New England budget 1.21.10
New England budget 1.21.10
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KIDZBUZZ ON HAITI: GateHouse News Service offers a page targeted at children to help them understand the Haiti earthquake.
POLL QUESTION IDEA: Will there be national fallout from Republican Scott Brown winning the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts?
NASCAR PREVIEW SECTION: Find our NASCAR 2010 Preview Section on GateHouse News Service, along with a flier and promo ad.
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Extraordinary Measures' and other new movies -- Be ready to laugh at the stop-motion film "A Town Called Panic," cringe at the potentially humiliating "The Tooth Fairy" and view "Extraordinary Measures," the first offering from CBS Films.
FLICKS: 'Avatar' a fad, not a life-changing Event -- "Avatar” won the Golden Globe for Best Drama. Whatever that means. The thing about “Avatar” is it won’t change anything about filmmaking. Some movies will be junk. Some won’t. Few, if any, will take as long or cost as much to make. Studios simply won’t take that much of a risk. Few, if any, will require new technology to animate a world.
AMY BLACK: Amy Black and The Red Clay Rascals to hold CD release, food pantry benefit - Amy Black and The Red Clay Rascals have been playing folk and acoustic venues throughout the area for many years, and have recently taken a taste of their contemporary take on traditional Americana music to the recording studio. They are celebrating the musical milestone of a debut, self-titled CD this Saturday at the Old Court Irish Pub in Lowell, with a raffle to benefit the Merrimack Valley Food Bank. By Margaret Smith.
THEATER REVIEW: Hard to find the charm in this SpeakEasy musical - The Tony Award-nominated musical “[title of show]” centers around two struggling young artists writing a musical about two struggling young artists writing a musical. By Iris Fanger.
THEATER REVIEW: ‘Money’ is shaky investment - If you were lucky enough to see playwright Gip Hoppe’s hilarious “A New War” at Jimmy Tingle’s Off Broadway in Somerville about seven years ago, then you’ll probably walk into the Boston Center for Arts to see his new piece, “Boyce and Melinda’s Investment Strategies for the Post-Money World!” with high expectations. By Alexander Stevens.
THEATER REVIEW: Hovey Players offers a refreshing 'Joined at the Head' - One good reason to check out the offerings of community theaters is they can afford to produce plays that professional theater companies often aren't willing to takes risks on. By David Brooks Andrews.
SUZETTE MARTINEZ STANDRING: The turnaround church - A new book, “The Turnaround Church” (The Alban Institute, $17), is based on the startling resurrection of The Wollaston Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) in Quincy, Mass. It was not expected to survive, much less thrive. In only 94 pages, the author, the Rev. Dr. Mary Louise Gifford, details the steps she took as pastor to revive her dwindling congregation of 25.
REIKI FOR ROVER: Pets treated like masters at Braintree holistic center - When Susan Czemmel lights the lavender incense and soy candles, turns on soothing New Age music, dims the lights and spreads a mat on the floor, her black Labrador retriever comes over and lies down. Nestlé knows it’s time for bliss – 20 minutes of Reiki. Nestlé is one of the demonstration dogs in the new Zen Den at the Woof and Whimsy holistic pet center in Weymouth Landing. By Valerie A. Russo.
PIE DAY: Taste of travel: Keep your eyes on the pies - Jan. 23 is National Pie Day, and like Nutella is to Europeans, apple pies are America’s signature food. If you think it’s pie time to consider a new version of the American staple, head to Rockland, Maine, on Sunday, Jan. 24, 1-5 p.m., where “Pies on Parade” celebrates crust-worthy creations by offering over 40 different pies to sample at participating Historical Inns, restaurants and pastry shops. By Charlene Peters.
COLLEGE MATTERS: Tending to the final details -- For most seniors, college applications will be complete and in the mail by the end of this month and the long, sometimes arduous, hopefully rewarding process of applying will be finished. Almost. While the lion's share of the work is done, there are still some important details to attend to.
OPINIONS: TOONS, EDITORIALS & NEWS COLUMNS
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On modern technology. (For Friday)
O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On a Massachusetts Republican in Washington. (For Saturday)
GRANLUND CARTOON: Wave of voter discontent hits Congress.
EDITORIAL: Unplug the robo-callers - In the wake of Tuesday's hotly contested Senate election, there's one thing voters of all persuasions can agree on: Enough with the robo-calls. By MetroWest.
DAVID ROGERS: Too bad Coakley didn't drive a truck -- Even before Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley called state Sen. Scott Brown to concede defeat in Tuesday¹s special senate election, the finger-pointing began. Several explanations as to why her campaign floundered were readily offered. But what really hindered Coakley was that it’s apparently easier to like a male candidate than a female one.
BOB TREMBLAY: Blue Massachusetts turns red with Brown - Somewhere in heaven Ted Kennedy is weeping, while somewhere on Earth Rush Limbaugh is rejoicing. All the hard work that Kennedy put in to guaranteeing health care for all of America may soon be undone by a man whose greatest claim to fame until now was having a child who appeared on "American Idol." He's Mr.-Brown-You've-Got-a-Lovely-Daughter and he's the new U.S. senator for Massachusetts. Lord, help us.
JULIA SPITZ: Brown hears, 'expert' sees our future - Sen. Scott Brown's victory is seen as vindication for some and disaster for others. Either way, it once again showed the prediction business can be dicey at best. Which is why I was surprised to open my e-mail yesterday morning and find a new round of predictions of what's going to happen between now and November.
MATTHEW BELSON: Hey, remember me? I’m your local representative - Leave it to the folks in Massachusetts to turn everything on its head. Two hundred and thirty-six years ago it was a bunch of angry colonists sacking a couple of ships and dumping tea into Boston Harbor. Fast forward to Jan.19, 2010, and once again the commonwealth has managed to upend the political establishment with the election of Republican Scott Brown to fill the late Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy’s seat that he held for more than 40 years.
CHUCK SWEENY: Brown's win a warning to Obama, both parties - How much should we make of Republican Scott Brown’s 52 percent to 47 percent victory over Democrat Martha Coakley in Tuesday’s special election in Massachusetts, our most liberal state?
DAVID SCHIEFELBEIN: Dems' loss of Senate seat an omen en Mass.? - While national Democratic leaders apparently point fingers and cast blame, Republicans can’t contain their glee. They should. If the Massachusetts election of former state Sen. Scott Brown is a referendum on anything, it is that the masses who voted for change are even more disgusted with the status quo.
LLOYD GARVER: Why so many tree-hugging bartenders -- In these days of overwhelmingly serious issues, every once in a while we need a break from them. People need diversions. So I have a gift for you: an interesting question to ponder that caught my attention: Why are there so many more liberal bartenders than conservative ones?
UNO BANKRUPTCY: Uno Restaurant Holdings files for Chapter 11 - Uno CEO Frank Guidara maintains that the bankruptcy filing will position the company for future growth. By Jon Chesto.
OYSTER BEER: Brewer, Duxbury business team up to revive an old beer - Beer historian Michael Jackson wrote on his Beer Hunter Web site that a brewery in New Zealand brewed a stout made with oysters in 1929. Eighty-one years later, Duxbury's Island Creek Oysters has teamed up with Boston-based Harpoon Brewery to create its own oyster stout. By Matthew Nadler.
KICKBACKS: Former Brockton building superintendent to change plea in alleged kickbacks scheme - Joseph Vasapollo Jr. of Brockton filed a notice in U.S. District Court in Boston that he intends to change his innocent plea. A hearing is set for Feb 2. By Maureen Boyle.
CASINO: Crowd turns out for Milford casino discussion - About 75 people squeezed into the Ashland Library on Wednesday night to talk about the effects a resort-style casino would have in the area. By Kendall Hatch.
SLEEP CENTER: Video: Plymouth’s new home for sleep health - Medical experts estimate 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer from some type of sleep disorder. But treatment is available. Jordan Hospital is poised to open a new facility that will help troubled sleepers breathe easier. By Rich Harbert.
SCOTT BROWN ELECTED: We’re collecting content related to Scott Brown’s victory and will update the links package as new items come in. Several items have been added today.
HAITI LINKS PACKAGE: Massachusetts stories of the disaster in Haiti are linked to here. Several items were added yesterday evening and today, and we’ll keep updating as stories come in.
SUPERDAD DIES: Braintree father of 24, foster father of 51 dies - Matthew C. Gannon, who along with his wife, Miriam, adopted 23 children and were foster parents to 51 others, has died. He was 88. A long-running joke in the family is that Maryanne, the couple’s only biological child, kept asking her parents for a little brother or sister. When she was 6 years old, they obliged. And they kept on obliging until they had adopted 23 children and been foster parents to 51. By The Patriot Ledger.
POVERTY: Study finds suburban poverty is on the rise - The number of people living in poverty in the suburbs of Boston rose sharply during the last decade, even as inner-city poverty fell slightly, a new report says. By The Patriot Ledger.
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