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Oct 15 Community and Government Update

Oct 15 Community and Government Update

Here's Amy Sangiolo's digest of what's happening in Newton government this week.   Happy Birthday Amy. The latest announcements and updates... Notable Events and Announcements   [Events] Monthly Report – Elementary School Building Projects – Now Available   [Schools] Full Council to meet on Monday, October 15th   [City Council] City Council Committee Reports – Now...

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Roll the balls in Upper Falls

Roll the balls in Upper Falls

Bobby Passarini is one of the regular crew that congregates outside the Depot Coffee Shop at Oak & Chestnut Street in Upper Falls. About a year ago he dreamed up the idea of building a bocce court beside the Upper Falls Greenway.  All of the pieces of the puzzle have all come together and work on this neighborhood project has begun.  The photo is local artist Shogun...

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Pot shop ban would cost city lost tax revenue

Here’s Greg Reibman’s column about the potential fiscal impact of a proposed ban on recreational marijuana stores here, as it appears on the Newton-Needham Regional Chamber’s website. 

A ballot referendum that would ban the sale of adult-use recreational marijuana in Newton would result in the loss of millions of dollars annually in local tax revenue, according to city projections.

Given the nascent nature of the marijuana industry, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly how much revenue could be on the table. However, the revenue from a three percent local recreational marijuana tax and up to three percent in local host agreements could yield over $2 million and perhaps more, said Jonathan Yeo, chief operating officer for the City of Newton.

“These new dollars could potentially equal or exceed the [$1.95 million] Newton now collects annually from the local meals taxes from 400 restaurants,” Yeo said.

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Newton North teachers to stand up against bias allegations Thursday morning

This is from the Newtonite's Facebook page... [Updated Oct 9, 2018] In response to bias allegations against North history teachers, faculty will stand out at the corner of Elm and Walnut Street to show solidarity before school at 7:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, according to English teacher Kate Mannelly. Teachers and the administration have been grappling with...

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Marijuana Retail Zoning Ordinance

Marijuana Retail Zoning Ordinance

          There are misleading ads and literature circulating about where retail adult-use marijuana retail stores may be sited in Newton. There are only a few sites that have been approved by Zoning and Planning for the Planning Department. On September 18, 2018, Zoning and Planning addressed docket #376-18 Zoning Amendments for Recreational Marijuana...

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Where do you stand on Question 1 (the nurse staffing ballot question)?

The League of Women Voters of Newton will hold a forum on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 8 – 9:30 a.m. at the Durant-Kenrick House (286 Waverley Ave, Newton) about the state ballot Question 1 regarding patient-to-nurse limits and the Newton ballot questions regarding the dispensation of marijuana.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask presenters from each side...

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Finances force Newton Schools to delay later high school start times by another year

Newton School Superintendent David Fleishman sent this letter on Oct. 3


Dear Newton Families,

On Monday night at the School Committee meeting, our team provided an update on the exploration of later start times for our high schools. Information was provided on the status of the high school schedule redesign, as well as the current financial outlook for the district.

As you may recall, in the spring of 2017, the School Committee, upon the recommendation of the district and following several months of feedback from students, staff, and community, supported moving forward with a redesign of the high school schedule. This redesign would facilitate a shift to later start times, and target end times no later than read more

Welcome to the new City Solicitor

Welcome to the new City Solicitor

Mayor Fuller welcomes the new City Solicitor ... I am so pleased to welcome Alissa (Ali) Ocasio Giuliani as City Solicitor for the City of Newton. Ali has served as the Legal Advisor and General Counsel for the Boston Public Schools since 2008. In this role, she has managed all aspects of the in-house legal office for the Boston Public Schools, an organization with...

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