Pots and pans at 7pm

I just got notice of this.  It was news to me.  But the word is quickly spreading around Ward 6, Precinct 2. Is it elsewhere?   “Tonight across Newton people will be coming out of their houses at 7:00 for TWO MINUTES and banging pots and pans and clapping...

COVID-19 text-message alert system

In case you missed this, Governor Baker announced today: We launched a new text-message alert system, so you can get the latest updates sent straight to your phone. We’re committed to keeping residents up-to-date throughout the outbreak. Text...
But officer . . .

But officer . . .

A distraction from you-know-what: A few months ago we had a brief conversation here about whether the public would accept the use of traffic cameras to enforce road rules, and I pointed out that Melbourne, Australia has a long history of doing so. Now, I get to show...

On a lighter note: Yard waste pickups

Thanks to Mayor Fuller for this! She’s so right! With all this time on my hands, I’m cleaning up the yard, and I’m running out of space for the leaves and debris. “We know a lot of us are doing yard cleanups. We have arranged for the start of...

And no play dates, either

Please read this most recent article by Asaf Bitton at Ariadne Labs here in Boston. He offers an informed opinion in a time of uncertainty. I’d rather follow his advice and hope that it is not necessary than not follow it and discover he was right.  Excerpt: No...

Such a sweet idea!

My pal Karen Wise (former Newton Girls Soccer soccer mom!) posted this idea on Twitter (@wisekaren): Lots of people who own mom&pop cafés, shops, take-out places, etc. are struggling, and it’s only going to get worse. Here’s a way to help: Buy gift certificates so...
Wait, this is me now!

Wait, this is me now!

Sorry if this comes across as too personal, but I’m offering it as a general statement on behalf my generation and also (perhaps) to help you “young’ns” understand how some of us might be feeling when we strongly encourage people in Newton to...
Do it for each other

Do it for each other

We spend a lot of time on this forum having discussions and making arguments about how to be good citizens and good neighbors. The COVID-19 virus gives us all another chance to demonstrate our commitment to one another and the broader community.  This has nothing to...

We’ll try to fit it into the day

I’d like to make clear that this post is not a criticism: It’s more a story about the complications and cross-currents in our lives that arise from the COVID-19 virus. A Newton parent related the following story. Concerned about the virus, she’s been...
Public bike repair stations

Public bike repair stations

As an avid biker and long-time supporter of programs that encourage riding, I’m always on the alert for municipal enhancements that could make it easier or more comfortable for those who want to employ two, rather than four, wheels to get around town. I was...

Why not a survey for the Senior Center?

I note with pleasure that the City is conducting a comprehensive survey about people’s attitudes as it considers an update to the Open Space and Recreation Plan. (Deadline, by the way, of 13 February.) This is a thoughtful and well constructed instrument. Simple...
@MIT, SEPT is in July!

@MIT, SEPT is in July!

Finally, something we can all agree on. Please share with your favorite teachers! For one week this summer, teachers from around the world are meeting each other at MIT for the 31st annual Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT). Since 1989, over 2,000...

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