Thursday, March 28, 2013
Weighing the pros and cons of a hybrid cars.
Hybrid cars have come a long way since the Honda Insight became the first hybrid for sale in North America in late 1999. For one, the styling has gone from futuristic insect to more traditional looks. And while once the sight of a Prius rolling by would turn heads, hybrids seem ubiqutious now. (The more traditional looking models also don't turn as many heads.) There are the well-known pros to hybrids, starting with cutting down on trips to the gas station. The miles per gallon these cars get is the first specification that jumps out at most people, and what many customers are looking for when shopping for a hybrid. For city-dwellers, the fuel economy of hybrids is often better for city driving than for highway driving, flipping the …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Do you agree with the governor's decision or was it too drastic?
All non-emergency drivers were ordered off the roads on Friday when Gov. Deval Patrick issued an executive order banning travel during the blizzard. (Editor's note: The ban is lifted statewide as of 4 p.m. Saturday.) Patrick's executive order is being praised by some and bashed by others, reported The Boston Globe. While former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was in charge of the commonwealth during the Blizzard of ’78, praised the governor’s move, others called the order “tyrannical” and say the strict ban and hefty fines were too much, according to The Globe. Those caught violating the ban would face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. What do you think? Do you agree with the governor’s decision or do you think the travel ban …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, so where are the most romantic spots in town?
Super Bowl Sunday has passed, and it's time to focus on another important February holiday: Valentine's Day. Whether it's a favorite restaurant, a bench near the Town Common, or just a corner with a great memory, share your most romantic Norwood locale in the comments. Or even better - post a picture of you and your sweetheart and tell us your story. Click the "Upload" button above, and if you have any issues email Norwood@Patch.com.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Super Bowl ads cost as much as $3.8 million this year. Which were the best Super Bowl commercials of 2013? Which were your favorites? Watch some of them right here on Patch.
Millions of sports enthusiasts watched Super Bowl 47 on Super Bowl Sunday. But it's likely that even more tuned in just to watch Super Bowl commercials. According to Ad Age, CBS essentially sold out its ad inventory for Super Bowl XLVII at prices averaging between $3.7 million and $3.8 million. More from Ad Age: The usual coterie of big sponsors is more or less on board again -- hello, Pepsi! hello Bud Light! -- accompanied by opportunistic, smaller brands that want to make a big splash, such as Century 21 and GoDaddy.com, both of which are also returning to the game. In addition to Ms. Patrick and Mr. Fogle, celebrities and pseudo-celebs on the ad roster will include Willem Dafoe, Amy Poehler, Bar Refaeli, Tracy Morgan, Dwayne "The Rock…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
In one week I will be leaving my post as Norwood Patch editor.
Well Norwood, it's time for me to say farewell. It has been my pleasure to be the editor of your Norwood Patch for over two years now, but this will be my last week at that post. As I move on to a new position, I want to take a minute and thank you all for your contributions, your readership and your willingness to welcome me - and Patch - into your community. Norwood Patch launched in November of 2010, and since then we have covered a wide variety of local stories. This is a very involved community, and our readers have always shown great interest in local happenings. I know that Patch will continue to work for the community in my absence, and I hope that you all will continue your avid readership. As always, feel free to upload your …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Pentagon lifted its ban Thursday on women serving in combat roles, including roles on the front lines of battle. What do you think about the change? Tell us below.
The Pentagon made a historic move Thursday when it lifted its ban against women serving in combat, according to USA Today. A 1994 restriction prevented women in the military from serving in combat, including service on the front lines. However, many argued, including the American Civil Liberties Union, that reality showed women already serving on the front lines. U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a member of the Armed Services Committee who strongly supports the historic change, issued the following statement after the announcement. “I applaud the Secretary for formally removing the ban," Reed said. "The reality of today’s battlefield is that all who serve are in combat.” The military's lift of the ban opens up 230,000 posts to women in …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Norwood's Laurie Shea thinks the town has a very unique opportunity to make an investment in the community.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
The Norwood Theatre has now been open for several months, and has hosted a variety of shows - what would you like to see come to town?
The Norwood Theatre reopened to the public last September, bringing the arts back to Norwood Center. So far the venue has hosted musical guests, family productions, variety shows and more. Marketing and Event Coordinator for the Theatre Erica McLaughlin said that there is always the possibility for popular acts to return for further shows, and that the theatre is always looking for what local patrons are interested in seeing. So what would you like to see come to the Norwood stage? Which shows have you seen already and did you enjoy them? Tell us in the comments!
Friday, January 4, 2013
Three years after a Kansas man donated his sperm, the state wants him to pay child support.
A mechanic who answered a Craigslist ad to donate his sperm to a lesbian couple, is now being pursued by the State of Kansas for child support, reports the Kansas City Star. In 2009, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner entered into an agreement with the donor, William Marotta to provide his sperm. They signed a contract that outlined he would be free from any financial responsibility as well as parental privileges, according to the newspaper. The legal contract stated Marotta was not responsible “for any child support payments demanded of him by any other person or entity, public or private, including any district attorney’s office or other state or county agency, regardless of the circumstances or said demand.” Although the women offered…
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Tell us whether or not you think 2013 will turn out to be a good year
We survived a hurricane, reelected a president, cheered on Olympians and mourned shooting victims in 2012. What will 2013 bring? We'd like to know your thoughts on the year ahead. What do you hope for? What do you dread? Do you hope for the best or expect the worst? Or maybe just take it one day at a time.... Tell us what comes to mind when you think about 2013. Add your thoughts in the comments section below. While we're at it, here are some tips for keeping your new year's resolution.