GateHouse News Service New England Budget • August 20, 2008

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MAN BUILDS CASE THAT LEIF ERIKSSON LANDED ON CAPE COD - A thousand years ago Leif Eriksson sailed west. That he and his party made land somewhere along the North American coast is pretty much a given, but where they landed has long been a subject of controversy and speculation. Neil Good thinks he may have the answer.

Falmouth Bulletin, Burns, on wire now

With photo

JERRY GARCIA'S WIDOW SHARES HERE PASSION FOR ORGANIC LIVING - Deborah Koons Garcia spent an evening with members of the Raw New England Community, who meet monthly at the UMass Waltham Center.

Daily News Tribune, Gilbride, on wire now

With photo

NEEDHAM MAN TAPPED AS ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE'S NEW REGIONAL DIRECTOR - A Needham man has been selected as the new regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, just as the organization has touted a new statement on the Armenian Genocide — a controversy that thrust the past regional director into the national spotlight.

CNC, Ryan, on wire now

AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE AT TEMPLE BETH EL -  At 81, illness has ended what may be the longest career by a Conservative rabbi at a synagogue in Greater Boston, if not New England – and it comes at a time Quincy’s last active synagogue is facing an uncertain future, with an aging, declining membership. After 51 years as the spiritual leader of Temple Beth El, Rabbi David Jacobs hasn’t led a Shabbat service since May and is too weak to hold his Bible. He says, ``I’m almost played out.''

Ledger, Lambert, on wire now

With photo

VIDEO: BOSTON FIRE OFFICIAL FROM EAST BRIDGEWATER IS ACCUSED OF RAPING PROSTITUTE - Boston Deputy Fire Chief Peter P. Pearson, 51, of 142 Village Road, East Bridgewater, is to be arraigned today on charges of aggravated rape, assault with a dangerous weapon, impersonating a police officer and kidnapping while armed with a gun.

Enterprise, Boyle, on wire now

With video and photo

BLOCK PARTY: IT’S TIME FOR THOSE NEIGHBORLY GET-TOGETHERS - Summertime block parties are an annual tradition in many South Shore neighborhoods. Residents close their streets to car traffic and gather on front yards, sidewalks and streets for food, outdoor games and other fun.

Ledger, Schwartz, on wire now

With photos

RAYNHAM TOWN PLANNER LEAVES HIS MARK - To the outsider, Raynham in 1996 was the dog track on Route 138 and the disjointed commercial strip called Route 44. To then-new Town Planner Richard McCarthy, it was a community to discover.

TIME CAPSULE DISCOVERED DURING ROUTINE WORK ON ABIGAIL ADAMS MONUMENT - For 114 years, the Abigail Adams Cairn has been a city landmark, enjoyed by tourists and local residents alike. Not until this week, however, did anyone realize it held a secret.

Ledger, Choate, on wire now

With photos


FROM FARM TO TABLE: MASS. CHAIN USES LOCALLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS ALL MONTH -  Not Your Average Joe’s, a Massachusetts-based restaurant group known for its “creative casual cuisine,” is putting New England’s summertime bounty in the spotlight with its second-annual “Just Picked, Just Caught, Just Joe” event.

CNC, Erekson, on wire now


PERCOLATING PASSION: COUPLE BREWS HOBBY INTO SIDE BUSINESS - What started off as a hobby to fuel a local couple's passion for caffeine has percolated into a lucrative side business.

Daily News Tribune, Gilbride, on wire now

With photo

MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS IN BRIEF - Retailers satisfied with tax holiday; Sears pays fine for poor asbestos removal in Pembroke home; Casual Male terminates chief merchandising officer.

Ledger, on wire now

GREEN VEHICLES TO GATHER AT STAPLES - From hybrids to fuel cells, converted natural gas to ethanol, the largest automotive collection of alternative fuel fleets for businesses on the East Coast will be on display at the Staples world headquarters next month.

MetroWest, McDonald, on wire now

With photos


EDITORIAL: JOHN, WE HARDLY KNOW YE - John F. Kerry must think his Senate seat is a birthright. We believe, though, if the junior senator continues to refuse to debate Gloucester attorney Ed O'Reilly, his Democratic opponent, before the Sept. 16 primary, he may be in for a real eye-opener about his stature in his adopted home state.

Ledger, on wire now

PETER CHIANCA: THIS ‘BATTLE’ MAY MAKE YOU CRY - You may have heard about the disgruntled “Star Wars” fans who’ve asserted that George Lucas did to their childhoods what the “Law & Order” writers do to the victims on “Special Victims Unit.” (I’m paraphrasing.) Personally I think that’s a little harsh — even if the new movies stink, without them we’d never know what Yoda looked like kicking butt with his light saber, except in our own little fantasies. Not me, other people.

CNC, on wire now

With art

SCOTT C. SMITH: TIME IN A BOTTLE - The weekend is a marvelous social concept, instilling a sense of liberation through the freeing of time. When we actually have a whole one to enjoy, it seems to lie before us as an offering of fresh leaves on a path along which to meander unendingly – no rush.

CNC, in wire now






GETAWAY: THE WALL AND BEYOND IN EASTERN GERMANY – On one of the remaining sections of the Berlin Wall there is an image of two flowing beings done up in red, white and blue. According to the slogan above, they are "Dancing To Freedom."

IN NEW ENGLAND: TRADITIONAL FAMILY FUN AT THE BALSAMS - The historic, red-roofed property in the White Mountains has been welcoming guests since 1895, when it opened with just 25 rooms. And while it has grown to 200 rooms, The Balsams still serves up a very traditional experience.


MING TSAI IN CHINA: A TASTE OF THE OLYMPICS - Ming Tsai, Natick resident and chef/owner of Blue Ginger in Wellesley, has been in Beijing attending the Olympic Games, checking out the food scene and cooking. Traveling with is wife, Polly, and the chef de cuisine of Blue Ginger, Jon Taylor, Tsai, who is the host/executive producer of "Simply Ming," a cooking show on PBS, took a few moments this weekend to chat about his Olympic experience thus far.

MetroWest, Uek, on wire now

With photo and recipe

ONE MAN'S TRASH IS A NEEDHAM ARTIST'S TREASURE - When “The Dirty Dozen” art exhibit opens to the public at the Boston Children’s Museum next month, visitors will be treated to the work of 12 artists who used recycled materials in their work, including Needham’s Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch’s new underwear-inspired creation, “A Clean Pair for Every Day of the Week.”

CNC, Bradford, on wire now

With photo

IRISH CULTURAL CENTRE IN CANTON PLANS FESTIVAL – This year’s event, the 2008 ICONS (Irish Connections) Festival, will be held Friday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Irish Cultural Centre at 200 New Boston Drive off of Route 138 south in Canton.

Canton Journal, Foley, on wire now

With photo

WORD NERDS ARE A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E IN NORTH SHORE’S ‘SPELLING BEE’ - It is a brilliantly simple idea, and Rachel Sheinkin’s Tony Award-winning book for the Broadway hit “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” mines it for everything it is worth in North Shore Music Theatre’s spellbinding production.

CNC, Applegate, on wire now

With photos

BREWING UP A STORM WITH BLUES FESTIVAL AT NASHOBA VALLEY SKI AREA - Area beer meisters will showcase their bubbly brews at the seventh annual Blues ‘N’ Brews festival, which should sound as good as it tastes, with a slate of top blues and folk performers – and taste as good as it feels, with proceeds benefiting a variety of charities.

CNC, Kirwin, on wire now

With photo

THE BEER NUT: OLD RELIABLE - Drinking Rogue Brewery beer is almost like revisiting an old friend.

MetroWest, Miller, on wire now

With photo

VERSATILE WATERMELON ADDS SPLASH OF FLAVOR TO DISHES, DRINKS - Watermelon is such a perfect food for a hot summer day that most people are content to eat it in its simplest form –- right off the rind or cut in chunks.

Ledger, Feinberg, on wire now

With photos and recipes

MOVIE REVIEW: UNEVEN ‘ROCKER’ TAKES OBNOXIOUS, PREDICTABLE TURN -  Most disappointing about "The Rocker" is that just about everything that happens is predictable, thanks to all the other similar movies that have preceded it.

Ledger, Gorfinkle, on wire now

With photo

FRANK MULLIGAN: PUMP UP GAS SAVINGS - Gas prices have declined of late, which is good news for those of us who enjoy having money.

CNC, on wire now

AYLWARD MUSIC BENEFIT TO AID FOSTER CHILDREN - The seventh annual Friends of Frank Aylward rock ’n’ roll benefit is 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the gazebo at the Best Western Adams Inn, at 29 Hancock St. in Quincy.

Ledger, Miller, on wire now

WINE WISDOM: A NEW WAY TO CHOOSE SUMMER WHITES - It's summer and most wine lovers are drinking chilled white wine to survive the hot weather. With so many out there, which ones are worth buying?

MetroWest, on wire now

AURICULOTHERAPIST PUSHES NATURAL HEALING OVER CORTISONE SHOTS - If Red Sox third baseman Mike Lowell had known better, he’d be back on the field in time to play in all three games with the New York Yankees. Tim Wakefield could have avoided that cortisone shot and 15-day leave. But they didn’t know about an alternative method of healing called auriculotherapy, according to one Massachusetts chiropractor and auriculotherapist.

CNC, Peters, on wire now

With photo and breakout

HARVEST OF MUSIC, HISTORY AT BREAD AND ROSES LABOR DAY FESTIVAL - For 24 years, the City of Lawrence has sponsored the Bread and Labor Day Festival, and doesn’t even charge any bread.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photos

THEY'RE REALLY ROCKIN' IN BOLTON - The summer is winding down, but there is no reason the music should. Certainly not in Bolton, where a live music series is coming to The Regency in Bolton.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photo