Friday, September 28, 2012
Massachusetts home sales are up and unemployment below national average.
Exactly four years ago this month, the bottom dropped out of the U.S. economy. Lehman Brothers declared bankruptcy on Sept. 15, 2008. The next day, the Federal Reserve announced a bailout of AIG. Bad news continued to pile up almost daily, with the stock market collapsing and millions of jobs vanishing. No single factor will define such a complex process as selection of a president, but none might be greater than the simple question: Are you better off than four years ago? In Massachusetts, the state unemployment rate in August was 6.3 percent, up from 6.2 percent in July. Unemployment in the Commonwealth peaked at 8.7 percent in August of 2009. Nationwide, unemployment was at 8.1 percent in August 2012. Sales of single family homes in …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Let's face it, some parents have a different journey.
When my children were born prematurely, I liked to hang around with other parents of preemies. I had almost no choice. My days were spent in a neonatal ICU that sheltered me from the harsher judgment of the rest of the world. In the neonatal ICU, another parent was bound to understand that “breathing room air” was an actual milestone not something to be taken for granted. Preemie parents are not the ones bragging about a child outgrowing a three-month onesie the first week. We are the ones waiting for our children to grow into it. One day, I watched in horror as the father of a child who had been born without the ability to properly move her limbs peered into the isolette and thought his child had been cured overnight. He called his wife …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Another Marblehead Patch Letter to the Editor.
Friday, September 14, 2012
The following Letter to the Editor was sent in by Doran Ward: Dear Editor: Is the 1692 witch hunt mentality alive and well in 2012 Marblehead? I have loved and visited Marblehead for 22 years and even dream of living there, though now that I have the Marblehead Patch emailed to me every day I'm hiding my black cat and staying put in another state. An elderly gang? Seriously? What are they doing, keying innocent citizen's walkers? Using Fixodent for evil instead of good? A bus blocking someone's view? Move your entitled bottom a little to the left, though I guess it's just easier to bother the police, after all you pay their salaries right? Someone parked their car and got out for a walk with hand weights? That's suspicious all right. It …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Stoddard Vandersteel, who recently moved to Marblehead from San Francisco, shares his thoughts on his first 30 days in town.
Monday, September 10, 2012
The following reflection was sent in by Stoddard Vandersteel, who arrived in Marblehead on July 28: We arrived at our new home to an avalanche of new mail, amassed as we drove cross-country for a few weeks. One was a notice from the local electric company about past due amounts. Already, we are past due, and we haven't even set foot in the town and our lights are about to be out. I called the 800 number and guess what happened? "Listen carefully as our menu options have changed." No. What happened was a woman answered the phone - a human being! I asked to speak to the billing department, but she asked why I was calling. "Oh, I can take care of that. No, we aren't going to turn your lights off - welcome to Marblehead." And she immediately…
Monday, July 23, 2012
To Wait or Not to Wait?
There’s an old joke that goes something like this: The mother says to her teenager, “Wake me up when you get in. You know I can’t sleep until I know you’re home.” At some point, this joke becomes all too real. We try to wait up for our kids to come home, but we are tired. We sometimes fall into some sort of limbo between sleeping and waking until they come in. Some of us go to bed but ask the children to wake us up the minute they come in, hence the joke. Why do we wait? Some would say this joke is exactly right. We wait because we can’t sleep even if we fall asleep. Maybe our child is driving and that adds another element of worry. The prevailing wisdom of the day tells parents to wait for children to come home from their evening social …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Marblehead Patch columnist Brenda Kelley Kim talks about making room.
”There’s always room for one more.” - Author unknown When a holiday falls in the middle of the week like Independence Day did this year, it’s hard to decide when to have that backyard cookout. There is so much going on locally; the arts festival, the harbor illumination, fireworks, historical reenactments. And it’s a big vacation week. So many people I knew were juggling family visits, fireworks, and festivals and it gets to be a lot of work. I am never comfortable hosting parties and such, it just doesn’t come naturally to me. I was lucky that I got invited to a cookout at a friend’s home. She was also entertaining out of town family, but there was room for my brood too. “Always room for one more” are words she lives by, not just on …
Saturday, July 7, 2012
A small group of senior citizens from the North Shore joined activists from around the country to bring their message to Washington, D.C.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
This is a letter to the editor from Barbara Mann The voices of seniors were heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill and at the White House during a recent Senior Community Leaders Summit sponsored by the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. I joined nearly 100 activists from around the country who poured into Washington with this message for our political establishment: Protect and strengthen Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. That means no cuts to benefits, no privatization, and no gimmicky calculations to take away the earned benefits seniors and their families desperately need. It helps to be involved and have a say in the future of these important programs. It’s even better when we can come together with a …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Marblehead Patch columnist Brenda Kelley Kim weighs in about keeping a house pretty.
“Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is.” - Charles M. Schultz I think if someone who did not know me were to look at the décor in my house (and I use the word décor in the loosest possible way) they would probably surmise that I am a fan of children’s drawings, Post-it notes, dead plants and refrigerator magnets. I also like to throw around a few Lego creations here and there for a touch of whimsy. No matter how hard I try, I cannot seem to pull together a theme for any room in my house. I have gotten way better at this decorating gig in the last few years however. My oldest child moved out and the youngers are not so young anymore. When I had all three under the age of twelve I had …
Here are the five things you need to know before you start your day in Marblehead.
Today is Friday, July 6, and here are the five things you need to know: 1. It should be another beautiful day in Marblehead. The National Weather Service is predicting that local residents can expect it to be mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Tonight should be partly cloudy, with a low around 67. (sunrise, 5:12 a.m.; low tide, 7:40 a.m.; high tide, 2:00 p.m.; sunset, 8:23 p.m.) 2. A local teen accused of stabbing a stranger who asked him to quiet down on Washington Street early Thursday morning denied charges in court Thursday afternoon. Click Here for our full story. 3. The town's Design Review Board will meet this morning at Abbot Hall. The meeting, scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., is expected to feature a discussion about the new sign …
Friday, June 29, 2012
Marblehead Patch columnist Brenda Kelley Kim talks about Boy Scouts, ballet and beauty camp.
“A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp.” - Raymond Duncan While children love this time of year because it brings the last days of school, no more pencils, no more books, no more teacher’s dirty looks, it also brings something for parents. The camp bus. With my oldest, the first day I packed him off on the school bus for kindergarten, I was a weeping mess. At the end of that year, I signed him up for summer camp and it was a whole different story. It’s possible that I walked back from the first day of camp drop off singing “Ding, dong, Andy’s gone!” Yes, I was that mother, happily turning over my first born to days filled with gimp, archery and wildlife. But camp has changed even in the short time since …