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Last night at 11pm, instead of watching The Daily Show, I walked over to Newton City Hall to watch the Board of Aldermen in action.

Why, you may reasonably ask, was the BoA starting a meeting at 11pm? Long story short, Too late.... )

I felt strongly that the BoA should know that the citizens of Newton were aware of the dirty tricks that were going on, and that we were watching, so I walked over to City Hall and arrived just before the meeting started. There were about 20-30 of us in the gallery. There was the expected posturing on both sides, and a rollcall vote that went 10-9 in favor of upholding the chair's ruling from Tuesday night, with 5 absences. So the "good guys" lost by the slimmest of margins, but at least now we have ten names to vote against in the next general election.

And it just reinforced what I learned at LSC: Whoever knows Robert's Rules best wins the day.
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Last night at 11pm, instead of watching The Daily Show, I walked over to Newton City Hall to watch the Board of Aldermen in action.

Why, you may reasonably ask, was the BoA starting a meeting at 11pm? Long story short, Too late.... )

I felt strongly that the BoA should know that the citizens of Newton were aware of the dirty tricks that were going on, and that we were watching, so I walked over to City Hall and arrived just before the meeting started. There were about 20-30 of us in the gallery. There was the expected posturing on both sides, and a rollcall vote that went 10-9 in favor of upholding the chair's ruling from Tuesday night, with 5 absences. So the "good guys" lost by the slimmest of margins, but at least now we have ten names to vote against in the next general election.

And it just reinforced what I learned at LSC: Whoever knows Robert's Rules best wins the day.
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This afternoon, one of our ward aldermen made his annual walk down our street to leave his "dear constituents" letter in our door. Although I'm planning to vote for him on Tuesday (not that he's running opposed or anything), I am troubled by the fact that this is basically all the contact he has with us.

The fault, dear reader, lies not (solely) in our elected representatives, but in ourselves. )

Why aren't we passionate about this election? Why aren't we passionate about local government week in and week out?

What's wrong with us?
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This afternoon, one of our ward aldermen made his annual walk down our street to leave his "dear constituents" letter in our door. Although I'm planning to vote for him on Tuesday (not that he's running opposed or anything), I am troubled by the fact that this is basically all the contact he has with us.

The fault, dear reader, lies not (solely) in our elected representatives, but in ourselves. )

Why aren't we passionate about this election? Why aren't we passionate about local government week in and week out?

What's wrong with us?
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According to the Newton Tab,

Actors, film crews and stage artists crowded around Bulloughs Pond Monday for the filming of The Women, starring Annette Bening, Eza Mendes and Meg Ryan.

I hope they don't have to do more filming on Thursday afternoon, when Bulloughs Pond will be the site of hundreds of Newton-area Jews performing the Tashlich ceremony. Otherwise, we'll end up with A Stranger Among Us II. (I know, that was Melanie Griffith, not Meg Ryan. And it was the Bostoner Rebbe, not the Zhviller.)

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According to the Newton Tab,

Actors, film crews and stage artists crowded around Bulloughs Pond Monday for the filming of The Women, starring Annette Bening, Eza Mendes and Meg Ryan.

I hope they don't have to do more filming on Thursday afternoon, when Bulloughs Pond will be the site of hundreds of Newton-area Jews performing the Tashlich ceremony. Otherwise, we'll end up with A Stranger Among Us II. (I know, that was Melanie Griffith, not Meg Ryan. And it was the Bostoner Rebbe, not the Zhviller.)

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Tonight the Newton Traffic Committee held a meeting to present and receive public comments on the proposed parking plan for the Newton North High School construction. Basically, for the next three years there are about 400 parking spots that won't exist in the NNHS lot and they need to find places in the neighborhood for the displaced teachers (and some students) to park during the day.

Details, details )
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Tonight the Newton Traffic Committee held a meeting to present and receive public comments on the proposed parking plan for the Newton North High School construction. Basically, for the next three years there are about 400 parking spots that won't exist in the NNHS lot and they need to find places in the neighborhood for the displaced teachers (and some students) to park during the day.

Details, details )

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