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Max April 20, 2014 at 06:55 am
I think it is spelled "Westford". lol
Tony Schinella (Editor) April 20, 2014 at 09:22 am
Indeed it is. That's what I get for rushing. Thanks for pointing it out.
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Status Quo April 20, 2014 at 11:18 pm
Gretchen Robinson April 20, 2014 at 10:36 PM... non sequitur.
Sean Alexander April 20, 2014 at 11:30 pm
absolutely her rights were denied, if i have to drive behind cars with their fish stickers, and godRead More is good bumper stickers, than a woman has a right to display her choice to be an atheist
Pati beardsley April 20, 2014 at 11:46 pm
Her rights were violated. If "I" have to look at all the jesus propaganda, then I shouldRead More be able to voice my right to free speech. While I would never choose such a plate for fear that my car would get vandalized, I totally support this woman's right to request it.
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Cori Ryan April 20, 2014 at 03:29 pm
Can someone who understands electricity please explain the following quote, because I think that ifRead More I turn off my faucet no water gets used, but perhaps this dues not work with electricity: "75 percent of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off"
Srpska dobrovoljačka garda April 20, 2014 at 08:07 pm
Cori last i knew that TV (before plasma and l.e.d) used some power so it turned on faster than theRead More older warm up styles back in the 70's. Hot water tanks that are electric clearly keep the water warm all the time so thus use electricity as needed. Digital clocks, that off light on your PS3 ETC. As far as 75 percent? I don't think the amps draw is that high.
KarenL April 20, 2014 at 08:35 pm
"Vampire" draw or standby power. Devices that are designed to power on instantly, or thatRead More are waiting for a remote signal, will draw power even when "off". Things that have a clock, but not a battery to run the clock (our microwave oven and coffee maker are examples). I unplug a number of things that I don't use multiple times a day to stop them from drawing power unnecessarily, but there are still many "vampires" in our house. Google vampire energy use or standby power to get a list of examples.
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Liz Pierce April 20, 2014 at 07:46 am
here's an easter tip....if you or your family wants a rabbit, get it from a shelter. and keep it forRead More life. there is a great website called rabbit.org with all sorts of information about taking care of house rabbits. happy easter!
Marilyn Berger April 20, 2014 at 06:47 pm
The singing priest is a breath of spring We need more of that . It was very respectful
J. Parker April 20, 2014 at 07:30 pm
Absolutely unique, and I loved it !
sheila Loayza April 20, 2014 at 10:58 pm
Great gift. Beautiful voice!
Madeline Falcone, a junior from Westford in Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Hotel & Restaurant Management program, serves lunch to local homeless veterans and staff members of Disabled American Veterans recently at the school. Courtesy
Anna Bucciarelli April 20, 2014 at 07:59 am
What a wonderful thing to do. Praise for this couple. (Had lunch at The Elegant Chef for the firstRead More time this week and was very impressed with not only the food but the service.) It will be my go-to place whenever I feel like a lunch out. Nashoba Tech should be very proud ... a very special place, plenty of smiles from the adorable "staff".
Steven Sadowski April 20, 2014 at 09:18 am
So glad to see people giving from their hearts for causes that move them. This is true charity.
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Daniel Derezinski April 20, 2014 at 01:22 pm
How and why is this local news, we don't care about CA idiots
Stu Pidasso April 20, 2014 at 03:03 pm
typical! should we expect anything less??? self sterilization is a great idea!!
Steve Holton April 20, 2014 at 08:34 pm
Stupid Is as Stupid Does!
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linda pearl April 19, 2014 at 04:27 pm
Why is this trending again, when this took place last year, basically.... Between getting hit atRead More Target and Micheal's, I had to change my debit card twice in a very short period of time.
Buzz April 20, 2014 at 08:17 am
Hit by this one, too. And this time my card has already been used for a fraudulent purchase. Rec'dRead More the bill the same day this breach was announced.
Joe Sousa April 20, 2014 at 08:01 pm
The majority is done by employes in the company. Use cash and be free of the fraud.
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Snow April 19, 2014 at 06:10 pm
Ok........lots of happy people here. When my children were young we hid eggs in the yard for theirRead More hunt. One dog used to collect them before we went outside and put them on his bed, smelling the candy inside. Kids learned to trade dog treats to get their eggs back. A different kind of egg hunt- and I miss that dog.
Robert L. Cerra April 19, 2014 at 09:58 pm
hey hey hey -Didn't you get the message -dogs have rights too, the Supreme Crt should be rulingRead More on his soon. We need Al Gore to make us a documentary about the new meaning of puppy love then he can sell us dog food instead of energy credits.
Joe Veno April 20, 2014 at 07:41 am
Lighten up folks this is a story about keeping animals safe not a bitch session !
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Igor April 19, 2014 at 07:18 pm
I love the people who have nothing to add to the conversation so they throw either Obama or gunRead More control in. Either subject are worth debating at another time. But this conversation has nothing to do with either.
Karen April 20, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Psychopaths and Sociopaths abound today! This is really sick news!
Nola Loper April 20, 2014 at 08:56 pm
This is a really tragic story. It scares me. I work with several young people who put video gamesRead More ahead of their kids. They get the big earned income tax credit checks, buy game consoles, big screen tvs, games up the ying yang. Their kids get yard sale flip flops, wear torn under sized clothes. They give their kids cough syrup to put them to sleep and stay up playing games. I pray no of them would ever do this.
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Tyler Jozefowicz April 18, 2014 at 04:14 pm
Tax exempt government bonds are offered in the marketplace, retired over their terms, 15,20, 30Read More years with interest, tax free income. Offered on the bond market, just like Chelmsford's sewer project was funded,like all long-term projects are funded.
Paul John Maisano April 19, 2014 at 07:13 am
Hi Folks, Did we forget about the huge gasoline tax passed over a year ago?? It's about time weRead More start to repair the Commonwealths failing decaying infrastructure with such funds, rather than continue to balance the state annual budget deficit. Carry on, Paul Maisano
Ken B. April 19, 2014 at 11:52 am
Yep, It's not bad enough that MA was already #1 in the country for debt per capita, let's make itRead More worse ! What a pork barrel waste of money. The best one is $325 million to expand South Station (why ?) and rename it the Dukakis Transportation Center. How appropriate, a boondoggle named after another inept demo governor !
134 Coles Pond Road, East Dennis. Credit: Zillow.
Joe Viglione April 19, 2014 at 07:45 am
Gee, only 5.5 million for the one in Beverly. What IS in the library? Books better be of someRead More value!
Snow April 19, 2014 at 06:52 pm
Those 12 fireplaces might all have a gold brick or two.
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Julie the Jarhead April 19, 2014 at 08:27 am
People, remember -- There are FOUR subway lines that go into the Downtown Crossing / Back Bay area.Read More You don't HAVE to take the Green Line. The ORANGE line goes to Back Bay Station, and it's pretty centrally located. Also, consider watching the Marathon from a less-populated area, such as Framingham / Newton / Needham. The runner will appreciate it, and so will the security folks.
Heather A. McDonald April 19, 2014 at 09:36 am
Newton -home of Heartbreak Hill & Boston College is a very popular / exciting locale to cheer onRead More the runners- youll be disappointed if you go to Needham as it is not on the marathon route - Wellesley yes!
Julie the Jarhead April 19, 2014 at 09:00 pm
Good catch, Heather. My map skills leave a bit to be desired. I never went on hikes when I was inRead More the service. ;)
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jan sultan April 19, 2014 at 09:14 am
Im with those of us who want local news or no news from the Patch. Really, how did this happen?Read More How do we bring pressure to this? Vote with our feet?
Omar Monroe April 20, 2014 at 07:29 am
Lol @ Tony Jones
Kc Heller April 20, 2014 at 09:11 pm
that's why he has that smirk on his face............ iq of 10
“You're going to shut your mouth or I'm going to have some duct tape put on it," Judge John McBain told Camia Gamet during her sentencing Wednesday. (Screenshot: WJBK Video)
William Denton April 20, 2014 at 06:51 am
No one knows if she has PTSD from abuse brought on by boyfriend and just maybe she needs help notRead More punishment.
Kevin April 20, 2014 at 01:02 pm
No William,what she needs is about 50000 volts of electricity.Fry the fat yom up nice and crispy.
David Greenberg April 20, 2014 at 01:39 pm
So what you're saying william is that anyone who comes along and claims "PTSD",Read More "ABUSE", blah, blah blah should get a free pass? Why have laws then? The whole concept of making something a criminal act is that we want to discourage it from happening in the first place, by putting deterrents into effect. One such deterrent is PRISON, another is the Death Penalty. If this person was being abused, she had options BEFORE coming to this point - for whatever reason, she make a decision to kill someone, and a Jury of her peers determined her guilt. So off to jail she goes - hopefully FOREVER.
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Don Siriani April 21, 2014 at 01:08 am
Dan D - always good questions. The Public Input Sessions would be twice each year and the onlyRead More business on the Selectmen's agenda will be to engage residents. The town of Chelmsford adopted this several years ago and it works. On my proposed Westford Budget Box website, first the cost to us for this tool is ZERO. We can get this in the hands of Westford taxpayers. The budget details are driven by the line-items for each department so you will be able to click on a box and it will drill down to deeper levels of specifics for each account. -----------> On senior and veteran issues. I have know our Veterans Agent, Terry, for many years, long before he became the Vets Agent. He is a great man and an excellent ally for our veterans. Mass. has the best veterans bennifits of any state in the nation. In fact, we just expanded the Valor Act to include more support. Across the state we learn that many veterans don't know about the benefits that are designed to help them. My wife Debi runs the Chelmsford Senior Center, many years ago she started a free monthly veterans breakfast in Chelmsford. At first, few came but as word got around that there was a place where veterans could come, not just for a free mean, but for the camaraderie and friendship of others who wore the uniform it became, and continues to be, a very popular gathering of about 80 people every month. Similarly, there are great programs available for seniors. I also know Joanne Shehan, the Cameron Senior Center Director. She and her staff do a great job, I have volunteered there many times. I teach poker to seniors at area senior centers among other things I do to help out at the centers. My group, the Westford Kiwanis has been having cookouts and giving money for service projects that help elders for a long time. The Circuit Breaker is still the best kept secret out there. I have been organizing events and meetings for 15 years and each and every time I have put one together I still find new people that have never heard of it or did not think it was available to them. I have been tracking the data for every town, 351 of them, since the law took effect. We have just a bit more than 300 seniors in Westford that have been getting money from the state each year. I know that there a many seniors in town that could qualify for up to $1,000 this year alone. I have brought Department of Revenue staff out of Boston and into senior centers for more than a decade. These folks know the tax law and how to connect seniors with program. The form itself is just 1 sheet of paper and the math is straight up easy. I have the form and a brochure that I made if you want more info. --------------> On the economic development and regional work, the answers to your questions are right there in the plan. I specifically named two groups that actually exist that do exactly the kind of things that can help Westford. Why are we not partnering with the Route 3 Coalition? They are moving forward successfully securing grant money and building alliances that we are not party too - I want Westford to not always go it alone. I helped to put together the 495 Initiative back in the 90's by reaching out to area chambers of commerce, non-profits, local governments, large industry leaders, and others to build regional advantages that just can't be secured by one town alone.
Don Siriani April 21, 2014 at 01:22 am
Vincent - when I posted in the comments section of this post about my plan on April 19, 2014 atRead More 02:20 PM it was not addressed to you. When I answer someone's question I put there name first so they know I am addressing them specifically. This is my blog here on the Patch, this post is about my plan for Westford. I am the only candidate that has put out a plan that addresses the topics that people have talked to me about. On the 19th I posted each point of the plan and asked this forum, if they agreed of disagreed with the intent of each point of the plan. If you want to talk about kindergarten or anything else, you can create your on blog and perhaps people will engage. If you want to post here, I am OK with that, I would just ask you to not act as if I am being unreasonable for bringing the topic back to the Westford plan and asking for input from everyone here. Why not re-read your post from April 19, 2014 at 07:31 PM and match that up with the way I conduct myself here or anywhere I go in Westford. I am open to criticism, I am the first time candidate in this race, not everyone knows my background in this town, what I have done. But, it's my responsibility to explain what I want to do, how it can be done, and why other people will come out ahead for it.
Don Siriani April 21, 2014 at 01:51 am
Dan D - I appreciate that you find my plans laudable, you also express reservation that they areRead More words only. You wrote - [ Lots of fine, laudable statements, but, to be blunt, I haven't seen anything beyond fine, laudable statements. ] Well, I have served Westford for a very long time, first as a school committee member and also as a volunteer for many groups in town. You have been around here for a while, you know people that actually know me, I know for a fact that you do. Ask if I am a man of my word, ask if I have helped raise tens of thousands of dollars for Westford's kids, seniors, scouts, students, musicians and others. I have always kept a low-profile, I haven't done one thing as a volunteer because I thought it would help me. When I became a candidate I needed to let people know more about me. While it cuts against my grain to point at things that I have been involved with, I have too. I haven't even mentioned many of my community service work here or even on my own website. I have helped harvest invasive plants - yes it is a real problem, was a founding member of the Westford Winter Funfest with the great folks at the Roudenbush, help with Graniteville Pride cleanups, I have worked along with WASA to support the amazing work they do for our kids, I support the Westford Pipe and Drum, Girl Scouts, I host the Battle of the Bands each year with Westford Community Access TV and give out cash prizes to every band - local kids. If you haven't seen anything beyond laudable statements I want to invite you to look again. Can we have Open Public Input Sessions - put me on the Board and I will push for them. Can we join forces with area towns and area economic development groups, yes we can and I have lots of experience in doing these things. I also helped to set up the 128 Initiative that coordinated local business around the Waltham area for employee transportation, regional tourism, better coordination with businesses and local governments etc. I have done these things - successfully. For Veterans and Seniors - I have conceived of ideas, on my own, and then written the bills and pushed until they became laws in many policy areas including for seniors and veterans. I not only helped to write the Circuit Breaker, I helped to write changes to it over the last 15 years that made it available to more people by catching up to the property valuation threshold, now set at $700,000, and income levels. Laudable, fine with me, this is a key part of my plan and again, I have a track record on this too.