Newton North Senior becomes famous for opening email

I present the video that a student took of herself opening the acceptances (all sent digitally) to the 20 (!) schools she applied to. This video has earned her some major YouTube cred and also landed her in the Washington Post in a piece titled “High schoolers are inviting thousands of strangers to watch as they get into college — and get rejected”.

These videos are somewhat of a “thing” on YouTube, with some amassing more than a million views. Nina Wang, the Newton North student (who, I hear, is headed to MIT) has more than 700,000 views as of this writing. 

Of course, she warns “don’t compare yourself to me, as the college process is stupid and unpredictable as f*ck.”

For the record, she got into 8 schools, waitlisted at 4 and rejected from 8. 


Protected lanes would never work in Newton!

Who would want to be out in this cold and wet? Why should we build infrastructure for people to bike, run, walk, or do anything but drive?  Oh… yeah… this is why.  In writing about Heartbreak Hill and the current push for marathon training, the Boston...
Kids Robotics Event on Saturday

Kids Robotics Event on Saturday

It’s that time of year again when the LigerBots host a FIRST LEGO League tournament. We do this every year and it’s a great time. This one is a “qualifier” round with the Eastern Massachusetts State Championship coming up in December. On...
Lime commits $3 million to safety

Lime commits $3 million to safety

 This isn’t just a Newton story, but since the issue of safety in regards to Lime bikes has come up here I thought I’d share this TechCrunch story.  Lime  is putting $3 million toward a new safety initiative called “Respect the Ride.” The gist of the...

Washington Street, cars, parking and courtyards

Hello Washington Street! October 24, 2018 from NewTV on Vimeo.

When the Hello Washington Street event kicked off at Newton North on Wednesday night, the room was packed. By the time public comment started at a little after 8pm, and the first pitch had been thrown at Fenway, the room was far emptier and, from the sounds of those few who (before I left myself) it sounded like the majority of those who stuck around were opposed to much of what they saw.

The true test will come online, where people can leave comments without having to attend a meeting that happens to run concurrently with the Red Sox, daycare pickup time, and dinner. Video from the meeting as well as the plans will be online soon, as well an online platform allowing for comments.

This meeting focused on a few major concepts, but most came back to the tension between the car and the human.

First is the road diet that Principle Group has suggested before, only this time they noted that we people have been loud and clear: we want

Newtonville Pizza Changes Hands

Newtonville Pizza Changes Hands

Newtonville Pizza has been owned by the Triantafilles family for 44 years, but today it has a new owner. I had a very brief conversation with Harry, son of Charles, who had owned it. He said the new owners are Nick and Mush.  Why are they selling after so long in the...

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