Week in Review: Crowded Schools; Name Changes; Override Discussion Continues
The week's top headlines in Newton.
- Two pedestrians were reportedly struck in Newton Centre Monday night. The accidents happened just an hour apart.
- Newton School Department officials have recommended adding modular classrooms to four elementary schools to handle overcrowding.
- Meanwhile, Newton's student population continues to grow. During a presentation last week, officials indicated that next year's kindergarten class will top 960, with the district reaching 13,000 students by 2017.
- Don't forget to donate to the annual Newton Holiday Gift Drive.
- The officials at WS Development announced this week their plans to change the name of the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center to "The Street" to better reflect the upgrades and additions at the retail center.
- The MBTA attended Thursday night's public hearing for the Riverside Station project and Hotel Indigo. The transit officials gave some details on a proposed parking garage on the site.
- Is $11.4M enough for the proposed override? Aldermen continued the override discussion Thursday night and some aldermen may look to have the amount increased.