Another piece of Newton’s history gone!

Howard Haywood posted this on his Facebook page. 45 Curve St. West Newton ready for demolition leaving 21 homes from the original "Village" of the 1880's remaining. This…Posted by Howard M. Haywood on Thursday, January 7, 2016...
Marking an important day in Newton’s history

Marking an important day in Newton’s history

On this glorious day I keep thinking about a related day in Newton’s recent history and want to share while simultaneously plugging Legendary Locals of Newton and one of its subjects. Here’s the profile from the book: David Gaita, First Grade Teacher Came Out to...
Kid’s coins for history

Kid’s coins for history

150 years ago, when Newton’s Civil War Soldier’s Monument was being planned, the city ran a fundraising effort with Newton’s school children. 1100 students donated a dime to help fund construction of the monument. This past year, the Civil War...
Newton Muni-Wonk: Ban the Bag

Newton Muni-Wonk: Ban the Bag

Brookline’s done it, Marblehead is on it, now Newton is considering banning the plastic bag. Until last week, Newton’s Public Facilities Committee thought about adding a fee on plastic bags, after being pushed by Green Decade and a vocal environmentalist...
The teardowns just keep coming

The teardowns just keep coming

A timely article in Globe West today about a contractor in Needham trying to save older affordable homes in Needham from demolition by buying, renovating and selling them. Here’s what the developer, Barbara Jones, told the Globe: “Just to take down an old house...

There was a coup d’etat in Newton??

While researching for the book I am writing — “Legendary Locals of Newton” — I came across the very interesting narrative of the history of Newton. It’s not exactly as I remember it but I didn’t do a lot more than vote back then....
Philosophy of historic preservation

Philosophy of historic preservation

Back in March, I wrote about the mysterious construction project around the corner from my house, on the corner of Winter and Chestnut Streets.  The entire outside, the entire inside and much of the frame of the house was removed and then construction stopped. ...
History of Newton

History of Newton

Here’s an up to date history of Newton … if you lived in 1880. My Upper Falls neighbor Jan Huffman came across this interesting old history of Newton, written by Samuel Francis Smith in 1880.  He posted it on the Upper Falls Area Council Facebook page and...

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