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Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Nicholas Arzio April 23, 2014 at 11:36 pm
Beef cake!
Sunny in SD April 23, 2014 at 11:49 pm
Starting the diabetes early........
Socrates Cee April 24, 2014 at 12:24 am
Now that is something. Imagine how big this baby will be in a couple of years. He probably won'tRead More even fit through a regular door!
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NH citizen April 24, 2014 at 07:34 am
If you think about how much crime we have these days, it is only natural to want to defend yourselfRead More - especially if you are a little older and would not be able to physically defend yourself. Plain and simple - they broke in and he defended himself. He would not have known if they were armed, if there were more people outside that would come in or whether they would try to take his gun and shoot him! Would this be such an issue of the thieves were 2 men or older, etc? NOPE!!!!!!!!
Vindaloo April 24, 2014 at 07:41 am
His intent was to kill, not to protect himself. Otherwise he would have took them down then calledRead More 911. No need at all for the subsequent shots. he's an angry. disturbed killer.
Brandon April 24, 2014 at 07:50 am
It was self defense they had no business intruding; however this guy took it way to far. TeenagersRead More will kill you. I was robbed at gunpoint by two teens. Don't under estimate teens.
The Fluffernutter could become the official state sandwich. Patch File Photo
stormy April 23, 2014 at 10:30 am
Personally, I always needed Jelly, instead of Peanut Buttler on my fluffernutter... it was tooRead More sticky otherwise.
Ron Swanson April 23, 2014 at 12:54 pm
Lots of important things going on. One being Russia slowly taking over portions of the UkraineRead More under false pretenses of "protecting Russian speaking residents from aggression by a US backed terrorist regime", and we get stories on peanut butter and fluff.
Waverly Watchdog April 23, 2014 at 03:50 pm
The Fluffernutter SHOULD be the symbol of Massachusetts POLITICIANS at all levels. - - - They wasteRead More time on FLUFF and NUTTERY. - - - But, perhaps, it is not entirely the pols fault. The lapdog media must share part of the blame. - - - A case in point: This stupid story made Patch, but hugely wasteful public works projects and gross public sector union contracts are never mentioned. - - - But the pols know perfectly well they will NEVER be held to account for ANYTHING, because they can distract the media and the public with nonsense like a state sandwich. - - - I think we should have a 'state horses anatomy part'. I leave it to the reader to figure out WHICH part I'd suggest... HINT: Look under the tail.
Westford Academy. Credit: Patch
Westford Insider April 23, 2014 at 09:58 pm
Are any of the WA teachers going to be rated exemplary this year? Maybe that's why WA is down in theRead More ratings a bit...
Sam April 24, 2014 at 07:25 am
Ya gotta love disgruntled teachers. The sky is falling, the sky is falling.... 2 1/2 overrideRead More needed....Work to rule..... property values down.....drugs out of control....no exemplary ratings.....SC members must go.....teachers leaving at record rates.....pay higher in other towns.... Did I miss anything?
Julie C. April 24, 2014 at 07:44 am
It's easy to see from the US News rankings that Westford Academy is lagging in "collegeRead More readiness" which is measured by the number of seniors taking and passing AP courses. Only about 40% of WA seniors are taking an AP course. Other high schools have much higher AP participation rates. So the question is "why are fewer WA seniors taking AP courses?" The answer may lie in the "senior internship" program. Kids in this program essentially get out of classes for six weeks from the beginning of April to mid-May. There were approximately 175 students participating in 2010 and now 290 students participating in 2014. It's not easy for kids who are doing the internship program to take AP courses since they miss a good chunk of school right before the AP exams. The talk among students is "if you take an AP course, you can't do an internship." And what senior doesn't want to do an internship to get out of classes in early April? I'm sure there is also peer pressure to do an internship since the majority of the senior class won't be in school. The program snowballed fairly quickly. So compared to its counterparts, WA has a less academically rigorous profile. And so it falls in the rankings.
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dee marie April 24, 2014 at 05:45 am
wow. almost all of these comments are so obviously written by woman haters, the kind of men andRead More women that just cannot stand to see a woman in a position of authority. i have just one question for all of you who think you have all the stats on Ms. Clinton, can any of you name the politician that was held responsible for the thousands of lives lost from Ground Zero? You want to talk about fools in government? Remember, this was not the first attack on the World Trade Center? Who let it happen? shame on all of you and your so called facts. your behavior is apparent. feeling sorry for all the women, young and old, who are part of your families. i bet you don't even let them vote or drive cars
Kevin April 24, 2014 at 06:45 am
dee marie,I love women. Im married to one.It's corrupt,duplicitous woman I don't like. Nice try.
Mike April 24, 2014 at 07:36 am
It's hilarious to read the unwarranted, seething hatred displayed here for Hilary Clinton. I meanRead More I really despised your president shrubbery but I didn't make a fool out of myself, going on message boards and calling him a dirty bastard. You people need to get over yourselves and get a hobby other than hating for the sake of hating. You'll live a longer life!
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Michael Anthony Satterwhite April 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm
This is a great article. If your financial institution has guarantees on fraudulent charges and theyRead More try to stick you with the bill or change certain terms and conditions without consideration or notice, make sure you seek legal advice from an attorney. It is very important that you check your credit report annually. You can check your credit report for free on the website mandated under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which can be found at www.annualcreditreport.com.
Steve Marino April 24, 2014 at 07:35 am
Acid? Or magic mushrooms?
Steve Marino April 24, 2014 at 07:42 am
So if I get this straight, most republicans are the great business minds in this country, as wellRead More as hard working tax payers, and the majority of the people that support Obama and Clinton have their hands out waiting for the tax dollars of the people that made that happen for them. And these are the people you call minions and weak minds? Do you even read the things you say before posting them? I'm guessing its magic mushrooms that you two are on.
malcolm nichols April 24, 2014 at 07:55 am
I don't think she can run but maybe she can waddle.
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Steven Oathkeeper April 23, 2014 at 09:09 pm
Like the video game has something to do with it, who writes this rubbish? Next they will be sayingRead More is a shooter and we here to grab all your guns. As if. ~OathkeeprOne. constitution before corrupt govt.
mplo April 24, 2014 at 03:51 am
What kind of a stupid, malicious idiot would pull that sort of a prank? I agree that the kid whoRead More made the phone call to the SWAT team about his opposing video games player was a sore loser, which is why he did that, but he should be criminally prosecuted, made to pay the bill, and perhaps do some community service in order to pay off that big bill. Hopefully, that kid will learn a lesson if he is prosecuted for his prank, which he should be.
nascarblue April 24, 2014 at 07:24 am
this "to me" is not funny, the swat teams are used for serious issues, hostage taking,Read More etc. to have a swat team called to a home behind a video game is stupid, these swat members are trained to save lives, etc. to be called to a home behind a video game is not funny, what happens if a REAL call comes in and swat is needed there, I hope they catch the idiot that called swat and he gets what he/she deserves
Photo Credit: Mark Garfinkel, Boston Herald
MoonBeamWatcher April 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm
How goes that kidnaping of Justina shaping up? Held in solitary confinement, no school or church!Read More Has she been murdered by DCF yet? ACLU your silence is deafening!
Susan Petroni (Editor) April 23, 2014 at 12:48 am
This was the last report we post on Justina:Read More http://framingham.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/easter-service-protest-held-outside-wayside-sunday
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 01:52 am
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Porter gladstone April 24, 2014 at 02:08 am
yep monkey---most homes have electricity. Guess hillbillys paying people still? didnt thinkRead More there were that many idiots out there who dont wire their homes?
Love All April 24, 2014 at 06:54 am
TO THE EDITOR....I'm seriously disappointed by the removal of peoples comments overnight.... If youRead More cannot see the flow and context of comments made,, how is one supposed to understand the comments you read? The young man, Black Panther was defending himself and his position in the face of raw bigotry and you removed that?? When you invite unfettered comments from people on a forum such as this,, CENSORSHIP HAS NO PLACE. You either put on your big boy/girl panties and allow Free Speech to run it's course,,, of you SHUT THIS DOWN. I'm so surprised at your actions. Not good!
A screenshot from candidate's night. Credit: Westford CAT
Sam April 23, 2014 at 08:08 pm
We know how Don will vote on the Flea Market. The Kiwanis, as much good as they do, use the town inRead More the same manner.
Steven Sadowski April 23, 2014 at 09:54 pm
Sam: I agree. There is an odd connection between the 1 st Parish Church and that Common. Many ofRead More the people involved at that church are also involved in the town govt. Not trying to sound like Alex Jones but there is an uncanny connection between personalities and activities organized around the Common.
Sam April 24, 2014 at 07:18 am
It's not odd, just blatant.
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
Tamara April 24, 2014 at 12:18 am
Many articles on CC not being validated, and reducing standards and achievement - not the other wayRead More around... http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=7bf08782-fe34-49d9-ba23-f95e21905f04&c=d6f00600-ac37-11e3-8bb0-d4ae528ed502&ch=d7b7c2d0-ac37-11e3-8bc0-d4ae528ed502
Gary Tobin April 24, 2014 at 07:49 am
--About Content and Quality Fact: Adopting common standards means bringing all states’Read More standards down to a mediocre common denominator. This means that states with high standards are actually taking a step backwards by adopting the Common Core. Common Core addresses remediation at the college level by demanding college credit for college level remedial courses, rather than preparing high school students for authentic college-level work. Fact: The Common Core State Standards are not internationally benchmarked, and no study in a Common Core appendix shows that they are. Fact: Common Core focuses chiefly on skills in English language arts and dictates specific, sometimes experimental, pedagogical practices in mathematics and English language arts. While the standards do not provide a clear definition of college and career readiness, the lead mathematics standards-writer has indicated that students passing its mathematics college-readiness test will be ready for community and non-selective colleges. Fact: The standards do not enable students to complete Algebra I in the 8th grade. Common Core explicitly places Algebra I in grade 9. Grade 8 in Common Core mathematics is a useless placeholder. Fact: Key mathematics topics appear in the wrong grade or are missing in Common Core. As the lead mathematics standards-writer acknowledged in 2010, Common Core does not prepare students for STEM or selective colleges. Having different standards in different states that cover topics at different grade levels does not seem to hurt Australia or Canada, or other top-performing countries that have significantly varying progressions across provinces. Fact: The standards are mostly vague descriptions of skills. The document does not contain a recommended title or author list. The standards rarely contain examples of specific texts to give teachers a reference point for grade level difficulty. Fact: English teachers will teach literary texts for about 50% of their reading instructional time and “informational” selections from science and social studies for the other 50% at all grade levels. It is not possible for most secondary teachers in other subjects to teach reading and writing in addition to the content of these subjects. Fact: The standards de-emphasize the study of fiction/literature. Over 50% of the reading standards in the English language arts at each grade level is for informational or nonfiction reading. http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/claims-and-facts-about-common-core/?utm_source=Common+Core+Validation+Apr+23+2014&utm_campaign=Common+Core+Val+April+23+2014&utm_medium=email
Gary Tobin April 24, 2014 at 07:50 am
--About The Process Fact: No teachers were involved in writing the standards. No teachers haveRead More claimed responsibility for any of the ELA standards. The entire development process was non-transparent; there are no public records showing comments and suggestions received, or any actions taken or changes made. Fact: The standards are not based on research or evidence. The curriculum study of high-performing countries on TIMSS covered only grade 1 to grade 8. The NAEP frameworks for assessing mathematics, reading, and writing are not for curriculum in English language arts. The reading document explicitly indicates this. --About Implementation Fact: The standards tell teachers what kinds of texts to teach in English language arts—i.e., how to organize their classroom curricula—and in mathematics how to approach teaching geometry, for example. Fact: Teachers are being left to implement the standards with little support or guidance. That is why they are asking for a moratorium on Common Core in many states. Fact: The standards are being implemented through No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and newer federal programs, signifying that the federal government will be leading them. Flexibility waivers from NCLB, granted by the federal government to over 40 states, effectively require states to use Common Core standards. Fact: Most states committed to the Common Core State Standards as part of the Race to the Top grant application. In return, they were supposed to be given evidence of international benchmarking for these standards. However, they have not been given the names of these countries or crosswalks showing comparisons of standards at each grade level. Fact: These standards are intended to lead to a national curriculum for our schools. Bill Gates has said so explicitly. Further, the standards contain explicit guidelines for the amount of time to be allotted to informational reading, use an experimental approach to teaching Euclidean geometry, and expect all students in a class to be taught to the same set of standards for the entire academic year. No acceleration is encouraged or desired. Fact: The Common Core State Standards initiative has never been state-led, and states are not finding it easy to withdraw from the commitments made by their state boards of education, governors, and commissioners of education. In addition, plans are already being made to eliminate local school boards in favor of regional school boards controlled by the federal government. The federal government will monitor what states do through its waiver-granting process and the Common Core-based assessments developed by the federally-funded assessment consortia. No mechanism exists for revising Common Core’s standards. Fact: The assessments based on the Common Core State Standards are intended to result in a national database on all students. While the standards do not in themselves require data collection, data are to be collected as part of administering the Common Core assessments, and the consortia are legally obligated to transfer individual student-level data to the federal government. http://pioneerinstitute.org/download/claims-and-facts-about-common-core/?utm_source=Common+Core+Validation+Apr+23+2014&utm_campaign=Common+Core+Val+April+23+2014&utm_medium=email
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 02:39 pm
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
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Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 06:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
Pat Mcloughlin April 23, 2014 at 01:27 pm
Sorry, Autistic boy, but there are a multitude of crimes here. These so called 'friends' abused youRead More terribly ~ called 'bullying', & that alone cannot be tolerated. Then, there is animal cruelty involved, another terrible crime, plus, harassment of all kinds, leudness, & who knows what else. These 'friends' need to be charged & made aware of the seriousness of their deeds, punished accordingly & helped through proper mental councelling.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 05:49 pm
It is probly the parents that want to drop the charges, not the boy. They shouldn't. I don'tRead More know why they would want to drop the charges.