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.
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.
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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.”
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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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- 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.
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.
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.”
In the race to succeed Edward J. Markey in the US House of Representatives, Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian’s campaign raised more than $600,000 in about three months, a sign of strength as the Oct. 15 special Democratic primary election looms.
From July 1 to Sept. 25, the Waltham Democrat’s campaign raised $610,000, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission, and ended that period with $690,000 in the bank.
The amount of money a candidate raises is a key and very public indication of the campaign’s health, especially so close a decisive election.
Koutoujian and six other Democrats are vying to represent the heavily Democratic district, which lost its Congressman when Markey became a US Senator.
Among the other contenders:
•State Senator Katherine Clark’s campaign pulled in $616,000 over the almost three-month time period, according to campaign manager Brooke Scannell. But that total included a $250,000 loan from the candidate, according to her federal filings. Clark’s effort had $386,000 in the bank on Sept. 25, Scannell said.
•State Representative Carl M. Sciortino’s campaign raised $266,000 during the July 1 to Sept. 25 reporting period mandated by the Federal Election Commission, and had $285,000 in cash on hand on Sept. 25, according to filings.
•State Senator Will Brownsberger’s campaign raised $215,000 during that period and had $239,000in the bank on Sept. 25, according to a campaign aide.
•State Senator Karen Spilka’s campaign raised $208,000 and had only $132,000 in cash on hand on Sept. 25, according to filings.
Also running in the Democratic primary are Paul John Maisano, who works in the construction industry, and Martin Long, an author.
The three Republicans battling for their party’s nomination in the Fifth District: actuary Tom Tierney; Harvard nanophysics researcher Mike Stopa; and businessman and lawyer Frank J. Addivinola Jr.
The special general election will be held Dec. 10.
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Republican candidates in the Fifth Congressional District want to take a seat in the House of Representatives with various goals, including reducing the federal deficit and auduting the nation’s central bank.
Republicans Frank Addivinola Jr., Michael Stopa and Tom Tierney alternately found difference with the national party in approach, and in the party’s stance on taxes.
The three candidates were given one week to respond to questions posed by the News Service. A similar questionnaire was given to the Democratic candidates.
QUESTION: What area of federal government is most in need of reform, and what specific changes would you recommend to improve it?
ADDIVINOLA: The area of government most in need of reform is entitlements. Commonly, the media immediately jumps on a Republican who says this, and marginalizes him/her as a non caring politician. Nothing could be further from the case in my instance. I come from a working class family who worked for everything they had, and I have continually bettered myself through education and hard work. I’d be the first person to lend a hand to a single mother in need, or to reach out to a disabled person with a helping hand or help someone who is out of work or facing other difficulties of life. But no one is ever made more successful, nor is given the self respect needed to be happy, with a hand out. With failed entitlement policy we have created a seemingly permanent class of people who are dependent on government for the essentials of living and seem unable to take the step to personal success, abundance and gratification. We need to create performance based measures for our social welfare programs, to make sure that, by giving, we are really helping. In addition to saving taxpayer money in the long run and shrinking the overall footprint of our government, it will first and foremost create the steps in the ladder of personal success that people in need can utilize so we can become prosperous, caring and giving society.
STOPA: There are many possible answers to this question, but I would put the Federal Reserve at the top of the list and the reform that is necessary is that it be audited.
TIERNEY: The budgeting process is truly out of control. We continue to run up huge annual deficits and few in Congress are willing to do anything about it. It's much easier to "kick the can down the road" and stick future generations with the consequences. We need tax increases now and spending reductions now to solve this problem.
QUESTION: Where have you found disagreement with national Republicans? Please name an instance and explain why you oppose the consensus formed within your party.
ADDIVINOLA: I am most at odds with the National GOP, not in specific policy issues, but in our inability to reach consensus. From my perspective, that task is not conceptually that difficult. It should be evident that our constituents, both Republican, Independent, and mainstream Democrat would be very happy with a party that dedicated itself to reducing waste, fraud, abuse and duplication. It is clear that those same people would be happier with less government intrusion into areas of their lives that is not required to maintain the national security. We, on both sides of the aisle, have lost the confidence of the American people because we don’t address the issues that affect people’s everyday lives. Giving people “things” offers a short term benefit quickly forgotten. Affording people opportunity creates greater success and long term happiness. You cannot regulate opportunity, nor can you legislate innovation. Opportunity and innovation drive this economy, create jobs and provide the platform for individual success and overall happiness. We need to coalesce around these issues first.
STOPA: The question assumes that there exists a single voice of the Republican Party. Just as in life, there are many voices that make up the voice of this nation. And all of those voices must be heard. Nothing is more contrary to Democracy than a monolithic approach to problem solving. H.L. Menken once said that, “For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." Republicans in Massachusetts expect certain positions from their leadership that may differ from those of Republicans in Texas. What every Republican should demand, what every American should demand, is leadership and courage of convictions.
My goal in Washington is to elevate the level of discourse. As Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” This applies without regard to party lines or ideologies. The House of Representatives is a great deliberative body worthy of such an approach. My 19 years of marriage tell me that one should not expect to get everything we want out of a negotiation and that compromise is imperative. But that compromise is based upon mutual respect and solid conviction. It is a two way street. Name calling and gross characterizations may be useful to generate sound bites but it is no way to work together to resolve the great issues that face our nation and indeed the world.
TIERNEY: I disagree with the Republication insistence that the Bush-Cheney tax cuts should continue. Their enactment was a mistake since the expected "trickle down" never occurred - - the rich just got richer; the poor got poorer; and our annual Federal deficit and our accumulated National debt have just exploded out of sight.
We need two-step tax reform: First, we should return immediately to the Year 2000 Clinton-Gringrich tax rates; and Second, we need a complete re-write of the Internal Revenue Code.