Archive for: January, 2012

Governor Patrick Announces Plan to Focus Mission of Community Colleges to Create Robust Workforce for Regional Employees

holyoke community college

In his annual State of the Commonwealth address tonight, Governor Deval Patrick will propose a set of reforms to help Massachusetts community colleges provide residents looking for work with the skills they need to help fill the estimated 120,000 current job openings in the state. The proposal calls for the fifteen individual community college campuses [...]

Governor Deval Patrick’s Complete Speech from Last Night’s State of the Commonwealth

Courtesy of Scott Eisen/Governor's Office

Lieutenant Governor and fellow Constitutional Officers, Madame President, Mr. Speaker and Members of the Senate and of the House, Members of the Judiciary, Members of the Cabinet and of our Administration, Mayor Menino and other Municipal Officials, Reverend Clergy and most especially fellow Citizens of Massachusetts. Good evening and thank you for joining me for [...]

New England Libraries Offer a Free and Legal Way to Boost Your Music Collection

Lewiston Public Library, photographed by Brian Vanden Brink

Did you download a copy of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” last year?  If you did, you had plenty of company. It was the best selling digital song in 2011, with 5.8 million downloads. Thanks to songs like that, digital music outsold physical music for the first time, with more than a 50% share of [...]

Boston Financial Community Unites to Fight Childhood Cancer; Event to Benefit St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital


Boston’s financial community will host its 2nd annual Invest in a Cure event, an evening of networking, fun and philanthropy on February 2, 2012 at Petit Robert Central in Downtown Crossing.  The event host committee is comprised of over twenty representatives from the city’s financial firms, and represents a larger effort by the nation’s financial [...]

Property Owner And Heating Contractor Indicted For Allegedly Illegally Removing Asbestos From Medway Rental Property


A property owner from Weston and a Plainville-based heating contractor have been indicted in connection with the alleged improper removal of asbestos in a single-family rental property in Medway, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. David Einis, age 58, and Nicholas Pasquantonio, age 41, were each indicted on two counts of violating the Massachusetts Clean [...]

Contaminated Drinking Water Linked to Mental Illness

dripping faucet

Move over family history and traumatic experience, here comes another piece in the mental illness puzzle. A recent Boston University study suggests that exposure to a common drinking water contaminant in the womb and during early childhood could lead to heightened risk for bipolar and post traumatic stress disorders. From the late 1960s to the [...]

Pot-Based Prescription Drug Looks for FDA OK

Courtesy of Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A quarter-century after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first prescription drugs based on the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, additional medicines derived from or inspired by the cannabis plant itself could soon be making their way to pharmacy shelves, according to drug companies, small biotech firms and university [...]

Romney to release taxes, Gingrich ready for Obama

Courtesy of Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Newt Gingrich worked to capitalize Sunday on his upset victory in South Carolina’s Republican presidential primary, while Mitt Romney moved quickly to cut his losses before the next contest with a promise to release his income tax returns within 48 hours. Gingrich said in a round of television interviews that his win, [...]

Tyler, of Idol and Aerosmith, sings anthem at AFC

Courtesy of Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — What would Steven Tyler, the American Idol judge, think of Steven Tyler, who sang the national anthem at the AFC championship game on Sunday? Let’s just say the rendition probably wouldn’t get him to Hollywood. The 63-year-old frontman for the Boston-based rock group Aerosmith warbled “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the New [...]

Lieutenant Governor Murray Announces More Than $5.2 Billion In Local Aid For Cities And Towns And Record Investment In Education

Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray

Delivering the keynote address at the 33rd Massachusetts Municipal Association’s annual meeting, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today announced more than $5.2 billion in state funding to cities and towns, including a $145 million increase in K-12 Chapter 70 education aid – the highest level in history – which will be included in the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Fiscal Year 2013 [...]

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