Category Archives: Community Notes

Food for Families: Free backpacks filled with breakfast and lunch essentials

Weekends and school vacations can be a significant hardship for families without access to school-supplied breakfast and lunch. The City is offering FREE backpacks to families filled with breakfast and lunch essentials at community locations to help ensure that all our families with need have adequate food on the table throughout the school year. Here is a list of the locations to pick up a free backpack:

Newton Health and Human Services, City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Fire Station 10, 755 Dedham Street
Newton Boys & Girls Club, 675 Watertown Street
Newton Free Library,  330 Homer Street

The FUEL program will also be providing FREE backpacks of breakfast and lunch essentials at some Newton Public Schools this year. The backpacks are designed for a child to have breakfast and lunch on the weekends. To request to have FUEL backpacks at your school, contact fuel@redeemerchestnuthill.org or call the Health Department at 617-796-1420.

For more information on food programs or for additional services offered by the City of Newton Social Services division, visit www.newtonma.gov/food or call 617-796-1420.

Navigating the new reality: Juuling and Schooling

Come to a free community lecture and open discussion on the juuling, vaping, nicotine, and marijuana trends in our schools. Registration requested, see this flyer Navigating for details.

September 26th, 7:00 pm
Newton Wellesley Hospital, Shipley Auditorium

Newton South HS used sports equipment Sale

Don’t miss your chance to get a deal on sports equipment!

Skis, boots, poles, lacrosse equipment, baseball gear, balls, gently used cleats, dance shoes and lots more on sale with proceeds benefitting Newton South athletes. Come support Newton South athletes and get some great bargains! You can find the sale at the back of the school across from the tennis courts.

September 29th, 9:00 am to 12 noon
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Rd, Newton Center

If you have items to contribute to help this cause, donations of all gently used sports equipment (all equipment and apparel for all sports, including shoes/skates if they are in good condition) are still being accepted. Feel free to drop off gear near the door of any of the following houses:

347 Central Street in Auburndale
75 Dickerman Road
627 Chestnut Street in Waban
1 Rosalie Road off Dedham St (drop at door on driveway side of house)

Please email Wendy at wrwoodruff@yahoo.com with any questions.

Cultural understandings through language study

Come to an evening with Deborah Fallows, linguist and author of Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language. Deborah will speak about cultural understandings acquired through language study from her personal experience of living in China from 2006-2010. The evening will also include an armchair conversation and Q&A with the audience, before concluding with refreshments and a chance to meet Deborah.

Dreaming in Chinese: Mandarin Lessons in Life, Love, and Language and her new book Our Towns (written with husband James Fallows) will both be available for purchase at the event. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested. Please email nancyfenstmeacher@comcast.net to sign up.

October 2nd, 6:30 – 8:15 pm
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Road

Sponsored by The Newton-Beijing Jingshan School Exchange Program, the Newton Chinese Language School, and Primary Source

Metrowest Travel Basketball registration is open

Join over 350 Newton youth basketball players in the Metrowest Basketball program. The program stresses basketball skills and sportsmanship in a fun, competitive environment.  Girls and boys in 4th-8th grades who live in Newton or attend Newton schools through the METCO program are eligible.

New players are welcome.  Volunteer coaches are needed.  Tryouts begin on October 15th and continue through October 24th.  Pre-registration is required.  Full details and on-line registration is available at www.newtonbball.com.