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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…

Marathon Monday open thread

2015 April 17
by Greg Reibman

Are you running in Monday’s Boston Marathon? Share that or another marathon thoughts here.

Marathon Monday dos and don’ts

2015 April 17
by Keith E. Jacobson

I just spotted this on Commonwealth Avenue near city hall. If you’re going to the Marathon best to travel light.

marathon poster

Mayor Warren takes steps to acquire Aquinas School

2015 April 17
by Village 14

David Fleishman breaks the news..

April 17, 2015

Dear Newton Community,

As many of you are aware, we are in an exciting time of facilities renovations and expansion within the Newton Public Schools.  The Angier School will be completed in December with Zervas and Cabot not far behind.

I want to make you aware of some exciting news related to our facilities planning.  The Mayor has signed a letter of intent to acquire the Aquinas School and property on Jackson Street, subject to approval and a vote to fund the purchase from the Board of Aldermen.  I believe this would be an incredible asset for our system.  Aquinas is a property with a read more…

The LigerBots can not be stopped

2015 April 15
by Jerry Reilly

As reported earlier, the Newton champion LigerBot team won the Chairman’s award at the New England regional championship this past weekend and qualified for the Nationals.  When they began making plans to get the team to the national event next week in St Louis, they found that none of the NPS approved bus companies had any buses available.

The only solution was for parents to arrange their own caravan of minivans and trailers to haul equipment, and drive the 2400 mile round trip read more…

Ever dreamed of owning your own deli?

2015 April 15
by Greg Reibman

BarrysVillageDeli45-year-old Waban landmark Barry’s Village Deli is looking for buyer.

 

 

Developer of the St. Philip Neri site to meet with community

2015 April 15
by Village 14
The owner of the site of the former St. Philip Neri church will host a community meeting at the Windsor Club on May 6 at 6:45 pm to present his plans for a 48-unit rental development at the site.  The developer expects to take the first step in filing an application for a permit under Ch. 40B later this week.  See http://www.wabanareacouncil.com/issue/st-philip-neri-development for more information and to view the developer’s current plans.

Schools to LigerBots: Nope

2015 April 14
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by Chuck Tanowitz

A quick update on the LigerBots story, we got a “no” from the schools on using the bus company we found that could have transported us to St. Louis. As far as I understand, they are simply not comfortable with a company that hasn’t yet been vetted. Now it’s on the kids and parents to get themselves there. We’re working coordinating all the transportation issues now.

Options include a bunch of minivans driving to St. Louis, which shifts the burden from professional drivers to volunteers. Flying remains an option for some, but that still leaves us with issues around transportation within St. Louis.

Bottom line: we’re shifting focus, but still fund raising! And truly, we appreciate the fact that the Newton community is behind us.

TAB Editor: Build housing at Crescent Street

2015 April 14
by Village 14

TAB editor Andy Levin writes that “the proposal to convert the property at 70 Crescent St. to park space spits in the face of both history and justice.

My hope is Real Property Reuse sends the proposal back to the full board unchanged.

 

Mark Aronson named Newton North’s interim principal

2015 April 14
by Village 14

From David Fleishman, Newton Superintendent of Schools….

Dear Newton North Community,

As you are aware, I have decided to name an interim principal for the 2015-16 school year.  I am very pleased to let you know that Mark Aronson, who was planning to retire from his position as a housemaster this June, will be staying at North for an additional year to serve as interim principal.

Mark has served with distinction as a housemaster for thirteen years. He is widely read more…

LigerBots Ask School Committee For Bus Help in Getting to the World Championships

2015 April 14
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by Chuck Tanowitz
Students Rachel McVittie (left) and Lily Gomberg address the school committee.

Students Rachel McVittie (left) and Lily Gomberg address the school committee.

After spending a season fundraising, building, competing, doing community outreach and finally being honored for all that work with an invitation to the World Championship, the Newton LigerBots may face their biggest challenge yet in getting to St. Louis: buses.

The Newton Schools allows students to use only a select few bus companies because those are the companies that have been vetted. Also, rides are not allowed to extend through the night, so for trips like the one to St. Louis, an added expense comes into play in terms of a night in a hotel. All this is for good reason: the accident in 2001 that took the lives of four Oak Hill Middle School students while on a band trip.

The problem is that all the bus companies are tied up thanks to the Boston Marathon and they don’t have a single bus to let us use. Frankly, most of the companies around New England are booked up. We did find a read more…

Zoning Reform Phase 1: Public Hearing tonight, April 13

2015 April 13
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by Julia Malakie

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For most people it’s been percolating along in the background, probably under the radar of 99% of residents, but the draft of the Zoning Reform Phase 1 Zoning Ordinance, which was intended to be a re-codification and clarification of current rules, is now complete.

The Public Hearing opens tonight at 7:45 pm in City Hall room 205, at the Zoning & Planning Committee. One hopes the Public Hearing won’t be closed tonight, however, because it’s a 180-page document that deserves to have more eyes take a look. It’s purpose was to make our current ordinance easier to understand, with any actual changes in the ordinance to occur in Phase 2. But even from the limited discussions I’ve heard while attending Zoning & Planning for other items like the demolition moratorium, it was clear there was pressure to let some potentially substantive changes get through in the process of trying to clean up inconsistencies. Alderman Baker was particularly vigilant that this not happen without discussion. How these instances were resolved is noted in the Planning Department’s April 10 Memorandum included in the Agenda for tonight.

CornerLotIllust_ZRphase1draftCompared to the current ordinance, the ZR1 draft has many more illustrations such as a couple shown here, which will be a great improvement. Also helpful are the November 4, 2014 draft of the new Use Table, and a Look Up Table which tells you where to find a topic in the both the ZR1 draft and the current ordinance.

The Look Up Table was included in the Friday Packet three days ago, but I’m not sure how many people will have had a chance to take advantage of it, on our first nice spring weekend, just before April 15! And now, back to finishing up my taxes.