Village 14: Newton Massachusetts Virtual Village

Back from the Parks & Recreation Commission

Having just returned from the Parks and Recreation Commission informational meeting on the NewCAL proposal, I have several observations: First, the high level of professionalism of the city officials was demonstrated throughout the evening. Josh Morse's, Jayne Colino's, and Bob DeRubeis' presentations and responses to questions and comments were thoughtful,...

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Newton North students to participate in Climate Strike on Friday

Newton North students to participate in Climate Strike on Friday

According to this Instagram post from The Newtonite, Newton North students are organizing to participate in this Friday's Boston Climate Strike.  Students will first march to Newton City Hall to hear what Newton is doing on the climate front and how students might get involved.  Then they'll head downtown Boston City Hall, where a rally begins at 11:30.  I've yet to...

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The Newton Report

The Newton Report

As the Boston Globe ramps up their Newton coverage they've also created a Newton specific email newsletter.  See the sample below and and sign up for it here.

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Globe: ‘Newton grapples with an identity crisis — and the most hotly contested local elections in a generation’

John Hilliard explores affordable housing and development as a campaign issue this fall in a new Boston Globe article

Newton is facing nothing less than an identity crisis as a wave of development proposals stand to reshape the cityscape, spurring the most hotly contested City Council elections in 16 years. In all, 35 people, read more

Candidates will tell their stories

What do you get if you cross the Moth Radio Hour with a Newton municipal election?  You get something that's never been done anywhere else, ever - the Nomad Story Slam - Election Edition. The Newton Nomadic Theater runs regular events called the Nomad Story Slam where anyone can throw their name in the hat to tell a 5 minute true personal story.  Two years ago, in...

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Newton Conservators: BC’s new salt shed threatens Webster Woods

Newton Conservators: BC’s new salt shed threatens Webster Woods

Here’s a story posted this summer on the Newton Conservators website that I don’t believe has been reported anywhere else…. 

In November 2018, Boston College filed plans with the City of Newton to construct the salt storage facility [on the rear parking lot of the land it owns in Webster Woods.] Neither the Newton Conservation Commission nor any other city department had the authority to prevent the construction of this facility. Construction began in February 2019, and was substantially complete by June.

This facility threatens Webster Woods because of the read more

Feedback on our Ward 5 primary election coverage?

We did some things with the Ward 5 ward councilor primary election that we have not done, or have not done comprehensively for a single race: forum video coverage and analysis, web site analysis, candidate questions. What did you like? What was effective? What would you have us do differently for the contested November races?

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Rena Getz write-in campaign

Rena Getz write-in campaign

I'm just back from Upper Falls Village Day.  This being an election year, the event was swarming with candidates for City Council and School Committee - no surprise there.  What was a surprise is that Rena Getz had a table and was working the crowd, despite the fact that she just lost this week's primary election. She told me that despite losing the primary, she's...

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A tale of two high schools from the Boston Globe

In today's Boston Globe, Malcolm Gay and Jenna Russell contrast student experiences at Brighton High School and Newton South. Read, then come back here to discuss.  "Experts often say geography is destiny in the United States, that a student’s future success depends heavily on what neighborhood they grow up in. But in this case, it is Jada’s and Britney’s daily...

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Washington St. zoning and race

Washington St. zoning and race

This week, a local activist said I should be whipped. At Monday's public hearing of the Zoning and Planning Committee of the Newton City Council covering zoning changes for West Newton, a number of people used language like "preserving neighborhood character" to oppose proposed changes or argue for more modest change. That's not atypical at a zoning or land-use...

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