Category Archives: From City of Newton

Newton Power Choice Program

The City of Newton is developing a plan for a new electricity program called Newton Power Choice, which will provide an opportunity for Newton to significantly increase the amount of renewable energy in the community’s electricity supply. Newton Power Choice is a form of group purchasing known as an electricity aggregation.

Newton Power Choice will provide:

  • Greener electricity
  • Price stability
  • Consumer protections
  • New electricity choices

As a program participant, you will have greater control over the environmental characteristics and price of your electricity supply. You will receive a standard amount of renewable electricity automatically, above the minimum amount required by state law, without choosing any of the options. (The standard amount is still to be determined.)

Or you can choose to:

  • Opt up to 100% renewable electricity.
  • Opt down to receive no additional renewable energy electricity above the state law requirement, but retain the program benefits of price stability and consumer protections.

More than 125 communities in Massachusetts are already engaged in electricity aggregation. But no other community has done what Newton is doing, which is to undertake an ambitious campaign to persuade electricity customers to opt up to 100% renewable electricity. Newton aims to have many more customers getting all of their electricity from New England renewable projects than any other community.

Participating and opting out: All Eversource Basic Service customers will be automatically enrolled. But participation is not required. Electricity customers may opt out of the program before being enrolled or at any time with no fee or penalty.

For more details on Newton Power Choice, see

Flu Report – Feb 2

Dear Brown Families,

We are writing for the second time this week to update you about the flu in our school.  Brown Middle School has had a higher than usual number of students absent this week.  Many of the students have influenza-like-illness.

Please read this message and consult the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Flu Symptom Check List mentioned below.

The latest statewide flu report (Jan. 26, Massachusetts Department of Public Health) indicates flu activity is widespread in the state, which is not unexpected for this time of year. However, the rate of influenza-like illness (ILI), is higher than the past two flu seasons. ILI, which is a fever of 100 degrees or more and cough or sore throat, is how disease trackers measure the flu nationwide.

The Newton school nurses continue to monitor illness in the schools and are available for any questions or concerns.

It remains important for families to keep sick kids at home, in accordance with school policy. Students cannot return to school until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours, without medication like Tylenol, Advil or Motrin. The checklist below can help families determine when to stay home and when to return.


Flu vaccination for all people age 6 months and older continues to be recommended. It’s not too late get a flu shot. Call 617-796-1420 to make a vaccination appointment with the public health nurse in City Hall.

Newton Health and Human Services Department

Enterovirus Information From the School Nurse

Please click here to download a notification from the City of Newton about the Enterovirus D68 virus. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school nurse, Lucy Boyer (

Ride the Tour De Newton Sunday October 6th, 9:30 am

The City of Newton and Bike Newton invite you to join cyclists from across the city in the inaugural year of this 13-village ride. Each village will start the ride simultaneously on a one way circuit connecting all of Newton’s villages. Ride groups will be small and led by an experienced cyclist and an experienced “sweep”, to ensure a safe and leisurely “no rider left behind” Trip.

Riders will be greeted in each village by a community leader, who will hand out a collectible pin for each village. Learn the best ways to get around the city by bike and maybe see parts of Newton you don’t normally visit. Click here for the map: Tour de Newton Route Map. Many riders will complete the entire route but riders welcomed to ride as many or as few of the villages as they want. Registration required. Go to: