Monday, June 3, 2013
Patch editor Jake O'Donnell shares his own lesson learned from his dad, Jim, and asks you to post your own.
Father's Day is right around the corner, coming up Sunday, June 16. With that it mind, we wanted to ask you the following question: What's the lesson your dad taught you? For me, it's hard to narrow it down to just one lesson that I've learned from my dad, Jim, who I still feel like I'm learning from after 27 years as the luckiest son in the world. But for the sake of brevity, I'll list just one here. Once, when I was young, I rushed through a project and produced shoddy work. My dad had me sit down and write the following phrase over and over again: "It takes time to do good work." That has been something I always try to keep in mind with work, with relationships, with accomplishing goals and trying to be a better person. In order to be…
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Libraries are the cornerstone of a democratic society. Free access for all to technology and ideas is crucial, and vibrant libraries are critical in developing life-long learners and readers.
I am writing to urge you and my fellow citizens to voice support for the following recent amendments regarding public libraries to the Senate budget as it is debated in the coming days. The amendments were filed by the senators named: 7000-9401--State Aid to Regional Libraries filed by Sen. Petruccelli 7000-9501--State Aid to Public LIbraries filed by Sen Eldridge 7000-9506 -- Library Technology and Resource Sharing filed by Sen. Clark Libraries are the cornerstone of a democratic society. Free access for all to technology and ideas is crucial, and vibrant libraries are critical in developing life-long learners and readers. Yet state funding has been reduced 37% since 2001, in spite of the increase in usage by residents. According to …
Monday, March 11, 2013
We’ve got a really great community here and it would be great to see this league grow.
Dear Editor, For the past seasons I have been running the Dedham Co-Ed Softball league. Some people in town know about the league and I would like to share some info about our league with the town. As many know we’ve had a men’s league in town for a number of years that plays weeknights at memorial. I played in the league in the past and ladies who would come to the games would always ask why aren’t ladies allowed to play? Well it is a men’s league. I decided three years ago I got the bug to run the Co-Ed league and asked for assistance from Bob Stanley, the head of Park and Rec. He gave me some great advice and I got the word out around town and we’ve had four teams playing since comprised of folks from the town. We’ve been playing for …
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
Super Bowl ads cost as much as $3.8 million this year. Which were the best Super Bowl commercials of 2013? Which were your favorites? Watch some of them right here on Patch.
Millions of sports enthusiasts watched Super Bowl 47 on Super Bowl Sunday. But it's likely that even more tuned in just to watch Super Bowl commercials. 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, Tracy Morgan, Dwayne "The …
Friday, February 1, 2013
This amazing science experiment was filmed for Dedham Educational television.
Mrs. Lally, Mrs. Higley, and Miss Lauren’s kindergarten classroom at the ECEC experienced what occurs when a volcano erupts. At the completion of reading Vacation Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne, the kindergarten students mixed the necessary ingredients in order to make a volcano erupt. This amazing science experiment was filmed for Dedham Educational television. Reading Magic Tree House books is a fun experience for all the children in our classroom. Mrs. Higley is a magical story teller who brings each story to life. The children complete a corresponding craft at the conclusion of each book. The children are so engaged in the stories while they are enhancing and expanding upon their reading skills. The student’s …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Pentagon lifted its ban Thursday on women serving in combat roles, including roles on the front lines of battle. What do you think about the change? Tell us below.
The Pentagon made a historic move Thursday when it lifted its ban against women serving in combat, according to USA Today. A 1994 restriction prevented women in the military from serving in combat, including service on the front lines. However, many argued, including the American Civil Liberties Union, that reality showed women already serving on the front lines. U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a member of the Armed Services Committee who strongly supports the historic change, issued the following statement after the announcement. “I applaud the Secretary for formally removing the ban," Reed said. "The reality of today’s battlefield is that all who serve are in combat.” The military's lift of the ban opens up 230,000 posts to women in …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
By Meredith Bryan
Tuesday, January 8
Dear Editor, The Home for Little Wanderers would like to thank everyone in the Dedham community who welcomed us and made our annual Big Wishes Gift Drive a success. The support of the community enabled us to collect nearly 15,000 toys, as well as other gifts, which we distributed among the children and families who receive our services and other local charities who were in need of additional help this holiday season. The 2012 holiday campaign would not have been possible this year without the generous support of Legacy Place in Dedham which donated space for our Toy Room after we sold our landmark Jamaica Plain facility which had housed many generations of the Gift Drive. Our Big Wishes sponsors — Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, …
Friday, January 4, 2013
Three years after a Kansas man donated his sperm, the state wants him to pay child support.
A mechanic who answered a Craigslist ad to donate his sperm to a lesbian couple, is now being pursued by the State of Kansas for child support, reports the Kansas City Star. In 2009, Angela Bauer and Jennifer Schreiner entered into an agreement with the donor, William Marotta to provide his sperm. They signed a contract that outlined he would be free from any financial responsibility as well as parental privileges, according to the newspaper. The legal contract stated Marotta was not responsible “for any child support payments demanded of him by any other person or entity, public or private, including any district attorney’s office or other state or county agency, regardless of the circumstances or said demand.” Although the women offered…
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The new year is almost here - what do you plan on changing in 2013?
Happy New Year, Dedham! Now that 2013 is here, it's time to make those New Year's resolutions. According to Time magazine, the top ten most commonly broken resolutions are: So Dedham, what are your resolutions for the new year? Tell us in the comments!