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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Katherine Clark, the 50-year-old Democratic nominee for the Fifth Congressional District, is heavily favored in the Dec. 10 special election to succeed Edward J. Markey in the US House of Representatives.
Yet Clark, a state senator from Melrose, still faces one last test.
Her Republican opponent, Frank J. Addivinola Jr., a businessman and lawyer with six graduate degrees and conservative views on the Affordable Care Act, guns, gay marriage, and abortion, says he is going to win.
Katherine Marlea Clark
Born: 1963 New Haven, CT
Undergraduate education: St. Lawrence University
Profession: State senator
Self-described political views: Progressive Democrat
Personal life: Married with three school-age boys
Current residence: Melrose
Grocery store of choice: Market Basket
International adventure: Studied abroad in Nagoya, Japan, in 1983
Frank John Addivinola Jr.
Born: 1960 Malden, MA
Undergraduate education: Williams College
Profession: Doctoral student, teacher, lawyer, owner test prep business
Self-described political view: Smaller government, traditional Republican
Personal life: Married
Current residence: Boston
Grocery store of choice: Market Basket
International adventure: From 2002-2006, lived in Odessa, Ukraine, and ran a tourist-focused business there
BOSTON (AP) — The new year is a few weeks away but it’s not too early to think about 2014 hunting licenses.
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife says 2014 hunting, sporting, fishing, and trapping licenses will be available for purchase starting on Monday.
They can be purchased at all license vendor locations, MassWildlife District offices, the West Boylston Field Headquarters, and at MassFishHunt.org.
Anyone 15 or older needs a license to hunt or for freshwater fishing.
Freshwater fishing licenses for minors ages 15 to 17 are free and can be obtained online.
The department also reminds hunters that all deer harvested during shotgun season must be checked at a check station. Online checking is not available from Dec. 2 until Dec. 14.
Citing a "critical need for MWRA water" in Ashland, the Massachusetts Water Resources Advisory Board has scheduled a special meeting for next week.
The board reported Tuesday that Ashland has just notified both the MWRA and the advisory board of a request for a six-month emergency water supply connection to the MWRA system "due to lower than normal precipitation resulting in low groundwater levels at the Town's wells."
The advisory board said the request triggers a full vote of the board before Ashland can receive MWRA water.
The board is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Newton City Hall.
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Diwali, a five-day Hindu celebration also known as the "festival of lights," began on Nov. 3 and will continue into the weekend as organizations in Boston hold different events to mark the celebration.
From banquets to fashion shows, groups in the greater Boston area have planned a variety of events where people can join the celebration.
Below are some of the Boston area events. If we're missing an event, add it in our comments section.
Miss India Tristate Contest on Nov. 9
The contest will be held at 6 p.m. at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington.
Go to the website for more information.
Diwali Gala on Nov. 9
8 p.m. - midnight
NetSAP Boston, a group for South Asian professionals, is hosting a Diwali Gala at the Taj Boston Hotel (15 Arlington St.). The event will benefit the Akshaya Patra Foundation, which provides food for school children in India. Tickets are on sale here.
The Festival of Lights on Nov. 10
3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
The United India Association of New England will celebrate Diwali at Newton South High School (140 Brandeis Road, Newton Center) with worship, a fashion show, dinner and a children's fancy dress parade. Entrance is free for members, kids under 12 and participants in the cultural program, fashion show and children's parade. Non-members pay $10.
Diwali Banquet on Nov. 10
Gurjar, the Gujarati Association of New England, is holding a banquet at the University of Massachusetts Lowell Inn and Conference Center (50 Warren St., Lowell). The event has a formal of traditional Indian dress code. Tickets cost $20 for students up to 12th grade, $35 for college students with an ID, $55-60 for regular tickets and $75 for sponsors. To book tickets, call Ramila Thakker at 781-229-2401, Deval Kamdar at 978-409-1350, or Eshani Shah at 781-942-1690.
Diwali Dhamaka on Nov. 17
The Indian Society of Worcester will celebrate with dances, music and food. Included in the event, which will be held at Marlborough Middle School (25 Union St.) is a dance competition. For members, tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids and free for participants. For non members, tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for kids and participants, and all children under 5 enter for free.
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This press release was provided by the Arab American Institute
The inaugural class of Gabr Fellows will visit the nation's capital from October 26 to November 3 as part of a 5-city tour of the U.S.
The group of 20 Fellows—10 Egyptians and 10 Americans—are young professionals in the areas of art, science, law, media, and entrepreneurship, chosen to participate in the newly created Gabr Fellowship Program, whose mission is to improve cross-cultural dialogue and understanding between the U.S. and the Arab world. They began the program in Egypt in June, where they met with public figures and experienced first-hand—and for the Americans, for the first time —life in Egypt.
One of the Fellows is Beth Cartier, originally from Southborough, She is currently the assistant director of New York Meetings at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. Before working in the Meetings program, Cartier was an intern for CFR's Women and Foreign Policy program. Previously, she worked with the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Striking Viking Story Pirates. Cartier received an MA in Politics and International Relations from New York University and a BA in theater from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Beth is originally from Southborough, Massachusetts.
“Egypt is no longer an abstract concept to me and that makes a powerful difference in how I find myself viewing her,” said American Fellow Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez.
The Shafik Gabr Foundation established the diplomacy program with private funds in order to provide “new platforms for people-to-people communication” which, it says, are urgently needed.
“If I am Exxon, for example, and I am working in Saudi Arabia or Qatar, or wherever else -- I would likely be funding social development and corporate responsibility - but if I really want to keep doing business in that part of the world, my priority should be to encourage young emerging leaders in that area to develop a better knowledge of the West, and vice versa,” said Shafik Gabr, Chairman and Managing Director of the ARTOC Group for Investment & Development.
The group will meet with Administration officials, Members of Congress, policy experts, business leaders, journalists, and academics, among others, while in Washington.
The Fellows have collaborated in teams on six project ideas aimed at addressing the challenges facing Egypt and the U.S. - from establishing microclinics in Egypt to installing large interactive TV screens in Cairo and New York.
The Fellowship is sponsored by the Shafik Gabr Foundation. The American portion is being carried out in partnership with the Arab American Institute. For more information, visit www.eastwestdialogue.org. To schedule an interview, contact Deborah Akel at (202) 706-8435.
Hopkinton, where I live, is 26.2 miles from the heart of the city, as every runner knows. Realtors around here talk up the ease of the commute to the city, and technically, they’re right. We can walk to the Ashland station, bike to the one in Southborough, or drive to either and take advantage of usually ample parking.
Yet in the past six months, I’ve taken the train into Boston just once. Some of my neighbors never use it all. The service is too much like convenience-store coffee: promising, but ultimately disappointing. It takes too long and costs too much.
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BOSTON (AP) — Democrat Katherine Clark and Republican Frank Addivinola have captured their respective party’s nominations in the special election primary for Massachusetts’ 5th Congressional District.
Clark, a state senator from Melrose, will face off against Addivinola, a Boston attorney, in the Dec. 10 special election to fill the U.S. House seat left vacant by Edward Markey’s election to the Senate.
Seven Democrats and three Republicans had battled for the chance to represent the district that includes communities north and west of Boston.
Clark beat fellow Democratic candidates Belmont state Sen. William Brownsberger, Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, former Lexington school committeeman Martin Long, Stoneham resident Paul John Maisano, Ashland state Sen. Karen Spilka and Medford state Rep. Carl Sciortino.
Addivinola defeated fellow Republicans Michael Stopa, a Harvard scientist from Holliston, and Tom Tierney, a veteran from Framingham.
BOSTON (AP) — Voters in Massachusetts’ 5th Congressional District primaries took the first step Tuesday toward filling the U.S. House seat that became vacant when Edward Markey moved to the Senate.
Seven Democrats and three Republicans vied for their respective party nominations, and the state’s top elections official predicted a strong voter turnout in the district, with as many as 120,000 Democrats and 20,000 Republicans casting ballots in the primary elections.
The district stretches from Winthrop and Revere along the coast to communities north and west of Boston including Waltham, Framingham and Medford.
The Democratic candidates include Belmont state Sen. William Brownsberger, Melrose state Sen. Katherine Clark, Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian, former Lexington school committeeman Martin Long, Stoneham resident Paul John Maisano, Ashland state Sen. Karen Spilka and Medford state Rep. Carl Sciortino.
The three Republicans are Boston attorney Frank Addivinola; Michael Stopa, a Harvard scientist from Holliston; and Tom Tierney, a veteran from Framingham.
The election was playing out amid voter frustration over the federal government’s partial shutdown. The Democrats in the race have blamed the impasse on House Republicans who they say are using the shutdown to try to force a delay or changes in the federal health care law. The GOP candidates say blame should also be pinned on the unwillingness of supporters of the law to negotiate.
Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin said the focus on Congress, although largely negative, could still have the effect of drumming up interest in the special primary election.
He also cited the large amount of money spent on advertising in what is a relatively small district geographically.
‘‘You have multiple candidates working a more concentrated area,’’ Galvin said Monday. ‘‘I think that’s going to stimulate a bigger turnout,’’ he said.
Koutoujian held the fundraising edge among the candidates, with more than $690,000 left in cash in his account at the end of September. Clark was next with about $393,000 in her account, including $250,000 of her own money.
Many voters in the district have never known a congressman other than Markey, who served 37 years in the House before winning a special election in June to fill the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Poll were to close at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The winners will compete in a special election Dec. 10.
The Patrick administration reinstated tolls overnight on the western end of the Massachusetts Turnpike, between Interchange 1 in West Stockbridge and the junction of I-291 at Interchange 6 in Springfield.
The state estimates it will collect $12 million from the tolls, money that by law may not be spent on turnpike construction or maintenance east of Interstate 95/Rte. 128.
The state Department of Transportation says the funds could pay for bridge deck replacement and resurfacing, bridge cleaning and painting, and bridge and culvert repairs, as well as service plazas and maintenance depot roof projects.