Newton Newsmakers with Charlie Shapiro


Charlie Shapiro in studio

Charlie Shapiro, Host (in studio)

Newton’s Award Winning
Local Political Discussion Program.
Proud to be honored by:
Alliance for Community Media Northeast
2011 First Place award: Issues & Political
Red Carpet Awards Winner:
2010 – Community Program Of the Year
2009 – Best Program Host
Schedule: Thursdays at 6:30pm on NewTV – (immediately following Newton News), and Sunday mornings at 8:30am right before the national talk shows. (repeats other times)
Seen on: Comcast Ch. 8, RCN Ch. 15, Verizon Ch. 34
Producer/Host: Fmr. Newton Alderman Charlie Shapiro

April/May Program:
Topic: Meeting Newton’s School Facilities Challenges.
Guests: School Committee members Jonathon Yeo, Steve Siegel, Geoff Epstein. Host: Charlie Shapiro.

March/April Program:
Topic: The contest for leadership of Newton Democratic City Committee.
Guests: Martina Jackson, Tim Snyder, Shawn Fitzgibbons, Hannah Banks.

previous programs:

Seg #1: A look ahead to 2012 with BOA president Scott Lennon and SC Chair Matt Hills. Has Newton been living beyond it’s means?
Seg#2: Water billing issues in the City of Newton. New meters/new problems? Guests: Terri Flannery and John Tener of Newton H2O.



November Program: Municipal Election re-cap

Guests: Ron Lipof & Melanie Graham

August/September 2011 Program:
Segment#1: Examining the Mayor’s city union contracts.
Segment #2: Building Newton’s 9/11 Memorial

Guests – Segment#1:  BOA President Scott Lennon, Alderman Ted Hess-Mahan, CAG Chair Malcolm Salter.  Segment#2: Sande Young, Ginny Gardner

Previous Programs:

June/July 2011 Program:Topic: Segment #1: A discussion of the programs and services offered free of charge to all Newton Seniors. Segment #2: Highlights from the VoteShapiro re-election campaign kick-off event.

Guests: Segment #1: Jayne Colino, Dir. Senior Services & Meghan Kennedy, Outreach Worker.  Segment #2: Debby Shapiro, Alderman Brian Yates, Ron Lipof, comments by Alderman Shapiro.




May 2011 Program: Newton’s Priorities

Topic: Mayor Warren’s budget proposal for Newton. Priorities, sacrifices, and challenges.

Guests: BOA President Scott Lennon, Superintendent Dr. David Fleischman, Alderman Ruthanne Fuller, Community Activist Emily Norton.



March 2011 Program: “Setti Warren – Mayor to Senator?”
Program #2011-03


Guests: Jeff Seideman, Colleen Minaker, Gloria Gavris, Greg Reibman.

Mayor Warren’s apparent run for US Senate and what it means for the City of Newton.




February 2011 Program: “More Snow Business-The Proposed Ordinance”
Program #2011-02


Guests: Alderman Vicki Danberg, Ed Prisby, Scott Griggs, Barbara John

The latest details on the proposed ordinance which would require all newton residents to shovel the snow and clear the ice from sidewalks which abut their property. We look at the pros and cons of using the ordinance, discuss some legal ramifications, and touch upon some potential alternate solutions.


Dec 2010 Program: “2010 Year in Review”

#2010/12 – Length: 29 minutes

Guests: Jenn Adams – News Director Newton News, Gail Spector – Editor Newton TAB, Leslie Anderson – Editor Boston Globe West, Dan Rea – Host of Nightside with Dan Rea on WBZ Newsradio 1030.
Topics: Wide ranging from city government to dog parks, snow, business, and more.

Oct/Nov 2010 Program:
“New Faces in Newton Business”
#013-10/10 Length: 29 Minutes

Topic: New businesses in Newton Centre.
Guests: Tony Nuzzo & Mark Jurilla, First Commons Bank, Gregg Godfrey & Mary Pat Joseph, Panera Bread.

August 2010 Program:
“Newton’s New Superintendent”
#012-08/10 Length: 29 Minutes

Guest: Dr. David Fleishman, Superintendent of the Newton Public Schools.

June 2010 Program:
“Democracy & Patriotism”
#011-06/10 Length: 27.5 Minutes

Guests: Charles Rudnick, Candidate for State Senate discusses his bid for office vs. a 6 term incumbent, and John MacGillivray, Newton Director of Veterans Services recapping Memorial Day ceremonies and how the city helps to  honor Newton veterans.


May 2010 Program:
“Greening the Garden City”
#010-05/10 Length: 29 Minutes

Topic: Green Decade, EcoTeams, Newton’s Environmental efforts.

From Green Decade/Newton: Marcia Cooper, president; Peter Smith, founding member; Jay Walter, co-chair EcoTeams project. Alderman Deb Crossley.


Previous programs:#009-04/10 Length: 29 Minutes

April 2010 Program:
“Neighbors Helping Neighbors”

Flooding help info, Spirit award recipient, and NewtonSERVES 10th Anniversary info.

Guests: Newton Fire Chief LaCroix, community activist Janet Sterman, NewtonSERVES co-ordinator Beverly Droz.

March 2010 Program:
“New Leadership on the Board of Aldermen”

#008-03/10 Length: 29 Minutes

Topic: New leadership, new ideas, new committee chairs on Newton’s legislative branch of government – the Board of Aldermen. How will things be different?

Charlie Shapiro, Cheryl Lappin, Scott LennonGuests: Newton Board of Aldermen President Scott Lennon, and Vice President Cheryl Lappin.

February 2010 Program
“Who’s Snow Job Is It, Anyway?”
(Length: 29 Minutes)

Topic: Newton’s snow-covered sidewalks continue to be an issue. Who has the reponsibility to clear them? The city? or residents? It is time to institute a mandatory snow shoveling ordinance?

Feb group shotGuests: Alderman Greer Tan Swiston, former Alderman John Stewart, Maryan Amaral, Chairman, Citizens for Access, Alderman Vicki Danberg.

January 2010 Program
“5 freshman Aldermen”
(Length: 29 Minutes)

Five newly sworn in aldermen Charlie Shapiro, Deb Crossley, Ruthanne Fuller, Dick Blazar, and John Rice, discuss goals for the upcoming term.

Myra Tattenbaum, Ed Prisby, Charlie Shapiro, Shawn Fitzgibbons, Emily Norton
December Program:
“Year End Political Review”
(Length: 29 minutes)

Topic: A discussion of the year’s campaign tactics and results with four local political activists who approached things from very different angles.

Guests: Myra Tattenbaum, Ed Prisby, Shawn Fitzgibbons, Emily Norton


November Program:
“And the Winners Are..
an Election Recap”
(Length: 29 minutes)


DSC02336Topic: A rundown of the recent election’s contested races, a look at the composition of the New Board of Aldermen and School Committee, followed by a discussion with 4 top vote-getters city-wide.  Where do we go from here? When can residents start to see signs of concrete changes?

Guests: (L-R) Tedd Hess-Mahan (Alderman at Large-Ward 3), Ruthanne Fuller (Alderman-Elect Ward 7),  Margie Ross Decter (School Committee-Elect Ward 8), Geoff Epstein (School Committee- Ward1)

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October Program:
“Election 2009 – Newton’s mayoral candidates.
Q & A with Ruth Balser and Setti Warren”
(Length: 29 minutes)
Topic: Mayoral candidate finalists Ruth Balser and Setti Warren answer questions and discuss what factors voters should consider when choosing the next mayor.  Election day in Newton is Tuesday, November 3rd. To find out where to vote please click here.



September Program:
Show #002-0909
“A Changing School Committee?”
(Length: 29 minutes)

Topic: Meet four Newton residents who decided to challenge incumbents for seats on the Newton School Committee.  Why did they decide to jump head first into Newton politics? What do they hope to accomplish? If you care about the quality of education in Newton, please join us for a lively discussion.

Guests: Margaret Albright, Olivia MathewsDan Proskauer, Steve Siegel

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Previous Programs (video not currently available online) :

shapiro-parker-biddle-nnsetAugust, 2009
Show #001-0809
“Firefighters Triangle/Newton Centre Development”
(Length: 29 minutes)

Topic(s): Firefighter Triangle, Newton Centre development, environmentally friendly construction

Guests: Alderman Ken Parker, Newton Centre resident Dr. Mark Biddle

On the premier edition of Newton Newsmakers, Charlie talks with Ken and Mark about a controversial proposed development in Newton Centre. Are residents being properly informed and do neighbors have a way to have their opinions be heard?  We’ll discuss where the proposal stands and if this is a good idea for the city and the neighborhood.

Special thanks to the best crew in community television, including:

Bob Palmer (Director)
Jennifer Kaplan (Director)
Mark Marderosian
Barbara John
Paul Sears
Richard Berman
David Shapiro
Debra Shapiro
Rebecca Shapiro

With technical advisory assistance from:

Andrew Eldridge
Jesse Kreitzer
Judi Kelemen