Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Brian MacQuarrie Globe Staff November 13, 2018 WESTFORD — Nearly a century before Christopher Columbus set foot in the New World, a Scottish nobleman and his armed explorers sailed up the Merrimack River, meandered up a tributary, and climbed Prospect Hill here to take a look around. They even left a mark, a mysterious image from medieval times that has somehow survived to this day. A fantastic legend, surely; nothing more. But the tale, so tantalizing, has drawn a growing number of visitors to this quintessential New England town, where a stone marker describes the pre-Columbian expedition as historical fact: Henry Sinclair, first earl of Orkney, roamed these parts in 1399. Advertisement Below the marker near Interstate 495 is the clue some believe Sinclair and his men left behind. It’s a carving in ancient, weathered rock that appears to show an … [Read more...] about A century before Columbus, a knight explored Massachusetts?
Paul Heroux hadn’t been on a vacation in over three years. The Attleboro mayor was eyeing a trip to the Middle East when he got some unexpected news in September: Mura, his 10-year-old dog, needed emergency surgery. Doctors had found a three- to four-pound tumor pushing against her spleen, causing it to rupture. She survived, but the tumor was malignant. Mura had blood cancer. She was dying. Even with chemotherapy, she was given a 50 percent chance to live another six months. Heroux, also looking to check off a few boxes on his own bucket list, decided to make the most of it. On Friday, the duo rode Heroux’s 2015 Volvo S60 back into their hometown after a two-week, 8,500-mile cross-country trip that took them to some of the nation’s most beautiful treasures — one long ride of a lifetime for a faithful four-legged companion. “My thinking was mainly I wanted to spend my vacation time with my dog because we have little time left and she’s family to … [Read more...] about This Massachusetts mayor’s dog got a terminal diagnosis. Then the road trip began.
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts city has canceled its nearly century-old Veterans Day parade this year because of a dwindling number of spectators and participants. Steven Connor, director of Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services, says he’s been helping organize the Northampton parade for 14 years, and estimates that participation has decreased by about half in recent years. VFW Post 8006 Commander Tom Pease says World War II and Korean War veterans are just too old to march these says. City Veterans Council President Brad LeVay says younger veterans are not interested in marching. The parade began as a way to welcome soldiers returning from World War I. There will still be a ceremony and an annual breakfast Sunday to mark the day, and organizers say they may bring the parade back in the future. Close … [Read more...] about Massachusetts city cancels Veterans Day parade
The number of ballots cast by Bay State voters this week was the highest ever for a midterm election, the Massachusetts secretary of state’s office announced Friday. With almost 2.7 million participating voters, the voter turnout percentage was also at a 24-year high for a midterm election — surpassing Secretary Bill Galvin’s earlier pre-election estimate of an expected 2.4 million voters. Election officials anticipate the number of ballots to keep growing as provisional, military, and overseas ballots come in, according to a statement from Galvin’s office. Once the final votes are tallied, this year’s turnout should eclipse 50 percent statewide, considering 4,574,967 voters are registered in Massachusetts. Since 1994, registering to vote has become easier, which has allowed for more voters overall, Debra O’Malley, a spokeswoman for Galvin’s office, told Boston.com. The higher number of voters is an explanation for why the state … [Read more...] about The number of ballots cast in the midterm elections set a record in Massachusetts
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Matt Rocheleau Globe Staff November 09, 2018 The number of million-dollar earners among us continues to grow.The Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s latest report on million-dollar earners living in the state shows there were 16,115 residents statewide who reported an adjusted gross income of more than $1 million during the 2016 tax year, the most recent year for which data is available.(Remember, we’re talking about income that exceeds $1 million, not assets.) Advertisement That’s up a smidge from the previous year’s tally of 15,950 million-dollar-earning residents.But looking back further, the number of residents raking in at least seven figures in Massachusetts has exploded.There were 10,458 such residents in the 2010 tax year and just 7,895 such residents in 2004.The latest figures mean there are about two million-dollar earners … [Read more...] about Where the million-dollar earners live in Massachusetts