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The Week's Top Stories: State of the City, Local Politics, a Fire and a Blizzard

Check out the week's most read stories in Newton.

  • Two former aldermen announced this week their plans to run again for the Newton Board of Aldermen. Rick Lipof announced his candidacy for Ward 8 alderman-at-large and Allan Ciccone Sr. announced his bid for Ward 1 alderman-at-large.
  • In other Newton political news, Waban resident Chris Steele announced his candidacy for Ward 5 alderman-at-large.
  • The Newton Election Commission recommended that the city not hold a special election to fill Ald. Carleton Merrill's seat.
  • A three-alarm fire broke out at an apartment complex on Charlesbank Road this week, leaving several families without a home.
  • Mayor Setti Warren gave his State of the City address Monday night and stressed the importance of the upcoming override vote.
  • A new principal has been chosen for Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School.
  • The Turtle Lane Playhouse in Auburndale closed its doors this week.
  • A big storm hit the Newton area this week, dumping nearly two feet of snow. It forced schools to close the city into a snow emergency. Gov. Deval Patrick also issued a travel ban for part of Friday and Saturday and the MBTA remains shut down as of Saturday evening. Check out our Newton Storm Center for complete coverage of the blizzard and don't forget to add your photos to our Newton blizzard photo gallery.

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