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Strong winds toppled this pole in Andover Thursday. Photo Credit: Andover Police Department
Jennifer Walsh Starr April 24, 2014 at 10:40 pm
Honestly this is THE MOST inappropriate headline I've ever read. Who is chirpy about a dead studentRead More and child rape and lumps that it with shopping? Really? Have you no standards or judgment at all?
MoonBeamWatcher April 24, 2014 at 11:59 pm
This is what happens when one hires History Majors or Basket Weavers to fill in for journalists!
Erica Ferencik April 25, 2014 at 12:03 am
omg don't know whether to laugh or cry
Governor Patrick signs H. 3909, “An Act Relative to Bullying in Schools.” Photo Credit: Sam Hooper, Governor’s Office
Ken B. April 24, 2014 at 05:49 pm
So, does this mean that the DCF has to stop bullying the Pelletiers ?
MoonBeamWatcher April 25, 2014 at 12:08 am
Maybe a little education for Justina and ability to see family more often would be a great firstRead More step! What with the MURDERER getting that sex operation . . . why is this child being treated worse then a criminal? ACLU just where the HELL are you?
MoonBeamWatcher April 25, 2014 at 12:27 am
Last week, Lou Pelletier released a photo of a portion of an incriminating letter he says JustinaRead More snuck to them during one of their infrequent and highly supervised visits. The haunting letter contains insight as to how she is being treated while in DCF imprisonment… “‘They hurt me all the time push me all the time and more,’ the note from Justina says. It also says ‘[they] do not let me sleep vary [sic] much. “Hury [sic]!’”
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Sandra Mercier April 24, 2014 at 05:33 pm
This is the problem you can buy Alcohol everywhere . there is nothing for the kids to do inRead More Attleboro !! we should have something for them to do . like an Roller skating or an Arcade ! They need something to do instead of getting in trouble/ Drinking and Drugs !!!!!!!
mysterio April 24, 2014 at 08:55 pm
Roller Skating? Arcade? What year is this, 1950? Ew.
mysterio April 24, 2014 at 08:56 pm
Here's an idea: they can get an afterschool job.
D Penta April 24, 2014 at 05:24 pm
Going to be tough to sell Natick Patch will very little Natick news. If I owned a business in NatickRead More I would NOT advertise. Maybe you should look for Massachusetts or National sales reps as that is all I see on Natick Patch is Massachusetts and National news!
DanielleWolf April 24, 2014 at 06:37 pm
Agreed - I hate this new format of Patch with news from all over rather than news from the town inRead More which I live. It used to be great to post school fundraising events on here but with the change, I doubt anyone is even reading past the headline anymore.
Robert Alden April 24, 2014 at 10:09 pm
How about re-hiring all of the local editors you downsized? The Patch is a waste of time in EastonRead More now. I'd much rather go online to the Easton Journal website. Such a shame too, because the format is so open to the community. But, if there's no local news, there's no reason to read the Patch regularly.
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Jackie Loffredo April 24, 2014 at 07:31 pm
stubborn people.. they aren't trying to annoy/disturb you..they are telling you for your safety !
Jackie Loffredo April 24, 2014 at 07:34 pm
don't put a fire fighters life at risk because you want to be stubborn and stupid.
Damn Shame April 24, 2014 at 09:40 pm
Robert Martinez is an idiot to begin with. Engaged to someone else and still married. Sad. Shouldn'tRead More be talking to the news if you're trying to live a double life fool.
The KKK flyer distributed around Fairview Township. Credit facebook
Portent April 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm
tenth district: Your cockamamie, hate-filled and vile racist comment places you not in the tenthRead More district but in the stratosphere of toxic gas.
Portent April 24, 2014 at 11:50 pm
Hey, Steven Spiegel, do you believe that Jewish people should stop remembering and teaching theRead More world about the horrors of the Holocaust just because it's so old and declasse to bring it up?
monkey lewis April 25, 2014 at 12:03 am
York County, Pennsylvania I wish to call it home one sunny day.Since Obama has taken office black onRead More white crime is up 438% google white girl bleed a lot.
You are beautiful. (Pass it along.) Photo Credit: SweetOnVeg, via flickr creative commons
Frank Haggerty April 24, 2014 at 02:52 pm
The Massachusetts Democratic "Party " is having a ball destroying the lives of the windRead More turbine victims. How about saying a prayer for the victims and pass it along ? Our Father, Who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
Jesus Christ April 24, 2014 at 03:59 pm
Frank what about the Portsmouth wind turbine it failed after 5 years and the taxpayers are still onRead More the hook for the 3 million bond.
Nancy Gilberg April 24, 2014 at 05:07 pm
Here's a great option for paying it forward! Help a little boy's family pay for his new dog'sRead More surgery. http://www.petcaring.com/pet-medical-expenses/a-boy-and-his-dog-need-you/37800 P.S. I'm pretty sure public whining is considered paying it backward, and not forward.
Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
erin greisch April 24, 2014 at 01:11 pm
Thank you Alison I was thinking the same thing....
BIGBAKER.. April 24, 2014 at 07:13 pm
It`s just Baby fat, I had an UNCLE years ago 15 lbs and he was born at home, turned out to be aRead More regular kid.
Queena Armstrong Knox April 24, 2014 at 08:41 pm
Actually this is usually a sign of gestational diabetes. But not always....Alison and Erin. AndRead More BIGBAKER I've heard of bigger babies being born at home years ago too but that gets into the whole accuracy of the way they were weighed. My daughter weighed 9lb 1oz. I'm average size. My birth weight was around 7 pounds. My husband was a premie and weighed about 5 pounds. But he was a big man. Not huge. He was 6ft 1in and weighed about 190 at his heaviest. I'm 5' 3" and weighed 165 at full term. Sometimes the size of the baby is determined by ancestors long dead! My son weighed 7lb 12oz and he was born 4 weeks premature! Imagine where he was headed! So don't go blaming things that may have NOTHING to do with it!
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Paula Larson April 24, 2014 at 08:58 pm
" Prosecutors contend he planned to murder the two teens and waited in the basement with aRead More bottle of water, a book, energy bars and two guns" How did he know that these kids were going to show up? Did he invite them just to kill them? If that's the case, it was premeditated. He shot one of them in the face after he was down and said he wanted them dead. I'd call that guilty of murder. His attorney is calling it stress.
Ana Ham April 24, 2014 at 09:08 pm
This was justified. He should not have been charged with anything. Free this man.
NWBL April 24, 2014 at 09:23 pm
IMO if you break into someone's house (or assault them for that matter) you are taking your chancesRead More as to what they will do to you.
The Fluffernutter could become the official state sandwich. Patch File Photo
stormy April 23, 2014 at 10:30 am
Personally, I always needed Jelly, instead of Peanut Buttler on my fluffernutter... it was tooRead More sticky otherwise.
Ron Swanson April 23, 2014 at 12:54 pm
Lots of important things going on. One being Russia slowly taking over portions of the UkraineRead More under false pretenses of "protecting Russian speaking residents from aggression by a US backed terrorist regime", and we get stories on peanut butter and fluff.
Waverly Watchdog April 23, 2014 at 03:50 pm
The Fluffernutter SHOULD be the symbol of Massachusetts POLITICIANS at all levels. - - - They wasteRead More time on FLUFF and NUTTERY. - - - But, perhaps, it is not entirely the pols fault. The lapdog media must share part of the blame. - - - A case in point: This stupid story made Patch, but hugely wasteful public works projects and gross public sector union contracts are never mentioned. - - - But the pols know perfectly well they will NEVER be held to account for ANYTHING, because they can distract the media and the public with nonsense like a state sandwich. - - - I think we should have a 'state horses anatomy part'. I leave it to the reader to figure out WHICH part I'd suggest... HINT: Look under the tail.
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Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 02:54 pm
I don't disagree with you that we're becoming less and less a free country but it's wrong to blameRead More democrats alone. It wasn't dems alone that passed the patriot act. It hasn't been dems alone that have been re-uping it since it was passed the first time. On how bad Hillary will be as a president. Every president is bad in some ways. Reagan raised taxes more than a dozen times. Bush took us to war on two fronts with no way to pay for it. Clinton signed DOMA and DADT. Obama gave away the farm in order to get the Affordable Care Act passed. Papa Bush said that atheists shouldn't be considered Americans. Sure Hillary will be a bad president in some ways.... they are all bad in some way. I can tell you this much though, any president is going to be a worse president when the publicly stated goal of the opposition is to obstruct that president at any and all opportunities. The dems did it to Bush. The republican'ts are doing it to Obama. It's like Palestine and Israel, they'll fight to the death out of spite and habit, neither one of them knowing which one threw the first punch and not caring because winning is the only goal. What America needs are citizens that go into government for the good of the country instead of the good of their party.
Michael Hipp April 24, 2014 at 03:03 pm
Oh, one last point on your last post B. Dub. "Hillary presidency combined with a DemocraticRead More Congress." Ain't gonna happen. Republicant's have gerrymandered the states to absolute death. They have the House for the foreseeable future and they have a good chance at getting the Senate. I can't guarantee you who's going to win in 2016 but I can very well guarantee you that no one party will take executive and legislative branches, both.
PAUL April 24, 2014 at 06:57 pm
who the hell cares?????????????????
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Michael Anthony Satterwhite April 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm
This is a great article. If your financial institution has guarantees on fraudulent charges and theyRead More try to stick you with the bill or change certain terms and conditions without consideration or notice, make sure you seek legal advice from an attorney. It is very important that you check your credit report annually. You can check your credit report for free on the website mandated under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, which can be found at www.annualcreditreport.com.
J. Parker April 24, 2014 at 09:26 pm
Matt, I'm not sure yet, but it should be someone that takes the oath to preserve, protect and defendRead More the Constitution of this country, and MEAN IT !
jpf2361 April 24, 2014 at 10:05 pm
Hey EVERYONE stevie D Clark is just like SUPER FUN SIZE. Just another LIBERAL TROLL. Pay moRead More attention to him!!!!
Stephen D. Clark April 24, 2014 at 10:43 pm
Pretty abusive there, jpf. I feel sorry for your family.
Photo from Long Beach Patch Post
John Strother April 24, 2014 at 08:38 am
with caller ID they should be able to point to the caller. Sorry but an out of state telephoneRead More number should be a tip off.
Eddie April 24, 2014 at 08:52 am
The caller used Skype, via the Internet, and will probably never be found if he took certainRead More precautions unless he's running his mouth about this prank.
Bob West April 24, 2014 at 06:20 pm
@ eddie, I wouldn't mention any specific phone-calling service in case any other arseholes areRead More looking for tips. But for better or worse, those calls are traceable. They have "add-ons" that can fool your friends, but certainly not the NSA. BTW, that phone service was bought by Microsoft a couple of years ago- so much for any illusion of confidentiality. By using it, you "opt in" to give up your privacy, just like with G-mail. Using a computer to make a prank call is a dumb move in itself. Any computer transmits a wealth of information. Non-smart phones are a lot less traceable than anything else. Have you ever seen how many items advertisers and other web sites use to uniquely identify your computer? They can't tell your name but track your unique computer. It's called "computer fingerprinting." As soon as you give your name at a web site they track, they've got you. Check this site sometime to see how unique your computer is-- https://panopticlick.eff.org/ .... I suspect that nobody's putting much effort into tracing this call, because in the big scheme of things, they've got more serious things to deal with. (Unfortunately, unlike our local PDs.) Shame this idiot got so much publicity from his crime. I think the glorifying news "perp walk" should be stopped in virtually all cases.
Photo Credit: Mark Garfinkel, Boston Herald
MoonBeamWatcher April 22, 2014 at 11:28 pm
How goes that kidnaping of Justina shaping up? Held in solitary confinement, no school or church!Read More Has she been murdered by DCF yet? ACLU your silence is deafening!
Susan Petroni (Editor) April 23, 2014 at 12:48 am
This was the last report we post on Justina:Read More http://framingham.patch.com/groups/around-town/p/easter-service-protest-held-outside-wayside-sunday
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 10:37 pm
I got you Kevin. I f you delete the point of contention then the debate is incoherent. The BlackRead More Panther of poetry was defending his viewpoint. I disagree with race based politics but he was standing up in the arena of ideas Then poof...( hello Patch?)... he was gone. I know the Panthers have a terror tactic history, but I thought media has forgiven the past. In Philly 08, Holder allowed military uniformed poll watchers to prevent any 2nd party participation with obvious intimidation. I appreciate Patch. We gotta talk this stuff out. Maybe the panther crossed the line his last comment we did not see, and they scrubbed up a bit. What ever happened, I do appreciate the Patch forums. It is a good local thing for info and exchange. If it becomes editorially dysfunctional, then we all will move on to a more open forum.
dwayne roberson April 24, 2014 at 10:49 pm
In the past, our local Patch editor would jump in and correct our misconceptions on Patch policy andRead More what actually happened on the thread. His name is Bob Bynes and I will always respect him as an objective journalist... too few. So many, so few.
monkey lewis April 25, 2014 at 12:09 am
How ya like me now.
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
Tamara April 25, 2014 at 12:21 am
What Should we do Instead? 1) Improve standards through evidence of best practice and holdRead More educators accountable. If I stink at my job - I get fired! 2) Continue to expand school choice - monopolies never work – that is why they are illegal! 3) Build teaching “profession” & stop jerking them around with revolving standards. 4) Build solid families that support their children and tie incentives to their actions.
Tamara April 25, 2014 at 12:27 am
**Common Core is a Violation of the U.S. Constitution and Three Federal Statutes (1) GeneralRead More Education Provisions Act (GEPA), which forbids the federal government from meddling in the state’s education programs. (2) Department of Education Organization Act (DEOA), which prohibits the federal government to develop curriculum and program of instruction, textbooks and other instructional materials. (3) Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), which prohibits the federal government to mandate, direct, or control a State, local educational agency.
Tamara April 25, 2014 at 12:38 am
States take $4.3 B “Race to the Top” & agree to implement common standards in the USRead More without understanding the true costs – academically, financially and otherwise. Common Core (CC) was sold with big money drops by the federal government and the Gates Foundation and great sounding verbiage. *******Meanwhile the Gate’s kids attend Lakeside; an elite private school that considers their students, according to their web-site, “generally more advanced than average” and won’t be subject to CC or the standardized testing which the public schools will undergo. Good enough for my kids but not his? I DON'T THINK SO MR. ELITIST!
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 09:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 02:39 pm
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.