Zoning rewrite, residential: hewing to what’s built

Zoning rewrite, residential: hewing to what’s built

The key takeaway from the residential sections of the draft zoning ordinance: the intent to keep things as built, except where it doesn’t. The city planners and consultants who developed the plan were given a brief: have the zoning map reflect the built status...
Ward 1 Zoning Redesign Review Meeting — 2/7

Ward 1 Zoning Redesign Review Meeting — 2/7

I strongly encourage everyone to attend one of the ward review meetings of the first draft of the redesigned zoning ordinance. (That’s a mouthful, eh?) Up next is Ward 1’s meeting, on 2/7 at 6:30 PM at the Ciociaro Club, 144 Bridge St., Nonantum. They...

Newton Police warn of scam artist

Newton police are warning the public after a man posing as a city employee and another person allegedly scammed an 82-year-old woman inside her home Thursday afternoon, robbing her of money and jewelry, the Globe reports....
A Teacher’s Life

A Teacher’s Life

I was shocked to learn recently that teachers in charter schools typically last only three years. Compare that statistic with my own: 34 years at Newton South High School. Once hired, I never considered moving on. Although declining enrollment almost cost me my job my...
“Better Bus” project proposals

“Better Bus” project proposals

The MBTA is taking a different approach to reassessing their bus routes this year with the Better Bus project. Instead of asking how to cut service, they’re asking how to improve reliability, travel times, and overall ridership. Best of all, the MBTA is looking...
Balser’s gender equity bill becomes law

Balser’s gender equity bill becomes law

A bill filed by Newton State Rep. Ruth Balser and State Sen, Jason Lewis to prevent gender discrimination in disability insurance was signed into law Thursday by Governor Charlie Baker. In the state-regulated individual insurance market, women pay more than men for...

Winter Safety

This winter the city has been fortunate; not until late January did we have even a modest snowfall. When it finally arrived on Saturday night, the mixture of snow, sleet, and freezing rain put pedestrians and drivers in some peril. In my view, neither the city nor...

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