Who We Are

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What: A Neighborhood Area Council is a local council elected to hear, respond to, and represent village concerns.  The 9 elected representatives can address matters at the village level and report local support and concerns to the City Government on pertinent Waban issues.

The Waban Area Council represents residents’ thoughts on issues like local traffic and road conditions, the changes coming to Angier, parking in the village, or even flooding along Quinobequin Road.  The Area Council works as partner to the Waban Improvement Society, providing a forum for activism and representation to complement WIS’ community building and beautification activities.

Where: Most residents have a notion as to which village they belong but it’s hard to define exactly where our village stops and starts - the city does not define the villages with hard boundaries.  We have set the initial boundaries for the Waban “Service Area” – the area that would be represented by the Area Council – to be those that generally are in zip code 02468, and also including other areas that come up to the boundaries of the

The WAC and The WIS as complementary organizations

  • The two organizations work hand in hand but focus on different tasks: the WIS continues to focus on community building - as it always has - including the library, community events, beautification, etc, while the Area Council focuses on community concerns including infrastructure and land use.
  • The two organizations will work together as interests overlap. For example, The Council creates insurance cost savings for the WIS for Village Day - something the Highlands have been taking advantage of for years.

 

I moved to Boston with my husband 22 years ago to follow our academic and professional careers. When it came time to identify where we wanted to raise our children it became Newton. We live in a home that was built at the turn of the last century by Nelson Marvin whose legacy for the Waban community was the founding of the...
I am a longtime resident of Waban, having moved here in 1980. My wife is Dahlia Rudavsky, Newton South High School graduate (1969). I taught English at South for thirty-four years before retiring in January 2015. Yet my connection with South continues in that I coach the girls' tennis team, as I have for the past twenty-seven...
Dinah Bodkin moved to Waban in 1991.  She and her husband raised their three children in Waban.  She is dedicated to quality of life issues in Waban-preserving green spaces and the character of our beautiful village.
  I moved to Waban in 1979 with my wife, Lise, and my two now grown children. I was a lawyer in Boston for 40 years, and am now a part-time mediator and arbitrator. Lise was a Spanish teacher at Newton South for many years.    Since 1980 I have been on the board of the entity that oversees the Newton Commonwealth Golf Course...
I love Waban, its graceful houses set well back from the street and its mature trees and lawns. I am running for the Waban Area Council to preserve its beauty for future generations. We need to ensure that new McMansions do not systematically replace houses having historical or architectural significance. Zoning laws should...
I am a strong supporter of the Area Council idea of participation in government at no dollar cost to the voter. I have been actively involved with the other working members of the ad hoc committee that organized the Waban Area Council, meeting monthly for over a year, helping to address many issues of concern to Waban citizens...
When I first helped bring this council into existence, one of my goals was to begin serious future planning for Waban. The Future Planning Working Group held meetings and events for three years culminating in the survey published on this website and shared with the city. I am a firm believer that no matter the issue, having...
The WAC is made up of 9 elected unpaid Waban residents. Anyone may attend the meetings and volunteer for various issue comittees.  
ARTICLE I - AUTHORITY The By-Laws for the Waban Area Council, (“Council”), are promulgated under the authority granted to it by Article 9, Section 9-9(b) of the Charter of the City of Newton, (“...
Registered voters living at the following addresses are within the Waban Area Council's Catchment Area: Agawam Rd.  Alban Rd.  Allen Ave.  Amherst Rd.  Amy Circle  Anita Circle  Annawan...
Our Logo has gone without controversy until recently. Our current position is that we will replace the current logo when we have an image which is more appropriate yet still connects to the native...