Friday, March 29, 2013
Taking care of the environment doesn't need to be overwhelming. Here are some easy ways for your family to save money and celebrate Earth Day by going green.
Friday, April 22 marks the celebration of Earth Day, which was founded in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. Nelson was inspired in part by the anti-Vietnam war protests and wanted to inspire a similar level of activism against environmental destruction. Since then, Earth Day has become a global event that has raised awareness of many environmental issues including deforestation and global warming. Much has changed for good in the many years since Earth Day was born. When I was a Bainbridge Island nature-loving child, my tree-hugging family did not recycle. Everything went in the trash. Although we had a substantial garden and grew much of our own food, my parents did not compost. My environmentally conscious father made me a great …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
The following is a letter from State. Rep Thomas Stanley.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Do you agree with the governor's decision or was it too drastic?
All non-emergency drivers were ordered off the roads on Friday when Gov. Deval Patrick issued an executive order banning travel during the blizzard. (Editor's note: The ban is lifted statewide as of 4 p.m. Saturday.) Patrick's executive order is being praised by some and bashed by others, reported The Boston Globe. While former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was in charge of the commonwealth during the Blizzard of ’78, praised the governor’s move, others called the order “tyrannical” and say the strict ban and hefty fines were too much, according to The Globe. Those caught violating the ban would face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. What do you think? Do you agree with the governor’s decision or do you think the travel ban …
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
A special thanks to a Waltham business who provided Christmas dinners for local police officers and firefighters.
Tuesday, January 1
To the Editor: On Christmas Day, the owners of NY Pie of Waltham spent their morning cooking up and delivering delicious ham dinners for all the firehouses in Newton and Waltham, as well as the police departments. Their only motivation was to express their appreciation for the service of our first responders. It was heartfelt and thoughtful, and made this Christmas Day far more special to all those who took part. Thank you NY Pie! --Jessica Locke Executive Director, Jessica Locke Firefighters Fund
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tell us about your favorite local businesses.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
While Black Friday may be the official start to the holiday shopping season, Small Business Saturday isn't far behind. Here in Waltham, shoppers have the opportunity to browse a plethora of local, independently-owned stores in the city. Locals can find much of what they may need either at locally-owned stores or "big box" stores. As shoppers gear up for this holiday season and Small Business Saturday, we want to know more about where you find the best products, service and deals in the Waltham community. What small business in Waltham can you not live without? Let us know in the comments section below. Is it your favorite coffee shop? The friendly hardware store? That fabulous consignment shop where you find amazing deals? Share your …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Tell us about your most memorable Thanksgiving.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and at Waltham Patch our thoughts have turned to turkey, football, family and friends. What is your favorite Thanksgiving memory? Is it the time your favorite team won its turkey day game against the big rival? Or is it based around who you spent the holiday with? Share your favorite Thanksgiving memory below.
Friday, November 16, 2012
It's a little less than a week to Thanksgiving 2012. Are you prepared?
Most people plan Thanksgiving well in advance, but with so much time spent on the elections this year, Thanksgiving has kind of sneaked up on us. Would you believe Thanksgiving, and with it the traditional start of the holiday season, is one week from yesterday? If you haven't started planning for Thanksgiving yet, you're already in trouble, according to the website Epicurious. It suggests a six week prep time if you want to do the holiday justice. Are you prepared for Thanksgiving? And more importantly, in what has been a very contentious year, what is it that you can be most thankful for this year? Share your thoughts in the comments field below.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Are the debates old hat by now, or will the last one offer valuable insight?
The third presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is scheduled for Monday night. Will you tune in, or have you already tuned out? Obama and Romney squared off in two debates earlier this month — on Oct. 3 and Oct. 16 — while the vice presidential debate was held on Oct. 11. For some, a third presidential debate on Oct. 22 may be overkill, if they've made their decision on who to vote for already, or just aren't that into politics. On the other hand, debates can offer further insight into the candidates, and, you never know what gems or gaffes could come out. So tell us: do you plan to tune into Monday night's final presidential debate? Let us know in the comments.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
The Boston Globe reports that the Transportation Security Administration unveiled new body scanners that show less details to TSA screeners. Does this cool the debate over the scanners, or are they still worrisome?
When full-body scanners at airports became prevalent at airports in recent years, it stoked a debate over whether the scanners are too invasive. Yesterday, however, the Boston Globe reported that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) unveiled new body scanners that show less details to TSA screeners. Instead of detailed images viewed in a private room by security personnel, the scanners initially only produce generic outlines of passengers, while still picking up on weapons or suspicious objects on a would-be traveller's body. When full-body scans were introduced, some protested that the images were too intrusive and that the scans themselves would be ineffective because they would not detect "low-density" materials like …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The new fall television season is well underway; which new shows are you sticking with?
Yes, I know, cable TV shows launch year-round. But network television still, mostly, stays with the annual fall tradition of launching a slew of new shows at once and calling it 'the new season.' Which ones have you tried? I was surprised by how much I liked the first episode of Last Resort (ABC) — and how much I, a fan of the BBC series, Sherlock, disliked the new Holmesian series Elementary on CBS. Not to rush to judgment, but there's only so much space on my DVR hard drive. While we're at it, not a completely new show, but what about the TNT series Major Crimes, which has just recently been spun out of the late, beloved The Closer? Of the new shows you have you seen — which do you recommend? Tell us in the comments section below, …