Climate Change: Both/And, Not Either/Or

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller recently published an extensive Five-Year Climate Action Plan (http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/100191). Green Newton has also weighed in with its Citizens’ Climate Action Plan...

Bicycles and Elections

Last Friday, in the pouring rain, I drove to Newton North High School for the dedication of a new bicycle shelter. The project was a collaborative effort of Bike Newton, on whose board I serve, and city government, and boy, was the shelter needed that day! Mayor...

A Near-Death Experience at BSC

Yesterday, for the second time in just over two years, I came close to witnessing the death of someone close to me. Two years ago it was my father, 98 years old, who passed away of heart failure at a hospital in my presence. Though it was a difficult moment for me, I...

Albermarle Redux

It saddens me to learn that Newton city government continues to consider Albermarle as a viable site for the proposed senior center. I had vowed not to weigh in regarding NewCAL because it seemed that many others had, and more eloquently than I might. At this stage I...

Putting High-Density Housing to the Test

Candidates for City Council who embrace high-density housing universally proclaim that it will make Newton a more diverse city. The motto of one such candidate envisions Newton as  “A Community for All.” Embedded in this belief is that Newton needs to...

An Edifying Odyssey

            Conditions could not have been much better for my bike ride this morning to BSC Newton. The Wells Avenue sports club lies about four miles from my Waban home. At 10:30, under blue skies, traffic had subsided and skies were sunny.             My journey...

Woodstock Revisited

Ten years ago, I wrote a column for the Tab  marking the fortieth anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival. A documentary of the three-day event had just come out, and a fictional rendition, directed by Ang Lee, was playing in movie theatres. I wrote, “Millions of...

Newton in Flux

            The Garden City seems a particularly turbulent place these days. Every day some contentious issue bubbles to the surface, and there seems to be an interconnectness to the various controversies. If only we could synthesize a sweeping response to them all!...

Playing sports on their own

Once upon a time kids used to play ball on their own, free of adult supervision. When, in my youth, I was looking for tennis, I’d call up a friend. If he was available, we’d hop on our bikes and meet at a local court to hit and compete. At other times, I’d go to a...

Confessions of a Retiree

            Almost all discussions about Newton’s future mention the growing number of seniors who live here. Many of us have owned our single-family homes for decades. Their value has climbed precipitously, in my case by a factor of ten. At this point in our lives,...

Long Live BSC Newton!

Many Newton residents consider the Boston Sports Club of Newton, located at 135 Wells Avenue, an essential part of everyday life. Like many others, I go there several times a week for exercise and recreation. Some of us play tennis or swim; use the machines and free...

Coming to Grips with Housing and Development

Few topics spur more controversy in Newton than increasing the housing stock. Most residents, it seems, support development of commercial properties, especially in abandoned industrial sites like the empty lots behind Needham Street. The prospect of raising tax...