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Newton for [insert who you support for President]

Newton for [insert who you support for President]

There has been a real dearth of information on V14 (or anywhere else) about local Newton activities for Presidential candidates. Part of that seems to be that a large number of people seem to be still making up their minds.  As a longtime activist, this year seems to be really short on opportunities to get involved in Newton on a Presidential primary campaign....

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As Lime turns tail, don’t be left holding the bill

As Lime turns tail, don’t be left holding the bill

Today, it occurred to me that I had a large number of Lime credits left on my account as they pull their bikes from our streets. I didn’t want to be left holding the bag, so I emailed their customer support to request a refund. They processed it immediately. If you’re in the same situation, don’t be left holding the bag. You can contact Lime here to request a refund...

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Deciphering today’s Newton Tab editorial

Deciphering today’s Newton Tab editorial

As best I can tell today the Newton Tab published just the second ever editorial published since Julie Cohen became editor. This one is not on line yet and it's more cryptic than the first.  I'd like to say that I'm glad Julie is taking more positions, but I'm not sure just what position she's taking. Any thoughts?

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Fire drills

Fire drills

I just lifted this very interesting story from the mayors email newsletter.  I didn't know this was a thing - i.e. turning over empty house to the fire department for training.  Sounds like a great idea.   Fire Drills   For the past couple of weeks, Newton firefighters have had a great training opportunity. They battled theatrical smoke as they searched for a...

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Where’s my chicken?

Reader John McLellan just set me this very curious story.  It reads like a thriller about chicken identity theft.  If you're missing your chicken, particularly if your chicken is a bit of a con man, send me an email ([email protected]) and I'll put you in touch with John Lost a red, sex-link chicken? This is the weirdest thing as I had just two days before found...

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Globe ‘Everyone needs to take one for the team when it comes to the housing crisis’

A editorial in today's Globe and a column by Newton resident Amy Dain in Commonwealth both argue for making personal sacrifices to address the region's housing crisis, including in communities like Newton and along I-95. From the Globe Editorial Board: Massachusetts is fortunate to have a growing economy, but its ability to house the workers and families who are at...

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Smart Growth in Wellesley and Newton*

Smart Growth in Wellesley and Newton*

To housing activists, 40-R zoning is considered “Smart Growth.” Its best practices include high-density housing, nearby public transportation, pedestrian and bicycle access, and less reliance on gas automobiles, the chief contributor to global warming. 40-R projects usually contain energy-efficient buildings that rely on electricity produced on site by solar panels...

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