Councilor Greenberg and I are concerned about the recent letter posted by “Save Nonantum” which contains inaccuracies and scare tactics. The letter states that there are anonymous people in power that want to undermine the traditions and culture of our Nonantum neighborhood. There are no specifics or details about who these people are and why they would want to undermine the cherished traditions of Nonantum. The letter states:
Since the March special election there have been a number of attempts to chip away at our Nonantum culture and heritage, below are just a few that the community has had to battle…
· Plan to remove our iconic community Murals at Pellegrini Memorial Park
· Defacing of the Italian street lines on Adams Street
· Threats to use “full financial and political power” to end the Festival.
Then the letter goes on to endorse the Save Nonantum slate which suggests that Councilors Leary and Greenberg are part of this anonymous evil cabal to undermine Nonantum’s traditions. This is simply false. We want to make clear that we both admire and cherish the wonderful traditions unique to our village and do not know of any plots to end the Festival or any other iconic traditions. In fact, if such a plot existed, we would be first in line to oppose it. In particular, Councilor Greenberg has worked with the Nonantum Neighborhood Association and the Pellegrini Family to restore the community murals at Pellegrini Park.
I ask that you do your own research into all the candidates running from Ward 1. Look at their websites, watch the debates or send an email or give a call and make your decision based on facts rather than rumors and misinformation which are solely designed to create divisiveness and instill fear and uncertainty in our community.
It is our hope that we come together to find solutions to our problems and stop the attacks and vitriol leading to angry feelings and fear. We are a close knit community and though we can have differences on policies and positions, there is no doubt in our minds that we all want what is best for Newton and that we all respect and appreciate the wonderful traditions of our special village.
Councilor Alison Leary
Councilor Maria Greenberg