Patch launches a ‘membership model’ in Newton

Patch launches a ‘membership model’ in Newton

In Newton’s news desert, Patch has become an incomplete, yet valuable, local news and events resource, particularly under the watch of Jenna Fisher who covers multiple municipalities for the online site. On Sunday, Fisher shared this announcement by email. I’m not sure what it really means but it’s an experiment worth watching...

Dear Newton neighbors,

My name is Jenna Fisher, and I have been the editor and reporter of the Newton Patch for about two years now. I grew up in Northern Virginia and happily moved to the area about a decade ago. You may recognize my name from my three years at the TAB – or if you’re a fan of The Office, well, you know me

Downs & Auchincloss to Northland: Fewer Parking Spaces

Downs & Auchincloss to Northland: Fewer Parking Spaces

City Councilors Andrea Downs and Jake Auchincloss have drawn a line at the Northland Development: 1,050 spaces, not 1,450, as is currently planned. In a letter to the developer (full text below), they argue persuasively for the lower number. The City Council’s...

Confessions of a Retiree

            Almost all discussions about Newton’s future mention the growing number of seniors who live here. Many of us have owned our single-family homes for decades. Their value has climbed precipitously, in my case by a factor of ten. At this point in our lives,...
Get Lucky at Food, Fun & Farmers this Sunday

Get Lucky at Food, Fun & Farmers this Sunday

This Sunday the Newton Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 40th year with Food, Fun & Farmers, a HUGE market of over 40 farms and food entrepreneurs outside city hall’s war memorial.  There are free raffles every 5 minutes, with prizes like a 6-month delivery of...
It’s all happening in the Highlands this weekend

It’s all happening in the Highlands this weekend

Newton Highlands is kicking off the summer with a bang this weekend. Tonight 6-8 PM the Summer in the Highlands series kicks off with a free concert at the Hyde Playground (Lincoln St) by the Studio 2 Beatles Band, followed by an outdoor movie.   Every Friday night,...
Sidewalk Humor

Sidewalk Humor

          In the midst of campaigns, developments and other serious stuff, a bit of humor.  Yesterday, Wednesday 6/5, I received the above notice in my mailbox asking that on 5/6 cars be removed from the driveways on the odd numbered side of...

MBTA Commuter Rail Delays

The Patch is reporting that delays this morning are impacting nearly the entire network. We need to put pressure on the Governor and our state electeds to make mass transit work and increase public confidence in it so they/we/me will actually get out of our cars and...
Celebrate Pride Today!

Celebrate Pride Today!

From Bryan Barash, the Newton Human Rights Commission is hosting a flag-raising and ice-cream social to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month, with guest of honor David Gaita, a former Burr Elementary School teacher being honored for contributions and commitment to the LGBTQ+...

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