A celebration of the life of Brian Yates

A celebration of the life of Brian Yates

On Wednesday 12:30 PM, Dunn-Gaherins Restaurant will host a luncheon in honor of the life of Brian Yates and his lifelong contributions to the City of Newton and the Upper Falls neighborhood. All of those citizens who’s lives Brian touched are invited.  The...
Sad news on the passing of former City Councilor, Brian Yates

Sad news on the passing of former City Councilor, Brian Yates

Sad news to report this morning from Council President Marc Laredo: 

“I am very sorry to inform you that our valued former colleague, Councilor Brian Yates, died yesterday from complications arising from a severe cardiac arrest he incurred several weeks ago. Councilor Baker, who succeeded Brian as the senior member of the Council, is in touch with his family about funeral and other arrangements. As soon as we know more, we will inform you. In the meantime, our condolences go out to Councilor Yates’s family and many friends. Brian was a distinguished public servant who will be sorely missed.”


The wake for Brian Yates will be held on Tuesday, from 4-8 pm at Doherty’s Funeral Home in Needham.  The funeral mass is on Wednesday at 10:30 am at Brian’s church, Mary Immaculate of Lourdes.  

Final Draft of Zoning Redesign pushed to 2020

According to a letter sent to the City Council, the Mayor, with the input of Planning Director, Barney Heath, Council President Marc Laredo, and Zoning and Planning Chair, Susan Albright, has decided to “extend the time of delivery of a final draft zoning ordinance to the City Council to the calendar year 2020.

“My decision was made for two reasons.  First, we recently concluded the 1st draft Zoning Redesign ward-by-ward meetings and listened carefully;we know we have considerable work to do on the second draft to ensure we have the

Proposal would create new parks in Newtonville and West Newton

The Globe’s John Hilliard explores the proposal for park decks over the Mass Turnpike in West Newton and Newtonville that’s part of the Hello Washington Street visioning process.

Under proposed zoning for the area, developers would be able to build commercial buildings of up to 10 stories by special permit, but would also have to contribute to a fund to help support construction of the park decks, as well as improvements to the city’s commuter rail stations, [City Councillor Susan Albright] said.

Addressing Newton’s after school transportation problem

Currently, Newton’s school transportation program does not accept alternate drop-off requests from families to out-of-school-time programs. With Sheprd gone, no transportation contractors in the city will accept individual requests for school transportation directly from families. Organizations are limited in the

Noel: MBTA will keep Bloomingdales/Towers bus stop

Newton City Councilor Brenda Noel sent this to her constituents today regarding proposed changes to the Number 60 bus. I’m pleased to report that, at a meeting Wednesday evening, a MBTA representative made a verbal agreement to keep the stop by Bloomingdales....
Jimmy Tingle at Newton North

Jimmy Tingle at Newton North

Jimmy Tingle’s doing a fundraiser at Newton North High School on March 22.  The comedian, political candidate, and story teller’s brother Garrett is a teacher there.  Garrett has been involved with Mass Nine for 9th who are bringing Mass carpentry students...
Northland’s proposed updates explained

Northland’s proposed updates explained

In a world of diminished local news reporting, trying to keep up with the latest developments about developments can be challenging. Often the only reliable source of news are the various meeting minutes and live streams. And when it comes to minutes, hands down Srdj Nedeljkovic’s reports from the Newton Highlands Area Council are the most compete and detailed.

Here’s Srdj’s draft minutes from the Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council meeting with Northland from March 7, which provide an overview of the changes Northland plans to present the the Land Use Committee on Tuesday March 12.

Northland Development on Needham Street Alan Schlesinger, on behalf of the developer, gave a presentation on proposed revisions to the Northland development on Needham Street. Also present representing Northland were Peter Standish (Senior Vice President of Development), Kent Gonzales (Vice President of Development), and Dan Bernard (Business Development Officer).

Mr. Schlesinger provided a preview of what the members of City Council will be presented at the Land Use Committee meeting next week. He will be discussing a proposed redesign of the site based on input from consultants, Newton officials, and public comments. Mr. Schlesinger noted that the

Hey Newton, have you cut the cable TV cord?

The Globe’s TY Burr has written two back to back columns on something I often think about:  Cutting the cable TV cord.  For me the challenge has always been not wanting to miss Red Sox and Celtics games.  I’m also aware of the fact that NewTV —...

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