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Photo hunting in Hemlock Gorge

Photo hunting in Hemlock Gorge

Here's an outdoor, Covid-19 safe, fun way to keep yourself and/or your kids entertained for an hour ... and to explore the beautiful Hemlock Gorge. If folks enjoy this, we may make a series of them for other area parks or woods. Check out Photo Hunter - Hemlock Gorge here. Special shout outs to idea man Walt Frankel,  beta testers Evan and Vandon Westrate and Emily...

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Does Newton prohibit drive-throughs?

If so, read this. If not, sorry for the rant! Hope you are feeling healthy and sane... As we have recognized the need for physical distancing as a weapon to fight COVID-19, we should revisit any prohibitions in Newton’s zoning/building code of drive-through sales operations. When MacDonald’s was rebuilt on Needham Street, I believe I heard that they were prohibited...

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Pots and pans at 7pm

I just got notice of this.  It was news to me.  But the word is quickly spreading around Ward 6, Precinct 2. Is it elsewhere?   "Tonight across Newton people will be coming out of their houses at 7:00 for TWO MINUTES and banging pots and pans and clapping to say thank you to our healthcare workers."

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Supporting our students in their post-Covid19 future

We are all feeling stress right now and with the prospect of a months-long lock down due to the coronavirus, we’re going to have to manage that stress.  There are many resources to help you come up with a plan that is best for you and your family.  SEL4Newton has a page filled with links that can be very helpful.  https://sel4newton.org/covid-19-sel-mental-health/...

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Living in the Shadow

We are all living in the shadow of Covid 19, whether we are getting sick or merely attempting to ward off sickness. We spend our days at home, and we have changed even our routines of recreation to stay safe.  I am a tennis addict.The last time I played tennis, however, was three weeks ago, on Wednesday, March 11th. BSC Newton had closed its doors two nights earlier...

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ZAP on Zoom

A few takeaways from the discussion about the proposed new Zoning Ordinance at last week’s on-line meeting of the City Council’s Zoning and Planning Committee. read more
Happy April Fools Day

Happy April Fools Day

All the fools at Village14 wish you a very happy and Covid-19 free April Fools day.  *** Disclaimer - None of today's stories are true Now back to our regular programming  

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National Lumber rescues exchange students

National Lumber rescues exchange students

One of the few heartening things about the COVID-19 shutdown are the wonderful stories of neighbors helping neighbors get through it together. Two students from Germany and three from France arrived in January for a semester long exchange program at Newton South.  Once the pandemic hit, like everyone, they are "social distancing" with their Newton host families...

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Mayor’s daily update gets graphic reboot

Mayor’s daily update gets graphic reboot

Since the pandemic first threatened Newton, the mayor's office has been doing a great job communicating with a nervous citizenry.  The daily Mayor's Update emails have been filled with up-to-the-minute data and information about our local situation and how the city is responding to the ever changing facts on the ground. One member of the nervous public who has...

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Breaking News: Northland says “nevermind”

Breaking News: Northland says “nevermind”

In a startling turn of events Northland Development today announced that they will not re-develop the massive 22 acre parcel in Upper Falls. For the last three years the city has been consumed with digesting this huge project - dozens of public meetings, endless City Council sessions, a contentious Special Permit vote, a referendum election to overturn that vote. ...

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City Hall’s canada geese moved to the ‘farm’

City Hall’s canada geese moved to the ‘farm’

After repeated complaints, and repeated warning, the flock of canada geese at City Hall continued to violate visitors' "6 feet" space. Said Parks & Recreation's Carol Stapleton "We gave them multiple chances.  We tried to reason with them but canada geese are just not known for being cooperative or compliant.".   Said Stapleton "It broke my heart to do it but we...

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City closes border with Needham

City closes border with Needham

City Hall's COVID-19 Task Force announced today that they will immediately be closing the Needham border, with likely closings of Weston, Wellesley, and Waltham soon to follow. Says spokesman Walter Frankel, "the Charles River gives us an easily defensible border to the north and west, we're working on a plan to keep BC students from streaming in from the east. When...

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