Webster Woods: Articles and Documents

Recent Developments Concerning Preservation of Webster Woods

Taking filed with Middlesex South Registry of Deeds
Book 73890, Page 239
December 24, 2019

Newton moves to seize Webster Woods from Boston College
Boston Globe, December 3, 2019

BC vows legal fight after Newton takes Webster Woods
Newton Tab, December 3, 2019

City Council Votes to Save Webster Woods
December 2, 2019

Webster Woods Update from Mayor Fuller
Green Newton, November 24, 2019

Boston College students fight school to preserve Newton’s Webster Woods
Newton Tab, November 22, 2019

CJBC and EcoPledge Call for BC to Preserve Webster Woods Property as Eminent Domain Case Moves Forward
The Gavel, Boston College, November 21, 2019

As Newton mayor pushes land taking, Boston College urges residents to oppose it
Boston Globe, November 20, 2019

Newton’s Mayor Fuller rebuts BC claims about Webster Woods land taking
Newton Tab, November 20, 2019

Mass Conservation Voters: Save Webster Woods
November 19, 2019

Court denies Boston College injunction request
November 12, 2019

Boston College files lawsuit alleging that Community Preservation Committee violated the state Open Meetings Law
November 6, 2019

BC’s lawsuit included the following statement: “BC…currently owns the HPP [Hammond Pond Parkway] Property which consists of 25 acres, of which the front 8 ½ are developed…The University has plans in progress and anticipates future development of the entire HPP Property.” [emphasis added]

Should Newton take Webster Woods from Boston College by eminent domain?
Boston Globe op-eds, October 24, 2019

Boston College letter to staff
October 16, 2019

University Briefs New Employees​ on Capital Construction
The Heights, October 14, 2019

Newton could spend nearly $16 million to take Webster Woods from Boston College
Boston Globe, October 7, 2019

Newton has compelling interest in preserving college-owned woods
Boston Globe, October 3, 2019

Newton passed up a chance to buy prized woodland. Now the mayor is starting a legal fight with Boston College to seize it.
Boston Globe, September 30, 2019

Newton Mayor To Update City On Plans To Save Webster Woods
Newton Patch, September 30, 2019

Mayor Fuller Proposes Action to Save Webster Woods
September 2019

BC will oppose Newton mayor’s plan to seize land at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway by eminent domain
September 2019

Newton Conservators position statement
July 2019

Road Salt Storage in Webster Woods
February 2019

Read about the recent restoration of land in Boston that was converted from open space to a parking lot decades ago.

Newton City Council appropriates CPA funds for planning Webster Woods acquisition
June to October, 2018

Mayor appoints Webster Woods Advisory Panel
April 2018

Newton Residents Work to Preserve Webster Woods
The Heights, Boston College, April 4, 2018

A tale of two woods in Newton
Newton Tab editorial, January 31, 2018

Newton officials push to preserve Webster Woods
January 26, 2018

Appraisal commissioned by City of Newton
August 3, 2017

Newton Conservators letter to Newton mayoral candidates
Responses from six of the seven candidates
Summer 2017

Explanation of the Conservators position
July 26, 2017

Friends of Webster Woods letter to Newton mayoral candidates
July 4, 2017

Newton mayor: BC open to preserving Webster Woods
Newton Tab, October 5, 2016

2015 Proposal for Land Sale to Boston College

Congregation Mishkan Tefila

Discussion thread on Village14.com website

BC to purchase 24-acre synagogue site in Newton
Boston Globe, August 4, 2015

Boston College and synagogue reach land sale agreement
Newton Tab, August 5, 2015

Boston College in talks to acquire big Chestnut Hill land parcel
Boston Business Journal, August 5, 2015

Commentary: Save Newton’s Webster Woods
Newton Tab, August 28, 2015

Letter from Newton Conservators President Beth Wilkinson to Mayor Setti Warren and Board of Aldermen
September 10, 2015

Letter from Newton Mayor Setti Warren
September 24, 2015

Newton moves to protect temple land as sale to BC nears
Boston Globe, October 7, 2015

Constructive Opportunities Present With New Land Purchase
Editorial in The Heights, Boston College student newspaper, October 19, 2015

Newton congregation votes to sell temple property to BC
Boston Globe, October 20, 2015

We Must Protect the Miracle of Webster Woods, by Ken Kimmell
Conservators Newsletter, January 2016


1968 City of Newton Eminent Domain Purchase of 33 Acres of Webster Woods

Board of Aldermen order of October 7, 1968, and deed recorded in Book 11588, page 645


1954 Land Sale from Metropolitan District Commission to Congregation Mishkan Tefila

MDC Votes to Sell Chestnut Hill Land to Roxbury Temple
Boston Globe, July 31, 1954

Deed of Sale
August 3, 1954

Site Plan
July 22, 1954 (Note that the plan is oriented with north at the bottom.)

Temple Counsel Criticizes Newton for Opposition to Land Purchase
Boston Globe, August 18, 1954

Court Backs Sale of Newton Land to Temple Tefila
Boston Globe, August 24, 1954

Temple Mishkan Tefila: a history 1858-1958
Newton Free Library N 296.65 T247T Compact Shelving

Page 55: “As for telephone and electric service, the most economical way was to go westerly over our land to Elgin Street and in order to enable the Edison Co. to string its wires we had to cut a road through virgin forest for a distance of 1600 feet.”

Congregation Mishkan Tefila, 1858-1983
Newton Free Library N 296.6 Congregation 1984 Compact Shelving

Newton Graphic
1954 articles on July 1, 8, 15, and 22; August 5, 12,  19, and 26; and September 30
Compilation by former Newton City Attorney Ouida Young
On microfilm at Newton Free Library

Newton Villager
Articles on July 22, August 19, and August 26, 1954
On microfilm at Newton Free Library