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If you see one play this year, this is it

2014 September 30

AdWhen we first decided to start the Newton Nomadic Theater I imagined that we would put on our first play, if we were lucky it would be pretty good.  The next one would be a bit better.  Over time we’d hit our stride and the productions would get even better.

Three luminous performances are at the heart of this elegant production. It was a pleasure to experience this powerful and strangely haunting play in an intimate setting right here in Newton. Theatre at its best is cleanly staged, excellently acted and touches themes that have you thinking and talking about the experience days later. NNT’s innaugural production hits all those marks. If the concepts of sophisticated theatre and Newton don’t naturally go together in your mind, then see this show and be moved by the talent and excellence that is right here in our community.” – Jennifer London

At the opening night performance I saw the entire play for the first time and was completely and totally gripped and moved by the performances – so far beyond what I imagined.  At first I thought it was just me – hardly an objective observer.  When intermission came I suddenly realized that the entire audience was as struck by the whole experience as I was.   All three performances are the equal of anything else you will see at any theater in greater Boston.

Since then I’ve heard from many people who were at one of last week’s performances and the story was the same.  They came with modest expectations and they were blown away instead.

Faith Healer will run for two more weekends and we need to pack those houses.  This weekend at Gregorian Rugs we will create a theater in the middle of their showroom.  The following weekend it will close at the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre.  Order your tickets now at and help launch Newton’s newest theater.

Next up we plan to present a community “story slam” event probably sometime in November.

p.s. My apologies for these multiple postings about the theater and its production … but that’s what happens when you give me the keys to the Village14 kingdom.  If I’m passionate, and I am about this, you can’t shut me up.

40B project considered for St. Philip Neri site in Waban

2014 September 30
by Greg Reibman

The Waban Area Council met with the developer of the St. Philip Neri site earlier this month. You can read their report of the meeting on the area council’s website (scroll down).


Globe ending regional Thursday section, redesigning Sunday Globe West

2014 September 30
by Greg Reibman

This was sent to Boston Globe subscribers  today

Your regional Sunday news has gotten a makeover.

Dear Globe reader,

We’re excited to announce that coming this Sunday, October 5, The Boston Globe is introducing new and more robust regional sections. We’ve completely redesigned Globe West, Globe South, and Globe North to focus more than ever on providing you with in-depth local news coverage as well as getting you the stories from your community that will inspire you, entertain you, and get you talking. These new sections will combine content from our previous Thursday and Sunday sections so you have one weekly go-to guide for your community. Please note that this week will be the final Thursday zoned issue but read more…

Rox Cafe has closed

2014 September 30
by Groot Gregory

Rox CafeIt seems that the Rox Cafe in Newton Highlands has closed. This was my Tuesday night hangout for dinner at the bar along with several other regular patrons. Many knew that this was a challenging location.

Baker’s Best was a draw to the village and we all had hoped to see the Rox fill the void. I wonder what will next take this space on Lincoln Street?

The Charles River Ferry

2014 September 29
by Jerry Reilly

061311Ferry8jmThis Sunday’s Boston Globe featured a column by Yvonne Abraham about the Lynn Ferry.  It just started this past year.  It’s been widely successful with the customers.  It’s spurring economic development and increasing property values.

Not knowing a damn thing about this, it would seem to me that a ferry service from Watertown Square (just below the dam) to the Science Museum/MGH, with stops at possibly Harvard Square and Kendall Square would be a wonderful, and practical addition to our local transportation system.  The new infrastructure to support a ferry should be fairly simple and modestly priced – a few boats, a few simple small docks.

Since I really don’t know a damn thing of which I speak, your job is to explain why that’s not in any way a practical plan  …. or who knows, maybe it is.

NewTV Fall Specialty Classes

2014 September 29

This fall, NewTV has added a number of new courses on various media-related topics taught by experts in their fields. Melanie Graham, Digital Content and Social Media Producer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will teach two courses on social media. An introduction to digital photography workshop and a class on SmartPhoneography will be taught by a freelance commercial photographer and adjunct faculty member from Montserrat College of Art, Vanessa Ruiz. Plus, there will be a workshop on documentary filmmaking taught by Margo Guernsey, the founder and executive producer at Time Travel Productions LLC and senior producer at McElroy Films LLC.

The first social media class will be geared towards read more…

Newton Nomadic Theater is brilliant

2014 September 28
by Sallee Lipshutz

In a Carriage House in Newton Upper Falls decorated with minimal staging, I sat, prepared to be underwhelmed, waiting for an amateur production of a new theater company.

That never happened.

Instead, I was witness to the birth and premiere production of Newton’s newest and, for my money, finest theater company, The Newton Nomadic Theater.

This first production, Faith Healer, by Brian Friel, is an orgasmic confluence of jaw-dropping acting and directing in a bare-bones insightful production of a rarely offered author’s spellbinding Irish story-telling!

The playwright, Brian Friel, who wrote this play in the late 1970’s, was influenced by Pirandello, another playwright who spun tales in the theater in non-ordinary form. Friel’s writing is strong of tongue, yet weaves an intricate and fine cloth with not a dropped stitch. The faith in Faith Healer resides in the three characters of the play who view the world in which they move through separate kaleidoscopes. read more…

Leadership on Transportation in Newton

2014 September 27
by Nathan Phillips

A comment on the record-breaking Zervas V14 post exemplifies Newton’s car culture: “Parking spaces are given to important people.” It’s true. Standard practice in Newton’s public schools and municipal buildings is to reserve “first class” parking spaces for the ‘important’ people. That is, with one significant exception.
I was reminded recently that, after assuming office, Mayor Warren took down the Mayor’s reserved parking spot. What a meaningful gesture of real leadership by a public servant.

Mayor’s office responds to Aldermen’s questions about Zervas School expansion project

2014 September 26
by Greg Reibman

At risk of stealing the momentum from Bob Burke’s 225-plus comment thread about the Zervas School project, I’m going to start a new one.

Today, Maureen Lemieux, Mayor Warren’ s Chief of Staff/Chief Financial Officer distributed this document to the Board of Aldermen in response to questions regarding the acquisition of the three residential properties that abut the Zervas Elementary School site.

Read it and, need I tell you that you should feel welcome to discuss it?


Alderman to constituent: ‘You sound like such a jerk!’

2014 September 26
by Greg Reibman

After reading about Alderman Emily Norton’s proposal to change the city charter to include the term “alderwomen,”  in the Globe Thursday, former alderman and Newton resident John Stewart sent the following email to members of the board yesterday…

I can’t believe you people are spending time on such silliness — but I guess you need some justification for demolition moratoria and inaction on the unchecked proliferation of pot holes.

Pls wake us up when you’ve solved the name problem.

John Stewart

In response, Alderman At Large Greg Schwartz shot back with the following reply to Stewart and cc’d all of his colleagues…

Wow.  You sound like such a jerk!




What should we call Newton’s legislators ?

2014 September 26
by Greg Reibwoman

Newton Alderman Emily Norton is proposing changing the city’s charter to include the term “alderwoman,” The TAB and  The Globe report. What do you think?

Keltic Krust: Hello, we must be going

2014 September 24
by Chuck Tanowitz

2014-09-21 06.41.29Keltic Krust has closed its doors after more than 20 years in West Newton. While the bakery and cafe won’t be on the corner, it’s not moving too far away, as it’s now available online.

In a blog post dated August 30, Christopher Rice writes:

After over 20 years, the Keltic Krust is saying goodbye to West Newton. We will miss all of you wonderful customers very much. But we plan to carry on the Keltic Krust name in a 2014-09-21 06.40.52new venture, and hope to have our Irish breads, scones, teas and other treats available soon online, at local farmers markets, and at local specialty stores.

The Rice family bought the bakery in 2009 from the Irish family that opened it. Given the current farmer’s market right on Elm Street most Saturdays, it appears that people won’t have to go too far to get the baked goods.

A new venture is apparently moving in: Judith’s Kitchen. According to the post and to the sign on the door, Judith’s Kitchen will focus on prepared meals to go. Of course, you can always get a different kind of meal at Blue Ribbon, right next door, and then work off the calories at the Boston Sports Club, just a few doors down.