Saturday, February 16, 2013
A settlement reached between the JRC and the Commonwealth in 1987 has allowed the continued use of aversive therapies, according to a recent news statement.
Sen. Brian Joyce (D-Milton) on Friday supported a move by Gov. Deval Patrick in filing a motion to vacate a court order that's been in place for more than 25 years allowing the Judge Rotenberg Center in Canton to use what have been deemed as aversive therapies like electric shock treatment on disabled children. “The governor has always been an ally when it comes to protecting these severely disabled children from the JRC’s barbaric practices,” Joyce said in a statement Friday afternoon. “This comes on the heels of the FDA’s meeting with the JRC over their use of GED shock devices that have not even been approved for use but are strapped to disabled children right now administering painful skin shocks for simple misbehaviors. It is time …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Do you agree with the governor's decision or was it too drastic?
All non-emergency drivers were ordered off the roads on Friday when Gov. Deval Patrick issued an executive order banning travel during the blizzard. (Editor's note: The ban is lifted statewide as of 4 p.m. Saturday.) Patrick's executive order is being praised by some and bashed by others, reported The Boston Globe. While former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was in charge of the commonwealth during the Blizzard of ’78, praised the governor’s move, others called the order “tyrannical” and say the strict ban and hefty fines were too much, according to The Globe. Those caught violating the ban would face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. What do you think? Do you agree with the governor’s decision or do you think the travel ban …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Tell us: do you think we need to increase taxes to strengthen education and transportation?
In his State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night, Gov. Deval Patrick proposed raising the state's income tax by 1 percentage point and lowering the sales tax to pay for $2 billion in transportation improvements and early childhood education programs. "There is no good time to raise taxes. I know how tough the times have been on the people and families of the Commonwealth. And though the worst of the recession is over, many, many families still face tough decisions and have deep anxiety about the future. I would not ask if I did not believe in my heart that investing meaningfully today in education and transportation will significantly improve our economic tomorrows," Patrick said. Patrick said he wanted a more fair and …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The Massachusetts governor had delegates on their feet Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, but did his speech resonate with you? Let us know by posting a comment below.
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick came out firing Tuesday night at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, attacking his predecessor Mitt Romney's record in the Bay State. "Mitt Romney talkes a lot about all the things he's fixed," he said. "I can tell you that Massachusetts wasn't one of them. He's a fine fellow and a great salesman, but as governor he was more interested in having the job than doing it." By the end of his speech, which touched on President Barack Obama's first-term accomplishments, the economy, role of government and the American Dream, Patrick had the packed crowd of delegates on their feet and in a frenzy, but we want to know: How did Patrick's speech play here? Were you a fan of the governor's remarks? Or did…
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled in the 9 p.m. hour.
The Democratic National Convention will have a Massachusetts feel tonight as Gov. Deval Patrick and Congressional candidate Joe Kennedy III are scheduled to speak before the convention. falmouth Kennedy is scheduled to speak during the 7 p.m. hour after a Kennedy family tribute video. Two hours later, Patrick is scheduled to finish the 9 p.m. hour. The night will also include a number of prominent speakers, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed, Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Director Kathleen Sibelius and conclude with a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama. The Wall Street Journal published a full schedule of speakers.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Several Milton residents traveled to Springfield for the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Endorsing Convention, where Elizabeth Warren earned 96 percent of the vote to become the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate.
A group of Milton residents, including Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, attended the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Endorsing Convention last weekend. At the convention in Springfield, U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren received 96 percent of the convention's delegate vote. Warren will now challenge Republican Senator Scott Brown. The Milton delegation members are as follows: Robert Jubinville, William White, Kristine Hodlin, Darnell Turner, Joseph O'Malley, George Richmond, Joan Gancarski, Germaine Riordan, Laurie MacIntosh, Thomas Flynn, Michael Maholchic, Kathleen Moore, William Moran, Elizabeth White, Stephen Morash, Kathryn Fagan, Michael Chinman, Catherine Shaffer, Deborah Milbauer and April Lamoureux.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Should the money go to the MBTA as Governor Deval Patrick proposes, or do you have other ideas for it?
With a winter of record high temperatures at least partially behind Massachusetts, the state government has only used about $10 million of the $50 million set aside for snow and ice removal, according to a Fox News article. Governor Deval Patrick wants to give that money to the MBTA, as mentioned in this Boston CBS article. The fix he is referring to is the MBTA's estimated $161 million projected budget deficit for fiscal year 2013, but we at Patch are wondering if you see other things that need fixing. Where do you think the money saved this year should go, and why? Leave a comment and let us know.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
The Milton Farmers Market on Wharf Street in Milton Village offers fresh items and a true community meeting place.
With the week of August 21 being declared Massachusetts Farmers Market Week, the vendors of the Milton Farmers Market opened operation on the shady town park of Wharf Street on Thursday, August 25, to a steady flow of customers. And with the town market celebrating sixteen years in operation, it’s clear that the practice has become a permanent fixture in the area. Market managers Carol Hahnfeld and Maritta Cronin have witnessed the community support for years and attribute it to quality goods and the serene, welcoming atmosphere. Hahnfeld and Cronin, along with Janet Christensen manage the market every Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. from June 16 to October 27. Hahnfeld commented about the distinction of Milton’s market from others, citing …