The following was submitted by Autumn Gould:
Somerville and Norwood Orange Leaf shop owners are donating canned goods to their respective local food banks on Dec. 10 and 13.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt shop owners in Massachusetts and New Hampshire are collecting canned goods during the week of Dec. 2 as part of a holiday season effort to donate a minimum of 3,000 nonperishable food items to local food pantries where their stores are located.
Customers who bring in a canned good during the week of Dec. 2 will get three free ounces of frozen yogurt with every eight ounce purchase.
WHAT: Pickup of food donated by Greater Boston area residents collected by Orange Leaf. Each participating Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt shop has identified a nearby food bank where they will donate their canned goods, including the Elizabeth Peabody House in Somerville and the Ecumenical Community Food Pantry of Norwood. Media is invited at that time to take a photo and speak with the shop owner or general manager about their commitment to local hunger causes.
WHEN: Somerville (Globe North): Dec. 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Norwood (Globe South): Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Somerville (Globe North): Somerville Orange Leaf Yogurt, 256 Elm St., Somerville, MA
Norwood (Globe South): Norwood Orange Leaf Yogurt, 38 Vanderbilt Ave., Norwood, MA
The canned food drive is part of the “Three for Free” campaign. Customers can find out what the promotion is each week by checking on the 3 for Free Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/3forfreeorangeleaf), and following #3forFree on all social media outlets.
A full list of participating Orange Leaf shops and food pantries is below:
Acton, MA—Acton Community Supper & Food Pantry
Amherst, NH—Share Food Bank
Andover, MA—Lazarus house
Brockton, MA—The Charity Guild and the Easton Food Pantry
Burlington, MA—Burlington Food Pantry
Canton, MA—Canton Food Pantry
Chelmsford, MA—Chelmsford Community Exchange
Concord, NH—Friends of Forgotten
Danvers, MA—People to People Food Pantry
Dover, NH—Community Food Pantry
Dracut, MA—Dracut Food Pantry
Epping, NH—Providence Baptist Church
Exeter, NH—The St. Vincent de Paul Society
Gloucester, MA—The Open Door
Lexington, MA—Interfaith Food Pantry
Marblehead, MA—Marblehead Food Pantry
Methuen, MA—Lazarus House Ministries
Natick, MA—Natick Service Council
Needham, MA—Needham Community Council Food Pantry
Newburyport, MA—Salvation Army
Norwood, MA—Ecumenical Community Food Pantry of Norwood
Portsmouth, NH—Seacoast Family Food Pantry
Reading, MA—Reading Food Pantry
Salem, MA—Plummer Home
Seekonk, MA—Doorways Food Pantry
Somerville, MA—Elizabeth Peabody House
Swansea, MA—Annelle Delorme Hagerman Food Pantry
Tewksbury, MA—Tewksbury Community Pantry
Wayland, MA—Parmenter Food Pantry of Wayland & The Sudbury Pantry
About Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is a self-serve, choose-your-own-toppings frozen dessert chain with more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Australia. Ranked one of the fastest growing limited service chains by Technomic, Orange Leaf’s pro-franchisee culture encourages owners to become a part of their communities and provides them with the necessary ingredients for success. Orange Leaf offers a multitude of delicious, traditional and original flavors, including no-sugar-added, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan alternatives. Customized with a generous selection of do-it-yourself toppings, Orange Leaf provides an innocent indulgence, self-served in a stimulating atmosphere. For more information, visit www.orangeleafyogurt.com, like Orange Leaf Yogurt on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter @myorangeleaf.
SALEM, Mass. (AP) — A Gloucester woman has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to being drunk and causing a fatal accident.
Rebecca Jacques (jakes) pleaded guilty on Monday to a variety of charges stemming from the crash last December in Gloucester that took the life of Mary Lipman of Ipswich, a front-seat passenger in another vehicle.
The Salem News reports that the driver and another passenger survived.
Prosecutors say the 53-year-old Jacques’ blood-alcohol level was 0.22 on the night of the crash, nearly three times the legal limit. Experts also found morphine and other narcotics in her blood and she was driving on a suspended license.
Jacques’ lawyer says her client was going through a difficult time, dealing with the recent death of her sister, at the time.
Information from: The Salem (Mass.) News, http://www.salemnews.com
By Shujie Leng BU Washington News Service WASHINGTON — Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-South Boston, Tuesday afternoon asked the director of Federal Emergency Management Agency to delay a rate increase arising from recently enacted flood insurance legislation…
- St. John’s Country Cupboard Fair will have their members in Victorian dress,
- The Sargent House will have a talk on “women on the home front during the Civil War,”.
- The Firehouse will discuss the old Fire Engines of the 19th Century compared to today’s large firetrucks.
- The Sawyer-Free Library plans to incorporate Victorian games in their activities for children.
- At the end of Middle Street the Neighborhood Apothecary will have a tasting of old spices and salt used in 19th century cooking.
- And finally the Grace Concert at the Unitarian Universalist Church will incorporate Civil War songs into a choral presentation by Share the Music with the accompaniment an organ and trumpet. Also during the concert there will be a reading of the Gettysburg Address.
Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy sailed to a second four-year term, defeating councilor at large Timothy Phelan by 9,258 votes to 6,403.
Kennedy made headlines four years ago as Lynn’s first woman elected as mayor. She and Phelan, a councilor at large, both have been strong city-wide vote getters, but Kennedy appeared to have the edge after outpolling Phelan by a wide margin in a no-elimination preliminary.
In Amesbury, four-term Mayor Thatcher W. Kezer, III lost his bid for reelection by eight votes, or 2,088 to 2,080, according to figures from the mayor. Kezer said he planned to seek a recount.
Across the state, voters headed to the polls to elect mayors, city councilors, school committee members and other local officials in about 59 communities in addition to Boston.
In Beverly, former state representative Michael P. Cahill defeated City Councilor D. Wesley Slate, Jr. to succeed retiring longtime Mayor William F. Scanlon, Jr. Cahill, a former city council president, had 5,752 votes to 4,563 for Slate, who had Scanlon’s endorsement.
Mayors Donna D. Holaday of Newburyport, Carolyn Kirk of Gloucester, Kimberley Driscoll of Salem, and Stephen N. Zanni of Methuen, all won handily to earn new terms.
In Gloucester, Kirk garnered 4,724 votes to 2,979 for Mac Bell, a former city councilor. The totals of a write-in candidate, Joseph Palmisano, were unavailable, but 400 write-in votes overall were cast.
Driscoll coasted to a fourth four-year term in Salem, picking up 4,996 votes to 1,093 for Cedric Ashley, a political newcomer.
In Newburyport, Holaday picked up 3,384 votes to 2,796 for city councilor Richard E. Sullivan Jr., in her bid for a third term. Sullivan, whom Holaday narrowly outpolled in a three-way preliminary, is son of the late mayor Richard E. Sullivan and brother of Christopher Sullivan, a former city councilor and interim mayor.
Former state Senate Minority Leader Richard Tisei of Wakefield may make another run at being elected to Congress.
Tisei was Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker’s running mate in their losing effort in 2010 and in 2012 nearly unseated Congressman John Tierney, pulling in 47.1 percent of the vote to 48.3 percent for Tierney.
On Monday morning, Tisei announced he’s creating a committee to more actively explore another run and plans to make a formal announcement later this fall about his plans.
In a statement, Tisei said, “Like most Americans, I have been deeply disturbed by the dysfunction we are witnessing in Washington. The critical challenges facing our country have not diminished since 2012. Rather, they seem to be getting worse. The hyper-partisanship exhibited by both parties on a daily basis has created a stranglehold on our government and is preventing us from moving forward. We are a great country, but we clearly have reached a point where we need new leadership and a fresh start. We need more responsible Republicans and fewer divisive Democrats in Washington who are willing to stop the name calling, put party aside, and begin to seriously work together to do what is right for America.”
Tierney edged Tisei by 4,330 votes and Tisei won in 29 of the 39 communities in the Sixth Congressional District. Tisei, who served 26 years in the House and Senate on Beacon Hill, runs a real estate firm with his partner Bernie Starr.
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The following is a press release from the University of Massachusetts:
BOSTON -- Completing the second day of his statewide bus tour, UMass President Robert L. Caret today met with a delegation of Massachusetts mayors and said the University’s desire to assist cities connects back to its original and enduring mission of service to the Commonwealth.
“As a public university, UMass has a particular obligation to the citizens of the Commonwealth and to the communities where they make their lives and raise their families,” President Caret said. “This is a mission that we take very seriously and strive to fulfill.”
President Caret added: “We are the University that wakes up every day asking: How can we make life better in Massachusetts?”
The meeting with the mayors took place as President Caret, accompanied by UMass Board of Trustees Chairman Henry M. Thomas III, completed the second day of his statewide bus tour.
This year’s tour, titled “Commonwealth Tour 2013: Commitment, Quality, Impact,” include stops in Springfield, Hadley, Lowell, Fall River, New Bedford, Hingham, Boston and Milford.
The five campuses of the UMass system work with cities and towns across the state in various capacities, providing training for municipal officials, working with schools on issues including curriculum development and undertaking studies on a variety of civic issues.
“Cities confront an array of challenges and issues and need and deserve our support,” said Chairman Thomas, who has led the police and fire commissions in his home city of Springfield and is recognized as a key civic leader.
“To be fully successful, the University of Massachusetts and our cities need to maintain a close partnership,” Chairman Thomas added.
Said President Caret: “We are connected to our cities in towns in many ways and always stand ready to assist the Commonwealth’s communities.”
The mayoral roundtable was organized by Mayor Joseph Sullivan of Braintree, who is president of the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association.
The municipal leaders attending the roundtable were:
Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan, Braintree
Mayor William F. Scanlon, Jr., Beverly
Mayor Henrietta Davis, Cambridge
Mayor Carolyn A. Kirk, Gloucester
City Manager Bernard Lynch, Lowell
Mayor Arthur Vigeant, Marlboro
Mayor Daniel Rizzo, Revere
“As a graduate of UMass, I always appreciated the quality of our University system and now as a mayor, I have an even greater regard as to the value that UMass offers our Commonwealth educationally and economically,” said Sullivan, a UMass Amherst graduate.
“This roundtable discussion provided us with an opportunity to have a direct dialogue with President Caret and Chairman Thomas on how our cities can assist UMass and how UMass can assist us as we pursue our mutual missions of service,” said Mayor Sullivan, who also commended President Caret for “striving every day to bring the UMass story to the citizens of the Commonwealth.”
Earlier in the day, President Caret met with New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell and discussed potential wind-energy industry partnerships.
Worried about new federal flood insurance rules sparking another foreclosure crisis in Massachusetts, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Attorney General Martha Coakley on Wednesday partnered to file legislation limiting the amount of insurance homeowners in the flood zone must purchase.
Though the Winthrop Democrat said the state-level action could blunt the impact of new federal flood insurance regulations, DeLeo said Congress must still act to further protect the expanded group of coastal residents and businesses and those living near lakes and rivers who are now required to purchase more comprehensive and costly insurance.
“People aren’t going to be able to pay their insurance, and as a result of that they’re going to lose their home unless we can convince our friends in Washington, which right now I guess they’re a little bit involved with a couple other issues, but they’re really going to have to get on the ball and address this,” DeLeo told reporters after meeting with House Democrats.
The bill filed by DeLeo and Coakley would limit the amount of flood coverage a homeowner or business must purchase to the value of the mortgage on the property, instead of the replacement value of the home. Creditors would also be prohibited from requiring coverage for contents of the home, or including a deductible less than $5,000.
Taking one of the only steps a state can to limit the amount of coverage required under federal guidelines, the Beacon Hill leaders hope to lower premiums for impacted homeowners, while retaining the option for consumers to purchase more coverage if they desire.
“These new flood insurance changes are going to devastate many families and businesses in our coastal communities,” Coakley said in a statement. “We continue to urge the federal government to delay implementing these changes until they’ve followed all the steps required by law.”
Coakley said she did not expect insurers to have a “huge complaint” with the legislation.
The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 required the Federal Emergency Management Agency to redraw national flood maps, and eliminated various subsidies in the National Flood Insurance Program to ensure sustainability.
Critics, however, say the new maps have captured large swaths of real estate at little to no risk of flooding, forcing larger numbers of property owners to purchase insurance. New rules governing the required height of buildings and other structural requirements for properties in the flood zone have also driven up the price tags on policies.
Rep. James Cantwell, a Marshfield Democrat, recently provided the News Service with a copy of an insurance bill for a Scituate homeowner that spiked up to $68,000 under the new program. He called the new FEMA flood maps “ridiculous.”
The homeowner, Peg Sullivan, told the News Service that she previously paid a $1,300 premium for the same coverage.
“It’s hurting our Massachusetts builders. It’s hurting our Massachusetts realtors. Right now, all up and down the coast, we have essentially people are being frozen out. They can’t sell their homes, and people aren’t buying because there’s so much uncertainty about what their rates are going to be for their flood insurance. The speaker taking swift action right now is so warranted and so helpful and I’m thrilled to be joining with him,” Cantwell said.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey and the state’s entire Congressional delegation recently sent a letter to House and Senate leadership urging a delay in the Biggert-Waters reforms.
Cantwell said budget cuts limited FEMA's ability to review its surveys, and the government shutdown, which began Oct. 1, has placed on furlough the governmental affairs person at FEMA whom he speaks to about constituents' concerns. Scituate and Marshfield hired their own consultant to contest the FEMA maps.
Cantwell, whose bill (H 865) had a hearing last month calling on the Division of Insurance to regularly investigate the National Flood Insurance Program, said he’s “cautiously optimistic” that DeLeo’s bill can be heard and brought forward for a vote before the end of the year.
Though he made clear the “ultimate answer” must still come from Washington, DeLeo said he hopes that by tying the insurance requirements in Massachusetts to the value of a mortgage, property owners will fare “significantly better” than they would under the federal guidelines.
“We’re truly going to see people losing their homes, not from floods, but from flood insurance,” DeLeo said.