Great news! Today Rep. Joseph Kennedy III announced his support for the Green New Deal, saying on Facebook: "This generation will either be defined by the wreckage of climate change or defined by the mighty effort we summon in response. We no longer have the luxury of time, patience or incrementalism. Over the past several weeks an incredible number of young people...read more
From Superintendent David Fleishman:
December 11, 2018
Dear Newton Community,
I am very excited to announce that all Newton elementary schools will offer full day kindergarten (FDK) in the ’19-‘20 school year. We believe this change has tremendous benefits for both students and families and will provide the opportunity to improve our already strong kindergarten program.
Beginning in September, all kindergarten students will follow the same schedule as other read more
From today’s Boston Globe:
Thirteen history teachers in the Newton Public Schools are expected to miss some class time this week in order to gather documents for a public records request filed by an advocacy organization that has accused the district of anti-Israel bias in its high-school world history curriculum.
The Watertown nonprofit Americans for Peace and Tolerance has submitted 16 public records requests to the school system so far in 2018.
also from the article…
In December 2017, the Jewish Community Relations Council and Massachusetts Board of Rabbis issued a statement calling Jacobs and his organization “purveyors of hatred and division” after they read more
Because it was so much fun the first time, and because ‘No’ apparently doesn’t mean ‘No,’ we are going to have another debate on whether Library parking lots trees should be cut down to install solar carports. But that’s only part of the potential tree impact of Phase 3 solar carports. If you are a subscriber to the mayor’s newsletter, or a 300-ft abutter to one of...read more
Four or five times a year the Newton Nomadic Theater holds an event that we call the Nomad Story Slam, usually at Gregorian Rugs. Since we started we've recorded more than 200 five minute true stories, told by people who just turn up and throw their name in the hat. From time to time I pull one of these stories from our video archives and publish it on Village14...read more
West Newton's got a party going on today .Saturday, December 8, 10am – 5pm Get into the Holiday Spirit in West Newton on Saturday, at the annual Arts Stroll & Shop, presented by The Newton Cultural Alliance, with a generous sponsorship by the Village Bank. As you stroll along Washington Street throughout the day, you can listen to carolers and musicians on the...read more
Indisputably, the most important news from the Nov 27 school committee public hearing was the overwhelming public push back from teachers, students, alumni, community members, mayor, school committee and other elected leaders strongly refuting unproven claims of an anti-Semitic bias in Newton school curriculum.
During his three minute testimony, Mountain never even raised the curriculum matter. Instead he seemed to be calling for the hiring of public school officials based on political party registration. And then Mountain then broke some news when read more
My name is Emily Prenner and I am excited to announce my run for the open Ward 5 School Committee seat in November 2019. Voters city-wide can vote for School Committee members. For 15 years I have worked in many positions to support the Newton Public Schools (NPS) both locally and as an advocate at the state level. PTO President at the Newton Early Children Program...read more
I am a lifelong cyclist who loves to bike around the Garden City, even in December. Today, for example, I cycled from Waban, via Elliot Street and the new Greenway, to my health club on Wells Avenue for a workout. Afterward, I pedaled to Whole Foods to shop and then to 4 Corners Pizza for a slice before returning home. For December, the temperature was a balmy 55...read more
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