Friday, May 24, 2013
From Memorial Day parades to holiday fender benders, this live map shows delays and diversions on Boston area roads right now.
If you're on a mobile device, click here to view the map. When you're done getting gas and packing the car, check out the live results from MapQuest above to see what's standing between you and the start of your three-day weekend. Mapquest scans for parade routes, ongoing construction, block parties and traffic jams. If your route is green, your good. If it's red, you may be headed into a line of rubbernecking fools. Good luck!
Aldermen offered unanimous support for Newton Mayor Setti Warren's budget proposal.
Newton has an approved Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The Newton Board of Aldermen Monday night voted 22-0 to approve Mayor Setti Warren's $331 million FY14 budget. The approved budget includes $188 million for Newton Public Schools and represents an overall $13.4 million increase over the FY13 budget. "I am thankful to the members of the board of aldermen for their partnership,” Mayor Warren said Monday night. "This budget represents three-and-a-half years of work together to get our fiscal house in order, and build upon priorities such as excellence in education, unparalleled public safety, and improved capital infrastructure.” The budget also reflects Newton voters' support of Warren's $11.4 million override package, on which they voted in …
A Newton South High School student is headed to Lehigh University where she'll play basketball for the Mountain Hawks.
Standout Newton South basketball player Kayla Burton has been tapped as a member of Lehigh University's women's basketball team. Burton, a guard, is joined by Kari Moffat, another guard, and forwards Lexi Martins and Kiernan McCloskey, according to a press release. Lehigh women's basketball head coach Sue Troyan announced the newest members of her team on Thursday and said she felt confident the athletes were the right picks for the team. “We feel this is a very talented group of student-athletes who will represent our program as both outstanding students as well as quality basketball players,” Troyan said in a press release. “They are players who have come from very successful high school and AAU programs, and who have a strong …
You can use this gas price widget to always find the lowest price of the moment. Pro tip: Gas up early this week to save money.
Click here for a full-screen view of the gas price map. If you don't see a map of our local area, click the magnifying glass in the upper right to enter your address. Nationwide, gas prices were predicted to be lower this summer compared to the last three years, but that won't translate into savings at the pump this Memorial Day weekend, experts said. "Motorists this year are facing rising gas prices heading into the Memorial Day holiday," said Michael Green, a AAA spokesman, adding that Memorial Day 2013 would probably be the most expensive since 2011. In past years, prices have declined heading into early summer as oil refineries produced more gasoline to meet expected summer driving demand. This year, though, Midwest refineries haven…
What's open on the housing market this weekend? Share your local open houses with Newton Patch readers.
Check out this weekend's open houses by flipping through the photos to the right. The details for each home are included the captions. Did we miss an open house? We're hoping our readers and real estate agents can fill us in on any open houses happening in town. If you know of one, or a few, let us know. Here's how: Thanks for contributing!
New off-leash options, films at the library, softball and a prayer breakfast reminder.
1. New Off-Leash Options? The Off-Leash Area Working Group will meet today at 9:30 a.m. in room 202 at City Hall. On the agenda: Additional sites. 2. Picture Books on Film. The Newton Library will show short films based on picture books from 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. 3. The Newton South softball team travels to Cochituate Field in Wayland today to take on the Wayland High School team. The game is set for 4 p.m. 4. Have you checked out Newton Patch's Local Voices blogs lately? There's everything from local goings on to home improvement tips there. 5. Prayer Breakfast. There's still time to purchase a ticket to the Mayor's Community Prayer Breakfast. It's next Wednesday, May 29 at 7:15 a.m.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
The campaign committee called “Koutoujian for Congress” allows the candidate to raise money for a campaign and hire campaign staff.
Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian announced Thursday that he is opening a Congressional campaign committee account. The move is a serious indication that Koutoujian will run for U.S. Congress if Congressman Edward Markey wins the U.S. Senate special election next month. "I have dedicated my life to working on issues important to the people I have been honored to represent as a legislator and now as Sheriff. If given the opportunity, I intend to fight for the people of the 5th Congressional district as their representative in Washington," said Koutoujian. "Throughout my career, I have focused on guaranteeing access to quality, affordable health care, enacting common sense measures to strengthen our economy, ensuring public …
Newton North students enjoyed a locally sourced, chef-prepared lunch Wednesday as part of Local Vendor Day.
One of the top-performing publicly traded companies in the region, according to the Boston Globe's annual rankings, is coming to Newton.
Belmont Savings Bank was named the Boston Globe’s annual rankings of the 100 top-performing publicly traded companies headquartered in Massachusetts in the Sunday Boston Globe, and online. The bank plans to open its first Newton branch inside the Newtownville Shaw's on Aug. 6. This is the first time the bank has been on the Globe 100 -- it came in at number 65. The 25th annual Globe 100 ranking was developed based on how well companies increased sales, profits, and returns for shareholders in 2012. “This is a tremendous accomplishment for Belmont Savings Bank that would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of all our employees. Our strategy of combining the same technology and services of the big banks with the …
This Newton baritone will play The King in "The Magic Mirror," opening on May 30 at the Boston Center for the Arts.