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Update: Needham Street reopens to traffic, traffic delays expected

From Ellen Ishkanian in Mayor Fuller's office: "Good news. DPW crews worked overnight and made significant progress in repairing the broken water main under Needham Street in front of the Nexus complex (165 Needham Street). The new section of pipe is in place and water service is restored. Customers who lost service on Easy Street and along Needham Street from the...

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Needham Street closed due to water main break

Needham Street closed due to water main break

From Mayor Fuller:  "A City of Newton 20-inch water main on Needham Street in front of the Nexus complex broke this afternoon at approximately 1:15 p.m.   Water crews are working hard to shut off the water, a process that is complicated and time intensive. That process is still underway.   Once the water is shut off, crews will excavate the buckled pavement to...

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Marijuana retailer to hold community meeting Thursday

Marijuana retailer to hold community meeting Thursday

 Ascend Massachusetts is holding a community meeting Thursday on its proposed recreational marijuana shop at the site of the former Beacon Hill Athletic Club at the corner of Cross and Washington Streets. The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m. 7 p.m., Thursday, July 18 at the First Unitarian Church on Washington Street,  Newton Patch reports    

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Newton Republican leaders stand by Trump’s ‘go back to your country’ comments

The Newton City Republican Committee has issued this statement in response to this request.... Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandra Occasio-Cortez, and Ayanna Pressley are the radical fringe of the Democrat Party. For months they have spewed their anti-American, anti-Israel rhetoric unrestrained. The anti-Semitic Tlaib should be expelled from Congress,...

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Thank you Officer Adam Gabriel

I don’t typically write about my daily life here, but this story is too good to pass up.

My wife and I drove to West Newton last Saturday. We parked in front of Harris Cyclery and went to the Farmers Market, followed by L’Aroma and then Sweet Tomatoes. All in all, it was a flavorful way to spend part of our Saturday.

But when we got back to my car, about 90 minutes later, there was an unsigned note on my dashboard from a good citizen saying my car was read more

ACLU, clergy, teachers union, voice support of Newton schools and educators in curriculum dispute

The Newton Teachers Association; Newton Interfaith Clergy Association; Families Organizing for Racial Justice; Massachusetts Teachers Association; American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts; and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild have signed into an amicus brief in support of the City of Newton School Committee and other school officials...

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I asked the Newton GOP to comment on Trump’s ‘go back’ to your country comment?

I sent the following email to Newton Republican City Committee Chair Tom Mountain and vice chairs Susan Hufman and Sande Young today.   (Commonwealth story here.) Hello Tom, Susan and Sande:   I hope you are having a great summer.   I'm writing in my position as a Village 14 blogger to ask if the Newton Republican City Committee has issued a statement  regarding...

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Paper bag fees approved, here’s Leary’s next targets

Paper bag fees approved, here’s Leary’s next targets

On Monday, the Newton City Council approved an ordinance that will require stores to charge a ten cent fee to all paper bags and also expanded the city's plastic bag ban to include more stores and thicker bag. Once again, the initiative was championed by Councilor Alison Leary who told the TAB that she will now be turning the council's attention to the following......

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Newton Lights for Liberty: July 12 Vigil to Protest Treatment of Refugees

Newton Lights for Liberty: July 12 Vigil to Protest Treatment of Refugees

Inspired by a national call to action, the Newton Lights for Liberty vigil will bring people together to protest the inhumane conditions faced by refugees. Join us Friday, July 12, on the steps of Newton City Hall to hold a candle and share a moment of silence. U.S. Congressman Joe Kennedy III will speak at 4PM. This event is co-sponsored by the Newton Dems, Newton...

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From the Boston Globe: Developers Pressed to Fund Extra T Service

The Globe is reporting that developers in our Greater Boston Area who build projects near the T are more frequently being asked to fund T service and this practice has been going on for years. The article cites upgrades to North and Back Bay stations were funded by Boston Properties (who were permitted the right to build towers on top of them) and Boston Landing and...

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