When it rains, it pours, apparently. “One week after a Newton elementary school teacher was arrested on child pornography charges, a Newton Free Library staffer has been arraigned on similar charges in Newton District Court.” from Newton Patch
“For the second time in two weeks, residents of Newton, which touts its reputation as one of the safest cities in America, were staggered by the accusation that a trusted public employee was involved in child pornography.
Authorities announced yesterday that they had arrested Peter Buchanan, a 10-year city employee who had worked most recently in the Newton Public Library’s audio visual section.
State Police accuse Buchanan, 47, of downloading and sharing child pornography. He pleaded not guilty in Newton District Court to three counts of possession of child pornography and two counts of distribution of material depicting a child in a sexual act.” from Boston.com
Newton Library Employee Arraigned on Child Porn Charges (Newton Patch)
The Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship presented by Hood Milk is open to seniors enrolled in a high school in one of the six New England states. Seniors must be attending a two- or four-year accredited college or university in the fall of 2012 and meet the following criteria:
* Minimum of a 3.0 GPA
* Participated in a varsity sport in high school
* Volunteered in his/her community
* Displayed a high degree of sportsmanship while participating in sports in high school
“The Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship program was established to recognize exceptional high school seniors in New England,” said Lynne Bohan, spokesperson for Hood. “We have been overwhelmed by the quality of submissions from students over the past two years, and look forward to celebrating 18 more students who serve as role models in their classes, communities and on their respective sports teams.”
Students can enter for a chance to win the Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship online at Hood.com now through February 1st, 2012. Students will be asked to complete the application form and write a short essay explaining how they display sportsmanship and integrity on and off the field. Voting will be open to the public beginning on February 15th and will run through March 15th online at Hood.com to determine the 10 finalists from each state who will be interviewed by a panel of judges. The final 18 winners — 3 from each state — will be notified in May and be invited to attend an awards banquet.
Three high school seniors in each of the six New England states — Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,Rhode Island and Vermont — will be awarded a $5,000 college scholarship for a total of $90,000.
For more information, and rules and regulations, please visit Hood.com.
Mindy Kaling will not be able to make the Spring Fling due to a scheduling conflict.
Mindy Kaling, author and actress on
“The Office,” will be one of our honored authors this year.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?
More Honored Authors:
Mix & mingle with hosts Tom Ashbrook and Bill Novak,
distinguished authors, friends, and library lovers —
while savoring delicious food from Bakers’ Best, bidding on the
silent auction, and listening to live music.
Tickets go fast, so make your reservation
online today at
Leah Hager Cohen’s The Grief of Others is a 2011 New York TimesNotable Book of the Year. Losing a newborn is terrible enough, but when the baby comes wrapped in a shroud of secrets, insufferable grief often tears family members apart. The Ryries are just such a family.
Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories is a feast for fiction aficionados. The 2011 recipient of the PEN/Malamud Award, Ms. Pearlman gives new meaning to the word “storyteller” in these 21 short stories, which include themes of young love, old love, thwarted love, and loved denied — and span settings from Jerusalem and South America to New England locations.
Tim Riley is NPR’s music critic and biographer of John Lennon in Lennon: The Man, the Myth, the Music – the Definitive Life. Mr. Riley’s well-researched account of Lennon proves that there is still room for one more biography of this legendary figure.
InCabin: Two Brothers, a Dream, and Five Acres in Maine, memoir writer Lou Ureneck turns his disappointments that come from middle-age job loss, the death of his mother, a health scare, and a divorce into a moving meditation on brotherhood and a return to a simpler, more meaningful way of life.
For more information about the event and authors, please visit website .
Thank you to everyone who left a comment. Exciting News!!! EVERYONE WHO LEFT A COMMENT WINS!
HI Mia –
Thanks SO very much for all the concert hype, we truly appreciate it. I just noticed that 14 people have commented on the story so far. Originally we said we’d like to giveaway 5 Family Tickets but we have decided to give a Family ticket to everyone who has commented. The venue holds something like 500 people so there’s no reason not to bring as many people in as we can!
If more people respond, I can giveaway a total of 80 tickets.
To redeem their tickets, they need only e-mail me (email@example.com) with their full name by 10am on Sunday, January 29th. They should reference you somewhere, either in the message or subject line. Unless they say otherwise, I will assume they want tickets to the Family Concert.
Will you be able to join us?
Thanks again and please let me know if this works for you!
Anna Larsen’s composition is being performed on Saturday, February 11 at 8pm and Sunday, February 12 at 3pm in a special concert featuring young artists and composers.
The New Philharmonia Orchestra is a Newton-based community orchestra under the umbrella of the Newton Cultural Alliance.
“Our mission and motto is Music for All and we accomplish this by providing a Classics Concert Series, Family Discovery Concert Series, Pops Concerts, Summer Concerts, and music outreach and education. We strive to produce high-quality classical music accessible. New Phil would also love to be added to your resource roll. Our next three programs this winter should be rather interesting to your readers. We are doing a Family Discovery Concert & Instrument Petting Zoo side-by-side with student performers and narrator this month, our February Classics concert features the World Premiere of a symphony by a 12 year old plus a concerto performance by teenager Aaron Wolff, and we are doing a “karaoke” concert on St. Patrick’s Day.”
GIVAWAY: 5 Family Tickets (2 Adults and 2 Students) to attend ANY Family or Classics Concert. Maybe you’d love to use it for …
Winter Dreams Family Discovery Concert and Instrument Petting Zoo
Sunday, January 29 at 3pm
Featuring a side-by-side performance with Newton All-City Orchestra
Greg Livingston, Director
Narrated performance of the musical adventure How Bear Lost His Tail
by local composer Pasquale Tassone Narrated by Emily Paley, NNHS Senior
Check out these extraordinary faces painted by Newton Elementary School Special Education Aide and an Afterschool Teacher Marisol Santana! She really has fanciful creations and is available for birthday parties or events! She can be reached at marisol (at) zeebree (dot) com . She is offering a discount of $25 off any face painting party of 2 hours or more if you mention this post.
In addition, she also has a recycled crayon business and she is giving away a set of 6 Cupcake Zeebree crayons. To win, please leave a comment.
p.s. Yes! These are all crayons! You can actually color with them!!!
p.p.s. She is always looking for large crayon donations to repurpose into these cool crayons. If you have a crayon donation, please email her or leave a comment and she will pick up herself.
My girls were not dancers, alas, but we did try it out at Boston Ballet School both in Newton and Boston, and I even have one of them taking Hip Hop at Joanne Langione Dance Center. Through the years, we’ve also attended really excellent dance parties at All That Jazz and The Dance Academy. How about you? What dance studio do your kids like?
I guess it’s no surprise with the popularity of Dancing with the Starsthat there are so many ballroom dance studios but still I was surprised to see how many we have here in Newton. So, put your dancing shoes on and dance the night away!
If I’ve left out any dance studios, please leave a comment and I’ll add to the list. Thank you!
This year the MidWinter Coffeehouse returns on February 11th, 2012 at the First Unitarian Society in Newton (1326 Washington St., West Newton), to benefit the F.A. Day PTO.
The MidWinter Coffeehouse is a fun evening of live folk (and other) music, featuring traditional Irish music trio Corvus, event founder and former Day parent Rob Siegel , emcee Eric Moore, and Day parents and friends including Barb Cassidy, Eric Chasalow, George Attisano, and Pam McA’Nulty.
Beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available for sale along with light refreshments.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door if available (Adults over 21 only, please).
After thirteen years at its present location, Newtonville Books is moving to Newton Centre in April. As you know, we host somewhere between 75 and 100 events, writing workshops, and bookclubs each year. We feel the role of the independent bookstore is to enliven its community with quality literary programming; but there is a wide swath of book lovers who can’t attend our events because we’re not off the subway system. For this reason, we decided to move to Newton Centre. We’ll be updating you on the move in our weekly newsletter, and on our Facebook page.
A couple of items of note relating to the move:
All gift certificates, rewards cards, memberships and store credits will be valid in the new location, too.
We will no longer be carrying used books; instead, we’ll be expanding the size of our children’s section in the new location.
I know the bookstore’s exit from Newtonville leaves a void in the village. I can only hope something terrific goes into the space we currently occupy, especially as my family and I live in Newtonville, just a block from Walnut Street. So you’ll continue to see me in and around the village. I hope to see YOU at our new location at Langley Place in Newton Centre, next to Jumbo Seafood, starting in April. (And I hope that you’ll keep shopping with us in Newtonville until then!) It’s our intention to keep growing the store and servicing the Newton community with a terrific selection of books and literary programming.
P.S. We’ll still be called Newtonville Books, to honor our heritage!
Since becoming the administrator of an existing mom neighborhood book club, I’ve discovered that Newton moms like to read. Some moms are even in multiple book clubs! My husband is even in a “book club” — that is to say it’s actually a drinking club that takes an annual golf trip in the guise of a book club.
My Moms’ book club struggles to pick a book each month. I think it’s a combination of factors. Some moms are extremely well read, so it’s hard to find a new (or good) book for them. Some moms want newly published top selling books. And some, like me, don’t like to read books that are violent containing nightmare inducing imagery such as child abuse and/or rape.
My book club also likes to alternate between a serious read and a “beach” read. I’m listing the books that we’ve reviewed, but PLEASE make suggestions!!
Roberta says, “a friend’s just-completed book: One Writer’s Garden, Eudora Welty’s Home Place, by Jane Roy Brown and Susan Haltom. It’s about Welty as an iconic writer, as well as her skill as a talented gardner. A gorgeous, big coffee table book with beautiful photos for just $35 in the stores….less on line!”
Sue suggests, “Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen, this book was so funny, have you read it?”
Best Serious Multi-Cultural Novel
The White Tiger: A Novel by Aravind Adiga
The winner of the 2008 Booker Prize, it’s a riveting story of an ambitious servant with deep insight into what life is like for the rank and file in modern day India.
Best Light Romance/Mystery Novel
Following Polly by Karen Bergreen
My college stand up comedienne turned author writes a delightful and sweet love story set in New York City with flashbacks to undergraduate life at Harvard that turns on a murder mystery plot of a college queen bee bully who is found dead by our endearing but not fully self actualized heroine.
Best Yummy Hybrid Cookbook Romance Memoir
Cooking for Mr. Latte by Amanda Hesser
A romantic memoir cookbook based on the real life happily ever after story of New Yorker writer and author Tad Friend and New York Times food critique turned social media entrepreneur Amanda Hesse. Their story is based in New York City but they also have collegiate roots near Newton. Tad went to Harvard as is detailed in his book Cheerful Money: Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor . Amanda has blue blood roots as well; she got her marketing and business chops at Bentley College. Check out her home cook foodie website Food52. Her frenchie foodie memoir looks fun too, The Cook and the Gardener : A Year of Recipes and Writings for the French Countryside.
Most Popular Mom Book Club Book of 2011
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
If you looked at what women were reading around any pool or beach last year, you could always find someone reading this book.
Best Eclectic but Beautifully Written Book That Everyone is Talking About
Swamplandia by Karen Russell
This was our most recent selection though not too many people make it through it. Our issue is that our last book club meeting was spaced to closely together. Newtonville Books has a review here and they discount books by 20% if you buy in quantity for your book club!
Best Comedic Memoir of a 30 Something NYC Society Mom
Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations by Jill Kargman
Abby in our Mom Book Club is good friends with Jill nee Kopelman, the daughter of Chanel CEO Ari Kopelman. She’s a riot if you can understand her NYC hip mommy slang. Lucky for us, there’s a dictionary included in the book.
Andre Dubus has come to several Newton Free Library events including Book and Author and ladies in my book club have had the opportunity to meet him several times and they SWOON about him. Apparently, he’s not only a warm, funny and lovely person but extremely easy on the eyes (and happily married!). My husband read this book and was so blown away that he’s ordered more books by Dubus.
“Telling his story straight from the heart and relating for the fi rst time the role that violence played in his life, how it kept him alive until he was able to channel it into writing and how it served as a guide in his father’s absence, Andre Dubus’memoir Townie is a riveting, visceral and profound meditation on physical violence and the failures and triumphs of love. Join him for a compelling author talk on Tuesday, October 25 at 7:30 pm. The talk will be followed by a book signing with books provided by New England Mobile Book Fair.
After their parents divorced in the 1970s, Andre Dubus III and his three siblings grew up with their exhausted working mother in a depressed Massachusetts mill town saturated with drugs and crime. To protect himself and those he loved from street violence, Andre learned to use his fi sts so well that he was even scared of himself. He was on a fast track to getting killed, or killing someone else. Nearby, his father, an eminent author, taught on a college campus and took the kids out on Sundays. The clash of worlds couldn’t have been more stark, or more diffi cult for a son to communicate to a father. Only by becoming a writer himself could Andre begin to bridge the abyss and save himself.
Andre Dubus III is a National Book Award fi nalist and the author of the novels House of Sand and Fog andThe Garden of Last Days, a New York Timesbestseller. His writing has received many honors including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Magazine Award and a Pushcart Prize.” from Newton Free Library
If you now feel motivated to keep up with Newton Free Library events, here’s the February 2012 schedule.
Andre Dubus III
Best Insight into Growing Up Latino in America Book
The Maid’s Daughter: Living Inside and Outside the American Dream by Mary Romero
“In The Maid’s Daughter, Mary Romero explores this complex story about belonging, identity, and resistance, illustrating Olivia’s challenge to establish her sense of identity, and the patterns of inclusion and exclusion in her life. Romero points to the hidden costs of paid domestic labor that are transferred to the families of private household workers andnannies, and shows how everyday routines are important in maintaining and assuring that various forms of privilege are passed on from one generation to another. Through Olivia’s story, Romero shows how mythologies of meritocracy, the land of opportunity, and the American dream remain firmly in place while simultaneously erasing injustices and the struggles of the working poor.” from Newtonville Books
Thu, Feb 16, 6:30 PM – Las Comadres & Friends National Latino Bookclub meets to discuss this book at Newtonville Books.
“It is 1948 and a young American couple arrive in France for a holiday, full of anticipation and enthusiasm. But the countryside and people are war-battered, and their reception at the Chateau Beaumesnil is not all the open-hearted Americans could wish for.” from Amazon
I received a small stack of very helpful brochures from Shaws’ Dietician, Jennifer Shea. It includes tips of what and when to eat during intense training and competition to maximize performance.
image from Money Saving Maineac
I am posting part of the brochure here, but just leave me a comment with your mailing address if you want a copy. I have about a half dozen. She was also kind enough to include 4 coupons for Shaw’s Kid Club, good for a free healthy snack (small Red Delicious apple or a banana). I will include one coupon for the first four requests.
There are also two great healthy recipes for Breakfast Burrito and Savory Turkey Burgers. I’ve had Jennifer Shea’s food before; it’s delicious!
Please leave a comment with your address if you want the brochure and coupon! Which Shaws do you shop at? Mine is the Auburndale one.
Vamos a Leer is giving away Young Adult book, Shadowshaper:
Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “No importa” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.
Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present, and future.
A lovely quote from my yoga teacher, Dawn Davis that I wanted to share:
I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we're all teachers - if we're willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks. Maria Gibb ...