Friday, April 5, 2013
Gusty northwest winds are expected Friday afternoon.
The National Weather Service is warning of elevated fire weather conditions developing Friday afternoon and continuing into Saturday for Massachusetts. Gusty northwest winds are expected Friday afternoon. The winds plus dry conditions will create a fire hazard, according to the NWS report. Elevated fire conditions will continue through mid-day Saturday, but winds should diminish in the afternoon. There is a “low probability” that southwest winds on Sunday will cause a wind advisory.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The program aims to keep a closer look at who is using welfare, how it is being used and to restore public trust in the office.
A month after the head of the state welfare office resigned amid allegations of squandering millions of dollars, the department announced a new 100-day plan to reign in waste and fraud. "Our mission is to strengthen our programs to ensure that only those who are eligible for benefits receive them," Stacey Monahan, interim commissioner of the Department of Transitional Assistance, said Thursday. “This plan will help us reach those goals, while ensuring that our precious taxpayer resources are used appropriately and only as intended.” Reports surfaced in January that the agency may have overpaid federal food stamp recipients by almost $28 million since 2010 and given millions to people who weren't eligible for welfare. The 100-day plan, …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The answer may surprise you.
A family of four in Massachusetts needs to earn nearly $74,000 to make ends meet without public or private assistance, according to a study released Thursday by the Crittenton Women's Union. In Winchester, that number is higher—$81,576. This amount includes rent, utilities, food, transportation, healthcare and personal needs. According to the Boston Globe, the gap between earnings and cost of living is increasing because of increased costs, no raises at work and a higher required level of education. Although the cost of living for a single-mother-headed household is high, they are not the only ones having trouble. Crittendon Women's Union's study noted four in 10 two-parent homes also struggle to succeed in the state. “You get into what …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Boston Business Journal will recognize these 2013 Pacesetters—and announce the No. 1 business in Massachusetts—at an event in April in downtown Boston.
A Winchester business and several dozen other Massachusetts businesses will be recognized this spring by the Boston Business Journal for being among the fastest growing private companies in the state. The 2013 Pacesetters includes 70 companies from across the commonwealth—businesses that saw the most revenue growth over the past three years, with a revenue baseline of $1 million, according to the BBJ website. Making the list is Fuseideas, located at 8 Winchester Place, Suite 304 in Winchester. "Companies that are seeking relevance, growth and sustainability in this constantly changing world look to Fuseideas," reads the company's About page on its website. Some of Fuseideas customers are FOX, ESPN, HBO, Adidas, Reebok and the Boston …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The commonwealth joins eight other states in restricting carbon dioxide emissions.
Massachusetts has signed an agreement with eight other states to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 90 million tons over the next six years. As part of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) – the nation’s first mandatory “cap-and-trade” program for carbon dioxide emissions – Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont are lowering the current cap on power plant emissions from the 165 to 91 million tons per year, starting in 2014. After 2020, the cap will continue to lower by 2.5 percent per year. “This is one of the largest greenhouse gas reduction measures that we have seen,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan. The RGGI Board of Directors …
Monday, February 25, 2013
A White House report gives examples of where federal aid would be cut in Massachusetts.
Massachusetts would see more than $91 million in federal funds cut from a myriad of programs if Congress fails to act this week to avoid the sequester, the Obama Administration said Sunday. In a move designed to pressure Republicans into accepting new taxes on the wealthy as part of a deal to prevent the sequester from taking effect on Friday, the White House released reports that outlined how those cuts would impact individual states, The Huffington Post reported. Here are some examples of what's on the chopping block for us here in Massachusetts, according to the report: After the reports were released, congressional Republicans criticized the Obama administration for the PR move, The Huffington Post reported. “Rather than issuing last-…
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Massachusetts comes in 50th in pet ownership.
Wednesday, January 23
[Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the American Veterinary Medical Association.] The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently released its U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, which revealed that Massachusetts ranks 50th out of 50 for pet ownership with 50.4 percent of households owning a pet. In 2006, which was the last time the AVMA put together the sourcebook, Massachusetts again made the bottom 10 list of pet owners, ranking 47th with 50.7 percent of households owning a pet. Massachusetts also ranked in the bottom 10 for dog ownership in 2011 with the lowest dog ownership of any U.S. state. The survey is conducted by the AVMA every five years and always includes a breakdown of pet …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Massachusetts has some old, sometimes funny morality laws about cursing and other no-nos. But sometimes those laws play havoc with modern-day living. Is it time to clear the books?
Massachusetts is famous for its out-of-date laws. The Boston Globe cites a few, like a cursing ban at sporting events. But there are other laws, passed over 100 years ago, which could complicate present-day political and legal dilemmas. But these old laws sometimes have a major effect on modern day issues. Representative Byron Rushing, D-South End, reminded the Globe that Governor Mitt Romney used a 1913 law about residency rules to prevent out-of-state gay couples from marrying in Massachusetts. That old law was scrubbed from the books in 2008, five years after it was cited by Romney. The 19th-century anti-abortion laws are a particularly thorny issue, according to the Globe. They may be relics of a time past, but that didn't stop the …