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Newton North will have interim principal next year

2015 March 25
by Village 14

This just in from David Fleishman, Newton’s Superintendent of Schools…

Dear North Community,

Over the past several weeks, it has been a great pleasure working with a range of stakeholders on the Newton North High School principal search.  The thoughtful questions and scenarios that were posed to the finalist candidates by students, faculty, administrators and parents demonstrated that Newton North has a highly knowledgeable, engaged and committed community.  I am also very appreciative of the Selection Advisory Committee who invested tremendous energy and care interviewing candidates and providing me with feedback.

Last week, Newton North was privileged to host two excellent school administrators who have contributed much to public education and will make an even greater impact in the future.  I am grateful to both Geoff Walker and Bill Klements for the thought, care, and intelligence they demonstrated during the past few weeks.  The search process was a rigorous one and they deserve great credit for making it to the finalist stage.

After a thorough review and a careful examination of the needs of the school, I have decided to appoint an interim principal for the 2015-16 school year.  In the next several weeks, we will examine our options for an interim principal and an announcement will be made after the April vacation.

I want to thank those of you who provided such valuable feedback throughout the search process.  I will keep you informed as we proceed with next steps.


David A. Fleishman
Superintendent of Schools

El Cero Fresco

2015 March 25
by Greg Reibman

unoUno Fresco, which just opened in November on Needham Street near TJ Max posted this sign on its doors this week. Eater Boston reports all three of the chain’s spin-off restaurants have closed.

Cabot, Cabot and Forbes offers Newton $3M for infrastructure and affordable housing to build Wells Ave project

2015 March 24
by Village 14

The developer whose permit to build a four-story, mixed-use, 334-unit rental apartment complex at 135 Wells Ave. was denied by Aldermen and could be headed for litigation is offering $3 million in incentives to move forward with the project, The TAB’s Jim Morrison reports.

[Cabot Cabot and Forbes] offer includes $1 million to redesign and rebuild the intersection of Wells Avenue and Nahanton Street, $1 million for the Board of Aldermen to spend on affordable housing in Newton at its discretion, participation in new Wells Avenue commercial development to include $750,000 for infrastructure and traffic improvements, the operation of a shuttle service for the development, and other, smaller payments to the city.

Legendary Locals of Newton Book Launch: April 29

2015 March 24

legondary locals

Save the date!!

Please join me and some of Newton’s legends in celebrating the release of Legendary Locals of Newton on Wednesday, April 29 at Newtonville Books at 7 p.m.

Who will be Newton’s next police chief?

2015 March 24
by Jerry Reilly

MintzCurrent Newton police chief Howard Mintz was appointed two years ago, first as interim chief, and later as permanent chief in the aftermath of a lot of turmoil in the city’s police department.

Back in 2012, in a very tumultuous year for the department, former chief Matthew Cummings was fired after accusations of “boorish behavior” towards female employees, the ex-chief’s secretary was accused of larceny and fired.  She claimed the accusation was retaliation for read more…

Lynne LeBlanc running for Ward 2 Councilor at Large (or for now, Alderman at Large)

2015 March 23
by Julia Malakie

Lynne LeBlanc headshot

Good news for those of us who like contested elections. Newtonville resident Lynne LeBlanc has announced her candidacy for Councilor at Large (or I guess Alderman at Large until the state approves the home rule petition?) from Ward 2.

Here’s an excerpt from her announcement:

LeBlanc decided to get into the race out of a concern for Newton’s future. “As a first-rung suburb of Boston, Newton faces significant challenges as well as opportunities. The growth of Newton is inevitable but we must ask whether that growth will be at the expense of our city’s unique character with its distinct thirteen villages. There are those who would like to see Newton urbanize into something else, but I would like to see us maintain a commitment to our moniker, ‘the Garden City.’”

Another impetus for LeBlanc’s entry into the race is a commitment to transparency and accountability. “There is an impression among many that too often decisions are being made to benefit not the greater good, but rather to serve the interests of a select group of influential residents and insiders—particularly related to development. New faces, new voices, and new City Councilors from all walks of life can keep our city from being entrenched in ‘business-as-usual’ politics.”

You can read the complete announcement here. She tells me her website will be live later this week.

What do you know about Lynne? What do you want to hear from her? What are the issues you care about in this race (in which all of Newton can vote).

Real Property Reuse committee to discuss 70 Crescent Street & 1294 Centre Street

2015 March 23
by Village 14

Alderman Amy Sangiolo summed up the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting in a recent email to constituents…

The Real Property Reuse Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. in Room 211 at Newton City Hall.  They will be discussing the Joint Advisory Planning Group and Planning Department recommendations for both the 70 Crescent Street and 1294 Centre Street (also here and here) proposals.  In addition, the Committee will hear and discuss a proposal to reverse it’s decision to surplus the property at 70 Crescent Street and establish a memorial park at that location.  The proposal, developed by the Crescent Street  has been spearheaded by Alderman Jim Cote from Ward 3 and joined by Alds. Harney, Brousal-Glaser, Norton, and Sangiolo.  More complete documentation is available online for 70 Crescent Street  and 1294 Centre Street.

Mozart’s Requiem at First Unitarian Society–Sunday, March 22

2015 March 21
by Bruce Henderson

So Mozart didn’t write his Requiem Mass in D Minor all by himself.  Its completion by others is a story of intrigue and deception.  You can hear the magnificent result on Music Sunday at the First Unitarian Society in Newton, 1326 Washington Street, this Sunday, March 22 at 10:15AM.  It will be performed by a combination of the choirs from three UU congregations (Dedham, Needham, and Newton) with orchestra and professional soloists.  The same event was presented last Sunday in Dedham, with this review:  “A really amazing and moving performance.”  Admission is free, with donations accepted.

Theater coming to City Hall

2015 March 21
by Jerry Reilly

ImaginaryInvalidI’ve been so relentlessly promoting Newton Nomadic Theater productions on Village 14 in recent months, that you’re excused if you didn’t know that there is also another new theater in town – The New Theatre Company  (NTC).

Tickets just went on sale for the NTC’s production of Imaginary Invalid – a modern and hilarious translation of Moliere’s brilliant satire of the medical profession on Saturday May 2, at 2 PM in the War Memorial Auditorium in City Hall.

This special performance will be one of the first events in the city’s month long Newton Festival of the Arts.  It looks to be a great event.  In addition to the play, they will be plenty of music too.  Intermission entertainment will feature Newton based Americana band Waiting for Neil, and the Tripsters, a rock and roll band made up of TripAdvisor employees.

Click here for more information and to order tickets ($15)


Anyone for Spring Pizza?

2015 March 20
by Groot Gregory

pizzaJoin neighbors and soon to be new friends for the annual Hyde Pizza Social: a free community event, Saturday March 21st, from 6 pm to 7:30 p.m., at the Hyde Community Center, 90 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands. Two community groups, the Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council and the Hyde Community Center, worked together to plan this fun evening of pizza, family and friends.

While we will offer simple beverages, diners may prefer to bring their favorite beverage and/or salad.

Pizza will be provided by O’Hara’s, Highlands House of Pizza, Four Corner Pizza, Raviolis. Your choice of cheese, cheese or cheese pizza!

For more information contact John Rice at or 617-201-7088

Now That the Snow is (Slowly) Receding, How About Those Potholes?

2015 March 18
by Doug Haslam

I thought I would start a new thread devoid of snow woe that focused more on the aftermath. Specifically, potholes, but also any other residual (residentual?) issues that are appearing as the white stuff vanishes (though not quickly enough for our baseball and softball players).

I have seen lots of potholes on Washington and even worse ones on Centre St down the hill into Newton Corner- I have also noticed that some huge holes on Jefferson St have been filled, so obviously the repairs have started. How are things in your village?

Parking benefits forum on April 23 – save the date

2015 March 17
by Adam Peller
Parking signOne of the bigger challenges in Newton’s older village centers, parking is also key to village vitality.  Learn how we can use our parking resources more wisely while making the best use of the proceeds with Parking Benefit Districts

A library forum on April 23 will explain some of the cutting-edge ideas used in cities across America to unlock the potential of public, on-street parking by using the marketplace to set pricing (called “dynamic pricing”), ensuring optimal space vacancy rates while returning funds to the business district.
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