Newton Fall Cleanout Swap Day -Oct 8th


Swapping and Donating

recycleBring along usable but unwanted belongings for swapping or donating.   Bring your stuff, or just come along & pick something up – for free! • Appliances – Bicycles – Books • Household items and non-upholstered furniture (No mattresses or couches) • NO computer monitors, NO televisions, NO hazardous materials • Pretty much anything, so long as it is usable, non-toxic, non-hazardous – and clean! Recycling and Reuse…bring along any of the following and the City of Newton will make sure that they are recycled, re-used, given to charity or disposed of safely. • Fluorescent bulbs and other mercury-containing items • Cell phones, all printer cartridges, CDs, DVDs • Clothing • Paper, cardboard, glass, metal, stiff plastic bottles (#1 – 7) • Dead rechargeable batteries

When: Saturday, October 8th, 2016 8:00AM – 2:00 PM (item drop-off until Noon) Where: Rumford Avenue Recycling Depot (off Lexington Street in Auburndale)


Newton MA 4th of July Celebration

July 1, 2016fireworks

The celebration starts July 2  at 1:00 at Albermarle Field, Watertown Street, Route 16

The Kid’s celebration starts at 10:00


Newton Centre Playground at Tyler Terrace
10 AM – Noon
For children ages 3 – 12.

  • Grande Pet Parade
  • Teddy Bear Parade
  • Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade
  • Foot Races
FREE Ice Cream, by Cabot’s Ice Cream
Cabot's Ice Cream

Newton July 4


  • Handmade and International Crafts
  • Food Vendors
  • Children’s Activities

AMUSEMENT RIDES on Saturday and Sunday (7/2-7/3) noon to 9pm

Entertainment in the Gazebo

1 – 4 pm: Performers of Patrice Peris Voice Studios of Westborough and recording artist April Forrest

Music & Dancing
Bo & Bill Winiker Band
Clark Rubinshtein, Soloist
Bring blankets and lawn chairs

Fireworks start at 9:00.

Michelle J. Lane
Century 21 Commonwealth
CELL: 617 584-3904


Hazardous Waste Disposal for Newton


Hazardous Waste Drop Off Days in Newton. Coming up Soon, mark your calendar.

2016 Schedule:
Last Saturday of the month (May – October)
Wednesdays: May 18 – June 29
September 7 – October 12
July 13
August 17

If you are thinking of selling your home anytime in the near future, please do take advantage of these days. Moving companies won’t take hazardous materials to your next place. so hazardous materials is the #1 thing sellers try to leave behind for the buyers.   When the buyers say they don’t want your old paint thinner, lighter fluid, etc,  you or your agent are stuck trying to find a home for this stuff at the last minute, or, even worse, it gets thrown in the regular trash and can cause serious problems for the trash pickup guys or the environment.

The best thing to do is first see if a neighbor could use the stuff.  If not, then mark these dates and dispose of the stuff you know you are not going to use or take with you to your next home.

The Recycling Center is at 115 Rumford Ave and is open 7:30 – 2:30.  You must show a valid proof of residency to use the recycling center.

Michelle J. Lane
Century 21 Commonwealth
CELL: 617 584-3904

The Force is Strong with the Boston Market this Winter (2013)

Given the winters we had over the past couple of years it is understandable that sellers would think the market is slow this time of year.  But our office just has a brisk weekend of Open House attendance – in the pouring rain.  I had 30 groups of people show at this new listing in Waltham and the house is now under agreement.  A few were neighbors, a few were just starting their search, but the rest were serious buyers.  This seems to be the case in all of the Greater Boston market.  So if you are looking to sell your home this year, now is the time to start the process.

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19 Humboldt Street, Waltham

To give you an idea of how strong the market is, there are about the same number of Single Family homes on the market in Waltham as this time last year. – 31 vs 30.  But the median price has gone from $494,000 to $615,000 and the average price has gone from $$621,000 to $649,000.  Demand and new construction are driving prices up.

Want to buy or sell ?  Contact Me.

Michelle J. Lane

Century 21 Commonwealth
CELL: 617 584-3904


Newton Ranks #4 Best Places to Live

Newton is a great place to live!  And Money Magazine agrees!  Newton ranked #4 in their best places to live this year.   If you are curious about Massachusetts town rankings in general, the towns that made the top 100 for the past 5 years are listed below.
From Money Magazine
You might think folks in Newton are obsessed with education. The city is divided into 13 villages built around elementary schools, making it easy for kids to walk to school amid the city’s lush greenery.Being close to prestigious universities adds even more benefits — MIT partnered with the innovation lab at a local high school on a project to convert algae into fuel, for example, and Boston College will donate $300,000 for technology for Newton schools over three years.

There’s also a wealth of activities, from swimming at Crystal Lake to browsing boutiques in Newton Centre to celebrations like Taste of Newton. Though housing prices are high, families say the perks are well worth it.

#4 Newton
#31 Brookline
#38 Framingham
#87 Weymouth
#2  Milton
#11 Sharon
#16 Acton
#28 Chemlsford
# 43 Easton
#3 Newton
#28 Waltham
#39 Brookline
#52 Weymouth
#5 Milton
#16 Acton
#19 Hopkinton
#31 Southborough
#37 Easton
#58 Shrewsbury
#49 Newton
#72 Waltham
# 87 Brookline
#7 Milton
#21 Chemlsford
#48 Easton
#73 Westford
#94 Wilbraham

Historic Newton Exhibit – An Architect Ahead of her Time: Annie Cobb

Anne Cobb Exhibit at the Jackson Homestead – Starts October 3rd.

Michelle J. Lane

Arguably, the first American woman architect, Cobb made her debut in pre-Civil War South Boston and flourished during the last three decades of the 19th Century in Newton Highlands, and exhibited at the World’s Columbian Expo of 1893 in Chicago.

Reception Wednesday, October 3rd from 5:00 – 7:00 to celebrate the new exhibit.

Visit for more information.

ArchitechtureBoston Expo – Nov 14-16 at the Boston Convention Center

I just registered.  If you register before October 31, you will get a FREE PASS to the Exhibit Hall!!  This is the conference and trades how for New England’s design and construction industry.  I am looking forward to seeing what’s new!



Junior League of Boston Show House is in Newton this Year

Junior League of Boston Show House is in Newton this Year

Should be a really entertaining for those who love old houses.  Over 34 decorated spaces!

Starts Oct 16, so mark your calendars!

US News Ranking of Massachusetts High Schools 2012

My hometown of Newton Ranked #11.  Check here to see where your town ranked!

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SAVE THE DATE – The House Tour will be on June 3rd this year.

The 30th Annual House Tour takes place on Sunday, June 3rd. Tickets purchased in advance (before 5 PM on Friday, June 1), are available at a discount; you may buy your tickets online or by calling 617-796-1450. Tickets are $20 for Historic Newton members, $30 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the tour at the Jackson Homestead.  Tickets purchased on June 3 will cost $25 for Historic Newton members and $35 for non-members.  You can buy House Tour tickets at:

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