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Earliest: March 16, 2003Latest: June 24, 2017Total: 176

August 26, 2009

Ted Kennedy Passing

Today is the first day since November 7, 1962 that Massachusetts will be without Edward M. Kennedy as a United States senator. He would have served sooner except that he didn't meet the age qualification set by the US Constitution. 

Obviously there's a lot of coverage in the Boston media about Ted Kennedy passing and what his legacy means. He was a valuable Senator and has done a lot of good for the state of Massachusetts.

August 20, 2009
Fall Color Palette

Fall Colors

If your in New England right now, take a look around. See anything strange? No? Well look at the top of some of the oak trees. Yup some of the trees have started to change colors!

Yes, the fall foliage season transformation has started! Some of the top of trees have started changing colors. This happens every year, so its not so unusual. However, it is weird to see some of the color changes in the middle of a heat wave.

Check out some of the fall colors that I have taken in the past in the Photo Gallery. There's some great colors! If your building a fall website and looking for Fall Color Palette to use, check out the chart.

The best time to be in New England to enjoy the fall colors is about a month from now. Start planning your travel plans now, don't wait til it too late!

August 17, 2009

Mass.gov Statisics

You can find out the 2007 website statistics for the Mass.gov website at the following URL:

http://www.mass.gov/Aitd/docs/WebMetrics/2007_03/office_of_the_state_auditor/GENERAL.html

From the Website:

The General Summary provides a quick overview of the general statistics for the entire web site during the report time frame. The most useful numbers are the 'Successful requests for pages' which represents pages viewed by users and 'Distinct Hosts Served' which is an approximation of the number of visitors.

I guess having Google index your entire website is not a good idea. Someone needs to teach the IT staff about using robot.txt file so some areas of the website are not accessible.

July 17, 2009

U-Haul Re-Use Center

This is a great idea by U-Haul which was announced yesterday:

U-Haul said Wednesday it is opening a re-use center in Somerville, Mass., for customers looking to ditch unwanted items before a move.

The facility on Mystic Valley Parkway will take in gently used household goods, furniture, sporting equipment, bikes and clothing that were formerly destined for the dump. Items placed in the area are available for customers, U-Haul employees, and outsiders to pick up at no cost. It will also have designated drop-off boxes for clothing and other donations to the Salvation Army and Goodwill.

July 2, 2009
Wayland Water Supply

Wayland Water Supply

Today is the 12th straight day with at least a trace of rain in Boston. It's also the 24th day with at least a trace of rain since June 1. And we have now been a full month without a day in Boston with more than 50% sunshine.

Yet, the Town of Wayland needs to remind homeowners that there is a Manadatory Water Conservation in effect with this sign. You can find this along Route 20 in Wayland. 

According to their website:

Pursuant to Chapter 190 of the Town of Wayland By-Laws, the Board of Water Commissioners have declared a State of Water Supply Conservation and have restricted the use of outdoor watering to odd/even day outdoor watering and have further restricted the use of underground sprinklers only between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

You can get the latest weather on Wayland on the National Weather Service website, or on Google.com.

Download the PDF document describing the Town of Wayland water conservation.

 

 

June 17, 2009

Mass Pike Traffic

Sometimes it pays to take the back roads from Framingham to Lexington. Today was one of those mornings:


I feel sorry for all those that got stuck on the Mass Pike waiting to get onto 128. I have been there plenty of times and there's nothing you can do but sit and wait.

May 15, 2009

Framingham Breakfast

This morning I found three places to try for Breakfast in Framingham. I don't know how they are, but the online reviews for both of them have been pretty good. The only place in Framingham that we try was Bickford Grill but they are now closed.

We will try one of these places this weekend:

Lloyds diner
184 Fountain St
Framingham, MA 01702
(508) 879-8750

J&M diner
969 Concord St
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 875-7811

Kugel's Deli
855 Worcester Rd
Framingham, MA
(508) 620-1300

May 10, 2009

FastLane Violations

If your looking for the address for the Violations Processing Center to appeal FastLane tickets you come to the right place. I found this in the Terms and Conditions in the FastLane contract:

Mail to:
FAST LANE Violation Processing Center
Post Office Box 8001
Auburn, Massachusetts 01501-8001
Fax Number: 508-786-5211

To speak with a customer service representative, call 888-525-3278. Please note that calling this number will not relieve you of your obligation to pay or appeal a violation in writing.

March 31, 2009

Kirstein Business Branch

I found out this morning that the Kirstein Business Branch will be closing and moving the services to the main library. I think one of the reasons why this library works so well is the unique building that it is in.

If you haven't been to the Kirstein Business Branch, I would highly recommend that you stop by and visit the library.

LibraryJournal.com reports:

In an effort to help save $4 million?nearly ten percent of the budget?the Boston Public Library (BPL) will close the Kirstein Business Branch, which opened in 1930 and has four floors with 4600 square feet of public space, and move its functions to the Central Library, where it will occupy a larger space on a single floor.

The move will occur no earlier than July 1, the beginning of the next fiscal year, Mary Frances O?Brien, BPL?s manager of Central Library Services, told LJ. ?Kirstein will maintain its integrity as a business research facility, it?s just going to be housed in a different place, with greater staffing efficiencies,? she said. The single space in a larger building will allow for evening and weekend hours.

March 28, 2009

WRKO Streams Rush

If your at work and looking to listen to Rush Limbaugh you can find him on WRKO.