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...
Thanks to all the candidates!

Thanks to all the candidates!

Wandering through the Harvest Fair today, I had a chance to visit with a number of the City Council and School Committee candidates (some shown here), and I was reminded again that we owe them all a debt of gratitude. It’s not an easy time to put yourself...

How much should global warming matter?

Note to self: Be prepared for extensive abuse emanating from this column. The question I’m asking today is how much global warming should matter when we are considering whom to vote for in the forthcoming elections for City Councilors. Please note, I am not...
Now, what about the fields?

Now, what about the fields?

With the recent talk about Webster Woods and NewCAL, it is notable that there has been no discussion with regard to the maintenance of the playing fields in Newton. A not-so-secret observation by those us who regularly see and use the fields as players, coaches,...
Unanswered NewCAL FAQs–Part 2 [Updated]

Unanswered NewCAL FAQs–Part 2 [Updated]

Second in series. A friend of mine, an accomplished economist, was once testifying before a regulatory body. The opposing lawyer, in an attempt to question his credentials, noted that he had listed membership in the American Economic Association. “What does it...
Unanswered NewCAL FAQs–Part 1

Unanswered NewCAL FAQs–Part 1

As we prepare for the various public meetings (including the community meetings on September 19 and 23) on the subject of the Newton Center for Active Living (NewCAL), it will instructive to look at the materials presented on the project’s website. Since the...

Shortened Winter+ Overnight Parking Ban

The “Arbitrary Parking Ban” isn’t quite as arbitrary as before but it’s still not just a “Winter Parking Ban” because March is included. Yes, we can have snow here in March. But it’s never been a “Snow Emergency Overnight Parking Ban.” Whether it snows or is beautiful...
The big fat Big Belly contract

The big fat Big Belly contract

Now that the Boston Globe is making a commitment to suburban news coverage, and particularly in Newton, maybe they can focus some of their efforts on abuses of mayoral power that have skirted state law. An example was the roll-out of the Big Belly trash collection...

The cart is speeding off without the horse

Mayor Fuller is clearly feeling the heat for the opaque process used to choose a site for the Newton Center for Active Living, or NewCAL, (styled by her as “the community center focused on seniors.”) So in this week’s email to us all, she announces a...
City Council-palooza tonight

City Council-palooza tonight

The bleachers of torment (or as my chiropractor probably thinks of them; his daughter’s college fund) should be filled tonight as our city councilors are scheduled vote on two contentious items: the proposed mixed-use project at Washington Place and the...