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November 2023 Welcome Neighbors Newsletter

The Great Giving Thanks Gift Card Program Needs YOU!

It’s our fourth year raising money for supermarket gift cards for families experiencing food insecurity. Last year, thanks to your generosity, Newton Neighbors provided 150 families throughout Newton, Brockton, and Waltham with gift cards. With every dollar raised, Newton Neighbors will purchase $50 -$100 gift cards for distribution to our neighbors in time for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

Great news: the Village Bank has kicked off our drive with a $2,000 donation 

Join us and Village Bank in making a difference for your neighbors during the holiday season. Please click here to make any donation you can!

To receive a gift card

Please contact the Newton Social Services Division at 617-796-1420, or reach out to your child’s NPS school social worker, to ask about gift card availability.



November 4: Annual Pumpkin Smash

Saturday, November 4, 1 - 4pm, rain date November 6

Newton City Hall, War Memorial Circle (outside)

Your smashed pumpkins will be composted. Please remove all candles and decorations. 

Had enough Halloween candy to last you a year? Bring your leftovers to the pumpkin smash for donation.

November 5: Saturday Night at the Races–Meet the Candidates

Saturday, November 4, 3 - 5:30pm

Newton North High School Cafeteria

457 Walnut Street, Newtonville (Tiger Drive entrance)

Election Day is on November 7! Newton voters who want to learn more about their City Council and School Committee candidates are invited to attend Saturday Night at the Races, a candidating event cosponsored by the League of Women Voters of Newton, the NNHS Center for Civic Engagement and Service, and several other Newton organizations. This is your opportunity to meet candidates from across the city and ask them about their positions on issues facing Newton. All 2023 Newton candidates have been invited to participate in this event, whether or not they have a challenger.


Thriving with Anxiety

A talk by Dr. David H. Rosmarin, author of How to Make Your Anxiety Work for You.

Register here for this free event.

November 7: Election Day!

Missed early voting days? Forgot to vote by mail? Be sure to cast your vote in person for Newton City Council and School Committee. Polls are open 7am - 8pm. 

Find your polling location here. Click here to see a sample ballot for your ward. Be sure to vote on both sides of the ballot!

November 11: Veterans Day Observance

Saturday, November 11, 11am

American Legion Post 440, 295 California Street, Newton

More information about Newton’s Veterans Services Department here.


November 18: 10th Annual Turkey Trot

Saturday, November 18, first race 8:30am

Zervas Elementary School, 30 Beethoven Avenue, Waban

The Newton Turkey Trot is partnering again this year with the Newton Food Pantry. This is the ten-year anniversary for the Newton Turkey Trot, which has raised $163,000 for local organizations. In 2022, the Newton Turkey Trot generously donated $33,000 to their partners. 

The 1K fun run will start at 8:30am, followed by the 5K race at 9:00am. If you prefer, you can also run your own race virtually anytime during November 19–26. More than 1,300 people participate each year from our local community and beyond.

Funds raised will support the Newton Food Pantry, Centre Street Food Pantry, and Journey Forward, a nonprofit focused on improving the lives of individuals with spinal cord injuries or disabilities. 

To learn more about the Newton Turkey Trot and how you can support the Newton Food Pantry, visit You can sign up to run, volunteer and/or donate. To join the Newton Food Pantry Volunteer Team, click here, select “Volunteer: Join A Team” and then select “Newton Food Pantry” from the dropdown menu. Volunteers slots are available on Thursday, November 16, Friday, November 17, and Saturday, November 18.

Call for Volunteers: Bulk Food Delivery

NN’s bulk food delivery program is looking for short- and long-term volunteers to join us in delivering fresh produce from local food rescue organizations to MetroWest and South Area food pantries. Help bridge that last link in the distribution chain and provide good food to so many who need it. Commitments range from once in a while to once every 4-6 weeks, or even more. Please reach out to us at to volunteer or find out more.

Centre Street Food Pantry’s New Website

We are excited to release our new website and an updated logo, because they illustrate the evolution of the Centre Street Food pantry,” said Rose Saia, Executive Director. “In just three years, we have become a reliable resource for food for nearly 3,500 people every month. Our website is often the first introduction people have to Centre Street, so it's important that the new site design feel as welcoming as we try to be to everyone we serve."

Visit the new website at The site features information in English and Spanish, with translations for Haitian Creole, Mandarin, Portuguese, and Russian coming soon.


The site currently highlights the pantry’s fall fundraiser for supermarket gift cards and the need for sponsors for its Meal of the Month and Winter Warmer programs. A list “Ten Ways To Help” provides practical examples for people to help in alleviating food insecurity and hunger, while the “What We Do” menu explains all the various programs Centre Street runs, from its Kids Club to Diapers & Wipes to pet and supermarket gift cards. 



About Centre Street Food Pantry

Centre Street Food Pantry’s mission is to provide our communities with consistent and inclusive access to healthy food, with kindness and dignity. Centre Street is open weekly to assist residents of Brookline, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Watertown and Wellesley .Each month Centre Street Food Pantry assists 1,000 families: 3,400 people receive food and 3,400 grocery bags full of nutritious food and essential items are distributed. Special programs are designed to meet the needs of senior citizens and children. For more information please visit or follow us on Instagram or Facebook.

How to Recycle at Newton’s Resource Recovery Center

Winter recycling hours for Newton residents only at the Resource Recovery Center, 115 Rumford Avenue in Newton:

  • Monday - Friday: 7am - 2:30pm (closed Friday, November 10)

  • Saturday: 9am - 2:30pm (closed Saturday, November 11)

Accepted Materials for dropoff at the Resource Recovery Center

The Swap Shop is closed for the season

Reopening spring of 2024 to drop off clean, usable, working unwanted items for reuse, or take usable goods for personal use.

Return of the Fix-It Clinic

Saturday,  November 18, 10am-1pmNewton Free Library, 330 Homer Street

The Swap Shop may be closed, but the Fix-It Clinic is opening! Do you have a broken item in your home that you know you could fix with the right guidance? Fix-It Clinics empower folks to fix for themselves and are totally free! Bring in a broken household item and a Repair Coach will help guide you through diagnosing and repair. Fix your stuff while learning new skills in a supportive and fun environment. 

Questions? See our FAQs

Thank you, wonderful neighbors!

We, and your community, are so grateful for all you do, especially to make the holidays brighter for our neighbors in need. Stay tuned for our next newsletter in mid-November, with more community events and opportunities to lend a hand.

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