Story of the Week – Andy North

Story of the Week – Andy North

I just finished reading all of the comments about public transit on the “Transit along Washington St” thread and it brought to mind this story. The Newton Nomadic Theater regularly runs events called the Nomad Story Slam.  Anybody can come, throw their...
Fun in the sun at Hemlock Gorge Beach

Fun in the sun at Hemlock Gorge Beach

Upper Falls neighbors kicked of this 4th of July with swimming, canoeing and fishing in the Charles River under Echo Bridge this morning. The Friends of Hemlock Gorge organized the event and it was a treat.  With the summer upon us, I was thrilled to try out this...

Is reducing 400 parking spaces enough?

At the June 18th Land Use Committee Meeting on the Needham Street Northland project, Councilors Auchincloss and others, proposed a reduction of 400 parking spaces, which Northland rejected. Is this because of a lack of confidence in the shuttle bus plan proposed (now...
It’s all happening in the Highlands this weekend

It’s all happening in the Highlands this weekend

Newton Highlands is kicking off the summer with a bang this weekend. Tonight 6-8 PM the Summer in the Highlands series kicks off with a free concert at the Hyde Playground (Lincoln St) by the Studio 2 Beatles Band, followed by an outdoor movie.   Every Friday night,...
Porchfest is back, bigger and better

Porchfest is back, bigger and better

This Saturday get out of your house, out of your car and go for a walk.  Walk street to street, house to house and listen to 120+ bands of every flavor, style and genre.  The 2nd annual Newton Porchfest is back in town. Last year’s inaugural Newton Porchfest was...
Zoning:  How big is too big?

Zoning: How big is too big?

This is a guest blog post submitted by Newton resident Richard Rasala, a retired Professor and Associate Dean in the Khoury College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern.   Issues with the Washington Street Vision and Zoning Code Part 1: Scale of...
Help bring a mile of art to Newton

Help bring a mile of art to Newton

Plans are afoot once again to bring a mile long outdoor art exhibition to Newton this summer – but we need your help.  Fundraising has begun for an outdoor two month sculpture exhibition along the Upper Falls Greenway in June.  The show is the work of N2...
FREE! New play at Waban Library, Saturday

FREE! New play at Waban Library, Saturday

Staged readings of a new play – Maura Dunne by Aidan Parkinson.   Aidan Parkinson is a playwright, an actor and a novelist.  The Newton Nomadic Theater will be hosting a staged reading of his new play, Maura Dunne – directed by John Quinn.   A political...
Head down to swinging Auburndale on Saturday

Head down to swinging Auburndale on Saturday

  “Elegant.” “Riveting.” “Soulful.” “Classic mastery.” These are a few of the terms that have been used to describe the unique and stunning swing-jazz music of acoustic guitarist Guy Van Duser and clarinetist Billy...
Newton South South East ?

Newton South South East ?

Last night he Newton School Committee tabled a petition to rename Newton South High School.   The petition was initially filed by Newton South geography teacher Joe Wilson.  Said Wilson “as an educator it has always stuck in my craw that the name of our school...
City to expand the size of the City Council

City to expand the size of the City Council

Last night the City Council voted to expand the size of the City Council from 24 to 36.   David Olsen, Newton’s City Clerk, says the next step is that his office will file a “home rule petition” with the state legislature which he expects can get...
Purple boards are coming soon

Purple boards are coming soon

Purple boards are coming to Newton soon.  Last year the city rolled out the popular Lime Bike program across the city.   The ubiquitous pick- em-up-and-ride, dock-less, rental bikes were a big hit.   Nicole Freedman, Newton’s Director of Transportation says...

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