Community Notes

Bowen Community Notes provides important community information to over 650 parents in Newton, MA. For publication, please send a brief notice, ready for publication, in plain text format to: Bowen Community Notes  (no attachments, please). If accepted, your note will be included on the website. The Bowen PTO reserves the right to accept or reject announcements for publication at their discretion. 


Newton’s Big Brother/Big Sister Program

Newton’s One-to-One Program, our very own “Big Brother/Sister Program” has been matching wonderful high schoolers with children in grades one through five for over 30 years. 

If you think your elementary aged child would benefit from a mentor in their life and you can you commit 2.5 hours each week to have your child meet with a high school mentor from November to May – you should contact us. 

Link to the information sheet and application form:

To get more information, please contact Rebecca Young, Program Coordinator, at or 617-315-8733

2020 Boston Marathon Newton Charity Runners Wanted 

The John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton has been selected as a 2020 Boston Marathon® Official Charity Partner of the BAA!  Join our team of 15 charity runners and receive professional coaching and fundraising support. Check this off your “bucket list” while supporting more than 700 Newton children and teens at the same time. For details go to

 John M. Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton – Click HERE to learn more.  

Newton Turkey Trot registration is open

Registration for the 6th annual Newton Turkey Trot is now open! This year they will be supporting two great causes: The Newton Food Pantry and the Travis Roy Foundation’s Ethan Wang Fund. Ethan is a Newton South class of 2016 graduate and Boston University political science student who survived severe spinal damage in March 2019. We are hoping for a large turn-out from our students!

Register early before the prices increase and to be guaranteed an awesome T-shirt!
Race day is November 23rd (the Saturday before Thanksgiving),  A USATF accredited 5K at 9:00 am, the kids’ 1 mile fun run at 8:30 am. Details, registration and volunteer info at

Newton Girls Basketball registration opens October 1st

Registration for the NGBA 2019-2020 season opens this week. Please visit the NGBA website to register and obtain additional details about the league.


October 10th CPC Meeting: Webster Woods & Riverside Greenway

The Community Preservation Committee meeting includes an announcement by Mayor Ruthanne Fuller about the preservation of open space at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway (“Webster Woods”) and a PUBLIC HEARING on a design funding request for the Pigeon Hill Trail portion of the proposed Riverside Greenway along the Charles River in Auburndale.

Please note that the Mayor’s announcement at this meeting is not a public hearing. The CPC will follow its usual public notice, public access, and public hearing process for the anticipated Webster Woods funding request. For details see or contact Alice Ingerson at or 617-796-1144.

October 10th, 7:00 pm, Newton City Hall City Council Chamber

Newton Youth Lacrosse – LEARN TO LAX

Learn to Lax is a FREE introduction to boys lacrosse for those looking to learn the
sport in a safe, fun environment. Newton Youth Lacrosse will offer small group introductory coaching from experienced coaches that include former high school and college players.

These new players will be introduced to lacrosse and learn some of the basics,
including throwing, catching, and ground balls that will start to build confidence
with the intent of leading your child into the upcoming season (their first).
The fastest sport on two feet is also one of the fastest growing sports in America.
Newton Youth Lacrosse is excited to be one of the largest town youth lacrosse
programs in New England leading that charge.

For beginner boys lacrosse players, Grades 1 – 8 (Newton Residents or attending
school in Newton).  No gear is required. Players are just asked to arrive with
sneakers laced up and a positive attitude ready to participate in an hour and a half
of fun and memorable skills training. For questions feel free to email or visit

REGISTER: Please send your child’s name, school, and current grade to While there is no cost associated, registration is appreciated so that they can plan appropriately.

October 27th, 10:00 – 11:30 am (please arrive 15 minutes early)
McGrath Field, 1600 Washington Street, Newton
Cost: FREE

Volunteers Needed for Halloween Window Painting Contest

The Cultural Development Office very much needs volunteers to tape up the orange assignment sheets to the village store windows on October 24th or October 25th. With hundreds of students signed up every year to paint in six villages, your help is needed to keep this wonderful community event going strong.

Please give two hours of your time, email Lori Lass at or call 617-796-1540.

Building Resiliency and Managing Anxiety Speaker Series|

Come to one or both of the presentations:

Dr. Julie Edmunds and Ms. Jennifer Dirga will lead a panel discussion on how to develop skills to manage anxiety and the different aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), providing education for and practical tips for parents. Dr. Edmunds is an assistant in Psychology at MGH and an Instructor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, specializing in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for children, adolescents, and young adults with anxiety, mood, and behavioral disorders. Ms. Jennifer Dirga MSW, LICSW. was the Director of Social-Emotional and Learning at Project Adventure and a former MAA School Counselor.

Jessica Minahan will speak about how parents can help children reduce and manage anxiety. Ms. Minahan is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), author, special educator, and consultant to schools. Since 2000 she has worked with students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behavior in school systems.

For more information and to register for this free series click here

October 15th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm and December 4th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Mount Alvernia Academy, 20 Manet Road, Chestnut Hill

Planning for Arts and Culture for Newton – please take a brief survey

The City of Newton is currently undertaking a 7-month planning process to create a Comprehensive Arts & Cultural Plan for the City.

The plan, entitled Create Newton, will identify all of Newton’s arts and cultural assets – from our buildings and non-profits, to the events and festivals we host, to the local traditions and initiatives in our villages and neighborhoods. We will explore how arts and cultural goals and interests are aligned with our businesses, recreational opportunities, and commercial districts, and identify goals, set out recommendations, and seek opportunities to collaborate and expand our pool of funding.

Input from parents, and children 12 years and older, who enjoy Newton’s arts and cultural events is greatly valued.  Please take 10 minutes to complete this anonymous survey to assist in the planning process:

(Please note that the survey is best taken on your computer and not on your smart phone or smaller device.)

Thank you for your time and input!

Newton’s Community Design for Arts & Culture Committee

Applications for Harmony Foundation Community Grants are currently being accepted 

As part of its mission, Newton’s Harmony Foundation (The Foundation for Racial, Ethnic and Religious Harmony) provides small grants to Newton organizations whose programming facilitates community learning, understanding, respect, and unity across the divides of racial, ethnic, religious and cultural differences. The Foundation’s scope is intergenerational with many program grants benefitting those in preschool through high school.

The Harmony Foundation is now accepting grant proposals from community groups, K-12 educational institutions and other related local organizations whose program initiatives align with their primary mission, to assist the Newton community in cultivating and valuing diversity as a unique source of community strength.

Grants typically are in the range of $200-$1,500, with an expected average grant size of $500-$750. This fall’s application deadline is September 30th. Applications may be submitted for current programs or for programs scheduled to occur in 2020.

For more information about eligibility and application instructions, please visit

Destination Imagination registration is open

Destination Imagination (DI) is a creative problem solving competition that blends Science and Technology with the Arts. For the past 10 years, over 500 Newton students have participated in the Destination Imagination (DI) program.

Hear from alumni about how DI changed their lives: Destination Imagination Alumni Video 

Watch a tutorial to find out how DI works: What is Destination Imagination?

Ready to have fun?! Click HERE to register your child

Newton DI is run by a team of dedicated volunteers and is a non-profiting fully inclusive program.

Newton Area Flag Football

The Fall 2019 season begins on September 8th at the recently renovated Daly Field on Nonantum Road. Games take less than one hour and are held on Sundays between 12 and 3 pm. All games are coached, professionally refereed and scored. Registration guarantees each player 8 games, including playoffs. Divisions are available for kids grades K – 10.

More information can be found on the website and on the attached flyer.

NAFFL offers the following:

  • a safe environment and sport
  • respect for rules
  • fun while still being competitive
  • boosts confidence and perseverance
  • builds community
  • weekly exercise
  • an understanding of the importance of playing and working together as a team
    good sportsmanship

Also, NAFFL, dedicated to giving back to the community, donates $10 to the school where players are enrolled, and they will receive $10 off their registration. Register with the coupon code SCHOOL

Fall Tree Tour

Fall Tree Tour at Newton Cemetery

Enjoy a walk in the arboretum with Newton Cemetery arborist Julie Clements as she guides a tour showcasing the interesting variety of Fall colors. The tour will take place rain or shine.

Comfortable walking shoes, water, a camera and plenty of questions are recommended. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Meet just inside the main gate in front of the office. Parking is available on the cemetery roads or in the chapel parking lot. For more information, call 617-332-0047.

Suggested Donation: $10.00. The tour is free and open to all but donations to the Friends of Newton Cemetery are welcome and support arboretum education and care.

October 19th,  1:00pm
Newton Cemetery & Arboretum, 791 Walnut Street

Newton Cemetery is an accredited Arboretum with the Morton Register of Arboreta.

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