby gear – in the 24-hour access collection unit brightly marked by Cradles to Crayons banners in the Newton City Hall parking lot across from the Public Library.
At this time of year, non-profit Cradles to Crayons receives hundreds of requests each week for essential items like clothing, shoes and boots, hats and gloves, and coats. The power of working together as a community will enable Cradles to Crayons to fulfill the requests from thousands of children across the Commonwealth who would otherwise be forced to go without these critical winter items.
For more information go to http://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston .
Thank you to all of the families and individuals who supported the Newton Public Schools by honoring Newton’s amazing educators. The Newton Schools Foundation’s 2013 Honor Thy Teacher campaign raised $37,000 to help support innovation throughout Newton’s schools. Check out the October 23rd Newton Tab for a listing of the NPS teachers, staff and administrators who were recognized through this year’s Honor Thy Teacher campaign.
To donate to the Newton Schools Foundation or for more information, visit the NSF website at www.Newtonschoolsfoundation.org or call 617-559-6120.
Each year the City of Newton assembles a list of pay-to-shovel and volunteer shovellers for Newton residents.
PAY TO SHOVEL: the student provides contact info and area they are available to shovel, the list provided to the resident includes first names only, phone numbers and people available in their area. NO e-mails are given out. The list is a referral list. The resident and student decide on the price.
VOLUNTEER LIST: the student provides contact info and area they are available to shovel, the student’s info is given to a Senior Center Staff person who matches up residents in need of a volunteer with available students.
Students can sign up on-line:
To be paid to shovel (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/987HSMK)
To Volunteer (http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/98QDJF3)
Newton at Home (www.newtonathome.org) has volunteer opportunities for youth to engage with Newton seniors in your neighborhood. Newton at Home is a non-profit, members’ driven, neighbor-to-neighbor organization serving our city’s residents 60 years of age and older.
Parents: Consider becoming a volunteer for Newton at Home. Drivers are needed to accompany members to appointments, shopping and trips to Logan Airport. As parents in Newton you know your way around! Be in touch to support a growing community of neighbors-helping-neighbors. Please call 617-795-2560 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
From October 21st through November 2nd, SalonCapri in Newton Highlands will donate 10% of the cost of the service to the Newton public school of the client’s choice.
The owners of SalonCapri, Nick and Amy Penna, have been long-time residents of Newton and are raising their children in the Newton Public School System. They take pride in their community and want do what they can to give back.
Nomination forms are now available at the Newton City Hall Election Department for the November 5, 2013 election of nine Waban registered voters who currently reside in the Council’s catchment area. Those elected will serve a two-year term commencing January, 2014. Each candidate needs only 25 verifiable signatures from registered voters who reside within the Council catchment area. Nomination papers are due back at the Election desk at City Hall no later than Oct 4, 2013.
There will be a “Meet the Candidates” event at the Waban Library as part of the regularly scheduled Waban Area Council meeting to be held on October 24th at 7:30 pm.
In July, the Board of Aldermen voted to approve the formation of a Waban Area Council.Pending the outcome of a September 16 vote by the entire Board, the election of 9 unpaid Waban Area Councilors will be held on November 5. All registered Newton voters living within the Waban catchment area are eligible to run for a two-year term.
Each candidate will need to submit, by October 4, a nomination paper (available at City Hall on 9/17) with 25 verifiable signatures of Waban voters.
A “Candidates’ Night” is scheduled for October 24 at the Waban Library Center.
Visit the Waban Area Council (WAC) website to learn about issues facing Waban and to sign up for email alerts regarding the village. Informational pamphlets are available at the Waban Library.
Next WAC meeting: Thursday, September 26, 7:30 pm at the Waban Library Center. Open to all.
The Centre Street Food Pantry had a busy summer and is gearing up for the fall. As you do the same for your families, please consider donating school snack items, healthy breakfast foods, and soups for the families on their list. Thank you.
For information about donating or in general, please visit the website, http://www.centrestfoodpantry.org/ or call 617-340-9554.