As many are aware, I'm a coach on the Newton LigerBots, the high school-level FIRST robotics team here in the city. On Monday we'll be hosting our annual information night for parents interested in starting FIRST Lego League (FLL) and Junior FLL Robotics programs. It happens from 7pm to 9pm on Monday evening at Newton North High School in the Film Lecture Hall. If...read more
does it go to Watertown, Brookline, Boston, Needham, Wellesley, maybe even Framingham, when you dial 911? In a Globe article last week, Peter DeMarco wrote: “…the 911 system failed my wife, Laura Levis, in 2016 when she collapsed from an asthma attack on a bench outside the emergency room of CHA Somerville Hospital. Although she told operators her location, the 911...read more
Northland adds green buildings, free shuttles, skating, workforce housing, undergrounding and unicorns
In advance of Tuesday's (June 18, 7 p.m.) meeting before the City Council's Land Use committee, Northland has sent a letter to Land Use Committee chair Greg Schwartz, outlining proposed changes to their Needham Street project. Read the letter for full details but here's some key points. Additional units of workforce housing, bringing the total to 140 units,...read more
With Zoning Redesign and a request to rezone Riverside Station in the news, a false rumor is once again making the rounds. Specifically, the word on the street is that if the City Council amends the Zoning Code or rezones a particular parcel, voters can override the City Council through a referendum placed on the municipal ballot, pursuant to the City Charter. So,...read more
The Lower Falls Improvement Association has proposed zoning changes for the Riverside MBTA parking lot that are supposed to encourage the creation of rentalousing in Newton. They won’t do that. The plan is a ruse to prevent any sort of development on the site. The Lower Falls Zoning proposal is a variant on a 2013 plan that was never built. That plan failed to...read more
Undeterred by news reports that the Myrtle the Turtle sculpture by Newton artist Nancy Schon is burning children at Myrtle Street Playground on Beacon Hill, Newton City Councilor Vicki Danberg sent this letter to Boston Parks and Recreation Commissioner Christopher Cook Dear Mr. Cook, I understand that some parents want famous sculptor Nancy Schon’s Myrtle the...read more
Remember the annual and semi-annual swap days at Rumford? Its back but every week. I was dropping off recyclables last week and popped over to the shed to see what people were sharing. I saw several "shoppers" and a couple of folks dropping off items. A nice selection of items have been accumulated but it was not the mass of stuff that I was used to seeing on swap...read more
If you've taken a walk on the Upper Falls Greenway over the last couple of days you've started to see sculpture dot the landscape! It's time of the second annual Greenway Arts project featuring sculpture from Studios Without Walls. We kick things off on Friday from 4pm to 6pm in Pettee Square (corner of Oak and Chestnut) with free ice cream from JP Licks, sweets...read more
Bob DeRubeis, Newton Parks, Recreation and Culture commissioner, will retire when he turns 65 next February, Newton Patch reports. He has worked for the city for 32 years.read more
Here’s three updates to this fall’s ward city council races:
- Lisa Gordon, who was one of the leaders of last year’s unsuccessful effort to ban retail marijuana shops in Newton, has pulled papers to run for the Ward 6 City Council seat presently held by Brenda Noel.
- Carolina Ventura (in photo), who briefly was a Ward 1 council candidate before bowing out of that contest and who has since moved to Ward 3, has pulled papers for the Ward 3 seat being vacated by Barbara Brousal-Glaser. Julia Malakie is also running for that seat.
- And Janet Sterman, a perennial candidate in ward 1 has once again pulled papers to run for the seat presently held by Maria Greenburg.
There’s still plenty of time for additional candidates to emerge or pulling papers does not mean that candidate will necessarily run. Nomination papers are due July 23.read more
At a public hearing in Newton last week on a proposal for a huge new housing and commercial development, some community members who spoke said they see density as a solution to the city’s housing problems. Dense housing, these residents said, creates a more vibrant community atmosphere, enables more use of mass transit, and helps reduce the city’s impact on climate change. But for others, even those who want to see more read more
The Globe's Adrian Walker writes "you will be surprised as I am by this" and uses Newton as an example of a community where larger subsidies for low-income families would make it easier to rent here.read more
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