The Transformation of Newton North High School: A Photograph Exhibit by Sharon Schindler

Newton North High School New and Old Sharon Schindler Photographer I Love Newton MA

It’s gone, but you can still see it here!

Please join us for the Opening Reception of a photograph exhibit on the old but beloved Newton North High School. Photography is by local acclaimed photographer Sharon Schindler.

Opening Reception: Wednesday, December 7th from 6:00-8:30 pm

Location: New Art Center, Main Gallery, 61 Washington Park

Exhibit Timeframe: December 7 -14, 2011. Holzwasser Gallery Hours: M-F 9-5, Sat 1-5


Turn Thanksgiving Leftovers into a Delicious Pot Pie (From Common Ground Bar and Grill)

Thanksgiving Pot Pie Turkey Leftovers Common Ground I Love Newton

If you don’t know what to do with your Thanksgiving leftovers, here’s a great Thanksgiving Pot Pie courtesy of Common Ground Bar and Grill in Allston, Massachusetts.

Common Ground Thanksgiving Pot Pie        

 serves 8

Here is a great way to use those leftovers from your feast from the day before.  Start with the topping so it has time to cool while making your pie.


1 cup carrots                                      1 cup peas2 cups turkey                                     2 cups red bliss potatoes

1 cup corn                                           2 tablespoons of garlic (chopped)

1 tablespoon thyme                       2 qts. caramelized onion gravy

1 cup mashed potatoes                 2 cups heavy cream

2 teaspoon salt                                 1 teaspoon Ground fennel

1 tablespoon black pepper

Sautee garlic, add carrots, corn, boiled potatoes, peas, gravy, and chopped thyme.  Bring to a boil then add the cream, mashed potatoes and seasoning.  Stir til brought back to boil.



1 tablespoon baking powder                      1 tablespoon salt2 cup apple corn stuffing                              1 egg

2 tablespoon sugar                                          2 cup flour

½ lb butter

Add all ingredients to mixing bowl then puree.  Place on flat surface and flatten to size of individual serving bowl and cut (should be a ¼ inch thick).  Par cook for 10 min. at 325 degrees..  Cut top of pie to size of serving dish.
Topping : Cranberry jam

1 teaspoon salt                                                 1 tablespoon Orange Zest1 cup Water                                                        2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon                                    2 cups of cranberries


Boil sugar and water, then add rest of ingredients.  Reduce heat to medium and simmer for ten minutes.  Remove from heat, puree and pour into serving dish. Let cool.



Pour filling into crust then cover with top crust.  Pinch edges together.   Cook in oven at 325 degrees for about 15 mins. Or golden brown.

Take out of oven, add cranberry jam to top of Pot Pie  And serve to delighted guest.


Nutrition IQ Program at Shaws Supermarket and Healthy Recipes for Autumn

Jennifer Shea Shaws Supermarket Star Market Nutritionist Nutrition IQ Healthy Ways to Shop Newton MA ILoveNewton

I went to a blogging event at Shaws last month and discovered fifteen minutes prior to event that Capability:Mom was going too, which was a nice surprise. It was nice to meet Boston bloggers Maven of Savin’, Masshole Mommy, Mommy Niri, The Coupon Goddess, Toy Queen, Charlene Chronicles and learn about the Nutrition IQ program at Shaws as well as sample healthy snacks and side dishes created by their nutritionist.

Shaws Supermarket MetroWest Boston MA I Love Newton MA Nutrition IQ

We met with Shaw’s nutritionist, Jennifer Shea, who helped develop the Nutrition IQ program which highlights healthy items throughout the supermarket. It’s great for people like me who search for healthy snacks for the kids! Look for these tags which also have nutritional information.

Shaws Star Market Healthy Nutrition IQ Nutrionist blogger event I Love Newton Chestnut Hill

Jennifer also shared some great and delicious healthy recipes. My favorite was the smoothie!

Cinnamon Pumpkin Smoothies

6 ounces Greek Yogurt

1/2 cup unsweetened canned pumpkin puree

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1-2 tablespoons honey

4 ice cubes.

Place ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Makes 2 servings and takes 5 minutes to make. Delicious too!

Apple Dip

6 ounces light vanilla yogurt

1 tablespoon raisins

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon natural peanut butter (substitute soy butter if you want to pack it for the kids snack at school)

2 apples, sliced and cored

Mix everything together and serve with apple slices. Serves 4 and takes 5 minutes to whip up.

Saucy Spaghetti Squash

1 Spaghetti Squash

1/2 cup marinara sauce

1/4 cup shared or grated Parmesan cheese

olive oil

salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Halve squash and remove seeds. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray or wipe a quick layer of olive oil on pan. Drizzle olive oil over cut sides of squash. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast squash cut-side down until tender, about 45-50 minutes. Use oven mitt to remove from oven, and carefully use fork to scrape out strands of squash into dish. Careful, squash is HOT! Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top with marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese. If you want to get fancy, you can broil the squash until the cheese is browned.

Individual Apple Pie

1 medium apple

2 tablespoons rolled oats

1 tablespoon raisins

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon brown sugar

Core and dice apple and place into individual baking dish. Mix the rest of ingredients and place on top of apples. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 20 minutes or until apples are tender.

p.s.  For those who need more ideas for healthy grocery food shopping, I found these great lists at the Shaws site:

A Shopping List for Losing Weight

A Shopping List for Eating Healthy (or for someone with Diabetes)

A Shopping List for Eating Healthy for Kids


School Committee Recommendations from Current School Committee Member Kurt Kusiak

Newton Political Races Alderman School Committee Kurt KusiakKurt Kusiak is my Dad Friend and neighbor and, because I have zero interest in politics of any ilk, I turn to him like my personal Godfather to vote his slate. Perhaps I am just lazy and bad with names such that I can’t keep track of so many people and their agendas. On the other hand, I find that my beliefs align with Kurt’s.

My pediatric dentist‘s wife, Vicki Danberg, is running for Alderman At-Large in Ward 6. I am also voting for her (assuming that I vote in Ward 6).



Next Tuesday, November 8, is an important election day for choosing the next School Committee.  I hope you will take the time to vote since there are very substantial differences between some of the candidates this time around.  Voting for School Committee candidates is city wide, so you can vote in every race, regardless of whether it is your ward.

For those of you who may be interested, my recommendations for the three races are:

Jonathan Yeo:  Jonathan’s contributions to the School Committee are not replaceable.  He has led the negotiations with the teachers union, which has just resulted in the first sustainable teachers contract for a long, long time – saving many millions of dollars and, simultaneously, many teachers’ jobs.  He is an exceedingly skilled and experienced member of the committee that we cannot afford to lose.

Sue Rosenbaum: Sue is a scientist that has done diabetes and obesity research at Tufts Medical School and currently works as a clinical trials manager for a start-up pharmaceutical company.  She has also been a long-time activist and volunteer improving Newton’s schools, serving on the League of Women Voters, the Zervas and Newton South school councils, as a soccer coach, and as a creative arts and sciences volunteer.  During her first term on the Newton School Committee, she has served as the liaison to our legislative delegation at the State House and as a member of the budget guidelines committee, and on the facilities committee bringing needed modulars to the elementary schools.  She has also served on the Countryside Elementary School Task Force, which is working to alleviate school overcrowding.  She gets things done and achieves positive results without much fanfare, which I like a lot.

Diana Fisher-Gomberg: Diana has been very active in the Newton schools for the past eight years.  She has been a very hard worker for several PTOs and School Councils, and she is well-respected and well-liked by many city officials – which is fairly key to getting things done.  Her commitment to the school system is clear, she has a good knowledge base already due to her years of interacting with the School Committee and administration, and I think she would make a very good School Committee member.

Kurt Kusiak

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Newton’s Own Carol Reichert: Book Reading At Newtonville Books Monday (11/7) at 7pm

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Newtonville Books I Love Newton Book ReadingsJoin Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011 editor Lavinia Spalding and contributors Marcia DeSanctis, Abbie Kozolchyk and Newton’s own Carol Reichert for an evening of sharing true travel stories from around the world at Newtonville Books this Monday, November 11th, at 7 pm.

Any woman whose passport has been stamped a few times knows the surest method of keeping her travel fire alive: by reading and telling tales from the road, passing them along like a torch in a relay race.

From Travelers’ Tales comes The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011: True Stories from Around the World –the seventh collection in the annual best-selling, award-winning series that invites readers to ride shotgun alongside intrepid female nomads as they travel the world to discover new places, people, and facets of themselves. The stories in this year’s edition are as diverse as the geographic locations, the common thread being fresh, compelling storytelling from a woman’s perspective aimed at making readers laugh, weep, wish they were there, or be glad they weren’t.

In The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2011, readers will:
* Have lunch with a mobster in Japan and drinks with an IRA member in Ireland
* Learn the secrets of flamenco in Spain and the magic of samba in Brazil
* Deliver a trophy for best testicles in a small town in rural Serbia
* Fall in love while riding a camel through the Syrian Desert
* Ski a first descent of over 5,000 feet in Northern India
* Discover the joy of getting naked in South Korea
* Leave it all behind to slop pigs on a farm in Ecuador…and more.

Editor Lavinia Spalding, author of Writing Away: A Creative Guide to Awakening the Journal-Writing Traveler (named one of the best travel books of 2009 by the L.A. Times) and With a Measure of Grace: The Story and Recipes of a Small Town Restaurant, has put together a collection of tales in The Best Women’s Travel Writing that speaks to the reasons why we embark on a journey, and the many reasons why we keep doing it.

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Here’s an excerpt of Carol Reichert’s piece and I highly recommend that you hear her reading. It’s a treat for your senses!

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