The Supreme Judicial Court today dismissed a complaint by a teacher at a Newton Hebrew school that she was fired because of her age, saying the First Amendment prohibits government from interfering in how religious organizations teach their young.
Gaye Hilsenrath, who had been a part-time teacher at Temple Emanuel's Hebrew school for more than 24 years, filed an age-discrimination complaint with the Mass. Commission Against Discrimination when the school let her go in 2007 as part of an overall reorganization.
Paul Levy, who lives near a soccer field in Newton, looked out and saw something disturbing:
Wicked Local Newton reports Newton Mayor Setti Warren wants to fire the police chief following the release of a report that said he called a subordinate a "bitch" and told her once she looked like "a whore."
Bit of a problem at Eliot on the Riverside Line tonight, where wires have come down, trapping a train, Brian D'Amico reports. Buses to the rescue, the T says.
Newton Patch reports police are looking for a guy who allegedly slapped a cell phone out of man's hands on the Riverside line this morning - and slapped his face for good measure. The phone slapper then bounded out of the train.
The Charles River Watershed Association is warning people to stay out of the water in the Lakes District portion of the river in Newton, Waltham and Weston, due to a bloom of blue-green algae. The group says this is the first time that's ever been spotted in that part of the river:
Anyone want to help get the MBTA to get rid of the closed door policy on the Green Line?
Checked and no one else had set up Facebook page so I did. Welcome any and all suggestions. It's only going to get worse when school starts in the fall.
Police in Newton and surrounding communities are looking for somebody who tried to hold up a West Newton convenience store around 9:30 a.m. He had a "device" strapped to his chest and was holding a remote-control device. He had on a backpack, a Halloween mask and a hoodie.
Newton police and firefighters teamed up tonight to arrest two men who may have been trying to climb a 1,000-foot radio tower on Chestnut Street in Newton.
Ted Pendergast reports rescue crews arrived shortly before 9:30 p.m. Firefighters got the two men to the ground around 9:40 p.m.
The Herald reports on the possible impending sale of the doomed mall. Poetic justice, of course, demands they turn the Cheesecake Factory into the cardiology wing.
Paul Levy photographs an enhanced Rte. 9 sign.
If you guessed Friday afternoon rush hour, you win! Unlike the people now stuck waiting for shuttle buses to get them around the downed wire at Newton Centre, who lose.
Almost everything else there has closed, Bertucci's joins the club, forcing fans of pizzas with an olive in the middle to make the long, long journey over to West Roxbury.
Around 8:20 a.m., an inbound Kat Powers reported:
On a D Line train in Newton delayed by a turtle on the track. Driver has announced she can't move the train because the turtle will die. Waiting for an official to move the turtle.
A few minutes later, she reported two MBTA officials arrived to try to move the recalcitrant reptile.
Action-news reporter Steve Annear adds:
Officials removed it with a shovel.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the city of Newton will have to show a lower court why it shouldn't be made to pay a softball player for serious injuries caused by a tree falling on him while he was waiting his turn at bat.
Edward Marcus sued Newton for negligence for the two broken vertebrae and two broken shoulder blades he suffered in July 8, 2007, when a tree rooted on land owned by Temple Shalom fell on him as he sat at McGrath Field. Marcus says the city failed to protect people by not pruning back the part of the tree that reached over the park.
Newton Patch reports the driver of an ice-cream truck was cited by police for parking too close to a playground at Albemarle Field - after he'd been warned several times to back his truck the hell up.