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Mayor may veto City Council’s Charter Subcommittee’s Recommendations

In a memo to the City Council, Chief Operating Officer, Jonathan Yeo states the following: "The Administration, including the City Solicitor’s Office, have repeatedly testified against this separate counsel provision, with a clear statement that the Mayor will veto the package with such a change and not bring it forward for home rule provision support to the State...

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VIDEO: Watch the school demographics presentation

In her most recent email newsletter, Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller wrote…

An in-depth demographic study of how the four proposed large developments would impact the Newton Public Schools shows that the new housing (1,775 units) would create only a small amount of new enrollment. The study forecast only 83 additional students district-wide over the next decade.

Is she out of her mind? How can that possibly be?

Watch this video to see the presentation on the topic:

Programs and Serives Finance Committee April, 10, 2019 from NewTV on Vimeo.

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Rivkin departs, but city hall’s loss is our nation’s gain.

Rivkin departs, but city hall’s loss is our nation’s gain.

Newton City Hall is losing one of its bright young stars. But the city's loss is our nation's gain. The personable, Newton South graduate (Class of 2013) started working for Fuller's mayoral campaign five days after his graduation from Columbia University in 2017.  He became the mayor’s executive aide when she took office in January 2018.  His last day will be next...

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Respect rules the day at GOP meeting with Dem leaders

Respect rules the day at GOP meeting with Dem leaders

    In this politically divisive era, I attended a really refreshing event Tuesday night. The Newton Republican City Committee invited three Democrats -- state Sen. Cindy Cream, Rep. Ruth Balser and Rep. Kay Khan – to meet with them at the Emerson Community Center. And they accepted. And although GOP City Committee Chair Tom Mountain’s invitation to his...

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Fuller eyes plan to convert armory into affordable housing

Fuller eyes plan to convert armory into affordable housing

From Mayor Ruthanne Fuller’s budget announcement:

I am excited to announce that we will explore preserving the National Guard Armory building on Washington Street at the edge of West Newton Square and repurposing it as 100 percent affordable housing so more people of modest means can make this good city of Newton their home. The commonwealth is willing to sell the building to the city for $1 only if it is used for affordable housing, a use in which I believe deeply, and which also allows the city to control what happens to this important building.

Patch’s Jenna Fisher has more here.

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Council bans plastic stirrers and polystyrene; water bottles could be next

Council bans plastic stirrers and polystyrene; water bottles could be next

The Newton City Council approved a ban Tuesday on restaurants using disposable plastic stirrers and polystyrene food containers. The measure also prevents retailers from selling or distributing polystyrene foam disposable food containers and ban selling or distributing foam polystyrene packing material. The new ordinance goes into effect on Jan.1. Newton City...

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Fuller to unveil her second city budget

Fuller to unveil her second city budget

 Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will be delivering her proposed $495 million city budget for fiscal year 2020 to the Newton City Council Tuesday.  Jenna Fisher at Patch has a preview. The mayor said last year she has 12 priorities and outlined during her speech how funding would be doled out to help those priorities. This year, the priorities remain, but her the new budget...

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On the One Hand…

While listening to the news this morning, I managed to forge a possible connection between two facts: On the one hand, the New England Casket Company, whose facility was burned down last month, is searching for a new Massachusetts city in which to build a new manufacturing plant. According to the news report, they have been looking in Chelsea, Lawrence and at the...

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MARATHON MONDAY !!!

MARATHON MONDAY !!!

Approximately 30,000 runners made their way through Newton today in the 123rd running of the Boston Marathon. The temperatures were in the 60s as the first runners came through with partly sunny skies. The top winners were for the women's open Worknesh Degefa from Ethiopia (2:23:31), men's open Lawrence Cherono from Kenya (2:07:57), men's wheelchair Daniel Romanchuk...

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City GOP invites state delegates to meet (while talking trash behind their backs)

City GOP invites state delegates to meet (while talking trash behind their backs)

The Newton Republican City Committee has invited State Sen. Cindy Creem, State Rep. Ruth Balser and State Rep. Kay Khan to meet with them on Tuesday April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Emerson Community Center (1 Pettee Street, Newton Upper Falls). The invitation comes as the Massachusetts Republican Party inaccurately accuses the Dems of supporting infanticide Here’s the...

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Marathon Monday … Tomorrow

Marathon Monday … Tomorrow

The 123rd running of the Boston Marathon takes place tomorrow, Patriot's Day, April 15th. On Sunday the 14th with temperatures in the low 60s final preparations were going on including the strategic placement of traffic cones along Commonwealth Avenue for crowd control. The weather for Monday looks like it will be wet and warm ... try to get out and cheer the...

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