With all of the devastation and misery caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and with Jose charging up the rear, it seems almost frivolous to be writing a column about gardening. So many people have lost their homes. Their possessions. And their lives. But, as I thought about what to write, it occurred to me that gardening is a perfect metaphor for life and all of its struggles.Gardeners begin anew each season, despite knowing the challenges they will encounter.Unpredictable [...]
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds, 649 High St., Dedham, will host a free informational seminar on how to research computer assisted land records from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Oct. 17. The seminar is geared for both real estate professionals and the general public.The program will include a brief presentation complete with reference materials and hands-on exercises. There will also be opportunities to ask questions.“These services have proven to be invaluable tools for our [...]
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THE ISSUE: Some educators say focusing on social-emotional learning can better prepare students for future success.THE IMPACT: Nine Massachusetts school districts have joined a new program to develop and implement social-emotional learning strategies in everyday classroom activities.
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Control of the site of a much-contested 40B development may be returned to the town this fall.At Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen meeting, it was announced that an agreement had been reached between the town and Davis Marcus, the developer behind the 260-unit Forbes Hill project. In a statement, Chairman Bill Plasko said that the town had received an offer to purchase the site on which the development would be built, and that it would go [...]
Beyond the Caribbean, Maria will take a path similar to Jose in the short term, but may still be a concern for part of the eastern United States, Atlantic Canada and Bermuda."Following a direct hit on Puerto Rico, Maria is likely to remain a dangerous hurricane as it moves northwestward into Friday," according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski.Next in the path of Maria are the Turks and Caicos islands [...]
Youth, diversity, and commitment to the town were some of the qualities residents want from their new general manager.With John Carroll, who has held the position for four decades, announcing his retirement this year, the town has begun the process of finding a replacement for a Norwood staple."The Board of Selectmen has the crucial task of finding a replacement for the general manager," Bill Plasko, selectmen chair, said. "We have a daunting task ahead of us."As part of [...]
THE ISSUE: Background checks for school employees don’t include reports of abuse or neglect of disabled adults.THE IMPACT: While there are no known incidents involving school employees with records of abusing disabled adults, pending legislation would include such records in the background-check process.
Retailers plan to gather signatures and move forward with a potential 2018 ballot question reducing the sales tax to 5 percent and instituting an annual sales tax holiday, the News Service has confirmed.If the Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM) follows through on its initiative petition, voters next year could have two tax questions on the ballot – one to hike taxes on incomes over $1 million and another to reduce the sales tax from its current rate of 6.25 percent. [...]
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Even though Jose will fade away gradually, swells generated by the lingering tropical storm will continue to cause trouble in coastal areas of the Northeast into this weekend.Jose is expected to become a non-tropical storm and dissipate, according to AccuWeather Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski."Jose will meander offshore but may drift closer to the coast this weekend," Kottlowski said.Even though the [...]
1. The town collects Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and "other" non curbside recyclable materials twice a year. The biannual collection events are sponsored by the Health Department in partnership with the Public Works Department. Call 781-762-1240, extension 176 for more information. The Fall Household Hazardous Waste and Recycling Day isSaturday, Sept. 23. It is held at the Winter Street Compost Facility located at 370 Winter St. from 8-11 a.m. Some [...]
While stopping in a cemetery may not always be the first choice for many, Patricia Fanning of the Old Parish Preservation Volunteers (OPPV), said there is much that can be learned from a visit.The Old Parish Cemetery, founded in 1741, is a very historical site—from the people buried there following the Revolutionary War and Civil War, to the artistic designs and ornaments found on some headstones."The town cleans it up every [...]
NATICK — Many teen bands see bright lights and adoring crowds — in their garage, basement or imagination.For others who have that extra burst of talent and drive, there's a venue that delivers a real live audience as well as valuable experience.Rock Off Main Street, at The Center of Arts on Summer Street, gives local bands a chance to perform one Friday per month, and has been doing so for 20 years.Diane Young has been the event's coordinator since it started in 1997 as [...]
Sprouts: Connecting Community to Science premieres its first episode this week.Newton-based multimedia journalist Laura Lovett sits down with Audrey Schulman of HEET, a Cambridge-based organization that has done extensive work mapping gas leaks. She explains the impact of gas leaks on our communities and the environment and why all residents of Massachusetts should care.Lovett kicks off Sprouts with this issue because it affects each person living in Massachusetts. Under every [...]