Through tremendous effort this season, the award-winning Newton Ligerbots have succeeded in sending their robot on a 1,143-mile mission… to St. Louis! Now they need your financial support so the robot can complete its mission at the biggest robotics competition in the world.
As reported in NewtonSTEM, the Ligerbots team — of 46 students from Newton North and Newton South — has qualified for the biggest high-school Science/Technology/Engineering/Math competition in the world: the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship, to be held April 23-26 in St. Louis. read more…
Carol Rosenblith, who lives in one of the three Beacon Street homes, the city is considering purchasing to to make room for a larger Zervas School tells the TAB’s Jim Morrison she’s unhappy about the prospect of moving but willing to do it for the good of the community.
“I’m not eager to move, but if this is what the community–not the city government–really wants and needs, then so be it,” Rosenblith said.
Rosenblith said she was told that if the city were to purchase her house, she would read more…
The Johnny Kelly statue at the foot of Heartbreak Hill is often festively decorated but on this gray, rainy morning, one year after the Boston Marathon bombings it stood solemnly unadorned. Share your memories about where you were one year ago, how you look back on this event, the year since and your plans for next week’s marathon.
When he’s not climbing on Soviet tanks or dealing with the Russian Mafia, Aldermen David Kalis and his wife Anne are known for putting together the annual all-vocal Acappelooza event.
This year’s Acappelooza will be on Friday May 16, 7:30 – 9:30 at Newton South. Tickets are $12 and all proceeds go to the Countryside School PTO.
Tickets are on sale now. The event always sells out so snag some tickets while you can – www.seatyourself.biz/countrysidepto
This Friday, Mayor Warren will host “Newton Remembers,” a special ceremony to remember the victims of last year’s tragic bombings. It will include readings from local clergy, and the planting of daffodils as part “Marathon Daffodils,” where volunteers are planting daffodils throughout the entire marathon route as a symbol of strength and solidarity. The ceremony will be held this Friday, April 18 at 5:15 p.m. in front of the Jonny Kelly statue, at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Walnut Street in
In addition, on Saturday, April 19th at 11:30am, just prior to the annual Heartbreak Hill Road Race and Walk the community is invited to join us outside City Hall for a special performance by Reverse Order, a nationally touring band and semi-finalist for season 7 of “America’s Got Talent.” Reverse Order will be performing their song “Our City” in tribute to the victims of last year’s tragedy.
Ellen Ishkanian has a story in the Globe today about the Lovett Road homeowner who built an elaborate retaining wall in his year without obtaining the required special permit and engineering approval from the city.
Inspectional Services Commissioner John Lojek says it’s a problem that happens repeatedly across the city.
“I think a lot of people think it’s easier to build first, apologize, and then get permission, but the aldermen have a say in that, and they don’t have to give forgiveness.”
Newton’s FIRST Robotics team today goes into day two of the New England District Championships at Boston University. The Ligerbots, a team of students from both Newton high schools entered the competition ranked 8th in New England.
You can watch all the matches online (check out the schedule), or you can make the trip down Comm Ave to take a look for yourself. Today is a series of round robin competitions with a few more on Saturday. Then, on Saturday afternoon the competition starts elimination rounds. If the Ligerbots do well enough in through all their matches yesterday, today and tomorrow, they’d end up in the elimination rounds.
The game itself is a combination of soccer and basketball played with an “alliance” of three robots. During the round robins the teams are random, almost like a pickup basketball game. At the elimination stage an alliance remains consistent for the remainder of the competition.
They went very far in both previous competitions. At WPI they finished on the first alliance and at the Northeastern competition they were on the alliance that came in second.
The team is number 2877, so if you’re looking for them on any of the FIRST websites you’ll have to search for the number itself.
State Rep Kay Khan, D-Newton says the MBTA has committed to completing design work on a fully accessible Auburndale commuter rail station.The Auburndale station is one of three in Newton that are not handicap accessible. Wicked Local has more.
Bob Rooney, the City of Newton’s Chief Operating Officer’s, last day on the job is this Friday. Mr Rooney has served as COO for the last five years and before that he was Commissioner of Public Works for eight years. Over all those years he’s been involved in one way or another with nearly every project in Newton.
In an editorial in today’s Newton Tab, the newspaper announced that they are formally challenging the city’s interpretation of the Open Meeting Law with the Attorney General’s Office.
Since 2010 as part of the budget process, every year the mayor invites all of the aldermen to attend closed-door briefings about the proposed budget. Rather than a single meeting with all 24 aldermen, it is broken up into a series of smaller meetings, each with fewer than a quorum of aldermen.
In general, the Open Meeting Law is intended to read more…