Archive for the ‘General news’ category

Sean Bielat to address Quincy Republicans Aug. 10

August 4, 2010

      Sean Bielat, a first-time political candidate challenging Barney Frank for Congress, will be the guest speaker at the next meeting of the Quincy Republican City Committee, to be held Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. in the second floor community room at Roche Brothers. All city committee members, registered Republicans or unenrolled voters, and interested volunteers are welcome to attend.

      A major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Bielat is a graduate of Georgetown University. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University and an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  His business experience includes serving as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company and overseeing a $100 million, 100-person business unit for the iRobot Corporation. He has also served as chairman of the NATO Industrial Armaments Group, leading an international team studying the potential for the use of advance reconnaissance technology in urban warfare.

       A Brookline resident, Bielat and his wife are expecting their first child in August. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus, the International Institute for Security Studies and the Council on Emerging National Security Affairs.

            For more information on Bielat’s campaign, visit


John Quincy Adams wreath-laying draws patriots from near and far

July 10, 2010

Patriots from near and far honored the 243rd anniversary of John Quincy Adams’ birth yesterday, when a White House wreath-laying ceremony was held at  United First Parish Church in Quincy.  The annual ceremony — superbly organized each year by Arthur Ducharme, director of the church’s Historic Interpretive Program — was particularly moving this year, as the program featured remarks by the Massachusetts native who now holds Adams’ former U.S. Senate seat: Sen. Scott Brown.

U.S. Senator Scott Brown

Brown, whose wife Gail also attended the ceremony, noted how “humbling” it was to hold the seat held by a man whose entire life, from cradle to the grave, was devoted to the service of his country. He also referenced a quote by Adams that held special significance for him: “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” 

It’s a sentiment, Brown said, he has endeavored to live by each time he has taken a vote during his political career.

Caroline Keinath, deputy superintendent of the Adams National Historical Park, noted how her 11-year-old daughter asked her to bring their  “Scott Brown” campaign lawn sign for the senator to sign. “You certainly have helped engage young people in democracy and the political process,” she said.

Other noted guests at yesterday’s ceremonies included Quincy Mayor Tom Koch, U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, state Sen. Robert Hedlund, state Rep. Stephen Tobin, state Sen. Michael Morrissey and Norfolk County Register of Deeds William O’Donnell. City Councilor Margaret Laforest and John Iredale, candidate for state representative, also were in attendance.

Jennifer Logue with Janine Turner and her daughter, Juliette

The prize for traveling the farthest distance to attend yesterday’s ceremony undoubtedly went to Janine Turner. The well-known actress (“Northern Exposure,” “Friday Night Lights”) flew all the way from Texas with her daughter, Juliette, to attend the ceremony. Turner, a self-professed history buff and John Adams fan since childhood, is co-chair of Constituting America, a non-profit aimed at educating Americans — and children in particular — about the U.S. Constitution. Visit the site to read Turner’s blog post about her Quincy visit and to peruse the wealth of constitutional resources it offers.

President Lyndon Johnson started the tradition of honoring deceased U.S. presidents on their birthdays by sending a large red, white and blue wreath from the White House to be placed on their graves by a military honor guard. Yesterday’s ceremony for John Quincy Adams marked the first time the Quincy ceremony has featured a sitting U.S. senator.

Baker calls governor’s budget plan a mistake

June 4, 2010

Interesting article in today’s Globe: Deval Patrick’s budget director admits the governor’s budget includes $600 million dollars in federal money we may not get — and if we don’t get it, Deval has no backup plan.

Together we can’t!

Baker calls governor’s budget plan a mistake – The Boston Globe.

Boston Globe: Toll collector pleads guilty to larceny

June 2, 2010

Yet another sign of our tax dollars at work — not to mention being stolen from us.

Tell me again why we can’t go back to throwing money in a basket? At least you knew the basket wasn’t skimming off the top.

Toll collector pleads guilty to larceny – Local News Updates – MetroDesk – The Boston Globe.

Charlie Baker shares his favorite meal on TV Diner

June 1, 2010

TV Diner‘s Billy Costa has been interviewing the gubernatorial candidates about their favorite local restaurants and meals.  Below is the link to Charlie Baker’s appearance, which features the candidate washing down a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a chocolate milkshake at Watertown’s Deluxe Town Diner.

Hmmmm….When Tim Cahill was on, he feasted on linguini frutti de mare at chi chi North End eatery, Maurizio’s. So, remind me again which candidate is more in touch with working class voters?

Religious leaders join to condemn Cahill’s comments on Muslim community – Local News Updates – MetroDesk – The Boston Globe

May 28, 2010

Religious leaders join to condemn Cahill’s comments on Muslim community – Local News Updates – MetroDesk – The Boston Globe.

GOP moves to repeal healthcare law –

May 28, 2010

GOP moves to repeal healthcare law –