Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Outgoing lieutenant governor said recent controversies had nothing to do with decision to resign.
Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Tim Murray said none of the controversies that have dogged him during his tenure on Beacon Hill contributed to his decision to announce his resignation. In a press conference at the State House Wednesday, Murray said his final day on the job will be June 2. The next day he will take over as president and CEO of the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce where his salary will reportedly be around $200,000. In January, Murray said he had no intention of running for governor when Gov. Deval Patrick's term expires in January 2015. "This has been a very difficult but empowering decision," Murray said. "It has been an honor to serve as lieutenant governor." Patrick called Murray an "outstanding partner" during his time in …
CBS Boston reports Murray has a new job lined up already.
UPDATE, 12:15 p.m.: The Massachusetts Republican Party was quick to jump on the reports about Murray's resignation, saying Murray is trying "to outrun the scandal that dogs him" in a statement on their website. MassGOP attempted to liken Murray's exit to that of former House Speaker Thomas Finneran, who was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2007. “History doesn’t always repeat itself, but in this case it looks like Tim Murray is following the same path as a previous, disgraced Democratic official,” said Nate Little MassGOP Executive Director in the scathing statement. “Only time will tell if Murray follows the Finneran playbook to the end, complete with indictment and guilty plea.” UPDATE, 10:45 a.m.: Boston.com has updated their …
On Sunday, veterans and citizens gathered at the new memorial on on Route 3A to rededicate the two soldier statues.
The Weymouth Vietnam Memorial was restored in time for Memorial Day. On Sunday, veterans and citizens gathered at the new memorial on Bridge Street to rededicate the two soldier statues. Last November one of the statues was destroyed by vandals just before Veterans Day. The statue of one of the soldiers was detached from its concrete base, its eyes and nose were smashed in, its arm was cracked and its hand was laying on the ground. Police and veterans believe the incident was committed by children. A $500 reward was offered to find the suspect, but police were unsuccessful in their investigation.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The entire $272 million bridge is scheduled to be completed by fall of 2016.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation released designs of the new Fore River Bridge on Thursday, explaining that the bridge will have a vertical lift to let boats pass. Project Manager Jack Peccora told WATD that the vertical lift span and the framework of the main construction are expected to be completed by 2015. The entire $272 million bridge is scheduled to be completed by fall of 2016. Only 75 percent of the designs have been complete and should be fully completed in two to three months, WATD reported. The project, part of Patrick's Accelerated Bridge Program that began in 2008, involves widening the Fore River channel and creating a structure that has a higher vertical clearance, allowing for fewer openings. Critics of the …
McKinney says he showed the video to lighten the mood of the heated budget talk, but members of the school committee did not find it funny, according to Boston.com.
Watch the attached video, provided by Cable Channel WETC, at 79 minute mark. Weymouth’s Chief Financial Officer William McKinney was suspended without pay for 10 days, after showing a video at Town Meeting that appeared to mock people who disagreed with the Mayor’s proposed budget. McKinney apologized after showing the video and sent a letter of resignation, but Mayor Sue Kay released a statement Wednesday that she was suspending McKinney without pay for 10 days instead, according to Boston.com. The video shows five Boy Scouts at a table, explaining to a man named “Mr. Peters” why the mayor’s proposed budget is better than what the school committe had wanted. The video was shown at Monday's Town Meeting during a public hearing on Mayor …
Treatment will begin the week of May 28.
By the end of the month, mosquito spraying will begin in Norfolk County, including Weymouth. Norfolk County Mosquito Control District Director David Lawson said in a recent statement that the group will start mosquito spraying in the Weymouth area starting the week of Tuesday, May 28. The aerosol spray, designed to lower the population of mosquitoes during a significant breeding season, will start in the late evening, and will continue until Sept. 30. Residents in Norfolk County can click here to see when spraying will begin in their area. And to see a specific street map, click here.
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
After two years of being closed to the public and the completion of a $150,000 restoration, Abigail Adams Birthplace, in the care of Abigail Adams Historical Society (AAHS), is poised to once again welcome visitors.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
In case you were away last week, here's what you missed in Weymouth.
Most Read Stories: May 6-12 1. Columbian Square to Hold Spring Festival 2. Weymouth Girls Track Wins First Division Title in School History 3. When Are Cicadas Hatching in Weymouth? 4. Newsweek Top-Rated School List Leaves Off Weymouth High 5. Weymouth Police Catch Quincy Man Driving Drunk For 4th Time 6. Weymouth NHL Star Assists Team to Playoff Victory 7. Pool Shed Catches Fire at Weymouth Apartments 8. Hell’s Kitchen Star Visits Weymouth High School 9. Wanted: Alleged Barbecue Thieves 10. New Home on Privet Path Police Logs Weymouth Arrests From Last Weekend Weymouth Man Arrested After Gas Station Fight Female With Bat, Two Reports of Larceny Weymouth Teen Arrested For Assault with Dangerous Weapon Threats Made at Weymouth Apartments …
Sunday, May 12, 2013
A look at the most popular baby names of last year, according to the Social Security Administration.
Sunday, May 12
Top 10 Girl Names of 2012 1. Sophia 2. Emma 3. Isabella 4. Olivia 5. Ava 6. Emily 7. Abigail 8. Mia 9. Madison 10. Elizabeth ___ Top 10 Boy Names of 2012 1. Jacob 2. Mason 3. Ethan 4. Noah 5. William 6. Liam 7. Jayden 8. Michael 9. Alexander 10. Aiden ___ Fastest-Rising Baby Names for Girls in 2012 1. Arya 2. Perla 3. Catalina 4. Elisa 5. Raelynn 6. Rosalie 7. Haven 8. Raelyn 9. Briella 10. Marilyn ___ Fastest-Rising Names for Boys in 2012 1. Major 2. Gael 3. Jase 4. Messiah 5. Brantley 6. Iker 7. King 8. Rory 9. Ari 10. Maverick ___ Source: Social Security Administration