Five Things You Need to Know This Week: Feb. 25 - March 3

Basketball playoffs, a film screening, a public hearing and School Committee meets.


1. School Committee meets

The Newton School Committee will meet on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in the Education Center. The jam-packed agenda includes a facilities update, a report on class size and an update on school fees. The full agenda is included in the .pdf section to the right.


2. Playoff games

The Newton North and Newton South boys' and girls' basketball teams are headed to the South Div. 1 playoffs. The Newton North boys' team was seeded in the No. 2 spot and has a bye in the preliminary round; the Tigers will face No. 15 Madison Park on Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. in Newton.

The Newton South boys' team is seeded at No. 17 and will face No. 16 West Roxbury on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in West Roxbury.

As for the girls, the Newton South team is seeded at No. 17 and the Lions will face Taunton in a preliminary round game on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. in Taunton.

The Newton North team was seeded at No. 1 and has a bye in the preliminary round; the Tigers will face either Newton South or Taunton on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Newton North.


3. Reusing the Parks and Recreation building and the Health Department building

The Board of Aldermen's Real Property & Reuse Committee will hold a public hearing this week on the reuse of the former Parks and Recreation building at 70 Crescent St., which was deemed as "surplus" and vacated last year. That public hearing will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in room 209 at City Hall.

Following the public hearing, the committee will hold a working session and discussion on the reuse of the former Health Department building at 1294 Centre St. Similar to the Parks and Recreation building, the Newton Centre facility was designated as surplus and vacated earlier this year. 


4. Film screening: The Durant-Kenrick Homestead: A House of Many Stories

Join award-winning historical documentarian Joe Hunter at the Newton Free Library this Thursday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m., for a screening of Hunter's latest film, The Durant-Kenrick Homestead: A House of Many Stories. The film documents the history of the Newton Corner home, right up to its latest renovation. After the screening, Historic Newton Director Cindy Stone and other project representatives will talk about the history of the homestead and its future uses. 

5. Deadline for Green Decade/Newton's Environmental Art contest

Sponsored by Green Decade Newton, this year's Environmental Art Contest theme is "How our schools can help the environment." Contestants can enter as individual or in team of two students; limited to 2D posters - 12”x18” max; recycled collage materials may be used. See Green Decade Newton's website for more contest rules.

Entries are due by Friday, March 1 and can be dropped off at the Newton Cultural Center, the Mayor's Office, the New Art Center or Green Planet Kids.


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