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A new initiative is coming from city hall this week to engage Newton’s citizens. In addition to roaming monthly meetings with the Mayor and staff, a web based platform will be introduced to help keep folks informed.

I have been pretty happy with the occasional reverse 911 calls, email updates from the planning department and Mobile App to report issues to the city so hopefully this will add more ways to keep me and my neighbors aware of what is going on in the city.

The following was posted on the city website yesterday.

On Wednesday, August 6th, Mayor Warren will launch “Ideas. Action. Leadership” a new initiative designed to actively engage and partner with the Newton community to create a more livable, sustainable city.

Through a new web platform and monthly village meet-ups, citizens will be able to receive information and updates on city initiatives and events and share their ideas and input. First village meet-up is scheduled for Wednesday, August 6th at Century Bank, 32 Langley Road in Newton Centre beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Mayor Warren and City Department Heads will be available to hear input questions and will join residents and businesses for a walk of the village center.  At 8:00 p.m., Mayor Warren and city officials will host a “virtual ideas session.”  Anyone unable to make the Newton Centre meet-up can still participate by visiting www.newtonma.gov and streaming the virtual ideas session from their computer.