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2008-07-21 06:00:26

By Danielle Sottosanti, The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson Jul. 21--An upcoming gathering of three Central neighborhoods and an out-of-town developer will continue years of communication and understanding, despite a separation of thousands of miles. Residents of the Campus Farm, Amphi and Limberlost neighbor- hoods originally wanted a park and a neighborhood center on about 15 acres of land on the northeast corner of East Limberlost Drive and North First Avenue. By the end of 2003, they...

2008-07-18 12:00:40

By John Collins, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jul. 18--CHELMSFORD -- Police Chief James Murphy said $15,000 a year is a fair price to pay for "CodeRED." And no, he's not referring to cherry-flavored soft drink, Mountain Dew Code Red. Murphy announced yesterday the town has implemented a new, "ultra, high-speed telephone communication system" that enables police to speed-dial -- at the rate of 1,000 calls per minute -- Chelmsford residents and business owners to deliver recorded messages about...

2008-07-17 12:01:05

By Chris Camire, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jul. 17--TYNGSBORO -- During her six years on the Tyngsboro School Committee, Diana Keohane watched a school system in distress. Athletic fees became the highest in the Merrimack Valley. Dozens of teaching positions were cut. Bus fees were instated at $200 a student. Keohane retired from the committee this year, and now she and a group of concerned parents are banding together to create a nonprofit organization to raise money for the town's...

2008-07-16 12:00:50

By Alexandra Mayer-Hohdahl, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jul. 16--TEWKSBURY -- Recycling offenders, beware. In just a few weeks, your trash may be left sitting at the curb. Selectmen voted unanimously last night to implement a visual recycling program starting on Sept. 1 to boost Tewksbury's recycling rate and save the town thousands of dollars along the way. "It doesn't mean that we're going to be opening people's trash bags," Carolyn Dann, the Northeast regional recycling director for...

2008-07-15 12:00:50

By Lisa Redmond, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jul. 15--BOSTON -- The Tewksbury School Committee has filed a federal lawsuit against the state's Bureau of Special Education Appeals and the parents of a special-needs student after the state ruled the town must pay for private tutoring at a non-approved tutoring center for the student. In the lawsuit filed last Thursday, attorney Amy Rogers, on behalf of the Tewksbury School Committee, explained that on Dec. 19, Tewksbury schools convened a team...

2008-07-15 12:00:30

By Jennifer Myers, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jul. 15--BILLERICA -- It's official. The selectmen ratified, and Bill Williams signed, an employment contract last night, locking the 60-year-old New York native in as Billerica's new town manager. Williams, who will retire from his position as the village manager of Port Chester, N.Y., at the end of the month, begins working in Billerica on Sept. 2 at an annual salary of $135,000. Former Town Manager Rocco Longo, who resigned in February to...

2008-07-14 12:01:01

By Shawn Myrick, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jul. 14--LOWELL -- Many kids think of school as a place to socialize with friends. Others see it as the place where they are bogged down with work and lessons. Still, there are others who see school as a place to get at least one regular meal a day. So when summer vacation rolls around, those children often are left struggling to find regular meals. As part of the Summer Food Service Program sponsored by Project Bread, distributors feed children...

2008-07-14 12:00:39

By Jennifer Myers, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jul. 14--BILLERICA -- She found it on craigslist. The quirky little two-room building with the enormous overhang near the center of town was most recently the home of a locksmith, but had served as a small gas station years before. It isn't perfect, but it is visible and affordable. Sueci Carmichael scooped it up for a song -- $600 a month in rent, and hung a shingle: BLT (Billerica Loves Talent) Music School. Three weeks later she was...

2008-07-13 12:00:23

By Jennifer Myers, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jul. 13--BILLERICA -- Two Arlington Democrats will face off for the 4th Middlesex District state Senate seat in the Sept. 16 primary. Jack Hurd, 54, a four-term Arlington selectman, and Ken Donnelly, 57, a retired lieutenant with the Lexington Fire Department, are running for the seat now occupied by Sen. J. James Marzilli. The 50-year-old Marzilli, of Arlington, faces charges of making lewd comments to four women in Lowell last month and will...

2008-07-10 12:00:45

By Alexandra Mayer-Hohdahl, The Sun, Lowell, Mass. Jul. 10--WILMINGTON -- You could say that Steven West had music in his blood. His paternal grandfather, Robert West, played guitar in a military band while stationed with the U.S. Army in Guam. His paternal grandmother, Elizabeth West, has composed hundreds of songs and musicals. Both are part of the Tewksbury-based West & MacRae music-writing team. His father and three of his paternal uncles, meanwhile, run West Brothers Music, a...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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