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The special permit process & the city councilors’ role

The special permit process & the city councilors’ role

          When Ted Hess-Mahon was a member of the City Council, every time a controversial special permit/site plan was filed, he stressed here and in the council how the councilors are required to function as a judicial body, and not a legislative body as they normally do, when deliberating a petition   From Newton’s best practices....

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Help bring a mile of art to Newton

Help bring a mile of art to Newton

Plans are afoot once again to bring a mile long outdoor art exhibition to Newton this summer - but we need your help.  Fundraising has begun for an outdoor two month sculpture exhibition along the Upper Falls Greenway in June.  The show is the work of N2 Innovation District, in partnership with Studios Without Walls and the New Art Center.   Each artist will pick...

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Mother’s Day pop up shop pops up on Washington Street

Mother’s Day pop up shop pops up on Washington Street

The pop up shop that popped up at 801 Washington Street just before Valentine's Day is back in Newtonville to host a Mother's Day pop-up - The Shop on Washington. In addition to a very full roster artisan gifts there site will a robust series of special events through the rest of the week.   If you've been, let us know what you think.

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MBTA finalizes bus route changes 

The MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board today approved 36 near-term changes to bus service, including several changes of interest to Newton bus riders (Nos. 52, 59, 60 and 501-504)   Specific details have not been announced but a summary can be found here. We will update with specifics when available.   Changes will be implemented in late 2019 and early 2020,...

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Charter amendments on city council agenda tonight

Amy Sangiolo's email newsletter provides the relevant links to the latest charter revisions debate. The City Council’s agenda for it’s Full Council Meeting includes a request for Home Rule Legislation to amend the City’s Charter to include 2019 recommendations by the Charter Subcommittee except for those related to composition and term limits for the City Council...

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Prime parking pricing pondered for Newton Center

City councilors are considering a proposal that potentially could lead to higher prices at some Newton Centre parking meters, John Hilliard from the Globe reports. In a proposal to the City Council’s Public Safety and Transportation Committee in April, planning officials discussed increasing short-term parking fees in Newton Centre from 75 cents to $1 per hour on...

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FREE! New play at Waban Library, Saturday

FREE! New play at Waban Library, Saturday

Staged readings of a new play - Maura Dunne by Aidan Parkinson.   Aidan Parkinson is a playwright, an actor and a novelist.  The Newton Nomadic Theater will be hosting a staged reading of his new play, Maura Dunne - directed by John Quinn.   A political war, a teenager, a gun, a grieving mother, a prisoner ... and the meaning of forgiveness.   The Play:   Dublin....

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Need Narcan?

Need Narcan?

So, I was musing on Facebook this morning about the electronic sign the City put in front of my house in April that will be there through the end of May, and an FBF who lives across from Albemarle Field posted this photo of the view from her front door.  The banner is across the street from a residential neighborhood comprised of single and two family homes, at the...

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Newton North Senior becomes famous for opening email

I present the video that a student took of herself opening the acceptances (all sent digitally) to the 20 (!) schools she applied to. This video has earned her some major YouTube cred and also landed her in the Washington Post in a piece titled “High schoolers are inviting thousands of strangers to watch as they get into college — and get rejected”.

These videos are somewhat of a “thing” on YouTube, with some amassing more than a million views. Nina Wang, the Newton North student (who, I hear, is headed to MIT) has more than 700,000 views as of this writing. 

Of course, she warns “don’t compare yourself to me, as the college process is stupid and unpredictable as f*ck.”

For the record, she got into 8 schools, waitlisted at 4 and rejected from 8. 

 

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Mason-Rice Green Team to receive award from the Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Students at the Mason-Rice Elementary School are leading efforts to educate their classmates on the 3R's (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) and what is currently recyclable in Newton.  These students understand the need to reduce our use of single-use plastics like polystyrene food containers, which is difficult to recycle.  When they are not learning about plastic pollution...

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