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No Northland vote tonight

The Newton City Concil will be discussing but is not expected to vote this evening on the Northland vote, Council President Marc Laredo announced tonight.  A vote is now expected on Dec. 2  

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Got Lots of Big, Bulky Trash?

City Council will vote to increase Bulky Waste/White Goods Fees - TONIGHT: Both the Public Facilities Committee and the Finance Committee approved an increase in the Bulky Waste/White Goods fee and the item is scheduled to be voted on TONIGHT. The fee would increase to $25 per item. Free drop-off will be maintained except for TVs and computer monitors. According to...

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Boston College concern trolls on Webster Woods

Boston College concern trolls on Webster Woods

From a reader, we received a copy of the most recent letter from Boston College to its neighbors. The full text of the letter, below. It amounts to a factually sketchy warning that your elected representatives don't have your best interests in mind. BC, however, does. Basically, Vice President for Governmental and Community Affairs Thomas J. Keady, Jr. devotes the...

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BC launches resident lobbying effort on Hammond Woods

Dan Foley just sent us this: I just received the attached in the mail. It’s a letter from Boston College’s VP of Governmental and Community Affairs regarding the City of Newton’s “ill-advised and expensive eminent domain proposal.” It was addressed to “The Foley Residence.” I wonder how much they paid for a list of Newton residents, plus the postage. The letter...

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A First for Newton:  Ward 2 School Committee Member Margaret Albright Receives MASC Lifetime Achievement Award!

A First for Newton: Ward 2 School Committee Member Margaret Albright Receives MASC Lifetime Achievement Award!

The Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC/MASS) has awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to Ward 2 School Committee Member Margaret Albright. She is the first-ever Newton School Committee member to receive this honor since it was first awarded in 1998. “Lifetime Achievement is a designation established to honor individuals who, through their service...

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At Stake: The Emotional Well-Being of Our Children

Mitch Lyons, Coordinator for the Social Emotional Learning Alliance of Newton (SEL4Newton) submitted the following Guest Post As was heard at the October 21st School Committee meeting where Newton’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey was unveiled, since 2012, with little variance, Newton North and Newton South High Schools have 80 students who will attempt suicide, about...

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Green Newton urges the City Council to approve Northland

Green Newton urges the City Council to approve Northland

      Green Newton wholeheartedly endorses the proposed Northland Newton Development and urges the Newton City Council to approve the project's rezoning and special permit when they vote on Monday evening at City Hall. Our Building Standards Committee first met the Northland Newton leadership in January. We asked them to build a landmark green...

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Newton’s Brand

For the past three years I fretted over Newton's brand. In my opinion, an area's brand is what can attract business, as much as its efforts around zoning and regulation. The problem is, Newton, from an economic perspective, has no real brand. When companies locate here they often hide it, choosing to post on their website that their office is in "Boston." Boston, in...

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Full Council votes on Northland project Monday night

Full Council votes on Northland project Monday night

The years long effort to secure city permitting for the very large Northland project in Upper Falls is all converging on a vote of the full  City Council on Monday night starting at 7 PM. Last week the council's Land Use Committee approved the project with 6 votes and two abstentions.  On Monday night the project will need 16 votes of the full 24 member City...

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Story of the Week – Noah Rivkin

Story of the Week – Noah Rivkin

The Newton Nomadic Theater regularly hosts nights of storytelling called the Nomad Story Slam.  From time to time I dive into the archive of 100’s of stories that have been told at the Nomad Story Slam over the last six years and pull out one of my favorites. At last March's event the theme was "comfort zone'. Noah Rivken, Mayor Fuller's Executive Aide, came and...

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Time for a Village14 party

Time for a Village14 party

Come one, come all, to the Bloggers Ball. On Monday Dec 9 Village14 will be hosting a long overdue party.  Starting at 7 PM until we run out of gas we'll be gathering at Paddy's Public House in West Newton.  They're setting aside the upstairs room for the occasion. Come bloggers, come commenters, come lurkers, come trolls, come friends of friends.  Everybody's...

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Ghost ship floats into the future

Ghost ship floats into the future

Six years ago I wrote this piece about the mysterious defunct Legion Barber Shop in Upper Falls.  The shop was shuttered in the 1990's and has remained untouched ever since.  Its even more amazing now, since six more years have passed, and still the ghostly barber shop looks like the barber walked out yesterday. The brick building that houses the Legion Barber Shop...

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