03-08-13 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. 

Where am I? - Here's a photo of one gnarly looking tree in the neighborhood, without its surrounding context.  The game is to look at the photo and identify where in Upper Falls it is (answer below). 

Walk a Dog, Save a Life - "When Perfect Paws went to walk Rusty, here in Upper Falls they thought they were just going about their daily routine, but to their surprise when they opened the door here on Roundwood Road; they heard a cry for help. They ended up having to call 911 for the house sitter who was on the floor having a stroke. If Perfect Paws had not been there when they were, the house sitter would of had a much  worse fate. The house sitter was sent by ambulance to Newton Wellesley Hospital and is currently being sent to a rehabilitation center here in Newton." - sent to us by Mary Borenstein, the proud mother of Ms. Janie Borenstein the owner of Perfect Paws, a dog walking service, at 11 Hemlock Road, Newton Upper Falls.

New Series Starring Upper Falls Actress/Writer - Linda Goetz, from Thurston Rd, has created a dramatic web-based series called "Brillig".  The story follows an adult Alice when the Madhatter suddenly re-enters her life. You can see the first episode here.  Linda wrote the series and stars in the role of Alice. 

We Have a Winner ! - Joanne Jander correctly identified one of the boys in the 1977 photo of the Emerson Playground as Tim Corbett.  The other two were Bobby Higgins and Robert Harvey.  Congratulations to Joanne and we hope you enjoy your free year long subscription to The Upper Falls News.  Our apologies to anyone else that tried to respond while our email system was down.  Please just let us know and we'll be happy to give you the free subscription too.

It's That Time of Year - A new flag began flying last week at the corner of  Winter and Chestnut streets.  It looks like a new tax prep business opened there or else an old tax prep service figured out a new way to lure customers in.

Consider an Upper Falls School - Upper Fall'ers, Maxine and Mark Bridger made the case on the Newton Patch this week, that the city should seriously investigate the practicality of building an elementary school in Upper Falls before committing to a rebuild/expansion of the Zervas School.

Art and Eats on Needham Street - Speaking of new businesses, the Newton Tab reported this week that two new businesses are getting ready to open on Needham St soon.  Michael's Arts and Crafts is just about ready to open.  Soon after, 2ovens, a new type of restaurant from the Bertuccis folks is due to open.  Also, further down the pipeline, the old Skipjacks and International Bicycle premises are being redeveloped into Needham Street Village, and promises a mix of restaurants, retail and service businesses.  Here's a picture of what they're planning

Override Election - This coming Tuesday, March 12, the city is holding the special election to determine whether or not there will be a Proposition 2 1/2 tax override to fund school construction and a new fire station (among other things).  I plan on voting in support of the override myself.  Whether you are for it or against it, do get out and vote on Tuesday.  This is a very local issue that will have a direct effect on every single one of us in the years to come.

In the meantime, if you need to practice between now and Tuesday, you can vote here.

I Vote For the Playground - If civic duty isn't enough to get you to the polls on Tuesday, then come for the playground plans.  For the last six months, a neighborhood group recruited by the Upper Falls Area Council has been putting together a plan to replace the Emerson Playground with new equipment.  The project will involve major fundraising and likely take a year or two to complete.  On election day, they'll be at the Emerson Center polling location, showing the plans for the new playground and trying to recruit willing volunteers to help. Whether you can volunteer or not, be sure to stop by and check out what's in store for our neighborhood playground.

We Really Do Want To Hear From You .... Really! - Every issue of the Upper Falls News includes at least one notice urging you to send us news, information, comments, etc.  After the last issue went out, we heard from Jan Huffman that the Upper Falls News email address was not working.  It turned out that it had been dead for a while.  It's back up and running now, so if you've been trying to get in touch with us, now's your chance - before we take the phone off the hook again.

Did You Know ... ? that your brain is 3/4 water ?  "Did You Know ...?"  features an interesting and random fact every issue, collected by ten-year-old Upper Falls resident Jayla Reilly.

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.

'Where Am I" Answer - The gnarly tree is in the parking lot below the stone barn on Oak St (beside the red car in the photo).