Ward Safe Routes To School:
Announcing Newton Safe Routes to School winter walking campaign. Share the Love of Walking is a 2 week event starting Friday, February 1st and ending on Valentine's Day Thursday, February 14th. Ward Safe Routes encourages you to walk to and/or from school as much as possible during these 2 weeks. We will cap off the Winter Walk event with a school wide walk to school on the last day of the event February 14th. There will, as always be special giveaways for the families who walk on this day. Ward has so many families that walk everyday rain or shine please join them for some fresh morning air by walking to school.
Safe Routes Winter Walking Safety Tips:
With winter finally giving us some snow, there are a few safety precautions to keep in mind while walking. Be aware of the conditions on the sidewalk and look out for icy patches that could cause you to slip and fall. Also, look out for broken tree branches or shrubs that are blocking the way or about to fall. Anywhere you encounter a blocked sidewalk or dicey intersection along your walk you should report it to the City of Newton. By law in Newton, businesses and homeowners must shovel the sidewalks surrounding their property. It is also illegal for homeowners to dump snow on the city sidewalks from their property. You can report these problems to the city directly online through their 311 system on the main website, www.newtonma.gov. The 311 reporting system is the big green button on the left side of the homepage and it is easy to navigate - and anonymous.