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Welcome to Village14.com, Newton’s virtual village.

Sean Roche of the Newton Streets & Sidewalks Blog and I started this site about one week ago but we’re just beginning to tells folk about it. We hope you will help us spread the news.

And who is Greg Reibman? I’m a Newton Highlands resident and dad who spent a decade as the publisher/editor in chief of the Newton TAB and Wicked Local Newton and held a larger role as vice president of content at GateHouse Media New England. I also started and co-hosted the world famous Newton TAB Blog, which remains the place to talk about all things Newton.

The first question I’m usually asked is: “Am I trying to compete with the TAB by starting a new blog?” No way. I  have tremendous respect for my former colleagues and friends at Wicked Local and look forward to following their journalism. But blogging is in my blood — and so is Newton — and I just felt I needed a place to keep expressing my passion for this city and staying connected to my  inner-wiseguy.   In other words, this is not my new job: it’s a new hobby. (Unlike the Newton TAB, we have no plans to have ads here, with the possible exception of some remnant stuff that the fellow who is hosting this site for us is more than welcome to post if it will help him buy the occasional gallon of gas.)

Over time, we will add some additional guest blog hosts, including Chuck Tanowitz who many years ago founded the great (now defunct) Garden City community blog.

And what’s the topic here? Newton. Pretty much. We’ll see how it goes, how people respond and how much time we have. For now, bookmark this site, then click “comments” and say hey.  In addition to everything else it will make it easier when you want to comment elsewhere since everyone’s first comment is held for moderation.

See you around the villages.

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  1. Steve Siegel permalink
    December 1, 2011 11:38 AM

    Congratulations to Greg and his lineup of bloggers, whoever you are, for getting village 14 started. My, this place has remarkably familiar appearance and functionality. But what about avatars? Now that’ll make this place will seem really legit!

  2. Steve Siegel permalink
    December 1, 2011 11:39 AM

    Hey, there’s the avatar. OK, total legitimacy has been achieved.

  3. December 7, 2011 10:23 AM

    Greg, congrats on the new blog! Please let us know if Newton-Wellesley can help contribute in any way.

  4. Jan permalink
    December 8, 2011 11:54 AM

    Great idea! Nothing wrong with competing with the Tab Blog, btw. The more the merrier!

  5. December 12, 2011 11:16 AM

    Sounds great. I need to catch up on what’s happening in my personal favorite town I never lived in.

  6. Marya Van't Hul permalink
    March 14, 2013 05:19 PM

    Hi Greg,

    I don’t know if you will see this comment, but I don’t see an email address on the site. I wonder if you would put OurNewton.org on your blogroll? We are a volunteer-run site listing (mostly nonprofit) events in Newton–concerts, lectures, walks, and much more (including Chamber events!).

    Thank you.

  7. March 14, 2013 05:59 PM

    Done! Of course it would be nice to see a link to Village14.org on your site too! We’re all volunteer too

  8. Marya Van't Hul permalink
    March 15, 2013 07:43 PM

    Thank you! Hmm… OurNewton doesn’t have a blogroll; perhaps it should! I will suggest it.

  9. March 16, 2013 10:09 AM

    Done! Link appears on the OurNewton.org home page just below “Find Event Type.” I used the orange logo from Twitter. Let me know if you prefer something else.

    If you or other readers would like to submit news to OurNewton.org, email us at announcement@ournewton.org. Thanks.

  10. Bip Roberts permalink
    July 4, 2013 03:59 PM

    I would like to learn more about the West Newton neighborhood surrounding Parementer Road.. From what I can tell there are none of those cement border markers demarcating the city line like you see in other areas… Do any of houses straddle the Waltham line? Does this cause issues about what town to send the kid to school?

  11. Ted Hess-Mahan permalink
    July 4, 2013 04:29 PM

    @Bip Roberts, the answer to your questions are yes and yes. Parmenter Rd becomes Waltham just north of Dana Road and there are at least two houses on the assessors database that are split between Newton and Waltham. The properties have Waltham addresses but are taxed by both Newton and Waltham. I am not sure how the schools do it now, but I was told by someone living in the neighborhood that it depended on whether more of the property whether it was a Newton or a Waltham address. Someone else told me it depended on where your child’s bedroom was (which I kind of doubt since you could put a bed in the dining room in Newton and call it a bedroom).

  12. Bip Roberts permalink
    July 4, 2013 05:36 PM

    Thanks for the response, Ted. I find it fascinating how one neighborhood can lie in two different municipalities. The “bedroom” rule may not be as far-fetched as you may think – there is a neighborhood of North Cambridge and Somerville with similar attributes, and a Globe article a few years back said they actually sent inspectors to check out where the bedrooms were.

  13. Ted Hess-Mahan permalink
    July 5, 2013 07:00 AM

    Bip, if you look at the historic maps of Newton on the city’s website, you will see that at least until 1848, the neighborhood was part of Newton and the border with Waltham was defined by the Charles River. I believe that in 1849, Newton sold 600 acres south of the Charles River to Waltham for $1000 (known as “Southside” or the “Chemistry District”). The border runs diagonally through the neighborhood without regard to streets or property lines, so you have a number of properties that are located in both municipalities.

    I will try to find out about the NPS policy on which public schools border residents can attend, but I am pretty sure it is the legal address that determines where your child goes to school.

  14. Julia Malakie permalink
    July 5, 2013 02:30 PM

    Marya, way to revive a thread!

    Bip, nice to hear from you again. We can’t lose someone named Bip! I hope you are wrong about not being able to live in Newton. There’s a lot to be said for non-updated houses, at least some of them.

    The border history is really interesting. It reminds me of an article I read about, forget which state, Maine, NH or Vt, where the US/Canada border went through a building. I think it may have been the town library? I wonder if there are more cases like that.

  15. July 5, 2013 03:48 PM

    Julia – The Library story is a great one. Here are more of the details: http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Canada,_U.S._to_tighten_security_between_'cross-border'_library

  16. Bip Roberts permalink
    July 8, 2013 06:16 PM

    A not so great border story which happened a decade ago…

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/795053/posts

  17. Joshua Norman permalink
    July 8, 2013 07:15 PM

    Bip, are you any relation to Bip Roberts the retired baseball player?
    http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2013/06/07/mlb-analyst-bip-roberts-discusses-as-early-success/

  18. Bip Roberts permalink
    July 9, 2013 07:25 AM

    no, but you discovered the origin of my handle!

  19. October 24, 2013 10:23 AM

    Hi Sean and Greg! It’s Nick at Movoto. Today, we released a study which ranked the top suburbs of America. According to our data crunching, Newton, Massachusetts was in the Top 10 based on the following desirable factors:

    -Amenities

    -Cost of Living

    -Crime

    -Education

    -Employment

    Here’s the complete report: http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/best-suburban-cities-in-america/

    Feel free to use any charts if you’d like.

    Take care,

    Nick

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