New England budget 9.30.09

New England budget 9.30.09


Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at


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- Chris Biondi, 508-626-4343,

- Jean Hodges, 630-956-8834,

- Michael Toeset, 630-835-8870,





SCARY STORIES: Hold a scary-story contest for Halloween. See how the Norwich Bulletin is doing it:





Pampered Pets photo callout a huge success.


ASF template: Kids question.


Pubs go pink for breast cancer awareness.





PINK EDITION: Links to general content for the special “pink editions” on breast cancer.


HOOKED ON PORN: The Patriot Ledger’s three-day special series about Internet porn addiction, Hooked on Porn, is available on the News Service. You can find an explainer about the series, the series budget and more at:

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FLU SHOT: Not everyone willing to give swine flu vaccine a shot - Whether due to ambivalence, fear or concern about side effects, there is little unanimity as to whether people think an H1N1 vaccine makes sense for them – no matter what experts say. By Sara Brown.

- With breakouts

- Localize it: Use this story as a frame for your own version.


BANK ROBBER: ‘This is what she wanted’: Brown gets $1 million bond in robbery - Heather Brown looked tired. The 34-year-old suspect in a weeklong spree of bank robberies in three states walked slowly into Norwich Superior Court Tuesday to face charges in the first of six heists. By Greg Smith.

- With photo


FERRY: Grant of nearly $1 million will pay for Long Island ferry service - The federal Department of Transportation has announced a $950,000 grant that will pay for a ferry service to Long Island in the Boston Harbor. The ferry will transport clients, employees and supplies to the social-service facilities on the island. By Tony Catinella.

- With photos


DEACON DEATH: Wrentham man pleads guilty to killing Brockton deacon in drunken driving crash - Two years after killing a Brockton church deacon in a Canton crash, a Wrentham man admitted he was drunk behind the wheel when he slammed into the rear of the 71-year-old’s pickup truck. By Maureen Boyle.

- With photo


SHOOTING: Accused killer pleads guilty to 2006 downtown Brockton shooting - Amaral Montrond of Brockton was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to a 2006 downtown shooting. He is also awaiting trial on murder charges. By Maureen Boyle.





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CASINO: Casino developer again eyes Milford - This old quarry town could soon be closer to becoming a Foxwoods-style casino destination - potentially the state's first. By Danielle Ameden.


CRANBERRIES: Local cranberry farmers expect decline from last year’s bumper crop - Last year in Massachusetts, 2.35 million barrels were harvested in the state, but only about 1.7 million barrels are expected this year. One local grower attributes the expected decrease of about 27 percent to the wet summer. By Alice C. Elwell.

- With photos


CRANBERRIES 2: Cranberry harvest down, but Ocean Spray still having great season - The U.S. Department of Agriculture predicted last month that the state’s cranberry crop would be down 20 percent from last year, one of the best ever for local growers. Still, at 1.9 million barrels, an Ocean Spray spokesman says the harvest could still be the company’s second or third-largest ever. By The Patriot Ledger.

- With photos, video and breakouts


HOME SALES: Home sales keep rising in Plymouth, Bristol and Norfolk counties - Single-family home sales rose in three local counties last month over August 2008, building on strong sales that began in July, according to a Boston real estate data firm. Plymouth County led the way with an 11 percent increase, while Norfolk County rose 8 percent and Bristol County was up 3 percent, according to the Warren Group. By Kyle Alspach.


TEXTRON: Sandwich expects to receive settlement funds from Textron - The town of Sandwich expects to receive $400,000 in Textron settlement funds to put toward a comprehensive wastewater management plan. By Paul Babin.


PARACHUTES: Viveiros' work helps parachute maker land government contract - Promoting a plan to improve the city’s economic development opportunities, mayoral candidate Cathy Ann Viveiros went to the scene of one business Tuesday that’s already putting her idea to work. By Will Richmond.

- With photos





GRANLUND CARTOON: RIP public health care option.


WENDY MURPHY: An open letter to Whoopi Goldberg about the meaning of ‘rape’ - Dear Whoopi, On “The View,” you said Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to “unlawful sex with a minor” but that it wasn’t “rape rape.” So I’ve been wondering - What the hell is “rape rape”?

- With column mug


MEREDITH O’BRIEN: Witches are supposed to be scary, not sexy.

- With column mug


FRANK MULLIGAN: One flu over the cuckoo’s nest - Yes, it’s time once again, lucky reader, to play the passively interactive column game – “Did this conversation actually take place?”

- With column mug


PETER CHIANCA: All’s fair in love and pumpkins - All over New England, farmers spend months preparing their soil, cultivating specially bred seeds and gently tending their crop with high-tech lamps while protecting it from the ravages from the sun. They do this so they can, at the end of their labors, deliver the perfect giant pumpkin to their county fair, at which time my kids can declare, probably in unison, “Ew! That’s gross!”

- With cartoon and column mug





THE BEER NUT: Pick a pumpkin from this patch - It's officially fall, and that means liquor store shelves are full of pumpkin beers. The number of pumpkin beers can be dizzying - how do you know which one is best? By Norman Miller.

- With photos, column mug and video of taste test


NEWPORT OKTOBERFEST: Newport Yachting Center to host Taste of Rhode Island, Oktoberfest - Bratwurst, beer, seafood and barbecue are among the dozens of fall food offerings featured in Newport over the next two weekends. By Linda Murphy.

- With photo


YOGA MASSAGE: 'Yogassage' draws on best of massage and yoga - Yoga is a proven stress-buster and massage a mood-enhancer. Put them together and you get a double dose of health and wellness benefits. At Meridians Spa and Wellness Center in Weymouth, they call this fusion of yoga and massage yogassage. The practice takes a little from yoga and a bit from massage and turns it into a relaxing and healthy exercise that helps increase circulation and flexibility and reduce tension. By Dana Barbuto.

- With photos


ARRESTED FOR POETRY: Iranian ‘dissident’ talks to schoolkids about imprisonment for poetry - The crime? Writing poetry, the Iranian exile told about a dozen Roxbury Latin School students in a small classroom. Khaki, now 54, visited the private all-boys school Sept. 24 to speak at a school-wide assembly about the modern political history of Iran and the controversy surrounding its recent elections. By Jessica Scarpati.

- With photos





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