A winner in the Fourth: Jake Auchincloss

A winner in the Fourth: Jake Auchincloss

Following a long day and night of counting previously uncounted ballots in Wellesley, Newton, and Franklin, AP has declared Jake Auchincloss the winner of the Democratic primary for the Fourth Congressional District. The final count for the top three in the race is:...

Child care support for teachers?

Based on the number of teachers who’ve said they can’t go back to work because of child care issues and listening to the School Committee meetings, I get the impression that one of the issues that will be negotiated as part of the NPS-NTA Memorandum of...

Please own this, Mayor Fuller

One of things I really appreciate about our Mayor, even when I might disagree with a policy she’s chosen, is her level of commitment and passion to the things that move her. Just look at her advocacy for Newton Power Choice, the Webster Woods acquisition,...

Here’s one endorsement that went awry

When I received a “Dear Friends” email last night from an at-large City Councilor endorsing Jake for Congress, I had a similar reaction to my friend (undecided before the email), but he put it in writing back to that Councilor: I appreciate that as a City...

Testing 1, 2, 3 . . .

Governor Baker made an announcement today about how the state will make Covid-19 testing available to school districts. Here’s the story from Commonwealth Magazine.  Excerpts: Seeking to reassure schools reopening this fall with in-person learning, Gov. Charlie...

The NTA objects to the school re-opening plan

Although this letter from president of the Newton Teachers Association has been included in a comment below, it deserves its own thread.  It starts this way: I am writing this open letter to vehemently protest the recent approval by the School Committee of an...

The senior center lives!

Let’s take a break from the forthcoming primary election to reminisce about a proposal offered by Mayor Fuller that, ironically, brought about a tremendous sense of unity in the city. I say “ironically” because the unity that resulted was counter to...

A worthwhile etymology lesson

OK, this is not necessarily Newton specific, but there are probably hundreds of instances where this term has been used here with regard to zoning issues and the like. Universal Hub reports: In an otherwise routine ruling on a zoning dispute between two Gloucester...

Grab & Go is a winner

I want to offer praise for Mayor Fuller’s Grab & Go free breakfast and lunch program, where folks–no questions asked–can pick up meals weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon at Newton North High School, Newton South High School or 150 Jackson Road....

Why not the school nurses, too?

I’m trying to figure out the negotiating strategy of the city administration vis-a-vis the school nurses union. This contract, which is subject to the jurisdiction of the Mayor’s office–not the School Committee–has been held up for some time....

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