Sunday, September 16, 2012
As teenagers are getting their licenses and permits, what's one thing you want them to know before heading out onto the road?
When first learning to drive, my father stood me next to the car to tell me about the most dangerous part on the vehicle. He said, "it's the nut that holds the wheel." According to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 16-year-olds have the highest crash rate of any driving age group, and the crash rate per mile for 16-year-olds is nearly double that of 18- and 19-year olds. This suggests that even a couple of years' worth of experience is a significant factor. While teens will likely have to learn some things through practice, there are some pieces of wisdom experienced drivers can share. Below are some driving tips from Patch editors (as we spend a good chunk of time driving around town!). If you have some driving …
Saturday, September 15, 2012
As teens get their licenses and permits, what's one thing you want them to know before they head out on the road?
When first learning to drive, my father stood me next to the car to tell me about the most dangerous part on the vehicle. He said, "it's the nut that holds the wheel." According to research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 16-year-olds have the highest crash rate of any driving age group, and the crash rate per mile for 16-year-olds is nearly double that of 18- and 19-year olds. This suggests that even a couple of years' worth of experience is a significant factor. While teens will likely have to learn some things through practice, there are some pieces of wisdom experienced drivers can share. Here are some driving tips from Patch editors (as we spend a good chunk of time driving around town!). But we also want your driving…
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Gas prices have climbed 20 cents compared to a year ago in Massachusetts. How will this impact holiday travel?
As city residents gear up for Labor Day weekened, local gas prices continue to creep up. According to AAA, the average price of a gallon of gas in the Boston area is currently $3.78, up 20 cents from this time last month. The local spike is not as bad as the national average, which has seen an increase of 32 cents per gallon this past month. Prices in the area range between $3.67 a gallon and $3.85, with the cheapest price currently at Stop and Shop at 70 Pulaski Boulevard in Bellingham, MA, next door. According to AAA, gas prices should go down after Labor Day. Will the spike in gas prices impact your Labor Day plans? How do you change your driving habits when prices climb?
Friday, August 31, 2012
Does living in a Democratic state mean you can’t go public about being pro-life?
When my 18 year-old daughter arrived home for spring break in March of 2012, she made an Acton bucket list of sorts. At the top of Jackie’s list: go to Town Hall to register to vote. This coming November, she’ll make the trek from Chestnut Hill to the RJ Grey Junior High gym to cast her first ballot. Jackie won’t be at the dinner table participating in “election talk” with her political-junkie dad this fall. She won’t be at the high school listening to Mary Price Maddox explain the complexities of the issues. But I have no doubt that she’ll be paying attention to the messages put forth by both the Democrats and the Republicans who hope to win her vote. I am confident that my daughter will be able to discern most of the differences between…
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
A letter to the editor from Wellesley resident and cardiologist Gary J. Balady.
Dear Editor, We see it in the news far too often, a student is at practice, or playing in a game or just walking to class when they suddenly collapse and die from sudden cardiac arrest. When a tragedy like this happens, people often think there’s nothing they can do, but there is. Immediate treatment with CPR and an automated external defibrillator, before paramedics arrive, gives the victim the best chance for survival. As a practicing cardiologist at Boston Medical Center and an advocate for the American Heart Association, I am writing to thank the legislature, especially Representative Alice Peisch, for ensuring that our schools will be prepared this fall with the requirement of Medical Emergency Response Plans. Medical Emergency …
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Watertown's Marilyn Petitto Devaney seeks an eighth term on the Governor's Council.
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Dear Friends, I am Marilyn M. Petitto Devaney, and very honored to serve as your Governor’s Councillor, (District 3). I respectfully ask for your continued support by your vote on Election Day Thursday, Sept. 6. Re: Personal Information: I have four children and three grandchildren. I was married to the late John “Jack” Devaney, a Watertown Firefighter, U.S. Marine, who supported me in everything I pursued. Working together, without personal financial resources. I began as a freshman in college with four children and a great, supportive husband (ABA - Middlesex Community College, BS - Suffolk University, Masters - Boston State College.) I served as youngest Watertown Town Meeting member and when changed to a City; elected as Watertown’s …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Let us know by posting a comment below and we'll put together a recap from your responses.
With so many people hitting the road this week to celebrate the Fourth of July by seeing fireworks or the Boston Tall Ships, for example, it got us thinking: What is the most dangerous intersection in Wellesley? Do people ignore signs or speed limits at this intersection? Does it have potholes or poor lighting? Let us know what intersection you deem to be the least safe in Wellesley by posting a comment below. We'll post a recap of your answers on Friday.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Justices voted 5-4 in favor of keeping the law.
The United States Supreme Court has upheld the national health care law passed two years ago, according to NBC News. The court voted 5-4 in its ruling. Follow HuffingtonPost's live blog for continuing updates. For photos of protestors and supporters' at the court reacting to the ruling, click on the photo box to the right. What are your thoughts on the ruling? Tell us in the comments section below, and take our poll. [Editor's note: This poll appears on several Patch sites in the Boston area.]
Saturday, June 9, 2012
We report the wacky and unusual police news from across the region.
This alleged thief was doing some sole-searching. When you're walking around a large grocery store for awhile, your feet are bound to hurt. In Wellesley this week, police were called to Whole Foods for a man who had reportedly stolen more than $200 worth of items, including aloe-infused socks. The man also stole cream cheese and a water filtration system, police said. Was this package expected to be sent by UPS, or FedEX? An out-of-state resident called Milford police to report he had ordered a dog on Craigslist from a person in their town. He had paid for the dog, and the party was "supposed to send the dog, but did not." The man was advised his complaint was a civil matter. One man's waste oil is another man's...environmentally conscious…
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Wellesley High sent off its 2012 graduating class this weekend. Have any words of advice?
It's the season of graduations. Locally, Wellesley High will celebrate its commencement Sunday. It can also be the season of overwrought speeches and cliched advice. Each year, valedictorians, class presidents, guest speakers and administrators are tasked with imparting wisdom onto a new class of graduates. It's a challenge to stay fresh, to say something that hasn't been said before. That said, some advice is worth repeating. What's the best graduation/life advice you've ever received? What would you tell the graduates about what lies ahead? To get us started, here's a list compiled of the "10 best graduation speeches of all time." Add to it with your advice in the comments.