Some city maps split up Oak Hill and Oak Hill Park into two separate villages which would make the number total fourteen. Still other people consider the “Four Corners” as its own separate village. As I said previously, in Newton, Massachusetts there is no one sure answer although most residences will claim there are thirteen. None of the villages have any legal definition and no firmly defined borders, but most have their own post offices.
The sprawling City of Newton is known as the Garden City due to its colorful blossoms. Part of the Metrowest, it is located just six miles west of Boston making for a breezy commute to the work.
Low on crime and high in convenience Newton was voted the safest city in the country in 2003, 2004 and 2005 according to the FBI. The city also boasts the fact that it is home to Boston College and Boston College Law School as well as Lasell College, Hebrew College, Mount Ida and Andover Newton Theological School. Sparing no expense on education Newton has other highly ranked schools including the new high school which came at precedent setting cost of $197 Million. The state-of-the-art high school features an indoor track, an Olympic sized swimming pool, electronic music lab, simulated outdoor area, a film lecture hall, two theatres, an art complex, an auto body shop, athletic wing, state-of-the-art student cafeteria and a climbing wall.
Aside from its nationally-recognized learning institutions, Newton has an award-winning Library as well as the Jackson Homestead Museum, one of 712 nationally-accredited museums nation-wide. The Newton Library boasts more than a half a million printed volumes as well as artwork and numerous videos. For musical culture the city has the Newton Symphony Orchestra and the Newton Philharmonic Orchestra of Massachusetts.
Originally settled in 1630, Newton was then part of “the newe towne” and was renamed Cambridge in 1638. The Native American tribe of Nonantum which was led by a sachem named Waban relocated to Natick in 1651. It was renamed Newtown in 1691 and eventually in 1766 took on the name of Newton. Newton was incorporated into a city in 1873.
Each year on Patriots Day, the Boston Marathon runs through the city from Wellesley on Route 16 and into the famous (or infamous) Newton Hills. Turning onto Commonwealth Avenue the racers then proceed into Boston encountering two hills prior to Centre Street and onto the one of the most challenging of all, Heartbreak Hill. Just as in all of the towns where the Marathon makes its mark, local residents line the streets enthusiastically cheering the runners on.
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