Friday, May 24, 2013
From Memorial Day parades to holiday fender benders, this live map shows delays and diversions on Boston area roads right now.
If you're on a mobile device, click here to view the map. When you're done getting gas and packing the car, check out the live results from MapQuest above to see what's standing between you and the start of your three-day weekend. Mapquest scans for parade routes, ongoing construction, block parties and traffic jams. If your route is green, your good. If it's red, you may be headed into a line of rubbernecking fools. Good luck!
District 4 Congressman released the names of board members Thursday
From the office of Joe Kennedy III: On the eve of Memorial Day weekend, Congressman Joe Kennedy III Thursday announced the formation of his Veteran’s Advisory Board. The Board is comprised of veterans, service officers, health care professionals, educators and other advocates across the 4th District. The group has been tasked with outlining a set of local and national priorities for the Congressman related to veteran’s services. “Every Memorial Day we are reminded of the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform – and the responsibility we have to make sure they’re taken care of when they come home,” said Congressman Kennedy. “Over the course of my first few months in office we have heard too many stories of veterans across the …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
What would you say to local, state and national Emergency Medical Service personnel?
This week -- May 19 to 25 -- is National EMS Week and the theme is "EMS: One Mission. One Team." In 1968, President Gerald Ford signed the first EMS Week proclamation, designating a time for the nation to celebrate the emergency medical technician paramedic as well as an opportunity to educate the public about the critical role of EMS in the community, according to EMS.gov. Wednesday, May 22 has been designated as Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) Day, according to emsweekideas.org. Every day our local, state and national EMS respond to crisis situations. Recently, Boston's EMS was in the spotlight because of last month's bombings; and today, Emergency Medical Service personnel in Moore, Oklahoma, are in the national …
Monday, May 20, 2013
State Police will be out in Bristol County this Memorial Day weekend.
- POLICE & FIRE
Monday, May 20
From the Massachusetts State Police: Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, announced that a “Sobriety Checkpoint” will be implemented by the Massachusetts State Police on a Public Way in the Counties named below. 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. 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. THANKS TO A GRANT PROVIDED BY THE HIGHWAY SAFETY DIVISION …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Ahead of the Memorial Day travel season, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation has joined with AAA to make EZ-Pass transponders more readily available.
With the summer travel season coming up, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation wants drivers to cut back on cash and link up to the EZ-Pass system. MassDOT has joined AAA of Southern New England to make EZ-Pass transponders available at over 15 AAA offices, according to a press statement Thursday. According to the statement, there are still over 155,000 daily cash transactions on toll roads throughout Massachusetts. With the state heading toward a cashless toll system beginning with the removal of cash tollbooths on the Tobin Bridge in early 2014, state transportation officials are encouraging motorists to get ahead of the changes by enrolling in the EZ-Pass program early. “The availability of transponders at AAA branches is one…
The state's Restaurant and Business Alliance said there was "no sign of opposition" at a hearing this week.
The Joint Committee on Revenue in the Massachusetts legislature held a hearing this week on the notion of a potential meals tax holiday for August and one supporting group liking its chances. According to the state's Restaurant and Business Alliance (R.A.B.A), the hearing held Tuesday for the Meals Tax Holiday Bill saw "no sign of opposition" to the measure. Twelve legislators have signed on to the bill primarily sponsored by Rep. Keiko Orrall of Lakeville and Sen. Michael O. Moore of Millbury. If passed, the legislation would go into effect from Sunday, Aug. 11 through Thursday, Aug. 15. "We should offer a Meals Tax Holiday to benefit employees and small local business owners inside Massachusetts to help stimulate the economy," said …
Saturday, May 18, 2013
A look at what is happening around the region this week.
Sewer Betterments an Issue of Contention for North Easton Villagers Outspoken residents made it clear to Easton selectmen Monday night that they are not happy with the price they'll pay in betterments for construction associated with the North Easton Village Wastewater Treatment Project. Selectmen unanimously approved estimated betterment assessments for the 88 parcels in the district. Selectman Todd Gornstein was not present. The average single family homeowner in the district received an estimated assessment of $20,900. Particularly large houses, multi-family homes or commercial properties received a higher estimated assessment. Norton Approves Memorial Bench in Memory of Angel Pina The Norton Board of Selectmen approved a request from a…
Friday, May 17, 2013
If you draw the Powerball winning numbers in Saturday’s lottery, you could score $550 million, or a $350 million one-time payout.
Powerball results were watched closely Wednesday when the jackpot was $363 million. After no one picked all six winning numbers, the new Powerball prize for the Saturday, May 19 drawing is now $550 million. Return here Saturday night to see the winning numbers The one-time cash payout is estimated at $350.1 million. Tickets are $2 and the game is played in Wisconsin and 42 other states, including Florida, Texas, California and New York. For a full list of lottery agents, click on this link and you can search by community. The largest Powerball Jackpot cash payout to date was $384 million and was won on Nov. 28, 2012, in Arizona and Missouri. Wonder what happens to the folks who hit it big? Browse the Huffington Post’s collection of …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
A look at what is happening around the region.
Watch: Boston Marathon Runner from Easton Delivers Inspiring Speech Prior to Stoughton Road Race Prior to the start of the 5 School 5K road race, held April 27 at the Stoughton YMCA, Bobby O'Donnell III, son of Stoughton Fire Department Captain Bob O'Donnell and Easton resident, addressed the crowd of runners and spectators, delivering an inspirational speech before the field of nearly 200 participants was set to begin the 3.1-mile course. O'Donnell, 19, a 2012 graduate of Oliver Ames, and a freshman at St. Anslem College, was one of many runners stopped short of finishing the Boston Marathon on April 15 of this year due to the terrorist bombings. He compared running a race with meeting everyday goals. "It's your achievement of getting to …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Boston Rams, featuring many local players, will open their season tomorrow at Muscato Stadium in Easton
Submitted to Patch: By Mark Stokes If the founding of the New England Revolution back in the mid-1990's was the first step towards professional soccer in the region, then chapter two of the story surely begins this month in Easton, Mass, when the Real Boston Rams take the stage for what has become one of the most anticipated soccer ventures of recent years. While the Revs have won the hearts of New England fans for the past 17 years, the professional game has, for reasons unknown, remained out of reach for far too many local soccer fans. But the bridge between the professional game and those hoping to one day play MLS soccer, will finally come into view at Muscato Stadium, on May 11 as the Rams take their bow in the USL Premier Development…