A Saturday Afternoon Bike Ride

A Saturday Afternoon Bike Ride

         Saturday is typically a contemplative day for me. I usually attend religious services in the morning, schmooze at the reception afterward while chomping on cheese and crackers, and then nap in the afternoon or take a long walk with my wife and our dog....

Should we put our lives entirely on hold?

I knew what was coming but kept praying that it wouldn’t happen. Now it has; thanks to Covid 19, almost all my communal activities have ceased, and most other things as well. At the beginning of the week, however, I was still trying to pretend that life might...

Open Space and Recreation Plan

On Thursday, February 6, Newton convened a rather remarkable gathering of community activists to discuss the upcoming creation of a new seven-year open space and recreation plan. The advocates or “Friends” of various parks and playgrounds, from Nahanton Park to Cold...
Smart Growth in Wellesley and Newton*

Smart Growth in Wellesley and Newton*

To housing activists, 40-R zoning is considered “Smart Growth.” Its best practices include high-density housing, nearby public transportation, pedestrian and bicycle access, and less reliance on gas automobiles, the chief contributor to global warming. 40-R projects...

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...

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