Week in Review: Nov. 29 - Dec. 5
The city ushered in the holiday season this week in many ways.
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.
- The week started out with Cyber Monday sales across the internet as people tried to get the best online deals this holiday season.
- We also heard Monday that Mayor Setti Warren traveled to Washington D.C. and met with officials from the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development alongside the U.S. Conference of Mayors. to discuss Community Development Block Grants and their importance to the city's housing development and infrastructure.
- This week also brought more developments in the apparent suicide of Sheriff James DiPaola. On Monday, officials announced the suicide note would be handed over to the medical examiner. On Tuesday, it was announced how DiPaola's seat would be filled and the family announced Wednesday the start of a scholarship fund in DiPaola's name.
- On Tuesday night, Boston College had a brief emergency after an employee dropped a beaker of sulfuric acid in one of the science buildings on the Chestnut Hill campus. The employee suffered no major burns or injuries and no one was sent to the hospital. The college hired an outside hazardous materials team to come in and clear the area the next day.
- After a five hour meeting and a midnight vote on Tuesday night, the Land Use Committee approved a recommendation for the necessary zoning changes and special permits for the potential Chestnut Hill Square development on Rte. 9. The project will go to a full Board of Aldermen vote either tomorrow or Dec. 20.
- We found out Wednesday that Pie Bakery & Cafe in Newton Centre will close its doors for the next few weeks as it revamps and renovates both its menu and restaurant space.
- Wednesday evening also marked the first night of Hanukkah, and a community menorah lighting was held at the Mall at Chestnut Hill. Newton Patch also provided a lengthy events calendar as well as recipes for the Festival of Light.
- A group of residents opposing the snow ordinance handed in a petition Wednesday to the City Clerk's office. The Public Safety and Public Facilities Committees are set to have a meeting on the proposed ordinance this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in City Hall.
- In police news, a pair of Newton men were arrested earlier in the week after they were allegedly making employees and patrons of McDonald's uncomfortable. A couple of days later, a man was arrested in Newton Centre after he was allegedly threatening a clerk at Piccadilly Market and claimed he had a weapon.
- The city ushered in the holiday season with its annual holiday tree lighting celebration at City Hall Thursday night. Newton Patch put together a video of some of the scenes from the evening's events in case you missed it.