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Water main break closes Wayland Middle School

January 16, 2014 11:14 AM

Wayland Middle School is closed today due to a water main break, according to Wayland Public Schools superintendent Dr. Paul Stein.

"The timing was not ideal and students were arriving as we were just figuring all of this out, so a decision was very quickly made to move them directly to the field house at the high school," Stein said.

Most students were picked up by parents at Wayland High School by 8:30 a.m.

Stein expects the middle school to be open tomorrow.

"After talking to the facilities folks, they do expect to work around the clock and have it ready by tomorrow," Stein said.

Wayland Fire Chief Vincent Smith said the fire department was notified of the break by the Department of Public Works at 6:51 a.m.

Maggie Quick can be reached at

Wayland Winter Farmers' Market begins Jan. 11

January 6, 2014 02:27 PM

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Escape grey skies and cold weather by visiting the Wayland Winter Farmers' Market, which is kicking off its fifth season Saturday, Jan. 11 at Russell's Garden Center, 397 Boston Post Road.

Fresh greens, root vegetables, cheese, eggs, beef, lamb, pork, chicken, honey, beeswax products, maple syrup, and wine, all from local farms, will be for sale. Baked goods, fresh pasta, sauces, jelly, bagels, pickles, salsa, olive oil, lobster, and fish will also be featured. Hot coffee, tea, fresh juice and many prepared foods will be available for shoppers to enjoy in the greenhouse.

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Special events for the season include Massachusetts Farm Wineries Day Feb. 1, New England Farm Cheese Day March 8, and two Farm Fiber Days (yarn and fiber) Jan. 25 & Feb. 22. Details for workshops, author appearances and free demos can be found on the 'Wayland Winter Farmers' Market' Facebook page.

The market is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through March 15.

For more information, call 508-358-2283, ext. 336, or email

Maggie Quick can be reached at

Massachusetts hunting, fishing licenses for 2014 available

November 30, 2013 04:48 PM

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

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.

Donate a Christmas tree to a military family through Mahoney's

November 22, 2013 03:21 PM



Troops at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri thank those who participated in the Trees for Troops program. The simple gesture of buying a tree means much more to a military family who faces incredible challenges each day.

Mahoney's Garden Centers is selling Trees for Troops trees to provide Christmas cheer for military families this holiday season.

The trees, which cost $24.50, can be bought in stores, online, or through a hotline at 781-721-4691. Last year, Mahoney's donated 1,500 trees. This year's goal is 2,000, according to marketing manager Natalie Decker.

“The program has become a deeply-rooted holiday tradition for Mahoney’s and the surrounding communities,” Decker said in a press release. “Thanks to the generous support of our patrons, we’re proud to announce that Mahoney’s has become the top contributor of trees in North America and received the Industry Spirit Award this past summer from the Trees for Troops program.”

Customers can add holiday greetings for the families to donate with the trees. The program ends on Dec. 1, when Mahoney's will chop trees from its Nova Scotia farm. The trees will be distributed to troops and families on military bases around the world by the Trees for Troops program and FedEx.

This year, Mahoney's trees will be sent to the east coast, including the Coast Guard Station in Chatham.

Mahoney's has locations in Winchester, Chelmsford, Tewksbury, Falmouth, Brighton, Osterville, Concord and Wayland.

Shandana Mufti can be reached at

Hanscom Field at issue in Nov. 21 forum in Lexington

November 14, 2013 10:18 AM
Hanscom Field at issue Nov. 21 (via Your Arlington)

  Representative Jay Kaufman's award-winning public-policy forum, Open House, brings another important topic for area residents, the role that Hanscom Field and Hanscom Air Force Base play in the community and state. It is set for Thursday, Nov. 21…

Obama coming to Weston tonight to raise cash and enjoy Red Sox cookies

October 30, 2013 10:53 AM

President Obama is expected tonight to raise money at a reception and dinner in Weston, with about 60 high-powered, moneyed attendees planning to fill Democratic coffers.

The event is being hosted by longtime Democratic fundraiser Alan D. Solomont and his wife, Susan. Guests will be served Spanish-influenced fare in honor of Solomont’s post as US ambassador to Spain, which he completed in August. For dessert? Red Sox cookies.

Among those expected to attend are House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi; Governor Deval Patrick; Ken Burns, the director of acclaimed documentaries; Representative Steve Israel, who is chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee; Swanee Hunt, former US ambassador to Austria; and retired US Navy admiral James Stavridis.

Also expected are several members of Congress, including John Tierney, of Salem; Niki Tsongas, of Lowell; and David Cicilline, of Rhode Island. Former congressman Barney Frank is also planning to attend, according to a DCCC aide.

It’s the fifth fundraiser that Obama has held in the 2014 cycle for the DCCC. Ticket prices ranged from $16,200 per person to $64,800 per couple. The DCCC would not say how much Obama expected to raise in total.

Solomont is the former US ambassador to Spain, serving from January 2010 until August 2013. He will start in January as the dean of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts.

Solomont has for decades been a prominent Democratic fundraiser and his home has hosted the party’s luminaries. Bill and Hillary Clinton have partied at their home, as did Senator Edward M. Kennedy, John Kerry, Dick Gephardt, and Tom Daschle.

When Obama walks into his house, he will be able to view a mixture of paintings and Grateful Dead memorabilia. He could also peruse Solomont’s collection of autographs, which includes a 1794 document signed by Samuel Adams, letters from Eleanor Roosevelt, a letter signed by President Harry Truman, and an autograph and photo of Jack Kerouac.

Or, if he’s so inclined, Solomont could also show the president the House Judiciary committee’s roll-call vote on President Nixon’s impeachment.

Obama will attend the fundraiser after he delivers a health care speech at historic Faneuil Hall. He is scheduled to head to the airport after the fundraiser, leaving about an hour before the first pitch is thrown at Fenway to start Game 6 of the World Series.

Asked at the end of a White House briefing on Tuesday whether Obama would be staying in Boston for the game, press secretary (and die-hard Red Sox fan) Jay Carney said, “No, ma’am.”

Matt Viser can be reached at This post first appeared on the Political Intelligence blog.

Fun ways to celebrate Halloween west of Boston

October 20, 2013 12:27 PM

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

-- 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

-- 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 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

-- 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

-- 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

-- 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

-- 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

-- 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

-- 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

Clark, Addivinola win their party primaries in races to replace Ed Markey

October 15, 2013 09:45 PM

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.

Voters head to the polls in primary race to succeed Ed Markey in Congress

October 15, 2013 03:11 PM

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.

House Speaker Deleo endorses Peter Koutoujian in race for Congress

October 9, 2013 08:29 AM

In the latest chapter among seven rivals battling for endorsements and attention, Democratic congressional candidate Peter Koutoujian today picked up the backing of House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo.

Koutoujian, the Middlesex sheriff and a former state lawmaker, faces six rivals in the Oct. 15 Democratic primary. Many of the other Democrats have won other endorsements as well.

"I know how important it is for a district to have a strong dedicated and intelligent representative always willing to do what is in the best interest of his or her constituents,” DeLeo said in a statement released by Koutoujian's campaign. “Peter will be that person for the Fifth Congressional District. Peter has proven to be a leader on issues important to the fifth district , including issues relating to working families, health care, women's rights, seniors and protection against gun violence. This is why I am proud to endorse my friend Peter Koutoujian for Congress."

The Democratic candidates appeared at a forum Tuesday night, as each seeks to stand out in the crowded field.

“You have a hard choice. We all sound the same,” said State Senator Karen Spilka of Ashland, noting the Democratic candidates’ uniform support for abortion rights, increased federal gun control measures, and other touchstone liberal agenda items.

Other candidates have also picked up endorsements over the course of the campaign.

EMILY’s List, a well-funded national group that supports women who back abortion rights, is backing Sen. Katherine Clark.

State Rep. Carl Sciortino won the backing of some liberal Congressmen, and Spilka and Koutoujian gained the support of a number of organized labor groups and local elected officials.

DeLeo and Koutoujian plan to campaign this morning in Winthrop, the campaign said.

“From standing strong together against gun violence at the start of my days in the State House to making sure every hospital in Massachusetts provided emergency contraception to women who needed it, Speaker DeLeo has seen firsthand the issues that I care about, and the values at my core,” said Koutoujian. “I am proud to have his support.”

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