Around New England

Second New Hampshire City To Prohibit Vaping, Tobacco For Anyone Under 21

In an effort to influence state legislation, the city council of Keene, New Hampshire voted 10-4 to raise the minimum age a person may purchase, use, or possess tobacco and vaping products to 21. The former age requirement in the city was 18; the council’s new ordinance is effective immediately. (A video of the meeting......

Third-Generation Wreath Maker Once Made 156 Wreaths in One Day

A 47-year-old Maine woman who has been making Advent wreaths since she was 7 says the most she has ever made in one day is 13 dozen. That’s 156 wreaths. A reporter from the Ellsworth American recently watched her make a two-sided, 24-inch wreath is less than 15 minutes – “while pausing frequently to explain......

Man Files 603 Open Meeting Law Complaints Against School Committee

A Wellesley resident has filed 603 Open Meeting Law complaints against the Natick School Committee since February, according to the MetroWest Daily News. Ron Alexander says he filed so many complaints because the School Committee keeps breaking the law and keeps not responding to his requests for information appropriately. But state Representative David Linsky (D-Natick)......

Westfield Marks 77th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Remembering Local Connection

The western Massachusetts city of Westfield marked the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Friday, December 7, the 77th anniversary. The city of about 41,000 is one of relatively few communities in the country that commemorates the occasion every year, in a public park that is partly named for a casualty. Kane......

Graduate Students Demand Less Policing At UMass In Order To Fight Racism

Getting rid of the campus police anonymous tip line and severing the university’s relationship with town police were among the demands of about 200 graduate students who marched through the University of Massachusetts at Amherst campus on Thursday afternoon. The campus police tip line “targets people of color” and the town police cooperation with UMass......

Charlie Baker Worked for John Connally in 1980 Republican Presidential Primary

While in his early 20s Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker worked on the GOP presidential campaign of former Texas governor John Connally, Baker said Thursday. As a Democrat, Connally served as governor of Texas during the 1960s. He was riding in President John F. Kennedy’s limousine on November 22, 1963 when Kennedy was assassinated, and was......

Cops:  Cemetery Caretaker Dug Up Old Graves To Make Room For New Ones

The caretaker of a cemetery in Bridgeport, Connecticut was arrested Thursday on charges he dug up old graves and tossed bones, casket pieces, and old tombstones in order to make room for new graves. Police believe more than 100 graves at the cemetery have been desecrated, according to the Hartford Courant Relatives of people buried......

Obamacare Sales Tax on Health Insurance Plans Could Be Deadly, Small Business Owners Say

A New Hampshire restaurant company’s owner says a scheduled new sales tax on health insurance plans could cost his company $100,000 more than he’s paying now, according to The Union Leader. That’s on top of a 22 percent increase in health insurance premiums he experienced last year. The founder of an ambulatory surgical center in......

New Hampshire Town Wants Property Taxes From Church

Peaceful Assembly Church in Grafton, New Hampshire hasn’t made promised repairs to the 1798 church building and therefore should pay the town nearly $10,000 in property taxes, the town says. Town officials say the church, which was damaged by a fire in 2016, appears to be abandoned. But a lawyer for the church says the......

Parts of Vermont Fading Away – No Children

Like a lot of towns in Vermont, Guildhall saw more people die in 2016 than be born. In fact, there are so few children left in the town that the school and baseball field have closed and playground equipment has been taken away. The community church closed, and the once-upon-a-time children’s Christmas show at town......

‘Cruelty of Our Elections Process’ Cited By Deval Patrick for Not Running in 2020

Cruelty is keeping former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick from running for president in 2020, he said Thursday. “After a lot of conversation, reflection and prayer, I’ve decided that a 2020 campaign for president is not for me,” Patrick said in a written statement posted on Facebook on Thursday morning. “I’ve been overwhelmed by advice and......