Greetings.  My name is Maria Scibelli Greenberg and I am a candidate for the Ward 1 City Councilor position. I have lived in Newton with my husband Mark and son Matteo for 26 years.

When Matteo was a toddler, I would take him to playgrounds in Waltham and Watertown instead of Pellegrini Park, which is just around the corner from our house, because it was in such poor condition.This inspired my community involvement and I began attending the public meetings to renovate the park. How was it that I lived in a city that is consistently listed as one of the top 10 cities in which to live and raise a family, yet I had to go to neighboring towns for better parks?

And our tired parks weren’t the only issue: deteriorating sidewalks and streets, traffic problems, litter, etc have also negatively impacted the quality of life in our wonderful neighborhood of Nonantum. Around that time, I met some like-minded women who were also passionate about bringing some much-needed attention and enhancements to Nonantum. In 2011, I joined the newly formed Nonantum Neighborhood Association (NNA) (Check out our Facebook page.) As a board, we have effectively advocated improving the quality of life for all who live and work in Nonantum. We have collaborated with many city departments and our Ward Councilors to beautify our village center and improve street and sidewalk safety.  We have also hosted several community meetings about critical local issues, promoted and participated in neighborhood cultural and traditional events and organized Newton’s best Village Day every June.

In addition to being a part of NNA, I was an active parent with the PTO at Lincoln-Eliot while my son was a student, regularly helping with fundraising and school renovation projects and activities. I’ve been an engaged citizen of Newton, involved in city-wide affairs, elections and ordinances, working toward improving the quality of life for all of my fellow citizens.

Ward 1 has been fortunate to have hard-working, dedicated City Councilors who know and are responsive to the concerns of their constituents. It is important to continue that tradition and to have someone who knows these issues and will be a strong advocate for the villages of Nonantum and Newton Corner. I believe I am that person. My many years of volunteer work demonstrates my commitment to my community. I have the experience and talent to be an effective Ward 1 City Councilor.

Please visit my website or my Facebook page or email me at [email protected] with any questions.

I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to serving as your Ward 1 Councilor. I am asking for your vote on September 12th. Thank you.