Week in Review: Nov. 22-28
While many celebrated the joys of Thanksgiving, the city had a news-filled week.
Did you miss something this week in Newton? Here's an update on a few of the stories Newton Patch has covered for the last seven days.
At the start of the week, the School Committee voted unanimously to recommend a facilities package that includes permanent construction to expand F.A. Day Middle School and the purchase of up to six modulars for several elementary schools. At the same meeting, the committee also heard a final report on the anticipated increase to enrollment as well as a revamped bullying policy and procedure.
An attempted armed robbery at Dunkin' Donuts on Monday left police looking for assistance in finding the alleged suspect, who may have been involved with a break-in at Radiant Fuel Co. earlier in the evening.
On Tuesday, a Newton man was charged in federal court for possession of child pornography after an investigation lead FBI officials to more than 600 images and videos of child porn on the man's laptop computer.
Although Thanksgiving was not until Thursday, the rivalry tradition started on Tuesday with the annual Thanksgiving Football Luncheon between the Newton and Brookline Rotary Clubs. Later in the week, Newton North would beat Brookline in the Turkey Day game. Newton South, on the other hand, would lose to Lincoln-Sudbury despite a hard-fought battle and a growing tradition that has reached nearly four decades.
Tuesday also brought some sad news to the city as former City Clerk Ed English passed away late Tuesday night. English, who worked in the city for more than three decades, impacted the lives of many mayors, aldermen, residents and city employees.
The Land Use Committee this week heard more about possible FOG at the Chestnut Hill Sq. project on Rte. 9. The committee also voted Tuesday to approve a special permit for Bill's Pizzeria to expand and waive parking.
On Wednesday, we learned the Attorney General's office has plans to investigate Middlesex County Sheriff James DiPaola for campaign finance violations, who recently resigned prior to the publication of a Boston Globe investigative piece. However, a shocking turn of events in the case came just yesterday as police in Wells, ME found DiPaola dead in a hotel room of an apparent suicide.
With the Thanksgiving holiday, we heard from many local leaders and what they are thankful for this year. A Black Friday preview story got consumers ready to go for the big holiday and Newton Patch introduced a new weekly column called Tweets of the Week.