Fran Azzarto, Barbara Brousal-Glaser, Maria Manning and Jeanne Marrazzo met again last night for the Ward 3 Democratic City Committee’s forum. (At the Senior Center in Ward 2; I hope someday we’ll have the Allen House as a Ward 3 venue for this type of event!)
Great questions, interesting answers, some surprising, and a fair amount of humor. Although oddly, no budget or tax questions. I hope you’ll be able to listen here. Would have had this audio up 24 hours ago, but yourlisten.com was inexplicably not working; now it magically is. I did not see any video cameras. Where was NewTV?
Note: these audios don’t seem to play on smartphones or tablets; you need to be on a real computer – sorry.
Gracia Leydon Mahoney, a recent Newton North graduate, finished fourth in the women’s 3-meter springboard contest Monday at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. Here’s the TAB story and the Herald’s story.
You can watch the full event here (you can see one of Leydon Mahoney’s dives at about the 53:00 mark)…
and here’s a recent story that aired on Channel 4
The new lights provide a “truer” color than the old High Pressure Sodium lights, greatly assisting visibility and enhancing public safety. In addition, the new LED lights are more trained which better illuminates the roadway and casts less of a glare into homes. Individual concerns about specific fixtures and light intrusion can usually be addressed with a minor adjustment.
But who is possibly going to want to live in those places and be able to afford the rents?
One answer is: Tech workers.
Or so this survey in the Boston Business Journal suggests.
In her latest op-ed column in the TAB, Austin Street development opponent Kathleen Kouril Grieser announced that the (still mysterious) anti-development citizens group Newton Villages Alliance has just created an on-line poll “to clarify how Newtonville envisions Austin Street, going forward.”
This new survey follows an often-cited poll conducted by the Newtonville Area Council in February, which Kouril Grieser dismisses because it had “bias built into survey questions,” as well as the city’s own Austin Street Dotmocracy .
And, of course, this blog, and the TAB Blog have used online polls for years in Newton about everything from school naming rights to what someone’s day job is to killing bears to this musical show down .
I’ve never suggested taking our online blogs seriously. And certainly anyone who has compared the results of Village 14′s various election-related polls knows that they are far from true barometers of anything except perhaps which campaign has (a) the most time on its hands and (b) knows the most about clearing cookies. (Although this one proved to be spot on!)
So how seriously should we take these things? Naturally, we’ve created a poll to find out!
Here’s a somewhat entertaining debate between the two Democrats — Marilyn Petitto Devaney and Charlie Shapiro — seeking their party’s nomination for the Governor’s Council on Sept. 9.
But perhaps in response to all the recent development developments — as well as the recently formed citizens’ group Newton Villages Alliance (which says its about “Preserving the Character and Scale of the Garden City”) — Newton Villages has just relaunched its website.
When we returned from vacation at the end of July, the LED street lights we found in our Auburndale neighborhood were a huge disappointment. The new LED bulbs emit an extremely harsh, glaring bluish light that intrudes into our house. The lighting that reaches the ground seems several times brighter than the old street lamps, much brighter than is needed at night. The glare washes out the sky. When I went outside on a night with a few clouds, I could see only a handful of stars and the moon looked dim in comparison with the glaring streetlights.
….This is not just a problem of appearance. The body’s daily rhythm of alertness and rest depend on receptors in the eye that respond to blue light. As the sun rises higher in the sky, the fraction of blue light increases and we become more alert; as the sun sinks low, the fraction of blue light drops and we get ready for sleep. Too much blue light at the wrong time can disrupt some people’s sleeps. Animals have a similar sensory response, so bright bluish streetlights will disrupt their diurnal rhythms. Bright night lighting can also affect plants.