Saturday, May 18, 2013
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 …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Winchester Board of Appeal voted Tuesday night to have CVS Pharmacy pay for a peer review traffic study in the area of the retailer's proposed store at the corner of Swanton and Washington Streets.
The Winchester Board of Appeal voted Tuesday night to have CVS Pharmacy pay for a peer review traffic study in the area of the retailer's proposed store at the corner of Swanton and Washington Streets. CVS, which has a location on Main Street in Winchester, is proposing to develop a 11,995-square-foot store with a 2,405-square-foot mezzanine in the area of 278-292 Washington St., 12 Swanton St. and 16-20 Swanton St. The area is currently zoned as mixed use, which allows for commercial development. Peer Review Traffic Study After hearing updates about the newly revised site plan, the board unanimously approved having CVS pay up to $5,000 for the traffic study. While the parameters of the traffic study were not immediately available, a …
The Winchester Chamber of Commerce’s 34th Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award Dinner will be held on Wednesday at the Burlington Marriott to honor Tom Howley as the Outstanding Citizen.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Winchester Board of Appeal is expected to review the updated CVS Pharmacy proposal at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Below is a recap from the three Town Meeting sessions at Winchester High School in the Auditorium.
After three sessions, Winchester Town Meeting came to a close shortly before 9 p.m. Monday at Winchester High School in the Auditorium. Here is a recap from our three live blogging sessions: 7:30 p.m.: Third Town Meeting session is underway. 7:35 p.m.: Article 17 passed. Voters approved continuing a revolving fund in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44 Section 53E½ in order to receive fees associated with the use of energy in school and municipal buildings; that funds derived from the assessment of fees for such use may be expended by authorization of the Town Manager for projects that conserve energy in the operation of the Town’s buildings and that the amount of the fund be limited to $80,000 in fiscal 2014. 7:40 p.m.: …
The week encouraging bike-based activities is May 11-19.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation along with several other public and private entities have banded together to tell you to get out of your cars and onto your bikes this week. May 11 to 19 is Bay State Bike Week, a week unique to Massachusetts which celebrates all things bicycle. Winchester residents are encourage to bike to work. There are bike-based events going on around the Bay State this week, and several in the Boston area. The Bay State Bike Week website has provided a searchable calendar to find dates, locations and times for events closest to you. What would a statewide bike week be without a little friendly competition? The MassCommute Bicycle Challenge will award those who log the most miles by bicycle. Other local …
Saturday, May 11, 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?
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
Congressman leads Gabriel Gomez by 17 points.
A new Suffolk University/7NEWS (WHDH) poll shows a strong lead for Democratic U.S. Congressman Edward Markey over Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez in the race for the U.S. Senate special election. The poll of 500 likely voters has Markey at 52 percent and Gomez at 35 percent. Eleven percent of voters in the poll were undecided. A third-party candidate, Richard Heos of the Twelve Visions Party, got 1 percent and another 1 percent declined to respond. David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk University Political Research Center in Boston, said along with the announcement of the poll that Markey has "a large lead over his Republican opponent who voters are unsure about." Indeed, 32 percent of those polled said …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Legislation filed in aftermath of John Burbine arrest aims to fix weaknesses in the state's sex offender registry system.
Local lawmakers and Wakefield’s chief of police were among those calling for changes to the state’s sex offender laws during a Tuesday hearing at the State House. State Sen. Katherine Clark, who represents Winchester, chaired the Joint Committee on the Judiciary hearing, focused on a bill she and State Rep. Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose) are sponsoring. The legislation aims to address weaknesses in the sex offender registry system that were brought to light by the John Burbine child sex abuse case. Burbine allegedly sexually abused children in the Winchester region. Wakefield Police Chief Rick Smith testified at the hearing and was quoted in a Boston Herald report talking about how last summer a parent came to the station asking for information …