Saturday, May 18, 2013
The bill would protect off-duty firefighters and EMTs in emergency situations.
The Senate Judiciary Committee favorably reported Senate Bill 829 an Act relative to the protection of off duty firefighters and emergency medical technicians out of committee at a public hearing held May 7. Lead sponsor, Senator Jim Timilty (D) Walpole, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety, filed this bill along with members of the House of Representatives: Chairman Louis L. Kafka (D) Stoughton, Daniel B. Winslow (R) Norfolk, and Aaron Vega (D) Holyoke. The bill seeks to broaden the list of people protected under the Good Samaritan Law in the Commonwealth. “I have a deep appreciation for first responders and the heroism they exhibit while working,” Senator Timilty said. “This legislation protects …
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 …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Mosquito spraying to start May 28.
By the end of the month, mosquito spraying will be start in Norfolk, Wrentham, and Plainville. Norfolk County Mosquito Control District Director David Lawson said in a press release they will start mosquito spraying in Wrentham and the surrounding area on Tuesday, May 28. 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
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Wrentham Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for May 27.
The annual Wrentham Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for May 27 at 10:30 a.m., starting on Randall Road. Wrentham veteran service agent Ken Oles, who’s been organizing Wrentham’s Memorial Day festivities for the last three years, said the parade will feature marching veterans of all branches of the military. Veterans who have serviced after September 11 overseas in Afghanistan or Iraq are especially invited to join in the parade. The American Legion Post 225 Rifle Squad and Color guard to pay tribute to deceased veterans at memorial sites in Wrentham will hold memorial services. Oles said just as in years past, Scout troops will place flags on veterans graves at all cemeteries in Wrentham starting on Saturday morning, May 25 at 9 a.m.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
A look at the most popular baby names of last year, according to the Social Security Administration.
Tuesday, May 14
Top 10 Girl Names of 2012 1. Sophia 2. Emma 3. Isabella 4. Olivia 5. Ava 6. Emily 7. Abigail 8. Mia 9. Madison 10. Elizabeth ___ Top 10 Boy Names of 2012 1. Jacob 2. Mason 3. Ethan 4. Noah 5. William 6. Liam 7. Jayden 8. Michael 9. Alexander 10. Aiden ___ Fastest-Rising Baby Names for Girls in 2012 1. Arya 2. Perla 3. Catalina 4. Elisa 5. Raelynn 6. Rosalie 7. Haven 8. Raelyn 9. Briella 10. Marilyn ___ Fastest-Rising Names for Boys in 2012 1. Major 2. Gael 3. Jase 4. Messiah 5. Brantley 6. Iker 7. King 8. Rory 9. Ari 10. Maverick ___ Source: Social Security Administration
Monday, May 13, 2013
The following meetings will be held next week in Wrentham, Plainville and Norfolk.
UPCOMING MEETINGS Saturday, May 11 The Wrentham Town Government Study Committee will be meeting Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the second floor conference room at town to finalize the briefing sides to their recommendations public presentation, scheduled for Thursday, May 16. Monday, May 13 The Wrentham Finance Committee will be meeting from 7-9 p.m. to review captial budget requests and June annual town meeting warrant. Wrentham Board of Health, 6:30 p.m. Norfolk Zoning Board of Appeals, Room 105C Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. Plainville Planning Board, Senior Center, 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 Norfolk School Committee, Freeman-Kennedy School Media Center, 7 p.m. Plainville Water and Sewer Commissioners, 171 East Bacon St., Plainville, 7 p.m. …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
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 …
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?
Wrentham may go digital in terms of resident complaints.
Wrentham town appraiser Steven McCarthy presented selectmen with an idea on to help citizens connect faster to their town government Tuesday. McCarthy told selectmen about the use of what is called "People Forms," where residents can send complaints, ideas, requests and recommendations electronically. He said the difference from email here, however, is that one form would be processed and go to all applicable recipients by way of categorized boxes that a database would read and distribute. “Let’s say there was a complaint about trash not getting picked up, or there’s a dead animal in the road on South Street,” McCarthy said. “You’d click on the applicable box. If you go down a little further there would be a text box asking for more info. …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
King Philip comes together to support and remember those hurt by the Boston Marathon bombings.