Waban is one of the thirteen villages of Newton, Massachusetts, a suburban city approximately seven miles from downtown Boston.
Waban was named for Waban, the first Massachusett Indian converted to Christianity, in 1646. Although Waban lived in Nonantum, a hill in the northeasternmost part of Newton, the area around the present village of Waban was a favored hunting ground. Dr. Lawrence Strong, in his history of the town, wrote:
My father, William Chamberlain Strong, was very active in securing the right-of-way for the Boston and Albany Railroad at the time the Newton Circuit Road was built. The location of a station here marked a potential village, and a name was required. My father had previously lived on Nonantum Hill in Brighton, where Waban, the Chief of the Indian tribe Nonantum, had his wigwam, and where Eliot, the Apostle to the Indians, preached. A memorial marks this spot today. So the name "Waban" for the new village easily suggested itself to my father. I am told Waban, or Wabanoki, means "east" in the Indian tongue. The spelling of the name cannot be held to coincide with its pronunciation. I believe the pronunciation is correct and the correct spelling would be either Wauban or more probably Waughban.
Waban has two elementary schools, Angier, named after Albert Angier who was killed fighting in World War I, and Zervas (formerly Beethoven).
The village was one of four in Newton to retain its branch library until June 2008. As of September 2009, the Waban branch library has re-opened as the Waban Library Center, a community-based facility.
An area near where the shopping area of Waban now stands was originally the site of a working farm for the indigent.
In the Washington Post's 2013 study of the most affluent and well-educated zip codes in America, Waban (02468) ranked third in the nation. The study was based on an index of the percent of college graduates and median household income in each of America's zip codes. It ranked only behind Kenilworth, Illinois and Short Hills, New Jersey, making it the most affluent zip code in the state.
Alexandra Kavvada (born 1983) was a female Greek football defender.
She was part of the Greece women's national football team at the 2004 Summer Olympics. On club level she played for Greater Boston in the United States.Allison Dale Burroughs
Allison Dale Burroughs (born April 25, 1961) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts.Boston Bolts (USL)
Boston Bolts, formerly Football Club Boston (FC Boston), is an American soccer club based in Boston, Massachusetts. The club's men's team plays in USL League Two, using Alumni Field at Mount Ida College, with capacity of 2,000, as their home field. The club also includes boys' and girls' teams, leading up to teams that participate in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy program, which is the top tier of youth soccer under the United States Soccer Federation. The boys' teams use the name FC Boston Bolts, and the girls' teams use the name FC Boston Scorpions.
In the 2016 regular season, the Bolts finished 4th in the division with a record of 6 wins 6 losses and 2 draws. Star forward Mohamed Kenaway led the team in goals and assists that year with 6 goals and 6 assists. Former New England Revolution player Andy Dorman became an academy coach in 2016. Fellow former Rev Shalrie Joseph signed to play for the Bolts in 2016 and is still listed as an academy coach (he was hired head coach of Grenada national football team in March 2018).C. J. Young
Carl Joshua Young (born January 1, 1968) is an American former professional ice hockey right winger who played 44 games in the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1992–93 and competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics. A decorated college athlete, Young played four seasons with the Harvard Crimson program and was a member of the school's 1989 national championship. The New Jersey Devils selected him with the fifth overall in the 1989 NHL Supplemental Draft, though he never played for the team. Young signed with the Calgary Flames in 1990 and made his NHL debut with the team two years later. He was traded to the Boston Bruins mid-season. Young signed with the Florida Panthers prior to the 1993–94 season, but left the sport after becoming embroiled in a dispute with the team.Francis Spain
Francis Jones "Frank" Spain (February 17, 1909 – June 23, 1977) was an American amateur ice hockey player who competed in the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
Frank Spain was born on an ancestral plantation in Brooks County, Georgia, but later moved to Waban, Massachusetts, where he learned to play hockey on frozen ponds. He attended Phillips Exeter Academy prep school and then Dartmouth College, where he majored in philosophy and played baseball and ice hockey as a member of the class of 1934. He left Dartmouth to play for the Boston Olympics, where he was the team captain for the 1933–1934 season. After his amateur ice-hockey career, he served as a naval officer and toured Europe. Following his marriage in 1941, he settled in Rochester, New York, where he began a business and a family.
In 1936 he was a member and captain of the United States ice hockey team, which won the bronze medal. The medal currently resides at the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Eveleth, Minnesota.
He was born in Quitman, Georgia, and died in Fairport, New York.Frank H. Touret
Frank Hale Touret (March 25, 1875 – August 2, 1945) was an American prelate who served as the fourth Missionary Bishop of Idaho from 1919 till 1924.Harry Bentley Bradley
Harry Bentley Bradley (born 25 May 1939) is an American car designer, best known for his work with Hot Wheels and the customizers Alexander Brothers. After retiring, he relocated with his wife Joyce to Northern California.John Cranston (American football)
John Samuel Cranston (November 18, 1865 – December 17, 1931) was an American football player and coach. He played for Harvard University from 1888 to 1890. He was selected as an All-American in 1889 and 1890—the first years in which College Football All-America Teams were selected. He was also the first football player to wear protective "nose armor", which was invented by a Harvard teammate to protect his "weak nose". He later served as a football coach at Harvard from 1893 to 1903. During the 1905 football reform movement, Cranston was part of the reformist camp and proposed the abolition of professional coaches.Lee Feldman (businessman)
Lee Michael Feldman (born 1967/1968) is an American lawyer and businessman, and the chairman of GVC Holdings, the FTSE 100 Index gambling conglomerate, and the managing partner of the private equity firm, Twin Lakes Capital Management, LLC.Marie McCormick
Marie Clare McCormick (born 1946) is an American pediatrician and Sumner and Esther Feldberg Professor of Maternal and Child Health in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. She also holds an appointment as Professor of Pediatrics in the Harvard Medical School. In addition, she is the Senior Associate for Academic Affairs in the Department of Neonatology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Her research primarily focused on epidemiology and health services, particularly in relation to infant mortality and the outcomes of very low birthweight (VLBW) and otherwise high-risk neonates.Paddi Edwards
Patricia Mary Ursula Edwards (March 8, 1931 – October 18, 1999), known as Paddi Edwards, was an English-born American actress. She worked steadily in film and television.Robert Blendon
Robert J. Blendon is currently the Richard L. Menschel Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Policy Translation and Leadership Development at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He holds appointments as a Professor of Health Policy and Political Analysis at both the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. In addition, he directs the Harvard Opinion Research Program, which focuses on better understanding of public knowledge, attitudes, and beliefs about major social policy issues in the U.S. and other nations. He currently co-directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health project on understanding Americans’ Health Agenda, including a joint series with National Public Radio and POLITICO. Previously, he co-directed a special polling series with The Washington Post and Kaiser Family Foundation. Additionally, Dr. Blendon co-directed a special survey project for the Minneapolis Star Tribune on health care that received the National Press Club’s 1998 Award for Consumer Journalism. He also co-directed a project for National Public Radio and the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation on American attitudes toward domestic policy. The series was cited by the National Journal as setting a new standard for use of public opinion surveys in broadcast journalism.Roger Kellaway
Roger Kellaway (born November 1, 1939) is an American composer, arranger, and pianist.Sarah Coakley
Sarah Anne Coakley (born 10 September 1951) is an English Anglican systematic theologian and philosopher of religion with interdisciplinary interests. She is an honorary professor at the Logos Institute, the University of St Andrews, after she stepped down as Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity (2007–2018) at the University of Cambridge. She is also Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Australian Catholic University, both in Melbourne and in Rome.Sports in New England
Two popular American sports were invented in New England. Basketball was invented by James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891. Volleyball was invented by William G. Morgan in Holyoke, Massachusetts, in 1895. Also, the first organized ice hockey game in the United States is widely believed to have been played in Concord, New Hampshire in 1883.The region is famous for its passion for baseball and the Boston Red Sox, as well as for the intense rivalry between the Red Sox and the New York Yankees.
On November 1, 1924, the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League became the first NHL franchise to be based in the United States, and the second-oldest surviving major professional sports team in Boston, after the Red Sox. The Bruins' historic rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens for ice hockey fans in the Boston area has, at times, reached the level of intensity of the Yankees – Red Sox rivalry in professional baseball in the region.The New England Patriots football team is based in Foxborough, Massachusetts, halfway between Boston and Providence. In 1999, the Patriots flirted with the idea of moving to Hartford, in what three National Football League (NFL) franchise owners called "the greatest financial deal any NFL owner has ever received". The deal, however, fell through, and the team remained in Foxborough.
Both the oldest Major League Baseball (MLB) professional baseball park still in use, Fenway Park, dating from April 1912, as well as the oldest indoor ice hockey rink still in use worldwide, Matthews Arena, which first opened in 1910 and currently stands on the property of Northeastern University for their collegiate ice hockey teams, are within the Boston city limits.Suzanne Davis (figure skater)
Suzanne Davis (married name: King; February 7, 1912 – July 28, 1991) was an American figure skater who competed in ladies singles. She was the 1934 U.S. national champion.
She was born in Waban, Massachusetts and died in Richmond, Virginia.
Davis competed in the 1932 Winter Olympics and finished twelfth in the ladies singles competition.Waban
Waban (c.1604—c.1685) was a Native American of the Nipmuc group and was the first Native American convert to Christianity in Massachusetts.Waban (disambiguation)
Waban may refer to:
Waban (ca. 1604-ca. 1685), the first Native American to convert to Christianity in Massachusetts
Waban, Massachusetts, one of the 13 villages of Newton, Massachusetts
Waban (MBTA station), a transit station in the Waban section of Newton, Massachusetts
USS Waban (1880), a United States Navy steamer in commission from 1898 to 1919
SS Waban, a Design 1015 ship built for the United States Shipping Board in 1919
Municipalities and communities of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States