Category Archives: From City of Newton

Newton Power Choice Program

The City of Newton is developing a plan for a new electricity program called Newton Power Choice, which will provide an opportunity for Newton to significantly increase the amount of renewable energy in the community’s electricity supply. Newton Power Choice is a form of group purchasing known as an electricity aggregation.

Newton Power Choice will provide:

  • Greener electricity
  • Price stability
  • Consumer protections
  • New electricity choices

As a program participant, you will have greater control over the environmental characteristics and price of your electricity supply. You will receive a standard amount of renewable electricity automatically, above the minimum amount required by state law, without choosing any of the options. (The standard amount is still to be determined.)

Or you can choose to:

  • Opt up to 100% renewable electricity.
  • Opt down to receive no additional renewable energy electricity above the state law requirement, but retain the program benefits of price stability and consumer protections.

More than 125 communities in Massachusetts are already engaged in electricity aggregation. But no other community has done what Newton is doing, which is to undertake an ambitious campaign to persuade electricity customers to opt up to 100% renewable electricity. Newton aims to have many more customers getting all of their electricity from New England renewable projects than any other community.

Participating and opting out: All Eversource Basic Service customers will be automatically enrolled. But participation is not required. Electricity customers may opt out of the program before being enrolled or at any time with no fee or penalty.

For more details on Newton Power Choice, see

Martin Luther King, Jr. Newton Community Celebration

Please join Mayor Setti Warren, the Newton Clergy Association, the Newton School Department and The Foundation For Racial, Ethnic, & Religious Harmony at this special event.

Each year the event brings together elected officials, the business community, volunteer service clubs, health and human service organizations, the Newton schools, religious congregations and other members of the Newton community to voice our support of the philosophy that all people should be treated with dignity and respect.

Newton’s diversity is evidenced by the fact that over sixty different linguistic groups are represented within the City’s School system.  A broad variety of backgrounds and cultures are spread among Newton’s thirteen villages.  The mix of the many races, creeds, and ethnicities in our community is a treasured resource to be nurtured, protected and celebrated.

This past year, with two publicized incidents of racist and anti-Semitic behavior.  Newton’s leadership jumped in quickly to take corrective action with the offenders, and sent us all a reminder of the ideals noted above.

An important part of the Celebration is the initiative of the Newton Rotary Club to answer the call from the Newton Food Pantries by donating toiletry items as noted on the Celebration flyer.

We are reminded of the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., ” Life’s Most Persistent and Urgent Question is, What are We Doing for Others”.  In response to this question, Rotary members will be providing boxes at the event for attendees to drop off their donations.  Drop-offs after the Celebration may be made at the office of The Presti Group Realty, 701 Washington Street in Newton.

January 16th, 9:30 am
Temple Beth Avodah
45 Puddingstone Lane, Newton Centre

NewtonSERVES: Building Community Through Service

The next NewtonSERVES day of service will be held Sunday April 30th! SAVE THE DATE….. more details to follow!

Watch this space!


Greetings from the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs!

We are excited to announce that the Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs has a new weekly column in the Newton TAB. It is called ‘Spotlight On…’ and it showcases all the arts in Newton. This is an opportunity for you also to promote any cultural or artistic person, activity or group you are involved with.

Please send an email to Linda ( before Wednesday, for publication in the following week issue of the TAB, with one or two sentences (60 words or less) sharing this information. Last week’s column featured a call for sculptors for the upcoming Festival of the Arts. If you, or someone you know locally is a sculptor and would be interested in being part of the outdoor sculpture exhibition at Newton City Hall, please visit this link

As always, keep checking our new free on-line calendar of the Arts at for everything cultural going on in Newton. And keep an eye on for the Spelling Bee and Heartbreak Hill Road Race registrations, and the Tanglewood Marionettes “Cinderella” in February vacation.

Linda and I would like to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year.

Jeannie Smith, Associate Director
Mayor’s Office for Cultural Affairs

Lighting celebration at City Hall December 1st

Start the Holiday Season off with a cheerful evening of song, hot chocolate and fun! Sing-along with the Stacey Peasley Band – an award-winning band whose music is joyful and playful – as they play your favorite holiday songs. Then, enjoy some hot chocolate courtesy of PhysicianOne Urgent Care, or tea from David’s Tea, and delicious snack bars donated by KIND, as you watch a “Rockettes” performance by Creative Dance Steps Studio.

All of this excitement builds up to the Grande Finale of Mayor Setti Warren flipping the switch that turns the grounds into a twinkling winterland! Please bring a donation for Newton’s Food Pantries. For more information, visit or call 617-796-1540.

December 1st, 6:00 pm
Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue

No Regrets: Newton and the Opioid Epidemic

Join Mayor Setti D. Warren and Rep. Kay Khan at the program No Regrets: Newton and the Opioid Epidemic. Featuring If Only, a short film by James Wahlberg and an interactive panel discussion with special guest Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and others affected by this epidemic.

For all teens and adults.

October 6th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Newton North High School, 457 Walnut Street

BBQ, Badges, and Ball

Come to Mayor Warren and Chief MacDonald’s First Annual BBQ, Badges, and Ball.

They’re building on a commitment to and tradition of community policing by strengthening the community’s connection with the police officers who work hard to keep our neighborhoods safe.

Mayor Warren and Chief MacDonald are hoping that all representatives of our Newton community attend, including: youth and students, families, and seniors from all villages and backgrounds. It will be a great opportunity for the City to continue to build strong community connections and a solid civic infrastructure.

The event will take place at Newton Centre Playground, with a rain location of Newton North, and will include a 3-on-3 basketball tournament for youth over 14-years-old to play against our own Newton police, food, music, and additional games for all ages. All are encouraged to join.

For additional information, please click here or call 617-796-1420.

Ride the Tour De Newton Sunday October 6th, 9:30 am

The City of Newton and Bike Newton invite you to join cyclists from across the city in the inaugural year of this 13-village ride. Each village will start the ride simultaneously on a one way circuit connecting all of Newton’s villages. Ride groups will be small and led by an experienced cyclist and an experienced “sweep”, to ensure a safe and leisurely “no rider left behind” Trip.

Riders will be greeted in each village by a community leader, who will hand out a collectible pin for each village. Learn the best ways to get around the city by bike and maybe see parts of Newton you don’t normally visit. Click here for the map: Tour de Newton Route Map. Many riders will complete the entire route but riders welcomed to ride as many or as few of the villages as they want. Registration required. Go to: