After ten years serving as the Ward 5 city councilor, John Rice has decided not to seek another term. He will keep his job as executive director of the Hyde Community Center.
In Councilor Rice’s words:
“Some people think this will mean I will be leaving the Hyde Community Center which is not the case.The Hyde is a community development nonprofit that I hope I can serve as Executive Director for many years to come.
Beside running the Hyde and being on city council not many people know I have a full time business development job for the largest trade show industry website and I travel to trade show convention centers around the US throughout the year.
In summary I ran for office in 2009 on a campaign to build community in the three villages in Ward 5 and Newton Highlands, Upper Falls and Waban all have Area Councils now and have their own Village Day celebrations. I also ran on upgrading Ward 5’s infrastructure and I was fortunate to be the ward councilor and on the building committees for Angier and Zervas and the complete renovation of Newton Highlands Playground. So it is time for me to move on from City Council but I will stay active in community building activities in Newton.”
We’ll miss him. A lot.