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Big transportation changes near the Waltham line

Big transportation changes near the Waltham line

A number of changes have taken place in the northern portion of the city, all for the better as far as I'm concerned.  First and foremost is the paving work that the city completed on Crafts Street between North Street and Waltham Street. This fresh, smooth pavement that has, so far, been untouched by anyone trying to fix a natural gas leak, is now lined with some...

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Surveillance Viral Testing Pilot – Parent Survey

SURVEILLANCE VIRAL TESTING PILOT FOR NEWTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS - PARENT SURVEY A group of scientists/physicians/parents are engaged in the "Safer Teachers, Safer Students: Back-to-School SARs-CoV-2 testing collaborative". This is a growing group of MA towns who are launching pilot programs to develop a comprehensive, coordinated infrastructure for surveillance...

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Newton Photo Scavenger Hunt: We have a Winner!

Newton Photo Scavenger Hunt: We have a Winner!

After ten weeks of the Newton Photo Scavenger Hunt, we have a winner!  Seventeen people identified one or more of the 50 objects that are odd or charming — and rather unique, rather permanent, and visible from publicly accessible property. Among these folks, the winner @Michael stands out, with 14 points, for his clever sleuthing and amazing walking energy (12-15...

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Newton’s lack of transparency

The Newton Police website has a public information page that can give you some top-level data, but if you really wanted to dig deeper, it's surprisingly difficult. For example, you can see the locations of bike/pedestrian incidents, but you can't do any data mining on the reports themselves. As was pointed out during a recent Public Saftey and Transportation...

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A weekend of live outdoor theater in Newton

A weekend of live outdoor theater in Newton

Yesterday the Newton Nomadic Theater kicked off a weekend of the first live theater by any theater group. any where in Greater Boston (I believe) since the lock-down began in March. Given how all our lives have played out over the last six months I don't think we could have come up with a better choice then Waiting For Godot - Covid19 Edition featuring Noni Lewis...

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Email from Mayor Fuller about COVID-19 at BC

Mayor's Update         I am gravely concerned about the transmission of COVID-19 at Boston College.   Commissioner of Health and Human Services (HHS) Deborah Youngblood, our HHS team and I have been meeting with Boston College for many weeks, including prior to their fall opening. We strongly encouraged strict adherence to public health guidelines.     Boston...

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‘Perhaps they’d never spoken to an educated young Latina before’

‘Perhaps they’d never spoken to an educated young Latina before’

The Globe brings us this personal story of navigating race, from Newtonian philanthropist Aixa Beauchamp: Sometimes you really have to couch what you’re trying to say. My husband and I joined a chichi country club about 10 years ago — at the time we were the only Latino couple who were members — and we were having dinner with a few other couples, and it turned out...

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Newton neighbors helping neighbors

Newton neighbors helping neighbors

On March 10th, as COVID-19 began to change the way we live, work, pray, play, and learn in our neighborhoods, Newton resident Shalini Tendulkar launched the Facebook group Newton Neighbors Helping Neighbors. In the first week, over 1,000 of you joined the effort looking for ways to support your community. Only 6 months later, our Facebook group is almost 4,000...

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Newton’s 9/11 honor role

As has become an annual tradition here on Village 14 here are the names of 17 individuals who died as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that are known to have a Newton connection. If you know of any additional names, please add them to the comments section. Mark Bavis, a Roslindale native who had recently moved to West Newton, was a hockey star at...

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Newton at high risk for West Nile … bring on the locusts

Newton at high risk for West Nile … bring on the locusts

Just when I was beginning to get numb to the strangeness of 2020, this arrived From the mayor's email newsletter High Risk of West Nile Virus The Massachusetts Department of Public Health today announced additional West Nile (WNV) virus cases in people in Middlesex County, where Newton is located. MDPH does not report human case information by city/town, rather by...

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Racists patterns in local policing

Racists patterns in local policing

Benyamin Meschede-Krasa is DefundNPD's Data Analyst Institutional racism is built into the structures of policing across our country and Newton, Massachusetts is no outlier. In Newton, we currently rely solely on the police department to analyze and report policing and crime data and thus far they have ignored trends of racist policing. An array of documents...

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