• Disability Awareness Book Club

    Disability Awareness Book Club

    Disability Awareness Book Club All Are Welcome Understanding Our Differences sponsors an ongoing  Disability Awareness Book Club. It meets the first Monday of the month (generally) at Newton Free Library, 7:00 p.m. in Meeting Room A and is open to all who are interested. Our next meeting will be on Monday, September 11th. Check the […]

  • IRONMAN! Producing Academy and National Team Players!

    IRONMAN! Producing Academy and National Team Players!

    IRONMAN! Producing Academy and National Team Players!  IRONMAN Summer Camp 2017! 25% Off Code: vfcironman25.

  • Historic Newton July Events

    Historic Newton July Events

    HISTORIC NEWTON CALENDAR JULY-AUG 2017     Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 PM NEWTON’S ROAD TO REVOLUTION In September 1774 the farmers of Middlesex County rose up and ended royal government in most of Massachusetts. For the next seven months, Patriot activists and the British governor raced to seize artillery.  Cannon disappeared from ships, shore batteries, […]

  • Summer Activities for Kids from FA Day Middle School Nurse

    Summer Activities for Kids from FA Day Middle School Nurse

    Summer Activities for Kids from FA Day Middle School Nurse. Two helpful PDFs with camps and volunteer opportunities for kids. After school and summer activities can be an essential part of your child’s educational and social/emotional learning. Research has shown the value of after school and summer programs and here in Newton, we are lucky […]

  • Summer BCMFest Celtic Festival in Harvard Square, July 2

    Summer BCMFest Celtic Festival in Harvard Square, July 2

    The Boston area’s only winter-time Celtic festival will once again make a warm-weather appearance when Club Passim in Harvard Square hosts the third Summer BCMFest on July 2, featuring 12 hours of some of the best local Celtic music. Summer BCMFest is fashioned after the annual BCMFest (Boston’s Celtic Music Fest), a weekend gathering held […]

  • Summer Events at Davis Museum at Wellesley College

    Summer Events at Davis Museum at Wellesley College

    This summer, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College is embracing the outdoors by hosting family-friendly activities on the Davis Museum plaza. The second annual summer series includes films, art-making activities, food, and—for the first time—outdoor yoga. SUMMER KICK-OFF CELEBRATION The summer series at the Davis Museum will commence with a kick-off event on Thursday, June […]

  • Crafters Sought for Pop Up Market

    Seeking Vendors for Common Ground Arlington Pop Up Market!

    Common Ground in Arlington will be hosting its third annual Holiday Pop Up Market on October 15th, Sunday, from 11am to 3pm. Are you an artist, artisan, or have a craft product or home business that you want to promote for the holiday season? Join us for a Holiday Pop Up Market at Common Ground […]

  • Summer at The Street

    Summer at The Street

    Yoga on The Green Every Sunday, June 4 to October 1 9:30am Each month, The Street will partner with a different yoga studio for Yoga on The Green, with each instructor bringing their distinct style to the class. In June, YogaWorks will lead Yoga on The Green. In the event of rain, classes will be held indoors […]

Newton: A Great Place to Live!

Sharing information about why Newton, Massachusetts is a great place to live and raise a family. If you are thinking of moving to Newton, or have recently moved here, we'd like to help you get settled in. Feel free to ask questions and you'll get unbiased answers. Welcome!

2011 Babe Ruth Baseball 14-Year-Old World Series: Newton Makes Final Four! I Love Newton MA

2011 Babe Ruth Baseball 14-Year-Old World Series: Newton Makes Final Four!

2011 Babe Ruth Baseball 14-Year-Old World Series: Newton Makes Final Four!

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FREE Parenting Seminar at MGH. Current Issues in Youth Sports: Raising Children in a Competitive World.

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) is sponsoring a Family Education Series which is free to the public. The first offering is entitled Current Issues in Youth Sports: Raising Children in a Competitive World.

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A Lot Going on at Newton Wellesley Hospital: Free Prostate Cancer Screening, Free Diabetes Event, HopeWalks and More!

We are lucky to have a first class hospital in our midst. Newton Wellesley Hospital is part of Partners Healthcare System which includes Mass General Hospital, MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Brigham and Women’s Hospital which are all world class hospitals. Newton Wellesley Hospital also offers FREE services including Prostate Cancer Screen, Diabetes Education, flu clinics and more. They are a stalwart supporter of HopeWalks and will be walking in our neighborhoods for this great event.

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Summer Bounty at Newton Farmers’ Market

We are lucky that in Newton we have two Farmer’s Markets every week which means you can almost bypass the grocery store! The Cold Spring Park Farmer’s Market is larger but the parking is more difficult. I like to zip in and out of the American Legion Post Farmer’s Market on Fridays to carry me through the weekend. And be sure to check out Capability:Mom’s post on her favorite stops at the Farmer’s Market. I always discover great stuff by reading her blog!

Newton Libraries: Main & 2 Branches Run by Volunteers

The Newton Free Library, located at 330 Homer Street (across the street from City Hall). It has (among other things) museum passes, a great audio/visual department, a wonderful children’s room, great gallery space, a good-sized auditorium, and, of course, books.

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Dog Friendly Newton: New Off-Leash Dog Parks!

Five off-leash dog parks were just created in Newton. I haven’t been to all of them. I heard that Cabot Woods is great but there can be a lot of ticks. The same can be said for Weston Reservoir which is my dog’s favorite haunt. Be sure to check for ticks after these outings. If you need information about ticks and Lyme disease, I have a link below from my dermatologist. Capability:Mom likes to exercise her dog on the carriage lane down Commonwealth Avenue at the foot of Heartbreak Hill. She has a walking group that meets religiously with or without dogs and they trek up to Walnut Street and back. Whether you walk your dog on or off-leash, there’s no doubt about it. Newton is a dog friendly city!

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Massachusetts Fourth-Graders: High Math Scores Compare Favorably Internationally!

Two states, Massachusetts and Minnesota, sought to have their schools’ test results broken out separately. Both reported results outpacing the rest of the nation. In the most impressive showing, Massachusetts fourth-graders scored roughly as well as those in high-performing Taiwan and Japan…

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High Schools That Send The Most Kids to Ivy League: Newton North and Newton South (WSJ)

The Wall Street Journal looked at the freshman class at 10 highly selective colleges (i.e.e Ivy League), counted them up, and ranked the high schools — private day and boarding, public, and magnet — by the number of kids sent. While you would expect elite boarding schools like Andover and Philips Exeter to do well, Newton South High School and Newton North High School both make the list sending in 23 or 6% of its class and 25 or 4% of its class respectively.

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Newton Ranks #3 As Best Place to Live According to CNN!

According to CNN, Newton ranked as the number 3 best place to live in America!

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Best Mommy/Daddy and Me Music Classes for Toddlers and Preschoolers in Newton

There are plenty of parent and child music classes to choose from in Newton! Many music teachers recommend Music Together. I liked Kindermusic and Let’s Make Music at Warmlines. I also loved the craft/snack/music combo at Time for Partners. There are free singalongs at the Newton Free Library and drop in music classes at Green Planet Kids run by Giggle Kids Music. Music for everyone!