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

Supporters for the Waban Area Council include:

  • The Waban Improvement Society
  • Aldermen John Rice, Bryan Yates, and Deborah Crossley
  • Mayor Setti Warren

 

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 moved to Waban with my husband John Dragat and our three daughters (now eighteen, sixteen and twelve) from Boston ten years ago. We moved for a friendlier neighborhood and good public schools. We have not been disappointed! I became very involved at Angier School volunteering in the classrooms and the library. I led the...
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...
My interest in Newton’s government began shortly after I moved here in 1992. The speeding traffic on my street (Chestnut) started our family’s quest to make Newton’s streets more family-friendly and safe for all. I first attempted to calm traffic by planting masses of flowers in front of the house. This allowed me to meet the...
Kathy Winters has lived in Waban with her family for the past fifteen years.  She is an attorney who worked in the field of corporate tax prior to leaving the law to raise her four children. Over the years Kathy has used her legal skills in a variety of ways through volunteer work. She has been active in a range of community...
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...
Jan 2016 update: 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 now meets once a month and is developing a living document online. I am a firm believer that no matter the issue, having good intel and planning is far better...
I have been living in Waban since 2009 with my wife and two children (who are currently in Kindergarten and 2nd grade at Angier). I was motivated to join the Waban Area Council to represent (as well as to inform) the many families with young children that will be affected by the demolition and reconstruction of the Angier...
In the spring of 2004 my husband and I arranged to have the purchase of our house in Waban coincide with Opening Day at Fenway Park. He had gone to college in Boston and we had a Red Sox cable feed while we lived on the west coast, so I was a fan before I lived here.   My family has long been active in politics. I recall going...
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...