Land adjoining Webster Woods to be sold to Boston College

The congregation of Congregation Miskhan Tefila has voted to sell 24 acres adjoining Webster Conservation area to Boston College. Read the whole story on the Newton Tab. View Boston Globe coverage here. 



A message about tomorrow’s election from Alderman Lisle Baker

Dear friends:

I concur with what Ruthanne has recommended about the contested races for Aldermen and School Committee except that I would add current Alderman Jim Cote to the list from Ward 3. Also, for the Charter Commission, while there are many able candidates, I especially recommend Anne Larner, Brooke Lipsitt and George Mansfield because of their long experience with Newton government. Finally, while your Ward 7 aldermen are unopposed – (Ruthanne, Marc Laredo, and me at the end of the ballot) – we also welcome your support. In the meantime, thank you and best wishes,

Alderman Lisle Baker

Next Boston College home game on October 31st

On Saturday, October 31st at 12:30 pm the BC football team will play Virginia Tech. They will play NC State at home on the following Saturday, November 7, with the time TBD. You can keep track of the BC foot ball schedule on their website here.




Come on by and see this beautiful new solar system that was just installed by Newton Solar Challenge solar partner  Blue Selenium Solar.  Learn more about how solar works, looks, and saves Newton homeowners money. Speak with our solar partners Sunlight Solar Energy and Blue Selenium as well as local environmental organization Green Newton. Also, hear more about the The Village Bank “solar loan” for Newton homeowners, which is designed to increase solar adoption and ownership in our community.

Location:  87 Thurston Road, Newton, MA 02464

Time and Date:  Saturday, October 10 –  1:00pm to 4:00pm

Homecoming fireworks at Boston College on October 8

This week is Homecoming week at Boston College.  To kick off Homecoming there will be a fireworks show on the evening of October 8 starting at 8:15 pm.  The show will run for 12-15 minutes.  Neighbors are invited to attend and view the fireworks from inside Alumni Stadium.  Entrance to the event will be through Gate D on the Recreation Complex side of the stadium.

Neighborhood break -ins: information from Newton police

After hearing reports of neighborhood break-ins, our local aldermen, Ruthanne Fuller and Lisle Baker inquired with the Newton police, and here is what they learned from  the Chief of Police:

Aldermen Fuller and Baker:

Between 9/14 and 10/1 there were 4 burglaries at Chestnut Hill addresses.  One of the locations was an apartment at Avalon Bay or 160 Boylston Street.

The other addresses are on:  Hobart Rd., Middlesex Rd. and Old Orchard Rd.  One of the homes had unlocked doors.

The methods of entry are not consistent.  However, electronic devices and jewelry are targets of the thieves among some other items.  

Our Crime Analyst has been in touch with the Brookline Police.  They have not had any break-ins near the Newton line recently.

We will continue to look at this matter.  I will talk with the Detective Bureau and Patrol Bureau about the problems again tomorrow.  

I don’t feel that the neighborhood is experiencing a crime wave.  However, people need to lock their homes and cars and report suspicious behavior.  

We can participate in a neighborhood meeting if desirable.  I will update you if there is any progress on the above.


Chief Howard Mintz