With less than a week to go before a special election, Congressional candidates Sen. Katherine Clark (D-Melrose) and Republican Frank Addivinola are set for their first televised debate.
New England Cable News announced Thursday morning that Clark and Addivinola will debate at 3 p.m. Friday and the cable channel will air the debate at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Rebroadcasts are planned for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.
The special election to fill the seat formerly held by Sen. Edward Markey is Tuesday.
Independent James Aulenti of Wellesley and Justice Peace Security candidate James Hall of Arlington are also on the ballot.
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About 85 middle school students in Middlesex County were honored for their leadership, judgment, and decision-making -- especially when it came to avoiding drugs and alcohol -- at an annual peer leadership conference hosted by the Middlesex District Attorney's office.
The conference, which was also hosted by nonprofit Middlesex Partnerships for Youth and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Association, was held Monday at the Nashoba Valley Technical High School in Westford. Students from nine local schools who were chosen as role models by school officials were recognized at the event, according to a statement from the district attorney's office.
The nine school districts include Bedford, Dover-Sherborn, Groton-Dunstable, Littleton, Lowell, Reading, Somerville, Weston, and Wilmington.
The event included a keynote address by Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, and a presentation by Interscholastic Association's "You Lead" program that supports and connects resources for young people choosing not to use drugs, drink alcohol or smoke tobacco.
“Our youth are under a tremendous amount of pressure whether it to be to fit in with their peers or to be academically or athletically successful,” Ryan said in the statement. “It is refreshing to see these youth who have made good choices in their lives and are committed to healthy living.
"This program is about supporting those who exhibit the confidence, maturity and strength to make positive decisions everyday and to help them continue to be a role model in their community.”
A similar event will be held next month for high school students, officials said.
For more information, visit the Middlesex District Attorney's website.
After a series of MBTA improvement projects along the Fitchburg Commuter Rail line, regular weekend service has resumed to all stations between North Station and Fitchburg Station.
Commuters should note that due to additional track work, passengers travelling both inbound and outbound will be bused between the South Acton and Littleton stations on Nov. 23 and 24. A shuttle bus will be available between the West Concord and Littleton stations for passengers who need assistance or have disabilities.
Passengers should accept delays of up to 20 minutes, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company.
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On the one hand, there is the kitschy Halloween beloved by small children, with silly or clever costumes, jack-o’-lanterns, and mountains of candy. On the other hand, there is the haunted-house fun of a good scare — be it from a gory costume or a spooky noise.
While traditional house-to-house trick-or-treating may still be the best way to spend Halloween itself, there are also any number of ways to explore the other dimensions of the holiday -- whether your preference leans more toward a walk through a graveyard or a craft activity.
Here some of the many ways to celebrate Halloween in communities west of Boston this year.
-- Halloween Walk and Tour of the Old Burying Ground in Lexington takes place Saturday (Oct 26) at 6:30 p.m. and leaves from the Depot Building, 13 Depot Square. Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children, with discounts for Lexington Historical Society members. For reservations, more information, call 781-862-1703 or go to www.lexingtonhistory.org.
-- Frightful Friday at Gore Place, 52 Gore St., Waltham, in its final installment this week, has tours starting at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Admission is $15 adults, $10 for ages 5 through 12 and Gore Place members. Capacity is limited. For tickets, call 781-894-2798 or visit www.goreplace.org.
-- Murder at the Masquerade takes place at Merchants Row in the Colonial Inn, 48 Monument Square, Concord, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:15. The ticket price, which includes a gourmet three-course dinner, is $69. For reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-371-2908, ext 544.
-- Spookapella, a concert by North Shore Acapella and guests, takes place Saturday Oct 26 cq/ts at the Center for Arts, 14 Summer St., Natick. The show begins at 8 p.m.; tickets are $22, or $20 for TCAN members. For tickets or information, call 508-647-0097 or go to www.natickarts.org.
-- Halloween Open House at Dana Hall School of Music, 103 Grove St. in Wellesley, is next Sunday, (October 27)2-4 p.m. Admission is free, but reservations are encouraged; call 781-237-6542 or e-mail email@example.com.
-- Pumpkin Patch, a seasonal party held annually by the Sudbury Valley Trustees at Wolbach Farm on Wolbach Road in Sudbury, is scheduled for Saturday(Oct 26). Admission is free for SVT members; $2 per person for nonmembers, with a family maximum of $10. For more details, call 978-443-5588 or go online to www.svtweb.org.
-- Decorate a Bag at Artbeat, 212A Mass Ave. in Arlington, Saturday (Oct 26)from noon to 7 p.m., and next Sunday (Oct 27) from noon to 5 p.m. Admission and supplies are free. For more information, call 781-646-2200 or go to www.artbeatonline.com.
-- Halloween Family Day at the Spellman Museum of Stamps and Postal History, on the Regis College campus at 235 Wellesley St. in Weston, takes place Saturday (Oct 26)from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 781-768-8367 or go to www.spellman.org.
-- Welcome to Our [Halloween] Home at the Orchard House, 399 Lexington Road, Concord, offers a special after-hours tour Saturday scheduled for Saturday(Oct 26)from 4:45 to 5:45 p.m. Admission $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and college students, $8 for ages 6-17, and $4 for ages 2-6. A family rate for two adults and up to four youths for this event will be offered at $30. Space is limited; reservations can be made by calling 978-369-4118, ext. 106; for more information, go to www.louisamayalcott.org.
-- Tales of the Night at Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, 208 South Great Road in Lincoln, takes place Thursday and Friday (Oct 24 and 25)from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance for $11 before Wednesday, Oct. 23, or after that for $13. Call 781-259-2218 or go to www.massaudubon.org/drumlin.
Gov. Deval Patrick’s daughter Katherine recently said she would love it if her father were president some day. On Wednesday she made her best pitch for another elected official.
Rep. Carl Sciortino’s Congressional campaign announced that Katherine Patrick was endorsing his candidacy in the busy 5th Congressional District Democratic primary.
Go here for other endorsements in the race.
“This is the first campaign I have gotten to endorse in . . . other than my dad’s,” Katherine Patrick said in a statement released by Sciortino’s campaign.
Katherine Patrick praised Sciortino’s work on LGBT rights, the law requiring a protest-free buffer zone around reproductive health clinics, closing corporate tax loopholes and supporting investments in infrastructure.
She also praised Sciortino’s decision to launch his State House career by challenging and unseating former Rep. Vincent Ciampa of Somerville in 2004.
“Though he and his volunteers were called terrible slurs in one of the most homophobic campaigns Massachusetts has ever seen, Carl beat him by 93 votes and took his spot in the State House. Carl’s got guts, and he will always stand up for his values.”
Asked about his daughter’s endorsement Wednesday, Gov. Patrick said, “I just heard . . . She’s talked to me about it and what’s she’s interested in doing and I’m proud of her.”
The governor said he would not be following his daughter’s lead, and doesn’t plan to endorse in the Democratic primary.
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EMILY’s List, a well-funded national group that supports women who back abortion rights, gave its full endorsement to state Sen. Katherine Clark on Sept. 20, after earlier giving her preliminary backing.
“Katherine Clark has an impressive record fighting for women and families in her community, and her effective leadership is exactly what Washington needs,” Stephanie Schriock, the group’s president, said in a statement.
The endorsement could be a financial boon to Clark in the final weeks of the campaign.
During the 2011-2012 election cycle, the organization raised more than $52 million, according to an EMILY’s List spokeswoman.
Other candidates have also picked up endorsements over the course of the campaign.
Among them: state Rep. Carl Sciortino won the backing of some liberal Congressmen, and state Sen. Karen Spilka and Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian gain the support of a number of organized labor groups and local elected officials.
But how much any endorsement actually changes the fundamental dynamics of a race can only truly be determined on the day voters go to the polls.
The moderator of a Fifth Congressional District Democratic forum opened the two-hour event Monday night by noting that “there is much that these candidates have in common.”
Over the course of the subsequent two hours, that much was abundantly clear.
Just over three weeks before the special primary election in the race to succeed Edward J. Markey in the US House of Representatives, five of the seven Democratic contenders politely angled to differentiate themselves from their opponents on the ornately decorated stage at Cary Hall in Lexington.
The candidates also worked to introduce themselves to those in the 300-person crowd who might not know them. They repeatedly highlighted their biographies and emphasized their legislative accomplishments. (See other upcoming forums here.)
Many of the questions asked by the moderator, state Representative Jay Kaufman, elicited similar, sometimes rote-sounding answers from the candidates—three state senators, a state representative and a county sheriff. They all articulated cogent positions on issues that ranged from gun violence (they support expanding gun control) to the minimum wage (they favor raising it) to foreign policy in the Middle East (they support a peace process for the region and Israel as an ally) to the federal campaign finance system (they think it needs to be reformed).
But discussing issues of economic inequality, each showed a particular passion about the growing gap between the rich and poor in this country.
“We are rapidly on our way to becoming a country of the haves and the have nots,” state Senator Katherine Clark of Melrose said, emphasizing that she believes one of the fixes was “quality education, no matter what your ZIP code, no matter what your family’s income.”
“I think we really need to look at our priorities as a country,” said state Senator Karen Spilka of Ashland, noting the dichotomy between subsidies to big corporations and the way the government handles student loans. “I think we should be giving zero-interest college loans to our kids,” she said.
State Senator Will Brownsberger of Belmont cited globalization, automation, and education inequality as three of the drivers of the economic class divide, and said education was essential “to make sure that everyone in the economy has a shot at making a good transition to a better job.”
State Representative Carl M. Sciortino of Medford, said the issue is one that drives him and recalled his own upbringing, with his father, a single dad, working extremely hard to support him and his brother.
As in previous forums, the Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision, which allowed for unlimited spending on elections by corporations and labor unions, was a point of light contention. Brownsberger admitted he was “an outlier on this issue.”
“I do believe the Citizens United case was correctly decided,” he said. “Repealing the Citizens United case, as people suggest, would involve cutting into our First Amendment protections.”
The other candidates politely but strongly disagreed, supporting a Constitutional amendment to overturn the decision.
Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian of Waltham, a former state legislator, bemoaned the “unlimited, unregulated, non-transparent funds” that the decision had brought into the political process and called for an amendment.
After the forum, Lexington resident Stephen Tauber, an 81-year-old registered Democrat, said he came into the event undecided and left leaning toward one candidate, but was not yet a firm vote for anyone in the Oct. 15 primary. He said he heard similar positions from the candidates.
“In terms of the current political debate in this country, the differences are minor,” he said. For Tauber, the choice he faced heading toward the primary election was not necessarily a question of where the candidates stood on the issues, but who would offer the most effective representation in Washington, D.C.
He said he will have to attend another one of the upcoming forums before he makes up his mind.
Lexington, a wealthy, liberal town northwest of Boston where Democrats have a history of going to the polls in high numbers in special elections, has become something of battleground as the candidates vie for votes across the mostly suburban district that stretches from Winthrop to Holliston.
Since none of the candidates has a clearly defined electoral base here, the town has seen an outsize share of campaign activity since Markey won a US Senate election in June and vacated his Congressional seat.
While the debate was mostly a serious affair, there were also moments of levity.
At the beginning of the night, Koutoujian noted it was his 12th wedding anniversary. In his closing statement he joked that maybe a policy-heavy forum would be a way to celebrate his 13th year of marriage.
“Perhaps we could do this every year, honey?” he said to his wife, eliciting hearty laughter from the crowd.
Two of the candidates who will be on the Democratic ballot -- Martin Long, an Arlington author and Stoneham resident Paul John Maisano, who works in the construction industry -- were not invited to the forum.
In a short interview before the debate began, Kaufman said the format was set before they were candidates and there was “absolutely no evidence that the two other campaigns will affect the outcome.” He said the decision not to include Long or Maisano was his and he made it because he “did not want to distract from our ability to hear from the other five” Democratic contenders.
Long, for his part, stood outside the hall on a small black crate, making his pitch to people going into the event.
There are also three Republicans running for their party’s nomination in the Fifth: actuary Tom Tierney of Framingham; Harvard nanophysics researcher Mike Stopa of Holliston; and businessman and lawyer Frank J. Addivinola Jr. of Boston.
The special general election in the heavily Democratic district is Dec. 10.
Joshua Miller can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @jm_bos. A version of this article appeared in the Political Intelligence blog.
The following was submitted by Ruchika Arora, State Director, Miss India and Miss India Teen-2013
Applications are invited to take part as a contestant in ‘Miss India and Miss India Teen’-2013. The pageant is designed for girls of Indian heritage and has been running in various states in USA for more than 20 years by India Festival Committee of New York. (a non-profit organization).
There is an opportunity for a possible moment of Titles, Tiaras, Sashes, Prizes, lots of pride as an Indian-American. Winner of Miss India category will receive $500 in cash and gift certificates, winner of Teen category will receive other rewards. The awards/recognitions are Winner, Runner up, Miss Viewers Choice, Miss Talented, Miss Photogenic. Winner goes to Miss INDIA USA. There will be one more contestant selected from each state who will also proceed to Miss India USA-2013.
The two categories based on age group are - Miss India (17 to 27 years) and Miss India TEEN (13 to 16 years).
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First step is to write an email email@example.com or call 978-866-8777 for questions. Entries have just opened and they are expected to close soon. Last date to send the application form is October 15, 2013. Please go to website www.missindiatristate.com to read and download the ‘Rules, Regulations and General Information’ and the ‘Application Form’. Also, do not forget to read ‘Why Miss India and Miss India Teen’ on the website.
The Glorious day will be November 9th, 2013 and a wonderful show with talented, beautiful contestants and number of performers will be held at National Heritage Museum, Lexington MA. Contestants will participate in Evening Gown and Indian Ethnic Dress rounds. The winner is decided after Question-Answer segment among selected five/seven finalists based on their scores from first two rounds.
It will be a day for all Indian-American girls to feel lots of pride about their heritage and a unique celebration of culture.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Miss India and Miss India Teen-2013
(Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire)