In the business world no one would limit the time to meet with customers to just 32 ten-minute time slots over two afternoons
Newton South’s student paper Deneobla explores the world of parent teacher conferences, which apparently falls into the category of something no one is satisfied with but is unlikely to change.
Here’s one parent’s perspective…
“I never have felt that these parent/teacher conferences were very fair for parents like myself who work…We all have to take time off…there’s no early morning…and they favor stay at home parents.”
And a teacher’s view….
“It’s very stressful to have 18 sets of parents in a three-hour time period because it’s sort of like speed dating parents.”
And the reality….
Some people hope there may be more time slots in the future so that they have a better chance of scheduling all the conferences they want. Any changes to scheduling, however, would have to be approved by the school committee and the Newton Teachers’ Association.
Sing carols, visit Santa, watch the trees of Lincoln Street light up with a surprise, and collect handfuls of discounts and promotions in historic Newton Highlands this Friday!
The Holiday Sing & Stroll is sponsored by the independent merchants who make up the Newton Highlands Village Merchant Coalition, who last year discovered Newton’s welcoming community by starting the tradition.
Oh Newton, do I have plans for you!
The Arts Stroll & Shop hits three villages this Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 15. There are 100 businesses and almost 200 artists and musicians collaborating to bring you an amazing weekend where you can Shop Local. Eat Local. Art Local. all in the same place. Show your support for our amazing community and its very special “natural” resources by coming out and joining the fun! The Stroll is hosted by the Newton Cultural Alliance and presented by THE STREET. More information is online at www.ArtsStrollandShop.com.
<——Hopefully you have seen these signs all around town.
This is the 3rd annual Arts Stroll & Shop and the first time it has been held in more than one village and over more than one day. Each day includes:
How will you know where to go and what to do? Attend any Stroll and pick up a Stroll Map which includes all participating businesses as well as pop-up gallery locations and performance + activity schedules.
Saturday, December 14, Noon-6pm
WEST NEWTON SQUARE
Sunday, December 15, Noon-6pm
THE STREET read more…
Congressman Joe Kennedy announced will be hosting a Twitter Town Hall on today (Monday, December 9 from 1:30PM to 2:30PM). Participants can tweet questions to the Congressman (@RepJoeKennedy) using the hashtag #KennedyChat. The Congressman’s office has been collecting questions over the course the past week, as well as during Monday’s Town Hall.
“Accessibility remains this office’s top priority,” said Congressman Kennedy. “Our very first Twitter Town Hall will ensure that constituents across the 4th District can engage directly with me and my office without leaving their living room. It is the latest step in our efforts to find new and dynamic ways to connect with the people, families and communities we are proud to represent.”
In a letter in the TAB, William E. Roesner, a member Newton Historical Commission, writes about a shameful “cultural bias of this city and its elected officials”….
It seems we will continue to tear down and throw away venerable brick school buildings (found to be ‘preferably preserved’ by the Newton Historical Commission) in favor of glossy new and expensive replacements. This is all to cover up a disgraceful lack of maintenance and to promote ‘modern’ (elitist?) and self-aggrandizing educational programs that these buildings, after hundreds of years of success, can somehow no longer be adapted to accommodate.
If you’re disturbed by some of the recent cases of clear-cutting of trees by developers, such as at 34 Wilde Road, Waban, pictured above and below, tonight’s Programs & Services meeting (8pm, Rm 222) should be of interest. P&S will be reviewing proposed revisions to the city’s Tree Preservation Ordinance. The ordinance, passed in 2009, essentially requires developers taking down healthy trees greater than 8″ diameter to plant replacement caliper inches or pay into the city’s Tree Preservation Fund. It works pretty well for large commercial or institutional projects, but less so for individual house lots.
This excerpt from the minutes of the November 20 P&S meeting summarizes the situation:
The intent has been met but as time has passed, developers and builders have found some loopholes in the ordinance. The behavior to evade the ordinance has been escalating recently with builders openly stating their intent to do so. Now that people have figured out how to get around compliance, enforcement is nearly impossible.
This includes developers making their purchase of a property contingent on the seller removing the trees, or saying they will occupy the property and claiming an exemption. To remove the loopholes, the solution that Forestry, the Law Department and Urban Tree Commission propose is to eliminate the concept of “exempt lot” and “occupied” (remember how hard “occupied” is to disprove). Instead , anyone would be able to remove a limited number of trees without a permit, but more than five protected (8″ or greater) trees, more than 80″ of protected trees, or a single tree more than 50″ in diameter, in a consecutive 24-month-period, would require a permit, and planting or paying for replacement caliper inches.
You can read the minutes of the preliminary discussion at P&S on November 20, as well as the proposed revisions to the ordinance, here.
Alderman Greer Tan Swiston said farewell to the board of Aldermen last night. Wicked Local story here.
I’m assuming Swiston said goodbye this week because she can’t attend the Dec. 16 meeting but someone please correct me if I’m mistaken.
Aldermen Stephen Linsky and Mitch Fischman are also leaving the board at the end of this calendar year. I’m presuming they will be recognized Dec. 16.
Newton police are warning of a family of coyotes that were recently spotted in the area of Auburndale Avenue and River Street, Boston.com reports.
Board of Aldermen on Monday approved new zoning regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries, Wicked Local reports. Alderman Lenny Gentile was the lone opposing vote:
Gentile said these people are portraying the law as a way to ease pain, but he intimated that they were taking advantage of the law as a way to make money.
Join us to celebrate the work of outstanding artists who are residents of Newton or otherwise connected to our great city at Celebrate Newton on Sunday, Dece 8 from 10-4 p.m. at Newton South High School.
Over 55 artisans will display and sell their work at this fair; stroll the aisles marveling at the fabric arts, jewelry, quilts, pottery, paintings, photographs, wood sculptures, and more. Select the perfect holiday gifts, and enjoy live music provided by local musicians. There’s a kids’ crafts table too, so bring the whole family. Click Celebrate Newton here for more information about the event and this year’s artists.
Admission is $3 (students under 12 are free). Proceeds benefit the NCE scholarship fund.
OK–infrastructure folks, gather round: Wednesday is your big day as the board will start to grapple with the Cabot School and Fire HQ/Station 3 financing. It will also review progress on Angier and Zervas. The report section will give you the most recent on the Carr update also.
But don’t stay home tonight: the Board meeting is preceded by a meeting on future uses of the Newton Centre branch library, aka health offices and 70 Crescent St, aka the parks & recreation back offices. Finance/tax wonks will want to read the Health Care Advisory Committee report.
For that matter, the water/sewer and stormwater presentations Wednesday have both financial (your rate dollars at work) and environmental (this is how we keep pollution in the pipes, not the river/lake) interest. The same bedfellows will enjoy reading the report on switching our streetlights over to LED–located in the Public Facilities report. The switch would also have safety benefits, since motorists will stand a better chance of seeing dog walkers, cyclists and other hazards to a dent-free finish on the SUV.