Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Republican incumbent Steven Howitt and Democratic challenger A. Keith Carreiro will face off this Thursday and next Monday.
Democratic State House of Representatives hopeful A. Keith Carreiro was unable to get Republican incumbent Steven Howitt to accept a challenge for seven debates, but the two have agreed to spar on stage two times before Election Day. The Carreiro campaign issued a press release early Monday morning announcing debates will take place Thursday in Norton and next Monday in Fall River for the two candidates running for the seat of the 4th Bristol District, which includes Norton. The Howitt campaign confirmed the information was accurate. The debate on Thursday is sponsored by Norton Community Television and will be moderated by Town Moderator Bill Gouveia in the studio. It will begin at 7 p.m. The debate will not be televised live, but will be…
Friday, October 7, 2011
Norton Cable TV interviews Town Moderator Bill Gouveia.
Monday, September 19, 2011
A small scare results in a happy ending for columnist.
"We'd like you to have a cardiac catheterization." When the doctor said those words to me recently, it really didn't register at first. Sure, I had undergone a stress test for some shortness of breath and other symptoms - but I chalked that up to being an out-of-shape fat guy. The idea something might actually be wrong, or that someone might suggest sticking a tube up into my heart, just somehow never seemed a serious possibility. After all, I'm only 55, and only 35 in my own mind. That stuff only happens to old folks. But the doctor was serious, and soon, so was I. Before I knew it, there was a date at a hospital, and my wife was driving me in for the test. There were long and detailed explanations of what was going to happen, how it was …
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Old friends, grandson made Norton's parade historic in the mind of this "Townie."
I had the pleasure and honor of marching in Norton’s tricentennial parade this past weekend, and it is something I will remember for the rest of my life. And although the parade participants were all great, I have to admit it won’t be the bands, the floats, the clowns or the Clydesdale horses that will stick in my mind. What I will always remember is the walk through my hometown as we celebrated Norton’s 300th birthday. I will remember the children on the side of the road, the crowds of people smiling and waving as we walked by. I will forever recall the moments when I saw people along the way I had not seen in a long time, and had to run over and hug them or shake their hand. That happened a lot for me along the route. Having grown up in …
Friday, June 10, 2011
Norton's 300th gives columnist appreciation of the past, and hope for the future.
It’s finally here. Happy 300th birthday, Norton. The town I live in and grew up in enters its fourth century this weekend, capping a year-long celebration with a huge parade featuring everything from a U.S. Senator to marching bands to the Clydesdale horses. Somehow, that eclectic mix seems fittingly “Norton." This ain’t your normal, small New England town, folks. The Norton I have lived in for more than 53 years is a community of characters. Some of these names may not mean anything to a lot of you, but in just the last 50 years I offer you some distinguished – and some notorious – names that have made Norton the unique and fascinating place I know it to be: Henri Yelle, Lewis Rubin, Raymond Patenaude, Maurice Splaine, Robert Kellner, …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
School Committee member Deniz Savas responds to latest column by Bill Gouveia.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
THIS LETTER TO THE EDITOR IS IN RESPONSE TO BILL GOUVEIA'S COLUMN: Luck, Timing Bad For School Committee Lately Bill, You couldn't be more right. It does seem like luck and timing have it in for the School Committee these days. It’s unfortunate that the MSBA is unable to meet to ratify our reimbursement rate before the Town Meeting, however it will meet before the ballot vote. Since you would need to vote YES at both the Town Meeting and at the polls, we will know the outcome before the final vote. I believe you are correct that there is an effort to have the Article reworded to incorporate the MSBA ratification vote on the approved reimbursement rate. Hopefully that will get done to further put the minds of our neighbors at ease. …
Monday, May 23, 2011
Meet Bruschi - he came, he saw, he conquered.
I am not a dog person. I especially don’t like little dogs. You know, the kind that sit on your lap and lick you, then yip in that annoying fashion little dogs do? That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Now – meet Bruschi (pictured right). He’s different - and not just because he’s named after my favorite professional football player of all time. Bruschi is our newest family member, though I have had only limited contact with him thus far. He is the pride and joy of my son Nate and daughter-in-law Melissa. We met him a couple of weekends ago when we ventured down to Baltimore for a visit. Bruschi is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and is just a puppy, moving to his new home a little over a month or so ago. But I’m pretty sure he’s …
Friday, May 20, 2011
As son takes a new professional leap forward, a dad is very proud.
I always like it when good things happen to good people. And when one of those good people is my son, I like it even more. So forgive me for using my space here to express a little personal joy and satisfaction, but I’m happy for someone who really deserves it. My oldest child Aaron has spent the last decade or so as a reporter, most of it for a major Cape Cod newspaper. It is a career he has wanted since first heading off to college in the Berkshires, where he wound up editing the school newspaper. He also had a few other varied accomplishments out there, not all of which I care to talk about now. But he has a natural talent for writing and relating to people that has allowed him to develop into a topnotch professional journalist. Now the…
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Difference between a Debt Exclusion and an Override? Debt Exclusions are temporary.
With the Special Town Meeting and Special Election coming up next month for a debt exclusion for the high school building project, one of the most often asked and misunderstood questions around town is: What is a proposition 2-1/2 debt exclusion, and how is it different from a proposition 2-1/2 override? The answer is relatively simple. Both a debt exclusion and an override will increase your property taxes, so there should be no misunderstanding there. The major difference is that with a debt exclusion, that increase eventually goes away, while an override is a permanent addition to a town’s tax levy limit. A debt exclusion is meant to finance a particular project. Your property taxes increase for a period of time, usually 10 to 20 years…
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Columnist annually battles plants - and plants keeps on winning.
They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and yet somehow expecting a different result. When it comes to spring yard work, and a few other things according to some, I am absolutely insane. Every year since we have been in our current home (almost 22 years now) I venture out in late April or early May and do my token yard work for the year. It isn’t much – I’m not an outside kind of guy by any stretch. I rake out my wife’s gardens, bring the leaves to the compost pile, and rake out the yard. And oh yeah, I do one other thing. I catch poison ivy all over my body. And suffer. The poison ivy in my yard is apparently the strongest, most virile strain known to mankind. You simply can’t avoid it. It …