Wednesday, July 11, 2012
This week's by the numbers takes a look at the figures from your local library.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
This information, as presented on the Northborough Free Library's website, shines a light on the number of items lent out, borrowed and visitors last year. In 2011, the library: Do you support your library? Do you ever visit? Check out books or DVDs? What programs are your favorites?
Thursday, June 28, 2012
How many calls do the cops get for vandalism each year in Northborough?
Smashed mailboxes, graffiti, broken headstones ... though there is not a lot of it, Northborough's vandalism record is not completely unblemished. This week's "By the Numbers" focuses on the Northborough police's calls for vandalism. In 2010, there were 70 noted calls for the year, which declined in 2011 to 52.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
How many people reported theft in the past two years?
In this week's By the Numbers, which is also part of our Cop Stats series, we take a look at the number of reported larceny bookings in both 2010 and 2011. On the flip side, there are people who return found property, too. In 2011, statistics show that the Northborough police responded to 101 calls for larceny, compared with 117 in 2011. In 2011, 59 people found property, and returned it, whereas in 2010 only 47 people turned things in. That could mean that fewer people lost their items, too.
Thursday, March 29, 2012
So, how often do police respond to businesses and residences just for a "check?"
Cops do catch the bad guys, usually. But the day in the life of a police officer isn't always pulling over speeders and locking up robbers. Many times, patrolmen head out to local businesses, properties and homes to simply "check" on them, prompted by concerns or alarms. In this week's By the Numbers, which is also part of our Cop Stats series, we take a look at the number of reported business checks as well as house visits. In 2011, Northborough police counted 8,110 building and property checks as compared to 8,084 in 2010. In 2010, numbers indicated 1,743 business checks. House checks accounted for 993 visits in 2011, higher in 2010 at 1,027. Bank checks more than doubled within a year, bringing police to local establishments 2,492 times…
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
How bad are the drivers in Northborough?
According to Lt. William Lyver of the Northborough Police Department, from Jan. 1 to date, Northborough police have issued 2,713 citations for motor vehicle infractions. In the previous year, during the same time period, 3,598 citations were issued, with a difference of 885 fewer this year. Interestingly enough, three officers from the department have been on injury leave for avrious periods of time this year. A couple of them, according to Lyver, "for close to a year each." One of those officers averages 450 citations per year, while the other averages 370.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
This week's "By the Numbers" takes a look at the enrollment at the Proctor School.
Each month at the Northborough School Committee meeting, the enrollment numbers are updated and monitored to keep track of how many students are in the Northborough public schools. Last year, a huge swell in numbers at the Fannie E. Proctor School created concern, according to Principal Margaret Donohoe. "Luckily enough, this year our class sizes are very appropriate, with a range of 16 to 23 per class," said Donohoe. :We will still continue to monitor our enrollment figures." Presently, 39 students attend kindergarten, 48 in first grade, 51 in grade two, 57 students attend grade three, 46 are in fourth and 53 are in fifth, for a total of 291. "Currently our enrollment this year is at 294," said Donohoe. "It is down from last year and …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
The Justice Police Institute recently issued a report that school arrests are on the rise, and for seemingly routine offenses.
According to a report by the Justice Police Institute, in-school police are arresting students at an "alarming rate." "Kids are being arrested in schools for everything from playground skirmishes to talking back to teachers," said the report. JPI links the high number of school arrests to the increasing presence of police officers in public schools since the 1990s and the increasingly common practice of schools’ turning over responsibility of routine school discipline matters to police. “Massachusetts mirrors the national picture, unfortunately,” said Lael Chester, executive director of the Boston-based Citizens for Juvenile Justice. “Our research backs up what JPI found: If you put more cops in schools, more kids get arrested. We shouldn…
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
The cost of building has gone up, but the number hasn't.
According to city-data.com, here are the number of buildings constructed each year from1996 to 2010, along with the average cost of those buildings. Did you build a home in Northborough? If so, were you happy with the price, and the timing?
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Today's quick "By the Numbers" fact is about land — Northborough land.
Not too big, not too small. Near the major highways, but still isolated. Those are some of the reasons people from Northborough say they love their town. And how big is that town? Well, the land area covered from town line to town line is 18.72 square miles, and the public roads cover 79.97 miles.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
It's about pumpkins again. And this is how many.
In talking with Andre Tougas, one of the owners of Tougas Family Farm, recently about pumpkin harvesting, he gave Northborough Patch some interesting figures. Ten acres of farmland at Tougas Family Farm is reserved for the pumpkin harvest. On that, Tougas says they pick up about 40 bins per acre. That's 400 bins of pumpkins. In each bin, approximately 250 of the smaller "sugar pumpkins" can fit, or approximately a dozen of the larger pumpkins. So at the least, that is close to 5,000 pumpkins. Take your pick.