Hey buddy, can you spare a couple acres?

Hey buddy, can you spare a couple acres?

You might recall that the city has embarked on an ambitious project to replace our current, insufficient Senior Center with a new ‘Center for Active Living’ (NewCAL).  A project team has been working since last spring to define the programmatic needs and...

Newton’s Solar Challenge, in the State House

Jim Purdy on the Green Newton blog describes a bill in the MA legislature that, if passed, could put the brakes on Newton’s solar energy plans, including solar car parking lots and a solar Rumford landfill conversion. We’ve got a state delegation that is...
Major gap mended in the Charles River Greenway

Major gap mended in the Charles River Greenway

Along the Charles River in Waltham, near West Newton, a new bike/ped deck has just been completed. People used to have to make a complicated detour on busy roads to get from the Moody Street Dam to the resumption of the Greenway at Elm St.  Now, thanks to the MA Dept...

Easing into a later high school start time?

Its Wednesday at 9 a.m. Our 9th grade Newton South student is deep in REM sleep. School starts at 11:15am today for 9th graders at South because of PSAT testing.  It raises the question: can Newton ease into a later start time by piloting it one day a week?  Going...

Newton’s energy transition

Big changes are happening in clean energy, and Newton is no exception.  Here are a two key initiatives happening in town: Newton Solar Challenge: The Newton Solar Challenge will run through Fall 2015.  You can learn more about this program at the Newton/Needham...
Walk/Bike to School Wednesday Oct 7

Walk/Bike to School Wednesday Oct 7

Do your kids have safe routes to school?  Where are the danger points?  On National Walk/Bike to School Day Wednesday, Oct 7, your kids and you can help a fledgling effort to create a Newton-wide Safe Routes to School map, complete with posted wayfinding routes.  A...

A Newton gas tax to fund Newton infrastructure?

A state rep from the town of Lee, MA, wants to levy a local gasoline tax, to fund local infrastructure. Lee is seeking a 3 cent per gallon tax to repair roads and bridges. Should Newton consider a gas tax? How much, and where would revenue best be spent?...

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