I hope you had a great summer. Yes “had” – we must face it, summer is almost over. (On the bright side, that means school is about to start! I love having my kids around but I think their Minecraft skills are honed enough.)
 
Proposed Development
Another development has been proposed near the Newtonville village center, at the corner of Walnut and Washington. Here is the Boston Globe coverage. One community meeting has been held with direct abutters on Foster Street, and many more are planned.
 
Cabot Park
There has been much discussion about the plan for staff and visitor parking at the newly renovated and expanded Cabot School. All of the plans at this time involve taking at least some parkland as the footprint of the expanded school is much bigger than the current one. At the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting last Monday night, one commission member asked the audience, most of whom raised their hands when asked if they live near the school, to consider if they’d rather preserve parkland or have cars parked on their streets every day. The next step is a public hearing at a date to be determined in September.  

Upcoming Elections
This is an election year for municipal offices. If you are not yet registered to vote, tomorrow (Friday August 28) is your last day to register if you want to vote in the September 17 preliminary election for Ward 2 at-large alderman (soon to be councilor).
 
Terrific New Lunch & Dinner Option
This news comes from just over the border from Ward 2 but I think it’s worth the trip to West Newton. Judith’s Kitchen has opened where Keltic Krust used to be. They offer prepared foods for takeout or eating on site. It is bright and cheery and, I can attest, delicious!
 
Washington/Walnut curb cuts spring 2016
A resident asked me recently why the northeast corner of the Washington/Walnut intersection only has curb cuts one way (across Walnut, but not across Washington). I looked into it and interim Commissioner of Public Works Shane Mark reported that a curb cut is planned to be installed there in spring of 2016.
 
Alien species
The Newton Conservators are reporting that the Black Swallow-wort vine has invaded Newton and is asking residents to pull up these plants as they are fatal to monarch butterflies, and threaten plant species and habitat.  For more information and photos of this plant, visit http://www.newtonconservators.org/miscbackupfiles/swallowwort.pdf
 
Office Hours Friday
My office hours are the last Friday of the month at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street in Newtonville, 9-10am. I'll be there this coming Friday, August 28. I hope to see you there!

 
 
 

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Councilor Emily Norton
58 Prescott Street
Newton, Massachusetts 02460

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