July 23, 2020

-Saturday Sidewalk Chalk Art Continues
-Our Drive-In Movies Draw large crowds (photos)
-Beautification volunteers help restaurants
-Village Bank: A Dedicated Sponsor
-Community events calendars
Chalk Artists create along Comm Ave Carriage Lane Over the Next Two Saturdays
Last week artist Rachel Wiygul chalked a beautiful quote by Coretta Scott King at the intersection of Comm Ave and Lexington St.
At the same corner, Claire Guillimin and the Guillimin Family (relatives of Newton Native Sidewalk Sam) created additional murals featured here and in our header.
Our Drive-In Movies Brought Out Crowds!
Last Friday and this Monday night, we hosted two, free drive-in movies at the former Marshalls lot on Needham St.
More than 110 vehicles were at each film and snacks were available for purchase from the West Newton Cinema.
(Aerial photo by Zach Greenberg,
Overview of Drive In
How Much Is Free Worth?
by Howard Sholkin, Newton Community Pride President
So far, free events and performances abound on the web. With Covid, its devastating effects on businesses (sponsors) and arts and culture creators will have to change the mindset "everything is free on the internet." If you do not pay for a ticket or make a donation, content will begin to disappear on the web over time.
To organize two recent drive-in movies in Newton, it cost Newton Community Pride (its sponsors) several thousand dollars. Sponsor dollars mostly collected before Covid. 
I asked moviegoers to pay for a ticket to the movies with a donation of any amount. One person contributed.
If you enjoyed the movie or any other Pride event, please make a donation
Planning is underway for the delayed Linda Plaut Newton Festival of the Arts. All interested artists should contact Chris Pitts at Performances are expected to be online in October.
Beautification Committee volunteers have been filling planters at several restaurants in Newton Centre.

Here they are sprucing up the patio at Baramor. Owner Arpit Patel thanked Liz Noon, Pat Rand, Binnie Estrada, Barbara Rutberg (Sally Pian not shown).
Newton Community Pride Spotlights Village Bank's Susan Paley

Susan and The Village Bank are our lead sponsor and have been a constant source of support of our events over the years. Here's what Susan has to say about her involvement with Newton Community Pride:

I’ve actually never lived anywhere but Newton and truly love this City. I became involved with Pride years ago and got to know Linda Plaut through Chamber of Commerce events. As with so many people in this city, Linda got me excited about community building events so, when I joined The Village Bank 13 years ago, I began to get more involved with Newton Community Pride.

As Vice President of community relations for Newton’s community bank, I have the opportunity to be out and about in the city I love. Since I am also very involved with the arts and culture scene, organizing and attending concerts and other fun events is very satisfying.

I love being part of any events that bring families together, from the little kiddos on up to multigenerational fun. My daughter is grown now, but being the mom of a musical theatre kid gave me a huge appreciation for all things song, dance and acting. 

Newton Pride is the epitome of community building and for that I am grateful!

Thank you, Susan and Village Bank!

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1000 Commonwealth Avenue Room 203
Newton, MA 02459