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Newton’s zoning reform; addressing race, class, and the future of our city

Newton’s zoning reform; addressing race, class, and the future of our city

Ward 6 City Councilor Brenda Noel shared this with her constituents and with Village 14. Dear Constituents, As you may have heard, the current City Council has been charged with the exciting and challenging task of working with the Fuller administration to update our existing zoning code.  We have a unique opportunity to make a change that will impact our city for...

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Anna’s Taqueria’s owner Mike Kamio passes away

Mike Kamio, owner of Anna's Taqueria in the Highlands and other locations has passed away. Here's what Steve Steven Feinstein of the Newton Highlands Area Council had to say about Kamio on the Highlands list serve.... Mike's generosity "was something I saw year after year even before Mike opened his restaurant in the Highlands - he asked to sponsor Village Day at...

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Female-owned pop-ups on Washington Street this week only

Female-owned pop-ups on Washington Street this week only

    'Love on Washington,' a collection of Valentine's Day-themed pop-ups, is popping up in Newtonville at 801 Washington Street (a few doors down from Cook, The Paint Bar and Rice Valley) from Tues. Feb. 12 through Saturday. The five-day pop-up experience, produced by Newton-based retail innovation firm UpNext, features twelve locally-based, female-owned...

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Veteran TAB sports writer Scott Souza sports among GateHouse layoffs

Veteran TAB sports writer Scott Souza sports among GateHouse layoffs

Just when it seemed that Wicked Local couldn't possibly become, um, less local, comes word that Newton TAB sports editor Scott Souza was part of the latest round of layoffs at  parent company GateHouse Media. Souza's and other layoffs are expected to mark the end of local sports reporting in Newton, Waltham, Watertown and other communities where such coverage had...

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Hello Washington Street, part two presentation Monday

p>This is from the Newton Planning Department

On Monday, February 11, 2019 the Principle Group and City of Newton will release Draft Two of the Washington Street Vision Plan and Zoning.

Please join us for a community reception 6:00 – 6:45 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall and stay for the presentation to the Zoning and Planning Committee of City Council at 7:00 p.m. Members of the public will see up close display posters of pages from Draft Two during the reception. Draft Two documents and a video of the presentation will be read more

Boccabella will be hopping this Sat

Boccabella will be hopping this Sat

The good news - This Saturday, Feb 16, 8 PM the brand new American Roots Concert Series will kick off with a bang in Auburndale.  The much acclaimed and award winning blues duo of Paul Rishell and Annie Raines will be performing at the Luckart Gallery next door to Boccabella.  “…Rishell is a master of country/blues styles, particularly slide played on a National...

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How should we cut Newton’s transportation-based carbon emissions?

What transportation-related changes do you think Newton should make to reduce carbon emissions? The city is developing a Climate Action Plan, which will outline the steps the city can and should take to reduce carbon emissions. (The city is also developing a Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Action Plan, which will outline the risks the city faces from...

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Alicia Bowman: I am running for Newton City Council

Alicia Bowman: I am running for Newton City Council

I am writing with exciting news. I am running for Newton City Council as a Ward 6 Councilor-At-Large in this November’s municipal election.

I have spent 15 years working hard to help Newton become a more livable and environmentally sustainable community, while also supporting stronger schools and better transportation options.  As an advocate, I have had the pleasure of working with amazing people in Newton, and I have learned a great deal from them. I am now ready to use my experience to help lead Newton through the critical challenges it will face in the coming years.

Newton is currently planning changes that will have lasting effects on the climate, housing, schools and transportation.  These issues are complicated, and to make wise decisions, we need leaders who understand the comprehensive read more

Fuller: Newton’s first recreational marijuana shop could open in 2-3 months

It’s a sad reflection on our media today that most of our news comes from the mayor’s community emails….but here’s the latest.

Mayor’s Update

Let me give you a few updates on recreational marijuana:

 
Zoning: The City Council is considering adding some manufacturing areas in Newton as sites for medical and recreational retailers.
 
Garden Remedies: Garden Remedies (and two other retail marijuana dispensaries in Brookline and Framingham) received provisional licenses from the state within the past two weeks, meaning all three will likely open in the read more
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 quo. None of the city's residential neighborhoods will be upzoned -- rezoned for more intensive use -- as a...

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