Climate Change: Both/And, Not Either/Or

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller recently published an extensive Five-Year Climate Action Plan (http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/100191). Green Newton has also weighed in with its Citizens’ Climate Action Plan...
Newton’s next ban? How about fossil fuel?

Newton’s next ban? How about fossil fuel?

Just weeks after Brookline voted to ban the installation of oil and gas pipes in new buildings as well as in extensive renovations of existing buildings, Jon Chesto at the Globe reports that some Newton City Councilors want to do the same thing. 

Here’s two excerpts from Chesto’s article:

Opponents representing various business development constituencies argue that this piecemeal approach to energy regulation will simply drive up construction costs and hinder economic development, while achieving minimal environmental benefits. They say the electricity-powered alternatives to natural gas, such as heat pumps, are more expensive and less effective.

 

[Newton City Councilor Emily] Norton, a former Sierra Club leader who oversees the Charles River Watershed Association, said she’s not really concerned about the impact on economic development. Instead, she’s

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...
That was fun

That was fun

It was great to see all those Village 14 personalities, especially the ones we’ve never met before.  Many thanks to Terry Malloy for insisting that it was time to do this again and getting it organized.  Next time we won’t wait so long till the next one....

What do the Northland No votes think of the referendum?

Presumably the seven councilors who voted No on the Northland zoning and special permit were hoping for the same outcome as the Right Size Newton folks who seek a referendum and a reversal of last week’s 17-7 vote in favor of both the zoning and the special...

Why we voted for Northland

The three Newton City Councilors representing Ward 5 submitted the following column to the TAB and have shared with constituents via email.

We are the three Newton City Councilors representing Ward 5 including Newton Upper Falls. We are writing to explain why we voted for the Northland Newton Development and why we are opposed to the proposed referendum. We urge you NOT to sign the petitions being circulated.

We voted for the Northland development because we believe it is an excellent plan which will greatly enhance Newton Upper Falls. In our discussions with Needham Street neighbors over the last 10 years, we have found no one who thinks

TONIGHT: Time for a Village14 party

TONIGHT: Time for a Village14 party

Come one, come all, to the Bloggers Ball. On Monday Dec 9 Village14 will be hosting a long overdue party.  Starting at 7 PM until we run out of gas we’ll be gathering at Paddy’s Public House in West Newton.  They’re setting aside the upstairs room...

Nonantum Holiday Tree Lighting – Sunday

Celebrate the holidays TONIGHT, December 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the annual holiday Tree Lighting at Coletti-Magni Park on Watertown Street.Thanks to the Nonantum Children’s Christmas Party Association, the community can enjoy Christmas carols, cider, donuts with...
Northland petition drive at the market

Northland petition drive at the market

I was approached by someone from Right Size Newton today at the entrance to Whole Foods Market who I’m sure had the best of intentions, but what I heard concerned me. After being asked to sign a petition to stop Northland, the conversation went something like...
Apropos of nothing

Apropos of nothing

I arrived home from work last night and found these legs adorning our front lawn.  I arrived home tonight and the socks had been added. Upper Falls is kind of a wacky neighborhood and I definitely have a few wacky friends.  I’ve contacted the most obvious...