Saturday, February 23, 2013
The year started out "very confident."
The Massachusetts Association of REALTORS reported recently that realtors started out 2013 very confident in the real estate market as the REALTOR Market Confidence Index (RMCI) and REALTOR Price Confidence Index (RPCI) both hit all-time highs in January. Members generally believed "more buyers would enter the market if interest rates were to go up at least one percentage point over the next six months," stated the press release. “REALTOR-members’ confidence in the market is miles away from when we started tracking this data in 2008,” said 2013 MAR President Kimberly Allard-Moccia, broker-owner of Century21 Professionals in Braintree. “REALTOR®-members are positive about the market because their clients are. To hit all-time highs in both…
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Eldridge among 95 legislators have co-sponsored updated bottle bill so far.
Submitted by Megan Montgomery for the Massachusetts Senate In a sign that the Updated Bottle Bill has gained greater momentum for passage than ever this session, 95 legislators have signed on as a co-sponsor of the Updated Bottle Bill, including half of the Massachusetts State Senate. “More than ever, legislators realize that the time to act and finally pass the Updated Bottle Bill is now,” said State Senator Jamie Eldridge, a strong supporter and co-sponsor of the bill. “Updating the Bottle Bill is a common sense law that would help increase recycling and reduce litter in our parks, along our roads and in our streams. Passing this bill has been one of my top environmental priorities and it is encouraging to see that the majority of …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
A recent Gallup poll says that Massachusetts is the most liberal.
In a recent poll released by Gallup, Massachusetts ranked as the most liberal state with 31 percent of the population identifying themselves as liberal. The state trailed only the District of Columbia, which ranked at 41 percent. Following Massachusetts were Oregon and Vermont, each at 29 percent. The most conservative, you ask? That would be Alabama, North Dakota and Wyoming. Massachusetts ranked fifth in the percentage of moderates, according to the poll, trailing Alaska, Rhode Island, Ohio and Maryland.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Markey is in, Lynch is set to make an announcement and Brown is reportedly considering throwing his hat into the race for John Kerry's seat.
With Tuesday's official nomination of U.S. Sen. John Kerry to the post of Secretary of State, the field is opening up with folks vying for Kerry's seat in his unexpired term in the U.S. Senate. But before that even happens an interim senator has to be named. On Wednesday, Gov. Deval Patrick announced his former chief of staff William “Mo” Cowan will be the interim senator and will serve until a new senator is elected in the June 25 special election. Patch reported in December that Cowan, a Stoughton resident, would be stepping down this month and returning to the private sector. Besides being Patrick’s former chief of staff, Cowan also served as chief legal counsel to Governor Patrick, having served in the Patrick-Murray administration …
Monday, January 28, 2013
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Monday, January 7, 2013
The Patrick-Murray administration announced more than $6.8 million in workforce training fund grants.
Monday, January 7
Submitted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Department Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick The Patrick-Murray Administration today announced $6,846,496 in Workforce Training Fund grants to 87 Massachusetts companies. The grants, which support up to two years of training, will create 682 new jobs and train over 6,300 workers. The grants include $57,100 awarded to Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, located in Northborough. The administration said the company expects to train 101 employees and add six jobs as a result of the training. "We are focused on addressing the skills gap issue in the Commonwealth so that workers can compete in today’s ever-changing jobs market,” said Governor Deval Patrick. "The Workforce Training Fund focuses…
Friday, January 4, 2013
Frank reportedly wants to stay to be part of the fiscal cliff debate.
One day after leaving the U.S. Congress, former Democratic Congressman Barney Frank said he asked Gov. Deval Patrick to appoint him as the interim senator to fill John Kerry's seat, according to the Boston Herald. Frank made the remarks during an appearance on MSNBC on Jan. 4. If appointed, Frank would fill the seat Kerry will likely vacate if he is confirmed as the next Secretary of State. Frank said he wanted to stay in politics for now because he wanted to be part of the fiscal cliff debate, according to the Herald. Tweets from Boston Globe political reporter Glen Johnson confirmed the news. "But [the fiscal cliff deal] now means that February, March and April are going to be among the most important months in American financial …
Friday, December 14, 2012
Here's where to get an influenza vaccine, how to recognize symptoms and what to know about treatment if you get sick.
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Friday, December 14, 2012
Flu season is coming early in parts of the United States: This time last year, flu cases were lower in the Boston-area than they are now, according to data on Google's Flu Trends. (Northborough-specific data is not available on Flu Trends.) Overall in Massachusetts, activity is considered high now, while it was considered low at this time in 2011, according to Flu Trends. If you're considering getting a flu shot, here are some places in and near Northborough that offer the vaccine (besides your own doctor, of course): CVS, 24 West Main St., Northborough CVS, 197 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury Target Pharmacy, 330 Turnpike Road, Westborough For more locations, enter your zip code into the widget in this article. According to this week's CDC Flu …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Although the state is expected to fall short of projected revenue, the raises are justified since staff hasn't had a raise in four years, some say.
Despite recent news that the state is projected to take in less than expected in tax revenues, State House leaders last week announced 3 percent salary raises for staff of representatives and some senators, the Globe reported. But the increases are justified since the lawmakers' staff haven't had a raise since 2008, says Seth Gitell, a spokesman for House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. "It’s been more than four years since the last cost-of-living adjustment,” Gitell said Monday, according to the Globe. “Previously, employees received cost-of-living increases every one or, in many cases, every one or two years. There hasn't been one in a long time.” Last week DeLeo gave raises to all 460 people who work in the House, and Senate President …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Watch Wednesday's debate live on your local Patch site.
Want to see Democratic state Sen. Jamie Eldridge and Republican challenger Dean Cavaretta debate live? Don't feel like leaving the comfort of your couch? Patch to the rescue! Patch will be livesstreaming the Eldridge-Cavaretta debate sponsored by Acton Patch and ActonTV on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. How can you watch? Visit the following Patches: Acton, Sudbury, Marlborough, Northborough or Westborough that night and click on the livestream debate post. Of course, you can always watch the debate live on any ActonTV channel (Comcast Channels 8, 9 and 99 and Verizon Channels 40, 41 and 45). The state senate seat up for grabs in the Nov. 6 election serves the Middlesex & Worcester District, including Acton, Ayer, Boxborough, Devens, …