Campaign Week-in-Review: 5/31/19 - Get Involved in Ward 5

by Irina Costache, Campaign Organizer | Subscribe by Email

This week was a brief review, and so we've included a list of upcoming June community events as well this week as we close out May.

Door knocking

Bill’s second pass around Ward 5 continued this week, with Bill getting to knock on 85 doors, despite the rain. Most of the concerns that voters brought up focused on affordable housing for young families and downsizing seniors. Bill also heard a lot about taking climate action, especially from younger voters. Addressing both of these issues is a major part of Bill’s campaign platform, so he was glad to hear that many voters shared these concerns!

One voter said he plans to vote for Bill because no candidate for elected office had ever knocked on his door before.

Mayor's Community Breakfast

This morning, Bill attended the 45th Mayor’s Annual Community Breakfast. The community breakfast works with the Foundation for Racial, Ethnic and Religious Harmony (Harmony Foundation), a local nonprofit towards “the promotion of racial and religious harmony within the City of Newton, Massachusetts and elsewhere.” This year, the Harmony Foundation’s award was given to Katy Haywood, and posthumously to Rev. Howard Haywood, who championed the issue of affordable housing and endorsed Bill’s city council campaign earlier this year before his passing.

Memorial Day Parade

On Sunday, Bill got to join in on Newton’s annual Memorial Day Weekend parade by decorating his bike and helping Bike Newton safely guide young kids along the parade route in the hot summer weather!

June Ward 5 Event Reminders

There will be a number of community events and opportunities to get involved in Ward 5 with local governance coming up in June! Here is some information about each of them:

1. Friends of Cold Spring Park kickoff

June 3 is the official kickoff event for the Friends of Cold Spring Park! The event will take place at 7:30 pm at the Zervas Elementary School and will provide free refreshments. Sam Jaffe, a Naturalist and founder of The Caterpillar Lab will be the keynote speaker, sharing information about “the park’s many diverse habitats and inhabitants...threats to the park’s ecosystem and how you can help preserve it..[and the group’s] plans to rehabilitate the trail.”

2. Newton Highlands Area Council

The monthly Newton Highlands Area Council meeting will take place on June 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Brigham Community House.

3. Newton Highlands Village Day

Join us on June 9 for Newton Highlands Village Day! Located at 1169 Walnut St and running from 11 a.m to 4 p.m., the event will feature “vendor sales, delicious food, two stages of live music, beer garden, kid activities, and more.” Just like Waban Village Day, our campaign will have a booth set up where voters can meet Bill and ask him questions!

4. Waban Area Council

The Waban Area Council will meet on June 13 at the Waban Library Center at 7:30 p.m.

5. Upper Falls Area Council

The Upper Falls Area Council meeting will take place on June 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Emerson Community Center.

Campaign Reminders

Donations: If you would like to make a donation to help support our campaign to make Newton a community for everyone, you can click here. Or, If you prefer to make a donation by mail, please make out a check to The Humphrey Committee and send it to: The Humphrey Committee, PO Box 78, Waban MA 02468. Any donation amount is always appreciated!

Events: If you would like to host a meet & greet event for Bill to meet your neighbors, please let me (Irina) know and we'll set one up.