Leaf blower demonstration at City Hall

Leaf blower demonstration at City Hall

On a gorgeous fall afternoon yesterday, several alders, many landscapers taking time out of their work day, Jonathan Dame from the Tab, and interested members of the public (including even a woman from Lincoln) gathered on the Comm Ave median across from City Hall for...

Board’s timetable for Austin Street vote

I asked BOA President Scott Lennon about the anticipated schedule for the Land Use and full board votes on Austin Street. I also wanted to make sure it didn’t have to go through any other committees such as Finance. His answer follows: “Austin Street is...

VIDEO: Ward 8 At-Large Alderman/City Council seat

Here’s the video from the Newton League of Women Voters/NewTV forum eaturing the three candidates running for the Ward 8 At-Large Alderman/City Council seat: incumbents Rick Lipof and David Kalis plus challenger Frank Wolpe. Voters will have a chance to elect two of...

For the record, I do not endorse candidates

There’s a campaign e-mail making the rounds from alderman/council candidate Jake Auchincloss which includes a quote from me (along with a quotes, from Congressman Seth Moulton, Newton Economic Development Commission Chair Steve Feller and TAB Editor Andy Levin)...

VIDEO: Ward 2 At-Large Alderman/City Council seat

Here’s the video from the Newton League of Women Voters/NewTV forum featuring the four candidates running for the Ward 2 At-Large Alderman/City Council seat: Incumbents Marcia Johnson and Susan Albright and challengers Lynne  LeBlanc and Auchincloss. Voters will have...

VIDEO: Ward 3 At-Large Alderman/City Council seat

Here’s the video from the Newton League of Women Voters/NewTV forum featuring the three candidates running for the Ward 3 At-Large Alderman/City Council seat: Incumbents Ted Hess-Mahan and Jim Cote and challenger Julia Malakie. Voters will have a chance to elect two...

Malakie: How about every other week trash pickup?

Alderman/City Council At Large candidate Julia Malakie floated an idea at the candidates forum in the Highlands Sunday that I hadn’t heard before: Newton, Malakie said, might want to consider going to every other week trash pickup as a way to save...
Why did Brian Yates join the NVA candidates slate?

Why did Brian Yates join the NVA candidates slate?

I’ve always considered Alderman Brian Yates to be something of a maverick. First elected in 1987, it’s not always easy to predict where Yates would come down on many issues. It’s often even harder at times to guess his reasons behind some votes.  I...