10-26-14 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. 

Where Am I? - Where in Upper Falls can you see some number of these pieces of hardware?

Haunted House Tonight - The annual haunted house at the Hyde Center in Newton Highlands is tonight  (Sun, 10/26).  It starts with the halloween parade from 5 - 6 PM for the younger crowd (age 8 and under).  The haunted house will run from 6:30 - 8 PM and is free.  From what we've heard it's always a great and elaborate production - they've been doing it for more than 50 years.  I missed it last year but I'm definitely heading down there this year.

Seek Alternate Route - The City of Newton has scheduled repairs to the Central Ave/ Elliot
Street bridge to take place on Tues-Wed (10/28, 10/29) weather permitting. There will be traffic restrictions on the bridge while they're doing the work.  The usual heavy traffic is sure to get a lot worse so consider seeing alternate routes until the work is done.  (Thanks to Mary Durr for the tip).

Another Upper Falls Party Coming Soon - Our recently launched, Upper Falls based, Newton Nomadic Theater has been making big waves with it's first production - Faith Healer by Brian Friel.  The full houses and great reviews for the originally scheduled six performances have led to additional performances being added in Auburndale(11/7, 11/8), Jamaica Plain (11/9) and a special guest production at the Salem Theater in Salem MA (11/13 -11/15).

Faith Healer started its run in Upper Falls at Carriage House Violins and we're going to close it back here in the Falls on Sunday night Nov 16 at Dunn Gaherins Restaurant/Pub.  Dunn Gaherins and Better Life Food are underwriting the entire night as a neighborhood celebration of the new theater.  Thanks to them, the 50 tickets for this closing night performance of Faith Healer at Dunn Gaherins will be handed out FREE to Upper Falls residents on a first come, first served basis. They are sure to go fast, so be ready next Sunday, Oct 2 at  5PM to go to http://NewtonNomadicTheater.org to snag your tickets.  You snooze you lose.

Spread a Little Warmth - The Tzu Chi Foundation, our neighbors on Summer St and one of the sponsors of our annual Feast of the Falls needs your help.  Tzu Chi does disaster relief around the world.  This summer they began working close to home in response to the horrific fire in Lowell that left many families homeless.  Since then they've been doing ongoing work in that community.  They are now collecting warm coats, hats, gloves, scarves and stuffed animals to be distributed to families in need there.  Please drop off your donations by Dec 5 to Tzu Chi at 15 Summer St but call them first at 617-762-0569.  Please, only clean donations that are in relatively good shape.  You could make a big difference to a family that needs your help.

Is it 1930's Appalachia or Newton Upper Falls? - Linda Goetz, our Upper Falls neighbor, fabulous actress, and one of the cast of Faith Healer, is producing/directing a video drama called Adder Mountain set in 1930's Appalachia.  Last weekend the cast and crew took over our house on Saturday morning to shoot a scene set in a cabin in Appalachia.  Our untouched, mid 1800's shed out back works just fine as an Appalachian cabin - have a look.

Nomad Story Slam - Come join us on Friday, Nov 21 for a night of community storytelling, modeled on NPR's Moth Radio Hour.  Come hear some great stories or if you're game, throw you name in the hat to tell your own story.  We'll also have a few mystery celebrity storytellers in the mix as well.  Here's some more details.  To get you in the mood, here's an Upper Falls story told at the Mosquito story slam on Cape Cod this summer. (Listener warning - includes some mild foul language)

Bird's Eye View -  "It's a bird, it's a plane... no it's Ed Gardner's drone".  Here's an aerial view of the nearly completed new Emerson Playground shot from Ed's quadracopter drone.   Here's a view down Pettee St and here's a view of one of our iconic radio towers.

Another Nice View - The Upper Falls Greenway project had ground to a halt for the last six months.  This week there was finally a bit of good news.  The contractor just completed the "Sunset Deck", the scenic overlook platform over the Charles River at the end of the trail.  Here's the view down the river.

A Modest Proposal (continued) - A few issues back, Upper Fallsér Al Lewis asked us to print his idea for simultaneously funding the Upper Falls Greenway and solving parking problems in the neighborhood.  In the last issue, various readers sent in their comments in response.  This issue, Al asked us to print this letter in response to some of the criticism of his plan
Did You Know ... that Walt Disney World is the second largest purchaser of explosives in the US - after the US Dept of Defense?    Did You know ..." features an interesting and random fact every issue, collected by 6th grade Upper Falls resident Ian Wittler.
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"Where Am I ?"  Answer - There's two side by side buildings at 88 High St, just out the back door of the Upper Falls editorial offices on Spring St that have been completely gutted and are now being rehabbed.  One of those buildings has two brick sides and a front and back wall made of wood.  I suspect the side walls were made of brick to reduce the risk of a fire since the building is very close to the adjacent buildings. 

Along both brick sides there's a line of these black steel plates with bolts going through them.   I assumed that these were attached to some kind of rods that attached one brick wall to the opposite wall.  Kevin, the foreman on the job said that he assumed the same thing but then discovered that they aren't attached to anything.  They seem to be purely decorative.  He liked the look of them so he kept them there and repainted them to highlight them.