Category Archives: Community Notes

Tickets on Sale Now! Newton Music Ambassadors Gala Benefit Concert

Be a patron of the arts! Kick off the holiday season with a very special night of jazz that will
directly benefit our high school music students! Join the music communities of Newton North and Newton South High Schools at a Gala Benefit Concert in support of the Newton Music Ambassadors Scholarship Fund (NMA).

Featuring ensembles from both schools’ award-winning jazz programs, the evening promises exceptional music in a convivial setting with light snacks and a cash bar, and is a great opportunity to celebrate and support Newton’s talented young musicians.  All proceeds will benefit the Newton Music Ambassadors, a collaborative fund set up by Newton South’s Lisa Linde and North’s Richard Labedz to empower students in pursuit of
music enrichment beyond the classroom. Funds raised at this event will provide Newton high school music students with opportunities to travel and participate in festivals and competitions, as well as funding assistance for private music lessons, and summer music camps etc.  The NMA seeks to position our students to serve as ambassadors who will positively impact the world around them through music.

Ticket prices are $25.00/adult, $10.00/student and can be purchased online in advance
at newtonmusicambassadors.seatyourself.biz or at the door (cash/check only).  Donations are also welcome.  Please email any questions to newtonmusicambassadors@gmail.com.

November 22nd,  7:00 – 10:00 pm
American Legion Nonantum Post 440, 295 California Street

Newton Family Singers 10th Anniversary Show: Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac

It’s NFS’s birthday!

Since 2009, the Newton Family Singers has given family-friendly, inter-generational choral concerts to the Newton community. For their 10th Anniversary show, they’re singing the music of Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac. Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac burst into musical consciousness in the 1970s with signature songs like “American Girl” and “Don’t Stop,” and continued generating hits in the decades following. Tie on a flowing scarf and come sing along with Newton Family Singers and celebrate the songs of Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and more. For ages “Learnin’ to Fly” to “Free Fallin’”.

BONUS. Help Newton Family Singers give back to the community that supports us all. Representatives from 10 local charities* will be at the concert to raise awareness of how they serve our community, from feeding the hungry to greening our community, from providing companionship to educating our children. Plus, all net proceeds for this concert will be shared by these groups.

Join in! You are an integral part of this musical family! Help celebrate this milestone and the incredible community we’ve created together. Clap & sing along to family-friendly, live music and enjoy the festivities.

Tickets are available at www.newtonfamilysingers.org. $12.00/Adults and $10.00/Child. Remember that all net proceeds will support the ten local organizations that will be honored at the concert. Please consider donating a few extra dollars at the time of your online purchase.

November 24th, 4:00 pm
JCC Greater Boston, 333 Nahanton Street

* Participating Charities:

  • Asperger / Autism Network (AANE)
  • Best Buddies – Team Believe
  • Centre Street Food Pantry
  • Green Newton
  • Newton at Home
  • Newton Community Farm
  • Newton Food Pantry
  • Newton Schools Foundation
  • Social-Emotional Learning Alliance for Newton (SEL4Newton)
  • Waban Library Center

Sleepless in Newton?

You can fix that at the Newton South Arts Mattress Fundraiser.

Come get a better night’s sleep AND support the Newton South Fine Performing Arts
program! They’ll have great name brands including Simmons Beautyrest, Intellibed,
Therapedic, Wellsville, and the popular Number beds priced up to 50% off retail in the NSHS Gym.

They’ll also be selling adjustable bases, luxury sheets, premium pillows, frames, and
mattress protectors… and offering massage chairs too! MANY financing options available,
including layaway and no credit check same as cash.

Take a peek of what to expect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tEjzhM-kVU
If you are not in the market for a new mattress just now, please support this effort by helping to spread the word. Thousands of families in our community will be buying a new mattress this winter, very likely including some of your friends – help them save money AND support our students!

November 24th, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Newton South High School Gym

You are invited to join the Book Group discussion

Please join the League of Women Voters for a book group discussion led by Newton resident and author Barbara F. Berenson. In her book (166 pages), Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement, Barbara examines the story of woman suffrage with a focus on women in Massachusetts who shaped both the national and state movements.

There is no need to read the entire book to participate! Several copies of Barbara’s book are available through the Minuteman Library Network. The book can be purchased at Amazon, and there is at least one copy available for purchase at Newtonville Books. Copies of the book will also be made available by LWVN – just email info@lwvnewton.org.

Following the book group discussion, all are welcome to attend the Waban Area’s Council annual tree lighting ceremony in Waban Square, right outside the Waban Library Center.

RSVPs to info@lwvnewton.org are appreciated!

December 1st, 3:00 – 4:30pm
Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon Street

Cross Country Ski Club in Newton

Do you want to introduce your kids to cross-country skiing and give them the opportunity to ski with other kids their age? Eastern Mass Bill Koch (EMBK) Club is a Boston-area club dedicated to introducing kids to the joys of cross-country skiing and racing. The club is open to children ages 7-13, absolute beginners to experienced competitive skiers.

Kids train at the DCR’s Leo J. Martin Ski Track in Newton Lower Falls from early December until the last snow melts. The facility makes its own snow. Everyone skis Saturday mornings, with some skiing Wednesday and/or Thursday evenings depending on their age/experience. Check out the club’s website and registration information at http://easternmassnordic.org.

Free basketball clinic for grades 3-8

Steve Matthews, current Head Varsity Boys Basketball Coach for the Newton South Lions, and one of college basketball’s all-time great shooters, will run a FREE two hour shooting clinic for boys and girls in grades 3-8.

Please see the flyer for details on signing up: Clinic

December 7th,  10:00 am – 12 :00 noon
Newton South High School

Writing Tutors Available

Does your student struggle with school writing assignments? Jane Hirschhorn and her team at JBH Tutoring can help. Jane and her tutors have more than 50 years of combined experience working with students from middle school through graduate school. They tailor their approach to make the best use of each student’s strengths to help them move through the writing process with calm and confidence and can also help with college essays.

For more information, please contact Jane at jane@jbhtutoring.com or 617-957-7208. You can learn more about Jane and her wonderful team at jbhtutoring.com.

Missed your school’s flu clinic?

A family flu clinic will be held where anyone age 6 months and up may receive a flu shot. Teens may come on their own if a parental consent form is completed in advance. Forms available at www.newtonma.gov/flu High dose vaccine available to adults 65 and up. For questions please call 617-796-1420.

November 12th, 5:00 –  to 7:00 pm
Newton City Hall outside the Health Dept. in Room 107

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The League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) and co-sponsors League of Women Voters of Arlington, Norward, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston will host a community discussion led by Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian. Sheriff Koutoujian will talk about the work of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, partnerships with local law enforcement and efforts to address the needs of justice-involved individuals with substance use and mental health disorders. He’ll also discuss innovative programs for incarcerated military veterans and young adult offenders.

RSVPs to info@lwvnewton.org are appreciated!

November 12th,  7:00 pm
Angier Elementary School, 1697 Beacon Street, Waban

More information: Peter J. Koutoujian has been Middlesex Sheriff since he was sworn in by former Governor Deval Patrick on January 21, 2011. In February of 2019, Koutoujian was elected as Vice President of Major County Sheriffs of America, representing sheriffs from the most populous counties in the country. Koutoujian currently serves as President of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association, and is a founding member of Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration, a group committed to reducing rates of incarceration. He has also been recognized as a “Champion of Justice Reform” by the Coalition for Public Safety – a national bipartisan collective advancing criminal justice reform.

Prior to serving as sheriff, Koutoujian served as a state legislator holding several leadership positions, including Chairman of the Joint Committee on Financial Services and Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Health. Additionally, he chaired the Commonwealth’s OxyContin and Other Drug Abuse Commission created in 2004. A staunch public safety advocate, Koutoujian has also led efforts around victims’ rights and suicide prevention.

A lawyer by trade, Koutoujian served as a Middlesex County prosecutor before being elected to the Massachusetts Legislature. Koutoujian is a graduate of Bridgewater State University, the New England School of Law and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

 

Newton SEPAC meeting November 13th

Please join the Newton SEPAC for a meeting with Beth Fitzmaurice, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services.

Beth Fitzmaurice is responsible for special education across Newton Public Schools. Beth joined NPS in August 2019 and has spent her first couple of months on the job getting to know the schools, staff, and programs. We will have the opportunity to hear from Beth on her impressions of special education in Newton, her thoughts on current special education issues, and her priorities for this academic year and beyond. There will also be time for parents to ask questions.

Contact info@newtonpac.org with any questions.

November 13th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Ed Center Room 210, 100 Walnut Street