08-15-12 News

Newton Upper Falls news, activities and events
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The Upper Falls News is an email newsletter about what's going 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 unique form of "sailing" was popular in Upper Falls in the 1800's? (answer below)

Move Your Car! - The upgrades to Braceland Park are nearly done and the park is looking great.  This Saturday morning the city will be doing some work on the Braceland Park parking lot, so if you have a car parked there, be sure to have it out of the lot by 7AM on Saturday morning.  Any cars remaining in the lot on Saturday morning will be ground up in a giant machine and the ground up steel will be sold for it's scrap value (no, not really).  Meanwhile, the new cross walk, new path, new benches and new tennis courts all look fabulous.

Walk Your Dog! - The Braceland Park off-leash area for dogs is now officially open.  Note though that dogs still must be kept on leash in the upper portion of the park.  Once you bring Spot to the lower (back) part of the field, take him off the leash and let him run in circles, chasing his tail, to his heart's content.

Village Day Is On The Way - Upper Falls Village Day will be celebrated on Sept 23 at the Emerson Playground.  Plans are coming together and there promises to be all sorts of activities, entertainment, and fun for the whole family.    If you might be able to lend a hand and volunteer for a few hours either on the day or beforehand on the preparations, please contact Anil Adyanthaya

Walking Into The Past - Come on a walking tour of Upper Falls worker houses and mill buildings on Saturday, Sept 29 at 2 PM.  Much of the unique layout and flavor of our village today is anchored in the neighborhood's history as a mill village.  Architect Jane Galli will lead the walk which will begin at the corner of Chestnut and Elliot.  This neighborhood history walk is co-sponsored by Historic Newton and the Upper Falls Area Council.  This event is Newton Upper Falls’ contribution to Newton’s first Walk-Bike Week, September 28th through October 5th.
Congratulations to the Best of Upper Falls - Four local Upper Falls businesses earned coveted spots in Boston Magazine's "Best of Boston" list this year.  The Biltmore won the Best Brunch award.  This is the Biltmore's 2nd year in the Best of Boston list.  La Residencia also won for the second year as Best Day Spa.  Gym Source won for Best Specialty Gym Equipment and Baby Koo won for Best Bedroom Kids Furniture.  Congratulations to one and all from your neighbors in Upper Falls.

The Curious Case of the Upper Falls Robbery - A man recently reported being held up at knifepoint at the corner of High and Winter Streets in Upper Falls.  This disturbing report particularly hit home with the staff of the Upper Falls News since it's only a few doors away from The News world headquarters on Spring St.  A close reading of the report revealed a few curious details - the first was that the victim was on his way to a friend's house in Upper Falls at 11:30PM - a bit late in the evening to be popping in on a friend.  The second was that after being robbed at knife point, the victim doesn't appear to have contacted the police until the following day.   We'll be keeping our eyes open in the neighborhood, especially late at night, but for now we'll file this report in the "Maybe More Than Meets the Eye" file.

Gala in the Gorge - The Friends of Hemlock Gorge held their annual Summer Concert and Picnic last Tues on the lawn at Hamilton Place in the Hemlock Gorge Reservation.  It was a beautiful summer evening with lots of good food and music by Broken Rose.  Special thanks go to Upper Falls philanthropist Karen Osborn Shanley  who once again underwrote the event despite the fact that she was not going to be able to attend this year.

Watch Your Weight on Needham St - Weight Watchers recently opened a new store at 300 Needham St.  They describe the new store as a contemporary, yet welcoming and comfortable environment.

Not Too Late For Junior - The Upper Falls Nursery School still has a few spots open.  The nursery school is located in the Emerson Community Center on Pettee St.

Special Thanks - Most of the news in this edition of the Upper Falls News was compiled by cub reporter Anil Adyantahaya.  The Upper Falls News editor has recently been neglected his news gathering duties, while swinging in a hammock in an undisclosed location.

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.  For those who prefer living in the past, back issues of the Upper Falls News are archived at UpperFallsNews.org.

Trivia Answer - Sailing on cakes of ice.  John Winslow wrote "Sailing on the river in boats in the summer and down the river on cakes of ice in winter, was a pastime not to be despised in those days.  One spring morning when the ice was breaking up, three boys, with myself, managed to get on a large cake, just before what was known as The Channel, above the Needham St bridge, so called.  We went down the river on it nicely until we reached the bridge, when some mischievous wretches dropped heavy stones from the bridge on our beloved cake."  From Ken Newcomb's "Makers of the Mold - a History of Newton Upper Falls"