Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Which do you prefer? Which will you serve?
With Thanksgiving turkey comes a table full of fixin's which might include cranberry sauce. Which type of cranberry sauce do you prefer -- canned or homemade? Take our poll and let us know. What is your favorite fixin'? Tell us in the comment section below?
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Children will no longer be able to dance with their parents in Cranston, RI schools.
Parents of children who attend Cranston, RI public schools were notified recently of a ban on father-daughter and mother-son activities as school lawyers concluded the traditions violate state gender discrimination laws, Cranston Patch reports. "The action was triggered by a letter from the American Civil Liberties Union, said School Superintendent Judith Lundsten. The letter was written on behalf of a mother who said her daughter was unable to go to the father-daughter dance," the article said. While title IX allows for father-daughter and mother-son activities, state law is more restrictive. Now, the Cranston school committee is asking state lawmakers to change Rhode Island law to mirror federal law, making the now banned dances legal …
Saturday, September 15, 2012
New York City recently passed a ban on soda and sugary drinks over 16 ounces. Where do you stand on soda size?
The New York City Board of Health made it official this week: No large sodas. The unanimous decision extends to sodas larger than 16 ounces from fast-food restaurants, movie theaters and street vendors. It is the first of its kind in the nation and does not cover convenience stores or supermarkets. It will go into effect in March 2013. "This is the single biggest step any city, I think, has ever taken to curb obesity," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the New York Times following the vote. "It’s certainly not the last step that lots of cities are going to take, and we believe that it will help save lives." The decision has been applauded by some including Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver who said that over half of the adults in New …
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, October 4, 2011
What do you think about the "controlled" deer hunt expected to begin in Medfield on Oct. 17?
The Town of Medfield has announced a controlled deer hunt will take place in town from Oct. 17 to Dec. 31 in an effort to reduce Lyme disease by reducing the deer population. Medfield's Lyme Disease Study Committee, formed in 2010, had been given the task of addressing the issue of Lyme disease in town and finding the best solutions to reduce the risks. After reviewing how towns in the surrounding area have handled similar situations and consulting several studies on Lyme disease's relation to deer population, the committee presented the deer culling program to the Board of Selectmen, which approved the proposal in April. The program will, according to the committee, will be by bow and arrow only, and will be restricted to “fixed …
Thursday, September 29, 2011
The numbers are out showing which schools in the state improved and which haven't. What do you think of the Massachusetts standardized testing?
Thursday, September 29, 2011
MCAS scoring numbers by school district came out this past week in Massachusetts, showing schools that made significant advances in meeting what is called "Adequate Yearly Progress." According to a release last week from Governor Deval Patrick, the majority of schools statewide held its performance or improved since last year in English language arts (ELA) and math. In Medfield, the district's five schools performed exceptionally well on the MCAS. Take a look at the testing results here. The numbers are complex, and this is the rubric that Massachusetts schools are judged on. So what do you think, Medfield? Today's Question: How do you feel about the MCAS testing? Are the tests fair to students and school districts? To comment on the poll …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Today we want to know what you think about CVS’ proposed plan to take over the entirety of its current building on Main Street and install a Drive-Thru.
The pharmacy chain CVS has filed plans with Medfield’s Conservation Commission to expand at its current location on Main Street, according to Medfield Selectmen chair Osler Peterson’s blog. CVS will take over the whole building, Peterson says, including the part now occupied by the D’Angelo sandwich shop. A drive-thru will be installed at the rear of the pharmacy’s building. So Medfield, what do you think? Today’s Question: How do you feel about CVS expanding throughout its current building and adding a drive-thru window? To comment on the poll or expand on your answer, click here!
Monday, September 19, 2011
The state's unemployment rate dropped to 7.4 percent last week.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Last week, the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development announced the state's unemployment rate dropped from 7.6 percent in July to 7.4 percent in August. The announcement comes as good news for Massachusetts residents, as the rate remains much lower than the national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent. In August, three of the 10 private sectors added jobs in Trade, Transportation and Utilities; Other Services; and Construction, according to the Massachusetts Office of Labor and Workforce Development. Moreover, the August job loss follows a revised 10,400-job gain in July, previously reported as a 12,700-job gain. As both residents of Massachusetts and Medfield, we're wondering what you think. Answer the poll below and submit …