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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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Marathon commemorative event Friday in Newton

2014 April 14
by Village 14

This Friday, Mayor Warren will host “Newton Remembers,” a special ceremony to remember the victims of last year’s tragic bombings. It will include readings from local clergy, and  the planting of daffodils as part “Marathon Daffodils,” where volunteers are planting daffodils throughout the  entire marathon route as a symbol of strength and solidarity. The ceremony will be held this Friday, April 18  at 5:15 p.m. in front of the Jonny Kelly statue, at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Walnut Street in
Newton.

In addition, on Saturday, April 19th at 11:30am, just prior to the annual Heartbreak Hill Road Race and Walk  the community is invited to join us outside City Hall for a special performance by Reverse Order, a nationally  touring band and semi-finalist for season 7 of “America’s Got Talent.” Reverse Order will be performing their  song “Our City” in tribute to the victims of last year’s tragedy.

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Should aldermen ‘forgive’ Oak Hill homeowner or make him remove retaining wall?

2014 April 13
by Greg Reibman

Ellen Ishkanian has a story in the Globe today about the Lovett Road homeowner who built an elaborate retaining wall in his year without obtaining the required special permit and engineering approval from the city.

Inspectional Services Commissioner John Lojek says it’s a problem that happens repeatedly across the city.

“I think a lot of people think it’s easier to build first, apologize, and then get permission, but the aldermen have a say in that, and they don’t have to give forgiveness.”

Should the aldermen make the owner remove the wall? Vote in our poll and discuss in the comments section.

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Ligerbots at BU

2014 April 11
by Chuck Tanowitz

PrintNewton’s FIRST Robotics team today goes into day two of the New England District Championships at Boston University. The Ligerbots, a team of students from both Newton high schools entered the competition ranked 8th in New England.

You can watch all the matches online (check out the schedule), or you can make the trip down Comm Ave to take a look for yourself. Today is a series of round robin competitions with a few more on Saturday. Then, on Saturday afternoon the competition starts elimination rounds. If the Ligerbots do well enough in through all their matches yesterday, today and tomorrow, they’d end up in the elimination rounds.

The game itself is a combination of soccer and basketball played with an “alliance” of three robots. During the round robins the teams are random, almost like a pickup basketball game. At the elimination stage an alliance remains consistent for the remainder of the competition.

They went very far in both previous competitions. At WPI they finished on the first alliance and at the Northeastern competition they were on the alliance that came in second.

The team is number 2877, so if you’re looking for them on any of the FIRST websites you’ll have to search for the number itself.

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Nasir Khan, husband of State Rep. Kay Khan, has passed away

2014 April 10
by Greg Reibman

I didn’t realize this when I posted the item below but am sad to report that Nasir Khan, husband of State Rep. Kay Khan has passed away last night.  We will add details as we know them.

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Khan: Auburndale MBTA station moving towards becoming fully accessible

2014 April 10
by Greg Reibman

State Rep Kay Khan, D-Newton says the MBTA has committed to completing design work on a fully accessible Auburndale commuter rail station.The Auburndale station is one of three in Newton that are not handicap accessible. Wicked Local has more.

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Citizen send-off for Bob Rooney

2014 April 4
by Jerry Reilly

bob rooneyBob Rooney, the City of Newton’s Chief Operating Officer’s, last day on the job is this Friday.  Mr Rooney has served as COO for the last five years and before that he was Commissioner of Public Works for eight years.  Over all those years he’s been involved in one way or another with nearly every project in Newton.

As you can see from the many comments read more…

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Newton Tab challenging city on Open Meeting Law

2014 April 9
by Jerry Reilly

In an editorial in today’s Newton Tab, the newspaper announced that they are formally challenging the city’s interpretation of the Open Meeting Law with the Attorney General’s Office.

Since 2010 as part of the budget process, every year the mayor invites all of the aldermen to attend closed-door briefings about the proposed budget.   Rather than a single meeting with all 24 aldermen, it is broken up into a series of smaller meetings, each with fewer than a quorum of aldermen.

In general, the Open Meeting Law is intended to read more…

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Take the long way home

2014 April 9
by Jerry Reilly

BrucesGateIt was a sad way to start this beautiful morning.  Like every other morning, my daughter and I walked up High St then up a neighbor’s driveway to get to the shortcut to the school bus stop.  We ran headlong into a makeshift barricade and a construction guy made clear that there would be no more cutting through the property by the neighbors.

Bruce Marcy, the former owner of the house, had welcomed everyone to use the shortcut for many years.  Bruce was an Upper Falls old-timer who grew up in the house.  His father had cut the hole in the Emerson Playground’s chain link fence many many years ago when it was first erected and ever since the whole neighborhood used it as their shortcut to the playground with read more…

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