03-27-13 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 a spot in Upper Falls without its surrounding context.  The game is to look at the photo and identify where in Upper Falls you can see this horse's head (answer below). 

Making the Case for a School in Upper Falls - Upper Falls residents Mark & Maxine Bridger made the case in last week's Newton Tab that the city should fully explore the idea of building a new elementary school in Upper Falls before committing to the proposed expansion of the Zervas school.  Their article led to a fair amount of (occasionally bizarre) discussion about the idea on both the Newton Tab blog and the Village 14 blog.   Today's Newton Tab featured a guest column by former School Committee member Robert Cohen taking issue with how the Bridgers' described the closing of the Emerson School many years ago, as well as a letter from Alderman Brian Yates supporting the possibility of a new Upper Falls School as an alternative to expanding the Zervas School.

This Thursday, March 28 at 7 PM, at the Emerson Center, the Area Council's School Subcommittee will have a public meeting and continue the discussion.  If you have an interest in the possibility of an elementary school being built in Upper Falls, stop by.

Easter on Echo Bridge  - The Second Baptist Church will be having their annual Easter Sunrise Service on Echo Bridge at 6:30 A.M on Easter morning, followed by free coffee and donuts at the church at 75 Ellis Street, immediately following the service.  All are invited.  They will also be having their Easter morning worship service at 11:00 A.M.

Don't Stamp Out Those Butts on Your Porch - The Newton Patch reported that a fire in a Hale St home was quickly extinguished by the fire department before it had a chance to spread.

Historic History Book - Jan Huffman came across this interesting history of Newton written in 1880.  The whole book is on-line and contains a chapter about the early days of Upper Falls as well as all sorts of interesting tidbits about the rest of the city.

Calling All Pre-Schoolers - Our local Upper Falls Nursery School at the Emerson Center has openings for fall of 2013.  Contact them to reserve a spot today.

No Backhoes Required - Plans are now underway to rebuild the Emerson Playground in the next year or two.  Here's a photo of construction of the playground when it was first built.

And Then There Was None - In the last few issues we reported on the slowly dwindling building at the corner of Winter and Chestnut streets.  Jeff Riklin, one of our neighborhood representatives on the Upper Falls Historic Commission, reports that the project's mysterious progress is indeed tied up with the Historic Commission as we suspected.  The developer had permission from the commission to rebuild the building.  As more and more pieces of the frame began coming down, the commission blew the whistle to find out what was happening.  It turns out, the more they pulled apart the building, the more rotted wood they found.  The project has started up again with the commission's blessing and this week the central portion of the first floor frame just disappeared.  By the time all the rotted wood's removed, there won't be much of the original building left - "like the Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland, disappearing until nothing was left but the grin!" said Julia Malakie. 

Silver Jubilee - Jerry Reilly (your Upper Falls News editor) and Marie Jackson celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this past week.  It may just be a coincidence, but for the entire week, Marie kept humming a song called "25 Years to Life".

Did You Know ...  that male seahorses give birth (video here) ?  "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 horse's head is in the window of the defunct Legion Barber Shop on Oak St.  Read all about it here.