Sunday, June 16, 2013
Applicants will vie for 140 coveted plates including numbers Z7, 740 and 6868.
One-hundred-and-forty lucky Massachusetts drivers could soon find themselves sporting a brand new low number on their license plates. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles has begun its annual low number license plate lottery, with plates made available from a specific low number cache, according to a Massachusetts Department of Transportation statement Friday. Applicants will vie for 140 coveted plates including plate numbers Z7, 740 and 6868, according to the statement. “We expect to receive hundreds of applications leading up to the annual lottery,” Registrar of Motor Vehicles Rachel Kaprielian said in the statement. “We see interest and fascination from customers year after year. Some are trying to win a lucky number or letter…
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
The debate raged on Beacon Hill Tuesday.
A packed hearing on Beacon Hill Tuesday dealt with the issue of possibly raising the mimimum wage for commonwealth workers, according to an Associated Press report posted on WBUR.com. While those in favor of the wage increase believe it to be about fairness and economic justice, the AP reported business groups said raising the minimum wage would make the state less competitive. Prior to Tuesday, SEIU Local 509 Director of Communications Jason Stephany said in a statement the minimum wage in the state has been at $8 an hour since January 2008. "Many jobs at large retail and restaurant chains pay so little that even full-time workers must rely on public assistance for the most basic necessities," according to the statement. The Senate …
Monday, June 10, 2013
Here's a look at where strawberries are available in Stoneham and throughout the state.
Strawberry season has begun! Despite the rain, strawberry season has started at several local farms. Strawberries are available for picking at the following farms near Stoneham (please call ahead to confirm picking times): Verrill Farm 11 Wheeler Road, Concord Phone: 978-369-4494 Belkin Lookout Farm Lookout Lane, Natick Phone: 508–653–0653 Sunshine Farm 135 Kendall Ave., Framingham Phone: 508-655-5022
Eddie Jenkins is no longer the director of diversity and civil rights at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Boston Herald reports.
The Boston Herald uncovered that a top state transportation official is now gone from his job. Eddie Jenkins, the one-time chairman of the state Alcohol Beverages Control Commission, is no longer the director of diversity and civil rights for the state department of transportation, a job that paid $107,000 per year, according to the Herald Friday. Jenkins was investigated in 2008 and ultimately cleared of wrongdoing when authorities learned $10,000 in state money ended up in his personal bank account, the paper reports.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
The checkpoints will be set up in Middlesex County.
The Massachusetts State Police announced that Sobriety Checkpoints will be implemented in Middlesex County on Friday, May 31-Saturday, June 1. “The purpose is to further educate the motoring public and strengthen the public’s awareness to the need of detecting and removing those motorists who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs from our roadways,” reads a State Police press statement. “It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.” The program is paid through a grant from the Highway Safety Division of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety …
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
It's been two months since the Massachusetts Center for the Book unveiled its list of must-read Massachusetts-related literary works for 2013.
Monday, May 13, 2013
The week encouraging bike-based activities is May 11-19.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation along with several other public and private entities have banded together to tell you to get out of your cars and onto your bikes this week. May 11 to 19 is Bay State Bike Week, a week unique to Massachusetts which celebrates all things bicycle. Stoneham residents are encourage to bike to work. There are bike-based events going on around the Bay State this week, and several in the Boston area. The Bay State Bike Week website has provided a searchable calendar to find dates, locations and times for events closest to you. What would a statewide bike week be without a little friendly competition? The MassCommute Bicycle Challenge will award those who log the most miles by bicycle. Other local …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
With all the fresh snowfall from the first blizzard of the year, now is the time to take advantage of these sledding hot spots.
With the Blizzard of '13 dropping two feets of snow on Stoneham, it's the perfect time to head out to sled or snow tube. Several locations in the Stoneham area are perfect winter wonderlands. However, you'll need to bring your own sledding equipment to these five popular sledding destinations: Where do you like to go sledding? Tell us in the comments below!
Friday, January 4, 2013
Massachusetts has some old, sometimes funny morality laws about cursing and other no-nos. But sometimes those laws play havoc with modern-day living. Is it time to clear the books?
Massachusetts is famous for its out-of-date laws. The Boston Globe cites a few, like a cursing ban at sporting events. But there are other laws, passed over 100 years ago, which could complicate present-day political and legal dilemmas. But these old laws sometimes have a major effect on modern day issues. Representative Byron Rushing, D-South End, reminded the Globe that Governor Mitt Romney used a 1913 law about residency rules to prevent out-of-state gay couples from marrying in Massachusetts. That old law was scrubbed from the books in 2008, five years after it was cited by Romney. The 19th-century anti-abortion laws are a particularly thorny issue, according to the Globe. They may be relics of a time past, but that didn't stop the …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
More than 200,000 low-income households expected to benefit.
More than 200,000 Bay State households will receive help paying for heating fuel this winter thanks to a federal grant of $141 million Massachusetts received Friday. Gov. Deval Patrick said that the state will get $8.2 million more this year than last in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program money. The money, provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is intended to help eligible households pay winter heating bills. Eligibility for the program is based on household size and the gross annual income of every adult household member. The maximum income eligibility for the program is 60 percent of estimated state median income. Benefit levels vary depending on household income. Nationwide, the funds help more than 4.6 …