A senior center for seniors

It is no surprise that Marian Leah Knapp offers a thoughtful, eloquent, and on-target assessment of the issues surrounding a senior center for Newton (in the latest issue of the Tab.) Marian is a recognized authority on the general issue of aging and she has been...

Albemarle and Article 97

Wow, the Preserve Newton Parks group (centered on Albemarle but also comprising people from around the city) has put together a gangbuster memorandum of law suggesting why use of that park would activate the provisions of Article 97 of the state constitution....
Confirmation bias strikes City Hall

Confirmation bias strikes City Hall

Confirmation bias–“the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories”–is a cognitive error often found in the world of medicine. It occurs when a doctor rather quickly reaches a conclusion as to...

Mayor asks working group to re-assess NewCAL sites, including Newton Centre triangle

I am the Chair of the Newton Council on Aging. Last night, we had our first meeting of the year, which was also one of the NewCAL Community Meetings. The meeting was attended by Mayor Fuller and Commissioners Colino, DeRubeis and Morse, members of the Council on Aging, and a very small number of members of the community.

The purpose of this letter is to apprise the community of what happened at our meeting last night.

NewCAL community meeting at F. A. Day Middle School

NewCAL community meeting at F. A. Day Middle School

A substantial group of citizens, including children demonstrators, greeted City officials tonight at a NewCAL information session at F. A. Day Middle School. Opponents to the siting of this senior center qua community center at Albemarle Park dominated the comments....

Back from the Parks & Recreation Commission

Having just returned from the Parks and Recreation Commission informational meeting on the NewCAL proposal, I have several observations: First, the high level of professionalism of the city officials was demonstrated throughout the evening. Josh Morse’s, Jayne...

Council on Aging supports Albemarle as ‘potential’ NewCAL site

Newton’s Council on Aging have shared the following letter, which was sent to the Parks and Recreation Commission in support of NewCAL at Albmarle Field.

As members of Newton’s Council on Aging, we have been long time advocates for a new Senior Center.

We have followed the NewCAL site selection process closely, and look forward to the feasibility study to follow. We appreciate that enormous effort has been expended in getting to this point, with the thoughtful and thorough involvement of many participants. We want to

NewCAL heads to the Parks & Recreation Commission

The Parks and Recreation Commission is holding its first public meeting on the NewCAL proposal on Monday at 7pm in City Hall, Room 211. The Commission has tremendous power with regard to any changes in use of the City’s open spaces, and they have a manual that...
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...

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...