Happy Fall!  Summer already seems like a far off memory. We closed it out with a late August trip to upstate New York, including Niagara Falls, Cooperstown, Watkins Glen, and Seneca Falls. It was incredible to stand on the site of the first ever Women's Rights Convention of 1848, where the Declaration of Sentiments was signed, modeled on the Declaration of Independence. I am in awe of the courage of those early suffragists--and we are all forever in their debt.

Here are some brief updates on Newtonville and beyond.
Newtonville Village Day
Don't miss Village Day Sunday, September 24, 12:00 - 5:00. Walnut Street in the village center is closed to cars. It is a great time for all ages, see you there!
Orr Block Development
The Land Use Committee held a hearing on the Orr Block development at Washington and Walnut Streets on September 13. Here is the Newton Tab coverage. Here is the Planning Department memo for the meeting; it includes this: "It is realistic to anticipate and even encourage development to occur in village centers and along the more regional corridors of Newton, of which Washington Street would be considered in Newton Corner, Newtonville and West Newton." Many residents have asked me if the plan is to have 5 story mixed use developments all along Washington Street from Newton Corner to West Newton - this sentence makes me think that is not a far fetched notion. Another 500-1000+ people--with their cars--along that corridor would be a significant change to the neighborhood.

The next Land Use Committee meeting on this project is October 4 at 7:00PM at City Hall.
Leaf Blower Restrictions
The Programs & Services Committee voted September 21 to approve a seasonal restriction on the use of leafblowers. It would ban leaf blower use from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and reduce the hours of operation the rest of the year.  Leaf blowers must be rated at no higher than 65 dB (virtually all leaf blowers in use now are at least 75 dB). The item goes before the Finance Committee (which I serve on) next.
Drones
The Public Safety & Transportation Committee will be voting on a proposal to regulate the use of unmanned aircraft systems - also known as drones - at its October 5 meeting. The Federal Aviation Administration already heavily regulates their use, this would be in addition. See pp 9-15 for the draft ordinance and FAQ.
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9/11 Ceremony
It is hard to believe that it's been 15 years since the terrorist attack that changed America. 8 people with Newton ties lost their lives that day. I hope the victims' families gained some comfort from the large turnout at the Newton ceremony to mark the day and ensure their loved ones are never forgotten.
Newton Says #NoDAPL
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in July approved construction of a crude oil pipeline through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Illinois. This pipeline--called "Dakota Access"--would cut through communities, farms, sensitive natural areas, wildlife habitat, tribal lands, and the Standing Rock Sioux's ancestral lands. On September 13 I joined 75 others at Boston's South Station, including this Newton contingent, to show solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in their fight to protect their water quality and way of life. On September 9 the federal government suspended construction of the pipeline -- hopefully forever. (MSNBC's Laurence O'Donnell 4 minute video about this is a must-watch)
Office Hours this Friday
My next office hours are this coming Friday, Sept. 30, 9-10AM at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut St. in Newtonville. I hope to see you there!

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