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Newton, known as the Garden City, is located six miles west of Boston. It lies within the so-called Boston Basin, a tiny structure of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Originally a part of Cambridge, Newton was settled in 1630 and incorporated in 1688 with the first settlement in Newton Corner. The Boston and Worcester Railroads established depots at what later became Newtonville and Auburndale in 1834. Newton is bounded on three sides by the Charles River and is a diverse community comprised of 14 villages, each with a unique character. The villages of Newton - listed alphabetically - are: Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Four Corners, Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, Newton Lower Falls, Newton Upper Falls, Newtonville, Nonantum, Oak Hill, Thomsonville and Waban. Newton is a vibrant community that is desirable as a place to live and work due to its proximity to Boston, nearness to various highway and public transportation systems, attractive neighborhoods and high property values, well-run municipal government, and a strong, nationally-recognized school system. Newton has well maintained parks, bicycle and fitness trails, golf courses, a public pool and lake. From July through October there is an outdoor Farmer's Market. Newton has a new, state-of-the-art, award-winning Library which served 602,951 people in 1993, and is home to the Jackson Homestead Museum, one of 712 nationally-accredited museums (out of 6,200 museums country-wide). Among the myriad arts and cultural organizations and activities, Newton has a Symphony Orchestra, resident theatre groups and an Arts in the Parks Program. Newton has been designated 1 of 3 cities nationwide to participate in a pilot tree bank, planting 6,800 seedlings. Newton has an extensive Institutional Network (I-Net) communications system which connects 63 municipal and institutional buildings, including all public schools. Newton was the recipient of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Heinz Foundation awards for being the first city in the Commonwealth to administer a mandatory curbside recycling program. 90% of residents recycle, reducing incinerated tonnage by 33% and saving $468,000 in 1993. In 1993, Newton was one of 5 cities nationwide, with a population over 50,000, to receive the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Livability Award. In 1993, there were $3.8 million worth of public works projects in process. (Narrative supplied by community)
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Community Development and Planning   Daily News Tribune
Newton Public Library   The Newton Tab
Minuteman Library Network   Hyde Community Center
Newton Recreation Department   Newton Conservators
Newton History Museum   Newton Community Service Center
American-Jewish Historical Society   Newton Cultural Center
Newton Country Players   Newton Boys and Girls Club
New Repertory Theatre   Newton Farmer's Market
Suzuki School of Newton   Newton Camera Club
New Philharmonia Orchestra   Newton Athletic Association
Discover Newton Arts   Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce
Boston Artists Ensemble   Leventhal-Sidman Jewish Commuity Center
Newton Schools   Newton Choral Society
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