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The 413 on the Newton commuter rail and ward 2 politics

There may not be much local news converge of Newton and our city council races these days but  Western Massachusetts Politics & Insight is a Springfield-based political blog has just posted a piece that looks at Newton commuter rail and even the ward 2 city council contest. Both Ward 2 City Council candidates, the incumbent Emily Norton and challenger Bryan...

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Public Health Advisory Issued for Crystal Lake

This just in:  The Health and Human Services Department has issued a public health advisory for Crystal Lake due to elevated amounts of algae. The algae blooms may produce toxins and can make people and pets sick if swallowed, have direct skin contact, or inhaled. Because they do not know if the algae is at harmful levels, the City is advising users to do the...

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Here’s what 2.5 acres looks like (corrected on Aug 7)

Here’s what 2.5 acres looks like (corrected on Aug 7)

While we await the architects' rendering of the space use of NewCAL on city parkland, I thought I'd offer my own schematic as to the land taking that would result on one candidate site, Weeks Park (not Weeks Playground, as the Mayor called it.) A soccer field is about one acre. [This was incorrect. I just learned that it is 1.5 acres, so I've adjusted the image...

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TransitMatters: Transformative Transportation for Newton, August 8, 7pm

Tired of traffic?  Come learn how Regional Rail can transform transportation In Newton and other Greater Boston communities. Transformative Transportation for Newton Thursday, August 8, at 7 pm Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium Josh Fairchild and Jarred Johnson from TransitMatters will offer a vision of what a truly modern regional rail system would look like,...

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Hemlock Gorge: Dedication of Brian Yates Memorial, Aug.6

Hemlock Gorge: Dedication of Brian Yates Memorial, Aug.6

The Friends of Hemlock Gorge invite everyone to the dedication of a granite memorial bench honoring the late Brian Yates -- a founding member of the FHG, its third president, a Newton City Councilor for three decades, and an untiring environmentalist. The dedication will be held August 6 (rain date August 7) at 5:30PM near the Stone Building at 1330 Boylston Street,...

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Later High School Start Times and Shorter Class Days May be Closer

Later High School Start Times and Shorter Class Days May be Closer

            The following is an excerpt from the announcement in the Newton Patch on August 1, 2019.  Newton To Cut 50 Minutes From School Day For High Schools   The decision to revamp the high school schedule has also been a longtime coming ... "We are committed to making it happen because it's in the best welfare of students,"...

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Mayor Fuller: NewCAL site narrowed to six locations

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller wrote in a memo today that the NewCAL Working Group, which is working on identifying a site for a new Senior Center, has narrowed the list of possibilities from 24 to six: Albemarle Playground/Field (on Albemarle Road in West Newton) Cabot Park (probably on the northern portion of the site near Newtonville Avenue and East Side Parkway in...

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City of Newton is — finally — looking to upgrade its website!

Finally, here’s something we can all agree about: The city’s website leaves a lot to be desired. The good news is the city leaders are finally planning a major redesign with a planned upgrade. The project will probably take just over a year to complete. And they say they “really want to know what you expect and need out of the city website.” So they’ve created this survey for input. Responses will be collected through Aug. 6. Vote early and often. read more




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