03-26-14 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 present day Upper Falls institution first began as a "cooperative" on Summer St

Upper Falls is Having a Party - Seana Gaherin from Dunn Gaherin's Restaurant is planning a great neighborhood event on Sunday April 6 - check out the details here.  Come on out and "run for the nun", or just walk, or just come to the party and help a great organization -  Project Hope.   Sign up now
This just in ... Needham resident Trish Hegarty will be the event's Grand Marshall.  Ms. Hegarty is a contestant in this season's Survivor, the CBS reality TV show.  She's also a friend of Seana's and the aunt of one of Dunn Gaherins' waitresses.  She'll be leading the crowd on the run in her Survivor uniform - a pink bikini. 

Technicolor Hemlock Gorge - How's this for a colorful photo of Hemlock Gorge?

Righteous Indignation - The Boston Globe published an indignant letter from your Upper Falls News editor last week. 

Watch Your Pets - Sara Ramirez lives on the corner of Summer & High St and sent this report on Monday night:  "I just spotted a large creature that resembled the animal spotted on Rockland place a few weeks ago. It looked like a large coyote or small wolf or a combo of the two. It crossed our backyard, then High Street, up the driveway of our neighbor across High Street . It looked like it was headed towards the backyards of the people on Rockland Place. I thought you may want to send something out so that folks would bring pets in and be careful"

Easter on the Bridge - on Sunday, April 20th the Second Baptist Church will be holding their annual Sunrise Service at 6AM in the middle of Echo Bridge.  This wonderful tradition dates back many, many years.  The current pastor has been doing it for the past 23 years but the tradition goes back quite a bit further than that.  Everyone is welcome to come start their Easter morning on Echo Bridge.  After the service, all are welcome back at the church for coffee and donuts.  I'm not a religious man but this offer could even tempt me.

What Could Be Better?  - The Area Council would be interested in hearing from Upper Falls residents who have any pedestrian or accessibility issues in getting around the village.  Send your comments and suggestion to Anil Adayanthaya.

Help Build Our New Park? - The newly instituted Friends of the Upper Falls Greenway has just started a fundraising drive to raise money for plantings, landscaping and many other improvements for our new park.   Make out checks to Newton Conservators, write "Upper Falls Greenway" on the memo line and mail to Jerry Reilly, 12 Spring St, Newton Upper Falls 02464.
Did You Know ..  that besides from their very long necks, giraffes also have very long tongues"Did You know ..." features an interesting and random fact every issue, collected by eleven-year-old Upper Falls resident Jayla Reilly.

Staff Resignation / Help Wanted - After two years as editor of the "Did You Know .." feature in the Upper Falls News, 11 year old Jayla Reilly is resigning her position to pursue other interests, spend more time with her family, and open a bed-and-breakfast in Vermont.  If any other Upper Falls youth would like to apply to fill Jayla's giant shoes and take over the "Did you Know .." feature, please contact us.

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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 - Upper Falls Nursery School began in 1969 as a Cooperative Nursery School run by a board of Upper Falls residents.  It took place in the "First Church of the Village of UF" (later to become the Methodist Church, now the Tzu Chi Foundation) on Summer Street.  When the Emerson Community Center was established in 1979, UFNS moved to their present location.  Most of their teachers were and are currently Upper Falls residents.  Their children are UFNS graduates.  While no longer a "cooperative", UFNS maintains many of the qualities of a co-op.  Families are welcome to be involved in the school in a variety of ways.  The school plans family activities throughout the school year. 

Enrollment is rolling admissions.  Upper Falls residents are given a priority when enrolling.  UFNS is accepting applications for the Fall of 2014.  For more information call 617-332-6488 or e-mail: ufns1969@gmail.com or take a look at their web site.