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No more need to say “proto”, “nascent” or “ad hoc” to describe the Waban neighborhood organization that now completes Ward 5 coverage by ultra-local community government.

On July 8, on First Call of the Board of Aldermen, during an oppressively steamy summer evening, Newton’s Aldermen accepted the recommendation of their Programs and Services Committee to recognize the existence and legitimacy of this newest iteration of “grass roots” government!

Waban is the fourth of our 13 Villages to create its Area Council. The Council’s next steps to total functionality: election of nine Councilors and creation of By-Laws. Who will be next?