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 …
Monday, February 4, 2013
Which were the best Super Bowl commercials of 2013? Which were the worst?
Millions of sports enthusiasts around the world and in Bedford watched Super Bowl 47 on Sunday. Likely, many tuned in just to watch Super Bowl commercials, just like they do every year. According to Ad Age, CBS essentially sold out its ad inventory for Super Bowl XLVII at prices averaging between $3.7 million and $3.8 million. More from Ad Age: The usual coterie of big sponsors is more or less on board again —hello, Pepsi! hello Bud Light! — accompanied by opportunistic, smaller brands that want to make a big splash, such as Century 21 and GoDaddy.com, both of which are also returning to the game. In addition to Ms. Patrick and Mr. Fogle, celebrities and pseudo-celebs on the ad roster will include Willem Dafoe, Amy Poehler, Bar Refaeli, …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Food ideas for people whose Turkey Day involves no turkeys.
In one week, we'll be doing the Thanksgiving scramble: Running to the inlaws' house, hitting the store for some last minute gravy, or checking on the bird in the oven every five minutes. What some consider the best meal of the year, fit for kings and gluttons, is centered around meat. Not all of us, for varying reasons, choose to eat meat, though. What is one supposed to prepare for those who don't eat turkey on Turkey Day? The answer is easy, and the options are many. Whether you're cooking for a vegetarian guest, or are a vegetarian yourself, Patch helps you out this week with five tasty recipes for a vegan/vegetarian Thanksgiving. 1. Tofurky: Funny sounding name, seriously tasty substitute. What you need: 1 Tofurky Roast (can be …
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, November 10, 2012
Ken Gordon thanks his supporters, campaign staff and family.
To the Editor, With sincere gratitude and pride I thank the voters of Bedford for electing me your next State Representative. I will work hard to reward your faith, and to represent our district in a way you will be proud. I will be forever grateful that the residents of the town that has known me the longest again provided your overwhelming support. I look forward to hearing your ideas and your concerns and to discussing ways the Commonwealth can be helpful. I appreciate that your vote represents your trust, and I will respect that bond. I will stand up for the schools, seniors and veterans in all of our communities. I will address the problems that plague traffic in the district. I look forward to addressing these issues, and to taking …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Getting to know your neighbors is as easy as throwing a party.
When we moved into our new home a year ago I was thrilled, great town, great schools, great next door neighbors. Life was good. I did however begin to miss living in a traditional neighborhood. We live on a busy street and while I do like the constant hustle and bustle of that, I worried we wouldn’t get to know our extended neighbors. I chalked it up to one of the few things I would have to give up living in our new house, could be worse. Life was moving along fairly well and we had a great relationship with our next door neighbors from day one. Soon, new neighbors moved in behind us and we started enjoying playing with their son, sharing a glass of wine and just hanging out. Soon I was introduced to another family on the other side of …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Bedford resident Henry A. Miranda Jr. writes in support of Sandi Martinez, Republican candidate for state Senate in the Third Middlesex District.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
One of the simplest axioms of governance, (local, state, and federal), is that the unrestrained power to tax leads first to a bloated bureaucracy ever searching for new “problems” to address, and eventually to an arrogance that is extremely difficult to eradicate. An example of this: Recently, our sitting President, in commenting on the killing of our Ambassador, three of his guards, and the destruction of our embassy in Benghazi, minimized this radical Muslim insult to our nation in his usual detached academic manner by relegating it to “an ongoing investigation“. He then devoted a major portion of a speech at the UN suggesting that the disturbance was a reaction to an obscure U-Tube video, despite the fact that it was already more than…
Saturday, October 13, 2012
A recap of recent and popular blog posts in Bedford.
Patch blogs recently have covered a spate of issues, including why PSAT scores may not be as important as they used to be. Blogger Mark Greenstein examines why Practice SAT exams might be more useful to high school students than the PSAT. Greenstein breaks it down point by point, laying out why the PSAT might become obsolete. __ If you're interested in blogging for Patch and sharing your story, insights, opinions or photos, email email@example.com.
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.