THE ISSUE: The emergence of short-term rentals through websites like Airbnb has raised concerns over safety and quality of life for some policymakers.NEXT STEPS: While some communities enact local restrictions on short-term rentals, the state Legislature is also considering statewide proposals to tax and regulate the market.
Town-by-town, city-by-city residents of Massachusetts are deciding if they want to be able to drive to the corner store to buy marijuana.State officials delayed the implementation of the law legalizing the recreational marijuana industry until July 2018, but residents in many towns and cities are voting this spring and summer to delay local implementation even longer.As of the middle of May, 80 communities in Massachusetts have either approved amendments to their zoning [...]
The meetingAt its meeting on Tuesday, May 23, the Board of Selectmen approved raising cemetery rates, oversaw a transfer for a local package store, and discussed pending repairs to the Coakley Middle School tennis courts. NoteworthyGeneral Manager John Carroll reviewed a proposed increase to the cemetery fees, done so the department could recoup [...]
After five nights, the Annual Town Meeting came to an end, with motions for the town's capital outlay and school department budget carrying.At the meeting this past Monday, the discussion of the School Department budget continued. A few items were reviewed, including a failed motion proposing to appropriate approximately $10,000 to repair a playground at the Balch School. The total school budget of $42,709,864 was approved by Town Meeting. [...]
AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this Memorial Day weekend. That is one million more travelers than last year taking to the roads, skies, rails and water, creating the highest Memorial Day travel volume since 2005.More than 900,000 Massachusetts residents are estimated to be traveling, close to 820,000 of them by car. Both are up close to three percent over last year, and are the largest numbers seen locally since 2005. [...]
Editor's Note: Welcome to Farmstand Update, a weekly listing of the latest offerings from farmstands around the area.Allandale Farm, 259 Allandale Road, Brookline; 617-524-1531; http://www.allandalefarm.com/home.htmlThe farm is open for the season — weekdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.The Farmstand features our own fresh picked produce as well as a wide [...]
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Below is an excerpt from the Norwood Police Logs from May 15-21. All suspects arrested are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Mon., May 159:36 a.m. a syringe was found on Earle Street. Police disposed of it.1:23 p.m. a pedestrian accident at the Home Depot on Route 1 was reported.2:34 p.m. police were called about illegal trash disposal at Windsor Gardens [...]
On the fourth night of the Annual Town Meeting, Town Meeting members continued to work through the motions in Article 5, which detailed the town budget.The motions passed at the meeting this past Thursday, May 18, provided funding for items such as the Town Moderator expenses, printing of the Town Report, public works, cemetery, and water department. While most carried with little discussion, a few items provoked questions from the Town Meeting members. [...]
With thousands of concert-goers expected to descend on the Boston Calling music festival this weekend, Gov. Charlie Baker said there are no current threats of venues being targeted for violence, but urged residents to remain "vigilant" following the deadly attack Monday night at a concert in Manchester, England."First of all, our hearts go out to everybody who was involved in that. I have three kids who are in their 20s. If they had been there, that's exactly the kind of event, [...]
THE ISSUE: Lead paint continues to harm children nearly 40 years after it was banned.THE IMPACT: More than 3,500 Massachusetts children ages 5 and younger tested positive for elevated blood-lead levels.
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Commencement exercises for Xaverian Brothers High School’s 51st graduating class, the Class of 2017, were held on Friday, May 19. The ceremony took place on Xaverian’s Varsity Field. Headmaster Brother Daniel Skala, C.F.X. conferred diplomas to 174 graduating seniors, as well as academic medals.Speakers during the commencement exercises included Brother Dan, Dr. Jacob Conca ’94 (South Grafton), Xaverian’s Principal, the Valedictorian, Hariharan Shanmugam [...]
To sign up for any or all of these programs or events, call 781-769-0200, ext. 110, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the library Reference or information Desk. Gentle Fitness FridaysParticipants will join Fitness Instructor Eileen Smith from 12:15 to 1 p.m. May 26 for 45 minutes of low-impact exercise that targets all the major muscle groups. In this complete head-to-toe workout to music, Smith will lead participants in easy-to-do [...]
Liberty Mutual is participating in a “Serve with Liberty” community service project at the House of Possibilities in Easton.HOPe is an organization that depends on community support. Since 2009, HOPe has been providing top quality care and exceptional programming to children and adults with developmental challenges. More than 1,400 children an estimated 3,700 extended family members have been served by HOPe, which offers critically needed support and a space where [...]
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The meetingAt its meeting on Tuesday, the Board of Selectmen discussed the recent cable contract negotiations, and heard an update on the suspension of Limey’s liquor license.NoteworthyRichard Shay, chairman of the Cable Commission, said in the recent negotiations with Verizon a number of changes had been requested. Among these was a five year contract as opposed to a 10-year one, and allowing Verizon to [...]
Continuing his efforts to provide outreach to Norfolk County communities, Register of Deeds William P. O'Donnell recently hosted a free informational seminar on computer assisted land record research.At the seminar, attendees learned how to navigate the Registry's online research page www.norfolkdeeds.org and to access documents such as deeds, mortgage discharges, Homesteads and other land related materials. The Norfolk [...]
Otis and Panther need a caring, loving home! These two beauties are about 5 years old, bonded friends who have been together for over four years. Unfortunately, their owner had to sadly surrender them. It’s sometimes difficult when cats are moved out of the home they’ve known for so long. Panther is sweet but a bit shy still. She is making progress with the patience and love she’s getting from her wonderful foster family. Otis is very confident-checking out his new digs, [...]
Whether hiking, swimming, or playing a quick pick-up game, summer is the season when it’s most clear that sports are not just for the pros or for kids. An increase in physical activity means an increase in the potential to sustain a sports-related injury.Orthopedic surgery has comes a long way towards helping professional and amateur athletes, senior citizens, and others in recovering from injury. However, it is also important to learn some basic prevention [...]