Wednesday, May 22, 2013
CBS Boston reports Murray has a new job lined up already.
UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: The Massachusetts Republican Party was quick to jump on the reports about Murray's resignation, saying Murray is trying "to outrun the scandal that dogs him" in a statement on their website. MassGOP attempted to liken Murray's exit to that of former House Speaker Thomas Finneran, who was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2007. “History doesn’t always repeat itself, but in this case it looks like Tim Murray is following the same path as a previous, disgraced Democratic official,” said Nate Little MassGOP Executive Director in the scathing statement. “Only time will tell if Murray follows the Finneran playbook to the end, complete with indictment and guilty plea.” UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: Boston.com has updated their …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Mosquito spraying to start May 29
By the end of the month, mosquito spraying will be start in Norwood. Norfolk County Mosquito Control District Director David Lawson said in a press release they will start mosquito spraying in Walpole and the surrounding area on Wednesday, May 29. The aerosol spray, designed to lower the population of mosquitoes during a significant breeding season, will start in the late evening, and will continue until Sept. 30. Residents in Norfolk County can click here to see when spraying will begin in their area. To see a specific street map, go to this link: http://www.norfolkcountymosquito.org/ULV_Schedule.html
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Like pieces of a puzzle that don't quite fit together yet, the Big Three may have been separated at birth, but with each incremental step their destinies seem to grow more intertwined. No, we're not talking about those Big Three - Gov. Deval Patrick, Senate President Therese Murray and Speaker Robert DeLeo - though they play major character roles in this thickening plot. Instead, three bills have come to define the early months of the 2013 legislative agenda and resolutions on tax hikes, local road funding and the annual state budget continue to be elusive and dependent on one another. Patrick spent the early part of his week welcoming British Prime Minister David Cameron to Boston for a few quick meetings and a visit to the Copley …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The second day of Town Meeting will be held Thursday night in the auditorium of Norwood High School.
At Norwood's first day of the 2013 Special/Annual Town Meeting Monday the town voted to approve the implementation of a bylaw that would make smoking marijuana in public a finable offense. They also voted to reconsider the article pertaining to a one-year moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries in town. Article 6 dealing with the public consumption of marijuana was approved by Town Meeting Members to allow Norwood Police to impose a $300 fine for anyone caught smoking marijuana in public. According to Norwood Police Chief William Brooks the bylaw is similar to that of laws against publicly consuming alcohol. “If a person really does have a debilitating disease they probably don’t need to smoke the marijuana on the Common or at a ball …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Last year, the Friday before Mother's Day was the heaviest traffic day of the year on the Mass Pike.
Mother's Day Weekend (and warm-ish weather) is upon us — and so will be throngs of people trying to flee town, especially on the Mass Pike or heading to the Cape. Turnpike toll transactions statistics from 2012 ranked the Friday before Mother’s Day as the heaviest traffic day on the Pike with more than 363,000 transactions logged between Interstate 95/Route 128 and the New York border. Friday nights in warm weather months accounted for the rest of the top 20 heaviest travel days on the Pike last year: This weekend, heaviest traffic is expected Friday and Sunday afternoons and early evenings. So MassDOT (Massachusetts Department of Transportation) officials are encouraging drivers to make travel plans accordingly and, if possible, avoid …
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
Massachusetts' problem is now Virginia's. After a macabre, around-the-clock stakeout of a Worcester funeral home this week by frenzied reporters and furious protestors, the remains of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev were secreted out of central Massachusetts and buried in a small Muslim cemetery in rural Virginia. No cemetery in Massachusetts, or public official for that matter, wanted Tsarnaev's body. And Gov. Deval Patrick just seemed relieved the tense standoff was over. "No. I have enough to do," Patrick said, when asked if he wished he had gotten involved to end the theatrics sooner. The April 15 attacks on the finish line of the Boston Marathon threw Beacon Hill policymakers off stride, quieting the raging debate …
Friday, May 10, 2013
New regulations will go into effect May 24.
New rules for the medical use of marijuana have been written into the commonwealth's regulatory code by the Massachusetts Public Health Council Wednesday, according to State House News Service report published on LowellSun.com. Among the new regulations are how much marijuana can be generally used by patients, the licensing procedure for medical marijuana dispensaries and how low-income patients can get access, according to the report. These regulations will go into effect May 24, according to the Sun. In November, Massachusetts voters approved a ballot measure that would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana as part of a treatment. Under the law, the state was operating under a 120-day window starting Jan. 1 for creating regulations for …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Results from a recent executive survey ranked Massachusetts 47th for business.
A CEO magazine ranks Massachusetts as one of the worst states in the nation for business. Chief Executive Magazine ranked Massachusetts 47th based on a survey of corporate leaders. Survey respondents reported the Bay State is one of the worst for taxation and regulation. The state Republican Party is pointing to the survey and saying that Gov. Deval Patrick and the Democratic-led Legislature are bad for the economy and business. What do you think about Massachusetts’ business climate? Is this a good state in which to do business?
Articles 14 and 15 deal directly with the possibility of using the Coakley Middle School as the site of an indoor ice skating rink.
As next Monday's Special Town Meeting approaches Town Meeting members will have to decide whether they want to see an indoor ice skating rink at the Coakley Middle School or at another location in Norwood. Article 14 on the Warrant calls for the Board of Selectmen to apply for and accept $5.65 million in funds by the state to build an ice skating rink at the Coakley Middle School property on Washington Street. Article 15 would see the town reject the middle school property to house the rink. Which would mean another site would have to be chosen. According to the minutes from the Board of Selectmen meeting April 2, members of the South Norwood Citizens for Community Action are concerned about using the middle school for the location of the …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The following health inspection reports were submitted by Board of Health inspectors.
Editor's note: The following was provided by the Norwood Health Department. Any inspection report below is a snapshot of the day and time of the inspection. On any given day, a restaurant could have more or fewer violations than noted below and may not be representative of the overall cleanliness of an establishment. If there are any questions or concerns contact the Norwood Health Department at 781-762-1240. Tuesday- April 23, 2013 Unsal's Pizzeria & Ristorante, 655 Washington StreetTwo sanitizer spray bottles too strong in concentration - corrected on site. Wet wipe cloths on surfaces throughout restaurant - must be stored in a bucket of sanitizer solution at proper concentration. Post food allergy notice at point of service. Post …