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...
A Teacher’s Life

A Teacher’s Life

I was shocked to learn recently that teachers in charter schools typically last only three years. Compare that statistic with my own: 34 years at Newton South High School. Once hired, I never considered moving on. Although declining enrollment almost cost me my job my...

Winter Safety

This winter the city has been fortunate; not until late January did we have even a modest snowfall. When it finally arrived on Saturday night, the mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain put pedestrians and drivers in some peril. In my view, neither the city nor...
Second NewTV One-Week Short Film Challenge

Second NewTV One-Week Short Film Challenge

During the week of February 14-21, 2016, NewTV will be hosting a short film challenge for Newton high school students. The program will begin with a kickoff event on Feb. 13 at the NewTV studio where each team will blindly draw the genre of their film. They will also...

Melinda Garfield Becomes Executive Director of WestCAT

Dear friends, After nearly five years at NewTV, our energetic Director of Production Services, Melinda Garfield, will be taking on new challenges at Westwood Community Access Television (WestCAT) in Westwood, MA. Melinda has been an important part of NewTV’s...

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