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Read (or watch) Mayor Fuller’s State of the City Address

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller delivered her annual State of the City Address on Jan. 2

Good evening. To President Albright, Vice President Lipof, President Emeritus Baker, Chair Goldman, Vice Chair Ray Canada, members of the City Council and the School Committee, everyone here at City Hall or watching at home, good evening.

I last stood here three weeks ago when I had the honor of administering the oath of office to our City Councilors and School Committee Members. On Inauguration Day, President Albright, Chair Goldman and I all pledged, in our own words, to build a read more
‘Let’s make room’

‘Let’s make room’

The following remarks were delivered by Pastor Devlin Scott of NewCity Church  during this morning’s 52nd Annual Martin Luther King Community Celebration:

Good Morning Neighbors.

Allow me to introduce myself.

But rather than tell you my credentials, my education level and experiences; rather than point out my adornments and use language that proves to some and attempts to convince myself that I belong here and should be standing on this stage — I want to tell you who I am.

Rather than speak of my affection for social justice, diversity and inclusion; rather than speak of how the read more

Do these look like historic landmarks to you?

On Jan. 2, one day after she was sworn in to the Newton City Council, the newly elected Ward 3 Councilor Julia Malakie filed an “urgent” request with the Newton Historical Commission to landmark the Washington Street used car dealership pictured above and six other West Newton Buildings for landmark status.

Also on Malakie’s list is this property at 978 Watertown Street

 

…also on Councilor Malakie’s urgent landmark list is the read more

Newtones and more at Gregorian Rugs this Friday

Newtones and more at Gregorian Rugs this Friday

Newton South High School's student-run a cappella group,  The Newtones has organized a "Winter Warmer" a capella event this coming Friday night, January 24 at 7:00 PM.   The Newtones will be joined by a few other a cappella groups and a fun improv troupe.   The "Winter Warmer" show will feature The Newtones of Newton South,  Northern Lights from Newton North,...

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Are there excessive bike spaces at Northland?

Are there excessive bike spaces at Northland?

The current Northland permitted plan requires 1,156 bike spaces.  While there are certainly many Newton bike enthusiasts, could that number of Northland bike spaces be considered by some to be excessive?  As discussed in the other Village 14 thread, Lime Bike has closed up.  Having said that, it is unclear whether this could be attributed, in terms of economics, to...

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Newton for [insert who you support for President]

Newton for [insert who you support for President]

There has been a real dearth of information on V14 (or anywhere else) about local Newton activities for Presidential candidates. Part of that seems to be that a large number of people seem to be still making up their minds.  As a longtime activist, this year seems to be really short on opportunities to get involved in Newton on a Presidential primary campaign....

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As Lime turns tail, don’t be left holding the bill

As Lime turns tail, don’t be left holding the bill

Today, it occurred to me that I had a large number of Lime credits left on my account as they pull their bikes from our streets. I didn’t want to be left holding the bag, so I emailed their customer support to request a refund. They processed it immediately. If you’re in the same situation, don’t be left holding the bag. You can contact Lime here to request a refund...

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Deciphering today’s Newton Tab editorial

Deciphering today’s Newton Tab editorial

As best I can tell today the Newton Tab published just the second ever editorial published since Julie Cohen became editor. This one is not on line yet and it's more cryptic than the first.  I'd like to say that I'm glad Julie is taking more positions, but I'm not sure just what position she's taking. Any thoughts?

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Fire drills

Fire drills

I just lifted this very interesting story from the mayors email newsletter.  I didn't know this was a thing - i.e. turning over empty house to the fire department for training.  Sounds like a great idea.   Fire Drills   For the past couple of weeks, Newton firefighters have had a great training opportunity. They battled theatrical smoke as they searched for a...

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Where’s my chicken?

Reader John McLellan just set me this very curious story.  It reads like a thriller about chicken identity theft.  If you're missing your chicken, particularly if your chicken is a bit of a con man, send me an email ([email protected]) and I'll put you in touch with John Lost a red, sex-link chicken? This is the weirdest thing as I had just two days before found...

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