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YMCA to launch on-line swimming sessions

YMCA to launch on-line swimming sessions

Newton's West Suburban YMCA in Newton Corner announced that beginning Wednesday April 2, they will launch a series of on-line daily swimming sessions. Said YMCA Vice-Chair Aaron Goldman, "Like virtually every organization in the country we have been scrambling to come up with ways we can continue to fulfill our mission during these extraordinary times." Hundreds of...

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Mass Building Trades Council Calls for Halt of All But Emergency or Essential Work

I have heard complaints about construction continuing under unsafe circumstances. Although Boston Mayor Marty Walsh shut down construction in Boston weeks ago, Mayor Fuller has let construction continue in Newton. Her reply to questions and complaints has been: “There are state guidelines for construction” - she says she has consulted public health experts and she...

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College Board Offering Free AP Virtual Classes and at-home Testing

College Board Offering Free AP Virtual Classes and at-home Testing

Something tells me this will be welcome news for many Newton high school parents: ...the College Board is offering free, virtual classes for Advanced Placement (AP) students in addition to at-home AP testing. (The exam will only include topics and skills that most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. Information about what will be...

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City closes all public basketball and tennis courts

From Mayor Fuller Monday night... The most effective tool we have to slow the spread of this coronavirus is social distancing – including when people are outside. We can save lives by staying separate. For this reason, with Commissioner of Health and Human Services Deborah Youngblood, I made the decision today to close all City tennis and basketball courts and...

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Staying-at-Home is working to #FlattenTheCurve

Staying-at-Home is working to #FlattenTheCurve

[UPDATED with new charts Jack provided in comments]  Jack Prior has been analyzing data on confirmed COVID-19 cases for Newton (as well as for the U.S., China, and the world). He's plotting the data on a logarithmic scale to show how closely it tracks with exponential curves and to make short-term projections. The bad news is that exponential growth skyrockets, and...

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Newton South teens reflect on the shutdown

The Globe published this story and video featuring Newton South students coping with the shutdown. It felt as unreal and unlikely as anything could. Their high school was renowned for its rigor and its students’ ambitions; in recent years, the pressure-cooker atmosphere had become a matter of community concern, with efforts made to ease the competitive fervor. Now...

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School Committee to hold Virtual Public Hearing on FY2021 Budget – Monday, March 30th 7:00 p.m.

The School Committee will hold a Virtual Public Hearing on the Superintendent's FY2021 Budget on Monday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m.  According to the agenda: Please follow these instructions to submit comments and participate remotely. There are two ways for the public to listen to and/or participate in virtual school committee meetings: 1. Join the Zoom Meeting by...

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Your favorite poem?

Your favorite poem?

One of the unexpected highlights of last night's Nomad Story Slam was actor Noni Lewis reciting The Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll  and that got us thinking .... Next Sunday night, April 5 at 7:30 we will host "Poems on a Sunday Night" streamed live to the Newton Nomadic Theater's Facebook page. Send your favorite poem to [email protected] no later than Thursday...

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“This is your life” Mayor Fuller

Last night's first ever on-line Nomad Story Slam was a really fun and goofy hour and a half.  As a friend texted to me "It was like a surreal variety show - Monty Python crossed with Lawrence Welk". Without a doubt though my favorite moment was blindsiding Mayor Ruthanne Fuller by making her the unwitting contestant in our version of This Is Your Life" with Noah...

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Nomad Story Slam – live on-line tonight

Nomad Story Slam – live on-line tonight

This Saturday at 7:30 PM everyone is invited to the first ever on-line, live, epidemiologically approved Nomad Story Slam - COVID-19 Edition.  The theme of the night is "trapped" Go to the Newton Nomadic Theater's Facebook page at 7:30 on Saturday evening and we'll be streaming it to you live from our bunkers around the city. We've gathered up a bunch of our...

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