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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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Effective Jan. 1, Newton will no longer have too many aldermen

2015 March 16
by Greg Reibman

design_1If you own a lawn sign business or are among those who favored changing to a more gender neutral title, you’ll be happy to know that Newton’s Board of Aldermen voted 19-5 Monday to assume the name City Council starting Jan. 1.

Opposing the change were City Councilmen candidates Gentile, Ciccone, Baker, Danberg and Albright.


Setti Warren’s State of the City: ‘We have to think big’

2015 March 17
by Greg Reibman

Newton Mayor Setti Warren’s State of the City speech last night was built on the theme of thinking big and thinking long term.

…. we have to think big, not just about making the right decisions for today’s citizens, but for those that come after us, 20 to 30 years from now. To do this we must be responsible stewards of our finances, infrastructure, environment, education, and public safety

Aldermen could turn into City Councillors tonight*

2015 March 16
by Greg Reibman

No this isn’t some sort of werewolf thing.  Rather, Newton’s Board of Aldermen are scheduled to take up Alderman Emily Norton’s proposal to adopt the more gender-neutral title City Councillor tonight.*

Since the item was originally proposed it has been expanded to include changing School Committeeman to School Committee Member and Chairman to Chair.

*Technically, I believe the change if approved, would need to be approved by the State Legislature as well because, well, this is Massachusetts.

NewTV’s Annual Meeting Wednesday March 18

2015 March 16
by Jessica Leff

NewTV’s 24th Annual Membership Meeting will be held this Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00pm at our studio on 23 Needham Street in Newton. The evening will include an annual report, refreshments, and the election of two nominees to the NewTV Board of Directors; one seat for a two-year term and the other for a one-year term. Ballots will be distributed to read more…

Theater, movies, music, stories, and more theater

2015 March 15
by Jerry Reilly

WindingStreamTonight is the closing night’s performance of the Newton Nomadic Theater’s acclaimed production of The Turn of The Screw at Dunn Gaherin’s Pub in Upper Falls.  At the moment, there are still a few tickets left.   Doors open at 6:30, show at 7:30.  Complementary hors d’oeuvres for the guests, courtesy of our good friends at Better Life Foods and Dunn Gaherins.

Though Turn of The Screw is coming to the end of its run, the Newton Nomadic Theater is on a roll, with a full calendar of events taking shape.

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Two finalists named for principal job at Newton North.

2015 March 13
by Village 14

This from David Fleishman…

Dear Newton North Families,

I am writing to announce the finalists for the principal position at Newton North. The process is moving forward in a timely manner, and we are hopeful that North will have a new principal within the next couple of weeks.

In recent weeks, the Selection Advisory Committee, consisting of teachers, parents, students and administrators, worked thoroughly to review resumes, interview candidates and select semi-finalists. Earlier this week, each of the semi-finalists visited classrooms at Newton South, where they were asked to share their observations and reflections on a range of educational and leadership issues and scenarios.

We have two finalists who are read more…

Now you see it. Now you don’t

2015 March 13
by Greg Reibman

The vacant warehouse located behind Marshalls in Upper Falls that collapsed from snow on March 4 has been demolished.