Waban Area Council

The mission of the Waban Area Council is to hear, respond to and represent village concerns and issues; to provide a forum for Waban issues, and to encourage resident involvement in local government.

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City of Newton documentation of current issues and schedules:

This page updated by Kathy Winters (kwinters@newtonma.gov) on October 21, 2015. The property at 1615 Beacon St. (at the corner of Beacon St. and Windsor Rd.) is a designated Local Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The existing farmhouse, part of the Staples-Craft-...
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(Except where noted, information on this page has been posted by WAC member Kathy Winters) Waban AMA Realty Ventures LLC (principal Michael Argiros) proposes to build a 48-unit rental development at the site, and is seeking a comprehensive permit under Mass. Ch. 40B.  On July 23, 2015, MassHousing...
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Review the plans submitted by the developer (link in summary) and consider the impact on Waban. Traffic, schools, affordable housing, etc.

On November 12, at 7:30pm,  the only major item the WAC meeting agenda:  Issues and Best Practices of student arrival and departure  Invited participants include the School Committee, the Ward 5 Aldermen, the Angier PTO and Principal, Newton Police Captain Marc Gromada, Newton DPW Dir. of...
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Working Group formed to address traffic and pedstrian issues in Waban. Traffic Council to meet on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Room 211 TC15-15 WILLIAM PAILLE, DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION, requesting discussion and potential approval of a High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk Beacon (HAWK Signal...
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What will Waban and Newton look like 5, 10, 25, 50 years into the future? The WAC has undertaken a Waban Future Vision Project and details of that project will be posted on the wiki. If you have any questions please send email to cpitts@newtonma.gov Sessions will resume in January 2016. To get...
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Attend working meetings every third Thursday at the WLC at 7:30pm

The progress of the renovation of Angier School can be viewed on the City's website. The PTO also has an FAQ and can be viewed here. Regular meetings between the project construction team and the WAC take place once a month before each WAC meeting.  There is a new push to have the building ready...
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Wabanites have passionately expressed, as have residents from other villages, the importance or preserving many of Waban's historical landmarks such as the Library, the Strong building which hosts most of our village's businesses, Waban Hall where Starbucks currently resides, and many homes that...
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Community Group formed to preserve and uplift the river bank area along the Charles River in Waban.   Much of Newton’s Charles River water front is a wonderful recreational resource for our city. Any day of the week you can see lots of folks walking, bicycling, strolling, bird watching, jogging...
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Newton is currently revising the city's Zoning codes in a 3 phase process. The final Draft of Phase one is available at this link. The next phase of creating new codes is supposed to take 3 years but various Alderman have suggested it could take 4 or more. Alderman Sangiolo recently proposed a...
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Read the information and let your Council and Alderman know how you would like to be represented.

On December 15th, the Board of Aldermen voted to permit residents to purchase an “Outdoor Water Meter” that will allow for separate metering of outdoor water use effective July 1, 2015.  Any resident wishing to obtain a second meter to qualify for this summer’s new rate structure must register with...
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Read the powerpoint and attend the meeting

The Land Use committee of the BOA has held working sessions to discuss the Special Permit proposals for Riverside Station and the Hotel Indigo. The discussion areas for each meeting included: transportation, parking issues, engineering water and sewer infrastructure improvements, and fiscal impacts...
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Neighbors asked the Council what could be done about all-day parking on Dorset, Locke and Beacon Street.  In response, the Council held a meeting on parking on Beacon and surrounding streets Feb. 24 (rescheduled from Jan. 27). The City's plans call for bicycle accomodations along Beacon from...
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Attend upcoming meetings

Newton has a rare opportunity to legally acquire public access to the top of the Sudbury Aqueduct from the MWRA. The MWRA Trails program would allow Newton then to formalize the current off-road walking trails through Waban and Newton Highlands. Not all of the land above the aqueduct is owned by...
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Fuller St., Orchard Ave., Upland Rd are up for name changes in Waban. The issue will be discussed byt the BOA commison on Public Saftey and Transportation this Wednesday at 7:45 in room 202 at City Hall. The attached docket has supporting infromation starting on page 22.
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Flooding occurs around Quinobequin and other Waban areas after rainstorms due to a variety of factors including storm system overflows. In the document Library is the presentation of newton's plan - starts on page 5.
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Newton has begun a storm system renovation plan.

Needham – Wellesley and Newton  Add-A-Lane Contract V along a Section of Interstate 95 Includes 6 Bridges Weekly Look-Ahead Week of July27, 2015 Throughout the week of July 27, 2015, Barletta Heavy Division (BHD), MassDOT’s contractor for the Route 128 Add-a-Lane Bridge V project, will continue...
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The proposed project consists of Roadway reconstruction, bridge construction and signal improvements along the corridor to improve safety and operation of the corridor. Sidewalks and Bicycle accommodations consisting of a bicycle lane have been provided in accordance with applicable design guides...
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Three Ward 5 Area Councils Sponsor Two Events on Sunday, Oct. 4 Meet All Candidates Running in Citywide Contested Races The Newton Highlands, Newton Upper Falls and Waban Area Councils are sponsoring TWO events on October 4 to showcase candidates who are running for citywide contested offices in...
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The Charter defines the architecture for our city Government. It specifies how many people should serve as Alderman and School Committee members, what their powers and duties are, and for how long, with or without term limits. It specifies the role of the mayor, or city manager. The commision's ...
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Next Meeting:

Meeting Date:
Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 7:30pm

The Waban Area Council will be hosting a program and discussion to explore student arrival and departure patterns and policy at the soon-to-be reopened Angier School. We will be meeting at our regularly scheduled time, 7:30pm on Thursday, November 12 at the Waban Library Center, and aside from two very short items we need to address as a Council (our October Minutes and our Treasurer’s Report), the entire meeting will be devoted to this important subject.
Angier will not be the only school facing transportation pattern changes after rebuilding or renovating and we think this discussion may be helpful in many communities to promote the merits and safety of motivating active transportation and best practices.
Angier Principal, Loreta Lamberti, will be there and will begin the discussion with her expectations of this process. Angier Safe Routes to School Volunteers will speak about the walk-and bike-to-school promotions they organize, and any changes in their plans for the new school. Newton Police Captain Marc Gromada will address crossing guard and safety concerns. The entire Newton School Committee, Angier’s PTO and the City’s Department of Public Works have also been invited. In addition, we hope to engage with our residents about what they have learned during the year and a half of student bus transportation to the Carr School.

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7:30 PM - Waban Library Center
Following 6:30 PM Angier-Zervas Community and Construction Team Meeting





a. Comments from Loreta Lamberti, Principal of Angier.

b. Comments from Safe Routes to School Program Coordinators.

c. Comments from Newton Police Captain Marc Gromada on placement of crossing guards

d. Open discussion.


The nine Councilors elected to serve on the Waban Area Council for the 2016-2018 term to be sworn-in January 2016 are:

    Isabelle Albeck, Pia Bertelli, Joe Corkery, Andreae Downs, Rena Getz,
    Sallee Lipshutz, Chris Pitts, Maureen Reilly-Meagher, and Kathy Winters


5. ADJOURN: Next Waban Area Council Meeting: December 10, 2015, 7:30PM, Waban Library Center 


We encourage you to contribute to the Newton Food Pantry, housed in the basement of the Waban Library Center, by bringing non-perishable food items when you attend our monthly meetings!

The location of this meeting is handicap accessible, and reasonable accommodations will be provided to persons requiring assistance. If you need a special accommodation, please contact John Lojek, at least two days in advance of the meeting: jlojek@newtonma.gov or 617-796-1064. For Telecommunications Relay Service dial 711.