West Newton, Massachusetts

West Newton is a village of the City of Newton, Massachusetts and is one of the oldest of the thirteen Newton villages. The West Newton Village Center is a National Register Historic District. The postal ("Zip") code 02465 roughly matches the village limits.

Coordinates: 42°21′N 71°14′W / 42.350°N 71.233°W

West Newton Cinema, MA
The West Newton Theater
in the heart of West Newton village

Location

West Newton is located in the north central part of Newton and is bordered by the town of Waltham on the north and by the villages of Auburndale on the west, Newton Lower Falls on the extreme southwest, Newtonville on the east, and Waban on the south.

Railroad Station

The West Newton train stop is located near a still-standing inn (now small shops) that served as a stagecoach stop. The station was destroyed in the construction of the Massachusetts Turnpike.

West Newton Square

West Newton Square, the town center of West Newton, is home to many local businesses and venues. These include the historic West Newton Cinema, a small theatre that shows independent films, which was originally called the West Newton Theatre.

Many popular restaurants are located in West Newton, ranging from the upscale French bistro Lumiere to Sweet Tomatoes Pizza and Coney Island Ice Cream Cafe. Blue Ribbon Bar-B-Q is another local favorite, and attracts fans from far and wide.

There are several civic buildings in West Newton Square. They include the Newton Police Department and the local courthouse, both located on Washington Street, as well as the Chinese Community Center on Elm Street. The square once had a branch of the Newton Free Library as well as the Davis Elementary School on Waltham Street. Both closed in the 1980s owing to municipal financial constraints. The library building on Chestnut Street is now a police annex, while the school operates as a community center.

Losses due to turnpike construction

  • West Newton Fire House, Washington Street
  • West Newton Boston and Albany Railroad Station
  • Lincoln Park, Washington Street, although the Lincoln Park Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King once preached, still exists.
  • The Curve Street neighborhood, originally settled by freed slaves before the Civil War and still inhabited by many black families and the largely black Myrtle Baptist Church, was considerably reduced in size.
  • Tony's drug store. Tony moved the business to a corner location out of the way of the turnpike, but to the detriment of the old-fashioned atmosphere. The new place was called the Newtondale Pharmacy.
  • The Block: at Washington St. and Davis Court. 1st floor was store fronts; the upper floors were apartments. When you went around to the back you could see all the back porches which overlooked a lot with railroad cars and Border Street.
  • Davis Ct: still exists as completely commercial, however, the houses scattered on the land are all gone; 5 Davis Court was a duplex.

Transportation

West Newton is served by the MBTA Commuter Rail (Framingham/Worcester Line) and is roughly one mile from the Woodland station on the Green Line "D" Branch. West Newton is also served by express buses 505, 553, 554 that provide service to Boston and Waltham.

West Newton also has easy access to the Massachusetts Turnpike and Route 128 (Massachusetts)/I-95. The Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90) runs through West Newton. Routes 30 and 16 also pass through the West Newton.

Places on the National Register of Historic Places

Notable people

All-Around Good Guy

 River St.

External links

1919 U.S. Open (golf)

The 1919 U.S. Open was the 23rd U.S. Open, held June 9–12 at Brae Burn Country Club in West Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb west of Boston. In the first U.S. Open since 1916, Walter Hagen defeated Mike Brady by one stroke in an 18-hole playoff to win his second and final U.S. Open. It was the second of Hagen's eleven major titles. The championship was not held in 1917 and 1918 due to the First World War.

Charles Hoffner, age 22, opened the tournament with a 72 to take the first round lead, but he fell off the pace with a 78 in the second round. Mike Brady carded consecutive rounds of 74 to take the 36-hole lead by two over Hoffner, with Walter Hagen in a group three back. Brady shot 73 in the third round and opened up a commanding five-shot lead over Hagen. In the final round, he stumbled to an 80 for 301 total, allowing Hagen back into the championship. Hagen had a 10-footer (3 m) to win at the 18th, but his putt lipped out.In the playoff the next day, Hagen carried a two-stroke lead to the 17th but then bogeyed to see his lead cut to one. But both players made par on the 18th, giving Hagen the title. Hagen's victory in the playoff came after he partied with entertainer Al Jolson all night before showing up to play.

This was the first U.S. Open to be played over three days, with the first and second rounds played on the first two days and the third and final rounds played on the last day (Wednesday). It reverted to the two-day schedule the following year; the three-day schedule returned in 1926 and the four-day schedule began in 1965.

Willie Chisholm set an unfortunate tournament record in the first round at the par-3 8th hole. His approach shot landed in a rocky ravine and he took several shots to get out. He eventually settled for an 18 on the hole, a dubious record that would stand until a 19 was recorded in 1938.

Defending champion Chick Evans finished twelve strokes back in tenth place and was the low amateur.

Bill Cronin (baseball)

William Patrick Cronin (December 26, 1902 – October 26, 1966) was an American professional baseball player and manager. Although his career extended for 25 years (1923–46; 1949) he spent only two full seasons (1930–31) and parts of two others (1928–29) in Major League Baseball as a catcher for the Boston Braves. He threw and batted right-handed and was listed as 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m) tall and 167 pounds (76 kg).

Nicknamed "Crungy", Cronin was born in the village of West Newton, Massachusetts, and attended Boston College. During his MLB service with the Braves, he collected 68 hits, including 15 doubles and two triples, in 126 games played. In 1930 and 1931, he served as the primary backup catcher to regular Al Spohrer. For most of the rest of that decade, Cronin toiled in the top-level Pacific Coast League. He became a player-manager in 1942, and skippered four minor league clubs over all or parts of four seasons.

Cronin died in his home city of Newton at the age of 63.

Brae Burn Country Club

Brae Burn Country Club is a golf course located in West Newton, Massachusetts. Designed by Donald Ross, Brae Burn has hosted seven USGA Championships, including the 1919 U.S. Open, and 1928 U.S. Amateur. Brae Burn is most noted for its diabolical greens, and classic layout.

Chippy Gaw

George Joseph "Chippy" Gaw (March 13, 1892 – May 5, 1968) was an American baseball pitcher, who appeared in six games for the Chicago Cubs in 1920. He was also the ice hockey head coach at Dartmouth College (1921–1922), Princeton University (1922–1924) and Boston University (1924–1928).

Gaw was born in West Newton, Massachusetts, and died in Boston. He attended Tufts University.

Edward Murphy (rower)

Edward B. "Ted" Murphy (born October 30, 1971 in West Newton, Massachusetts) is an American rower. He is a 1994 graduate of Dartmouth and a member of the Dartmouth Crew and National Rowing Foundation Hall of Fame.

Fessenden School

The Fessenden School is an independent day (Pre-K – Grade 9) and boarding school (Grades 5 – 9) for boys, founded in 1903 by Frederick J. Fessenden, and located at 250 Waltham Street, West Newton, Massachusetts, United States, on a 41-acre (0.17 km2) campus.

H. Hamilton "Hammy" Bissell

Henry Hamilton "Hammy" Bissell (1911–2000) was a long-serving member of the faculty of the Phillips Exeter Academy. Born in India to American missionary parents, Bissell was raised in West Newton, Massachusetts. He subsequently graduated from Exeter in 1929 and Harvard in 1933. Serving during the tenures of seven Principals, he occupied a number of positions in the school's administration, particularly Director of Scholarships. In that position, he famously extended the reach of the Academy to fulfil the slogan 'Youth from Every Quarter' by seeing to it that everyone who could qualify academically for Exeter could attend Exeter. He claimed to look for newspaper boys, because these were the low-income, motivated boys who would thrive at the Academy.

Following his death in 2000, Phillips Exeter Academy renamed its Admissions Office building "Bissell House," and renamed a bridge leading to the athletics fields "Hammy's Way," both in his honor.

Bissell was the uncle of author John Irving. He appears with some disguise in several of Irving's books.

House at 3 Davis Avenue

The House at 3 Davis Avenue in West Newton, Massachusetts, is a well-preserved modest Italianate residence. It is a 2 1/2 story wood frame house, three bays wide, with a front-facing gable roof. It was built c. 1853, and has an unusual amount of decorative trim for a modest house. The eaves and gables are studded with brackets, and the corners have quoining blocks. The front parlor windows, sheltered by a porch also studded with brackets, are of extended length.The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

John Garrison (ice hockey)

John Bright Garrison (February 13, 1909 – May 13, 1988) was an American ice hockey player.

He was born in West Newton, Massachusetts and died in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Garrison grew up playing on the varsity team of the County Day School in West Newton, Massachusetts before entering Harvard University. He received many offers from professional clubs after graduation from Harvard but chose a career in business instead while continuing to play amateur hockey.

In 1932 he was a member of the American ice hockey team, which won the silver medal. He played all six matches and scored three goals.

Four years later he won the bronze medal with the American team in the 1936 Olympics. He played seven matches and scored four goals.

He was also a member of the Massachusetts Rangers, the American team that won the 1933 World Ice Hockey Championships. Garrison scored the dramatic overtime goal in a 2-1 victory over the Canadian national team, thus ensuring the gold medal.

He was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973.

Louis Tellier (golfer)

Louis Emile Auguste Tellier (2 November 1886 – 3 November 1921) was a French professional golfer. He had five top-10 finishes in major championships.

Mark Mancuso

Mark Mancuso (born in West Newton, Massachusetts) is an American meteorologist formerly employed by The Weather Channel in Atlanta, Georgia and now with AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Meteorology.

Myrtle Baptist Church Neighborhood Historic District

The Myrtle Baptist Church Neighborhood Historic District encompasses a historic center of the African-American community in West Newton, Massachusetts. The district includes all of Curve Street, where the Myrtle Baptist Church is located, as well as a few properties on adjacent Auburn and Prospect Streets. The district was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.

Nancy Schön

Nancy Schön (born 1928) is a sculptor of public art displayed internationally. She is best known for her work in the Boston, Massachusetts area, notably her bronze duck and ducklings in the Boston Public Garden, a recreation of the duck family in Robert McCloskey's children's classic Make Way for Ducklings. It is featured on the Boston Women's Heritage Trail. In 1991, Barbara Bush gave a duplicate of this sculpture to Raisa Gorbachev as part of the START Treaty, and the work is displayed in Moscow's Novodevichy Park.In 1952, after graduation from Boston's Museum School, she married Donald Alan Schön (1930–1997), and her series, The Reflective Giraffe, with a giraffe as the central icon, is a tribute to her husband. Since 1966, she has lived in West Newton, Massachusetts.In 2009, Nancy Schön was a participant at "Engaging Reflection," a Canadian seminar, which offered this profile of her:

Nancy prides herself in having work that is totally interactive. Her sculptures are available for people to touch, sit on, hug and interact with every day of the year, day or night. Nancy Schön’s major works include Make Way for Ducklings which is located in the Boston Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts and the Tortoise and Hare which is a metaphor for the Boston Marathon and is at the finish line in Copley Square. Nancy married Donald Schön in 1952 and feels their work was very similar. Donald’s writing about “reflection in action” parallels the process of creating a sculpture as the professional reflects on their practice in the midst of practice in order to problem solve. As Nancy creates a work of art, her research is a quest for knowledge and of understanding issues and of learning. “We learn so much from our inquiry but as my husband said, ‘we know more than we can say’ and I would always say back to him that I think our unconscious is brilliant!” Nancy was recently awarded an honorary doctor of law degree from Mount Ida College in honor of her work in public sculpture.

Peirce School

The Peirce School (also known as Old Peirce School) is a historic school building at 88 Chestnut Street, corner of Austin Street, in West Newton, Massachusetts. The brick building was built in 1895 and operated by the Newton Public Schools as an elementary school from 1895 until June 1951. It originally served grades one through eight, but at the time of its closing, it was a kindergarten through sixth grade (K–6) school. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 6, 1979.

Sheryl Franks

Sheryl Franks (born May 26, 1961 in New Orleans, Louisiana) was an American pair skater who competed with Michael Botticelli.

The couple won the bronze medal at the United States Figure Skating Championships four consecutive times (from 1977-80), won the Eastern US Pairs Championship in 1977-79, and placed ninth in the World Championships in 1977-79, and 10th in 1980.They finished seventh at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games.

Franks subsequently became a skating coach, forming The Sheryl Franks Creative Skating Academy in West Newton, Massachusetts, and choreographed for future Olympian for Israel Aimee Buchanan.

Toba Spitzer

Rabbi Toba Spitzer became the first openly lesbian or gay person chosen to head a rabbinical association in the United States in 2007, when she was elected president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association at the group's annual convention, in Scottsdale, Arizona.Spitzer leads Congregation Dorshei Tzedek in West Newton, Massachusetts.

West Newton

West Newton is the name of various locations:

in England

West Newton, East Riding of Yorkshire

West Newton, Norfolk

West Newton, Somersetin the United States

West Newton, Indiana

West Newton, Massachusetts

West Newton (MBTA station)

West Newton, Minnesota, ghost town

West Newton, Wabasha County, Minnesota, unincorporated community

West Newton, Ohio

West Newton, Pennsylvania

West Newton Township, Nicollet County, Minnesota

West Parish Burying Ground

The West Parish Burying Ground, also known as the River Street Burying Ground or River Street Cemetery, is a cemetery located at River and Cherry streets in West Newton, Massachusetts, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Established in 1777, the cemetery is owned and maintained by the City of Newton; the Second Church in Newton, its original owner, was known as the West Parish.

William Emerson Barrett

William Emerson Barrett (December 29, 1858 – February 12, 1906) was an American journalist and politician.

Barrett was a founder of The Boston Evening Record, and served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and as a United States Representative from Massachusetts.

Barrett was born in Melrose, Massachusetts on December 29, 1858. He attended public schools, and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1880. He was assistant editor of the St. Albans Daily Messenger, then joining the staff of The Boston Daily Advertiser. He was Washington correspondent of the newspaper 1882-1886. He was recalled to Boston to become editor in chief. In 1888 Barrett was promoted to chief proprietor and manager of The Boston Daily Advertiser and The Boston Evening Record.

Barrett was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1887–1892 and served as speaker the last five years. He was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1899). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1898, and returned to Boston and resumed active management of his newspaper interests. Barrett served as president of the Union Trust Co. of Boston.

Barrett died of pneumonia in West Newton, Massachusetts on February 12, 1906. His interment was in Newton Cemetery.

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