Jake offers a hint of things to come

Jake Auchincloss’ newsletters remain one of the best ways to learn about the major issues facing the city, particularly when it comes to budgetary matters, and his latest is no exception. In today’s email, he raises a concern that has been invisible in the...

Stormwater runoff is yucky

I was intrigued to read a press release this week from the Charles River Watershed Association and the Conservation Law Foundation about stormwater protection for the Charles River. Excerpt: [CRWA and CLF] have reached a proposed settlement with the U.S. Environmental...

Confessions of a curmudgeon

I’ve lived in my current residence in Newton Center since 1981. I’ve always made it a point to shovel our sidewalk–during (sometimes 2 or 3 times) and shortly after snowstorms–feeling a community obligation to clear the passageway, especially...

Knapp’s vision for a new senior center

Marian Knapp has added to last month’s Newton Tab column with an article in this week’s edition. It’s called “My vision for a new senior center.” It is not yet available on line, so I am writing this to encourage people to dig their copy...

A well-informed electorate

I’d like to make a proposal for your consideration and would welcome your thoughts, suggestions, and criticisms. I don’t know if this is original or if it has been considered in some form before; but, in any event, I’m moved to make it. Thomas...
P.P.P.P.P.S. — Really?

P.P.P.P.P.S. — Really?

Admittedly too much time on my hands today between forays to comply with the shoveling ordinance, but here goes: Is anybody else annoyed by the Mayor’s consistent use of P.S., P.P.S., P.P.P.S., P.P.P.PS., and yes (today), even P.P.P.P.P.S. in her weekly updates? I was always taught that a post-scriptum is something you think of after the main text has already been written. In the old days, or even the days of typewritten letters, you would have already written your closing lines, signed the letter, and then you thought of something you had meant to say or that might enhance your main point or that might offer a tangential thought. You would employ a P.S. to create that addendum.

 

In contrast, with electronic writing such as emails and blog posts, you can always

Snow “advice”

Snow “advice”

Thoughts during a shoveling break, to make sure I am rested enough to comply with the ordinance: Have you noticed that MA public officials always solemnly advise: During periods of heavy snowfall, people should avoid driving if they can. For those commuting in eastern...

We are all referees

When my daughter turned 11 back in 1994, I decided I would add refereeing to my soccer coaching bag of tricks, figuring that she wouldn’t be playing for many more years and that officiating would be a great way to stay involved in Newton youth sports. Well, I...

Where should new housing go?

Amy Dain, a public policy researcher and consultant, has contributed this article to Commonwealth Magazine. I think it has some good ideas, but, beyond accessory apartments, I am not so knowledgeable about Newton’s actions in this regard to offer analysis and...

Fields of dreams, but unfortunately nightmares

I admit that I am obsessed with the poor condition of the athletic fields in the city. (This probably comes from almost three decades of coaching, 25 years of refereeing youth and high school teams, and many years of playing.) While I appreciate that Mayor Fuller...
Blowing (much) louder than the wind

Blowing (much) louder than the wind

The Newton leaf blower ordinance states that all leaf blowers above 65 decibels are prohibited. This site reports that talking three feet away has a noise level of 65 decibels. I don’t know about you, but I can’t recall any leaf blower being that quiet....

Howard, we hardly knew ye

From Wikipedia: Howard J. Whitmore Jr. (May 9, 1905 – June 19, 1998) was an American politician who was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1947–1953 and Mayor of Newton, Massachusetts from 1954–1959. Whitmore graduated from Harvard College in...

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