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Newton Knows – Who Knew

Newton Knows – Who Knew

          Newton Knows If you’ve ever wondered something about your hometown, here’s your opportunity to get answers. Newton Knows is a public-powered project designed to let the community contribute to and influence the stories the Newton Tab reports on. You ask, we answer. This article in the Wicked Local included the above. The article...

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Improvements for the Upper Falls Greenway in the works

Improvements for the Upper Falls Greenway in the works

The mayor's newsletter today just announced two new projects in the works that will improve the Upper Falls Greenway and surrounding area. The state's Massworks program just awarded a $396K grant to the city for the design and engineering for two different projects. 1. At the moment, the Upper Falls Greenway ends at National Lumber.  If you continue from there, you...

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CFRD files OCPF complaint

Newton, Mass. – The Committee for Responsible Development, a ballot question committee organized to run the referendum campaign against the massive Northland Needham Street plan, issued the following statement today: The Committee for Responsible Development filed a complaint with the Office of Campaign and Political Finance (OCPF) regarding Mayor Ruthanne Fuller’s...

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Who knew? The link between Seinfeld’s ‘low talker’ and Johnny’s Luncheonette

Who knew? The link between Seinfeld’s ‘low talker’ and Johnny’s Luncheonette

File this one under: Learn something new every day. From an interview with Karen Masterson, owner of Johnny's Luncheonette in the Heights, the Boston College news site: Karen’s sister, Wendel Meldrum, played the Low Talker on Seinfeld, a character memorable for her extremely quiet voice. Karen said Seinfeld’s infamous diner, where countless scenes are shot, is part...

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Help set the city’s transportation agenda

I just received the following email from City Councilor Chris Markiewicz.  This is an interesting (and unusual?) idea for a City Council Committee meeting - i.e. solicit general public input on the committee's long term agenda   The Public Safety and Transportation Committee, which is one of the committees I serve on as a city councilor, will hold a public meeting...

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Voting, Northland and the future of Newton

Voting, Northland and the future of Newton

Over at the Boston Globe, Jon Chesto took a deep dive into the Northland referendum and came up with the basic idea that this vote has grand implications for the future of our city.  If you're like me, you believe that the referendum sends a very strong signal to developers to "stay away" from our community, because it's just too complicated. I haven't been shy...

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NYT: Nearly all of the biggest challenges in America are, at some level, a housing problem.

The New York Times has a published a story about a battle over housing in Lafayette,California, a suburban community outside of San Francisco, which is described as "a small town next to a big town [which] maintained its status by keeping the big town out."  The conversations and worries in Lafayette sound similar to many we've had in Newton.  I recommend reading...

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What Do Neighborhood Area Councilors Do on Cold February Nights?

Those of you who live in villages without a Neighborhood Area Council may not know what some of the things are that Area Councils (whose members are elected by the neighborhood’s voters) do. Here’s a prime example of how we spend our time when we could otherwise be binging on Netflix: Newton is fortunate to have a first-rate medical facility within its borders....

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Leap year in Auburndale – No Exit

Leap year in Auburndale – No Exit

The Newton Nomadic Theater is celebrating leap year evening, Feb 29, by opening our new show at the Auburndale Library.   One day Albert Camus asked Jean-Paul Sartre to write a short play for four characters that could be performed in the home of friends - sounds like they had the Newton Nomadic Theater in mind.   No Exit - A slightly odd and inscrutable...

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