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By adamg - 6/30/20 - 12:52 pm

UMass Amherst yesterday notified students and parents that students who want to return to campus this fall can do so, with major restrictions (like no visitors in their dorm rooms and the requirement to take a Covid-19 test on demand, oh, and most classes will be held remotely, anyway).

But the school says it has an option for students who are all about that campus life but who might not feel comfortable actually being on the state's largest public-university campus - its satellite campus 80 miles away in Newton. Read more.

By adamg - 3/25/20 - 5:46 pm

For the second time, a federal court has ruled that Mt. Ida College owes students nothing for the way it suddenly shut down, not even those who were screwed because the closure didn't leave them enough time to find placement at a different school. Read more.

By adamg - 3/18/20 - 5:54 pm

Simon announced today that Copley Place, the Shops at Chestnut Hill, South Shore Plaza and 11 other malls it owns in Massachusetts will close tonight and stay closed through at least March 29 due to Covid-19 concerns.

By Ron Newman - 3/18/20 - 3:18 am

Artists' organizations in Newton, Lexington, and Somerville have all cancelled their Open Studios events that were scheduled for April and May weekends this year. Lexington's statement explains: Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 2:12 pm

Newton Police announce that the city's annual winter ban on overnight parking, due to end on March 31, has been ended immediately.

As always please pay attention to other existing parking signage.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 11:15 am

Nine Orthodox congregations in the Boston area are telling members they are shutting their buildings at 3 p.m. - and are urging congregants not to form minyans in people's homes, since that would defeat the goal of trying to keep people apart through social distancing. Read more.

By adamg - 3/8/20 - 9:05 pm

A Newton resident with a child at the Horace Mann Elementary School has tested positive for Covid-19 and both are now self quarantining at home, School Superintendent David Fleishman told parents in e-mail tonight.

School will open as scheduled on Monday, Fleishman added: Read more.

By adamg - 3/8/20 - 4:32 pm
No more sanitizing wipes at Wegmans

The Chestnut Hill Wegmans was completely out of sanitizing wipes this morning - and a sign indicates they have little hope of getting more. But they did have plenty of bleach, Pledge and Windex.

By adamg - 3/4/20 - 9:00 am

WBUR reports Newton yesterday approved a ballot question allowing a developer to turn a 23-acre parcel in Newton Upper Falls into a mixed-use development with 800 apartments - 120 designated below market rate - and office and retail space.

By adamg - 3/3/20 - 11:55 am

Something happened to the overhead wires at Newton Highlands and that caused some significant problems on the Riverside Line, the MBTA reports.

By adamg - 3/1/20 - 9:59 pm

Students and staffers at Newton North High School who returned yesterday from a month-long exchange program in Florence were told today to stay home from school until they can be cleared by city and state health officials of any possible Covid-19 infection, School Superintendent David Fleishman said in an e-mail to Newton school parents tonight. Read more.

By adamg - 2/14/20 - 12:06 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today dismissed a homeowner's suit against the city of Newton over the flood of sewage and debris that poured into her basement after two nearby sewer pumps failed, ruling the pumps didn't fail due to anything the city had done wrong. Read more.

By adamg - 1/22/20 - 10:13 pm
Car on Eliot platform on the Green Line

The meaning of the sign is pretty clear, and yet obviously the driver went way past it. Read more.

By adamg - 1/17/20 - 2:44 pm

Transit Police report that around 10 a.m. a woman, 20, was hit by an inbound Worcester Line train in West Newton while she was on the tracks for some reason. She was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries, police say, adding foul play is not suspected.

By adamg - 1/17/20 - 11:23 am
Old trolleys for sale

The MBTA has hired an auction firm for online bidding of several old Green Line trolleys now rusting away at the Riverside yard. Read more.

By adamg - 1/14/20 - 11:08 am

Newton Police have put out an APB for a man who spotted a customer's unattended laptop at the Langley Road Dunkin' Donuts and walked off with it yesterday.

By adamg - 1/4/20 - 9:09 pm

Transit Police report a 40-year-old woman suffered serious injuries when she was hit by an inbound Riverside Line trolley at Newton Centre around 7:45 p.m.

Transit Police detectives are currently investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident.

By adamg - 1/1/20 - 7:53 pm

Shortly before 7 p.m., inbound service on the Riverside Line was delayed after a trolley's brakes seized up at Newton Highlands - a day after one of the new trolleys suffered an embarrassing failure at Park Street.

By adamg - 11/13/19 - 1:31 pm

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today reinstated a Connecticut finance company's defamation and conspiracy lawsuit against a Newton lawyer for a man who owes it more than $20 million, ruling the lawyer is not protected by Massachusetts case law that bars suits against lawyers for statements they make involving lawsuits they're involved in. Read more.

By adamg - 11/6/19 - 8:47 pm

Transit Police report a man on the Worcester Line tracks was hit by an inbound train around 8:10 p.m. in the area of Lowell Avenue in Newton.

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