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Welcoming and Connecting Neighbors, October 2022

Now that we’re all settled into school and planning our fall activities, let’s see what’s happening in the neighborhood. Contribute to the ongoing zoning redesign conversation. Check out the Harvest Fair, Upper Falls Village Day, Indigenous Peoples Day, Halloween bike ride for kids–there’s an activity for everyone!


We’d love to meet you! Join us for a zoning redesign conversation on October 13 and the Harvest Fair on October 16.

October 13: Zoning Redesign Conversation

Join Newton Neighbors to learn more about the proposals for zoning redesign in Newton.

Thursday, October 13, 3 pm

Newton Free Library, Second floor, Room C

We’re meeting at Newton Library to see the City’s exhibit on zoning proposals. The exhibit covers zoning history, each proposed zoning change, mapping and MBTA communities and how zoning changes are made in Newton. There is an engagement table for us to sit at, discuss the exhibit and submit input through the feedback tool by cell phone, personal laptop or a library computer.

Can’t join on 10/13? You can visit the exhibit any time the Newton Free Library is open (click here for hours.) City staff will be on hand to answer questions and offer guidance to the exhibit at the days and times listed at the Library Exhibit link here.

Zoning is important because it regulates how land in Newton can be developed and what kinds of new buildings are allowed. For example, zoning can influence store and business activity through parking and density requirements, green space and public space requirements in new developments, and the amount of housing supply near public transportation.

The City is co-hosting focus groups with community members for the following communities:

  • Renters: Tuesday, October 11, 6-7pm - Virtual event - Register here

  • Disability community & BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) focus groups’ days and times are still being finalized. Fill this interest form out to get that information and register as soon as it’s ready.

October 16: Harvest Fair, Newton Centre Green

Newton Neighbors will be at the Harvest Fair on October 16 and we would love to see you! Stop by our table to say hello, ask questions about Newton and find ways to get involved in our community.

We will also be collecting non-perishable foods and other essential items to fill school lunchboxes and the Newton Community Freedge at the fair! While you're out shopping this month... if you are able, grab some extra dried beans, granola bars, and more. Stay tuned–more information to come about this donation opportunity on our Facebook page and mid-October newsletter

Looking for other ways to support neighbors? We still have openings for our October Freedge shifts and October food pantry deliveries. Please sign up to help if you can!

Saturday, October 15, 10 am – 5pm: Carnival Only – kiddie rides, games and food trucks

Sunday, October 16, 11:00am – 4:00pm: Carnival, food trucks, live music, crafters/vendors and Green Newton Expo.

The Harvest Fair is a wildly popular event attracting thousands for the food, music, community performances and vendors.

Other Local Events in October

Following is just a sampling of Newton events in October. For other helpful newsletters, community events and ways to connect with Newton, visit us at

Monday, October 10, 11 am - 5 pm: Newton Indigenous Peoples Day Albemarle Park / Playground

Newton Centre Playground. Tell the kids to wear their costumes!

Neighbor to Neighbor: Tips & Information.

Green Line D Branch Closures

Beginning September 24, the Green Line D Branch is closing for three nine-day, full-access closures. The closures will take place on a rolling basis through Sunday, October 30. During this closure, the MBTA will replace track and station crossings, and install wayside equipment for the Green Line Train Protection System (GLTPS). More information here.

Free COVID-19 Booster Clinics: October 17 and 20 Updated Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for ages 12 and up are available! The City is holding two clinics on Monday, October 17, and Thursday, October 20, in the War Memorial Auditorium, second floor of City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue. Find an appointment and register here but if there are no slots left, go to to make an appointment elsewhere. Massachusetts also offers in-home vaccinations. Find more information here.

Free Flu Clinics: October 7 and 18

There will be two community flu clinics at City Hall in the War Memorial Auditorium, second floor of City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins welcome. Insurance information is requested but not required.

Senior flu clinic, Friday, October 7, 10 am to noon: Clinic intended for seniors but is open to anyone over 18. Regular and high-dose vaccines will be available. Register here.

Community flu clinic, Tuesday, October 18, 4 pm - 6 pm: Clinic is open to anyone over six months. Regular and high-dose vaccines will be available. Register here.

November 8 Is Election Day

Make a plan to vote!

  • Not registered to vote? The deadline for voter registration is October 29. More info and application here.

  • Request a mail-in ballot here.

  • Early voting in Newton starts on October 22. More info here.

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