05-25-12 News

Newton Upper Falls news, activities and events
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The Upper Falls News is an email newsletter about what's going 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 novel means of transportation first linked Upper Falls to Chestnut Hill in 1877? (answer below)

Challenge Across the Charles - Upper Falls reader Al Lewis reports that some trash talking neighbors have come gunning for Upper Falls.  Says Al: "Newton Upper Falls is being challenged by those ne'er-do-well upstarts from the wrong side of the Charles (Needham, to be specific) to a game of Ultimate Frisbee.  We need to collect about 6 NUFers.  The catch is you need to be over 40 or under 15 -- this is parent-and-child, though one or the other is fine.  Please write to alewis@dismgmt.com if you're interested.  Once we get six people, we'll venture over there to kick some serious disc."

Dam Construction Update - the rebuilding of the dam in Hemlock Gorge, at the bottom of Ellis Street continues.  Here's the latest update.

Free Ice Cream-! - Come join your neighbors for a walk and get a free ice cream.  Last month an army of volunteers cleaned up the entire mile+ route of the future Upper Falls Greenway bike trail and park.  For the first time in years, you can now walk from the Charles River to National Lumber.  To celebrate, UpperFallsGreenway.org is inviting everyone to walk the trail on Saturday June 2 from 10AM to noon.  To sweeten the offer, there's an incentive for anyone who walks the entire trail.  When you get to each end (Charles River & Easy St/National Lumber) you'll be handed a token.  Take the pair of tokens to the Upper Falls Variety and trade them for an ice cream or slush of your choosing. Many thanks to the Upper Falls Community Development Corp (CDC) for sponsoring the walk ... and for all the other things they do for the neighborhood.

Upper Falls History on NewTV - Upper Falls resident, Jerry Reilly talked about publishing Ken Newcomb's "Maker's of The Mold - A History of Newton Upper Falls" this past month on NewTV.   Jerry and Peter Kastner, the owner of Community Heritage Maps, were guests on a local history edition of Tom Sheff's "Veracity" program on NewTV.

More Missing Tools - Many tools seemed to change hands during last month's Upper Falls Greenway Cleanup.  Most of them have already been recovered and/or returned.  We did just get a new report to the Lost & Found Dept this week.   If anyone ended up with a medium sized pair of loppers with green tape on the handle and “John” or “JD” written on it, please email John DiMiceli  at jdbase@comcast.net .

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 info@UpperFallsNews.org and we'll include them in the next newsletter.  By the way, back issues of the Upper Falls News are archived at UpperFallsNews.org.

Trivia Answer - Echo Bridge was completed in 1877 to carry the Sudbury aqueduct over the Charles River. The bridge had a metal door that led to a ladder down to a small boat that was kept there.  A few times a year, a crew would pilot the boat throught the aqueduct from Echo Bridge to the Chestnut Hill Reservoir on an inspection tour.  Ken Newcomb's "Makers of the Mold - A History of Newton Upper Falls" contains an account of the trip by a woman named Mary Blake who was allowed to go along for the ride