Remembering Tony Bibbo

Remembering Tony Bibbo

Newton lost an extraordinary community member and a gentle soul when Tony Bibbo passed away in August. Thanks to Aaron Goldman for honoring Tony in this week’s issue of the Newton TAB.  Aaron’s words say it all about Tony: “He was patient with...

Video shows Newton dad being escorted out of US by ICE

Wicked Local Newton has posted this video of Newton resident Rigoberto Mendez being escorted by ICE out of the country.

Mendez was deported to Guatemala Friday morning. Mendez came to the U.S. illegally in 1991, from Guatemala, and had been struggling to remain ever since while raising a family here. His wife Imelda Felipe Lopez, also an undocumented immigrant, is being treated for brain cancer and cannot work, raising the possibility that his 18-year-old son Roberto Felipe Lopez will have to drop out of UMass Boston to provide for his mother and 10-year-old brother. [Video courtesy of the Lopez family]

Newton’s 9/11 honor roll

As has become an annual tradition here on Village 14 here are the names of 17 individuals who died as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that are known to have a Newton connection.  If you know of any additional names, please add them to the comments section.

Mark Bavis, a Roslindale native who had recently moved to West Newton, was a hockey star at Catholic Memorial High School. He was on board one of the two planes.

Ruth Clifford McCourt, owned and managed a business that may have been called Clifford Classique in Newton Highlands and/or Beacon Street and lived on Comm Ave in Newton in a big Victorian. This article says her four year old daughter was also on board, the youngest victim that day. She was close friends with Paige Farley-Hackel.

Paige Farley-Hackel, 46, was a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, and was trying to get certification as a spiritual instructor. She was on board American Airlines Flight 11, heading to California to speak with radio producers about a radio show on spirituality.

Eric Hartono, originally from Indonesia, was reported to be a student in Newton who was moving to Los Angeles. He was on board United Airlines Flight 175.

Nicholas Humber, 60, a resident of Auburndale. He was one of the first employees of the Environmental Protection Agency in 1971, and was instrumental in starting its waste management division. He was also on American Airlines Flight 11.

Aaron Jacobs died at the World Trade Center at age of 27. A vice president and partner on the international trading desk at Cantor Fitzgerald. His parents, Alice and Laurence Jacobs lived in Waban.

Ariel Louis Jacobs, 29,was a newlywed, an expectant father, executive vice president of U.S. Operations of Caplin Systems, and the brother of Newton-resident Claudia Jacobs when he died in the World Trade Center. His first and only child was born six days after his death.

Danny Lewin, 31, died on board American Airlines Flight 11. He lived in Newtonville with his wife and children. He founded Akamai Technologies, a website management system.

Juliana McCourt,  Daughter of Ruth Clifford McCourt. At age four was the youngest victim on the day.

Stuart Meltzer, 32, grew up in Newton Highlands and moved to Long Island not long before his death. He was remembered fondly by teachers and coaches at the Rivers School in Weston. He worked in energy management, with offices in the World Trade Center.

Richard Ross, 58, a resident of Oak Hill. A businessman, he moved to Newton 22 years before, and had run a travel agency and a copy machine sales business before becoming a corporate consultant. He died on board American Airlines Flight 11.

Jean, 55, and Don Peterson, 66, of Spring Lake, N.J. Jean was a retired nurse and nursing teacher, church and community volunteer. Don was a retired president, Continental Electric Co., church and community volunteer. The mother and stepfather of Newton North Principal Jen Price were aboard United Flight 93.

Rahma Salie, 28, and Michael Theodoridis, 32, were expecting their first child when they died aboard American Airlines Flight 11. She worked for an internet security company and he was a technology consultant. Their parents, Haleema and Ysuff Salie, live in West Newton and are part of the Salie family that owns L’Aroma Cafe and Bakery in West Newton.

Clarin Siegel Schwartz, 51, was a tax lawyer and senior vice president at Aon Consulting Inc. in the World Trade Center. She was also a 1967 graduate of Newton South High School.

Amy Toyen, 24, grew up in Avon, Conn., and moved to Newton in 1999. She was planning to get married in 2002. She was on the 106th floor of the World Trade Center at a trade show for her company, Thompson Financial Group.

Levy: Newton Power Choice impact overstated

Levy: Newton Power Choice impact overstated


Paul Levy writes in this week’s Newton TAB

While I appreciate Andrea Downs’ sentiment with regard to the Newton Power Choice program, I fear she has overstated the likely impact of the program by calling it the “climate opportunity of a generation.” If people choose to buy the more expensive “higher percentage of renewables” in their electric bill, they will actually not receive electricity that is more based on renewables than anybody else.

The grid that serves us is a regional grid with the same mix of fossil fuels and renewables across six states. The extra charge for

Holly Ryan urges Dems to uphold transgender rights


Kudos to Newton’s Holly Ryan for urging Massachusetts Democrats to vote yes to uphold transgender rights in Massachusetts, citing an alarming WBUR poll that showed only 52% of Mass. voters continue to support transgender rights. 

The poll showed that 38 percent of voters support repealing existing legislation that allows trangender people to access

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