The August 2012 issue of MONEY magazine named Newton America’s fourth best small city among places to live. Newton also has been named the safest city in the country by Aneki.
According to Zillow, the median home value was $893,400 through June 30, 2016, having gone up 6.2 percent over the past year and predicted to rise 2.0 percent within the coming year. The rent index was $3,259 per month.
There are 15 elementary schools, two middle schools, two high schools, and two alternative high school programs. This is the tenth consecutive year of growth with 1,240 students added from 2004 to 2015, and an additional 393 students anticipated over the next five years.
The Fig Newton was specifically named after this city. In 1891, Charles Roser, a Philadelphia baker and fig lover, invented a machine that put fig paste inside a thick pastry dough. The Kennedy Biscuit Company purchased that Roser recipe and started production, also in 1891. When the Kennedy Biscuit Company merged with the New York Biscuit Company, they became Nabisco and trademarked the fig rolls as "Fig Newtons." In 1991, when Newton and Nabisco held a celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of the Fig Newton, they served a 100-inch Fig Newton and had guitarist and singer Juice Newton perform!
This is an upcoming drama film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the terrorist manhunt. Portions were filmed at the local Lasell College. The movie is to be released in certain limited theaters on December 21, 2016, with a wide release planned for January 13, 2017.
This house built in 1809 displays exhibits about Newton’s 200-year history and being a stop on the Underground Railroad. Also featured is the history of farming, food, family life, historic images, furniture, tools, clothing, slavery and anti-slavery; and notable events and people. Newton's Toy Chest has a model train on an elevated track and hands-on toys.
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