OK–infrastructure folks, gather round: Wednesday is your big day as the board will start to grapple with the Cabot School and Fire HQ/Station 3 financing. It will also review progress on Angier and Zervas. The report section will give you the most recent on the Carr update also.
But don’t stay home tonight: the Board meeting is preceded by a meeting on future uses of the Newton Centre branch library, aka health offices and 70 Crescent St, aka the parks & recreation back offices. Finance/tax wonks will want to read the Health Care Advisory Committee report.
For that matter, the water/sewer and stormwater presentations Wednesday have both financial (your rate dollars at work) and environmental (this is how we keep pollution in the pipes, not the river/lake) interest. The same bedfellows will enjoy reading the report on switching our streetlights over to LED–located in the Public Facilities report. The switch would also have safety benefits, since motorists will stand a better chance of seeing dog walkers, cyclists and other hazards to a dent-free finish on the SUV.
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Here’s one for those of us who are just returning after a long weekend and wondering if anything happened in Newton while we were away…
Newton South student editors at Denebola say the decision by Principal Joel Stembridge to cancel Powderpuff was a mistake that lead to the “recent lack of school spirit among the student body.”
Stembridge did not go about his decision in the correct manner. In fact, he himself admitted he wished the conditions had been different. But in getting rid of such a tradition, he created a gap between the read more…
Every year, for the last 16 years, MIT holds a big, boisterous, crazy event called the FAT Chain Reaction (FAT stands for Friday After Thanksgiving). Its a large scale, collaborative effort to build a giant Rube Goldberg style contraption. Teams of people design and build their own “chain reaction” in the weeks or months ahead of time. On the day of the event they all assemble them in an MIT gymnasium and each of these creations are hooked together into a single massive contraption that fills the entire gym. read more…
A TAB editorial today offers thanks for many things today about Newton (including “even Village14 for providing competition and keeping us in game shape”)
What are you thankful for about our community?
Okay, so more likely than not the proposal that could exclude homes straddling the Brookline town line from sending their children to Brookline schools is really more about keeping Boston residents out of Brookline schools than Newton.
Under current rules, anyone living on the town line in a home built before June 2005 can send their children to the town’s public schools.
But the concept –which reportedly sparked a pretty emotional debate last night — has me wondering: Does Newton have a similar policy? Can kids in homes abutting or sharing lots with us from, say, Boston, Waltham and, yes, Brookline, send their kids here?
Save your shopping for the Arts Stroll & Shop! Newton Cultural Alliance’s annual event is back for its third year of bringing Newton’s business and arts communities together to make your shopping merrier. This enchanting weekend is Friday, December 13 – Sunday, December 15 in Chestnut Hill (THE STREET), Newton Centre and West Newton. Save the dates!
To celebrate the Stroll‘s third year, it is expanding from a one-day one-village event to a three-day three-village event. Imagine visiting your local villages, which are all decked out for the winter, and shopping or eating while musicians entertain, carolers mark a strolling path, pop-up art galleries appear in empty storefronts, and more! Businesses will also offer specials, giveaways, free demos, and tastes of the season. It’s a wonderful weekend for our community!
Save the date for now and check out the Stroll‘s new website: www.ArtsStrollandShop.com for information. You can also like the Stroll on Facebook for updates. I’ll be back with highlights of each village, performance schedules, special events, and all sorts of general merriment!
If you are interested in participating, email me at kara (at) newtonculture.org.
Former alderman, former mayoral candidate and still NewTV host Ken Parker shared the news on his Facebook page today.
“Got sworn in as a lawyer today. Wow, Faneuil Hall is nice.”
It’s a safe bet that Matt Hills will be the next chair of the School Committee, given his role as vice chair for the last two years. But the vice chairperson is not so obvious. Along with Hills, the most experienced member is Margie Ross Decter. If experience is the only criterion, she’s the logical choice. But who will this School Committee get behind? I wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Diana Fisher Gomberg wants the job. Steve Siegel? Angela Pitter Wright? The other three members haven’t even been inaugurated yet. Geoff Epstein reports a three-way battle between Decter, Siegel and Gomberg. It could be very interesting.* Imagine a 3-3-2 or 4-4 vote where the mayor has to cast the deciding vote.
* By interesting, I mean if you are wonky enough to care about elections for vice president of School Committee!
Update: The incoming School Committee last night elected Matt Hills chair and Margie Ross Decter vice chair. Congratulations and good luck to both!
A Globe list of sports-related head injuries (story here)reports
1960 23 head injuries at Newton North but no data for Newton South. (A 2012 Globe reports listed South as having the largest number of fall sports head injuries in the state. Related Village 14 post here.)
Also, does anyone know why only some schools report middle school injuries?
The School Committee Monday has everything of interest to anyone paying taxes, raising kids, or just wanting to know when not to go on vacation next year:
- A vote on the 2014-15 calendar
- A comparison of budgeted vs. actual spending
- The Enrollment report, including projections and comparisons to surrounding communities (spoiler: we don’t have it so bad–look at Brookline)
- Budget guidelines for FY15
- Diversity in Hiring
- and an interesting proposal from Waltham Home Depot.
If you’re still obsessed with pot dispensing, or want to argue for a plan to fund improvements to conservation lands, go to Zoning. If you’d like to know more about a possible Residential Exemption, the numbers are now there. Otherwise, enjoy your latkes and turkey!