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MBTA removed trees this weekend along Riverside tracks

2015 April 26
by Greg Reibman

mbta1While many Newton residents devoted this weekend to beautifying the Garden City, contractors hired by the MBTA were busy clearing trees and branches adjacent to the Riverside tracks. No doubt, some of the clearing was necessary. But other work, including removal of the seemingly healthy, perhaps 80-year-old former tree were removed as well.

Where did you serve today?

2015 April 26
by Jerry Reilly

Today was Newton SERVES day, one of the best traditions in the city.  It’s an annual day of volunteer service for the citizens to pitch in on any of dozens of citizen organized projects all over the city.  The city pitches in with various supports services, hauling trash, providing supplies, etc but the citizens do the heavy lifting.

In my neighborhood a crew hauled bags and bags of trash out of the Upper Falls Greenway right of way.  Just down the river, a team of mostly Boy Scouts repaired two of the footbridges along the Quinnobequin road riverside paths.

Tell us your NewtonSERVES stories.  Did you see any projects in your neighborhood?  Were you volunteering on a project yourself?

The work is all over, so now its time for the best part – a free ice cream Sunday down at City Hall courtesy of Cabots Ice Cream.

Ronan Noone’s play coming to Newton

2015 April 25
by Jerry Reilly

Local playwright Ronan Noone is on a roll.  Back in January, the Huntington Theater produced Noone’s “The Second Girl” to much acclaim.  It was the third Noone play that the Huntington has produced.

Today’s Boston Globe reported on Ronan Noone’s “Adultery” opening up tonight at the New Repertory Theater.

Given Noone’s rising star, you can imagine how excited the Newton Nomadic Theater is to be presenting read more…

Legendary Locals is, well … legendary

2015 April 25
by Jerry Reilly

Gail Spector’s new book, the Legendary Locals of Newton, has been getting all sorts of local coverage this week.  The book features 125+ profiles of famous Newtonians from every walk of life.

This week the Newton Tab ran a front page story about the book.

NewTV ran a feature story on its weekly NewTV New show.

Head down to Newtonville Books on Wed at 7 PM for the book launch party and get a signed copy of this legendary book from it’s author.

 

LigerBots Live

2015 April 25
by Jerry Reilly

LigerBotsAfter 127 rounds, the Newton LigerBot team is in 8th place and has made the elimination (playoff) rounds.

Watch it live at www.thebluealliance.com/event/2015new

 

 

 

 

MBTA enters 21st century

2015 April 24
by Adam Peller

Press conference at Newton CentreAt a press conference today at Newton Centre, transportation secretary Stephanie Pollack and T officials welcomed the enablement of train announcements at surface stations on the green line.

Mayor Setti Warren’s fiscal year 2016 budget address

2015 April 21
by Village 14

Here’s the text of Newton Mayor Setti Warren’s FY16 budget address as presented to to the aldermen on April 21

When I delivered our State of the City last month I mentioned that we have to think big, not just about making the right decisions for today’s citizens, but for those that come after us, 20 to 30 years from now. To do this we must ensure our finances, infrastructure, environment, education and public safety meet the needs of our residents now and in the future. We also can’t be afraid to make tough decisions to move our City forward. We owe it to those who came before us who did the same. We know the demographics of our city will continue to evolve now and in the future. More families with children want to move to Newton to take advantage of our excellent education system and the growing senior population would like to stay in our city because of our great quality of life.

This year’s FY16 budget represents the tremendous progress we have made in the last five years as well as the great course we have set for the next 20 to 30 years.

The long-term capital needs of our education system and the need for community space have been a priority for our administration as outlined in our capital plan. We have made read more…

The city lets the Ligerbot team down

2015 April 21
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by Jerry Reilly

Stand back, it’s time for a rant.

This morning, a caravan of students parents and coaches pulled out of Newton South at 6:30 amidst cheers and celebration from their friends neighbors and community. Our award winning LigerBot team is heading off to the World Championship in St Louis, after overcoming many obstacles.

There’s a lot to love about this story and a lot that makes me proud of those kids, of those parents, and those incredibly dedicated coaches. read more…

Newton LigerBots: St. Louis here we come

2015 April 21
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by Greg Reibman

bots 1Newton’s FIRST Robotics team began its trek to the World Championships in St. Louis early this morning following a send off party outside of Newton South. The caravan included 47 people, two U-Haul trailers and seven minivans.

The team and parent drivers will spend a total of four days on the road including 40 hours of driving. Each vehicle was decorated with LigerTails on the cars (that’s LigerParent and Village 14 blogger Chuck Tanowitz attaching a tail in second photo.)

bots 2The LigerBots earned an invitation to the FIRST World Championships after being one of four teams from New England chosen to compete for the Chairman’s Award, the top award offered by FIRST. The team is also ranked 10th out of 175 registered teams in New England.

As you may recall the caravan was needed because the team was unable to find an city-approved bus that could take them to the finals.

You can follow the team on InstagramTwitter and their own blog.

Marathon Monday open thread

2015 April 17
by Greg Reibman

Are you rooting for someone special who is running in Monday’s Boston Marathon? Share that or another marathon thoughts here.

The pumphouse of love

2015 April 19
by Jerry Reilly

WaterworksMusemLast weekend we held the 3rd Nomad Story Slam at Gregorian Rugs.  Chris Pitts, our regular video guy, couldn’t make it so he recruited Laura Johnson as his replacement.  I had never met Laura before and we were talking before the event.  She told me that she had produced a video about the Waterworks Museum.

The Waterworks Museum opened in 2011 and is located in a beautiful old pump house on Beacon St, opposite the Chestnut Hill Reservoir, just outside Cleveland Circle.  It’s an entire museum about our water system, it’s history and how it works – well worth a trip.

I mentioned to Laura that I went to a wedding many years ago in that building, long before it became a museum – and she gasped.  While working on the museum video,  she had seen a photo taken on the site, of a wedding party from many read more…

Mayor to seek boards’ permission to purchase Aquinas School and property for $16M

2015 April 17
by Village 14

Here’s the TAB’s story and below is the official release for today’s announcement.

Mayor Warren today announced the City of Newton’s intent to purchase the Aquinas School and property located on Jackson Road in Nonantum/Newton Corner for $15,750,000.  The purchase is contingent upon approval of the Board of Aldermen and School Committee.

If approved, the acquisition would enable the City of Newton to consolidate its preschool program into one site while providing a renovated, new site for the Lincoln Eliot School.  The current Lincoln Eliot School would become swing space following the completion of the Cabot School in 2019, which will allow the read more…