Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Medfield Board of Selectmen chair Osler "Pete" Peterson suggests the town look into expanding Tilden Village to accommodate more 40B housing units. Do you agree?
Affordable housing continues to be a hot button topic around Medfield in light of the proposed 96-unit apartment complex on West Street and the realization that the town has very little defense against developers wanting to build anywhere in town. Many residents have taken their concerns regarding Chapter 40B to public forums, searching for answers and speaking at length at Board of Selectmen meetings. Medfield Board of Selectmen chair Osler "Pete" Peterson has gotten involved in the conversation through his personal blog, "Medfield 02052," offering his view on the town's situation regarding Chapter 40B and suggestions to address the need for affordable housing in Medfield. Among those suggestions is expanding Tilden Village to the vacant …
Friday, January 27, 2012
A tax on cigarettes, junk food, aim to raise money for state and make residents healthier.
Under a proposal by Gov. Deval Patrick, "sin taxes" on cigarettes will increase and new sales taxes on candy and soda will be put into place. Patrick is proposing the increase as a way to raise $260 million in new revenues for the state budget, according to an Associated Press article this week. Under the plan, the cigarette tax will be increased from $2.51 per pack to $3.01 per pack — an increase of 50 cents. The plan will also ask to impose the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax on candy and soda — both items are currently exempt from the tax — and expand the state’s bottle deposit law to include bottled water, sports drinks and other beverages, the Associated Press reported. The plan would also double the taxes paid on other tobacco …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
On Wednesday, a web-wide protest took place in response to the legislative battle over two Internet piracy bills (PIPA and SOPA). What are your thoughts on the legislation?
On Wednesday, a web-wide protest by thousands of websites included a 24-hour shutdown of the English-language Wikipedia and the search engine "Google" blacking out its logo in response to the legislative battle over two Internet piracy bills. The bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act in the House and the Protect IP Act in the Senate, are backed by movie studios, music labels, and news outlets, among other organizations. Major websites are against the legislation, arguing it will give the government broad powers to shut down sites accused of copyright infringment. So Medfield, we want to know ... Today's question: Do you think bills like this are reasonable legislation, or will this lead to a dangerous shift of power? Vote in our poll and …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
A 1983 incident involving an Irish setter in a kennel strapped to the roof of the Romney car for a 12-hour trip continues to dog the candidate. Should it?
The story about Mitt Romney hauling his Irish setter in a kennel strapped on the roof of his car has grown to near legendary proportions since the Boston Globe first reported it in 2007. As the Romney presidential campaign heats up after his win in the New Hampshire primary, the repercussions continue to spread. Websites are cropping up, as are Facebook pages. To "Romney" has become a verb. (Remember when LBJ picked up his beagle by the ears?) So Medfield, we want to know ... Does an incident involving a family pet that happened nearly 30 years ago matter? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Who has the best chance to beat Romney?
Thursday, January 12, 2012
After securing a narrow victory in Iowa and running away with a win in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, Mitt Romney is leading the pack in the Republican primaries. South Carolina, though, will pose formidable test, according to the Boston Herald. "The Romney victory (in New Hampshire) is going to last about one day because the new battleground in South Carolina is so different,” New York University politics professor Mitchell Moss told the Herald. “He should enjoy (the victory) because Gov. Romney is going to find out that South Carolina is not the same as New Hampshire. South Carolina enjoys confrontational politics. This is a state where the rules of the game are very different.” Others, however, feel it may be smooth sailing for the …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
What do you thunk? Should voters be required to show identification?
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
A new law in Rhode Island is taking effect that will require voters to show identification when heading to the polls. The new law will still allow people without the proper identification to cast provisional ballots, according to the Boston Globe. And, the state is required to offer voter identification cards to those who lack the proper identification. Rhode Island is the 30th state to pass the law. Massachusetts does not have a similar law at this point in time. So Medfield, we want to know ... Today's question: Should voters be required to show identification at the polls?
Thursday, January 5, 2012
When do you take down your Christmas tree?
While the Christmas season has come to an end and the New Year has been rung in, some people opt to leave their trees up after Jan. 1. Afterall, the Epiphany – the 12th Day of Christmas – is Jan. 6. That is the day that the Three Kings, also known as the Magi, met the baby Jesus and delivered their gifts. Many cultures have another celebration on Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day. Do you celebrate this day? If so, tell us how you celebarte in the comments section below! If you have taken your tree down or will be taking it down this week, what are you planning to do with it? Medfield's Boy Scout Troop 89 is once again offering to pick up Christmas trees on Jan. 7 and Jan. 14. This is the troop's biggest fundraiser of the year, …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The long-awaited and much-anticipated Iowa caucuses took place Tuesday, officially opening primary season across the country.
The Iowa caucuses took place Tuesday, with Mitt Romney reportedly winning by eight votes over Rick Santorum with Ron Paul finishing a strong third, according to Iowa's Marion Patch website. The eight vote differential between Romney and Santorum was the closest race in GOP caucus history, according to Libertyville Patch. Next up is the New Hampshire primary (Jan. 10) and on Jan. 21, South Carolina. Then they come fast and furious. But doesn't it seem like it's been ages since all that campaigning began? The first Republican debate was back in May 2010 – when a guy named Tim Pawlenty was a frontrunner and no one had even heard of Herman Cain. So Medfield, we want to know ... Today's question: What do you think? Does the primary …
Friday, December 30, 2011
When you look back at 2011, which story will you remember most?
It is the time of year when we can reflect on the events of the past 12 months as we look back on the year that was. 2011 was certainly an action-packed year for news, on all levels. From natural disasters and tragedy to a Royal Wedding, this has been a year full of headlines. So Medfield, we want to know ... Today's question: What was the top story of 2011? Vote in our poll or tell us in the comments section!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
What issue with the Medfield State Hospital Property are you most concerned about?
Last week, Medfield residents Bill Massaro and John Harney voiced their concerns and frustrations regarding the status of the Medfield State Hospital to the Board of Selectmen. Today, we are outlining two of the many issues the town faces with the property and are asking which concerns you most: Remediation of the Site: The town and the state have been unable to agree on the extent of environmental cleanup that should be done on the site. Medfield officials, residents and the State Hospital Environmental Review Committee (SHERC) have expressed concerns with the Division of Capital Asset Management (DCAM's) plan for a "temporary solution" to cap oil and remove contaminated soil from the Charles River and along its banks in the …