Newtonville resident discovers what became of an old factory near her home

Newtonville resident Amy Dain wondered whatever happened to an old factory in her neighborhood.

The abandoned factory of my childhood memories was not like nineteenth century riverfront factories, brick splendor punctuated by regular windows. It was also no concrete box of the modern era. It was all murky glass, pre-modern, ghostly. I recall no signs on the building, no indication of what was fabricated within. It was so out of place that I questioned if I had made it up. Google proved useless to answer.

What Dain discovered as she tried to find out what happened unearthed a public debate — and zoning decisions — that sound familiar today.

Newton needed to decide what could replace the factory, on the park, next to an excellent elementary school, and a short walk to CVS and the commuter rail. One suggestion was

Holly Ryan is about to make history

Holly Ryan is about to make history

Boston University journalist Arianna Bouchard writes about Ward 8 city council candidate Holly Ryan in the Boston Globe:

When she wins, as expected, she’ll become the first openly transgender elected official in Newton — and one of the first in Massachusetts.

Of the 520,000 elected officials in the United States, about 13 are transgender, according to Victory Institute’s 2018 Out for America report.

Maybe there’s a good explanation for why we ‘can’t all just get along’?

What do you think about this Tweet from Ward 5 City Council Council candidate Bill Humphrey?

A reminder from your friends at Village 14

We’re one week and one day before Newton’s municipal election, a time when tensions traditionally rise and campaigns explore different ways to get an edge. And this seems like as good a time as any to urge participants –  but especially anyone running for office or...
Farewell ‘old’ Marshalls

Farewell ‘old’ Marshalls

Three years ago, back when Northland first announced plans to redevelop its properties along Needham Street, the question I was most frequently asked wasn’t about traffic, school crowding, the number of parking spaces, or how many units of affordable housing there...