Thursday, May 9, 2013
Results from a recent executive survey ranked Massachusetts 47th for business.
A CEO magazine ranks Massachusetts as one of the worst states in the nation for business. Chief Executive Magazine ranked Massachusetts 47th based on a survey of corporate leaders. Survey respondents reported the Bay State is one of the worst for taxation and regulation. The state Republican Party is pointing to the survey and saying that Gov. Deval Patrick and the Democratic-led Legislature are bad for the economy and business. What do you think about Massachusetts’ business climate? Is this a good state in which to do business?
Monday, May 6, 2013
Massachusetts delegation applauds the government's decision to buy more cranberries.
United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and William "Mo" Cowan, along with Congressmen James McGovern, William Keating, and Joseph P. Kennedy III, Friday applauded the decision of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to purchase up to $5 million of cranberry concentrate for federal nutrition assistance programs, including food banks. "I'm pleased the USDA has announced plans to buy cranberry products for federal nutrition assistance programs," said Senator Warren. "This purchase will help support hardworking cranberry growers throughout Massachusetts who play an important role in our local economy and will provide our children with another drink alternative." "While meeting and talking with cranberry growers in the …
Here is a snap shot of some of the articles on this year's warrant.
With Sharon's Annual Town Meeting taking place at 7 p.m. in the Arthur E. Collins Auditorium at Sharon High School, here is a breakdown of some of the articles on this year's warrant: Articles 8 and 9: These two articles deal with increasing the local room occupancy tax and adding a local meals tax increase revenue for the town. Article 8 asks the town to approve an increase of the local room occupancy excise tax from a rate of 4-percent to 6-percent. "It is estimated by the Finance Director that passage of this Article will result in an annual increase of $57,000 in revenue to the Town. This rate of tax is currently imposed by Canton, Norwood, and Foxboro," the warrant says. The Board of Selectmen voted 3-0-0 in favor of approving the …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Recap and analysis of the week in state government.
In case voters weren't paying attention, and turnout suggested many weren't, his name is Gabriel Gomez. And now only Ed Markey stands between him and the United States Senate. "My name is Gabriel Gomez, and I'm a proud Republican," Gomez said, reciting his full name for the second time during a five-minute chat with reporters outside the new go-to, post-election Broadway T stop in South Boston Wednesday morning. The reporters already knew who he was, but part of Gomez's strategy now is to make sure everybody else does too. The newly minted face of the Republican Party captured the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on Tuesday by defeating two better known names in Massachusetts Republican politics. Former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan …
Friday, May 3, 2013
A regulation voted on April 8 will prohibit anyone younger than 21 to buy tobacco in town; the move also bans smoking in membership associations and private clubs.
Starting Sunday, May 19, anyone under the age of 21 will not be able to purchase tobacco products in Sharon. The Sharon Board of Health voted Monday, April 8, to raise the age of sale for tobacco products from 18 to 21 years. The new regulation put in place increases the purchasing age of tobacco and nicotine products - including E-cigarettes, nicotine delivery products and non-residential roll your own machines - to 21 years of age. It also prohibits smoking in membership associations and private clubs such as the Sharon 106 American Legion.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Dogs and other animals are not allowed on the town's beaches from April 15 to October 15 every year.
The Sharon Health Department is reminding residents that dogs and other animals are currently prohibited on the town's beaches. Article 28 of the Sharon Board of Health prohibits dogs, horses and other pets at Veteran’s Memorial Park and Beach and the Community Center Beach from April 15 through October 15 of every year. The intent of the regulation is to protect the health, safety and well-being of the public and users of both beaches, said Sharon Health Administrator Bridget Sweet. Those who violate the regulation may be subject to a $25 fine for the first offense, $50 for the second offense and $100 for any subsequent offense.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
U.S. Congressman Ed Markey took 1,431 of the votes in Sharon on Tuesday, with 19 percent of voters showing up at the polls.
Tuesday was a strong day for Democratic U.S. Congressman Edward Markey of Malden. Voters in Sharon showed up in support of Markey during Tuesday's U.S. Senate special primary election; Markey won in Sharon with 1,431 votes, according to Sharon Town Clerk Marlene Chused Wednesday morning. By comparison, Lynch came in second in Sharon with 416 of the votes. Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset received 231 votes in Sharon, while U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan of Abington received 138 votes and State Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk received 84. Markey beat U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch of South Boston statewide, and will face Gomez in the general election on June 25. Brett Rhyne of Needham ran as write-in …
The former Navy SEAL and the longtime Congressman will face off June 25 to fill John Kerry's former U.S. Senate seat.
A political newcomer will face a long-time Massachusetts politician in the race to be the Bay State's next U.S. senator. The Associated Press has declared Republican businessman and former U.S. Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez of Cohasset and Democratic U.S. Congressman Edward Markey of Malden the winners of their U.S. Senate special primary elections, according to tweets from Fox 25. The call for Gomez came approximately one hour after the polls closed in the statewide primary while a call for Markey came moments later. Gomez defeats his more seasoned opponents, former U.S. Attorney Michael Sullivan of Abington and state Rep. Dan Winslow of Norfolk. Markey beat fellow U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch of South Boston. Brett Rhyne of Needham ran an …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Patch editors interviewed each of the candidates running for U.S. Senate in the April 30 special election. We gathered questions from editors across Patch’s coverage area in Massachusetts. The editors asked both broad questions about policy, as well as op
Monday, April 29, 2013
Be sure to vote in Sharon today and check Patch's interviews with the candidates running for U.S. Senate.
The U.S. Senate special election kicks off at 7 a.m. this Tuesday, April 30, and voters in Sharon have until 8 p.m. that day to head to the polls to cast their ballots. Residents in Sharon can vote at the town's poll location - Sharon High School, 180 Pond St. Be sure to check out Patch's interviews with the candidates