Now, what about the fields?

Now, what about the fields?

With the recent talk about Webster Woods and NewCAL, it is notable that there has been no discussion with regard to the maintenance of the playing fields in Newton. A not-so-secret observation by those us who regularly see and use the fields as players, coaches,...

Back from the Parks & Recreation Commission

Having just returned from the Parks and Recreation Commission informational meeting on the NewCAL proposal, I have several observations: First, the high level of professionalism of the city officials was demonstrated throughout the evening. Josh Morse’s, Jayne...

NewCAL heads to the Parks & Recreation Commission

The Parks and Recreation Commission is holding its first public meeting on the NewCAL proposal on Monday at 7pm in City Hall, Room 211. The Commission has tremendous power with regard to any changes in use of the City’s open spaces, and they have a manual that...
Unanswered NewCAL FAQs–Part 2 [Updated]

Unanswered NewCAL FAQs–Part 2 [Updated]

Second in series. A friend of mine, an accomplished economist, was once testifying before a regulatory body. The opposing lawyer, in an attempt to question his credentials, noted that he had listed membership in the American Economic Association. “What does it...
Unanswered NewCAL FAQs–Part 1

Unanswered NewCAL FAQs–Part 1

As we prepare for the various public meetings (including the community meetings on September 19 and 23) on the subject of the Newton Center for Active Living (NewCAL), it will instructive to look at the materials presented on the project’s website. Since the...
Crystal Lake encomium

Crystal Lake encomium

I didn’t want the end of summer to pass by without expressing thanks and appreciation to Parks and Rec’s Carol Stapleton and her crew of lifeguards and other student staff members at Crystal Lake. As a regular user of the lake, I’ve seen those kids...
The big fat Big Belly contract

The big fat Big Belly contract

Now that the Boston Globe is making a commitment to suburban news coverage, and particularly in Newton, maybe they can focus some of their efforts on abuses of mayoral power that have skirted state law. An example was the roll-out of the Big Belly trash collection...

The cart is speeding off without the horse

Mayor Fuller is clearly feeling the heat for the opaque process used to choose a site for the Newton Center for Active Living, or NewCAL, (styled by her as “the community center focused on seniors.”) So in this week’s email to us all, she announces a...

Welcome back to school

Coming back from a late August vacation, I caught up on emails and was struck by Mayor Fuller’s August 28 update, which focused on the current school department contract negotiations, providing the equivalent of an open letter to the Newton Teachers Association....
United we stand

United we stand

I’m guessing that if we drew a Venn diagram of those people in Newton who want to preserve the City’s parks and other open spaces and those who want to provide enhanced services in a new senior center, it would look something like this. So, if so,...

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