Here are a few things going on in Newtonville and beyond.
 
Election
Locally I was pleased to see ballot question 3 pass handily last week - that will mean much less suffering for millions of farm animals.

Nationally I was less pleased with the result. The President-elect has called climate change a hoax, and said vile things about women, immigrants, people of color, the disabled, veterans and more. His campaign manager and now strategist is a white supremacist that even Republicans disavow. I do not expect a 70-year-old man to change his spots. We must never accept or normalize bigotry, racism, misogyny or climate denial – even when perpetrated by the President.
  • "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."—Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • "The moment we begin to fear the opinions of others and hesitate to tell the truth that is in us, and from motives of policy are silent when we should speak, the divine floods of light and life no longer flow into our souls."—Elizabeth Cady Stanton

BYOB Meeting Nov. 29 6:30PM
The Board of License Commissioners is considering whether to allow “bring your own beverage” (BYOB) to Newton. There will be a meeting to hear public comment on Tuesday, November 29, 6:30PM at the City Hall cafeteria (basement level). You may also email comments to licensing@newtonma.gov.
Leaf Blower Restrictions
The Finance Committee (which I serve on) will be considering a restriction on the use of leaf blowers at its meeting Monday November 14 at 7:00PM. The version passed by the Programs and Services Committee, as well as the version being floated by the Finance Committee chair, can be seen here (starting on p. 39). I favor the version passed by the Programs & Services Committee which includes a summer ban, an upper limit of 65 decibels, and limits on the hours of operation. 
Accessory Apartments Hearing Nov. 14 7:45PM
The Zoning and Planning Committee is holding a public hearing on a proposal to lift restrictions on the construction of accessory apartments.  See a clean and redlined version of the changes here. The meeting is Monday, November 14 starting at 7:45PM in Room 205 in City Hall. (There are other items on the agenda so the hearing may start later than 7:45)
Kittens
The header is a photo of the newest members of our family, kittens obtained from a shelter this past weekend. The kids are still fighting over the names, so suggestions welcome! (girl and boy)

Charter Commission Video
In case you missed it last month - please check out my short take on why the Charter Commission decision to eliminate ward councilors is a terrible idea.

Office Hours this Friday
Because of the Thanksgiving holiday my office hours are THIS coming Friday, November 18, 9-10AM at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut St. in Newtonville. (They are usually the last Friday of the month) Hope to see you there.

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58 Prescott Street
Newton, Massachusetts 02460

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Newton, Massachusetts 02460

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