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  1. Newton Lower Falls — the only Village located largely outside of Massachusetts Route 128 Newton Upper Falls — centered on the intersection of Eliot Street and Chestnut Street Newtonville — centered on the intersection of Walnut Street and Washington Street Nonantum — centered on the intersection of Adams Street and Watertown Street

  2. 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.

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    Newton was settled in 1630 as part of "the newe towne", which was renamed Cambridge in 1638. Roxbury minister John Eliot persuaded the Native American people of Nonantum, a sub-tribe of the Massachusett led by a sachem named Waban, to relocate to Natick in 1651, fearing that they would be exploited by colonists. Newton was incorporated as a separat...

    Newton is a suburban city approximately 7 mi (11 km) from downtown Boston, in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The city is bordered by Waltham and Watertown on the north, Needham and the West Roxbury neighborhood of Boston on the south, Wellesley and Weston on the west, and Brookline and the Brightonneighborhood of Boston on the east. The Charles R...

    As of the census of 2010, there were 85,146 people, 32,648 households, and 20,499 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,643.6 people per square mile (1,793.2/km2). There were 32,112 housing units at an average density of 1,778.8 per square mile (686.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 79.6% White, 11.5% Asian, 2.5% Afric...

    Newton's largest employers include Boston College and Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Companies based in Newton include TechTarget, CyberArk and Upromise. Until July 2015, Newton was also home to the global headquarters of TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site, reaching nearly 280 million unique monthly visitors. TripAdvisor moved into a newly bu...

    The city has two symphony orchestras, the New Philharmonia Orchestra of Massachusetts and the Newton Symphony Orchestra.[citation needed] The Joanne Langione Dance Center, an American youth dance school was founded in 1976.


    Newton has an elected strong mayor-councilform of government. The council is called the City Council. The mayor is Ruthanne Fuller. Fuller is the first woman to be elected Mayor of Newton. The elected officials are: 1. Mayor: Ruthanne Fuller, the city's chief executive officer and appoints the Chief Administrative Officer. 2. The City Council, Newton's legislative branch of municipal government, is made up of 24 members – sixteen Councilors-at-large and eight Ward Councilors. Councilors are e...


    Mismanagement of Middlesex County's public hospital in the mid-1990s left the county on the brink of insolvency, and in 1997 the Massachusetts legislature stepped in by assuming all assets and obligations of the county. The government of Middlesex County was officially abolished on July 11, 1997. The sheriff and some other regional officials with specific duties are still elected locally to perform duties within the county region, but there is no county council or commission. However, communi...


    House of Representatives: 1. John J. Lawn, Democrat of Watertown: Tenth Middlesex District, includes Precincts 1 and 4 of Ward 1, Newton. 2. Kay Khan, Democrat of Newton: Eleventh Middlesex District, includes precincts 2 and 3 of Ward 1, All precincts in Wards 2, 3 and 4 and precinct 2 of Ward 7, Newton. 3. Ruth BalserDemocrat of Newton: Twelfth Middlesex District, includes all precincts in Wards 5 and 6, precincts 1, 3 and 4 of Ward 7; and all precincts in Ward 8, Newton. Senate: 1. Cynthia...

    Public schools

    Public education is provided by Newton Public Schools.

    Higher education

    Colleges and universities located in Newton include: 1. Boston College in Chestnut Hill 2. Boston College Law School in Newton Centre 3. Hebrew College in Newton Centre 4. Lasell University in Auburndale 5. Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst in Oak Hill, formerly Mount Ida College 6. William James College, formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Newton Upper Falls


    The city's community newspapers are The Newton TAB, a weekly print paper published by the Community Newspaper Company, and owned by Gatehouse Media. The Newton Patch covers daily local news out of Newton and offers a platform for locals to post opinion, events, news tips and blogs on the community online platform as well. The Newton Voice. The Newton community is also served by its high school publications, including Newton North High School's Newtonite and Newton South High School's Lion's R...


    Residents of Newton have access to a state-of-the-art television studio and community media center, NewTV, located at 23 Needham Street in Newton Highlands. Newton is also home to NECN, a regional news network owned by NBC.


    From 1968 to 2017, the studios and transmitter of WNTNAM-1550 were on Rumford Avenue in Auburndale.


    Newton-Wellesley Hospital is located at 2014 Washington Street in Newton. U.S. News & World Reportranks the hospital 13th best in the Boston metro area.


    Newton's proximity to Boston, along with its good public schools and safe and quiet neighborhoods, make it a very desirable community for those who commute to Boston or work in Newton's businesses and industries. Newton is well-served by three modes of mass transit run by the MBTA: light rail, commuter rail, and bus service. The Green Line D branch, (also known as the Riverside branch) is a light rail line running through the center of the city that makes very frequent trips to downtown Bosto...

    Public safety

    The City of Newton Police Department has 139 sworn officers. The Newton Fire Department is fully paid and operates six engine companies, three ladder companies, and one rescue company from six stations.[citation needed]

    There are several cemeteries in Newton, three of which are owned by the City of Newton, while the rest are privately owned,as follows: 1. East Parish Burying Ground, called Centre Street Cemeteryby the city, dates from 1664 2. Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut Street, Newton Centre, private, 155 acres (0.63 km2), dates from 1855 3. West Parish Burying Gr...

  4. But what some people don't know when they start scanning Newton real estate ads is that Newton is comprised of thirteen villages, each with a distinct personality. Sharing a border with Waltham and...

  5. Tornado activity: Newton-area historical tornado activity is near Massachusetts state average.It is 40% smaller than the overall U.S. average.. On 6/9/1953, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 16.1 miles away from the Newton city center killed 90 people and injured 1228 people and caused between $50,000,000 and $500,000,000 in damages.

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