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....
“It’s always been that way.”

“It’s always been that way.”

Here’s a quiz: Who gets charged more to rent per hour, a family using a lane of candlepin bowling at Needham Bowlaway or a non-Newton for-profit soccer camp using a full-sized soccer field owned by the City of Newton? Answer: A lane of candlepin bowling is $30...

In case you missed this

There was an important piece of news presented at yesterday’s School Committee meeting. Although the state has asked each school district to prepare three scenarios for school reopening in the fall–in class, hybrid remote and in class, and remote...

Not too remote!

As we consider the high likelihood that at least some portion of the 2020-21 academic year in Newton will be taught via computers, it’s interesting to think about how to make that form of education engaging and effective for the students, and also feasible and...

Another member of the party?

Thus far, with regard to planning for the re-opening of schools in the fall, I had imagined that the key parties would be the Newton Public School administration, the School Committee, and the Newton Teachers Association. After all, these folks have a long history of...

Bypass is not just a highway

With 56 days left before the start of school in September, there’s a lot left to decide. I’m sure the NPS administration, the NTA, and the School Committee are churning through lots of options, and I don’t envy them their jobs. That being said, the...

Please don’t park here

The City has designated the middle section of the Crystal Lake parking lot as a fire lane and painted big “No Parking” signs on the pavement. There is a serious reason for this. People parking in that area blocked emergency vehicles from driving to the...

Students helping teachers?

There’s a lot of negativism about what might happen this coming fall when the schools reopen. Wouldn’t it be great if we could apply our creativity to this situation and come up with ideas that might produce a more positive learning environment for our...

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