Common Cause Massachusetts is hosting a Redistricting Olympics this summer. We will be taking citizen drawn Congressional, State House, and State Senate maps all summer, evaluating them, declaring a winner, giving out prizes and submitting the winning maps to the MA Legislative Redistricting Committee for consideration.
The purpose of the redistricting Olympics is threefold: to educate the public about the steps in the redistricting process, to initiate public participation in the political arena, and to pressure the legislature to draw the districts so that the citizens are appropriately represented.
To preview your primary ballot for tomorrow, click on the link from the Secretary of State's website:
then enter your address and select a political party. It will show you what choices you'll have on tomorrow's primary ballot.
Foodie Mommy recommends Beaver Brook Reservation on Trapelo Road in Belmont (just over the line from Waltham) for the splashy toddler set: It has this large field of sprinklerized boulders that are just right for cooling off in on a hot day.
Today's Globe gives us in-depth coverage of Navestock, England, which admits to specifically not filling in potholes as a method of controlling driving speeds. You can't drive around it, and that's the hole, er, whole story.
Mitt Romney had a few things to say at CPAC about the performance of the stock market under Barack Obama, implying that the market loses since his inauguration are due to his policy proposals as opposed to the financial crisis George Bush and Congress left him with.
I've noticed this week that Belmont already has their holiday decorations up across the street downtown.
Anyone up for creating a spreadsheet of the 351 municipalities of our Commonwealth with the dates that the towns first put up winter holiday decorations?
Stores and commercial ventures don't count; that's capitalism at work: only town/city government or the like decorations count.
How come Belmont isn't in the Neighborhoods listing? Too sleepy a place?
Shane reports that a Belmont gas station selling regular for $2.97 this morning was selling it for $2.89 a gallon by lunchtime.
Wicked Local Belmont reports Belmont officials are getting just a little tired of paying to light up their side of Belmont Street when Watertown has no light poles on its side of the street:
... "Should Watertown pay for some of that?" he said. "Sure they should. They get some of the light."
Boston Chomps explains why that's Shangri La in Belmont.
Bill Ives posts a list of good lunch places in Belmont and Somerville.
Paul Tamburello really likes Vicki Lee's Cafe, which serves light breakfasts and lunches:
A visit to Vicki Lee's Cafe in Belmont transforms eating into a religious experience. There are no candles, religious icons, or stained glass windows in sight but plenty of hosannas can be heard coming from the lips of the diners. ...