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By adamg - 6/9/22 - 10:03 pm

A group of Newton residents have formed a foundation to start the Newton Beacon to give the Garden City the sort of news coverage it lost long ago as GateHouse and now Gannett, which is really still GateHouse, slashed its reporting staff in the Boston area and elsewhere. Read more.

By adamg - 5/21/22 - 11:05 pm

Boston College, Boston and Newton police searched the campus for the man, who made his call around 10:50 p.m. The call was eventually tracked to California.

By adamg - 5/6/22 - 10:53 am

Scott Van Voorhis tallies up the problems at Boston construction sites, following Wednesday's floor collapse at the old South Boston power plant: Six workers have died at construction sites in Boston, Cambridge and Newton over the past 14 months, including the death of a worker at the Government Center Garage demolition in March.

By adamg - 5/4/22 - 9:14 pm
May 4th message on Mass. roads: Scruffy nerd herders stop littering

Lori Henault spotted this message on signs on the turnpike in both Newton and downtown today, on Star Wars Day. Yes, it's a thing; Han needs to only toss his trash in approved garbage compactors.

By adamg - 4/28/22 - 11:12 pm

Live Boston reports that Boston Police human-trafficking officers say they caught a prominent local attorney with his pants down - on account of the woman orally servicing him in his car - in a garage at the South Bay mall around 6:30 p.m. yesterday. Read more.

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By adamg - 4/14/22 - 5:59 pm
Suspects in photos released last year

Surveillance photos released by Newton PD last year.

Newton Police have issued arrest warrants for two New York City men on charges they broke into a series of homes owned by Asian-Americans last year, Mayor Rutheanne Fuller reported this afternoon. Read more.

By adamg - 4/8/22 - 3:50 pm

Chestnut Hill woman relives the trauma of finding a live turkey in her family room.

By adamg - 4/4/22 - 11:15 pm

The Globe reports the Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld Bradford Casler's convictions for the 2016 Sweet Tomatoes crash.

By adamg - 3/25/22 - 9:18 am
Hummingbird Books storefront

The still covered storefront, by Sean the roving UHub photographer

The Boston Real Estate Times reports the imminent opening of Hummingbird Books at the Street mall on Rte. 9.

By adamg - 3/17/22 - 11:38 am

NPR reports that Pres. Biden has appointed Dr. Ashish Jha as the new White House COVID-19 response coordinator.

Jha, dean of the School of Public Health at Brown University, is a Newton resident. He serves on a task force advising Newton Public Schools on Covid-19 issues, most recently, on when to let students take off their masks.

By adamg - 3/17/22 - 9:42 am

Greg Reibman at the Charles River Regional Chamber reports that Gannett will stop printing the Newton Tab, Needham Times and Watertown Tab & Press in May. It shut its paper serving some Boston neighborhoods in December.

By adamg - 3/9/22 - 11:51 am

Newton School Superintendent David Fleishman today warned parents that he's looking at layoffs for the coming school year, partly because of declining enrollment but mainly because of increased costs for insurance, busing and special education, on top of a budget this year already stretched by Covid-19, both through extra use of city-funded health plans and the need to hire more substitutes, and a decline in revenue from renting out school facilities. Read more.

By adamg - 3/2/22 - 10:55 pm

After hearing from its medical experts at a meeting last night, the Newton School Committee informally voted yesterday to make masks optional in most indoor spaces as of March 8, School Superintendent David Fleishman wrote parents today. Read more.

By adamg - 3/1/22 - 12:49 pm

A federal appeals court today declined to toss criminal charges against Newton District Court Judge Shelley Joseph and her courtroom deputy Wesley MacGregor that stem from the way they helped a defendant wanted as part of a Trump-era ICE crackdown on immigrants slip out the back door of their courthouse while ICE agents waited in the lobby. Read more.

By adamg - 2/26/22 - 9:24 pm

Katya Malakhova of Newton, who founded a Ukrainian relief program five years ago, is collecting first-aid supplies to go out in a Wednesday shipment to Ukraine. Specifically:

Large amounts of bandages, multi trauma dressings, gloves (size large and medium), IV starter kits, medical scissors, Ibuprofen, Tylenol, aspirin, antibiotic cream, eye wash, burn aid, antiseptics.

By adamg - 2/26/22 - 12:51 pm
Truck in Charles River

State Police report the truck, carrying mail, somehow slid down a long embankment from Rte. 128 north near the ramp to the turnpike and Rte. 30 just before noon. The driver, who can't swim, managed to get onto the top of his cab, from which he was rescued by Weston firefighters. The Newton Fire Department reports he was taken to a local hospital for observation.

By adamg - 2/24/22 - 2:02 pm

Service Properties Trust, a Newton-based real-estate investment trust that owns more than 300 hotels in the US, including the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge, today sued nine insurers for refusing to pay out for its Covid-19 losses since the start of the pandemic. Read more.

By adamg - 2/23/22 - 11:05 am

Eric Bolduan, 47, of Rochester, MN, yesterday pleaded guilty to transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure another person for threatening e-mails he sent to a Boston College student he apparently found at random on social media. Read more.

By adamg - 2/18/22 - 12:04 am
Newton city seal showing John Eliot converting Native Americans

A Newton city working group has concluded its time to change the city seal, which now shows British missionary John Eliot lecturing the local Native Americans in the 1600s on why they should convert to Christianity. Read more.

By adamg - 2/11/22 - 1:02 pm
Fuller

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller said today that residents and visitors can free their faces indoors starting next Friday - although she added that individual businesses can still require patrons to don masks. Read more.

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