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At Stake: The Emotional Well-Being of Our Children

Mitch Lyons, Coordinator for the Social Emotional Learning Alliance of Newton (SEL4Newton) submitted the following Guest Post As was heard at the October 21st School Committee meeting where Newton’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey was unveiled, since 2012, with little variance, Newton North and Newton South High Schools have 80 students who will attempt suicide, about...

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Green Newton urges the City Council to approve Northland

Green Newton urges the City Council to approve Northland

      Green Newton wholeheartedly endorses the proposed Northland Newton Development and urges the Newton City Council to approve the project's rezoning and special permit when they vote on Monday evening at City Hall. Our Building Standards Committee first met the Northland Newton leadership in January. We asked them to build a landmark green...

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Newton’s Brand

For the past three years I fretted over Newton's brand. In my opinion, an area's brand is what can attract business, as much as its efforts around zoning and regulation. The problem is, Newton, from an economic perspective, has no real brand. When companies locate here they often hide it, choosing to post on their website that their office is in "Boston." Boston, in...

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Full Council votes on Northland project Monday night

Full Council votes on Northland project Monday night

The years long effort to secure city permitting for the very large Northland project in Upper Falls is all converging on a vote of the full  City Council on Monday night starting at 7 PM. Last week the council's Land Use Committee approved the project with 6 votes and two abstentions.  On Monday night the project will need 16 votes of the full 24 member City...

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Story of the Week – Noah Rivkin

Story of the Week – Noah Rivkin

The Newton Nomadic Theater regularly hosts nights of storytelling called the Nomad Story Slam.  From time to time I dive into the archive of 100’s of stories that have been told at the Nomad Story Slam over the last six years and pull out one of my favorites. At last March's event the theme was "comfort zone'. Noah Rivken, Mayor Fuller's Executive Aide, came and...

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Time for a Village14 party

Time for a Village14 party

Come one, come all, to the Bloggers Ball. On Monday Dec 9 Village14 will be hosting a long overdue party.  Starting at 7 PM until we run out of gas we'll be gathering at Paddy's Public House in West Newton.  They're setting aside the upstairs room for the occasion. Come bloggers, come commenters, come lurkers, come trolls, come friends of friends.  Everybody's...

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Ghost ship floats into the future

Ghost ship floats into the future

Six years ago I wrote this piece about the mysterious defunct Legion Barber Shop in Upper Falls.  The shop was shuttered in the 1990's and has remained untouched ever since.  Its even more amazing now, since six more years have passed, and still the ghostly barber shop looks like the barber walked out yesterday. The brick building that houses the Legion Barber Shop...

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Where should new housing go?

Amy Dain, a public policy researcher and consultant, has contributed this article to Commonwealth Magazine. I think it has some good ideas, but, beyond accessory apartments, I am not so knowledgeable about Newton's actions in this regard to offer analysis and comment about their applicability to our local scene. Would any of you like to weigh in about her concepts?...

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Greg Schwartz files papers for recount

Greg Schwartz files papers for recount

Newton City Councilor Greg Schwartz' campaign filed the required petitions today at Newton City Hall to have a hand recount of the Ward 6 Councilor-at-Large race,  according to City Clerk David Olson. "My office has certified the signatures on the forms and there are the required number of signatures," Olson wrote in an email. "At 5:30 tonight, the Election...

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Great news: Northland project aligns with environmentalists’ goals

Great news: Northland project aligns with environmentalists’ goals

fIn  an opinion piece in Commonwealth Magazine, “Bringing Nature Back into our Environment”, co-authored by Emily Norton, Newton City Councilor and Executive Director of the Charles River Watershed Association, and Reverend Vernon K. Walker, Program Manager of Communities Responding to Extreme Weather (CREW), the authors assert four critical strategies to creating...

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Fields of dreams, but unfortunately nightmares

I admit that I am obsessed with the poor condition of the athletic fields in the city. (This probably comes from almost three decades of coaching, 25 years of refereeing youth and high school teams, and many years of playing.) While I appreciate that Mayor Fuller increased the allocation for field maintenance by several thousand dollars in this year's budget, a...

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