Established in 1889, the Waban Improvement Society is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization whose membership comprises all people who live and/or work in Waban, Massachusetts. The Society promotes any activity intended to improve Waban and fosters a sense of community for those who live and work here.

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Waban Lights & Winter Door Decorating Contest sticky icon

'Tis the season for getting creative! This year, the Waban Lights Tree Lighting and Sing-Along with the Newton Family Singers will be held on the Waban Library Center lawn. Please join us on Sunday, December 14th at 4:00pm for some hot chocolate, a spirited community sing-along of holiday favorites and help us count down to flipping the switch that turns the WLC grounds into a winter wonderland.

Recycling in Newton

Ask for paper bags over plastic, here's why

Angier History Project

Waban’s Benjamin Korsh: Breaking New Ground in Photography

While Preserving Angier History

Benjamin Korsh, 19, a student at UMASS/Boston, moved to Waban at age 2. He attended Newton schools, graduating from Newton South in 2012. His time at Angier School made a lasting impression on Korsh, who two years ago conceived the idea of creating large-scale artistic photographs of Angier classrooms before the school building is torn down this spring.

History Project

The Waban History Project has been rejuvenated with a new focus. At present, we plan to publish a book (in both print and online formats) that will update the first work of Waban history, Waban, Early Days. As such, we are now soliciting manuscripts (handwritten, typewritten, sent via email or in virtually any other format) of personal memoirs of Waban life and times. We are particularly interested in the years 1920 to 1960. Please send along any memories to, the Waban oral history published in the late 1940's. We are looking to interview long-time Waban residents to discuss their early remembrances of Waban. If you would like to participate, please contact: Lauren Paul 617-559-9967

Student Scholarship

WIS has established a scholarship at Newton North and Newton South High Schools. It will be awarded each spring to a graduating senior who resides in Waban and who participates in community service programs. This scholarship will be added to the list of Local Newton Scholarships, announced each year at both high schools. All student applications and information submitted are held in strict confidence and remain within the school. Students who are selected will be notified prior to graduation when the local scholarships are announced.

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