09-18-14 News

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. 

Hello, We're Back - The Upper Falls News mostly shuts down for the summer.  Many of you have sent emails asking whether you had been dropped from our mailing list since you hadn't received any new News in a while.  Well, we're back on the job now and planning on resuming our usual erratic publication schedule.  This is issue is missing a few of our very popular regular features ("Where am I?" and "Did you know ...?". Don't worry, they will return in future issues.

Village Day This Sunday!  - The annual Upper Falls Village Day is this Sunday from noon - 3 PM at the Emerson Playground on Pettee St.  The free event will feature music, kids' activities, arts and crafts booths, face painting, pizza, games, treats and entertainment.

Live Theater Comes to Upper Falls!  - A brand new theater company has just been started here in Upper Falls.  The Newton Nomadic Theater's first production, "Faith Healer" by Brian Friel opens next Friday, Sept 26 in Carriage House Violins beautiful recital hall that overlooks Hemlock Gorge.  "Faith Healer" features Upper Falls actress Linda Goetz in the role of Gracie and will be directed by Upper Falls' Marie Jackson.  It will run for two nights (9-26 - 9/27) in Upper Falls, the following weekend (10/3 - 10/4)  it will move to Gregorian Rugs in Lower Falls, and the closing weekend (10/10 - 10/11) will be at the First Baptist Church in Newton Centre.

We're counting on the Upper Falls community's support to launch this new theater company.  If this first production flies, we plan on bringing more theater and other events to Upper Falls in the coming years - so order your tickets now at http://NewtonNomadicTheater.org

Empty Your Pantry - For the second year in a row, thanks to the efforts of Jen Kohl, Village Day (see above) will have a food drive to support Newton food pantries. This year, the Newton Food Pantry will have a table to collect items.  They are most in need of the following items:
Canned Meals (chicken, hash, chili, stew, etc.)
Canned Peaches
Bar Soap
Vegetable Oil
But all nonperishable food items are welcome.

Cranes, Planes, and Automobiles - Upper Falls has been one giant construction site in recent months.  Here at Upper Falls News world headquarters on Spring St, we're sitting at ground zero.  Right out our back door we've got two side-by-side houses being gutted and totally rebuilt at 80 High St.  Out our front door, just as they were finishing the complete rebuild of the old Moon & Sixpence building (Chestnut and Winter St), they began a total renovation of the small red barn building (22 Winter) behind it.  Just down High St, Bruce Marcy's old house (59 High St) is being completely rebuilt.  A few doors away (45 High St), a massive addition is being added out back.  All that's just within a stone throw of our house.  Elsewhere around the Upper Falls there's lots more going on.

Meanwhile, we've got four other big non-housing construction projects that are dragging on and on.
* Pettee St pavement was torn up in June, no word when that will be done
* Emerson Playground was torn up in August, sounds like it's likely to be Nov by the time its finished
* Oak St pavement was torn up in June.  New sidewalks are being poured at the moment.  No word on when that project's likely to be done.
* Upper Falls Greenway was started nearly a year ago.  The rails were all removed late last year but the project has been stalled for many many months.  Iron Horse, the contractor, has month after month promised to finish the project - but still no joy there.

Thank You Mt Ida Students - A delegation of student volunteers from Mt Ida College descended on the Upper Falls Greenway at the end of August and cleaned out trash and weeds along the length of the right-of-way.  Many thanks go to both these civic minded students and Upper Fall's Jan Huffman for coordinating the day's activities.

Licking All Those Email Stamps -  The subscriber list for the Upper Falls News has grown substantially in the last six months.  It's now at 541 subscribers and climbing so you can imagine how long it takes to lick all those email stamps.  Keep forwarding it to your friends and neighbors.  If we hit a 1000 subscribers we may go out and buy a sponge for wetting those e-stamps.

Get Your T Shirts Here - A new run of "Historic Upper Falls" T shirts are hot off the press and will be available in a variety of kids and adults sizes and some new bright colors at this Sunday's Upper Falls Village Day celebration.  Thanks to the Upper Falls CDC for organizing and financing the new T shirts.

Let There be Light - Jerry Legocki of White Pine Rd led an effort with his neighbors to draw the city's attention to poor street lighting in his neighborhood.  The city listened and has just installed new, bright, energy efficient LED street lights on White Pine Rd, Roundwood Rd, Hemlock Rd and Tamarac Rd.

Blocks of Party - Residents of Rockland Place and Tamarac Rd got together to throw a block party in recent weeks (Sept 7).  Between the block party, their micro-library, and lobbying for their new street lights, it sounds like the neighbors in that little corner of the Falls have a good thing going.

Wanted: Thief with Well Manicured Lawn - Not all is sunshine and light up on Rockland Place though.  New residents Anna Bulkin & Sherry McClintock report that someone stole their Honda lawnmower (model HRR 216 VKA) out of their back yard in recent days.   If you see anyone wearing a black mask with a cloth sack on their back, mowing their lawn, you better call the authorities.

Area Council Meets Tonight - The Upper Falls Area Council's September meeting is tonight at 7 PM at the Emerson Center on Pettee St.   The public is welcome to attend and to bring forward any neighborhood issues that involve the city government.
Spread The News - Ask your neighbors if they get the Upper Falls News.  If not forward them this issue and they can sign up for their own subscription here.

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.