Thursday, January 17, 2013
Being healthy and safe is just minutes away.
Thursday, January 17
The following text is compiled from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tip sheets: "Being healthy and safe takes commitment, but it doesn’t have to be time-consuming," says the CDC. "Most things are so simple and take so little time, that you’ll wonder why you’ve been avoiding them." According to the CDC, we have 1,440 minutes in the day. Here are some quick tips that will only take away 1 to 5 of those minutes: One Minute or Less for Health Five Minutes or Less for Health More Than Five Minutes and Worth It ...
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety reports that Westford had an increase of 68 Class A licenses from 2011 to 2012.
Gun control remains as a topic on the national stage, with yesterday alone providing the unveiling a $500 million dollar gun violence package from President Obama and a new statement from the NRA saying that attacking firearms and ignoring children is "not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation." Nearby, the topic remains in the news as well, most recently during last week's Board of Selectmen's meeting in Westford. There, during a discussion over a proposed town level assault weapons ban that led Selectman Bob Jefferies adding that the bylaw should be joined by an additional bylaw requiring that gun owners join a militia. Today, we want to hear your thoughts on the issue here in Chelmsford. Patch has obtained the following …
Monday, January 14, 2013
No immediate changes planned, but store leases could eventually be sold, analysts say.
The new owners of local Star Market and Shaw's supermarkets say no immediate changes are planned for the stores, including the one just up Route 3 on Spit Brook Road in Nashua. According to the Boston Globe, there are 155 Shaw's and 14 Star Markets with 17,000 employees. In November the troubled company had announced cutting 700 jobs. The new owners, an investor group led by Cerberus Capital Management, bought the stores as part of a bigger $3.3 billion deal. Cerberus also controls the locally based Steward Health Care System network of community hospitals. The Boston Herald says Albertson's will take over all the New England Shaw's and Star Markets. Albertson's is a well-known supermarket brand name in the West and parts of the northern …
Sunday, January 13, 2013
The fingerprint background checks would also apply to everyone seeking to adopt children or become foster parents.
The Associated Press is reporting Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is considering signing legislation that would require teachers, workers at child care centers, school bus drivers and others to submit fingerprints for criminal background checks. The fingerprint background checks would also apply to everyone seeking to adopt children or become foster parents, as the legislation is written. Fingerprints would be submitted to the Massachusetts State Police for a state criminal history check and forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national criminal history check, reported the Associated Press. What do you think? Tell us in the comments. ..................
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Outbreaks are earlier than normal in the area.
Saturday, January 12
The Red Cross said there's still time for folks to get flu shots and be covered from what is considered to be a more active flu season. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said flu outbreaks are high for this time of the season, with "widespread activity" in Massachusetts. How do you prevent the flu? According to the CDC, in addition to getting the vaccine, you can: How do you know if you have the virus? Symptoms include: high fever, severe body aches, headache, being extremely tired, sore throat, cough, runny or stuffy nose, and vomiting and/or diarrhea (which is more common in children). When should you call the doctor? According to the Red Cross, if you think you have the flu, your doctor should be consulted immediately if you …
Following the deaths of several children, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is working to get the recliners out of homes.
Saturday, January 12
At the request of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, four retailers are voluntarily recalling Nap Nanny baby recliners after several deaths and more than 100 cases of a child falling or nearly falling out. The companies participating in the recall are Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Diapers.com and Toys R Us/Babies R Us. The models include Nap Nanny Generations One and Two and the Chill™ model infant recliners. "CPSC is warning parents and caregivers that these baby recliners contain defects in the design, warnings and instructions, which pose a substantial risk of injury and death to infants," the agency said in its announcement. The recliners are made by Baby Matters LLC of Berwyn, Penn. The first recall was made at the request of …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Dr. Donald Berwick is a pediatrician and former official with the Obama administration.
Newton resident and pediatrician Donald M. Berwick says he's mulling a run for governor in 2014. Berwick, 66, is a longtime Harvard faculty member and a former health care official with the Obama administration, according to a report on Boston.com. Appointed by Obama in 2010, Berwick ran the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. However, Berwick resigned in late 2011 after Republicans indicated they would not confirm him, Boston.com reported. News of Berwick's possible run was first reported this week by State House News Service, according to Boston.com. Berwick's wife, Ann, is the current chair of the state's Department of Public Utilities. According to the New England Cable News Twitter feed, Berwick is slated to appear on "…
Their first round match against Wellesley airs on March 10.
Earlier this week, WGBH announced the schedule (posted below) for Chelmsford and the other teams competing in the year's WGBH High School Quiz Show. Today, we want to ask you: how far do you think the Lions will make it in the competition? Can they beat Wellesley? What about those other teams? Perhaps they might even make it to face the winners of the Granite State Challenge in New Hampshire? Let us know your prognostications in the comments! All episodes premiere Sundays at 6:30pm, repeating Saturdays at 6pm, on WGBH 2: For more information on the show, visit highschoolquizshow.org, or wgbh.org. · Hopkinton vs. North Quincy February 10 · Acton-Boxborough vs. Hingham February 17…
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Boston TV icon hosted a children's show in the 1950s-1970s. Do you have any photos from back in the day?
Rex Trailer, a Boston TV icon who had been recovering from pneumonia recently, has died. Trailer hosted “Boomtown,” a children’s show with a Western theme on WBZ-TV from 1956-1974. Trailer was given a choice between Cleveland and Boston, but he's remembered for more than his cowboy get-up. The Boston Globe wrote in an editorial last year: Kids adored Trailer’s rodeo tricks. But mostly they adored him for his consistent kindness and competence. Trailer was 84. A funeral is being planned, but no date has been set yet, according to his website. Meantime, what are your memories of Rex Trailer? Did you ever meet him or have your picture taken with him? If you've got a photo, click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button at the top of this …
These common sense rules can help avoid tragedy.
Thursday, January 10
The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) offers these tips to make sure your pets are kept safe during extreme winter conditions. Keep your pets warm and indoors. As always cats should stay inside. Since cats left outdoors may stay warm in car wheel wells or under hoods, you should awake any sleeping animals by wrapping on your car hood before starting the engine. Trips outside should remain short during the winter months. While dogs need outdoor exercise, lengthy walks can prove harmful especially when wind chill is a factor. Dogs should remain leashed and supervised when outdoors throughout the year. However in the winter do not bring them near bodies of water even if they appear frozen. Shorthaired dogs…