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Monday, May 28, 2007

In case you missed it: Fernald future, TV under 2

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Twins Jean (left) and Joan Hanlon, 49, in an
activity room at the Fernald Development Center
in Waltham. (Globe Staff Photo/Suzanne Kreiter)

Joan and Jean Hanlon are part of the dwindling community of disabled people who, admitted to Fernald Development Center as toddlers decades ago, now cling to their tiny piece of the vast rolling property, Sally Jacobs writes in Sunday's Globe. With the long-running debate over the possible closure of the facility nearing its climax, the Waltham facility's remaining 186 residents are virtually all silent spectators, bystanders in the fight that will shape the rest of their lives.

About 40 percent of 3-month-olds watch television or videos for an average of 45 minutes a day, or more than five hours a week, according to the first-ever study of the viewing habits of children under the age of 2, Barbara F. Meltz reports in Sunday's Globe.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:59 AM
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