Mini-town hall in Newton

The Newton mayor does his community outreach sort of like we do, except that

  1. he brings along all his department heads,
  2. invites the whole city,
  3. hold it at a bank,
  4. records it on TV,
  5. computer monitor brought along that was larger than my home TV,
  6. professionally produced sign on a sandwich board out front, and
  7. police cruiser with flashing lights out front.

Lots more staff in a big city and it all seems to end up having to come along.  Looks like 25 people.

This was next to my office, so easy to check out – curiosity satisfied.

This was the emailed invitation –

“Newton Leads: Ideas and Action”
Village & Virtual Meet-up Tonight


Dear Resident,   

In August, we launched a new initiative to actively engage and partner with Newton residents and businesses to help create a more livable, sustainable city. The new initiative, “Newton Leads: Ideas and Action” consists of a new web platform that allows residents and businesses to connect with City Hall and monthly village meet-up where City Department Heads and I will be available to hear from the community in a casual, drop-in format.



The next village meet-up is scheduled for this evening, Wednesday, October 29th in Nonantum at Metro Credit Union located at 334 Watertown Street beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Mayor Warren and City Department Heads will be available to answer questions and listen to feedback and ideas in a casual, drop-in format.


We will also host a virtual meet-up online tonight at 7:00 p.m. for anyone who was unable to attend the meet-up.  Residents will be able to stream the conversation from their computers and participate by asking questions and sharing ideas online.  If you would like to submit a question or idea, you can do so by clicking here, any time before or during the virtual meet-up. You can stream the conversation beginning at 7pm from the same web address.


For more information on “Newton Leads: Ideas & Action” and sign up for alerts and updates, please click here.





Setti D. Warren






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