New England budget 10.23.08

Here are the top New England regional stories coming today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at Please submit stories below no later than 6 p.m. local time, unless you have breaking news that is changing significantly. Questions?

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PHOTOS: FAITH AND GOAL FOR PATRIOT HEATH EVANS - New England Patriots running back Heath Evans attended a youth rally at St. Paul’s Evangelical Church in Lexington entitled “4th and Goal.” David Spataro, the youth minister at St. Paul’s who organized the event, invited youth groups from all over New England to be a part of the inspirational event.

Lexington, on wire now

SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS FIGHT GOVERNOR’S CUTS TO PROGRAMS FOR THE MENTALLY ILL – Vic DiGravio, CEO of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Corps. of Massachusetts, says the mentally ill will see an unfair share of state cuts under Deval Patrick’s plan.

Ledger, Chesto, on wire now

WEYMOUTH DRIVERS GET THE MOST CITATIONS FOR FAILING TO STOP FOR SCHOOL BUSES - The Registry of Motor Vehicles conducted what it calls “Operation Yellow Blitz” in 60 communities across the state Wednesday morning. Local police officers and a Registry inspector followed school buses, or waited along bus routes, watching for drivers who didn’t stop when the bus activated its stop sign.

Ledger, Choate, on wire now

With photo

PHOTO: AIRBORNE - A great blue heron takes flight in the marsh at Wollaston Beach in Quincy.

Ledger, on wire now

PHOTO: OUT FOR A STROLL - A woman walks her dogs on Green Harbor Beach in Marshfield.

Ledger, on wire now

NATIONAL CHILD PORN STING LEADS TO ARREST OF HALIFAX MAN - Alex Turner, 36, pleaded innocent in Plymouth District Court to charges of distributing pictures of nude children, possession of child pornography and marijuana possession.

Ledger, Race, on wire now


LEGIT BUSINESSES STRUGGLE TO COMPETE WITH UNDER-THE-TABLE OUTFITS - Allen the licensed contractor briefly supplanted Joe the unlicensed plumber as the tradesman of the moment inside the Blumer Room Wednesday morning.

MetroWest, McDonald, on wire now

With photo

COMPANY HOPES TO BREW SUCCESS IN PLYMOUTH - Mayflower Brewing is the newest of about 35 craft breweries now operating in Massachusetts. It began brewing four varieties of beer in February at its plant in Plymouth and is launching its first seasonal brew, Thanksgiving Ale, on Nov. 1.

Ldger, Adams, on wire now

With photos

STATE OFFICIALS SAY MORE FEDERAL HELP NEEDED ON FORECLOSURES - U.S. Rep. William Delahunt, D-Quincy, hosted a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Beacon Hill on Wednesday.

Ledger, Bauer, on wire now

With photo

MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS IN BRIEF - IParty earnings no cause for celebration; state collects $2.5M from Pfizer; Comcast doubles local Internet speeds.

Ledger, on wire now


DEIRDRE REILLY: Frankie A. YoungVoter speaks out about the election

On wire now

LLOYD GARVER: I'm trying to get my attention off politics and onto baseball, but it's difficult

On wire now


Ledger, on wire now

O'MAHONEY CARTOON: On Cahill and lower lottery sales

Ledger, 7 p.m.

EDITORIAL: ATV SAFETY – Bill bogged down that would put age restrictions on ATVs.

Ledger, 7 p.m.




UNZIPPED IN WITCH CITY: MAKING A HALLOWEEN COSTUME SAFE ISN'T AS OBVIOUS AS IT SOUNDS - One Salem merchant recently compared Essex Street on Halloween to a mosh pit at a rock concert: thousands of bodies packed into a couple of city blocks and all of them intent on having a wild time.

CNC, D'Agostino, on wire now

With photos and lists of most popular costumes

HUSBAND-AND-WIFE TEAM IS THE HEART OF ‘LEGALLY BLONDE’ MUSIC – Nell Benjamin and Larry O’Keefe are the husband-wife team behind the stage version of "Legally Blonde the Musical."

Ledger, Gorfinkle, on wire now

With photos

WALTHAM'S GORE PLACE CELEBRATES ARCHAEOLOGY MONTH - To celebrate Archaeology Month, historic Gore Place in Waltham is offering visitors exciting possibilities to see what goes on at a real life "dig."

Ledger, bergeron, on wire now

with photo

THEATER REVIEW: 'FIDDLER ON THE ROOF' AT FIDDLEHEAD - Fiddlehead launches ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ to new heights.

Ledger, Dorman, on wire now

BOSTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL BRINGS PROVOCATIVE FILMS TO AREA THEATERS - Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Boston Jewish Film Festival will screen several movies in MetroWest theaters in Framingham and Newton, as well as other locations.

MetroWest, Bergeron, on wire now

With photo

TRAIL TAILS: SCOUTING AROUND NOBSCOT RESERVATION - Nobscot Scout Reservation is a large, beautiful and mysterious piece of land rich in history and legends.

MetroWest, Jung, on wire now

With photos

MUTUAL FUND REPORTS ARE A RUDE AWAKENING - As retirement savings dwindle, how much should you worry? What can you control? Experts advise.

Ledger, Scheible, on wire now

HANOVER WOMAN RAISES THE BAR ON PHYSICAL FITNESS - With focus, preparation and tenacity, Hanover resident Ellyn Robinson has propelled herself to the top ranks of women’s Olympic weighlifting.

Ledger, Lightman, on wire now

With photos

DUNIA GALLERY PHOTO EXHIBIT CELEBRATES NATURE - Craggy canyons, delicate flowers, snow on ubiquitous fall pumpkins. The photographers featured in “This Land,” a new exhibit at Dunia Gallery in Maynard, see nature’s epiphanies in the small and intimate and in majestic landscapes.

CNC, Smith, on wire now

With photo

CONCERT PREVIEW: ALICE COOPER COMES ALONG TO BOSTON - Maybe it’s the witches of Salem that beckon Alice Cooper to find his way to this region just about every Halloween week. On Saturday, Oct. 25, Alice makes his annual pilgrimage to the Boston area, closing out his concert tour in the Bay State at the Orpheum Theater. In support of his new release, “Along Came A Spider,” the theatrical rock star will, no doubt, keep a few surprises in reserve for his faithful audience.

CNC, Viglione, on wire now

With photo

MERRIMACK'S 'FANTASTICKS' REVEALS SECRETS OF LONG LIFE - America loves nothing quite so much as a good success story. That in itself should be reason enough to check out Merrimack Repertory Theatre's production of "The Fantasticks."

Ledger, Brooks Andrews, on wire now

With photo

VIDEO: BELLY DANCING MOVES THIS GROUP OF WOMEN - For many, belly dancing suggests a certain alluring art and recalls a mysterious tradition of ancient history. For Memie Watson, of Beverly, it’s a good part of her life.

CNC, O'Hare, on wire now

With photos