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On Sunday the Board of Aldermen Chambers were packed as city officials and residents came to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness. It was a wonderful opportunity to hear what the City and the State do for immigrants and refugees. I did not even know there was a State Coalition advocating for foreign newcomers nor that the Newton clergy was involved.

One Syrian refugee gave a moving talk. Several alders gave up some of their Sunday afternoon too.

Unfortunately, no one mentioned the loss of diversity of housing options in Newton, as ranches and capes are being razed all over town, replaced by MacMansions that are only affordable to multi- millionaires. Another 100 demolitions this year!