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Preservation Committee Approves Acquisition!

After over two hours of deliberations- The 20 Rogers Street/Crystal Lake acquisition was approved by the Preservation Committee. It’s recommendation will be sent on to the Finance Committee (April 9), and the full Board (April 17). Mayor Cohen presented and attended the entire session. Please send a ‘thank you’ message to the mayor and members […]


The Community Preservation Committee voted unanimously to allocate the bonding of$2.3 million for the purchase of 20 Rogers St.- as Recreation space. Mayor Cohen presented the reasoning behind eminent domain as the fairest and preferred method for the acquisition. (full information can be found at the Newton Community Newsletter- Several Aldermen spoke in support, […]

Hannon files for 40B at 20 Rogers St.!

The owner of 20 Rogers has filed an application for having his property approved for housing development status as a so-called 40B project (reportedly for 120 units)!!! This represents only the latest provocative action by the owner; who has refused to negotiate directly with the city in the sale of his Crystal Lake property. You […]

Crystal Lake/CPC/Mayor’s Commitment

We’ve received a message that clarifies the way that the revised Hannon proposal will be ‘heard’ by the CPC. It will be included at the end of the meeting for information purposes only! (… and without public comment.) This is certainly a positive development; Yet there is a way to go before the ‘deal’ is […]

The Rising Tide of Spam…

I apologize to those of you who follow the comments who have been subjected to so much spam lately. I delete them several times a day, but I know it is still annoying. I regret having to require registration with the site before commenting, but I have turned on that option and it should virtually […]

City Makes offer to Hannon

The Mayor has communicated an ‘Offer’ to Hannon, based on it’s appraisal of the property. My understanding is that the amount was $2.2 to 2.3M. Mr. Hannon’s response was to list the property with R.E. brokers. The Mayor says that it is a realistic valuation, based on the City’s appraisal (certainly $4.5M is not). Yet […]

Lake Meeting shows clear mandate:

Thanks to all in attendance at Mondays’ Meeting; It was an SRO event! The unofficial count for the attendance recorded about 240 people were there! The Comments and discussions showed a clear mandate supporting the 20 Rogers acquisition; And indicating a genuine enthusiasm for more ‘ open’, natural, and accessible Park land as part of […]

20 Rogers Street owner wants to sell!!

The October 12 Boston Globe Westword reports that Patrick Hannon intends to sell his property and move on to Maine. “Hannon said he and his wife Elizabeth decided to relocate on a 300-acre lakefront property they own in Maine because they believe it would be a better environment for their four children, ages 5 to […]

Highlands Council & Newton Conservators Support

Robert Fizek and other Citizens for a Better Lake, and Ward 6 Aldermen present 20 Rogers acquisition proposition at recent Board meetings. After extensive discussion and careful consideration, both the Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council and The Newton Conservators unanimously voted to support efforts (and CPA funding) leading to the acquistion of the Rogers Street […]

A Plan for a Better Lake

Sorry to be late in posting this, here’s a sketch of what is possible: Click for a bigger version