Would-be candidate Scott Brown would trail New Hampshire US Senator Jeanne Shaheen by double-digits, according to a new poll released today....
Meredith Weenick, Boston’s chief financial officer, announced today she will leave city government in April after helping Mayor Martin J. Walsh submit his first budget.Weenick worked for the administration of former mayor Thomas M. Menino...
The nation's first bitcoin ATM was installed today next to Track 6 at Boston's South Station. Is it cool? Is it dangerous? Is this the...
For this edition of our look at daily life we share images from North Korea, Canada, India, Pakistan, China, Poland, and United States and other...
You know Boston drivers are seriously angry when they start comparing our great state to . . . New Jersey.This week, I received e-mails from two readers convinced that a new traffic maneuver conducted by...
A Boston scientist poised to launch a pioneering Alzheimer’s prevention study was awarded an $8 million grant Thursday to expand the research and further explore potential causes of cognitive decline in the mind-robbing disease....
In an effort to bring clarity to one of the most controversial and confusing scientific findings in recent memory, three Japanese scientists have released a detailed protocol explaining step by step...
Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley is not quite a household name. But this year continues to be one of remarkable ascent for the unassuming Capuchin friar who just celebrated a decade as archbishop of Boston....
After Revere voters endorse Suffolk Downs casino, Mayor Martin J. Walsh says Boston will explore its options
Mayor Martin J. Walsh said Wednesday that Boston would continue to explore its options after voters in Revere endorsed a proposal to build a $1.3 billion gambling resort at Suffolk Downs.Walsh said he still believed...
The annual summer fighting season is now well underway in Afghanistan, with nearly daily suicide bombings, assassinations, and other high-profile attacks by the Taliban and other militant groups. But one thing appears decidedly different this...
As Karmaloop seeks to raise next round, it stretches some vendor payments and shutters underperforming sites
Hipster apparel merchant Karmaloop has been one of Boston's rare consumer e-commerce hits: the Back Bay company, founded in a Jamaica Plain basement in 2000...
Transit Police have released photos of a man suspected of stealing a woman’s bag on the Orange Line Monday morning in the hopes that the public will help to identify him.
Two people were rescued from a burning New Bedford home thanks to a young boy’s 911 call early this morning.
Lanes are again open on Interstate 93 after a two-car crash left four people with non life-threatening injuries on Neponset Bridge in Dorchester and tied up traffic just before noon, officials said.State Police briefly diverted traffic for all northbound I-93 lanes at exit 11 before clearing the scene just before 12:30 p.m., State Police spokesman Lieutenant Daniel Richards said. The crash left four people injured, though all four people were talking to first responders before being transported to the hospital, said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 carrying 239 people lost contact with air traffic control early Saturday morning on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, and international aviation authorities still hadn’t located the jetliner several hours later.The plane lost communication two hours into the flight over Vietnam at 1:20 a.m. (18:20 GMT Friday), China’s state news agency said. The radar signal also was lost, Xinhua reported.There were rumors the plane had landed safely, but Fuad Sharuji, Malaysian Airlines’ vice president of operations control, told CNN that they were untrue and the airline had no idea where the plane was. AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes sent a tweet saying that the radio failed and all were safe, but the tweet was later deleted.
A convicted sex offender from Wakefield who had been accused of molesting 13 infants and toddlers died Friday night from injuries he suffered during a suicide attempt earlier in the day at the Middlesex County Jail in Cambridge, authorities said.John Burbine, who had been held without bail since 2012, died at Massachusetts General Hospital about 10 hours after he was found hanging in his cell by a correction officer, according to the Middlesex County sheriff’s office and a source close to the case.Burbine, 50, was treated immediately in the jail by the sheriff’s medical staff before being taken to Mass. General, said Kevin Maccioli, spokesman for Middlesex County Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian.
A small earthquake was recorded this afternoon in the Southeastern Massachusetts town of Bellingham, the US Geological Survey says.The 1.7-magnitude temblor shook the earth in the town, which adjoins Woonsocket, R.I., at 1:38 p.m., the agency said.Bellingham Police Sergeant Lee Rolls said late this afternoon he wasn’t aware of the department receiving any calls, but he had felt it earlier at his home in nearby Blackstone.
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QUINCY, Mass. (AP) — Transit police say they've increased patrols at the MBTA Quincy Adams Station in Quincy after two women reported being stalked by a man in the parking garage.
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Wenham town clerk Trudy Reid submitted her letter of resignation last Monday, to take effect this Friday. Reid, who has been town clerk since the annual town election in 2010, left for a similar position in Lynnfield and will start there on March 17. The Board of Selectmen is expected to provide an interim replacement until at least the April 10 annual town election.
The Middleton Board of Selectmen recently appointed Anthony Torra as building inspector. Torra, a contractor for 27 years, fills a vacancy created when Gerard Noell left the position last fall.
Diego Custodio was recently sworn in as a new police officer. Custodio is the first Brazilian-American to serve in the Everett Police Department, in a city with a large Brazilian immigrant community. Custodio came to the United States from Brazil at age 10 and graduated from Northeast Metro Regional Vocational High School. He is also a sergeant in the Massachusetts National Guard and served in Afghanistan. “The importance of productive recruitment and selection procedures cannot be overemphasized when it comes to public safety,” Mayor Carlo DeMaria said in a prepared statement. “We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to identify and hire Officer Custodio, who is a qualified police officer with strong ties to our Brazilian community.” Custodio, who is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, has completed training at a State Police academy and is now undergoing the department’s field officer training program. Meanwhile, Samuel Rutledge and Chad Kelble were recently sworn in as new city firefighters.
State transportation officials are holding two public meetings on the planned extension of the MBTA Silver Line into Chelsea. The project calls for connecting the bus rapid transit service now available at South Station, the federal courthouse, the World Trade Center, and Logan Airport to the Blue Line Airport MBTA station in East Boston and four Chelsea locations. On Wednesday, a neighborhood meeting will be held to discuss potential changes to the direction of streets at the intersection of Sixth and Arlington streets that might be needed to accommodate the Silver Line. The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. Then on April 1, a general community meeting will be held to discuss progress on the overall design of the Silver Line extension. Other topics at the session, scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Hall, are construction schedules, design of the planned Chelsea stations, and reconstruction of the Washington Avenue Bridge. The service is expected to begin the second half of 2016.
With construction underway on a 30-unit rental housing development at 415 Lowell St., a public information meeting will be held on April 1 to discuss the lottery process that will be used to select tenants for the building’s eight designated-affordable units. The session is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the first-floor meeting room at Town Hall. Americana Apartments is being developed by Caruso Lowell Street LLC of Wakefield, which will own and manage the housing. MCO Housing Services of Harvard is managing the lottery. Each of the building’s units will be 718 square feet with a single bedroom, a bathroom, and a surface parking space. The building will be pet- and smoke-free. To enter the lottery for the affordable units, prospective tenants must submit an application by April 16. To be eligible, households must earn no more than $47,500 for one person or $54,200 for two people.. Preference will be given to Wakefield residents for five of the units. For more information or to apply, contact Maureen O’Hagan at 978-456-8388 or email@example.com, or go to www.mcohousingservices.com
Ten urban school districts in the region will have new resources to help students master the English language and learn about future career options through new state funding awards. Gov. Deval Patrick recently announced more than $3 million through an initiative to help close achievement gaps affecting children in the state’s 26 Gateway Cities who are living in poverty, or who are of color, disabled, or from families whose first language is not English. Locally, Chelsea, Everett, Haverhill Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Revere, and Salem were awarded a combined $1.7 million in the second grant round under the Gateway Cities Education Agenda. The grants help districts create enrichment academies for English Language Learners, and plan academies to educate at risk students about future career options.
Four cities north and west of Boston are collaborating on a plan to fight heroin and other opioid overdoses, which includes the use by first responders of a life-saving overdose antidote. Since July of last year, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the state Department of Public Health Watertown, Everett, Somerville, and Cambridge have been part of a Massachusetts Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative, established with a $100,000 grant from the state Department of Public Health. A rash of heroin overdoses across the state last month has prompted many cities to raise awareness of opioid overdose dangers, and to push for more emergency responders to be equipped with Narcan, a nasally applied version of the drug naloxone, which helps counter the effects of an opioid overdose. Fire officials in Somerville and Everett said they are close to making an arrangement that would allow firefighters to be equipped with the drug, and Watertown Fire Department firefighters have had it available since Feb. 20. In Cambridge, there are one engine and two paramedic crews already equipped with the drug, and no immediate plans to expand, Operations Chief Gerry Mahoney said.
If you’re hungry for a trip to the Emerald Isle, we’ve found three pubs that will transport your appetite there year-round, serving up authentic Irish breakfasts, music, and more: The Burren in Somerville, The Irish Cottage in Methuen, and Harrington’s Food and Drink in Wakefield. And when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around next week, be sure to look for specials that include corned beef dinners.
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CareerWorks, which bills itself as a one-stop career center for both job-seekers and employers, is inviting area employers to participate in its 2014 Spring Job Fair on April 8 at The Conference Center at Massasoit Community College.
Nomination papers for candidates running in the April 26 town election are due Monday at 5 p.m. In an e-mail, Town Clerk Leanne Adams said that as of midday Wednesday, 22 people had taken out nomination papers for various boards and committees, eight of which had been returned. Two School Committee incumbents, Jannette Cummings-Leary and Ellen Killian, took out papers to run, as did challenger Jonathan A. Mihal. Adams said incumbents that have informed her that they are not running for reelection include Park & Recreation Commissioner Joseph A. Russell, and William Veganani, a Veterans Memorial trustee. There is also an opening on the appointed Finance Committee because Maureen Jansen is running for the Board of Selectmen. Adams said Kevin Donovan will not run again for the Board of Selectmen, but incumbent Kenneth Coyle will seek reelection.
The superintendent of Weymouth’s public schools says the developer of SouthField has vastly overestimated the amount of state aid that the school district would receive for educating children who live in the new development.
Hanover resident Rob Quinn has been trying to get Columbia Gas to install a main on Maplewood Drive since 2012. When company representatives told him that the project would be more affordable if more of his neighbors agreed to switch to gas, he went door-to-door, getting commitments from residents interested in the more affordable heating fuel. Still, with the initial costs of installing the new gas line, it would take several years before residents starting saving money on heat. The neighbors’ dilemma is not an unusual one as homeowners try to cut their heating expenditures by switching fuels and are thwarted by a lack of infrastructure.
After I wrote a recent column about acts of kindness for my family and others, several readers shared their own stories with me. Consider this their act of kindness; I’m just paying it forward. Grace McMann of Quincy wrote that she often buys $15 worth of gas with a $20 bill and then tells the attendant to buy a coffee or hot chocolate with the change, in the winter, or an iced coffee or lemonade on a hot summer day. “I love seeing the look on their faces,” she says. When she was going through breast cancer treatments, she opened her door one day to find a gift bag with lotions, creams, and a gift card to a Hingham restaurant. She never learned who sent the bag, but she put the card to good use: “I went to lunch with my girlfriends who supported me so well during my journey.”
Framingham has been named a Green Community by the state, a distinction that allows the town to get state funds for environmentally sound projects. The town was formally recognized by the state’s Department of Energy Resources on Monday and given a $301,900 grant for municipal projects. To qualify, cities and towns must fulfill requirements that include instituting building codes that promote reduced energy consumption; committing to buy fuel-efficient vehicles; auditing the town’s energy output and committing to reducing it by 20 percent within five years; and adopting siting and permitting regulations that promote establishment of renewable/alternative energy companies. Framingham was one of 13 communities to earn a Green Community designation in the latest round. Since the program began in 2008, 123 towns and cities have become Green Communities in Massachusetts and received almost $30 million in grants.
At first glance, George Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life” has nothing to do with Charlie Wilson in “Charlie Wilson’s War.” But with some help from my grandson, Adam, I learned otherwise.
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When maple sugaring time rolls around at Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary in Sharon, they do it the old-fashioned way. In the last six weeks of winter, as the contrast between daytime and nighttime temperatures cause tree sap to rise from the roots to the branches, Mass Audubon staff and local volunteers collect sap by hand from taps driven into more than 100 sugar maple trees. They transport hundreds of gallons of sap to the traditional “sugar shack” and boil the sap down on a wood-fired evaporator. Then they filter, bottle, share, and sell it. The sweet product, the last significant commercial product to be collected on land in the wild, will be shared at Sunday’s Maple Sugaring Festival and next weekend on both Saturday and Sunday.
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The Millis and Norfolk garden clubs are cosponsoring a special program by Massachusetts Horticultural Society official Suzanne Mahler at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Norfolk Public Library , 139 Main St. In her free presentation, “Gardening in the Shade,” Mahler will show how to have flourishing flowers and foliage in areas without strong sunlight. Mahler, who is past president of the New England Daylily Society, writes a weekly gardening column for the South Shore Mariner newspapers, and her Hanover garden was designated as a National Display Garden for the American Daylily Society. For more information about “Gardening in the Shade,” contact Beverly Temple at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Down by 14 pointscq with time running out, there was nothing Joita Diecidue could do to win the game for the Lincoln School when her teammate passed her the basketball at midcourt. She dribbled the ball forward anyway, drove to the paint and took a shot that bounced off the rim and ended a 36-22 loss to the Lawrence School. But for that brief moment, as the ball was leaving her hand, Diecidue didn’t have to think about her cerebral palsy, needing crutches to walk to school, or undergoing multiple surgeries. The 8th-grader was just playing a game with her teammates, and that, she said, is what she enjoys the most.
Three days a week, Morris Miller leaves his apartment in Needham and travels the short distance to work a 5:30 a.m. shift at the McDonald’s on Chestnut Street. It’s the sort of a trip you might expect a high school kid to make for a part-time job before the start of classes or maybe a young service employee who needs to work to add some hours to another job. But Morris Miller isn’t young. He’s 100 years old. Born just before the start of World War I on Feb. 8, 1914, Miller celebrated his 100th birthday and his 25 years working under the Golden Arches at a party at the Needham restaurant earlier this month. According to the company, he is believed to be the oldest worker at a McDonald’s restaurant in the country. At the event, Miller was officially honored for becoming McDonald’s Crew Person of the Year in the New England Region in 2013. Robert Garcia, vice president of US operations for McDonald’s, presented him with a plaque and $500 check recognizing the award.
An ambitious road project along Route 126 in Ashland aims to make the roadway a pedestrian and bicycle-friendly economic center. The Pond Revitalization Street Project is only in the early design stage, but it is expected to include intersection and turning lane improvements, sidewalks, and bike lanes to the road through town from Framingham to Holliston. Initial design work for the project was approved at fall Town Meeting last November at a cost of $375,000, and officials hope that the project will eventually be taken over by the state and receive as much as $10 million in state funding. “It’s an evolving conversation (with MassDOT),” said Enzo Scalora, chairman of the Ashland Redevelopment Authority. “But we’ve received verbal assurances that if all the work is in order, we would be put in the project pipeline.”
Chris Evans, who has had a string of movie superhero roles, put down his theatrical roots nearly 20 years ago at Concord Youth Theatre where his mother, Lisa Capuano Evans, has been artistic director since 1998. So when Vanity Fair provided a donation in his name for hosting the magazine’s pre-Oscar party in Los Angeles, Evans directed it to the youth theater. In other news, chef and food writer Terry Golson of Carlisle will discuss the newest edition of her book, “The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook,” on March 16 at the Concord Bookshop. And Anisha Gundewar of Marlborough was presented with a plaque and $1,000 scholarship as part of the 2014 Sue S. Stewart Leadership and Community Service Award, which she recently received through the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Rochester. Chris Evans, who has had a string of movie superhero roles, put down his theatrical roots nearly 20 years ago at Concord Youth Theatre where his mother, Lisa Capuano Evans, has been artistic director since 1998. So when Vanity Fair provided a donation in his name for hosting the magazine’s pre-Oscar party in Los Angeles, Evans directed it to the youth theater. In other news, chef and food writer Terry Golson of Carlisle will discuss the newest edition of her book, “The Farmstead Egg Guide & Cookbook,” on March 16 at the Concord Bookshop.And Anisha Gundewar of Marlborough was presented with a plaque and $1,000 scholarship as part of the 2014 Sue S. Stewart Leadership and Community Service Award, which she recently received through the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women’s Leadership at the University of Rochester.
Phil Perry selects his Players of the Week and Top 10 boys’ and girls’ basketball teams from high school programs west of Boston.
Donations are being collected for the family of lifelong Natick resident Michael McDaniel Jr., a 26-year veteran of the town’s Department of Public Works who was killed in a work accident on Feb. 4 while fixing a water main. McDaniel, 48, leaves his wife, Kathleen McDaniel, and 9-year-old daughter, Caroline. In addition to his job, McDaniel loved the outdoors, fishing, gardening, sports, and spending time with his family, especially bike riding with his daughter. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/6q1pj4 or drop off a check made to the McDaniel Family Support Trust at Middlesex Savings Bank, 6 Main St., Natick.
A boys’ ensemble from the St. Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge will perform Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 8 Church St. The program will feature music by Handel, Pergolesi, Faure, and a contemporary British composer, John Rutter. John Robinson conducts the ensemble, and Jonathan Wessler will accompany on organ. There is no admission charge for the concert, although a basket will be available for donations.
Residents have until Thursday to make their nominations for the community’s fourth annual Youth Awards, which are being cosponsored by the town and a local news website that launched the effort, BrooklineHub. The program honors teens who have contributed to the greater good of the community or to their peers. Nominations can be submitted online at www.brooklinehub.com . The awards ceremony will be held April 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with the free event also serving as a benefit for the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry through corporate sponsorships.