Welcome back to school

Coming back from a late August vacation, I caught up on emails and was struck by Mayor Fuller’s August 28 update, which focused on the current school department contract negotiations, providing the equivalent of an open letter to the Newton Teachers Association....

Fuller acknowledges Newton’s ‘poor grades on a housing report card’

This just in from Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller’s weekly email newsletter …

The Boston Foundation recently released its Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2019 looking at housing affordability and housing production in the 147 cities and towns in the five counties surrounding Boston.

We’re expensive. More specifically, the Report found that metro-Boston, which includes Newton, is one of the nation’s most expensive places to buy (4th in the U.S.) or rent (3rd in the U.S.). The authors highlighted that the limited supply of housing stock and high cost contributes to persistent racial segregation.

The Report evaluated each city and town. Newton had low scores except for

Our mayor becomes a grandmother!

Our mayor becomes a grandmother!

Mazel tov to Mayor Ruthanne Fuller and her husband Joe who just welcomed their first grandchild, Henry Joseph Resolved Fuller, to the world this morning in Chicago. We understand parents Roey and David Fuller and the entire family couldn’t be happier....
Here’s her full comment…
The City received only one response to our request for proposals for a site to locate a new police complex, and at first glance, I’ve got a few concerns.
That’s not to say the whole undertaking is off the table, but let’s just say there’ll have to be some tough negotiating to get the proposal to a place where it makes sense for the City.
A little background: A few months ago, Police Chief David MacDonald took me
Fuller: The state of our city is strong and the future is bright.

Fuller: The state of our city is strong and the future is bright.

Here’s a copy of Mayor Ruthanne Fuller’s first State of the City address delivered Feb. 20, 2018 at Newton City Hall.

Good Evening.

To President Laredo, Vice President Kalis, President Emeritus Baker, members of the City Council and the School Committee, everyone here at City Hall or watching at home, good evening.

I last stood here seven weeks ago when I had the honor of taking a solemn oath of office. On Inauguration Day, I pledged “to build a greater, better and more beautiful Newton to transmit to our children and grandchildren – grounded in our sense of civic duty, inspired by our shared vision, and fueled by our tradition of working together.”

Tonight, I’m here to re-affirm that building a greater, better, more beautiful Newton will be

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