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Reverend Howard Haywood passes away; Newton mourns

Reverend Howard Haywood passes away; Newton mourns

I'm very sorry to report that Rev. Howard Haywood passed away. Howard, whose family dates back seven generations in Newton, was the beloved pastor of Myrtle Baptist Church for 23 years. He was a civil rights activist and affordable housing advocate who was credited with securing housing for the homeless and meals for the hungry on a regular basis. He was a...

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Three proposed bus routes for Newton that would truly be ‘better’

Three proposed bus routes for Newton that would truly be ‘better’

This is a guest blog post submitted by Newton resident Richard Rasala, a retired Professor and Associate Dean in the Khoury College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern. The MBTA Better Bus Project will begin by shrinking service to Newton with no additions to compensate.  The shrinkage consists of elimination of route variants on Routes 52 and 59....

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Washington Street can look to the future, but some want to keep us in the past

Washington Street can look to the future, but some want to keep us in the past

I spent Monday night in my kitchen watching the Washington Street presentation over Councilor Emily Norton’s shoulder.    Thanks to the Facebook feed of the live discussion, I had a chance to sit in even as I took care of dinner, and monitored homework while my wife headed off to her own meetings. I’m sure I’m not the only one who couldn’t make it thanks to family...

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Washington Street vision plan, part two, now open for public input

The Washington Street Corridor visioning project,  Hello Washington Street, [Facebook page here] has moved into its second phase.  Here's the updated vision plan and here's a link to the second draft exploring the proposed zoning.   You can add comments to this document and, naturally, right here on Village 14.

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Newton’s zoning reform; addressing race, class, and the future of our city

Newton’s zoning reform; addressing race, class, and the future of our city

Ward 6 City Councilor Brenda Noel shared this with her constituents and with Village 14. Dear Constituents, As you may have heard, the current City Council has been charged with the exciting and challenging task of working with the Fuller administration to update our existing zoning code.  We have a unique opportunity to make a change that will impact our city for...

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Anna’s Taqueria’s owner Mike Kamio passes away

Mike Kamio, owner of Anna's Taqueria in the Highlands and other locations has passed away. Here's what Steve Steven Feinstein of the Newton Highlands Area Council had to say about Kamio on the Highlands list serve.... Mike's generosity "was something I saw year after year even before Mike opened his restaurant in the Highlands - he asked to sponsor Village Day at...

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Female-owned pop-ups on Washington Street this week only

Female-owned pop-ups on Washington Street this week only

    'Love on Washington,' a collection of Valentine's Day-themed pop-ups, is popping up in Newtonville at 801 Washington Street (a few doors down from Cook, The Paint Bar and Rice Valley) from Tues. Feb. 12 through Saturday. The five-day pop-up experience, produced by Newton-based retail innovation firm UpNext, features twelve locally-based, female-owned...

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Veteran TAB sports writer Scott Souza sports among GateHouse layoffs

Veteran TAB sports writer Scott Souza sports among GateHouse layoffs

Just when it seemed that Wicked Local couldn't possibly become, um, less local, comes word that Newton TAB sports editor Scott Souza was part of the latest round of layoffs at  parent company GateHouse Media. Souza's and other layoffs are expected to mark the end of local sports reporting in Newton, Waltham, Watertown and other communities where such coverage had...

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Hello Washington Street, part two presentation Monday

p>This is from the Newton Planning Department

On Monday, February 11, 2019 the Principle Group and City of Newton will release Draft Two of the Washington Street Vision Plan and Zoning.

Please join us for a community reception 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall and stay for the presentation to the Zoning and Planning Committee of City Council at 7:00 p.m. Members of the public will see up close display posters of pages from Draft Two during the reception. Draft Two documents and a video of the presentation will be read more

Boccabella will be hopping this Sat

Boccabella will be hopping this Sat

The good news - This Saturday, Feb 16, 8 PM the brand new American Roots Concert Series will kick off with a bang in Auburndale.  The much acclaimed and award winning blues duo of Paul Rishell and Annie Raines will be performing at the Luckart Gallery next door to Boccabella.  “…Rishell is a master of country/blues styles, particularly slide played on a National...

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