11-13-14 News

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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. 

What a Story! - The Nomad Story Slam is coming a week from Friday, Nov 21 at 7:30 PM.  It will be a night of great story telling organized by our new Newton Nomadic Theater and is loosely based on the very popular MOTH Radio Hour.   Come hear your friends, neighbors and strangers tell 5 minute stories - everything from raucous funny tales to heartbreaking stories, whatever they turn up with.  If you're game, polish up your own story and throw your name in the hat.  The stories should be 5 minutes long, be true, have happened to you, and be related to the night's theme - "on the road".

Jerry Reilly, your Upper Falls News editor, will be hosting the evening.  Joining us for the event, will be Newton Mayor Setti Warren who will be telling a story of his own.  We’ll also have a few other invited surprise story tellers.

Whether or not you'd like to tell one, come listen to stories in the fabulous Gregorian Rugs, a beautiful Oriental rug showroom in the historic mill building in Lower Falls.  We’re counting on a bit of that Arabian Nights magic to rub off those beautiful rugs and onto the tales that will be told.

Tickets are $10 and are available at http://NewtonNomadicTheater.org

Time to Play - The official grand opening of the newly rebuilt Emerson Playground will be held this coming Tuesday, Nov 25, at 2 PM. Bring the kids, have some fun.

It's Getting Cold Outside - 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.

All Good Things Come to An End - Upper Falls new traveling Newton Nomadic Theater will be returning to the Falls on Sunday night for the final performance of the critically acclaimed "Faith Healer" featuring Dave Rich, Billy Maleady, and Upper Falls' own Linda Goetz.  Doors open at 6:30, show is at 7:30, first-come-first-served for seats.  Bar is open before, after and during intermission but kitchen will be closed.

This closing night show is a gift to the Upper Falls neighborhood by Dunn Gaherins & Better Life Food.  They bought out the entire house and gave away all the tickets free to Upper Falls residents.  Congratulations to those who scored tickets, our regrets to those who got there too late - the tickets were all gone within minutes.  Many thanks to Dunn Gaherins and Better Life Food for once again throwing a great neighborhood party.

Trouble on the River - On Halloween night there was some strange happenings on the new "Sunset Deck" at the end of the Upper Falls Greenway at the Charles River.  Lots of trick-or-treaters made their way down the path to the river along the lantern lit path.  Once there, they discovered an encampment of hobos at a camp fire and this guy fishing.  He was pulling some awfully strange fish out of the river for their dinner.

TIMBER !!! - A crew was out at Echo Bridge last week taking down a dead tree beside the stairs down to Ellis St.  I'm guessing Evan & Patrice Westrate were breathing easier that night.  That's their house just beyond the tree.

Take the Solar Challenge - Want to reduce your electric bill permanently with solar power?  The Newton Solar Challenge is making it easy with discounts, Solar Loans from local banks, approved installers and a whole package to make it easy and cheap for homeowners to go solar.  They're running workshops next Sunday and Wednesday that will tell you everything you need to know.  See here for the details.

Why Stop There? - The first Feast of the Falls had 250 people at one table for dinner.  This year the head count was raised to 300 at Seana's insistence.  Lee Fisher just sent in this photo in hopes of fanning Seana's flames for an even bigger crowd next year.

Walking On the Pipe - Many people know that the Sudbury Aqueduct runs inside Echo Bridge.  Fewer know that it continues past houses and people's back yards on to Newton Centre.  It's currently owned by the Mass Water Resource Authority (MWRA).  This past year, the MWRA offered to turn over the recreational rights to the strip of land above the aqueduct to all the towns it runs through.  Many of our neighboring towns took them up on the offer but Newton's been a bit slow off the mark on this. 

The Sudbury Aqueduct is one of the items on the Upper Falls Area Council's agenda for next Thursday's meeting - 7:00 PM at the Emerson Center on Pettee St.  Go to the meeting or email the council if you'd like to see Newton take over this strip as new park land OR if you'd rather they didn't.  Personally, I'm all for it.

Did You Know ... natural redheads have a higher pain threshold than those with other hair colors.  Did You know ..." features an interesting and random fact every issue, collected by 6th grade Upper Falls resident Ian Wittler.

Did You Know ... that 'Did you know ..." editor Ian Wittler's mother is the red headed actress Linda Goetz featured in the "Faith Healer" this Sunday at Dunn Gaherins?  

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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.