Summer Bounty at Newton Farmers’ Market

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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.

Dog Friendly Newton: New Off-Leash Dog Parks!

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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!

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

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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…

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

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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.

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

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

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

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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!

Demographic Data on Newton

Demographic Data on Newton Massachusetts

Best Places to Live in the US – Newton MA named in top three…find out why in this article by Pragmatic Mom, Newton resident and mother of three. Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $745,249; Detached houses: $803,975; Townhouses or other attached units: $615,836; In 2-unit structures: $602,622; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $578,014; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $426,501

Wikipedia on Newton, Massachusetts

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Newton is a city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States bordered to the east by Boston. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Newton was 85,146, making it the eleventh largest city in the state. Newton is a suburban city approximately seven miles from downtown Boston. Rather than having a single city center, Newton is a patchwork of thirteen “villages”, many boasting small “downtown” areas of their own. The 13 villages are: Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, Newton Lower Falls, Newton Upper Falls (both on the Charles River, and both once small industrial sites), Newtonville, Nonantum (also called “The Lake”), Oak Hill, Thompsonville, Waban and West Newton. Oak Hill Park is a place within the village of Oak Hill that itself is shown as a separate and distinct village on some city maps, (including a map dated 2010 on the official City of Newton website)[1] and Four Corners is also shown as a village on some city maps. Although most of the villages have a post office, they have no legal definition and no firmly defined borders. This village-based system often causes some confusion with addresses and for first time visitors.

Newton’s High Schools in Top 5 Percent Nationwide

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Newsweek published its list of the country’s best high schools this week, and Newton North ranked 754 as compared to Newton South’s rank of 776. According to Newsweek’s Web site, all schools on the list are in the top 5 percent of schools nationwide.