Wednesday, January 2, 2013
The law that went into effect Tuesday allows store owners to place scanners in the aisles, making shoppers do their own price checks.
Starting New Year's Day 2013, Massachuetts is the final state to abolish a law requiring individual price tags on food items. Instead of having the prices marked on every item, as has been the law since 1987, grocery stores can now install aisle price scanners every 5,000 square feet that would display the prices of scanned items. Gov. Deval Patrick signed the bill into law in July after earlier passing in the House and Senate with only two senators in session. The bill, called "An Act relative to clear and conspicuous price disclosure," has beenstrongly supported for years by the Retailers Association of Massachusetts, who argued that the current system creates less accurate pricing, lowers the level of service for customers and raises …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Governor Deval Patrick has ordered the US flag to be lowered at all main or administration buildings of each public institution in the state.
Several Milton government buildings have lowered American flags to half mast to pay tribute to the Wisconsin Temple Shooting victims. Flags were lowered on Monday and will remain that way until Friday, August 10. Governor Deval Patrick has ordered the US flag to be lowered at all main or administration buildings of each public institution of the state. Patrick made the following statement on his Twitter account, @MassGov on Monday: “What happened in Oak Creek was an unthinkable tragedy, and we want the people of Wisconsin, as well as the Sikh community to know MA stands behind the victims and the families as they bear this horrific loss. All flags are lowered to half-staff effective immediately until sunset on Friday, August 10, in honor …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
On Saturday, Governor Deval Patrick sent 'Melissa's Bill' back to the Legislature.
Gov. Deval Patrick set in motion a wave of criticism when he proposed an amendment to the "three strikes"/Melissa's Bill on the grounds that it lacked sufficient provisions for judicial discretion. Warning of possible unintended "unjust consequences" that can arise from mandatory sentencing laws, Patrick wrote in a letter to the Legislature, "None of us is wise or prescient enough to foresee each and every circumstance in which the new habitual offender provisions may apply." On Monday afternoon, the House rejected Patrick's amendment by a vote of 132-23, according to The Boston Globe. The bill's fate is up in the air, as the legislature's summer session will end Tuesday at midnight. The governor has not indicated whether he would veto a …
Friday, July 27, 2012
In our inaugural “Blue Commonwealth" survey, influential Democrats paint an early picture for November's general election.
A majority of influential Massachusetts Democrats think Scott Brown's reputation of being a "liberal conservative" will cost Elizabeth Warren votes from those Massachusetts voters who usually vote Democratic: that's the main finding of Patch's Inaugural Red Commonwealth survey. When Patch asked if Democrats think that so far, Elizabeth Warren has effectively explained how she will push for traditional Democratic issues like women's rights, education for all and vote against corporate greed, the majority said she had. Forty responses were collected, a majority of which agreed Brown is making inroads with traditionally Democratic voters. One hundred twenty three Massachusetts Democrats were surveyed last week in Patch’s inaugural Blue …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Severe thunderstorms expected to bring torrential rainfall later today and tonight.
The National Weather Service is predicting a rough day for residents of Massachusetts, including Milton, and said earlier today they plan to release weather watches as the day progresses. The first watch has just been issued for flash flooding. The flash flood watch will go into effect at 4 p.m. The region can expect thunderstorms later today, with some being severe. These storms may produce heavy downpours, with 2 to 4 inches of rain possible in these storms. The NWS says this could result in flooding. A flash flood watch means conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Other hazards expected from any severe thunderstorms today include damaging wind and large hail. The NWS says isolated tornadoes are also possible today. The …
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Meet the local athletes from Massachusetts who will be competing in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
They've put in innumerable hours of sweat, blood and tears to get where they are today. They are among the best of the best and are ready to prove their mettle. 529 athletes from 45 states will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They are competing in events as diverse as athletics, fencing, rowing, soccer and basketball. For everyone, from swimmer Katie Ledecky, 15, to 54-year-old equestrian jumper Karen O’Connor, these Games represent the culmination of all the hard work and dedication they've put in to win the coveted medal. It's time to meet the Olympians from Patch towns in Massachusetts! Here are a few quick facts about your Olympians! Shalane Flanagan Sex : Female Competing in Athletics Event / …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Today is Missing Children's Day. Take time to look at the photos of children still missing in our state.
According to the Department of Justice, every year hundreds of thousands of kids are reported missing across the country. Some run away, some are abducted. And many have never been found. Today is Missing Children's Day. Here is a partial list of children in Massachusetts who have gone missing in recent years. Check the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children for full lists by state as well as age progression photos.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made a friendly wager on Sunday's Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and New York Giants.
Milton resident and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is showing his confidence that the New England Patriots will be victorious in Super Bowl XLVI by placing a friendly wager with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who is exhibiting the same confidence in his state’s representative the New York Giants. “In the spirit of good sportsmanship, I wish the Giants well -- but not that well!" said Governor Patrick in a statement announcing the wager. “We are looking forward to bringing another Super Bowl championship back to Massachusetts. Go Pats!” Governor Patrick is putting some Massachusetts favorites on the line, including 46 Centerville Pies, Legal Sea Foods clam chowder and 46 cases of all natural chips from Food Should Taste Good. …
Sunday, January 29, 2012
I have always been envious of people who take the floor at town meeting, announce that they are a native, and flash their birth certificate as if it were currency. In a strange way it is.
It might be that being born in a Massachusets town and being a lifelong resident does make one special, like a Quaker or a saint. And, if you can trace your roots back 13 generations to one of the original proprietors– that is your Ace-in-the-hole. Don’t ever start an argument with a Mayflower descendant, especially one who lives in Plymouth. They seem to have amnesia about their ancestors stealing corn from the Wampanoag in Truro. I will concede that being a native might make one a bit wiser for knowing where all the bodies are buried, for instance, what finance committee member was not asked to the prom by a selectman in 1972, but does it negate the enthusiasm and energy of someone who chose that town as his home? Yes. I just missed …