October in Review


by Jaesuh Lee, News Editor

Graphics by Emily Cheng

Frosh Play “Writers Blocked”

This year’s frosh play, Writer’s Blocked, was performed on Oct. 20, 21, and 22. The freshmen’s first South Stage production was a collection of short 10-minute sketches centered around the theme of writing. Many actors played two roles within the play, requiring more rehearsals, which started Sept. 19. Other than the tighter deadline, rehearsals went smoothly and the production received rave reviews. 

 “I only did the musical in sixth grade at my middle school, [but] here, they’re a lot more dedicated.”

Ariel Gabay, freshman

 “My favorite part of the play was “If at First” because it was the funniest in my opinion of all the mini-plays and it had so much energy.”

Andrew Lindsay, freshman

Fuller’s Override Proposal

During a City Council meeting on Oct. 17, Mayor Ruthanne Fuller proposed an override to the statewide caps on municipal tax collection. The override would increase property tax revenue by $14.975 million per year, but $5.8 million of that increase would not be permanent. If passed by voters, the override would provide funds for various city-wide projects including street pavement and traffic safety, senior citizen services, and sustainability projects, as well as improvements to Countryside, Horace Mann, and Franklin elementary schools.

“While tax increases often get a bad reputation, I think they’re very important in making sure our community runs smoothly and that everyone’s needs are taken care of.”

Hyunkyung Lee, Newton resident

“The general operating override of $9.175 million includes seven elements, $4.5 million for our public schools, to support a strong and engaging program of academic study that meets the needs of all learners.”

Ruthanne Fuller, City council meeting 40:08

Students Prepare to Vote on Nov. 8

As the Nov. 8 election rapidly approaches, newly eligible South students are preparing to vote for the first time. Among the many positions up for election are decisions for the new governor, attorney general and secretary of state. Also on the ballot is the Fair Share Amendment, a ballot measure proposing an additional 4% tax for residents earning over $1 million in personal income.

“I [listen to] what the people around me are saying. Some people are definitely more politically involved than I am, so I hear what my peers are saying and I see what the adults around me think to do research into the candidates.”

Sarah Scarr, senior

“More young kids are going out there and voting. It’s really going to be a massive influence because there are a lot more young kids’ opinions compared to previous years where it was mostly the opinions of old people.”

Jake Cheong, senior 

photo courtesy of South Stage
photo courtesy of Newton News
photo courtesy of wgbh.org

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