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Monday, January 22, 2007

Down to the wire -- and out in the cold -- in Newton high school vote

Cafeteria cutaway.jpg
A cutaway view of the Gund Partnership plan showing the glass cafeteria.
(City of Newton image)

NEWTON

As the two sides in the Newton North High School referendum made 11th-hour pushes to gather support, city officials were reluctant this morning to predict the turnout for tomorrow's vote.

City spokesman Jeremy Solomon said that while everyone in the city seems to be talking about the vote on whether to approve the Gund Partnership's $151 million vision for a new school, turnout was a tough call because participation in one-issue elections tends to be lighter than normal.

"The two things are sort of working against each other," Solomon said. "It will be interesting to see what happens."

Meteorologists were predicted a chance of snow tomorrow, mainly before 9 a.m., with the rest of the day being mostly cloudy with a high near 30.

Last minute campaigns were in full swing yesterday.

At the Shaw's Market in Newtonville, two Newton North Now supporters were holding orange signs and handing out orange paper flyers urging a "yes" vote.

Their opponents at Voters for a Better Newton North, meanwhile, took their last minute campaigning to porches and mailboxes, with a postcard mailing that arrived late in the week and hand-delivered blue-colored flyers over the weekend.

-- Ralph Ranalli

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