02-27-14 News

Newton Upper Falls news, activities and events
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The Upper Falls News is an email newsletter about what's going on in our village.  The Upper Falls News is brought to you by the Upper Falls Area Council but it's intended to cover any and all news in the village. 

Upper Falls Trivia -  What was the name for the Charles River in the language of the local Punkapoag tribe of Native Americans?

Bob's Sub & Study - The new free PSAT/SAT math tutoring sessions at Bob's Sub on Elliot St. got off to a good start last weekend.  The Saturday morning classes (9-10:30 AM) are open to anyone in the neighborhood and they've also just added a Tuesday afternoon (4 - 5:30 PM) session.  You're welcome to join either the Saturday or Tuesday session for the remaining four weeks of the course.  Thanks again to Ben Lee, the owner of Bob's Sub Stop and to Jason Zheng the tutor, for putting together this wonderful program for Upper Falls students.

If you have any neighbors with high school kids please pass this info on (and tell them to subscribe to the Upper Falls News).  If you'd like to have tutoring for a different subject or a different age group, send an email and they may consider adding it at some point.

Stop That Plow - Here's a strange tale of one of our local plow guys.

Greenway Volunteers Get Going - Last week's kickoff meeting for the Friends of The Upper Falls Greenway got off to a good start with about a dozen attendees.  Four committees were set up (Landscaping, Events, Communications, and Bridge Building).  Two of those committees will be meeting this Monday at the Emerson Center and are looking for more recruits.
*  7-8 PM Landscapring Committee - to begin plans for plantings, kiosks, benches, “sunset deck”, wayfinding signs, weed control, RR switch restoration and installation

*  8-9 PM Communication Committee - website, Facebook, newsletter, email lists

Another Winter Problem - Chris Murphy sent along this short video he made that shows one more unusual snow related problem that you may not have thought about.

Save This House - The house at 192 Elliot St is soon scheduled for demolition.  Though the house was built in 1835, it lies outside of the Upper Falls Historic District and so the developer is permitted to knock it down and replace it.  Local resident and Area Councilor Nina Kochs has written this impassioned open letter, detailing the history of the house, and with a plea to somehow find a way to save it.

Neighborhood Huckster at Work - Your Upper Falls News editor has been making the rounds in recent week's, publicizing the new print version of the "King's Handbook of Newton".  The book is an 1889 guide book to the city of Newton and we've republished it as a fundraiser to help with the rebuilding of the Emerson Playground.  Here's a story on NewTV and one from the Newton Tab.

Upper Falls at the School Committee - Tag team Maxine and Mark Bridger spoke on behalf of Upper Falls at this month's School Committee meeting.  On this video at time 13:30, Maxine makes an appeal for the School Committee to do away with school bus fees, which disproportionately affect our neighborhood.  At time 16:00, Mark urges the committee to consider building an elementary school in Upper Falls rather than super-sizing the Zervas School in the coming construction.

March is Upper Falls Month - Historic Newton's will be celebrating and exploring Upper Falls in March as part of its "City of Villages" series.  Starting on Monday, there will be a display case of historic Upper Falls'obilia in the Newton Library, just outside the Research section.  The display will remain there for the month.  On March 20 there will be a free lecture on "Workers’ Housing and Mill Buildings: Redevelopment in Upper Falls" at the library. So at least until April comes around, get down with your Upper Falls history, starting with this ...

An Upper Falls Memory - Larry Smith sent along these Upper Falls memories from the 1940's -  "Upper Falls had its own movie theatre which was the Emerson School auditorium.  Every Saturday afternoon feature Hollywood films and cartoons would be shown. The admission price was a nickel for kids and a dime for adults. Every Saturday the auditorium would be filled to capacity with kids and adults enjoying the movies.

Also, Upper Falls had its own dance hall which was Forresters Hall located at the top of Pettee Street across from the Upper Falls Fire Station which was then located on part of the Emerson school playground. Dances were held there most Saturday nights with real bands performing mostly polka music. They also served alcoholic beverages which made for many of a boisterous evening."

Did You Know ... that the shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes? "Did you know ..." features an interesting and random fact every issue, collected by eleven-year-old Upper Falls resident Jayla Reilly.

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Send Us Your News - If you have any upcoming events, activities, news, trivia, stories, anecdotes or jokes related to Upper Falls just send them to news@UpperFallsNews.org and we'll include them in the next newsletter.  For those who prefer living in the past, back issues of the Upper Falls News are archived at UpperFallsNews.org.

Upper Falls Trivia Answer - The Native Americans called the river "Quinobequin" (the river that circles around) according to Ken Newcomb's Makers of The Mold.  The early European settlers renamed the river Charles after England's King Charles but the Dept of Conservation and Recreation must not have got the memo.  Today, the DCR's Quinobequin Rd runs along the river from Route 9 to Route 16.