Thursday, May 23, 2013
Administrator Kenneth Feinberg is urging people to submit completed claims and offered help filling out the forms.
One Fund Boston administrator Kenneth Feinberger is urging Boston Marathon bombing victims to get claims in before the June 15 deadine. “You would be amazed at how people in grief, with all sorts of uncertainty about their lives, don’t file. File at the last minute. File claim forms written in crayon,”Feinberg told the Boston Herald. Funds are scheduled to start being distributed on June 30, with the three families who lost a loved one to receive around $1 million. Next, those who suffered double amputations or more would receive funds, then single amputees, then those who required an overnight hospital stay. The final protocol for dispersing funds can be viewed on the One Fund site. Downloadable claim forms are available through the …
A look at what the selectmen in Norton will discuss tonight
Take a look at tonight's agenda for the selectmen meeting.
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 …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The state's Restaurant and Business Alliance said there was "no sign of opposition" at a hearing this week.
The Joint Committee on Revenue in the Massachusetts legislature held a hearing this week on the notion of a potential meals tax holiday for August and one supporting group liking its chances. According to the state's Restaurant and Business Alliance (R.A.B.A), the hearing held Tuesday for the Meals Tax Holiday Bill saw "no sign of opposition" to the measure. Twelve legislators have signed on to the bill primarily sponsored by Rep. Keiko Orrall of Lakeville and Sen. Michael O. Moore of Millbury. If passed, the legislation would go into effect from Sunday, Aug. 11 through Thursday, Aug. 15. "We should offer a Meals Tax Holiday to benefit employees and small local business owners inside Massachusetts to help stimulate the economy," said …
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 …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Memorial bench to be donated by Sandra Oullette, the mother of 12-year-old Angel Pina, who died in a tragic crash last summer
The Norton Board of Selectmen approved a request from a resident to place memorial bench on Evergreen Beach. The request, from resident Sandra Oullette, is to memorialize her daughter Angel Pina, who died in a Route 24 crash last summer. “A lot of her friends hung out there,” she said. “It was something special to the kids.” Oullette said the funds for the bench have already been collected, and they just needed selectmen permission. She said they will clean up and maintain the area. “We’ve had a lot of donations,” she said. “It was something special for the kids. We’ll clean up and make it look nice. There is a lot of poison ivy.” Selectmen agreed to the request. “It was so tragic,” said selectmen chair Robert Kimball. “It is a very pretty…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Norton Youth League to fund the project.
The Norton Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 on Thursday to approve the installation of irrigation and grass to the Everett Leonard Field. Norton youth league president Craig Blake requested the improvements to the field. “The fields already look much better,” said chair Robert Kimball. “They’ve done a nice job on restoring and they’ve spent a lot of money down there.” Selectman Mary Steele voiced her concern of who would be responsible for regular maintenance to the facility. “Who’s going to end up taking care of that?” said town manager Michael Yunits. “I support it on the condition we figure out who’s responsible for long term maintenance.”
Norton extends tie in requirement for sewage lines in Norton to help ease financial burdens on residents.
Norton held its Spring Town Meeting on Monday with little contention, with the exception of sewer connection. Article 13, which was designed to raise the time a resident has to connect to a municipal sewer line from two years to five years, raised some contention from the sewer commission, according to town manager Michael Yunits. “Two of the water sewer commissioners were there to speak in opposition from that,” he said. “They said its important to tie in once the sewerage goes by their properties to pay for the cost of that, and they wanted it postponed until they could do a study. “Once that line goes by your house, under the current bylaw you have to tie in,” he added. “Selectmen proposed the article help lighten the burden on people …
Voting information for the Special State Election in Norton.
Wednesday, May 15
From the Norton Town Clerk's Office: Special State Election Tuesday, June 25, 2013 All voting at Norton High School -- CAFETERIA Polls Open 6:00 AM - 8:00 PM **** Please note that the new entrance at Norton High School is open. The old entrance will NOT be available for this election. The new entrance is to the left of the old entrance. **** Please note this election will be held in the new Cafeteria at Norton High as the Gymnasium is being used as a staging area for the next phase of the renovation project that begins on the same day. Sample Ballot attached. What's your voting precinct ? Click here VOTER REGISTRATION The Last day to register to vote or change political parties for the Special State Primary is …