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Newton to ban anti-smoking devices?

2014 April 18
by Jerry Reilly

BluA bill to introduce further restrictions on retail sales of nicotine based products is wending it’s way through the aldermanic process.  I read about the proposed bill a while ago in the Newton Tab.   The bill has already been approved by the aldermen’s Program & Services Committee and is coming up for a vote by the full board this week on April 22.

Until I went into my local variety store yesterday, the bill sounded fine to me.  One detail that was not clear, at least to me, in coverage so far is that retailers that are legally read more…

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Neighbors fearful of medical marijuana facility in Newtonville

2014 April 18
by Village 14

The TAB’s Trevor Jones has the report from last night’s meeting.

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What’s a 40B? Find out May 1st!

2014 April 18
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by Sallee Lipshutz

Question:Why would the Waban Area Council want to sponsor a City-wide forum/panel discussion on the ins and outs of the process that developers may follow to produce multi-unit housing with affordable housing requirements in our city?  The answer depends on how well you can answer these questions:

1.)  Do you know what a “Regular 40B” is?

2.)  Do you know what a “Friendly 40B” is?

3.)  Do you know what a “Special Permit” is?

4.)  Do you know when you and other residents can have your say? read more…

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Hot Tip: Where to Get Hydrated Monday

2014 April 18
by Andreae Downs

The Marathon route will be littered with spots for runners to get oranges, cups of water and other hydration (and you’ll find the cups and rinds the next day…)

But spectators don’t get those goodies.

To quench the thirst of the cheering crowds, the MWRA will open a mobile water fountain–just bring your own container–at its Newton pump station on read more…

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Community Engagement Director Ana Gonzalez leaving Newton

2014 April 17
by Greg Reibman

Nearly two years after becoming Mayor Setti Warren’s Director of Community Engagement, Ana Gonzalez is moving with her family to Maryland. Her last day is tomorrow.

Gonzalez worked  for the City of Newton since 2003, first as the Outreach Worker for the Department of Senior Services and later as Community Social Worker for the Health and Human Services Department.

Gonzalez moved to Newton with her parents in 1971 from Bogota, Colombia in 1971 and is a Newton South graduate.

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Tour de Newton is back! (And happening on Father’s Day)

2014 April 17
by Greg Reibman

UpperFallsTourBadgeAfter battling with inclement weather last fall, the organizers of Tour de Newton have wisely decided to hold the second annual  Tour de Newton 20 mile bicycling a June event. Here’s the early details.   I’m sure Jerry Reilly will weigh in at some point with much more.

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Help the Ligerbots attend the FRC World Championships!

2014 April 16
by Bruce Henderson

ligerbotsThrough 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.

Usually the Ligerbots participate in only two events a year, but this year they 1) won the WPI District competition, 2) were on the 2nd-placed Alliance at the Northeastern District Competition, and then 3) entered the read more…

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Zervas abutter unhappy but willing to sell home for the good of the community

2014 April 15
by Greg Reibman

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…

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Movie Night at NewTV (Showcasing The Wizard of Oz): April 30, 6-9pm

2014 April 17
by Anastasia Bogomolov

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You’re invited to join Richard Berman, a Production Assistant at NewTV and a long time participant in the Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port, to a showing of the iconic The Wizard of Oz! Come enjoy food and refreshments (at 6pm) and watch the classic (movie starts at 7pm).

***All proceeds go to support Best Buddies and NewTV Internship Program.

For ticket and event information, please click here.

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April 15, 2014: Share your part of the story

2014 April 15
by Greg Reibman

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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.

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Acappelooza V tickets on sale now

2014 April 15
by Jerry Reilly

AcappeloozaWhen 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

 

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Meeting Thursday regarding proposed medical marijuana dispensary in Newtonville

2014 April 14
by Village 14
Garden Remedies, Inc. has been granted a provisional license by the State of Massachusetts to open a medical marijuana dispensary at 697 Washington Street in Newtonville. They have asked the Ward 2 Aldermen to call a meeting so they can share their plans for the dispensary with the community.  Dr. Karen Munkacy, the Chief Executive Officer of Garden Remedies, and members of her team will make a brief presentation and then will be available to answer questions.  We will also explain the special permit process needed to approve this project.
The meeting will be held on Thursday April 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club at 675 Watertown Street.

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