Saturday, July 21, 2012
Does you feel that Norwood is a good town for traveling by foot?
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Liz Taurasi
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Norwood is certainly home to a number of parks and other places that welcome the avid walker or nature lover. And while there are a number of places you can get to by foot in the downtown area, we're wondering how many residents feel they can get places in town by foot. According to WalkScore.com, Norwood has a "Somewhat Walkable" score of 56 out of 100 towns with at least 10,000 residents in Massachusetts. But how does it feel to you? Give your opinion by taking our poll, and watch for a roundup of the results.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
If you're a fan of social media, let us know what you think about Facebook's approach in today's poll.
Facebook users who chat often on the social media platform may want to think twice about the discussions they're having. That is, if those discussions fall into what could be considered as "suspicious." The network, as well as other social media platforms, are now monitoring user chats for potential criminal activity, and subsequently notifying authorities if suspicious behavior is discovered, according to an article this week on Mashable.com. A new software used by Facebook scans chats for keywords and phrases that could potentially fall into the "criminal" category, and pays more attention to chats between users who don’t already have a well-established connection on the site and whose profile data indicate something may be wrong, such …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The Supreme Court on Thursday handed down a decision on the Affordable Health Care Act. Do you agree? Vote in our Patch poll.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court handed down their decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act (or "Obamacare," as some call it), upholding the law. There are about 30 million people in the United States without health insurance. In Massachusetts, there are 327,900 uninsured, according to figures from statehealthfacts.org. Of those in Massachusetts, 3 percent — 53,300 — are children. Do you agree with their decision? Vote in our poll.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Thousands of runners are crossing 26.2 miles of Massachusetts in the Boston Marathon today - would you like to be one of them?
More than 25,000 runners were registered to participate in the 116th Boston Marathon, which began this morning in Hopkinton. The race crosses 26.2 miles of Massachusetts and finishes in Boston's Copley Square. The first Boston Marathon was run on April 19, 1897, with a 15 member field and a distance of 24.5 miles, according to the Boston Athletics Association website. In 1927 the race was lengthened to the full distance in accordance with Olympic standards. The current mens' record is held by Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot, from Kenya, who ran the 2010 race in just under two hours and six minutes. The womens' record is helf by Margaret Okayo, also of Kenya, who ran the 2002 race in just over two hours and twenty minutes. Many have tackled this …
Monday, March 19, 2012
One Massachusetts School Committee may be adopting a program which would make condoms available to students as young as 12.
One Massachusetts School Committee has voted to battle teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases by making condoms available to students as young as 12 years old, a Huffington Post article reported. In Springfield, the School Committee voted 5-1 last Thursday in favor of the "Comprehensive Reproductive Health Policy." Under the program, students would be able to acquire condoms from school nurses and high-school based clinics, The Republican reported. The district would notify parents before the program takes effect, giving them the chance to opt their children out. Any students who receive the contraceptives would be counseled on abstinence as well as proper storage and use. Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno called the policy "the…
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
A Massachusetts family faced a judge Monday to ask to remove "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance.
For many years, it has been a tradition for students across the country to start the day by placing their hands over their hearts and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The controversy over the words "under God" in the pledge is almost as much of a tradition as the pledge itself. But recently, a Massachusetts family reportedly asked a judge to force their school district to exclude the phrase during recitation, according to a Fox News story. The family members, who consider themselves atheists, are reportedly arguing that the phrase violates "equal protection" laws and faced a Superior Court judge Monday. So Norwood, we want to know do you think the words "under God" should be removed from the Pledge of Allegiance? Does the pledge …