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Newton parents file motions to end strike, asking to boost union fines and order arrest of NTA president

Parents of students in Newton have filed two motions to end the ongoing strike by the Newton Teachers Association, asking a judge to order the arrest of a union leader and increase the daily fine the union has been ordered to pay.

Man rescued from Newton house fire Wednesday dies two days later

Firefighters rescued two people who were trapped inside the building Wednesday night and had suffered serious injuries.

Newton teachers union, School Committee to head back to court as strike closes schools for sixth day

Middlesex Superior Court Judge Christopher K. Barry-Smith set a hearing for Friday in the Woburn courthouse “to discuss a more meaningful approach for ensuring compliance with the law.”

Newton public school teachers to vote Thursday whether to go on strike

The vote comes after more than a year of negotiations have failed to yield a new contract.

‘I owe you a drink. A dinner. A foot massage.’ Newton city councilor sends ‘unwelcome’ texts to colleague.

City Councilor Rick Lipof blamed “COVID fog” for messages sent last month to City Councilor Brenda Noel, who is now calling for the city to create an ethics commission to oversee the conduct of local elected officials.

Newton council passes scaled-back plan to allow more multifamily housing in some areas

The rezoning is Newton’s effort to comply with the state’s new MBTA Communities housing law, which mandates denser multifamily housing near transit corridors in nearly 180 municipalities and has ignited controversy across the state.

Newton, other suburbs, face crucial housing votes ahead of state deadline

Most communities facing a deadline this month have yet to approve plans to comply with a 2021 state law aimed at addressing Massachusetts' housing shortage.

In Newton, Somerville, ‘catch-up’ water bills catch many off guard, with some owing thousands

For four years, Newton has sent residents water bills based on estimated usage, not the actual amount. Now, as city employees go door to door checking exact readings as they replace thousands of water meters, some residents are receiving big retroactive bills.